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Chapel Hill, N.C. – What Do We Eat? New Food Map Will Tell Us

May 19, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Do your kids love chocolate milk? It may have more calories on average than you thought. Same goes for soda. Until now, the only way to find out what people in the United States eat and how many calories they consume has been government data, which can lag behind the rapidly expanding and changing food marketplace. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at...

Jerusalem – Arab Vandals Desecrate Tomb Of Shimon Ben Yaakov With Graffiti

May 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Jerusalem - In what some are calling an act aimed at "showing" it belongs to them, Arab vandals used Islamic colors to spray paint Arabic graffiti on the tomb of Shimon Ben Yaakov, believed by many to be the burial place one of the 12 tribes of Israel. ARUTZ SHEVA 7 (http://bit.ly/112Gupl) is reporting that recent visitors to the site found Arabic writing which reads, "the Tomb of Shamun...

Havana – Jewish American Jailed in Cuba Settles Lawsuit With US Gov’t Contractor

May 19, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Havana - An American imprisoned in Cuba settled a lawsuit Thursday against the company he was working for when arrested, a lawsuit that claimed he wasn't properly warned about or prepared for the risks of working in the communist nation. Alan Gross and his wife filed the lawsuit in November against the U.S. government and Bethesda, Maryland-based Development Alternatives Inc., a contractor for...

Bridgeport, CT – Officials Warn Of Commuter Chaos From Connecticut Derailment

May 19, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Bridgeport, CT - Thousands of Connecticut commuters should brace for travel chaos on Monday as Metro-North workers repair damage on the United States' busiest rail line caused by the collision of two trains, officials warned on Sunday. Lengthy detours and hours of traffic backups were likely as many daily train commuters take to the road, officials said. The Friday derailment of a Metro-North...

Jerusalem – UNESCO Delegation Arrives On Rare Inspection Trip

May 19, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Jerusalem - A delegation from UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural organization, arrived Sunday to inspect preservation work in Jerusalem’s Old City, as part of a deal whereby Israel would let the delegation tour the Old City, and the Palestinians would postpone five anti-Israel resolutions pending before the body. One Foreign Ministry official characterized the visit as “professional”...

Moscow – Russian TV: American Accused Of Spying Flies Out

May 19, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Moscow - The U.S. Embassy employee accused of spying in Moscow flew out of Russia on Sunday, five days after he was ordered to leave the country, NTV television reported. The Kremlin-loyal TV station broadcast video Sunday evening showing Ryan Fogle going through passport control and security at Sheremetyevo International Airport. He also was pictured in the company of embassy staff as he...

New York, NY – ‘Stop And Frisk’ Judge Calls Criticism ‘Below-the-Belt’

May 19, 2013 at 07:59 PM
New York, NY - The federal judge presiding over civil rights challenges to the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department has no doubt where she stands with the government. "I know I'm not their favorite judge," U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin said during an Associated Press interview Friday. It was another moment of candor for a judge known for her...

Israel – Yair Lapid Calls On Obama To Seek Interim Deal Between Israel And Palestinians

May 19, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Israel - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's senior coalition partner says that reaching a final peace agreement with the Palestinians is unrealistic at the current time and the sides should instead pursue an interim arrangement. Finance Minister Yair Lapid's assessment, delivered in a published interview Sunday just days before the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, throws a...

Jerusalem – Shabbas Timer Blamed For Major Shul Blaze

May 19, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Jerusalem - Heroic efforts by firefighters and preventative security measures allowed a Chabad synagogue's Torah scrolls to escape harm during a weekend fire that caused extensive damage to the building. ARUTZ SHEVA 7 (http://bit.ly/14lkox4) is reporting that early reports point to a defective Shabbat timer as a possible cause for the fire. A short in the timer apparently generated sparks or a...

Jerusalem – Dozens Throw Stones At 2 Haredi Soldiers In Mea She’arim

May 19, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Jerusalem - Dozens of haredim threw stones at two haredi IDF soldiers in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Mea She'arim neighborhood on Sunday night, police stated. The haredim lit trash cans on fire and fled the scene. Firefighters arrived to extinguish the blazes. No injuries were reported. Th incident came after an anti-draft demonstration staged by the radical Eda Haredit organization...

Jerusalem – Anti-Zionist Haredi Playing Cards Gaining In Popularity

May 19, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Jerusalem - The distributor of a set of anti-Zionist playing cards originally available only in the Neturei Karta sect in Jerusalem says they are growing in popularity and have now entered the Haredi mainstream. YNETnews.com (http://bit.ly/13EpXHE) reports that sales of the "Teach the Youth" cards exceeded 2,000 at the massive anti-draft rally in Lag B'Omer, and that distributors are promising...

Washington – White House Accuses Republicans Of ‘Fishing Expeditions’

May 19, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Washington - The White House on Sunday accused Republicans of conducting political "fishing expeditions," while Republican lawmakers showed no let up in attacking President Barack Obama's administration for a culture of what they called cover-up and "intimidation." With controversies on three fronts - the Internal Revenue Service, the administration's explanation of last year's Benghazi attack...

Jerusalem – Israeli Officials: First Temple-Era Archaeological Find On Palestinian Land Must Be Treated “Sensitively”

May 19, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Jerusalem - The Israel Antiquities Authority says that the discovery of a 2,800 year old pillar dating back to the First Temple-era must be handled "delicately" and "sensitively" since it sits under a Palestinian orchard. The TIMES OF ISRAEL (http://bit.ly/11P85fj) reports that the exact location of site, originally discovered by a tour guide leading a group through a tunnel in the rural West...

Washington – AP CEO Calls Records Seizure Unconstitutional

May 19, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Washington - The president and CEO of The Associated Press says the government's seizure of AP journalists' phone records was "unconstitutional" and already has had a chilling effect on newsgathering. Gary Pruitt says the Justice Department's secret subpoena of reporters' phone records has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists. The Justice Department disclosed the seizure of...

New York – Report: Yahoo Board Agrees To Buy Tumblr For $1 Billion

May 19, 2013 at 01:45 PM
New York - Yahoo Inc's board has approved a deal to buy blogging and social networking site Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash, the Wall Street Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying on Sunday. Such an acquisition would be Marissa Mayer's largest deal since taking the helm of the once-iconic Internet company in July 2012. Yahoo is keen on fast-growing Tumblr because its younger...

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