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Jerusalem – Netanyahu To Be Investigated Over Foreign Trips

May 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Jerusalem - State Comptroller Joseph Shapira announced on Wednesday that he will hold meetings next week to investigate the financial controversies surrounding Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as well as other public officials relating to their foreign trips. It was unclear what the scope of the investigation would be and what aspects it would add to ongoing investigations, but it was...

Washington – Chemical That Sparked Deadly Texas Explosion Found Across U.S

May 22, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Washington - At least 800,000 people across the United States live near hundreds of sites that store large amounts of potentially explosive ammonium nitrate, which investigators are blaming as the source of last month's deadly blast at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, a Reuters analysis shows. Hundreds of schools, 20 hospitals and 13 churches, as well as hundreds of thousands of households...

Long Island, NY – Police Reopen Cold Case About Death Of 15-year-Old Yeshiva Student Chaim Weiss

May 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Long Island, NY - Police are reopening a cold case regarding the death of a 15-year-old rabbinical student from Staten Island. Chaim Weiss, was found dead in his dormitory room at the Mesivta Yeshiva of Long Beach early on the morning of Nov. 1, 1986. According to a report in The NY Times in 1989, the youth had been stabbed repeatedly by someone who evidently was well acquainted with the...

Detroit – Louis Farrakhan Denounces ‘Satanic Jews’ As Democratic Leaders Listens

May 22, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Detroit - A national Jewish civil rights group has criticized National of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for making anti-Semitic statements at a Detroit church appearance and is calling on a congressman and other leaders in attendance to condemn the remarks. The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/195ympR ) says Farrakhan denounced "Satanic Jews" and the "synagogue of Satan" controlling...

Washington – Obama To Visit Tornado-Ravaged Oklahoma Town

May 22, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama will travel to tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., on Sunday. White House spokesman Jay Carney says the president will view the tornado damage first-hand. He also plans to meet with victims and first responders. The monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday afternoon, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of...

Canada – Most Of Montreal Told To Boil Drinking Water

May 22, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Montreal - More than one million Montreal residents are being told to boil their drinking water after a malfunction at Canada's second-biggest filtration plant. The malfunction resulted in brownish water gushing from fire hydrants and an unpleasant aroma wafting over parts of the city on Wednesday. The advisory applied to most of Montreal. City spokeswoman Valerie De Gagne and others...

Los Angeles, CA – Union Power At Issue As Garcetti Elected LA Mayor

May 22, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Los Angeles, CA - The next mayor of Los Angeles was able to defeat a fellow Democrat by depicting her as a pawn of utility union bosses in the city long friendly to labor, an outcome expected to echo beyond California as unions nationwide face threats to their clout. With all precincts reporting Wednesday, city Councilman Eric Garcetti defeated city Controller Wendy Greuel, 54 percent to 46...

New York, NY – City Council Approves Resolution Allowing Religious Services In Public Schools

May 22, 2013 at 07:14 PM
New York, NY - The City Council has adopted a resolution allowing religious groups to hold services in public schools outside school hours. Dozens of congregations hold weekly worship services in school buildings throughout the city. The council approved the resolution by a 38-11 vote and is now calling on the state Legislature to make it law statewide. The Department of Education and...

New York – 3 Charged In Man’s NYC Kidnapping, Ransom Attempt

May 22, 2013 at 06:57 PM
New York - Authorities say two New York City men and a New Jersey man kidnapped another man off a Queens street in broad daylight and held him for over a month, demanding $3 million from his family in Ecuador as ransom. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the men have been charged with kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment and face up to 25 years to life in prison if...

Washington – Under Fire, White House Admits ‘Potholes’ In Handling IRS Scandal

May 22, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Washington - Facing criticism from Democratic loyalists, the White House acknowledged on Wednesday that President Barack Obama's team has struggled to get its story straight on who knew what when about the IRS targeting of conservative groups. Democrats close to the Obama White House said they had been puzzled by the president's team's inability to establish one coherent account of the facts...

Youngstown, OH – Doctors Save Ohio Boy By ‘Printing’ An Airway Tube

May 22, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Youngstown, OH - In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day. It's the latest advance from the booming field of regenerative medicine, making body parts in the lab. In the case of Kaiba (KEYE'-buh) Gionfriddo, doctors didn't have a moment to spare. Because of...

Washington – House Committee Passes Iran Sanctions Legislation

May 22, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Washington - A new push to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions by crippling the country's economy gathered momentum on Capitol Hill Wednesday with approval of legislation by the House Foreign Affairs Committee that would impose even tougher economic sanctions against Tehran. And the Senate resolved that the United States should support Israel if it is forced to take military action to defend...

New York – Twitter Adds Security Measure To Logins

May 22, 2013 at 04:58 PM
New York - Twitter is adding an extra security measure to users' accounts in an effort to prevent unauthorized logins. Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday that users will be able to enroll in a login verification program. For those who sign up, Twitter will send a six-digit code using a text message each time they sign in to Twitter.com. Besides their username and password, users will have...

Brooklyn, NY – City “Keeps Peace” By Leaving Hasidic Williamsburg Out Of Citibike Program

May 22, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Williamsburg, NY - In what some are calling an "effort" by the city to "keep peace," the predominantly Hasidic area of South Williamsburg has been completely passed over in the placement of bike-sharing kiosks, part of the Citibike program that is set to begin on Monday. The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/10U5YAy) reports that the Hasidic community, now referred to by bike enthusiasts as...

Washington – Senate Rejects Bid To Let States Run Food Stamps

May 22, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Washington - The Senate on Wednesday rejected a Republican bid to turn the federal food stamp program over to the states. Known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the food stamp program is administered by the Agriculture Department and federal dollars are unlimited as long as recipients qualify. The program cost $78 billion last year, more than double the price in...

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