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Israel – Minister: Reform Jews Can Use Mikvaot For Conversion

May 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Israel - Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben-Dahan said that ritual baths, or mikvaot, could be used by Conservative and Reform groups for their conversion process, even though the Chief Rabbinate does not recognize conversions conducted by non-Orthodox Jewish denominations. Ben-Dahan was speaking during a hearing of the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee, which was reviewing the...

Mount Vernon, WA – I-5 Bridge Collapses In NW Wash.; People In Water (video)

May 23, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Mount Vernon, WA - An Interstate 5 bridge over a river north of Seattle collapsed Thursday evening, dumping vehicles and people into the water, the Washington State Patrol said. The four-lane bridge over the Skagit River collapsed about 7 p.m., Trooper Mark Francis said. There was no immediate estimate of how many people were in the water or whether there were any injuries or deaths, he...

Washington – Obama Orders Review Of Guidelines For Probing Journalists

May 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he directed Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a review of Department of Justice guidelines for investigations that involve journalists and report back by early July. Obama has come under criticism for his administration's pursuit of journalists who have reported leaked material. In recent weeks, it emerged that the Justice...

Washington – `I’m Not Racist’: Common Claim After Racial Slurs

May 23, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Washington - It's almost a cliche. First, someone talking about blacks makes reference to fried chicken, watermelon, monkeys or dogs - or even uses the indefensible N-word. Then, along with the inevitable apology, comes the kicker: I'm not racist. The latest denial is from golfer Sergio Garcia. Asked a joking question about having dinner with his adversary Tiger Woods, Garcia said: "We will...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg Releases New Financial Disclosure Report

May 23, 2013 at 08:29 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg has added to his roster of high-end real estate, buying a house and a vacant parcel last year next to a 35-acre estate he already owns in tony Southampton, information released Thursday shows. The mayor's office released Bloomberg's financial disclosure report and redacted 2012 tax return, which paint only a general picture of the billionaire's finances...

Brooklyn, NY – Report: Judge Orders CBS To Turn Over Emails On Brooklyn DA Reality Show

May 23, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten ordered CBS to turn over all communications it had with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office about the production and promotion of its upcoming documentary “Brooklyn DA,” said Abe George, the Hynes primary challenger who filed the suit. The judge demanded the correspondence come in by Friday morning and indicated he will subpoena two...

New York – NYPD: Merchant Held For Ransom, Tortured For Month

May 23, 2013 at 06:06 PM
New York - A businessman was snatched from a New York City street in broad daylight, then held captive for more than a month in a warehouse where he was bound and burned with acid as he was held for a $3 million ransom his family back in Ecuador did not have, authorities said. Pedro Portugal, 52, was found this week by detectives who had been monitoring phone calls, noticed pizza deliveries to...

Spring Valley, NY – Department Of Health Alerts Monsey Residents Of Possible Exposure To Measles

May 23, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Spring Valley, NY - The Rockland County Department of Health has identified a case of measles in Rockland County. During the Health Department’s investigation, it was discovered that the individual with measles was at the Hatzlacha Grocery Store, located at 126 Maple Avenue in Spring Valley, on Wednesday, May 22nd. Individuals who may have been at this location between 1:30-4:30PM and part...

New York – Pittsburgh On The Hudson? Wrong City In NY City Weiner Campaign Logo

May 23, 2013 at 05:37 PM
New York - For New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, the road to City Hall leads through Pittsburgh. Weiner, the candidate who infamously resigned from the U.S. Congress two years ago in a sexting scandal, unveiled a video announcing his mayoral candidacy and a campaign logo on his website on Wednesday. The logo is written in blue and orange - the colors of Weiner's beloved New York...

Washington – IRS Replaces Official Who Oversaw Targeting

May 23, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Washington - A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner has been replaced as director the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted tea party groups. Danny Werfel, the agency's new acting commissioner, told IRS employees in an email Thursday that he has selected a new acting head of the division. Ken Corbin will be the acting...

Los Angeles, CA – RCC Confirms Two Restaurants Switch Certifiers After Doheny Meats Scandal

May 23, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Los Angeles, CA - On the heels of the well-publicized scandal surrounding Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat's use of unsupervised animal products, the President of the Rabbinical Council of California, Rabbi Meyer May, confirmed in a May 20th interview that two restaurants have already left the RCC, and now carry the seal of Kehilla Kosher, another prominent Orthodox kosher certifier in Los Angeles...

New York – In-Fighting In Israeli Government Drives Researcher To Trace Ultra-Orthodox “Work” History

May 23, 2013 at 04:58 PM
New York - In a TABLET Magazine (http://bit.ly/10qBPZC) piece, Relgious Labor, Elliott Horowitz says that the in-fighting in the current Israeli government led him to research the history of Hasidic work history in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. In noting his research, Horowitz cites several essays and exhibits that have depicted the history of ultra-Orthodox work history, including an...

Vienna – Official: 6,000 Looted Nazi Goods Returned

May 23, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Vienna - An official for the city of Vienna says the Austrian capital has handed over nearly 6,000 valuable objects looted by the Nazis to their rightful owners or their heirs since it started taking inventory of them 14 years ago. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny said 5,880 art works, books and other objects have been returned since 1999. Mailath-Pokorny says more than 70,000 items in Viennese museums...

Chicago, IL – 87-Year-Old Woman Loses To Trump In Civil Case

May 23, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Chicago, IL - An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday — she lost. Jurors sided with the real estate mogul-turned-TV showman in a weeklong civil trial focused on Jacqueline Goldberg's claim that Trump cheated her in a condo bait-and-switch scheme. The federal jury in Chicago returned with a finding in Trump's favor. Goldberg, of Evanston, had sought...

New York – Bill Calls For 3 Las Vegas-Style Casinos In The Catskills, 2 In Sullivan County

May 23, 2013 at 03:26 PM
New York - Senate Republicans are proposing five Las Vegas-style casinos including up to three in the Catskills with two video slot machine sites on Long Island. The bill released Thursday also calls for a casino in the Southern Tier's Tioga County, one near Albany, and one in Westchester County or Queens. The bill sponsored by Sen. John Bonacic (BAH'-nah-chek) calls for two video slot...

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