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Israel – Coalition Crisis On Charedi Draft Dodging Heats Up

May 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Israel - The crisis in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government surrounding criminal sanctions for draft dodgers intensified Tuesday night, after lawyers representing Likud and Yesh Atid failed to reach a compromise. The six ministers on the committee examining the issue of equalizing the burden, led by Science, Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri, will meet Wednesday morning for...

Jerusalem – Doctors Prescribing Marijuana In Israel To Double

May 28, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Jerusalem - The number of physicians allowed to prescribe medical marijuana will be raised from nine to 20 by the end of this year, Likud MK Haim Katz, who chairs the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee said on Monday. In a raucous session, Katz said that a subcomittee will be formed to discuss intensively, demands by patients groups to get medical cannabis more easily to relieve...

Brooklyn, NY – Republican Candidate Emerges To Run Against David Greenfield

May 28, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Joseph Hayon, a two-time GOP candidate for different Assembly districts, has a new target in mind this electoral cycle: Councilman David Greenfield. His candidacy, Mr. Hayon told Politicker this evening, is based off the view that Mr. Greenfield places party politics above the district. In particular, he cited Mr. Greenfield’s endorsement of his colleague, Councilman Lew...

Washington – Sources: Attorney General Signed Off On Fox Phone Records Subpoena

May 28, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Washington - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder personally approved a decision to subpoena Fox News telephone records as the Justice Department investigated an unauthorized leak regarding North Korea, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The U.S. Justice Department did not mention the subpoena when it issued a statement on Friday describing how Holder had vetted a decision to seek...

Nanuet, NY – Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening Cuomo, Bloomberg, Schumer And More

May 28, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Nanuet, NY - A man who was turned in to police by his landlady admitted in court Tuesday that he made death threats on Facebook against top-tier politicians in New York and Washington, predicting a “dirt nap” for them and writing, “I cannot wait to start killing the scum.” Lawrence Mulqueen, 50, pleaded guilty to federal charges in exchange for an agreement from prosecutors to...

Bologna, Italy – Italian University Says It May Have The World’s “Oldest” Torah Scroll

May 28, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Bologna, Italy - Officials at the University of Bologna say they now believe that a Torah scroll, previously mislabeled and thought to be only a few hundred years old, may in fact be the world's oldest complete Torah scroll. BBC.co.uk (http://bbc.in/18xu3SX) reports that, after the completion of carbon tests, it is believed the scroll might possibly have been written some 850 years...

New York – Con-Ed Preparing For Next Storm With Waterproof Transformers

May 28, 2013 at 07:28 PM
New York - Consolidated Edison is preparing for the next big storm by building platforms and walls to protect vital equipment from flooding, CEO Kevin Burke said Tuesday. "There is a lot more work to do," said Burke, who was sharply criticized after Superstorm Sandy last fall when 975,000 Con Ed customers in New York City and Westchester County lost power — with tens of thousands still out...

Senegal – Al-Qaida Rips Terrorist for Ignoring Their Phone Calls and Failing On Big Operations

May 28, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Senegal - After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida's North African branch sent one final letter to their most difficult employee. In page after scathing page, they described how he didn't answer his phone when they called, failed to turn in his expense reports, ignored meetings and refused time and again to carry out orders. Most of all, they claimed he had failed to...

New York – 7 Charged In $6B Online Money-Laundering Case

May 28, 2013 at 06:32 PM
New York - Calling it perhaps the biggest money-laundering scheme in U.S. history, federal prosecutors charged seven people Tuesday with running what amounted to an online, underworld bank that handled $6 billion for drug dealers, child pornographers, identity thieves and other criminals around the globe. The case was aimed at Liberty Reserve, a currency-transfer and payment-processing company...

Baltimore – Train Derailment, Explosion Crumple Buildings

May 28, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Baltimore - A CSX cargo train crashed into a trash truck and derailed Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb and the explosion that followed rattled homes at least a half-mile away and collapsed nearby buildings, setting them on fire, officials and witnesses said. The train went off the tracks at about 2 p.m. in White Marsh, about 10 miles northeast of Baltimore. Hazmat teams were on the scene, but...

New York – Dow Ends At Record As Central Banks Reassure Wall Street

May 28, 2013 at 05:04 PM
New York - Stocks rose on Tuesday, with the Dow closing at yet another record high, in the wake of Wall Street's first three-day losing streak of the year, after central banks reassured investors that they will keep policies designed to foster global growth. Consumer confidence was the strongest in May in over five years, while home prices accelerated in March by the most in nearly seven...

Mineola, NY – Father Appeals For Help As Police Increase Reward For Information In The 1986 Killing Of Chaim Weiss (video)

May 28, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Mineola, NY - The unsolved killing of a 15-year-old rabbinical student found bludgeoned to death in his dormitory at a suburban New York yeshiva in 1986 is receiving renewed attention from homicide detectives. "There's somebody out there that knows a secret," said Lt. John Azzata, commander of the Nassau County Police homicide squad. "I'm looking for that person to give me that...

Crown Heights, NY – Speculation Abounds Over Future Of Chabad-Lubavitch Leadership

May 28, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Crown Heights, NY - With its growth rate on the rise, and its current leadership aging, speculation has begun to swirl around who will ultimately lead the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement---and whether or not a unanimous leader can be agreed upon without the input of a rebbe. The JEWISH DAILY FORWARD (http://bit.ly/110sQgC) reports that the Chabad's current head administrators, Rabbis Yehuda...

New York – Disgraced Former NYPD Head Kerik Out Of Prison

May 28, 2013 at 03:38 PM
New York - Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik (KEHR'-ihk) has been released from a federal prison. A U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman says Kerik left the Cumberland facility in western Maryland on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to false statement and other charges. They stemmed from allegations that, while a city official, he knowingly paid on only $30,000 for renovations...

New York, NY – New Marist Poll Shows Weiner Cuts Quinn’s Lead In Half

May 28, 2013 at 02:48 PM
New York, NY - A new Marist University poll released on Tuesday reveals that former Rep. Anthony Weiner has cut front-runner Christine Quinn's lead in half in the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor. POLITICO.com (http://politi.co/18wZoVK) is reporting that, Weiner, who formally entered the race last week, is now drawing 19% of the vote to Quinn's 24%, up from April numbers of 15%...

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