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Houston, TX – Texas Motel Fire Kills 4 Firefighters

May 31, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Houston, TX - A fire that engulfed a Houston motel has killed four firefighters, and three people are missing. The mayor's spokeswoman, Jessica Michan, says four firefighters have been kiled, while four others suffered chest pains or leg injuries. She also says three people are missing. The blaze broke out just after noon Friday at a restaurant and club at the Southwest Inn on U.S. 59, one...

Washington – Newly Released IRS Video Shows Employees Dancing

May 31, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Washington - The Internal Revenue Service has provided Congress with another video featuring its employees, this one showing about a dozen of them practicing dancing on a stage. The video, which lasts under three minutes, comes weeks after it was revealed that agency workers produced two other videos, parodying the "Star Trek" and "Gilligan's Island" TV shows. It also comes with the IRS under...

New York – AP Analysis: NY Assembly Speaker Shaken After Scandal

May 31, 2013 at 04:30 PM
New York - Women who said they were groped, threatened and coerced by a powerful and creepy New York assemblyman last year turned to powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to stop the behavior and punish the lawmaker. Silver instead crafted a secret $103,000 private settlement with public money for the women, breaking Assembly policy. The settlement was masked in state records as "legal...

Washington – Texas Man Investigated Over Ricin Letters To Obama, Bloomberg

May 31, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Washington - U.S. authorities are investigating a Texas man over threatening letters containing a deadly poison mailed to U.S. President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a law enforcement official said on Friday. The probe comes as FBI officials continue investigating a separate batch of ricin-laced letters sent earlier this month from Washington state to the president and...

New York, NY – City’s 911 Operators Use Pen And Paper As New System Crashes For Third Time

May 31, 2013 at 03:38 PM
New York, NY - Operators at the nation's largest 911 hub were forced to use pen and paper to communicate emergencies to dispatchers this week when a piece of the new system stalled, the latest glitch in the $2 billion effort to modernize New York City's aging system that failed during the Sept. 11 attacks. City officials said no noticeable delays were reported. "The replacement of any large...

London – Queen Elizabeth Visits Barracks Of Killed UK Soldier

May 31, 2013 at 02:31 PM
London - Queen Elizabeth II has paid her respects to slain British soldier Lee Rigby by meeting with personnel at the barracks where he served in southeast London. The meeting with officers and soldiers who worked with Rigby was added to a previously planned visit to the barracks. Rigby was killed by Islamic extremists last week as he was walking back to the barracks after a works shift at...

New York – New Website Launched To Educate The Jewish Community About Genetic Health Issues

May 31, 2013 at 02:30 PM
New York - Jewish individuals seeking to learn about the many genetic health conditions they may be at risk for can self-educate at GeneSights (www.GeneSights.com), a new online education resource conceived by the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. GeneSights is designed to provide effective and accessible learning at the...

Istanbul, Turkey – Turkish Police Fire Tear Gas In Worst Protests For Years

May 31, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Istanbul, Turkey - Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Friday at demonstrators in central Istanbul, wounding scores of people and prompting rallies in other cities in the fiercest anti-government protests for years. Thousands of demonstrators massed on streets surrounding Istanbul's central Taksim Square, long a venue for political unrest, while protests erupted in the capital...

Los Angeles, CA – Charedi Rabbi: The Jewish Community Should Deal With Molesters Just Like Murderers

May 31, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Los Angeles, CA - The recent guilty plea of an Orthodox Rabbi to molestation charges in New Jersey as well as the District Attorney’s expressed hope that this case will encourage other parents of abused children from the Orthodox community to come forward to report crimes, beg the questions that have bothered me for years : Why is there such a reticence on the part of Orthodox Jews to put...

Brooklyn, NY – NYPD Reveals Plans For Surveillance Cameras In Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Coney Island

May 31, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The NYPD says that over the next three years it plans to place eleven surveillance cameras on lampposts in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Coney Island. BROOKLYNDAILY.com (http://bit.ly/18Eehpi) is reporting that the initiative is credited to Councilman Domenic Recchia (D-Coney Island) who said that the strategic locations were chosen from crime rate and terrorism risk analysis...

Jerusalem – Bayit Yehudi MK: I Don’t Want An Arab In IDF Uniform

May 31, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Jerusalem - Bayit Yehudi MK Yoni Chetboun is against drafting Israeli Arab citizens into IDF service. "I am against bringing the Arabs into this story. If I were an ultra-Orthodox Jew, I would be embarrassed to be compared to an Arab," he told Al Monitor in an interview on Thursday. "I can negotiate and argue with the ultra-Orthodox because they are members of my nation. On that issue I am...

New York – Starbucks To Ban Smoking Within 25 Feet Of Cafes

May 31, 2013 at 01:09 PM
New York - Starbucks customers will soon have to stamp out their cigarettes before approaching the cafes. The Seattle-based chain says it will start banning smoking within 25 feet of its stores, beginning Saturday. Starbucks spokeswoman Jaime Lynn Riley says the intent is to expand the indoor no-smoking policy to the outdoor seating areas. "If there were any concerns, we would hope to...

Jerusalem – Haredi Youth Makes History As First To Enlist In IAF Flying School

May 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Jerusalem - Calling himself a "trailblazer" who's goal is proving that one can be an observant Jew while serving in the IDF's "elite" forces, an 18 year-old ultra-Orthodox boy is set to make history by becoming the first haredi enlistee in the IAF's elite flying school. YNETnews.com (http://bit.ly/11go176) reports that the boy is one of the first graduates of the Torah Leadership Academy, a...

New York – Gov. To Increase Penalty For Texting While Driving From 3 To 5 Points On License

May 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM
New York - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced actions to strengthen penalties for texting-while-driving to protect New Yorkers on the road. The Governor has directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement tougher penalties for texting-while-driving for all drivers effective tomorrow and proposed new penalties for texting-while-driving for young and new drivers. In...

New York – Court Upholds Convictions Of JFK Airport Bomb Plotters

May 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM
New York - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the convictions of two Islamic militants charged with participating in a plot to bomb New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York declined to throw out a 2010 jury verdict against Russell Defreitas, 69, and Abdul Kadir, 61, who were found guilty of conspiracy to carry out acts of...

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