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Israel – Fierce Charedi Opposition To Teaching Basic Studies

July 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Israel - An amendment to the Economic Arrangements Bill that would condition the funding of elementary haredi schools on the teaching of math, Hebrew and English generated a heated argument in the Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee on Tuesday, with haredi MKs denouncing the legislation as an attempt to destroy ultra- Orthodox society. During the session, senior UTJ MK Moshe Gafni...

New York, NY – New Yorkers’ Get Their Own Top-Level Domain ‘.nyc’

July 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM
New York, NY - New York City likes to think of itself as a domain like no other, and now it's close to being able to boast as much on the web. The city has gotten a key approval for a ".nyc" suffix online, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced Tuesday. That would mean web addresses could end in ".nyc" instead of such common suffixes as ".com" or...

Washington – Fed Pledges To Get Tough On Wall Street As Adopts Basel Rules

July 2, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Washington - The U.S. Federal Reserve pledged to draft more tough rules for Wall Street, while shielding smaller banks from some of the harshest impact of the global Basel III capital rules it adopted on Tuesday. The central bank voted in favor of the long-awaited U.S. version of the global rules that require banks to use more equity capital to fund their business, to make them more robust...

Washington – Investigators Reaffirm TWA 800 Crash An Accident

July 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Washington - Current and former federal officials who played key roles in the investigation of one of the nation's worst aviation disasters said Tuesday they stand by their conclusion that the explosion of TWA flight 800 was caused by overheated fuel tank vapors, and not a bomb or missile. The officials spoke to reporters at a briefing on the National Transportation Safety Board's four-year...

Washington – Clapper Apologizes For ‘Erroneous’ Answer On NSA

July 2, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Washington - Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has apologized for telling Congress earlier this year that the National Security Agency does not collect data on millions of Americans, a response he now says was "clearly erroneous." Clapper apologized in a letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein. His agency posted the letter Tuesday on its...

Brooklyn, NY – City Dedicates Intersection To Slain ‘Ger Tzedek’ Liquor Store Clerk

July 2, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The city plans to honor the memory of a 34 year-old Jamaican-born Orthodox Jewish liquor store clerk who was shot to death in 2010 in Midwood while defending his girlfriend from a would-be robber. The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/17FOU6u) reports that a dedication re-naming the intersection of Avenue J and Nostrand Ave. in Midwood "Yoseph Robinson Avenue" will be...

New York – On July 4, Statue Of Liberty To Finally Reopen

July 2, 2013 at 08:31 PM
New York - Months after Superstorm Sandy swamped her little island, the Statue of Liberty will finally welcome visitors again on Independence Day. Sandy made landfall one day after the statue's 126th birthday, flooding most of the 12 acres she stands upon with water that surged as high as 8 feet. Lady Liberty herself was spared, but the surrounding grounds on Liberty Island took a...

Cairo – Egypt’s Mursi Defies Army As It Plots Future Without Him

July 2, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Cairo - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi vowed to stay in power and defend constitutional legitimacy on Wednesday as generals worked on plans to push the Islamist aside within the day and suspend the constitution. In a defiant midnight television address responding to military demands that he share power with his opponents or see the army impose its own solution, Mursi warned that any...

California – San Francisco Bay Area Transit Strike Snarls Commute Again

July 2, 2013 at 07:15 PM
California - Monday was bad. Tuesday was even worse, and Wednesday was lining up to be even more hellish for San Francisco Bay area residents enduring tough commutes after a strike by train workers shut down the region's transportation backbone. Commutes in the region were thrown into chaos when members of the two largest unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit workers went on strike early...

Yarnell, AZ – Texted Photo Shows Hotshot Crew Before They Died

July 2, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Yarnell, AZ - It may be the last image of members of an Arizona fire crew before they died, overcome by flames. The photo shows smoke billowing in the distance and firefighters covered in soot as they took a break and watched their target on the horizon. At the time, its significance was small, part of a text exchange between a man and his wife. "This is my lunch spot ... too bad lunch...

Coney Island, NY – Amusement Park Evacuated After Astrotower Sways

July 2, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Coney Island, NY - The iconic Coney Island amusement park has been evacuated after reports of a swaying 275-foot tall observation tower at W. 12th Street and Surf Avenue. The New York Fire Department says a report that the Astrotower was unstable was called in around 4:20 Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Luna Park says the amusement area was evacuated and closed at 5 p.m. as a precaution. The...

Moscow – Bolivian Minister: President Morales’ Plane Rerouted To Austria On Suspicion Snowden On Board

July 2, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Moscow - The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, the country's foreign minister said. Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the plane, which landed in Vienna, and said France...

Washington – White House Delays Employer Health Care Rule Until 2015

July 2, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Washington - The Obama administration says it's delaying a major part of the president's health care overhaul law, the requirement that medium and large companies offer coverage. In an announcement late Tuesday from the Treasury Department, the administration said it has heard requests from business groups for additional time to comply and will grant another year. The health law requires...

Boston – Cities Beef Up Security For Independence Day

July 2, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Boston - Security will be tighter than ever in several U.S. cities during Independence Day celebrations this week, which will see some of the largest public gatherings in the country since the deadly Boston Marathon bombings in April. Security officials said they would deploy record numbers of police and install scores of new surveillance cameras and checkpoints around fireworks displays...

Jerusalem – Israel Nervously Watching Egyptian Turmoil

July 2, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli officials are warily watching the mass protests in neighboring Egypt, fearing a collapse of the Islamist government could threaten the historic peace treaty between the two nations. While Israeli leaders have been careful not to take sides in Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's struggle with protesters, many fear extremist Islamic groups could take advantage of chaos to...

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