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Jerusalem – Endorsed By Shas Moshe Leon To Challenge Nir Barkat For Mayoralty

July 21, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Jerusalem - Spurred by Likud and ultra-Orthodox officials to challenge Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in October’s mayoral race, Jerusalem Development Authority Chairman Moshe Leon will officially announce his campaign in the capital Monday afternoon. However, before Leon could make the declaration, Ometz Chairman Aryeh Avneri accused him of corruption and fraud during his tenure as head of the...

Miami, FL – Despite Outcry, Stand-Ground Law Repeals Unlikely

July 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Miami, FL - Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the Florida governor's office, the jury's verdict that George Zimmerman was justified in shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is unlikely to spur change to any of the nation's stand-your-ground self-defense laws. "I support stand your ground,"...

Washington – Report: U.S. Marshals Lose Track Of 2,000 Encrypted Radios

July 21, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Washington - The U.S. Marshals Service has lost track of about 2,000 encrypted two-way radios worth millions of dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing internal records it had obtained through a public records request. The paper reported that the problems date back to at least 2011, when the Marshals were deploying new versions of the radios to communicate in the...

New York – Indoor Smoking Ban Has Changed Much In 10 Years

July 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM
New York - Smoky restaurants and offices and even smoke-filled bars, buses and trains are mostly a historical image in New York as the state marks the 10th anniversary of its landmark indoor smoking ban, which advocates say saved thousands of lives while most of its opponents' worst fears blew away. Few measures in Albany changed life in New York more. The law relegated most smokers...

Israel – Lapid: EU Settlement Directives Boost Extremists, Hurt Peace Hopes

July 21, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Israel - The European Union’s decision to exclude all entities operating in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from funding of joint projects with Israel will only encourage extremists in the region and lessen the chances of peace with the Palestinians, Finance Minister Yair Lapid charged. In an op-ed piece which appeared in Friday editions of The New York Times, Lapid wrote that the new...

Washington – FAA Warns Public Against Shooting Guns At Drones

July 21, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Washington - People who fire guns at drones are endangering the public and property and could be prosecuted or fined, the Federal Aviation Administration warned Friday. The FAA released a statement in response to questions about an ordinance under consideration in the tiny farming community of Deer Trail, Colo., that would encourage hunters to shoot down drones. The administration reminded the...

New York – MTA May Sell Naming Rights To NYC Subway Stations

July 21, 2013 at 07:39 PM
New York - The authority that runs New York City's subway system is considering whether to raise money by selling naming rights to some of its stations. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently drafted a set of rules outlining how to handle those types of corporate sponsorships. The MTA's board is set to discuss the issue next week. Right now, nearly all of New York's stations...

Fort Drum – New York Site Considered As Missile Interceptors

July 21, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Fort Drum, NY - The nation's military leaders are considering two sites in upstate New York — an active Army post and a shuttered Air Force base — and one site in Maine as potential missile interceptor sites on the East Coast. The Missile Defense Agency is looking at 10 sites on the East Coast, including Fort Drum in northern New York, the old Griffiss Air Force Base near the central New...

Anchorage, AK – Alaska Jewish Museum Celebrates Grand Opening; History-Makers In Attendance

July 21, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Anchorage, AK - A July 4th ribbon-cutting in front of hundreds of esteemed guests, religious leaders, philanthropists, politicos, and well-wishers marked the grand opening of the Alaska Jewish Museum, and with it, the Esformes Jewish Campus of Alaska, which includes the Gan Yeladim Early Learning Center and the Lubavitch Center, which will house Chabad's social and spiritual outreach...

West Bank – PLO Official: Palestinian Leadership Hasn’t Decided To Resume Talks Yet

July 21, 2013 at 05:24 PM
West Bank - Facing increased criticism for agreeing to resume peace talks with Israel, Palestinian Authority representatives on Sunday began talking once again about pre-conditions for reviving the peace process. The PA leadership, meanwhile, instructed its representatives to refrain from public statements regarding the circumstances that prompted PA President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to the...

Washington – FDA Sets New Limits On Arsenic In Apple Juice Same Allowed In Drinking Water

July 21, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Washington - Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favorite drinks. The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, after more than a year of public pressure from consumer groups worried about the contaminant's effects on children. Nationwide...

Atlanta – Ga. Blueberry Knocks Peach Off Top Of Fruit Pile

July 21, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Atlanta - What is the most valuable fruit crop produced in the Peach State? This is not a trick question, but you may want to pause a second before answering. Ready? It's the blueberry. Georgia is famous as a major producer of the peach, the fuzzy succulent orange fruit whose image appears on state license plates, "welcome to Georgia" billboards and on road signs. When driving in the...

Washington – After 3 Years House GOP On Obamacare: For Repeal, Not Replace

July 21, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Washington - Three years after campaigning on a vow to "repeal and replace" President Barack Obama's health care law, House Republicans have yet to advance an alternative for the system they have voted more than three dozen times to abolish in whole or in part. Officially, the effort is "in progress" - and has been since Jan. 19, 2011, according to GOP.gov, a leadership-run website. But...

Albany, NY – Governor Shuffles Top Staff For Health And Developmental Disabilities

July 21, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Courtney Burke as his new deputy secretary for health while choosing an executive from a Hudson Valley nonprofit to take over for Burke as acting commissioner of New York's Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Burke will replace James Introne, who retired. She is the former director of the Rockefeller Institute's New York State Health...

Washington – In Kerry’s Mideast Announcement, Hints Of Success And Challenge

July 21, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Washington - When Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians had tentatively agreed to resume peace talks after three years, he did so standing alone as dusk fell over the Jordanian capital. The image reflects both his achievement and his challenge: few people would have predicted success when he began his quest to get the parties into talks nearly six...

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