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Washington – White House: GOP Immigration Remark Is ‘Unfortunate,’ Offended Many

July 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Washington - The White House on Wednesday condemned a Republican congressman's assertion that many immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids are actually running drugs. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the comments from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, "were extremely unfortunate, and I think a number of people have pointed out that they were offensive." "They certainly don't help...

Israel – 231 North American Olim Arrive To Build New Lives As Immigrants

July 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Israel - When Nefesh B’Nefesh invited me to join its first aliya flight of the summer, I was immediately interested. It wasn’t just because it meant spending a few days in New York, but mostly because since I moved back to Israel after 18 years of living abroad, I’ve watched videos of NBN’s welcome ceremonies on YouTube several times and wondering what it would be like to be on one of...

Sanford, FL – Lawyer: Family Rescued By Zimmerman Fears Link To ‘Good Samaritan’

July 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Sanford, FL - The family rescued from a car accident by George Zimmerman, days after he was cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, canceled plans to thank him publicly because they fear being linked to someone reviled by many Americans, Zimmerman's lawyer said on Wednesday. "The family, who really wanted to thank George for doing what he did...

Washington – Caroline Kennedy Nominated As Ambassador To Japan

July 24, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan, offering the most famous living member of a prominent American family a new role of service to country. Kennedy, an attorney and bestselling book editor, is being rewarded for helping put Obama in the White House where her father served until his...

United Nations – UN Designates November 19 As World Toilet Day

July 24, 2013 at 08:28 PM
United Nations - The U.N. General Assembly has designated November 19 as World Toilet Day to spotlight the plight of 2.5 billion people who don't have basic toilets. According to the U.N., six billion of the world's seven billion people have mobile phones — but only 4.5 billion have access to toilets or latrines. The General Assembly resolution approved by consensus Wednesday urges the...

Israel – Rabbi Stav, Tzohar: We Hope New Chief Rabbis Make Significant Changes To The Rabbinate

July 24, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Israel - Losing Ashkenazi chief rabbi candidate David Stav and his Tzohar Rabbinical Organization congratulated the winners of the chief rabbi race, Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef on Wednesday. "We express to both elected rabbis our best wishes and that they should merit to make significant changes to the Rabbinate so that it will reflect a renewed commitment to the needs of all the...

Washington – House Rejects Effort To Cut Off NSA Program

July 24, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Washington - A U.S. spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications survived a legislative challenge in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, the first move to curb the surveillance effort since a worker leaked details of its scope. The House of Representatives voted 217-205 to defeat an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have limited the...

Amsterdam – Dutch Woman Reveals Mother’s Diary Of Life In Japanese-Controlled Jewish Internment Camp In WWII Indonesia

July 24, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Amsterdam - A 78-year-old retired high school teacher from Amsterdam has come forward sharing her mother's diary which she kept while imprisoned in a Japanese-controlled Jewish internment camp in Indonesia during WWII. Asian News organization, The ASAHI SHIMBUN (http://bit.ly/1bNO8IZ) reports that while holding the diary, Anne-Ruth Wertheim told of how she, too, at the age of nine, was also...

Washington – House GOP Considers Food Stamp Work Requirements

July 24, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Washington - About 47 million Americans received food stamps last year, but only a relative few are required to work or look for a job as a condition of receiving the aid. Now, House Republicans are considering whether the work requirement should be strengthened as they seek cuts to the $80 billion-a-year program, which has doubled in cost over the last five years. A small group of GOP...

Washington – House and Senate Head To NYS For Immigration Tour

July 24, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Washington - As Congress debates immigration legislation, members of the House and Senate embark Thursday on a weekend tour of immigration-related sites in New York City, with stops at Ellis Island and at a naturalization ceremony. Around 20 lawmakers are scheduled to participate in the events organized by the Faith and Politics Institute. Most are Democrats but there are also a handful of...

Houston – George H.W. Bush Shaves Head To Encourage Child

July 24, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Houston - Former President George H.W. Bush has shaved his head to show solidarity for the sick child of a Secret Service agent. A statement issued by a Bush spokesman Wednesday says the 89-year-old former president acted earlier this week at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. That was after he saw members of his Secret Service detail with newly shaved heads to show support for the...

New York, NY – NYPD Cop Killer Gets Death Penalty

July 24, 2013 at 05:35 PM
New York, NY - A New York City jury has decided that a man convicted of killing two police officers should get the death penalty. The decision was reached Wednesday in the penalty phase of Ronell Wilson's trial. Wilson was charged with shooting the victims during a botched illegal gun sting. A jury convicted him in 2006, then sentenced him to death in early 2007. But an appeals court...

New York – New Quinnipiac Poll: Thompson Tops Quinn, Weiner In NYC Dem Primary Runoff

July 24, 2013 at 05:13 PM
New York - New York City Democratic likely voters give former City Comptroller and 2009 mayoral challenger William Thompson leads over City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner in the mayoral primary runoff - if Thompson can make it to the runoff - according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This is the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack...

Gaza City, Gaza Strip – Egypt Imposes Toughest Gaza Restrictions In Years

July 24, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Gaza City, Gaza Strip - Egypt's new government has imposed the toughest border restrictions on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip in years, sealing smuggling tunnels, blocking most passenger traffic and causing millions of dollars in economic losses. Some in Hamas fear the movement is being swept up in the same Egyptian military campaign that earlier this month toppled the country's democratically...

New York – Facebook Stock Soaring As 2Q Results Fly Past Expectations

July 24, 2013 at 04:35 PM
New York - Facebook's stock is flying high after the world's biggest social network posted higher revenue from mobile ads and delivered a healthy second-quarter profit that reversed a loss a year earlier. Facebook Inc. said Wednesday that it earned $333 million, or 13 cents per share, in the April-June period. That's up from a loss of $157 million, or 8 cents per share, a year ago. Adjusted...

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