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London – Study: MERS Virus May Be Deadlier Than SARS

July 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM
London - The new respiratory virus that emerged in the Middle East last year appears to make people sicker faster than SARS, but doesn't seem to spread as easily, according to the latest detailed look at about four dozen cases in Saudi Arabia. Since last September, the World Health Organization has confirmed 90 cases of MERS, the Middle East respiratory syndrome, including 45 deaths. Most...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Congratulates Newly Elected Chief Rabbis Lau, Yosef

July 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Jerusalem - A day after winning the chief Sephardic and Ashkenazi rabbinates respectively, Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his Tel Aviv office on Thursday. “You are the rabbis of all the people of Israel,” Netanyahu told them at the start of their meeting. “In line with the famous Jewish commandment, ‘One should treat others as one...

Westhampton Beach – Mayoral Candidates Vie For Bookings At Westhampton Beach’s Hampton Synagogue

July 25, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Westhampton Beach - With a limited number of slots available during the summer months, mayoral candidates from all parties are scrambling for a booking at Westhampton Beach's Hampton Synagogue, the summer house of worship for some of New York's richest and most powerful movers and shakers. The NEW YORK TIMES (http://nyti.ms/19kAf47) reports that the synagogue's founder, Rabbi Marc Schneier...

Rockland County, NY – Protestors March Against Jewish Boys’ Elementary School in Residential Ramapo Neighborhood

July 25, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Rockland County, NY - Nearly 100 protesters gathered in Rockland County tonight to protest the presence of a newly opened yeshiva in a predominantly black neighborhood located approximately one mile south of New Square. The peaceful protest was jointly organized by the groups Neighbors of Hillcrest, Save our Schools Coalition and Wakeup Rockland, with demonstrators marching the approximately...

Toronto – BlackBerry Lays Off 250 Employees In Latest Round Of Cuts

July 25, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Toronto - BlackBerry Ltd has laid off about 250 of its employees at its headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, as part of its latest move to trim costs, the smartphone maker said on Thursday. "This is part of the next stage of our turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale our company," a BlackBerry spokeswoman said. The company, which last year cut thousands of jobs, recently hinted...

Washington – Republicans Prepare For ‘Obamacare’ Showdown, With Eye To 2014

July 25, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Washington - With the Obama administration poised for a huge public education campaign on healthcare reform, Republicans and their allies are mobilizing a counter-offensive including town hall meetings, protests and media promotions to dissuade uninsured Americans from obtaining health coverage. Party officials, political analysts and lobbyists say the coming showdown will mark a new phase in...

Brooklyn, NY – Weiner Gets Rough Reception At Flatbush Masbia Campaign Stop (video)

July 25, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner received a harsh reception Thursday during a campaign stop in Jewish Flatbush on heels of the most recent revelations of his continued Internet sexual exploits. POLITICKER (http://bit.ly/16fUF8Q) reports that Weiner began attracting critics while he posed for photo-ops, volunteering as a server inside the kitchen at Masbia of Flatbush...

Williamsburg, NY – Traffic Signals To Be Installed On Kent Avenue Where Glauber Couple Was Killed

July 25, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Council Member Stephen Levin is announcing today that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to install traffic signals on Kent Avenue. This follows a request from Levin that the DOT take steps to prevent future tragedies along Kent Avenue after a hit-and-run resulted in the deaths of Raizy and Nathan Glauber and their newborn son this March. There were previously...

New York – NTSB Finds Southwest Plane Landed Wrong At LaGuardia Airport

July 25, 2013 at 06:58 PM
New York - Federal investigators say it appears the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jet that made a hard landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport hit the ground before the main landing gear. The finding was released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday. Sixteen passengers suffered minor injuries during Flight 345's landing Monday. The plane was coming from Nashville...

Brooklyn, NY – Abe George Exits The Race For Brooklyn District Attorney

July 25, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Former Manhattan prosecutor Abe George announced Thursday that he is dropping out of the Brooklyn District Attorney's race and that he is endorsing Kenneth Thompson. The NEW YORK TIMES (http://nyti.ms/1bSEdBM) reports that, in making the announcement, George said, "Brooklyn can't afford another four years of Joe Hynes, and I had to realize that in order to defeat Joe Hynes I...

Madrid – Why Was Doomed Spanish Train Going So Fast?

July 25, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Madrid - Why was the train going so fast? Did the driver fail to heed speed limits on a sharp curve? Did brakes fail? What about the safety system meant to force the train or the driver to slow down if going too fast? These are among issues investigators will look into after Spain's worst train crash in decades, which left at least 80 dead and 94 injured, 35 of them in serious condition. A...

Grand Island, NY- At 112, NY Man Is World’s Oldest; Oldest Woman 115

July 25, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Grand Island, NY - A 112-year-old self-taught musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado from western New York is the world's oldest man, according to Guinness World Records Ltd. Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez became the world's oldest man when Jiroemon Kimura died June 12 at age 116. The world's oldest person is a woman, 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan. Guinness World Records used...

Detroit – New Impala Tops Sedans In Consumer Reports Tests

July 25, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Detroit - The first American sedan in 20 years to earn Consumer Reports top score is the Chevrolet Impala. Really. The magazine has ranked the completely reworked 2014 version of the full-size car as its top U.S. sedan, based on ride, handling, quality of materials and other factors. It's the first time in two decades that a domestic brand has beaten cars from Germany and Japan. For the...

Washington – House Panel Passes Bill To Cut Back Mail Delivery

July 25, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Washington - A House of Representatives committee advanced a bill to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail and eliminate direct-to-door delivery to help the struggling U.S. Postal Service shave costs. But the plan faces stiff opposition in the Senate. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 22-17, along party lines, late on Wednesday to send the bill to the full...

Sanford, FL – Minority Juror Tells TV Interviewer Zimmerman ‘Got Away With Murder’

July 25, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Sanford, FL - A second juror in the trial of George Zimmerman has given a TV interview saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer "got away with murder" when he was acquitted earlier this month in the shooting death of black, unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. The woman, identified in court as juror B29, who is part Hispanic, said she would have liked to convict Zimmerman of murdering Martin...

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