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New York – Amid Scandal, Weiner Tours Storm-damaged NYC Home

July 26, 2013 at 06:20 PM
New York - New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner met with Superstorm Sandy victims Friday on Staten Island as he tried to move past the sexting scandal threatening to derail his political comeback attempt. The former congressman traveled to the furthest reaches of the city to tour the ruined home of Joseph Cardinale, a 14-year resident of a beachfront neighborhood still hurting from...

New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg: US Needs Immigration Reform Now

July 26, 2013 at 05:33 PM
New York - Kicking off a weekend of events dedicated to America's immigration heritage, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that now is the time for immigration reform. Bloomberg told a bipartisan delegation of more than 70 political and community leaders from across the country that America needs a modern immigration system that "welcomes the entrepreneurs and the hard workers...

New York, NY – NYPD Commish Sidesteps Comment On DHS

July 26, 2013 at 04:24 PM
New York, NY - Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is deftly sidestepping comment on recent calls for him to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Current head Janet Napolitano is resigning to take a job as president of the University of California system. Kelly has been recommended by New York Sen. Charles Schumer and others. President Barack Obama said in a television interview...

New York – PepsiCo To No Longer Call Naked Juices ‘Natural’

July 26, 2013 at 03:59 PM
New York - PepsiCo Inc. says it will no longer label its Naked juices as being "all natural," after a lawsuit complained that the drinks contain ingredients that don't fit that bill. The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., says it's also paying $9 million to settle the lawsuit. In an emailed statement, the company said that it uses "an added boost of vitamins" in some of the drinks. But a...

Jerusalem – Report: Chabad Rabbi Shot In Russia Upgraded To ‘Satisfactory’ Condition At Israeli Hospital

July 26, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Jerusalem - Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, 40, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and chief rabbi of Derbent in the Republic of Dagestan, is much improved following emergency surgery for injuries to his internal organs after being shot by assailants near his home. Doctors at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah, Israel, have reported that the complex operation went “very well,” and the bleeding in the rabbi's...

Geneva – Chomsky Says Europe Could Help Mideast Talks

July 26, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Geneva - Europe could provide the key to success for a U.S.-brokered resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians, prominent American academic Noam Chomsky said Friday. Without intervention by Europe, which could use its political and economic weight, the talks likely won't amount to much, said Chomsky during a talk with international reporters at the Geneva Press Club. But if...

Istanbul – Turkey Releases Bird Suspected Of Spying For Israel

July 26, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Istanbul - A bird of prey found in a Turkish village has been cleared of local suspicion it was aiding Israeli spies. The private Dogan news agency reported Friday that villagers in a rural town in central Turkey found the kestrel this week and delivered it to local authorities after discovering a leg band marked "24311 Tel Avivunia Israel." Such bands are often used to track bird...

Jerusalem – Israel Blocks EU Projects In West Bank Over Settlement Measures

July 26, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Jerusalem - Israel has blocked the European Union from aiding tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank in retaliation for Brussels' ban on financial assistance to Israeli organizations in the occupied territories. An Israeli official said on Friday the move was a result of the EU decision "to sanction or boycott the settlements". "From our standpoint we cannot just ignore this or...

Berlin – German President Says Whistleblowers Like Snowden Merit Respect

July 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Berlin - Germany's president, who helped expose the workings of East Germany's dreaded Stasi secret police, said whistleblowers like U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden deserved respect for defending freedom. Weighing in on a debate that could influence September's federal election, President Joachim Gauck struck a very different tone from that of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has assured Washington...

New York – PepsiCo To Jump Into The Premium Bottled Water Market

July 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM
New York - PepsiCo plans to jump into the premium bottled water market with a drink called Om, following the popularity of Coca-Cola's Smartwater. The soda and snack food company, which also makes Aquafina bottled water, plans to launch the line next year, according to the trade publication Beverage Digest. PepsiCo Inc. has so far been on the sidelines when it comes to the premium water...

Cleveland, OH – Accused Cleveland Kidnapper Agrees To Life Imprisonment Plea Deal

July 26, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Cleveland, OH - Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro agreed on Friday to plead guilty and serve life in prison without parole for the abduction and abuse of three women over about a decade. Under a plea agreement announced in court, Ohio prosecutors agreed that Castro will not be eligible for the death penalty. Castro was charged with 977 counts including kidnapping and rape for snatching...

Washington – U.S. Tells Russia: No Death Penalty For Snowden

July 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Washington - Attorney General Eric Holder has told the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden. In a letter dated July 23, the attorney general said the criminal charges Snowden faces do not carry the death penalty and that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty even if Snowden were charged with...

New Hempstead, NY – No Favoritism To Yeshivos In One Ramapo Village; Supervisor Candidate Pledges Fairness To All If Elected

July 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM
New Hempstead, NY - As racial tensions continue to escalate in Ramapo amid allegations that local officials show favoritism to the Jewish community, a local yeshiva lost its bid to continue operating in one of the incorporated villages that make up the town of Ramapo last night, as the village board, which includes several Orthodox Jews, voted unanimously to deny the yeshiva's special application...

Sheerness, UK – Vacationing Hasidic Boys Attacked By Street Thugs On UK’s Isle Of Sheppey

July 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Sheerness, UK - A coach carrying a group of Hasidic Jewish boys ranging in age from 10 to 14 was attacked in the town of Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey on Tuesday by street thugs who pelted them with rocks and eggs, while shouting anti-Semitic slurs. KENTONLINE (http://bit.ly/13iogwp) is reporting that the boys, who were vacationing from London and headed to the beach following a visit to...

Gaza – Hamas Slams Egypt Over Morsi Detainment And Interrogation

July 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Gaza - Hamas on Friday condemned Egypt for the decision to detain ousted President Mohamed Morsi and interrogate him over a connection to the governing body of Gaza, AFP reported. "Hamas condemns this move since it is based on the premise that the Hamas movement is hostile," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri reportedly told AFP. "This is a dangerous development, which confirms that the current...

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