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Washington – VP Biden To Visit Arizona For Firefighter Memorial

July 5, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Washington - The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will travel to a memorial in Arizona for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire. Biden will attend the service Tuesday in the Prescott area. The White House hasn't released President Barack Obama's schedule for next week. But it's unusual for Obama and Biden to attend the same event outside Washington. Nineteen members of a...

Cairo – ‘Muslim Brotherhood Removes Claim That New Egyptian President Is Jewish’

July 5, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Cairo - The Muslim Brotherhood claimed in a post on its official website that Egypt's new interim president Adli Mansour is Jewish, The Washington Post reported on Friday. The article on IkhwanOnline was subsequently removed. Mansour, who previously served as the constitutional court's chief justice was sworn in as interim president on Thursday after the army removed Islamist President Mohamed...

New York – In NY Politics, Hearing Is Not Always Believing

July 5, 2013 at 03:48 PM
New York - Where else but in Albany can five years of automatic tuition increases at public colleges be called a "rational tuition policy" that officials say, with straight faces, is beloved by students and their families? Where else is a much-lauded tax break actually a $2 billion tax increase and a SAFE Act something that has some New Yorkers afraid of becoming victims of violent crime in...

Beirut – Palestinian President: Jews Should Hear Arab View

July 5, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Beirut - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is reaching out to Jews around the world to listen to the "Arab point of view" on stalled peace talks with Israel. Abbas said Friday that Jews should hear the Arab position on negotiations, which mirrors Palestinian demands. Palestinians say they will not talk unless Israel stops building Jewish housing in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which...

Atlanta, GA – NY Man Charged With Trying To Extort Paula Deen

July 5, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Atlanta, GA - Authorities on Friday arrested a New York man charged with trying to extort money from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen in exchange for not going to the media with "true and damning statements" he said she made. FBI agents and local sheriff's deputies arrested Thomas George Paculis, 62, of Newfield, N.Y., Friday morning. A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court...

Brooklyn, NY – New “Bottle-Friendly” Water Bubblers Planned For Prospect Park

July 5, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Six new "bottle-friendly" water bubblers are on their way to Prospect Park so that thirsty Brooklyn residents will no longer have to concern themselves with the possibility that a dog may have preceded them at the fountain. The BROOKLYN PAPER (http://bit.ly/12LwCiW) reports that the new bubblers, which stand about five-feet high, dispense water vertically, thus making re-fills...

Washington – Israel’s Envoy To The US Stepping Down

July 5, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Washington - Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., is stepping down after more than four years on the job, Israel's Embassy in Washington announced Friday. Oren, 58, said he'll finish his term this fall, then continue serving in an unspecified capacity. "Israel and the United States have always enjoyed a special relationship and, throughout these years of challenge, I was...

Cape Cod, MA – Israeli Man Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash In Mass.

July 5, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Cape Cod, MA - The victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident on Cape Cod on Thursday night was an Israeli man who was driving a rented minivan with multiple passengers, including children, police said. The three-vehicle accident at about 8 p.m. at the base of the Sagamore Bridge in Bourne was caused when a pickup truck merging onto Route 6 east when its left front or left side struck the right...

Brooklyn, NY – Photography Project Turns Into Lesson In Orthodoxy

July 5, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A local photographer shooting a series called "Touching Strangers" for an upcoming book learned a valuable lesson the other day when he was forced to relocate to Crown Heights after being unsuccessful in finding an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man willing to pose with a complete stranger in Williamsburg. The NEW YORK TIMES (http://nyti.ms/13pKLWg) reports that the photographer, Richard...

Reykjavik – Iceland Parliament Declines Snowden’s Citizenship Bid

July 5, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Reykjavik - A bid by Edward Snowden for Icelandic citizenship failed when the country's parliament voted not to debate it before the summer recess, lawmakers said on Friday. The vote leaves Snowden - believed to be staying in a transit area at a Moscow airport - with one option fewer as he seeks a country to shelter him from U.S. espionage charges. Six members of parliament tabled a...

Cairo – Egypt Brotherhood Leader Pledges ‘Lives’ To Restore Mursi

July 5, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Cairo - The top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to restore ousted President Mohammed Morsi to office, saying Egyptians will not accept "military rule" for another day. General Guide Mohammed Badie, a revered figure among the Brotherhood's followers, spoke Friday before a crowd of tens of thousands of Morsi supporters in Cairo. A military helicopter circled low overhead. Badie...

Washington DC – U.S. Reps Charge Romania With Failing To Return Religious Jewish Properties Confiscated By Communists After WWII

July 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Washington DC - Twenty U.S. congressional members are charging Romania with failing to return thousands of religious properties taken from Jews and other religious ethnicities by the communist government post-WWII and held until the demise of the Marxist-Lenin state until 1989. The WASHINGTON TIMES (http://bit.ly/1a6FuVO) reports that a contingency of 13 Republicans and 7 Democrats have...

Beirut – Lebanon Says Israel Could Access Its Offshore Oil

July 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Beirut - A Beirut official says Israel's discovery of a new offshore gas field near Lebanese territorial waters means the Jewish state could siphon some of Lebanon's crude oil. Outgoing energy minister Gibran Bassil said on Friday that Israel could — "in principle" — drill either vertically or horizontally in its new field, potentially reaching Lebanon's deposits if the two nations' fields...

Toronto – Kosher Chicken Supply Wanes While Prices Soar In Canada

July 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Toronto - The closure of one of the country's two top suppliers of kosher chicken has resulted in a steady decrease in availability, while prices continue to soar as the High Holidays approach. The NATIONAL POST (http://bit.ly/16btyL0) reports that the shortages come on the heels of the closing of the Toronto-based Chai Poultry in May, which along with Marvid Poultry out of Montreal, supplied...

Egypt – Interim President Dissolves Islamist-Led Parliament

July 5, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Cairo - The interim Egyptian head of state who was appointed after the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi dissolved parliament by decree on Friday, state television said. Only the upper house, the Shura Council, had remained active after the lower house was dissolved by military-led authorities shortly before Mursi was elected a year ago. State TV also said that Adli Mansour, the...

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