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Ontario – Massive Rain Storm Hits Parts Of Toronto; Jewish Community Flooded, Thousands Remain In The Dark (photos)

July 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Ontario - A massive storm swept through Toronto late this afternoon, flooding city streets with record rains and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of area residents. The storm, which began at approximately 4 PM, dumped as much as three and a half inches of Toronto in a relatively short amount of time, bringing the largest city in Canada to a virtual standstill just as rush hour...

New York – New Corruption Panel Has More Teeth, Will It Bite?

July 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM
New York - The new corruption commission chasing misconduct in Albany has more teeth than its predecessor two decades ago, but skeptics say the test is whether it recycles rhetoric against persistent Albany corruption or actually bites anyone. The 25-member commission appointed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has 10 county district attorneys. Unlike a previous Moreland Commission, this panel...

Israel – Lapid Orders Holocaust Survivor Benefit Increases

July 8, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Israel - Following approval by the Knesset Finance Committee, Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Monday signed orders to increase benefits to Holocaust survivors. A total of NIS 50 million will be added to the annual payouts, starting immediately. The updated allotments categories include basic survivor payments, the budget for special benefits such as those with a social dimension, and benefits...

Washington – White House: U.S. Won’t Cut Off Aid To Egypt Immediately

July 8, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Washington - The White House refused to label the military ouster of Egypt's president a coup on Monday and said there would be no immediate cut-off in U.S. aid to Egypt in a move that distances Washington from the country's toppled Muslim Brotherhood leadership. White House spokesman Jay Carney, peppered with questions about Egypt at his daily briefing, struggled to explain how Washington...

New York – Ex-Gov. Spitzer Asks NYC Voters To Consider Record

July 8, 2013 at 07:23 PM
New York - First, Anthony Weiner vaulted back from an embarrassing sexting scandal to become a top mayoral contender. Now, Eliot Spitzer has sprinted onto the comeback campaign trail in New York City, where this fall's races are turning into a mini-Olympics of political redemption. So Weiner, just two years after a tweeted underwear photo spelled the end of his congressional career, jumps...

Cairo – Egypt To Hold Parliamentary Vote By February, Followed By Presidential

July 8, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Egypt - Egypt will hold new parliamentary elections once amendments to its suspended constitution are approved in a referendum, the interim head of state decreed on Monday, setting out a timeframe that could see a legislative vote in about six months. A presidential election would be called once the new legislative chamber convenes, the decree said. It set a four-and-a-half month timeframe for...

San Francisco – Doctor: Unusual Pattern Of Spine Injuries From Jet Crash

July 8, 2013 at 06:46 PM
San Francisco - Many survivors of Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco have a surprising pattern of spine injuries that a doctor says shows how violently they were shaken despite wearing seat belts. So far, two people are unable to move their legs — doctors don't yet know if the damage is permanent — and several others have needed surgery to stabilize their spines so they can move, said...

New York – Former Students Hit Yeshiva U With $380M Lawsuit Over Cover-Up In Sex Abuse Scandal

July 8, 2013 at 06:07 PM
New York - A $380M lawsuit has been filed against Yeshiva University by nineteen former high school students who claim teachers and administrators actively engaged in a "massive cover-up" of physical and sexual abuse of students during the 1970s and 1980s at a Manhattan high school run by the university. The JEWISH DAILY FORWARD (http://bit.ly/15rNpc2) reports that suit centers around Y.U.'s...

Lac-Megantic, Quebec – Canada Train Derailment Death Toll Rises To 13

July 8, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Lac-Megantic, Quebec - Officials in Canada say the death toll in the devastating oil train derailment has reached 13. Eight more bodies have been found in the wreckage now that investigators have better access to the zone closest to the blast, officials said Monday. About 40 people are still missing. All but one of the train's 73 tanker cars were carrying oil when they came loose early...

New York – Yahoo Shuts Down Internet Relic AltaVista

July 8, 2013 at 05:25 PM
New York - Once up on a time, there was a popular search engine called AltaVista. It lives no more. On Monday, its owner Yahoo Inc. sent AltaVista.com to the Internet graveyard to rest alongside order-almost-anything venture Kozmo.com and the butler from Ask Jeeves. Palo Alto, Calif.-based AltaVista was introduced in 1995, three years before Google Inc. was founded. Eclipsed by Google in...

Larchmont, NY – Reform Rabbi Cop-Impersonator Hospitalized; Lawyer Cites Mental Illness As Explanation

July 8, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Larchmont, NY - The lawyer for a Larchmont Reform rabbi accused of stopping three area motorists recently while claiming to be a police officer has been hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder according to a statement released by his attorney on Monday. LOHUD.com (http://lohud.us/1ahU0dD) reports that Andrew Rubin, the attorney representing 49 year-old Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski, who...

Sanford, FL – Father Says He Never Denied Screams Were Trayvon

July 8, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Sanford, FL - Trayvon Martin's father testified Monday that he never denied it was his son's voice screaming for help on a 911 call, contradicting police officers' earlier testimony at George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial. Tracy Martin said that he merely told officers he couldn't tell if it was his son after his first time listening to the call. "I never said that wasn't my son's...

Islamabad – Report Assails Pakistani Officials Over Bin Laden

July 8, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Islamabad - Al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden was able to live in Pakistan undetected for nine years because of a breathtaking scale of negligence and incompetence at practically all levels of the Pakistani government, according to an official government report published by a TV channel on Monday. The 336-page report was written by a commission tasked with investigating the circumstances...

Berlin – Germany Defends ‘Strictly Legal’ Cooperation With NSA

July 8, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Berlin - Angela Merkel's government said on Monday that its cooperation with American intelligence was fully regulated by strict legal guidelines after a magazine reported that the U.S. National Security Agency was in close cahoots with German spies. Germany's opposition, with an eye on September's election, when the chancellor will seek a third term, demanded that her government explain how...

San Antonio, TX – Gov. Perry Says Won’t Seek Re-Election In 2014

July 8, 2013 at 02:21 PM
San Antonio, TX - Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, says he won't seek re-election in 2014. The staunch Christian and fiscal conservative said Monday he plans to retire. That sets up an opening for fellow Republican and longtime Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott in next year's GOP primary. The 63-year-old Perry ran for president in 2011. He's best known in that...

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