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Washington – Obama Rules Out ‘Military Excursion’ In Ukraine

March 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama ruled out U.S. military involvement in Ukraine on Wednesday, emphasizing diplomacy in the U.S. standoff with Russia over Crimea. "We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine," Obama told KNSD, San Diego's NBC affiliate, in an interview. "We need do not need to trigger an actual war with Russia," he told KSDK, a St. Louis station...

Canberra, Australia – Australia Checking 2 Objects In Search For Plane

March 19, 2014 at 11:25 PM
Canberra, Australia - Military search planes flew over a remote part of the Indian Ocean on Thursday hunting for debris in "probably the best lead" so far in finding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, officials said. The four planes were checking to see if two large objects spotted in satellite imagery bobbing in the ocean were debris from Fight 370 that disappeared March 8 with 239 people...

Gaza – Facing Blackouts Gazan Converting Car Batteries Into LED Lights

March 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM
Gaza - A resident of Gaza's al-Shajaiya neighborhood is collecting old batteries and using them to create enough energy to light-up homes in the area he lives in using Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. LED's can be described as small light bulbs in an electrical circuit and can be used to light up watches, or when used in a large quantity, traffic lights. Gaza faces power shortages for...

Dallas, TX – Northeast Texas Woman Gives Birth To Quintuplets

March 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Dallas, TX - A northeast Texas woman has given birth to quintuplets at a Dallas hospital. A statement from Baylor University Medical Center on Thursday says Michelle Seals of Maud, Texas, delivered four girls and one boy Tuesday afternoon at the hospital. Seals and her husband, Steven Seals, have named the girls Mia, Tessa, Gracie and Rayleigh. The boy is named Brant. According to the...

Queens, NY – Sixteen Airport Taxi Dispatchers Charged In Bribe Dispatching Scheme

March 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM
Queens, NY -  An undercover sting operation ended with sixteen airport taxi dispatchers being arrested and charged with illegally receiving cash bribes in a dispatch scheme happening at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Apress release published by the Queens County District Attorney’s office states the defendants are accused of taking cash bribes to allow taxi drivers to cut in line...

Bedford, MA – Officials Focusing On Anti-Semitic Incidents In Schools

March 19, 2014 at 10:30 PM
Bedford, MA - Bedford school officials are seeking help from the community regarding anti-Semitic occurrences among elementary school kids. The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/1nExClp) reports a  game called “Jail the Jews’’ was played at two elementary schools and  a few months after that swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were found at Bedford High School and one elementary...

United Nations – US, Russia Exchange Threats At Tense UN Meeting

March 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM
United Nations - Russia and the United States exchanged threats Wednesday at a tense U.N. Security Council meeting over the Ukraine crisis, with Moscow's envoy warning that the U.S. ambassador's "insults" are jeopardizing Moscow's willingness to cooperate with Washington on other diplomatic matters. It was the council's eighth meeting in less than three weeks on Ukraine, a show of...

Washington – IRS: $760M Owed To People Who Didn’t File For 2010

March 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Washington - If you didn't file a tax return for 2010, the Internal Revenue Service says it might have a refund waiting for you. The deadline to claim it is April 15, and you have to file a 2010 return to get the money. The IRS said Wednesday it has $760 million in refunds owed to people who did not file returns for 2010. Some people weren't required to file returns because they made too...

Washington – Obama: Finding Missing Plane A Top US Priority

March 19, 2014 at 09:28 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says finding out what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is a top priority for the U.S. In his first public comments on the mind-boggling disappearance, Obama said Wednesday that every available U.S. resource is being used in the search, including the FBI, the National Transportation Safety Board and others who deal with aviation. Finding the...

Los Angeles, CA – Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation Expands, Turns 20

March 19, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Steven Spielberg isn't planning on making any more Holocaust movies. The Oscar-winning director is leaving that to the Shoah Foundation. After "Schindler's List," Spielberg turned his lens on real survivors of the World War II Jewish genocide through his foundation, which has since filmed nearly 52,000 testimonies from Holocaust survivors around the world. As the organization...

New York – Port Authority Mulls Pay Hikes At All Facilities

March 19, 2014 at 08:32 PM
New York - Not long after pay hikes were ordered for low-wage workers at New York's two major airports, the agency that operates those airports apparently wants to increase pay for workers at all its facilities. The issue was discussed Wednesday at a board meeting of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority operates JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty Airports. It...

Kiev – US Army Will Exercise In Ukraine This Summer

March 19, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Kiev - The Pentagon says it will participate as planned in a multinational military exercise this summer in Ukraine. Dubbed "Rapid Trident," the ground maneuvers have been held annually for a number of years with forces from Britain and other NATO countries as well as Ukraine, which has a partner relationship with NATO but is not a member. The Pentagon says it has no details on the number...

Malaysia – 7 Leading Theories On Disappearance Of Flight 370

March 19, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Malaysia - Countless theories have surfaced about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly two weeks ago. Some are plausible, some are downright absurd. There is, unfortunately, no clear answer as the families of the 239 passengers and crew - and the rest of the world - wait in agony. Even the most logical hypotheses about what happened to the 209-foot-long Boeing 777 have...

Ridgewood, NJ – NJ Town Official Admits Stealing $460K In Quarters

March 19, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Ridgewood, NJ - The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town has admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters. The Record (http://bit.ly/1dqaq0f ) reports Thomas Rica pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of theft. In return, prosecutors will recommend that he receive five years' probation and pay about $200,000 in restitution to Ridgewood. The 43-year-old Hawthorne resident...

Brooklyn, NY – Remembering R’ Yosef Lewy, Author Of Minhag Yisrael Torah

March 19, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Hundreds came to pay their respects yesterday to a Borough Park man who was a noted authority on minhagim and their sources.  Rabbi Yosef Lewy passed away suddenly yesterday at age 50, just two days after being admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. R’ Lewy was born in Vienna and was the son of known philanthropist R’ Nissen Lewy.  R’ Lewy came to America for his...

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