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Israel – Rabbis: Jewish Law Permits Force-Feeding Of Hunger Striking Prisoners

June 22, 2014 at 11:19 PM
Israel - Force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike is permissible according to Jewish law, Tzohar rabbis announced ahead of the final vote on a bill to that effect, expected to take place Monday. The measure, proposed by the Public Security Ministry, is meant to quell the ongoing Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike. It would allow prison services to request permission from the courts to bring...

Jerusalem – Widow Sues ZAKA After They Run Over Her Husband Who Was On His Way To Kill Her

June 22, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Jerusalem - A Haifa woman is suing the ZAKA emergency response service after her husband was run over by one of their ambulances, while he was on his way to kill her, according to an attorney representing the woman in a wrongful death suit against ZAKA. In a press release issued on Sunday, the PR company representing Attorney David Fayel said that earlier this year, the man's wife fled the...

Washington – Sotomayor: Affirmative Action Options Don’t Work

June 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected on Sunday the notion that alternatives to affirmative action such as income or residency could achieve similar results in diversifying the nation's colleges and universities. When asked whether other "less fractious" measures could achieve similar results for schools, she said that statistics show the alternatives simply don't...

Washington – Blue-State Congressman Holds House’s No 2 GOP Post

June 22, 2014 at 09:35 PM
Washington - Some conservatives are skittish about having a new House majority leader from left-leaning California. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., acknowledged that his constituents were "probably scratching their head" when it came to Rep. Kevin McCarthy's election Thursday, but he understands McCarthy represents a conservative district. Adding to the unease is that the House's top...

Detroit – Car Industry Struggles To Solve Air Bag Explosions Despite Mass Recalls

June 22, 2014 at 09:08 PM
Detroit - A year ago, Japan's Takata Corp, the world’s second-largest maker of auto safety parts, believed it had finally contained a crisis more than a decade in the making. It was wrong. More than a million Honda Motor Co Ltd vehicles could be subject to an upcoming recall for Takata air bags that are at risk of exploding and shooting shrapnel at passengers and drivers, according to a...

Vilnius – Lithuanian President Compares Putin To Hitler And Stalin

June 22, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Vilnius - Lithuania's president likened the tactics of Russian President Vladimir Putin to those employed by Stalin and Hitler, and said in a magazine interview that Moscow was trying to persuade Baltic states to leave NATO in exchange for cheaper oil or gas. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in March said Putin's incursion into Crimea was akin to moves Hitler made in the years...

Jerusalem – Israeli Leader Criticizes Presbyterians

June 22, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister on Sunday criticized the decision by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to divest from U.S. companies that operate in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, saying the vote was misguided and unfair. In an address to an international gathering of Jewish journalists, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as a rare bright spot in a turbulent region. While...

New York – Judge Orders House Committee To Court Over Health Care Advantage Rates

June 22, 2014 at 07:26 PM
New York - A powerful U.S. House of Representatives committee was ordered on Friday to appear before a judge next month to explain why it should not be required to turn over documents in an insider-trading probe. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan set a July 1 hearing for the Ways and Means Committee to appear. He also required a committee staffer, Brian Sutter, to appear. He said...

Rio De Janeiro – Report: Pitch Invader Was Neo-Nazi Sympathizer

June 22, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Rio De Janeiro - The man who invaded the pitch during the Germany-Ghana match at the World Cup was a neo-Nazi sympathizer, according to a report that will be delivered to FIFA on Monday. The fans' anti-discrimination network, Fare, is preparing a report on Saturday's incident, when a shirtless fan interrupted play. Messages written on his chest and back included "HH", signifying Heil...

Israel – IAF Strikes 9 Military Targets In Syria, Response To Golen Heights Shooting

June 22, 2014 at 06:27 PM
Israel - Israeli warplanes bombed the Syrian military headquarters and a number of other targets inside Syria, the Israeli military said Monday, in a blistering response to a cross-border attack that left an Israeli teenager dead the previous day. In all, Israel said it struck nine military targets inside Syria, and "direct hits were confirmed." In addition to the Syrian military headquarters...

San Francisco – ABA: Lawyers Can Scour Jurors’ Social Media Sites

June 22, 2014 at 06:17 PM
San Francisco - Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors. The American Bar Association says it's ethical for lawyers to scour online for publicly available musings of citizens called for jury service - and even jurors in deliberations. But the ABA does warn lawyers against actively "following" or "friending" jurors or otherwise invading their private...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Urges U.S. Not To Work With Iran To Stabilize Iraq

June 22, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the United States should try to weaken both Iran and the Sunni Muslim insurgents driving toward Baghdad, urging the Obama administration not to work with Tehran to help stabilize Iraq. "What you're seeing in the Middle East today in Iraq and in Syria is the stark hatreds between radical Shi'ites, in this case led by Iran, and...

Los Angeles, CA – Billions At Risk As West Coast Port Contract Ends

June 22, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Los Angeles, CA - The West Coast ports that are America's gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of trade with Asia and beyond are no stranger to labor unrest and even violence. Now, the contract that covers nearly 20,000 dockworkers is set to expire, and businesses that trade in everything from apples to iPhones are worried about disruptions just as the crush of cargo for the...

Dover, DE – Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dies At 90

June 22, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Dover, DE - Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it. Like thousands of other police officers and soldiers shot in the line of duty, he owes his life to a woman in Delaware by the name of Stephanie Kwolek. Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont Co. chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight...

Dallas – NYC Mayor De Blasio Calls For ‘Urban Agenda’ On Poverty

June 22, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Dallas - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says America needs a new "urban agenda" that addresses poverty, Internet access and other issues facing cities. De Blasio spoke alongside several city leaders Sunday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual meeting in Dallas. De Blasio will chair a new conference task force on "cities of opportunity." The task force will address potential actions...

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