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Hartford, CT – Connecticut Man Charged With Hate Crime For Shooting At Mosque

December 18, 2015 at 04:00 PM
Hartford, CT - A Connecticut man was charged on Friday with a federal hate crime offense for allegedly shooting at the mosque he lived near after spending the night drinking at a local bar following the deadly Paris attacks by Islamic State militants on Nov. 13. Prosecutors said Ted Hakey, 48, of Meriden, fired four shots at the building in the early morning hours of Nov. 14 after learning of...

New York, NY – Products For Women Cost More Than For Men In New York City, Study Shows

December 18, 2015 at 03:28 PM
New York, NY - Women in New York City pay thousands of dollars more than men over their lifetimes for products that are gender-specific such as clothing and personal care items, a report said on Friday. Products designed for female consumers are priced 7 percent higher on average than products for men, according to the study of nearly 800 goods sold at New York City retailers conducted by the...

Des Moines, IA – Jackpot-fixing Investigation Expands To More State Lotteries

December 18, 2015 at 03:00 PM
Des Moines, IA - Investigators have expanded their inquiry into a lottery tampering scheme to determine if a former Iowa national lottery official may have rigged jackpots in more games than presently known. Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, was convicted in July of fraud after buying a winning lottery ticket in Des Moines in 2010. He was...

Washington – Obama Says He Won’t Fade Away In Final Year

December 18, 2015 at 02:51 PM
Washington - Closing out a tumultuous year, President Barack Obama sought to lay the groundwork Friday for his last year in office by vowing not to fade in the background but instead use his remaining months to push longstanding goals to fruition. "In 2016, I'm going to leave it all out on the field," he said. In his annual year-end news conference, Obama portrayed 2015 as one of...

Jerusalem – Israeli Troops Kill Three Palestinians In West Bank, Gaza Clashes

December 18, 2015 at 02:37 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who tried to ram them with a car and another who took part in a violent demonstration in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the military and medical officials said. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli army fire killed another Palestinian during a border protest, medics said. A campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians has...

Washington – Obama Commutes Sentences Of 95, Pardons 2 In Year-end Spree

December 18, 2015 at 02:24 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is commuting the sentences of 95 offenders and pardoning two more in a year-end spree. Almost all of those receiving commuted sentences are non-violent drug offenders. Many were convicted of distributing or possessing cocaine or crack-cocaine. The commutations are the most that Obama has issued at once time. Obama is also pardoning an Ohio man sentenced...

Washington – Carter Emails Released: ‘Wind Is Not My Style’

December 18, 2015 at 02:16 PM
Washington - Among the work-related emails that Defense Secretary Ash Carter handled with his personal unsecured account was a message from a group promoting cybersecurity. Oh, the irony. The Pentagon on Friday released 34 pages of Carter emails that he sent or received using his personal account, a practice that he acknowledged on Thursday had been a mistake, given the well-known and growing...

Newark, NJ – Judge Orders New Jersey ‘Gay Conversion’ Nonprofit To Close

December 18, 2015 at 01:44 PM
Newark, NJ - A New Jersey nonprofit that was sued for offering to turn gays to heterosexuals has been ordered to close. A judge on Friday granted a permanent injunction against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, known as JONAH. In June, a Hudson County jury awarded damages to several men who had sued JONAH, claiming it engaged in fraud and made claims it couldn't back up. An...

New Jersey – Lengthy Investigation In Little Silver Nabs “Professional Burglar” And $1M In Stolen Goods

December 18, 2015 at 01:18 PM
Little Silver, NJ - Following an 8 month investigation, Little Silver police have arrested a Neptune Township man who they term a "professional burglar" and along with him have recovered some $1M in stolen goods. APP.com (http://on.app.com/1T62BSX) reports that police say Thursday's arrest of 54 year-old Thomas "Tommy" W Earls capped an investigation that included detectives from Ocean...

Toms River, NJ – Overflow Crowd Attends Hearing Over Private-Residence Chabad Operating In Toms River

December 18, 2015 at 12:39 PM
Toms River, NJ - Over 1,200 local residents attended a packed hearing Thursday night in Toms River to voice their opinions over a controversial Chabad Jewish Center that is being run by an Orthodox Jewish rabbi out of his private residence home on Church Road. APP.com (http://on.app.com/1NtC3cJ) reports that Rabbi Moshe Gourarie argued that his Jewish Center---which he claims draws only 15 to...

Israel – Archaeologist: Discovery Proves Talmudic Passage Correct

December 18, 2015 at 12:17 PM
Israel - A recent discovery by an archaeological team from Haifa University has proven that a Talmudic passage is historically accurate, and that there were, in fact, Jewish settlements around the Eastern Kinneret during the era of the Mishna and the Talmud. ISRAELNATIONALNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1PaRLKl) reports that the Haifa team---which is led by Dr. Haim Cohen and currently conducting a...

New York – Warm Weather Leaves Stores In The Cold

December 18, 2015 at 11:46 AM
New York - The unseasonably warm weather has left some people feeling cold about holiday shopping. Rosemarie Nowicki, who lives in Berkeley Heights, N.J., finally spent some of her holiday budget last weekend buying coats online for her family because she hated the thought of being stuck in a store with such mild temperatures outside. "It's hard to get into the holiday spirit; I've been...

Washington – Sanders Campaign Accused Of Accessing Clinton Data

December 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Washington - A top data staffer for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been fired amid allegations that the campaign breached voter data from rival Hillary Clinton's campaign, media reports said on Friday. The breach occurred for a brief period on Wednesday when staff at Sanders' campaign were able to view confidential information from the Democratic National Committee...

New York – After Diplomatic Battle, UN Recognizes Yom Kippur As Official Holiday

December 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM
New York - After more than a year of diplomatic efforts led by the Israeli Mission to the United Nations, the body has recognized Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday. Thursday’s decision was made by the UN workers committee and the UN secretariat. A step forward had been made in 2014 when the 69th General Assembly recognized the importance of the holiday as the holiest day of the Jewish...

Iran – Tehran Contest Offers $50,000 Prize For Best Holocaust Cartoon

December 18, 2015 at 11:01 AM
Iran - international cartoon contest held in Tehran is set this year to focus on the Holocaust, offering a $50,000 cash prize to the winner. The organizers of the 11th Tehran International Cartoon Biennial announced on Wednesday that the competition scheduled for June 2016 was expected to draw in participants from 50 countries, according to Iran's semi-official IRNA news agency.  While...

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