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Lacey Township, NJ – New Jersey Officials Investigating Hoverboard Fire

December 28, 2015 at 05:30 PM
Lacey Township, NJ - Officials say they are investigating after a hoverboard caught fire in a New Jersey shore town. Lanoka Harbor firefighters said Monday they responded to a call about one of the devices catching fire about 8:40 p.m. on Sunday. The fire department published two photos on Facebook showing the charred hoverboard and surrounding carpet. Lt. Chris Bruno says the device...

Vancouver, British Columbia – Relatives Of Drowned Syrian Boy Land In Canada

December 28, 2015 at 05:15 PM
Vancouver, British Columbia - Relatives of a Syrian boy whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach, sparking worldwide concern for the refugee crisis, have landed in Canada Mohammed Kurdi, his wife and their five children arrived in Canada as refugees on Monday, sponsored by Mohammed's sister Tima Kurdi, who wiped away tears as she greeted her relatives at Vancouver airport's arrival...

Milan – Bicyclists Have Free Rein As Milan Bans Private Cars

December 28, 2015 at 05:00 PM
Milan - Bicyclists had free rein of Milan's streets Monday during a six-hour ban on private cars in a bid to alleviate persistent smog. Pollution levels in Italy's business capital have exceeded levels considered healthy for more than 30 days straight, prompting officials to ban private cars from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday this week. Officials said private motorists, who...

New York – NYC May Fit More ‘Micro’ Apartments Into Housing Picture

December 28, 2015 at 04:15 PM
New York - The apartments in a new Manhattan building boast little balconies, tall ceilings, dishwashers and storage space. All in 360 square feet or less. It's micro-living in the nation's biggest city, and New Yorkers could be seeing more of it. Planning officials are proposing to end a limit on how small apartments can be, opening the door for more "micro-apartments" that advocates see as...

Jerusalem – Watchdog: Israel Plans Settler Homes In Strategic Area

December 28, 2015 at 03:50 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli anti-settlement watchdog group on Monday said the government has quietly worked on plans to build more than 8,000 homes in a strategic section of the West Bank near Jerusalem. Peace Now said the homes are among more than 55,000 housing units at various stages of planning by Israel's Housing Ministry. It said it had obtained the data after a two-year legal battle in...

Concord, N.H. – Snow-Starved Northeast Will Finally See A Winter Snowstorm

December 28, 2015 at 03:12 PM
Concord, N.H. - After a December that has felt more like spring than winter, the first major snowstorm of the season is about to hit the Northeast. That's good news for New England ski resorts, many of which have been struggling to make snow amid temperatures that could push several cities to record warmth for the month. Through Sunday, for example, the average temperature in Concord was 39.4...

New York – TSA Increases Screening Of Airport And Airline Employees

December 28, 2015 at 02:44 PM
New York - The Transportation Security Administration is increasing random checks of airport and airline employees who hold badges that enable them to bypass security checkpoints. The decision follows instances in the past two years in which employees used restricted entrances to smuggle guns and launder money. It's also part of a larger push to increase airport security after the Paris...

Manhattan, NY – No Leads Yet In Assault Of Chasidic Man In Midtown

December 28, 2015 at 02:30 PM
Manhattan, NY - Police are investigating the beating of a Chasidic man which took place last week in Midtown. The incident took place on December 21st at approximately 5:30 PM in the atrium of an office building located on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 47th Street, which boasts a four story public atrium. The building, located at 575 Fifth Avenue, is owned by MetLife and serves as...

Cleveland – White Officer Won’t Face Charges In Killing Of 12-year-old Cleveland Boy

December 28, 2015 at 02:11 PM
Cleveland - A grand jury declined to indict a white rookie police officer in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black youngster who was shot to death while carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun, a prosecutor said Monday. Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty said it was "indisputable" that the boy was drawing the weapon from his waistband when he was gunned down — either to hand...

Tzfas – Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Suggests Shin Bet Behind Wedding Celebrating Duma Murders

December 28, 2015 at 01:42 PM
Tzfas - Controversial national religious leader and municipal chief rabbi of Safed Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu has said that the wedding in which Jewish extremists were seen glorifying terrorism against Palestinians could have been staged by the Shin Bet.  Eliyahu was referring to the video broadcast last week in which national-religious men are seen dancing at a wedding and glorifying violence...

Jerusalem – New IDF Initiative Allows Haredis To Enlist, Serve, And Learn Trade While Maintaining Ultra-Orthodox Lifestyle

December 28, 2015 at 01:12 PM
Jerusalem - A fledgling IDF initiative called "Olive Saplings" now allows Haredi soldiers in the northern part of Israel to enlist, serve, and learn a trade adaptable to the secular world while still maintaining their ultra-Orthodox lifestyle. In a press release issued by the IDF (http://bit.ly/1MDhCWW) they report that the "Olive Saplings" program is now offering northern Israeli Haredis...

Brooklyn, NY – Crash Involving MTA Bus In Brooklyn Leaves 2 Injured

December 28, 2015 at 12:52 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Authorities say a crash involving a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus in New York City has left two people injured. The wreck happened just before 8 p.m. Sunday, at the intersection of East 4th Street and Avenue N. in Brooklyn. Authorities say a van hit a B9 bus that was stopped at an intersection. Two people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The crash...

West Bank – Family Of Slain American Teen Ezra Schwartz Visits Site Of Son’s Death

December 28, 2015 at 12:12 PM
West Bank - Cars whizzed by Ruth Schwartz as she stood on a balmy December evening near the spot where her oldest son, Ezra, was killed in a terrorist attack on November 19. She had traveled with her husband and four children from their small Boston suburb of Sharon to the Gush Etzion junction, so she could walk in her 18-year-old son’s footsteps on the last day of his life and see for...

Brooklyn, NY – Caught On Cam: Midwood Resident Assaulted In Early Morning Robbery

December 28, 2015 at 11:55 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Police are searching for two men who beat and robbed a 55 year old Midwood man early this morning. The victim was walking home from the train and was on Avenue M at East 8th Street when he was assaulted from behind by a suspect who hit him in the head with a closed fist. Police said that the victim fell to the ground and was beaten repeatedly by his attacker as he lay on the...

Washington – New Poll Shows Trump And Clinton In Dead Heat On National Level

December 28, 2015 at 11:46 AM
Washington - A new December poll shows that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton remain in a virtual tie on the national level in a hypothetical match-up assuming both retain their frontrunner status in their respective parties. RASMUSSENREPORTS.com (http://bit.ly/1Jccy0R) reports that according to its latest telephone survey conducted on 1,000 likely voters between December 22 and 23, 37% of...

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