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Washington – White House Struggles With Obama Comment On Paris Kosher Deli Attack

February 10, 2015 at 11:30 PM
Washington - The White House and State Department struggled Tuesday to clarify President Barack Obama's suggestion that last month's deadly shooting at a kosher deli in Paris was random, despite the administration's earlier assertions that the attack was anti-Semitic. Obama, in describing terror threats during a lengthy interview with the online news site Vox, said the American people were...

Prescott, AZ – In Captivity, Hostage Said ‘even In Prison, One Can Be Free’

February 10, 2015 at 11:18 PM
Prescott, AZ - The family of Kayla Jean Mueller said Tuesday it had received confirmation that she died while being held by Islamic State militants. The Mueller family released a letter it said she had written last year. Here is the text, as provided by the family, which also redacted some portions: __ Everyone, If you are receiving this letter it means I am still detained but my cell mates...

Stockholm – Palestinian President Abbas Vouches To Work For Peace With Israel

February 10, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Stockholm - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will work to revive peace talks with Israel but skirted questions on how to end the conflict or tackle violence by the Islamic militant group Hamas. Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking has been on hold since the last round of U.S.-brokered talks collapsed a year ago, partly hampered by the gaps between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister...

San Francisco – Apple Building Big Solar Energy Farm In California

February 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM
San Francisco - Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California. The tech company will be the biggest single consumer of energy from the new solar facility. It is being constructed on 2,900 acres in rural Monterey County, south of the San...

Johannesburg – South African Jews Hit Back Against Ani-Israel Lobby BDS With Mandela Billboards

February 10, 2015 at 10:05 PM
Johannesburg - The South African Jewish community has placed billboards along a major highway in Johannesburg quoting Nelson Mandela as a means of countering the BDS movement. The billboards, which cite the founding father of post-Apartheid South Africa as supporting Zionism as legitimate Jewish nationalism, among other things, are intended to counter "efforts by the BDS campaign and...

Jerusalem – Israel Gives $1 Million Honor To Wikipedia Founder, 5 Others

February 10, 2015 at 09:44 PM
Jerusalem - Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is among the winners of this year's Dan David Prize for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments. The Dan David Foundation awards six $1 million prizes annually in three categories: past, present and future. The prize is named after the late philanthropist Dan David and administered by Tel Aviv University. On Tuesday it announced the...

New York, NY – Kosher Wine And Spirits Hotter Than Ever At KFWE 2015

February 10, 2015 at 09:00 PM
New York, NY - Hundreds of members of the media and the wine industry braved icy weather Monday for an opportunity to see and taste some of the newest kosher wines and spirits at the 2015 Kosher Food and Wine Experience, held this year at the Metropolitan Pavilion. This marks the ninth year that Royal Wine Corporation has hosted the event which featured over 340 different wines from Israel...

Buenos Aires – Second Person’s DNA Found In Argentine Mystery Death Probe

February 10, 2015 at 08:31 PM
Buenos Aires - Argentine investigators said Tuesday they have found a second person's DNA in the apartment where prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead and have called in a witness to check for a match. Nisman's mysterious death came days after he presented a report alleging that President Cristina Fernandez had conspired to protect Iranian officials implicated in the 1994 bombing of a...

New York – NBC Suspends Brian Williams For 6 Months

February 10, 2015 at 08:12 PM
New York - NBC says it is suspending Brian Williams as "Nightly News" anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War. NBC chief executive Steve Burke said Tuesday that Williams' actions were inexcusable and jeopardized the trust he has built up with viewers during his decade as the network's lead anchor. But he said...

New York – Apple Sets US Record With Market Value Above $700 Billion

February 10, 2015 at 08:01 PM
New York - Apple has set a record on Wall Street: It's the first U.S. company to be worth more than $700 billion based on the value of its stock at the close of trading Tuesday. That's almost twice the value of the next biggest company, oil giant Exxon Mobil. Apple shares rose almost 2 percent Tuesday, closing at $122.02, which gave the company a market value of more than $710 billion...

Cranbury, NJ – Highway Operations To Be Reviewed After 40-vehicle Wreck

February 10, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Cranbury, NJ -The state's transportation commissioner has ordered a review of the New Jersey Turnpike's winter weather operations following a deadly 40-vehicle wreck. The directive from Jamie Fox was issued Tuesday, a day after the wreck occurred. Fox, who also serves as chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, said it would be "prudent" to conduct a thorough review of the accident...

Washington – AP Exclusive: 20,000 Foreign Fighters Flock To Syria, Iraq

February 10, 2015 at 06:58 PM
Washington - Foreign fighters are streaming into Syria and Iraq in unprecedented numbers to join the Islamic State or other extremist groups, including at least 3,400 from Western nations among 20,000 from around the world, U.S. intelligence officials say in an updated estimate of a top terrorism concern. Intelligence agencies now believe that as many as 150 Americans have tried and some have...

Kiev – Chief Rabbi Calls On Separatists To Cease Fighting As Ukrainian Jewish Center Hit By Rockets

February 10, 2015 at 06:29 PM
Kiev - A building housing a Jewish social welfare center in eastern Ukraine was hit by rockets on Tuesday during a barrage that has killed at least seven people in the government held city. Two rockets hit the nine story building housing the city’s local Hesed branch but failed to explode, according to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which runs the network of community...

Washington – Pentagon Says ISIS Killed US Hostage Kayla Jean Mueller Not Airstikes

February 10, 2015 at 06:02 PM
Washington - The Pentagon says American hostage Kayla Jean Mueller died at the hands of Islamic State and not in a Jordanian airstrike targeting the militant group. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby was asked Tuesday if there was any doubt who killed the aid worker. He replied: "No doubt. ISIL," using the initials the group is known by. Kirby says U.S. officials still don't know how Mueller...

Sydney – Australia Anti-terror Police Arrest Two In Alleged Beheading Plot

February 10, 2015 at 05:40 PM
Sydney - Two men have been arrested in Sydney after a raid by Australian counterterrorism police found a hunting knife, a flag and other items, raising suspicions of a "beheading plot," the Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday. A New South Wales police spokeswoman would not comment on the details of the report, but said two men were assisting police with inquiries after an operation on...

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