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New York – Report: De Blasio Wants Mohels To Verbally Warn Parents Of Metzizah B’peh Risk

February 12, 2015 at 03:48 PM
New York – Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the controversial circumcision ritual of metzizah b’peh by requesting that the signed consent rule for parents be replaced with a verbal warning, reports the NY Daily News (http://nydn.us/1F2VTt7). But a group of rabbis are opposing the swap, and don’t want to force mohels to tell the parents of potential health risks associated with the...

Chapel Hill, NC – Fathers Of Slain Muslims: This Was A Hate Crime

February 12, 2015 at 03:42 PM
Chapel Hill, NC - The fathers of the three Muslim students shot in their Chapel Hill, North Carolina apartment spoke with The Associated Press before their funeral on Thursday, calling on Americans to understand that they died in a hate crime. Craig Stephen Hicks is charged with first-degree murder in the shootings Tuesday of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and...

New York – Colleagues Mourn Bob Simon, ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent

February 12, 2015 at 03:06 PM
New York - Reaction to the death of Bob Simon, a longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent who was killed in a car crash in New York City last night. Simon was among a handful of elite journalists, a "reporter's reporter," according to his executive producer, whose assignments took him from the Vietnam War to the Oscar-nominated movie "Selma." He spent years doing foreign reporting for CBS News...

Washington – Senate Approves Ashton Carter As New Defense Secretary

February 12, 2015 at 02:46 PM
Washington - The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to confirm Ashton Carter as President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense. Carter, 60, served as deputy defense secretary, the Pentagon's No. 2 position, from 2011 to 2013. He was also the Defense Department's chief weapons buyer from 2009 to 2011 when he led a major restructuring of the F-35 fighter jet program. At his confirmation...

Jerusalem – Israel Prize Judges Resign, Say Netanyahu Meddling

February 12, 2015 at 02:09 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister faced accusations on Thursday of politicizing the country's most prestigious award after moving to disqualify some of the judges because he disagreed with their political views. A number of judges for the Israel Prize have resigned in protest, while nominees say they won't accept the award. One of the nominees, author David Grossman, told Channel 10 TV on...

New York – Costco To Stop Accepting American Express Cards In U.S.

February 12, 2015 at 02:05 PM
New York - Warehouse club retailer Costco Wholesale Corp will stop accepting American Express Co's credit cards at U.S. stores from next year, threatening nearly 8 percent of the card company's worldwide billed business. AmEx, which had worldwide billed business of about $1 trillion in 2014, said the loss of the contract would hurt earnings for the next two years. The company's shares fell as...

New York, NY – NYPD Testing Out Smart Cars

February 12, 2015 at 01:41 PM
New York, NY - The NYPD plans to replace its three-wheeled scooters with Smart cars. Police Commissioner William Bratton says the department is testing out the mini vehicles. He says they're more economical than the scooters. The Daily News (http://nydn.us/1AeS17f ) says the agency has acquired nine of the single-passenger cars for the pilot program and currently is trying one out in...

Noord-Holland – Dutch Court: Rabbi Accused Of Sex Crimes Can Be Extradited To Israel

February 12, 2015 at 01:05 PM
Noord-Holland –  A Dutch court has ruled in favor of extraditing Rabbi Eliezer Berland to Israel to face Israeli law for his alleged sex crimes against young women. NL Times (http://bit.ly/17nrMyR) reports the Haarlem court ruled that the 77-year-old can be extradited under the extradition criteria set out by the European Convention on Extradition as well as Dutch extradition law. Dutch...

New York – Keeping Kosher Easier Than Ever As OU Certifies Mainstream Brand’s Full Line Of String Cheese

February 12, 2015 at 12:25 PM
New York - A major national brand of string cheese is the first to earn the certification of the Orthodox Union, a move that makes kosher string cheese easily available, even to people who live outside established Jewish communities. Kraft Foods announced today that all seven of its Polly-O string cheese products now bear an OU-D designation. Polly-O string cheese is available in the eastern...

New York – NYC Sets Record With No Murders In 10 Days In A Row

February 12, 2015 at 12:02 PM
New York - New York City, once notorious for high crime, broke a record on Thursday with no murders reported for 10 straight days, police said. The historic calm achieved at 12:01 a.m. Thursday comes on the heels of a notable year - murders in New York City in 2014 fell to an all-time low of 328, the fewest since the New York Police Department started keeping reliable records in...

Damascus – ISIS Claims To Have Captured Israeli Arab From Jerusalem Working With Mossad

February 12, 2015 at 11:43 AM
Damascus - Islamic State said on Thursday it was holding an Israeli Arab who had posed as a foreign fighter in order to spy for Mossad, an account denied by Israel and by the man's family, who said he had been kidnapped. In an interview published by Islamic State's online English-language magazine Dabiq, Muhammad Musallam, 19, said he had joined the insurgent group in Syria so as to report to...

Bellevue, WA – Travel Merger: Expedia Buying Orbitz For About $1.33 Billion

February 12, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Bellevue, WA - Expedia is buying rival online travel site Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in the fiercely competitive travel-booking industry. Expedia's acquisition of Orbitz is its second major deal in the past month as the industry continues to consolidate. Expedia announced the $280...

Jerusalem – Israel Tax Authorities Still Trying To Get Leaked HSBC Account List

February 12, 2015 at 11:10 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's tax authority said on Thursday it was working to obtain the details of thousands of Israelis with accounts at the Swiss arm of HSBC, after the bank admitted failings that may have allowed some customers to evade taxes. According to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which this week coordinated the release of leaked client data, Israel ranked...

Washington – US Lawmaker Calls For Amendment After Obama ISIS Resolution Omits The Word ‘Jews’

February 12, 2015 at 10:24 AM
Washington - US President Barack Obama, in his proposed resolution for Congress that formally authorizes broad-scale use of force against the Islamic State terrorist organization wherever it is, specifically singles out several ethnic groups threatened by the group: Iraqi Christians, Yezidis and Turkmens. The sole Republican Jewish lawmaker in Congress, Lee Zeldin thinks the omission of...

Jerusalem – Israel Disqualifies Contentious Arab Candidate From Election

February 12, 2015 at 10:11 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's elections committee has voted to disqualify a contentious Arab lawmaker from running in the country's March 17 parliamentary elections. Lawmaker Hanin Zoabi is known for her feisty and abrasive style in parliament. She has sided with the Palestinians in their conflict with Israel, prompting some Israelis to brand her a traitor. Israeli media say Thursday's committee...

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