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Detroit – No New Trial For Arab Activist For Lying About Killing Role

February 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM
Detroit - A federal judge in Detroit has denied a request for a new trial for a Chicago Arab activist convicted of lying about her role in two terrorist bombing deaths in Israel when she immigrated to the U.S. Judge Gershwin Drain ruled last week that Rasmieh Odeh's argument for a new trial lacked legal merit. In his ruling, Drain said evidence showed the Palestinian native illegally...

New York – Staten Island Man’s Contest Win Coincides With Shloshim

February 16, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Staten Island, NY - Just one month after his death in a weather related collision, a Willowbrook man renowned for his kiruv efforts has been voted an inspirational Staten Islander by a county news outlet. Dovid Winiarz, who also went by the moniker Facebuker Rebbe on social media, was killed in an icy collision in January on his way to a Baltimore kiruv convention, as previously reported on...

Estonia – Museum Apologizes For Exhibit Making Light Of Holocaust

February 16, 2015 at 10:24 PM
Estonia - An Estonian museum has apologized for exhibiting works which critics have accused of making light of the Holocaust, following a public outcry by the local Jewish community. It removed two pieces that have drawn particular ire. One of the video installations at the Tartu Art Museum featured nude men and women playing tag in a gas chamber, while the second showed a “Holocaust...

Tampa, FL – Record Number Of 97 Million Tourists Visited Florida

February 16, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Tampa, FL - A record number of tourists flocked to Florida last year as the nation's economy continued its recovery after the Great Recession. Gov. Rick Scott was to announce Monday during a visit to Tampa International Airport that more than 97 million visited the state last year according to estimates prepared by Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing arm. That's the fourth year in...

Denmark – Copenhagen Gunman Was Son Of Palestinian Immigrants

February 16, 2015 at 09:19 PM
Denmark - The slain suspected terrorist who killed a synagogue guard and a man attending a free speech event was reportedly the son of Palestinian immigrants who was angry over the ongoing conflict with Israel. Danish media have widely named the gunman as Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein. Reuters could not confirm his identity and police declined to comment. But police records show that a man named...

Washington – Democrats Seek Relief From Health Law Penalties

February 16, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Washington - The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance. Three senior House members strongly urged the administration Monday to grant a special sign-up opportunity for uninsured taxpayers who will be facing fines under the law for the first...

Houston – Suspect Arrested In Arson Fire At Houston Islamic Building

February 16, 2015 at 08:30 PM
Houston - A homeless man has been arrested and charged with arson for a fire that destroyed a building at an Islamic institute in Houston, fire officials said on Monday. The blaze early on Friday at the Quba Islamic Institute destroyed one of three buildings there, but no one was injured. Fire officials said Darryl Ferguson, 55, confessed to causing the fire. Houston fire officials told...

New York – NYC Issues Travel Advisory For Tuesday AM Rush

February 16, 2015 at 08:00 PM
New York - The New York City Office of Emergency Management today issued a Travel Advisory for Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from midnight through noon on Tuesday. Snow is expected to begin after midnight and will continue into the Tuesday morning commute, ending early Tuesday afternoon. 2 – 4 inches of snow is predicted, with...

United Nations – North Korea Threatens Strong Response To DC Rights Meeting

February 16, 2015 at 07:01 PM
United Nations - North Korea says it will respond "very strongly" to a conference in Washington on Tuesday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang's offer to attend and defend itself. North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Jang Il Hun told reporters Monday he could not predict what a strong response might be. "The U.S. ignored our request for...

Rancho Mirage, CA – Obama Prepares To Wrap Up California Golf Weekend

February 16, 2015 at 06:22 PM
Rancho Mirage, CA - President Barack Obama squeezed in another round of golf before ending a long weekend with childhood friends in Southern California. Obama's group returned to the Porcupine Creek golf course in Rancho Mirage, California, on Monday. It's also where they played on Sunday. The course is owned by Larry Ellison, the billionaire co-founder of the Oracle software...

San Francisco – Russian Researchers Expose Breakthrough U.S. Spying Program

February 16, 2015 at 05:48 PM
San Francisco - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of...

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Building Coated In Ice After Fire In Low Temps

February 16, 2015 at 05:09 PM
Philadelphia, PA - Firefighters working to extinguish a blaze in Philadelphia amid bone-chilling temperatures have left behind a building coated in icicles. The fire department says the blaze was reported just before 4 a.m. Monday in a three-story building that houses the Locust Medical Center. It was 3 degrees with a wind chill of 16 below zero. The record low temperature for the date is 2...

Jerusalem – Thousands Attend Rally For Release Of Yeshiva Students From Military Prison (Photos)

February 16, 2015 at 04:46 PM
Jerusalem - Thousands of haredi men and women from ultra-Orthodox grouping took to the streets of Jerusalem Monday night to celebrate the release of four yeshiva students from military prison. The Jerusalem Faction, staged the celebration for the yeshiva students who were arrested for refusing to report to IDF enlistment offices when called to do so. Yeshiva students sang and danced while...

Denmark – No To Netanyahu: Jews’ Loyalty To Denmark Runs Deep

February 16, 2015 at 04:10 PM
Denmark - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's calls for Jews to move to Israel after attacks in Paris and Copenhagen may strike a chord with thousands of French Jews but will likely fall on deaf ears in Denmark. While French Jews are moving to Israel at an unprecedented rate, Danish Jews embrace their country. Denmark has a generous welfare system and a healthy economy, and Sunday's attack...

New York, NY – 3000 Chabad Women Gather In Midtown For Gala Shluchos Banquet

February 16, 2015 at 03:34 PM
New York, NY - It is an annual event taking place each winter, timed to coincide as closely as possible with the Lubavitcher Rebbetzin’s yahrtzeit and thousands of shluchos from all over the world gather to celebrate their efforts spreading the light of yiddishkeit and to be inspired in their outreach efforts for the coming year. I have never been to a Kinus Hashluchos and the extent of my...

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