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Richland, WA – Judge: Washington Florist Who Refused Gay Wedding Broke Law

February 18, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Richland, WA - A judge has ruled that a florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding violated state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law. In an opinion Wednesday, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom rejected arguments from the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland that her actions were protected by her religious...

France – French Teens Face Preliminary Charges In Jewish Cemetery Vandalism

February 18, 2015 at 10:33 PM
France - Five teens accused of vandalizing a Jewish cemetery faced preliminary charges Wednesday after the prosecutor said an "anti-Semitic motive" in the destruction seemed clear. Prosecutor Philippe Vannier described the group as having been overcome by a sort of "collective frenzy" when they desecrated about 250 graves and a Holocaust memorial at the cemetery in Sarre-Union, in France's...

Paris – Racists In France: Chelsea Fans In Paris Prevent Black Man From Boarding Train

February 18, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Paris - With a racist song ringing in his ears, a black man trying to board a subway train in Paris stands back after twice being pushed away by a group of Chelsea soccer fans. It happened Tuesday at Richelieu Drouout metro station, a short time before Chelsea played Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. On Wednesday, the Paris prosecutor's office opened an investigation into...

Albany, NY – Cuomo: NY Lawmakers Make Income Disclosure A Tough Sell

February 18, 2015 at 09:44 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there are no legal reasons why New York cannot require state lawmakers to report the source of their outside income — only political obstacles. The Democratic governor told reporters in the Bronx Wednesday that he continues to believe that disclosure of lawmakers' outside compensation would reduce corruption in Albany. Cuomo noted that there are many...

Boston – Snowbound Bostonians Jump Out Windows, Scale Snow Mountains

February 18, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Boston - Thrill-seekers jumping out windows into snowbanks and posting videos of their feats online. Snowmobilers racing through normally busy Boston streets with snowboarders in tow. And college students skiing and sledding down a colossal snow pile dubbed "Mount MIT." New England's winter blast is serious business, but there's been no shortage of horseplay. "I've been in the house an...

Jerusalem – Jordanian Rapper Sues Netanyahu And His Party Over Campaign Clip

February 18, 2015 at 08:30 PM
Jerusalem - A Jordanian hip-hop group has taken legal action against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party after one of its songs was used in a campaign video for Israel's election next month. Firas Shehadeh, founder of the group Turabyeh ("Of the Soil"), filed an injunction with the Haifa District Court on Monday stating that the song had been used without permission, Iyad...

Jerusalem – Western Wall Chief Rabbi: Islamic Waqf Inciting Against Efforts To Refurbish Bathrooms

February 18, 2015 at 07:28 PM
‎Jerusalem - The most senior cleric at Judaism’s holiest site condemned on Wednesday what he called the Islamic trust’s “incitement” against plans to refurbish visitor restrooms in the complex. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the top religious official responsible for the Western Wall in Jerusalem, released a statement to the press saying that the Waqf, the Muslim religious trust charged...

Washington – Obama: US At War With Those Who Have Perverted Islam

February 18, 2015 at 06:53 PM
Washington - Muslims in the U.S. and around the world have a responsibility to fight a misconception that terrorist groups like the Islamic State speak for them, President Barack Obama said Wednesday in his most direct remarks yet about any link between Islam and terrorism. For weeks, the White House has sidestepped the question of whether deadly terror attacks in Paris and other Western...

Belgium – Advocate Of Arming Jews Receives Death Threat

February 18, 2015 at 06:34 PM
Belgium - A prominent advocate of Jewish self-defense received a death threat on Monday as European governments scramble to protect Jewish sites in the wake of a series of terrorist incidents that have rocked communities across the continent. Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the President of the Brussels-based European Jewish Association, rose to prominence in the media with his call for communal...

Chicago – Jeb Bush: ‘Mistakes’ Made In Iraq On His Brother’s Watch

February 18, 2015 at 05:22 PM
Chicago - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday that "there were mistakes made in Iraq" during his brother's administration, offering the critique during a wide-ranging speech on foreign policy that comes as part of his run-up to a likely presidential campaign. Speaking to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Bush said during a question-and-answer session after his speech that...

Buenos Aires – Argentina Protest Demanding Answers About Dead Prosecutor

February 18, 2015 at 04:33 PM
Buenos Aires - Thousands of Argentines are marching in Buenos Aires to demand answers in the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman a month ago. Carrying Argentine flags and waving signs reading "Justice!" and "Truth!", protesters began walking Wednesday evening from Congress to the iconic Plaza de Mayo in downtown. Eighty-one-year-old Blanca Perez said the government needs to...

Buenos Aires – Argentine President Says US, Israel Meddling In Country

February 18, 2015 at 04:10 PM
Buenos Aires - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez suggested on Wednesday that the United States and Israel were meddling in the South American country's business, the latest barb amid intensifying rhetoric ahead of a protest being organized by investigating attorneys demanding answers in the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Fernandez, who made the comments while visiting a...

Trenton, NJ – Trial Starts For Rabbi Who Allegedly Ran Divorce Kidnap Team

February 18, 2015 at 03:36 PM
Trenton, NJ - Before prosecutors described Rabbi Mendel Epstein as a leader in a devout Orthodox community, they played a short, grainy video clip that they say shows he is a criminal. "Basically, what we're going to be doing is kidnapping a guy for a couple hours," he's heard telling two undercover FBI agents about what prosecutors say was a staged kidnapping in 2013. Opening statements...

Washington – Biden Heading To Latin America During Netanyahu Address

February 18, 2015 at 03:06 PM
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Latin America the first week of March, putting him out of the country while Israel's prime minister is to address Congress. The White House has said Benjamin Netanyahu's (neh-ten-YAH'-hoos) March 3 speech violates diplomatic protocol since the invitation came from Republican House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) without notifying the...

Gaza City – Palestinians Lay Cornerstone For Rebuilding Gaza High-rise

February 18, 2015 at 02:34 PM
Gaza City - Palestinian officials laid the cornerstone on Wednesday for the rebuilding of a Gaza residential high-rise flattened in last summer's war between the Islamic militant group Hamas and Israel. The ceremony by Gaza's public works minister was a symbolic move to boost the spirits of the nearly 500 residents of Zafer 4 Tower, which was hit by two bombs from the air during fighting in...

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