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Brooklyn, NY – Judge: American Express Card Rules Violated U.S. Antitrust Law

February 19, 2015 at 11:51 PM
Brooklyn, NY - American Express Co violated U.S. antitrust law by prohibiting merchants from steering consumers to use lower-cost credit cards, a federal judge ruled on Thursday, in the company's second major setback this month. The decision by U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn followed American Express' loss on Feb. 12 of a lucrative, exclusive partnership with warehouse...

Los Angeles, CA – ‘Superbug’ Outbreak Raises Questions About Medical Tool

February 19, 2015 at 11:23 PM
Los Angeles, CA - A "superbug" outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the U.S. every year. At least seven people — two of whom died — have been infected with a potentially lethal, antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria after...

United Nations – UN Warns Of Renewed Gaza Violence Unless Donor Countries Fulfill Their Monetary Pledges

February 19, 2015 at 10:47 PM
United Nations - The UN warned that violence could once more break out between Israel and Hamas unless donor countries fulfilled the monetary pledges they made in Cairo in October to help rebuild Gaza. In that conference $5.4 billion was pledged for the Palestinians, about half of which was earmarked for Gaza. “Four months after the Cairo Conference, donors have yet to fulfill the vast...

New York – Dubai Airline Emirates Rejects Delta Apology Over 9/11 Comments

February 19, 2015 at 10:19 PM
New York - An increasingly bitter trade row between U.S. and Gulf airlines deepened on Thursday when Dubai's Emirates rejected a Delta Air Lines apology for remarks perceived as linking Gulf carriers with the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States in 2001. Relations have deteriorated since a group of U.S. airlines compiled a dossier claiming that major Gulf carriers had received $40 billion in...

Washington – U.S., Israeli National Security Advisers Discuss Iran Nuclear Program

February 19, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Washington - U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice met with her Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, at the White House on Thursday for a discussion on Iran's nuclear program, among other issues, the White House said. The White House said the national security advisers agreed to continue close consultations. The meeting comes at a tense time in U.S.-Israeli relations and ahead of a...

London – Chief Rabbi Of England Tells Jewish Communities To Report Sexual Abuse To Police

February 19, 2015 at 09:30 PM
London – The Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth of England Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is telling Jewish communities that they need to be vocal about sexual abuse in light of the Australian sex abuse scandal involving two Chabad institutions. According to TheJC.com (http://bit.ly/17wZYqM) Mirvis said no matter how embarrassing to Jewish communities, pedophiles must be sought after and brought before...

Brooklyn, NY – Man Involved In Fatal Crash With Orthodox Jewish Family Found Guilty

February 19, 2015 at 09:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY – The  man who crashed his car into a Hasidic Jewish couple on their way to the hospital in March 2013, ultimately killing both the man and the seven months pregnant woman, was found guilty of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. Julio Acevedo, 45, was found guilty of both charges Thursday morning. The accident killed Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife, Raizy...

Trention, NJ – Undercover FBI Agent Testifies In Case Of New Jersey Rabbis Accused Of Kidnapping

February 19, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Trenton, NJ - An undercover FBI agent testified on Thursday in a case involving three Orthodox Jewish rabbis in New Jersey accused of kidnapping and beating husbands to force them to grant divorces under Jewish law to their wives. Special Agent Jessica Weisman, who went by the name Rachel Marconi during the operation, said she weaved a complicated back story designed to provide a plausible...

Washington – US Takes Swipe At Netanyahu: Sounds Like He Knows More About Iran Deal Than Negotiators

February 19, 2015 at 08:32 PM
Washington - A nuclear deal with Iran does not yet exist, and therefore Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot know what is in it, US State Department Jen Psaki said on Thursday.  "We've seen this movie before," Psaki said of skepticism from leadership in Israel over the nuclear talks.  Earlier this week Netanyahu said that the current proposal to Iran would endanger Israel.  "It...

Iran – Jewish Official Of Iranian Parliament On Why Jews Stay In Iran

February 19, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Iran - In a country where Judaism is considered a minority religion and those following the faith are minimal in numbers and don’t have equal rights, many wonder why Jews stay in Iran instead of leaving for Israel and the U.S., as many others have. WNYC (http://bit.ly/1AoJ7AX) reports Iran has the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel and Turkey. Its Jewish...

Florida – Miami Man Who Fabricated Details Of Holocaust Memoir Dies

February 19, 2015 at 07:29 PM
Florida - A South Florida man who wrote a discredited memoir about meeting his wife at a World War II concentration sub-camp has died. Officials at Levitt Weinstein Eternal Light Funeral Service say Herman Rosenblat died Feb. 5, and was buried Feb. 8 in Hollywood, Florida. He was 85. In 2008 Berkley Books cancelled Rosenblat's memoir, "Angel at the Fence," after he acknowledged he and his...

Washington – US Senator Schumer Calls On Fellow Democrats To Attend Netanyahu Speech

February 19, 2015 at 06:58 PM
Washington - Leading Democratic Senator Charles Schumer called on his fellow Democrats on Thursday to attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Congress next month, saying the Israel-US relationship should “transcend” any political differences. “It’s always been a bipartisan policy,” Schumer said of the US-Israel relationship. “Democrats and Republicans have always...

Washington – Obama Rejects As ‘Ugly Lie’ Notion That West At War With Islam

February 19, 2015 at 06:22 PM
Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday urged countries to tackle violent Islamist militancy around the world and rejected as "an ugly lie" suggestions that the West was at war with Islam and embroiled in a clash of civilizations. Obama said there was a complicated history between the Middle East and the West and no one should be immune from criticism over specific...

New York – Man Acquitted After 24 Years In Prison Sues NYC, Police

February 19, 2015 at 05:45 PM
New York - A man who spent 24 years in prison before being retried and acquitted in a 1989 New York City killing is suing police, saying detectives mishandled the investigation. Derrick Deacon is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the city. The city Law Department had no immediate comment. Deacon was convicted in the 1989 shooting death of a teenager during a...

New York – NYC, State To Work Together To Catch Rogue Landlords

February 19, 2015 at 05:32 PM
New York - New York City and state housing and law enforcement agencies will start working together to catch more landlords who illegally try to force tenants out of rent-stabilized buildings in order to raise rents, officials said on Thursday. Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said some landlords harass rent-stabilized tenants into leaving by deliberately...

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