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Prescott, AZ – Father Of Kayla Mueller: US Government Put Policy Above American Lives

February 22, 2015 at 11:22 PM
Prescott, AZ - The father of Kayla Mueller, the American woman killed after spending months in captivity under Islamic State militants, says the U.S. government "put policy in front of" American lives. "We understand the policy about not paying ransom but on the other hand ... we tried and we asked. But they put policy in front of American citizens' lives," Carl Mueller told NBC's "Today" show...

Orlando, FL – Disney’s Magic Kingdom One-day Passes Breach $100 Mark

February 22, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Orlando, FL - Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive. The Walt Disney Co. raised ticket prices to attend Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its U.S. theme parks, effective Sunday. A one-day ticket for either Disneyland or California Adventure in Anaheim, California, is now $99 for anyone 10 or older, the company said. That's up from $96. Single-day tickets for the...

Bloomington, MN – Threat Of Attack Draws Shrugs At North American Malls

February 22, 2015 at 09:45 PM
Bloomington, MN - It was business as usual at Minnesota's Mall of America and Canada's West Edmonton Mall on Sunday, with most people either oblivious to any threat to attack the shopping centers or confident that the risk was too small to worry about. Shoppers, employees and recreational "mall walkers" were out in full force despite news of a videotape attributed to al Shabaab, a Somali-based...

Brooklyn, NY – Jewish Community Leaders Meet New Assembly Speaker

February 22, 2015 at 09:15 PM
Brooklyn, NY - It was an opportunity for movers and shakers within New York City’s Jewish community to get an up close look at newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie who made a quick stop in Borough Park this morning at an event hosted by Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Heads of major Jewish organizations and community representatives from Borough Park, Flatbush, Williamsburg, Crown Heights...

Berlin – Israeli Ambassador To Germany Calls On Jews To Move To Israel

February 22, 2015 at 09:03 PM
Berlin - ‎Israel's ambassador to Berlin, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, renewed an offer to European Jews to emigrate to Israel. Hadas-Handelsman told the German newspaper Tagesspiegel am Sonntag that there was a "wave of anti-Semitism" in Europe, particularly in light of religiously-motivated attacks in Paris and Copenhagen in recent months. "I don't envy the Jews who live in Europe today," the...

Jerusalem – Zionism Debate At Heart Of Bitter Israeli Vote

February 22, 2015 at 08:33 PM
Jerusalem - What is Zionism? The ideological question, rooted in the 19th century, has gained surprising urgency in an Israeli election campaign that seems more open than had been expected. Seeking to take votes from the nationalistic right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the relatively liberal opposition has rebranded itself as the Zionist Union -- sparking a debate about a concept that...

Tehran – Iranian Force Returns Stolen Torah To Jewish Community

February 22, 2015 at 08:10 PM
Tehran - An ancient hand-written Torah that was stolen from a synagogue in Southern Iran was found by Iran's Basij (volunteer) force and returned to the Jewish community. After a number of ancient Torah manuscripts were lost in a synagogue in Shiraz, the capital city of Iran's Southern Fars province, a few days ago, Iran's Basij units could find one of the holy books, which has been described...

United Nations – Israel Demands UN Condemn Iran’s Holocaust-Themed Cartoon Contest

February 22, 2015 at 07:19 PM
United Nations - Israel’s top representative to the United Nations is demanding that the world body condemn the Iranian government for hosting a contest featuring Holocaust-themed cartoons. Ron Prosor wrote a letter over the weekend to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and global delegates urging them to publicly censure the contest, which is scheduled to take place this coming April. The...

New York – Business Is Brisk For Travel Agents In The Northeast

February 22, 2015 at 06:35 PM
New York - The record-breaking winter weather that has put the U.S. Northeast in a deep freeze this month and brought mountains of snow is making most people miserable but travel agents are learning to love it. Travel brokers from New York, Massachusetts and surrounding states have enjoyed a surge in business from weary residents looking to get out of town.‎ Business is brisk, they say, as...

Israel – ‘Four Out Of 10 New Immigrants To Israel Consider Returning To Country Of Origin’

February 22, 2015 at 05:29 PM
Israel - Around 40 percent of recent immigrants to Israel consider returning to their countries of origin, according to a study carried out by Gvahim, a nongovernmental organization that works for the integration of immigrant academics. The NGO surveyed 300 new arrivals, 59% of from the United States and France. Six out of 10 new immigrants, or olim, polled responded that the primary barrier...

New York – NYC Quickly Settling Cases Of Wrongdoing, Lawsuit Or Not

February 22, 2015 at 04:47 PM
New York, NY - A trio of half brothers who were wrongfully convicted of murder received a $17 million settlement from the city. The family of a mentally ill former U.S. Marine who died in a hot jail cell was awarded $2.25 million. And a man who spent 23 years behind bars before he was exonerated was given $6.5 million. All these recent settlements were unusual because they were made before any...

San Francisco – YouTube’s New Mobile App Designed To Help Parents Control What Their Kids Watch Online

February 22, 2015 at 03:52 PM
San Francisco - YouTube is going to release a mobile app that will only show video clips suitable for young children to help parents control what their kids are watching on the Internet. The YouTube for Kids app scheduled to be released Monday will only work on smartphones and tablets running on Android, the software made by YouTube owner Google Inc. A version compatible with the iOS software...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinians Threaten To End Security Ties With Israel

February 22, 2015 at 02:41 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to stop security coordination with Israel if the country continues to withhold millions of dollars of Palestinian tax revenue. Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official, says Abbas warned European leaders that Palestinian officials would discuss the matter in a council meeting next week. Shaath on Sunday urged the...

Washington – Homeland Security Chief Worried About Al Shabaab Mall Threat

February 22, 2015 at 01:36 PM
Washington - The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously a threat made by Somali-based Islamist militants against shopping malls, including the Mall of America in Minnesota, and urged people going there to be careful. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video released by al Shabaab appearing to call for attacks on Western shopping areas...

Israel – Video Footage Shows Jerusalem Mayor, Bodyguard Apprehend Palestinian Attacker On Charedi Jew

February 22, 2015 at 01:23 PM
Jerusalem - The mayor of Jerusalem says he and his bodyguard apprehended a Palestinian who stabbed an Israeli near City Hall. Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement issued Sunday that he was riding in his car when his entourage spotted a "terrorist" with a knife. He said he and his bodyguard leapt from the car, the bodyguard drew a weapon, and they held the man until police arrived. He said...

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