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Washington – Justices Appear To Favor Muslim Denied Job Over Headscar

February 25, 2015 at 03:44 PM
Washington - Have you heard the one about the Sikh, the Hasidic Jew, the Muslim and the nun who walked into a job interview? Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito channeled his inner stand-up comic Wednesday in indicating that he and most of the court would side with a Muslim woman who showed up for a job interview with Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a black headscarf. She didn't get...

London – Refracted Rays From Nutella Jar Blamed For UK House Fire

February 25, 2015 at 03:24 PM
London - London's firefighters say sun rays refracted by a Nutella jar likely caused a house fire. The city's fire brigade says investigators believe the glass jar — which had been emptied of the hazelnut spread — had been placed on a window sill and refracted sunlight, setting blinds alight. According to a statement posted Tuesday by the brigade, the family was not at home but the...

New York, NY – Partial Collapse Of Building Under Demolition

February 25, 2015 at 03:05 PM
New York, NY - The outer shell of a midtown Manhattan building that was in the process of being demolished has partially collapsed, injuring at least one person. Construction workers say the collapse Wednesday afternoon sounded like an explosion. Rubble from the building damaged a yellow school bus parked on the street. Firefighters are using drilling equipment to examine the...

Washington – IL Democrat Schakowski To Skip Netanyahu Speech

February 25, 2015 at 03:00 PM
Washington - Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowski says she is skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress next week. The nine-term Illinois congresswoman said the speech should be postponed until after the Israeli elections next month. She says House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to Netanyahu without notifying President Barack Obama threatens Israel's security and...

Jordan – US Embassy Warns Of Threat To Malls In Jordan’s Capital

February 25, 2015 at 02:42 PM
Jordan - The U.S. Embassy in Jordan warned Wednesday of a potential threat of attacks against "high-end malls" in Jordan's capital, as the kingdom takes part in airstrikes targeting the extremist Islamic State group. The embassy said the threat to Amman shopping malls was "judged to be credible," but that it had no information about the type or timing of any possible attack. It advised U.S...

Paris – 3 Al-Jazeera Journalists Arrested For Flying Drone In Paris

February 25, 2015 at 02:20 PM
Paris - Three Al-Jazeera journalists have been arrested for illegally flying a drone in Paris Wednesday, after unidentified drones flew over the Eiffel Tower and key Paris landmarks for a second night running. It's further baffled French authorities who are investigating a spate of unidentified flying objects in the Paris skies at a time of high security across the country. The foreign...

Johannesburg – South Africa Investigates Alleged Leak Of Intelligence Files On Israel’s Mossad Spy Agency

February 25, 2015 at 02:00 PM
Johannesburg - Warning of a threat to national security, a top South African official on Wednesday condemned an alleged leak of South African intelligence documents and said an investigation is underway. The comments by David Mahlobo, South Africa's state security minister, followed the publication this week of the purported spy files by The Guardian and Al-Jazeera news organizations. The...

United Nations – UN Experts: Yemen Ex-president Amassed Up To $60 Billion

February 25, 2015 at 01:39 PM
United Nations - U.N. experts say Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh is alleged to have amassed assets worth between $32 billion and $60 billion, most believed to have been transferred abroad under other names. The experts, who monitor U.N. sanctions ordering all countries to freeze the assets of Saleh and two Houthi rebel leaders, said the ex-president's assets are believed to...

Delray Beach, FL – Jewish Recovery Center Offering Support, Inspiration And More At 4th Annual Shabbos Retreat

February 25, 2015 at 01:11 PM
Delray Beach, FL - Ten years ago a Crown Heights rabbi and his wife set off for shlichus in East Delray Beach, Florida, completely unaware that theirs would be perhaps one of the most unconventional Chabad outposts in the world. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/1DaOkNK), Rabbi Meir and Frumi Kessler, quickly discovered that they were living in what the New York Times described...

Brooklyn, NY – 3 Arrested In NY, Florida In Plot To Join Islamic State

February 25, 2015 at 12:32 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of attacking President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island. Akhror Saidakhmetov was arrested at Kennedy Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, authorities...

Washington – Kerry: Netanyahu Might Be Wrong In Opposing Iran Nuke Talks

February 25, 2015 at 12:25 PM
Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might be wrong about his opposition to negotiating a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program. Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday he didn't want to comment on Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress next week. The Israeli leader is expected to argue that Tehran is not negotiating...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu: World Powers ‘Have Given Up’ In Iran Nuke Talks

February 25, 2015 at 12:08 PM
Jerusalem - In his sharpest criticism yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that world powers "have given up" on stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons in ongoing negotiations. Netanyahu's comments, at a meeting of his Likud Party outside of Jerusalem, come as he plans to address the U.S. Congress on the nuclear negotiations. The West fears Iran could build an...

Jerusalem – Israel Comptroller Issues Report On Rising Housing Prices

February 25, 2015 at 11:37 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's state comptroller has issued a report on the rapid rise in housing prices, another blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just weeks before next month's national election. Wednesday's report says the cost of buying a house rose by over 50 percent in recent years. For many Israelis the high cost of living, not security, is the primary issue in the March 17...

New York – More Subway Delays Ahead If NYC Can’t Fund Transit Budget

February 25, 2015 at 11:35 AM
New York - It's an ominous refrain, repeated endlessly in the same automated monotone: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are delayed because of train traffic ahead of us." Every New Yorker who rides the subway to work each day — all 6 million of them, on the busiest days — has heard that message echoed over the loudspeakers when a train car has come to an unexpected halt. What most commuters don't...

Monsey, NY – New Initiative To Target Illegal Housing In Rockland

February 25, 2015 at 10:55 AM
Monsey, NY - County Executive Ed Day has a message for all landlords and homeowners: illegal housing will no longer be tolerated anywhere in Rockland. An upcoming plan expected to debut in late April will crack down on health, housing, zoning and fire code violations in each of Rockland’s five towns. Day’s announcement came last week in a letter that appeared on the Preserve Ramapo...

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