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Los Angeles, CA – Noted Jewish Actor Leonard Nimoy, Famous As Mr. Spock On ‘Star Trek,’ Dies

February 27, 2015 at 04:16 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died. Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83. Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 "Star Trek" run with a notable career as both an actor and...

Washington – Signed Contracts To Buy US Homes Rise To 18-month High

February 27, 2015 at 03:45 PM
Washington - The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year. The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index increased 1.7 percent to 104.2 last month. December's figure was also revised higher to show a decline of only 1.5...

Lichfield, England – Debates Rage Over Color Of Dress Photographed In Rare Light

February 27, 2015 at 03:15 PM
Lichfield, England - It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white? Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white. Optometry experts are calling the photo a one-in-a-million shot that perfectly captures how people's brains...

Montreal – Judge Denies Woman Hearing Until Hijab Removed

February 27, 2015 at 03:00 PM
Montreal - A Quebec judge told a Muslim woman appearing in a Montreal courtroom she would not hear her case until she removed her head scarf, CBC news reported on Thursday. The broadcaster, citing an audio recording it obtained of the proceedings, said Judge Eliana Marengo was heard telling Rania El-Alloul on Tuesday that the courtroom is a secular place, and that she was not suitably...

Washington – Holder Says U.S. Malls Should ‘Step Up’ Security

February 27, 2015 at 02:40 PM
Washington - Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. "I certainly think we have to step up our sensitivities to what goes on in these commercial...

Berlin – Millions Of Young Risk Hearing Loss From Loud Music, UN Says

February 27, 2015 at 02:27 PM
Berlin - The World Health Organization says millions of young people around the world are at risk of hearing loss from loud music. The U.N. agency said Friday that a review of data from middle- and high-income countries shows almost half of all 12 to 35-year-olds listen to unsafe levels of music on their personal audio devices or cellphones. And about 40 percent of teens and young adults...

Oxon Hill, MD – Rubio: Obama Sees Deal With Iran As His Legacy

February 27, 2015 at 02:00 PM
Oxon Hill, MD - President Barack Obama's health care law was the legacy of his first term and he is pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran as the hallmark of his second, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida told conservative activists on Friday. Both, the likely 2016 presidential candidate said, were destined to fail. "It is a foreign policy that treats the ayatollah of Iran with more respect...

Denmark – Scandinavians Form Human Chains After Synagogue Attacks

February 27, 2015 at 01:30 PM
Denmark - Thousands of people of different faiths have gathered in Denmark and Sweden in a show of unity after attacks against Jews in Europe. In Copenhagen, people formed a "ring of peace" Friday on the City Hall Square, where Mayor Frank Jensen said "a mad man must not succeed in creating a rift." Near Stockholm's synagogue, the crowd, including Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, held...

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Auditor Upset Over Jewish Faith Comments Dies In ‘Apparent Suicide,’

February 27, 2015 at 01:07 PM
Jefferson City, MO - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself in what police described as an apparent suicide, minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview. Schweich's death Thursday stunned many of Missouri's top elected officials, who described him as a brilliant and devoted public...

Jerusalem – Former Israeli Mossad Chief Slams Netanyahu On Iran Handling

February 27, 2015 at 12:30 PM
Jerusalem - A former chief of Israel's Mossad spy agency is slamming the prime minister's handling of the Iranian nuclear threat. Ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu's contentious speech to Congress, Meir Dagan says "the person who has caused the greatest strategic damage to Israel on the Iranian issue is the prime minister." The comments were published Friday in the Yediot Ahronot daily. Dagan...

Washington – US Senate To Call For European Nations To Appoint Anti-Semitism Envoys

February 27, 2015 at 11:55 AM
Washington - The US Senate will likely soon call on European leaders to appoint national anti-Semitism czars to monitor and combat hate against their countries’ Jewish minorities. That call is included in a bipartisan resolution introduced on Wednesday, which is being co-sponsored by 53 senators. “Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we are witnessing an alarming rise in...

Rome – Italian Lawmakers Urge Recognition Of Palestinian State

February 27, 2015 at 11:19 AM
Rome - Italian lawmakers on Friday backed a non-binding resolution that encourages the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a move that underlines European frustration over stalled Middle East peace negotiations. European countries have become increasingly critical of Israel, which since the collapse of the latest U.S.-sponsored talks last April has pressed on with building...

Oxon Hill, MD – Rick Perry Tells CPAC: Obama Has Made The World Less Safe

February 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM
Oxon Hill, MD - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the Islamic State group seizing territory in the Middle East represents the worst threat to freedom since communism. The likely Republican presidential contender spoke Friday morning in front of an audience of conservative activists at the second day of the annual CPAC convention just outside of Washington. The former governor has been...

Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Chasidic Historian Instrumental in Locating Chofetz Chaim Footage

February 27, 2015 at 10:07 AM
Brooklyn, NY - A Williamsburg man with a passion for rabbinic dynasties and old seforim, manuscripts, footage and photographs is being credited with inspiring archivists to locate the Chofetz Chaim film clip that has taken the Jewish world by storm this week. Yosef March, (Pronounced Ma'arach) a self-professed history buff and an employee in the offices of Monroe Bus Company, first became...

El-arish, Egypt – Gaza Tunnel Collapses, Killing Senior Egyptian Officer

February 27, 2015 at 09:22 AM
El-arish, Egypt - Egyptian security officials say a senior army officer was killed and another was injured when a cross-border smuggling tunnel with the Gaza Strip collapsed after troops went into it to investigate. The officials say the tunnel was discovered on Friday in the Egyptian town of Rafah in northern Sinai. One of its entrances was close to the town's intelligence headquarters while...

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