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West Bank – ‘Abbas May Halt Security Cooperation With Israel Unless Palestine Is Created’

February 5, 2015 at 11:19 PM
West Bank - An unnamed international diplomat well-versed in the vicissitudes of the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations of recent years told Israel Radio on Thursday that “it is not inconceivable to envisage a scenario in which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would put a halt to security cooperation with Israel in the West Bank.” Israel Radio quotes the official as saying...

Huidong county, Beijing – Fire In Southern China Market Kills More Than 17 People

February 5, 2015 at 11:02 PM
Huidong county, Beijing - A fire at a southern China wholesale market has killed more than 17 people and injured four firefighters, officials said Friday. The fire broke out Thursday afternoon on the fourth floor of the market in southern Guangdong province and was controlled that night, said a statement issued Friday by the Communist Party's propaganda department in Huidong...

Paris – France Restricts Action Movie Filming After Terror Attacks

February 5, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Paris - Fearing that actors could be mistaken for police — and chase scenes confused for the real thing — Paris is sharply restricting filming of action movies in the city that has been the stage for some of film's most memorable high-octane sequences. Filming outside scenes with police, army or security services was quietly banned after the attacks in the French capital that left 20 dead...

New Jersey – Poll: Most Residents Think Gov. Christie Focused On Own Ambitions

February 5, 2015 at 09:42 PM
New Jersey - Residents are becoming increasingly skeptical of the motives of Governor Chris Christie and think he is more focused on his own political future than governing the state, according to a poll on Wednesday. Two-thirds of adults polled by Monmouth University said Christie put his political ambitions ahead of running New Jersey, up from 56 percent in a poll in September. Christie...

Brooklyn, NY – Local Men To Face Off In Masbia’s Upcoming Great Cholent Challenge

February 5, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Combine an iconic symbol of Jewish food, with a fundraiser and an award winning filmmaker turned rabbi and what have you got? The Great Cholent Challenge, a two day competition that will let local men battle in a cholent cook off while raising money for the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network. Taking place on February 25th and 26th at The Second Floor at Gourmet Glatt, the Cholent...

Tel Aviv – Israel FM Displays Charlie Hebdo In ‘Pre-Poll Stunt’

February 5, 2015 at 08:29 PM
Tel Aviv - Israel's hawkish Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman showcased copies of the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo in Tel Aviv on Thursday in an apparent pre-election publicity stunt. Members of Lieberman's far-right Yisrael Beitenu party, their mouths symbolically taped shut, set up a stall in the heart of Israel's commercial capital and displayed copies for public perusal of the French...

Brooklyn, NY – Record Breaking $40M Brooklyn Brownstone Listing Hitting Market Soon

February 5, 2015 at 08:06 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A Brooklyn Heights brownstone listed with Corcoran Group Real Estate will hit the market soon at a record-breaking price of $40 million. The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1v1XNkM) reports the 17,500-square-foot brownstone located on Pierrepont Place breaks the price record for a single-family home in Brooklyn. The second-most expensive listing is an 11,000-square-foot...

Washington – For Google, New FCC Rules May Bring Unfamiliar Government Oversight

February 5, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Washington - One of Google Inc's major business operations could fall under the day-to-day jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for the first time, potentially subjecting the fast-moving Internet company to regulations it has often criticized. Aiming to set "net neutrality" rules that guide how Internet service providers manage traffic on their networks, the FCC will vote...

New York, NY – Five Charged In ID Theft Ring That Bought $700,000 Worth Of Apple Gift Cards

February 5, 2015 at 06:27 PM
New York, NY - Five people accused of running an identity theft ring in the New York City area have been charged in a 394-count indictment with stealing personal information from hundreds of dental patients to buy Apple gift cards. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday said the ring bought $700,000 worth of gift cards after fraudulently obtaining "instant credit" that Apple had...

Jackson, NJ – Prosecutors: Teen’s Hitler Image Online Did Not Pose Threat

February 5, 2015 at 05:43 PM
Jackson, NJ - New Jersey authorities have decided that pictures posted on social media by a teenager of herself dressed like Hitler and of a popular Orthodox Jewish gathering spot with the caption "perfect bombing time" were not criminal. Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, told the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1v2cu7A) the pro-Hitler images posted by...

New York – RadioShack Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

February 5, 2015 at 05:25 PM
New York - Struggling electronics retailer RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and says it will sell up to 2,400 stores. The Fort Worth, Texas company said Thursday that it was also having discussions to sell all of its remaining assets. RadioShack Corp. introduced one of the first mass-market personal computers and used to be the go-to stop for consumers' home...

New York – Michelle Obama Announces Funding To Fight Childhood Obesity

February 5, 2015 at 04:59 PM
New York - Michelle Obama wants kids to maintain a healthy weight. The first lady visited a school on Manhattan's Upper West Side on Thursday to announce a $500 million donation funding the fight against childhood obesity. The money comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The initiative encourages educators and families to serve healthier food and organize more exercise. The West...

Brooklyn, NY – de Blasio Tours Site Of Massive Williamsburg Fire

February 5, 2015 at 04:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio has toured the remnants of a Brooklyn warehouse that was engulfed by a massive fire. The fire at the Williamsburg warehouse ignited Saturday. It was still smoldering in spots Thursday morning when de Blasio visited. The building housed paper records for several city agencies, including the Health Department and the Health and Hospitals Corporation. De...

New York – Wall St. Rises On Oil, M&A

February 5, 2015 at 04:05 PM
New York - The stock market is notching its third big gain this week as the price of oil recovers and investors applaud a big acquisition in the pharmaceutical industry. Energy stocks rose Thursday as crude oil gained 4 percent. Hospira soared 35 percent after the drugmaker agreed to be acquired by Pfizer for $16 billion. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 211 points, or 1.2 percent...

Jerusalem – Furtive Finance Of Settlements A Top Israeli Election Issue

February 5, 2015 at 03:45 PM
Jerusalem - Taxpayer support for an agency fueling the expansion of West Bank settlements rose by more than $100 million last year, making it a top recipient of money being furtively channeled into politicians' pet projects, according to an Associated Press analysis. The AP examination of national budget figures found that the settlement building unit of the World Zionist Organization received...

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