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Jerusalem – Knesset C’tee Nixes Agriculture Ministry Regulations For Yom Kippur Kaparot Ritual

August 12, 2015 at 11:40 PM
Jerusalem - The Knesset Economic Affairs Committee has rejected new directives issued by the Agriculture Ministry for regulating the custom of kapparot – a practice conducted before Yom Kippur in which a live chicken is ritually lifted over a person’s head before being slaughtered. During the hearing on Wednesday MK Uri Mak - lev (United Torah Judaism) threatened that if the regulations...

Israel – Discrimination In Ultra-Orthodox Schools Leaves Over 100 Sephardi Girls In Limbo

August 12, 2015 at 11:08 PM
Israel - The Education Ministry should “seriously consider” regional school assignments for ultra-Orthodox schools to prevent discrimination, the head of the Knesset Education Committee, MK Ya’acov Margi (Shas), recommended at a committee meeting on Tuesday. “We are repeatedly being embarrassed by the principals of institutions who choose to do as they please,” said Margi of those...

Tehran – Iranian Military Official: ‘We Laugh’ When US Threatens To Attack

August 12, 2015 at 10:49 PM
Tehran - The West's frequent use of military threats and citing of their ability to attack Iran at will has become a joke among Iranian commanders in the military, according to a high ranking military official in the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Asoudi alluded to the West's hesitancy...

Ashkelon – Israeli Jews And Arabs Clash At Protest Held In Solidarity With Palestinian Hunger Striker

August 12, 2015 at 10:18 PM
Ashkelon - Supporters of a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner clashed with Israeli right-wingers on Wednesday near the hospital where he is being treated. Israeli mounted police and other officers dispersed the fracas near the hospital and a number of protesters were detained and questioned, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. Palestinian Mohammed Allan, 31, an Islamic Jihad activist...

New York – No Easy Formula For Best Time To Book Airline Tickets

August 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM
New York - Travelers dream of the perfect trick to find the cheapest airfare every time, every trip. There are theories, some of them backed up by real number-crunching — shop on a Tuesday, 57 days before your flight. But using a tidy formula to find the cheapest fare may be as futile as trying to time the stock market. "There isn't a golden rule anymore," says Patrick Scurry, chief data...

New York – NYC Hospitals Ban Filming Of ER Reality TV

August 12, 2015 at 09:27 PM
New York, NY - New York City hospitals will no longer allow the filming of reality TV in their wards without prior written consent. According to the New York Post ( http://bit.ly/1JTHjpN ), the Greater New York Hospital Association said in a statement that the ban "effectively puts an end to `reality TV' in New York's emergency rooms." The ban was sparked by an April 2011 accident that...

Washington – U.S. Begins Air Strikes Against Islamic State From Turkish Base

August 12, 2015 at 08:56 PM
Washington - The United States launched its first manned air strikes against Islamic State targets from the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Wednesday, the U.S. military said. The U.S.-led coalition had launched flying, unmanned missions against the militants earlier this month, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement. Turkish fighter jets were not involved in the manned U.S. air...

Washington – As Chinese Yuan Falls More, Some See Little Cause For Alarm

August 12, 2015 at 08:31 PM
Washington - A free-falling Chinese currency could make China's goods cheaper for foreigners, squeeze Western companies, discourage Chinese tourism, increase China's exports and complicate the Federal Reserve's decision on whether to raise American interest rates. If the yuan keeps falling, that is. The Chinese currency sank again Wednesday, a day after Beijing engineered the biggest...

Washington – Top General: US Should Consider Embedding Troops In Iraq

August 12, 2015 at 07:43 PM
Washington - If Iraqi forces aren't making good progress against Islamic State militants in the next several months, the U.S. should consider embedding American troops with the Iraqis, the Army's retiring top general said Wednesday. Gen. Raymond Odierno, who retires as Army chief of staff on Friday, said the U.S. forces would not be directly involved in the fight. "I believe that if we find...

Seattle – Federal Court: Anti-Muslim Group Can’t Post Ads On Buses

August 12, 2015 at 07:07 PM
Seattle - A federal appeals court says an anti-Muslim group can't post ads on Washington state buses showing photos of terrorists and saying the FBI offers a $25 million reward for their capture. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected the claim by the American Freedom Defense Initiative that King County violated its free-speech rights. The group sought to display an ad...

West Allis, WI – Wallenda Completes His Longest Tightrope Walk In Wisconsin

August 12, 2015 at 06:34 PM
West Allis, WI - High-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda has completed his longest tightrope walk ever during an appearance at the Wisconsin State Fair. TV station WTMJ reports Wallenda on Tuesday evening crossed the 1,576-foot wire that was strung more than 10 stories above the Milwaukee Mile Speedway on the fairgrounds. The 36-year-old Wallenda holds nine Guinness World Records for his stunts. He...

New York, NY – Key Stats On Crime, Homelessness During NYC Mayor’s Watch

August 12, 2015 at 06:00 PM
New York, NY - Key statistics on crime and homelessness during the watch of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: HOMICIDE — There had been 196 killings this year in New York City as of Aug. 2, up 10 percent from 178 during the same period a year ago. But the city is still on pace to have only 334 homicides, which would be the second-lowest number since the city began keeping reliable...

Belgium – Glass Of Good Wine Is Daily Elixir For World’s Oldest Twin Brothers

August 12, 2015 at 05:11 PM
Belgium - Eating in moderation, drinking a glass of good wine every day and avoiding chasing women are the secrets of a long life, Belgians Pieter and Paulus Langerock, the world's oldest living twin brothers, say. Born on July 8 1913, the brothers have lived together for most of their lives and until this day barely leave each other's side, sharing a room at their nursing home just outside...

Atlanta – Jimmy Carter Says He Has Cancer, Revealed By Recent Surgery

August 12, 2015 at 04:40 PM
Atlanta - Former President Jimmy Carter announced he has been diagnosed with cancer in a brief statement issued Wednesday. "Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," Carter said in the statement released by the Carter Center. "I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare." The...

Washington – Jeb Bush Says Hillary Clinton Shares Blame For Islamic State Rise

August 12, 2015 at 04:29 PM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday attacked Democrat Hillary Clinton for her handling of Iraq as secretary of state, saying she must share the blame for the rise of Islamic State militants, in a prelude to a potential general election matchup in 2016. Iraq is a tricky topic for Bush, given the dismay many Americans still feel over the rationale for the U.S.-led...

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