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Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel – Israeli Startup Bets On ‘Smart’ Satellite Antennas For Global Web Access

February 29, 2016 at 04:33 PM
Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel - Israeli startup Skyfi is looking to outflank Facebook and Google in a race to provide worldwide internet access by developing the first self-correcting antenna that can turn mini-satellites into powerful transmitters covering the globe. The two technology leaders are working on ways to beam internet access from the sky to remote areas, Google with high-flying balloons...

New York – Sanders Keeps His Judaism In The Background, Irking US Jews

February 29, 2016 at 04:05 PM
New York - As Bernie Sanders headed toward victory in New Hampshire, pundits noted the barrier he was about to break: Sanders would become the first Jewish candidate to win a major party presidential primary. But since that Feb. 9 win, instead of the burst of communal pride that often accompanies such milestones, the response from American Jews has been muted. One reason: The Vermont senator...

New York – Samaritans Lift Vehicle Off Pinned Pedestrian in NYC, But She Dies

February 29, 2016 at 03:25 PM
New York - About 10 people lifted a vehicle off a livery cab that struck and pinned a pedestrian in Manhattan — but the Samaritans' efforts were futile. The New York Post (http://nyp.st/1OIi2fI ) says the 77-year-old victim was pronounced dead at a hospital on Monday. She was struck around 8:30 a.m. at Madison Avenue and East 36th Street. The driver said he didn't see the pedestrian as...

New York – U.S. Senator Calls On USDA To Increase Purchase Of Kosher Food For Soup Kitchens After Shortage Reported

February 29, 2016 at 03:14 PM
New York - As levels of available kosher and halal food at local food pantries have continued to decline, and food banks have been left wondering how they will provide provisions for their religiously observant clients suffering from food insecurity, has U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand greatly concerned and calling on U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack for an update on what...

Omaha, NE – Buffett Says Distracted Driving Is A Growing Problem

February 29, 2016 at 03:00 PM
Omaha, NE - Investor Warren Buffett says distracted driving appears to be a growing problem on American roads that contributed to an increase in deaths last year and hurt profits at his company's Geico insurance unit. Buffett said on CNBC Monday that auto insurance rates are going up this year because of the increased occurrence and severity of accidents last year. The National Safety...

Radford, VA – Hecklers Disrupt Trump Rally, Photographer Shoved To The Ground (Video)

February 29, 2016 at 02:57 PM
Radford, VA - A Donald Trump rally was repeatedly disrupted by hecklers, including some from the Black Lives Matter movement, on Monday and a Time magazine photographer said he was choked and pushed to the ground in a tussle with U.S. Secret Service agents. Photographer Chris Morris said he was assaulted first, never hit the agent, and will not press charges, CNN reported. "I stepped 18...

Boston – Federal Files: Marathon Bomber Passed US Citizenship Test

February 29, 2016 at 02:42 PM
Boston - Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) passed the U.S. citizenship test and denied terrorism links just months before he and his brother detonated two pressure cooker bombs that killed three people at the race's finish line. The revelations were made in hundreds of heavily redacted Department of Homeland Security documents provided to The Boston Globe...

Jerusalem – Palestinians Lose Sodastream Jobs After Israel Boycott

February 29, 2016 at 02:22 PM
Jerusalem - Hundreds of Palestinian workers are now unemployed after the factory where they worked in a West Bank settlement was targeted by an international boycott movement and forced to move to Israel, the company's chief executive said Monday. Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream International Ltd., said the last 74 Palestinian workers left Monday after being denied permits to work inside...

Washington – Navy SEAL Receives Medal Of Honor At White House Ceremony

February 29, 2016 at 02:00 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama awarded the nation's highest military honor Monday to a Navy SEAL who participated in a daring 2012 raid that rescued an American hostage in Afghanistan. Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers Jr. is the first living, active duty member of the Navy to receive the award in four decades. Obama said during a ceremony at the White House that Byers...

Washington – Justice Thomas Asks Questions In Court, 1st Time In 10 Years

February 29, 2016 at 01:34 PM
Washington - Justice Clarence Thomas stunned lawyers, reporters and others at the Supreme Court on Monday when he posed questions during an oral argument for the first time in 10 years. It was the second week the court has heard arguments since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Thomas' friend and fellow conservative. Thomas for years sat directly to Scalia's right. Scalia's chair is now...

New York – Trump’s Career: Plenty For Fans And Foes To Love, Hate

February 29, 2016 at 01:00 PM
New York - To his supporters, the business career of Donald Trump is proof he's got the decisiveness and smarts required to lead the country. To critics, his exaggerated claims, burned customers and four bankruptcies suggest a man wholly disqualified for the office. The truth: It's complicated. Criticized by Republican rivals for his crude comments and what they call iffy conservative...

Albany, NY – NY Judge To Hear Arguments On Cruz Ballot Challenge In State

February 29, 2016 at 12:32 PM
Albany, NY - A New York judge has scheduled arguments Tuesday on a lawsuit challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's presence on New York's primary ballot on April 19. State Supreme Court Justice David Weinstein is considering the claim by two men who say Cruz isn't "a natural born citizen" of the United States as constitutionally required for eligibility. Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada...

Jerusalem – Rabbinate Against Court: Public Mikvaot Should NOT Be Used For Converts From Reform

February 29, 2016 at 12:19 PM
Jerusalem - The Chief Rabbinate has issued a decision which states that public mikvaot should not be used for the immersion of converts from any denomination, so as to prevent converts from the Reform and Conservative Movements using them. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that the non-Orthodox denominations must be allowed to make use of public mikvaot, or ritual baths, for the...

Washington – Rubio Slams Trump For Bad Earpiece Excuse

February 29, 2016 at 11:27 AM
Washington - Marco Rubio is picking up Monday where he left off, dogging Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump for not disavowing Sunday a white supremacist and the Ku Klux Klan. Rubio says Trump's decision not to denounce the public support of former KKK leader David Duke disqualifies him from the nomination from "the party of Lincoln." Trump has said he did not hear or...

Russia – Woman Carries Child’s Severed Head Through Streets Of Moscow

February 29, 2016 at 11:25 AM
Moscow - Russian police wrestled to the ground a woman in a hijab brandishing the severed head of a child outside a Moscow metro station on Monday and charged her with murder, in an incident that stirred fears of an Islamist terrorist attack. The macabre episode was caught on camera by passers-by, with footage showing the unnamed woman in a black hijab wandering around in the street holding an...

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