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Albany, NY – NY High Court Upholds Outdoor Smoking Ban At State Parks

March 31, 2016 at 04:01 PM
Albany, NY - New York state's highest court has upheld smoking restrictions in state parks, including an outright ban at seven smaller parks in New York City. The Court of Appeals unanimously rejected arguments from a smokers' rights group that parks officials exceeded their authority and smoking limits should be left to state lawmakers. Judge Eugene Fahey writes that lawmakers gave...

Richmond, VA – Trooper, suspect die in bus station shooting; 2 hurt

March 31, 2016 at 03:26 PM
Richmond, VA - A gunman fatally shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were also shot but were expected to recover. Trooper Chad P. Dermyer, 37, died after being shot multiple times, according to Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty. The...

Monroe, NY – Sifrei Torah Trapped Inside Burning Building As KJ Fire Rages

March 31, 2016 at 03:19 PM
Monroe, NY - A Kiryas Joel fire has brought out crews from four different villages who are currently battling flames that are ripping through a building that is home to several local families. The fire broke out early this afternoon at 12 Lizensk Boulevard according to Kiryas Joel public safety director, Moses Vitriol. Half of the two story building, which also houses the Spinka Shul, has...

Jerusalem – High Court Strikes Another Blow Against Chief Rabbinate Monopoly On Religious Life

March 31, 2016 at 02:59 PM
Jerusalem - In what is yet another strike against the religious establishment in Israel, the High Court of Justice ruled on Thursday afternoon that private Orthodox conversions conducted in Israel should be recognized by the state for eligibility for citizenship under the Law of Return. The decision will without doubt unleash a fresh political conflict, with the haredi leadership already...

Washington – Turkish Security Officials, Protesters Clash Outside Erdogan Speech In DC

March 31, 2016 at 02:37 PM
Washington - It's a tense start for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington for a nuclear security summit. Turkish security officials tried to remove a journalist at a policy institute where Erdogan is speaking. Security guards at the Brookings Institution intervened, asking the Turkish officials to leave the room. Earlier, the officials had stopped the journalist —...

Washington – White House: FBI Teams Helping Belgium Investigate Recent Attacks

March 31, 2016 at 02:32 PM
Washington - The United States has sent FBI teams to help Belgian authorities investigate the March 22 attacks that killed 35 people, including several Americans, and U.S. and Belgian officials will discuss the cooperation this week, the White House said on Thursday. "Belgium has accepted our assistance. We have FBI teams on the ground assisting with the investigation. We are sharing...

Washington – Trump Meets Foreign Policy Team In Washington

March 31, 2016 at 01:25 PM
Washington - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took a detour off the campaign trail on Thursday, visiting Washington for talks with his foreign policy team after a series of national security statements that have drawn criticism. The meeting was hosted by his top backer in the capital, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who chairs Trump's foreign policy team. Trump was last...

Jerusalem – Foundation Defends Award To Palestinian Teacher Despite Husband’s Terror Links

March 31, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Jerusalem - The U.K.-based foundation that awarded a Palestinian schoolteacher a $1 million prize for preaching nonviolence is sticking by its choice following revelations that the woman's husband participated in an attack that killed at least six Israelis three decades ago. Earlier this month, the Varkey Foundation awarded Hanan al-Hroub its Global Teacher Prize. In its selection, it cited...

Cyprus – Video Emerges From Inside Plane Moment British Man Poses With Hijacker

March 31, 2016 at 12:46 PM
Cyprus - A video has emerged showing moments inside the EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo that was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday by a man with a fake suicide belt. The footage shows the moment British passenger Ben Innes has his photograph taken with hijacker Seif Al Deen Mostafa. While the plane was still airborne, flight attendants and the pilots said they...

Miami – Florida Man Pleads Not Guilty In $4.8M Gold Truck Heist

March 31, 2016 at 12:15 PM
Miami - A Florida man pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal firearms and robbery charges in the theft of $4.8 million in gold bars from a truck along a remote stretch of North Carolina highway as prosecutors also moved to seize assets traced to the crime. Adalberto Perez, 46, entered the plea during a brief hearing Thursday. Trial is tentatively set for May, with Perez facing up to 40 years...

Cyprus – Cypriot Ex-wife Says Egyptian Hijacker ‘Abusive, Dangerous’, Bragged Of Killing Israeli Soldiers

March 31, 2016 at 11:56 AM
Cyprus - The Cypriot ex-wife of an Egyptian man who authorities say hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight and threatened to blow it up with a fake suicide belt said her former husband is an "extremely dangerous man" who used drugs, terrorized his family and beat her and their children. Marina Paraschou strongly rejected some media reports that suggested 59-year-old Seif Eddin Mustafa hijacked...

Jerusalem – B’Tselem Asking For Military Protection For Volunteer Who Filmed Hebron Shooting

March 31, 2016 at 11:22 AM
Jerusalem - NGO B'Tselem, who last week obtained a video of an IDF soldier shooting a subdued Palestinian in Hebron from one of its volunteers, is now asking for protection against the volunteer who documented the shooting. B’Tselem director Hagai El-Ad wrote a letter on Wednesday to the OC Central Command Roni Numa and Chief of Police Roni Alsheich informing them of death threats made...

Washington – Backlash Over Trump’s Abortion Comments Grows As Rivals Pounce

March 31, 2016 at 11:01 AM
Washington - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump grappled on Thursday with the fallout from his comments on punishing women for having an abortion, including from his rivals in the race for the White House. The billionaire businessman rowed back rapidly on Wednesday from his statement during an MSNBC town hall that women who end pregnancies should be punished if the United States...

London – UK Denied Compensation To Thousands Of Holocaust Victims, Papers Reveal

March 31, 2016 at 10:33 AM
London - Newly released records revealed for the first time Thursday that thousands of traumatized Holocaust survivors have struggled to receive compensation from the United Kingdom, according to The Jewish Chronicle. The report cited documents that show that out of 4,206 applicants, less than a quarter (1,015) received benefits. Established in 1964, the Nazi Persecution Compensation plan...

Jerusalem – World Bank: Restrictions Cost Palestinian Telecoms $1B

March 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Jerusalem - The World Bank says the Palestinian mobile phone sector lost more than $1 billion in potential earnings over the last three years, largely due to Israeli restrictions. Its report Thursday said over 20 percent of West Bank customers use Israeli providers because they offer high-speed internet capabilities. In 2015, Israel agreed to permit a 3G broadband network in the West Bank, but...

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