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Washington – Big Jump In Gun Seizures At U.S. Airport Security Checkpoints

January 21, 2016 at 11:27 PM
Washington - U.S. security officials intercepted a record 2,653 firearms - 83 percent of them loaded - from carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints in 2015, a 20 percent increase from the previous year, a federal agency said on Thursday. The 2,212 firearms seized in 2014 was itself a record, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The firearms seized last year were...

Marrakesh – Rabbis To Attend Morocco Panel On Religious Minorities In Muslim Countries

January 21, 2016 at 11:08 PM
Marrakesh, Morocco - Top rabbis will attend a historic conference in Morocco on safeguarding the rights of religious minorities in Muslim countries, The Jerusalem Post learned Thursday. Organizers of the January 25-27 conference in Marrakesh include the government of Morocco and the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, which hope to formulate a new declaration rooted in the Prophet...

New York – NYC Marathon Organizers Are Sued Over Lottery To Enter Race

January 21, 2016 at 10:29 PM
New York - The organizers of the New York City Marathon have been sued by two runners who said the use of a lottery to decide who gets to race in the world's largest marathon is illegal. In a proposed class-action lawsuit filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Utah residents Charles Konopa and Matthew Clark said the nonprofit New York Road Runners Inc violated New York's...

Washington – U.S. Tightens Visa Waiver Rules For Visitors After Paris Attacks

January 21, 2016 at 10:05 PM
Washington - The United States on Thursday began implementing restrictions to its Visa Waiver Program under a law passed after last year's Paris attacks that makes it harder for citizens of some countries to visit. Several of the Islamic State attackers who killed 130 people in France held European passports that would have allowed them to easily enter the United States under the former...

Baltimore, MD – Prominent Posek: Burglar Alarm Can Be Turned Off On Shabbos

January 21, 2016 at 09:11 PM
Baltimore, MD - Following a rash of burglaries in his community that had residents focusing on crime prevention, a highly respected Baltimore posek clarified several halachos regarding security issues on Shabbos. The remarks made by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, rov of Agudath Israel of Baltimore and the Star-K’s rabbinic advisor, came after a Crime Town Hall meeting was held on January 11th as...

Jerusalem – Nespresso Sues Israeli Coffee Company Over Clooney Lookalike

January 21, 2016 at 08:32 PM
Jerusalem - A George Clooney doppelganger is brewing up tensions between two coffee companies in Israel. Nespresso is suing the Israeli Espresso Club for using an actor with a striking resemblance to the Hollywood star in one of its ads. Clooney is the face of Nespresso. The ad shows the Clooney lookalike being schooled on the benefits of Espresso Club. A disclaimer on the screen warns that...

Jerusalem – Israeli Holocaust Survivor, 112, Likely Oldest Man In The World

January 21, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - The oldest man in the world is most likely an Israeli Holocaust survivor aged 112. A grandson of Yisrael Kristal was contacted this week by the Gerontology Research Group based in the US following the death of Yasutaro Koide in Japan, who was also 112. According to the organization, Kristal is now the oldest living man on record although this still has to be validated by his...

Las Vegas – Donald Trump: ‘A Little Establishment’ Doesn’t Hurt

January 21, 2016 at 07:43 PM
Las Vegas - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday there's nothing wrong with a little deal-making to get things done. "You know what? There's a point at which: Let's get to be a little establishment," Trump told about 1,500 people at a rally at the Las Vegas South Point Resort and Casino. "We've got to get things done folks, OK? Believe me, don't worry. We're going to...

New York – NYC Mayor Presents $82 Billion Budget, Warns Of Challenges

January 21, 2016 at 07:37 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presented an $82.1 billion preliminary budget for the city's 2016-17 financial year on Thursday, noting the city's strong economic position but striking a cautionary note over the economic outlook. New York City, which sits at the center of one of the biggest regional economies in the world, has seen strong growth since the recession that followed...

Warsaw – Polish Court: Lease Of Hitler’s WWII Bunker Rightly Canceled

January 21, 2016 at 07:03 PM
Warsaw - A Polish court ruled Thursday that the state was right to terminate the lease of Hitler's World War II bunker to a private company that failed to pay rent or upgrade it as a tourist attraction. Acting for the state, forestry authorities in Gerloz, in northeastern Poland, cancelled the lease of Hitler's Wolf's Lair in March, but the private company protested the decision, despite owing...

San Francisco – Leaked: Oracle Lawyer Says Google’s Android Generated $31 Billion Revenue

January 21, 2016 at 06:30 PM
San Francisco - Google's Android operating system has generated revenue of about $31 billion and profit of $22 billion since its release, an Oracle Corp lawyer told a U.S. court hearing the software company's copyright lawsuit against Google. A lawyer for Google did not discuss the figure, according to a transcript of the hearing in a Northern California federal court last week. But he said...

New York – East Coast Braces For Winter Storm That May Dump 30 Inches Of Snow

January 21, 2016 at 06:00 PM
New York - Washington D.C., New York and other East Coast cities readied fleets of snow plows, airlines canceled flights and residents stocked up on groceries on Thursday ahead of a winter storm expected to dump up to 30 inches (76 cm) of snow. As the first major East Coast winter storm began dumping snow on the nation's capital, residents from North Carolina to New York were told to stay...

Queens, NY – Cow Enjoys Brief Taste Of Freedom But Is Roped By NY Police

January 21, 2016 at 05:27 PM
Queens, NY - A cow destined for the dinner table has run away and enjoyed a brief taste of freedom in New York City before being captured by police and returned to a slaughterhouse. Video posted by the New York Post (http://nyp.st/1VbDWgx ) shows the brown and white cow trotting past shops and restaurants in a busy Queens neighborhood Thursday afternoon. The Post says the cow escaped from a...

Davos, Switzerland – Davos Elite Alarmed At Prospect Of Nominee Trump

January 21, 2016 at 05:03 PM
Davos, Switzerland - "Unbelievable", "embarrassing" even "dangerous" are some of the words the financial elite gathered at the World Economic Forum conference in the Swiss resort of Davos have been using to describe U.S. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Although some said they still expected his campaign to founder before his party picks its nominee for the November election...

Washington – Even Obama Can’t Escape Snowy Commute

January 21, 2016 at 04:30 PM
Washington - Even President Barack Obama couldn't escape the rough commute that greeted Washington commuters Wednesday evening when snowy conditions prevented him from returning to the White House via helicopter. It took the presidential motorcade about an hour and 14 minutes to travel between Andrews Air Force Base and the White House. The distance: roughly 15 miles. Along the way, the...

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