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Manhattan, NY – Biden, Cuomo Call For More Paid Family Leave In New York

January 30, 2016 at 11:50 PM
Manhattan, NY - One man remembered the anguished nights he spent at the bedside of his fatally ill son. The other spoke movingly about the last days he spent with his dying father. Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomodrew from their own experiences of recent loss on Friday to push for Cuomo's plan to provide 12 weeks of paid family leave in New York state, which would be among the...

Iowa – In Tight Race, Cruz And Trump Make Final Appeals To Iowans

January 30, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Iowa - Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz, locked in a tight race in Iowa with billionaire Donald Trump just two days before the state's crucial U.S. presidential nominating contest, urged a packed house of supporters to give him the first victory of the 2016 campaign. Ten Republicans and three Democrats were campaigning in Iowa for their parties' nominations but much of the focus was on the...

Israel – The New Zionists: Ultra-Orthodoxy Has Effectively Surrendered To The Zionist Idea

January 30, 2016 at 11:01 PM
Israel - WITH ORGANS installed in synagogues, German inserted into prayer books, Jewish scholars disowning the messiah, and Jewish schools teaching history, philosophy and math, a flabbergasted Rabbi Moshe Sofer (1762-1839) ruled: “All that is novel is forbidden from the Torah.” Two centuries on, ultra-Orthodoxy’s resistance of religious change remains as fierce as it was when its...

Houston, TX – Now Deeply Christian, Cruz’s Religion Once Wasn’t So Obvious

January 30, 2016 at 10:35 PM
Houston, TX - Ted Cruz sometimes sounds more like a preacher than a presidential candidate, praising the transformative love of Jesus Christ and promising to defend religious liberty. But the Texas senator rarely evokes the biblical tenet of tithing, the mandate that 10 percent of possessions be donated to God. That's because Cruz doesn't tithe. He and his wife donated less than 1 percent of...

Washington – Sanders Says He’ll Quickly Break Up Big Banks

January 30, 2016 at 10:09 PM
Washington - Battling across Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-country vote on Monday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are dueling on fertile populist ground: resentment against Wall Street, bailed-out big banks and a financial system seen as rigged. Their rhetoric is pungent. The contenders for the Democratic nomination are running neck-and-neck in polls before the caucuses, and the stakes...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Liberal Artists Decry Attempts To Limit Expression

January 30, 2016 at 09:47 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's cultural class is increasingly alarmed by what many see as a tightening noose on freedom of expression, as a hard-line government minister seeks to cut off funding for artists who are critical of the state and activists accuse them of outright treason. The clash highlights a broader battle amid Israel's rightward lurch after nearly 50 years of occupation of lands the...

Berlin – Germany’s Merkel Says Refugees Must Return Home Once War Is Over

January 30, 2016 at 08:54 PM
Germany - German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried on Saturday to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees by insisting that most refugees from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended. Despite appearing increasingly isolated, Merkel has resisted pressure from some conservatives to cap the influx of refugees, or to close Germany's...

New York – Israeli Director Gitai Looks Back 20 Years To Rabin Killing

January 30, 2016 at 08:31 PM
New York - As one of Israel's most prominent and prolific filmmakers, director Amos Gitai has spent a career chronicling his country's turbulent history. In his latest project, he covers one of its most traumatic days: the assassination 20 years ago of Prime Minister Yiitzhak Rabin by a Jewish extremist opposed to his peace efforts with the Palestinians. "This is really an important moment in...

Iowa – Latest Poll: Trump Regains Lead Over Cruz In Iowa, Clinton Barely Leads Sanders

January 30, 2016 at 08:10 PM
Iowa - Donald Trump has surged past Ted Cruz in Iowa, while Hillary Clinton is holding a three-point lead over Bernie Sanders, according to the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics before the Iowa caucuses. Trump captures the support of 28 percent of likely caucus-goers, compared to 23 percent for Cruz, 15 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and 10 percent for former neurosurgeon Ben...

Jerusalem – Official: Israel Would Consider Invitation To Peace Talks With Palestinians

January 30, 2016 at 08:02 PM
Jerusalem - Israel would consider a French invitation to peace talks with the Palestinians, but believes France has made a mistake by saying it will recognize a Palestinian state if the talks fail, an Israeli government official said on Saturday. "If and when we get an invitation to a conference, we will examine it and respond to it," the official, who declined to be named, said in a...

Orange County, NY – 3 Women Arrested, Suspected In Series Of Burglaries in Kiryas Joel

January 30, 2016 at 07:28 PM
Orange County, NY - Three City of Newburgh women, who were hired for home cleaning services, were arrested and charged with stealing jewelry from a Kiryas Joel residence, according to New York State Police in Monroe who made the announcement today. On Jan 27 State Police Members responded to a home on Eahal Court in the Village of Kiryas Joel for a reported burglary to the residence where...

Baltimore, MD – Obama To Make First Visit To U.S. Mosque To Meet Muslims

January 30, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Baltimore, MD - President Barack Obama will make his first visit as president to a U.S. mosque next week in a defense of religious freedom, the White House said, following a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States. Obama will visit on Wednesday the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, where he will hold a roundtable with the community and deliver remarks, a White House official said...

Santa Ana, CA – All California Jail Escapees Captured

January 30, 2016 at 06:47 PM
Santa Ana, CA - After a week of SWAT raids and a gang dragnet, it was a simple tip from an observant citizen that led police to the two remaining inmates who broke out of a California jail eight days ago using a Google Earth map and a rope made of bed linens. A citizen flagged down officers near San Francisco's Golden Gate Park just before 9 a.m. Saturday and pointed out a parked white van...

Jerusalem – Police Say 2 Palestinians Stabbed Israeli Teen

January 30, 2016 at 06:29 PM
Jerusalem - Police say two Palestinians stabbed an Israeli teenager in the back before running away near Jerusalem's Old City. Spokeswoman Luba Samri said the 17-year-old Israeli was rushed to hospital in light condition. Officers are searching for attackers who fled the scene, she said. Saturday's violence is the latest in four months of near-daily Palestinian attacks on civilians and...

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