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Washington – Threat Of New Year Attack In U.S. Low But ‘undeniable’: Agencies

December 30, 2016 at 03:30 PM
Washington - U.S. defense and security agencies said they believed the threat of militant attacks inside the United States was low during this New Year's holiday, yet some chance of an attack was "undeniable," according to security assessments reviewed on Friday. "There are no indications of specific threats to the U.S. Homeland," said a "situational awareness" bulletin issued to U.S. Army...

Monsey, NY – Orthodox Former Ramapo Councilman Presumed Dead After Early Morning Leap Off Bear Mountain Bridge

December 30, 2016 at 02:43 PM
Monsey, NY - State police are searching for the body of an Orthodox Jewish former councilman for the Town of Ramapo who is presumed dead after reportedly jumping off the Bear Mountain Bridge in the early morning hours. A car registered to Daniel Friedman was found at the entrance to the bridge. Brian Hoff, a senior investigator with the New York State Police, told The Journal News that...

Jerusalem – Israel Warns On Travel To India, Citing Immediate Threat Of Attacks

December 30, 2016 at 02:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's anti-terrorism directorate issued a travel warning for India on Friday, citing an immediate threat of attack to Western and tourist targets, particularly in the south-west of the country. "A particular emphasis should be put on events in the coming days in connection with beach and club parties celebrating the New Year where a concentration of tourists will be high," part...

Monsey, NY – Yeshiva Approvals Land Town Of Ramapo In Court To Fight Off Challenge From Jewish Neighbor

December 30, 2016 at 02:00 PM
Monsey, NY - Another Ramapo yeshiva is facing legal challenges, this time from an Orthodox Jewish man who lives nearby. A lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court by Peter Katz on December 19th names the Town of Ramapo, the town’s zoning board of appeals, Congregation Zera Yakov and Anthony Mallia as the town’s chief building inspector, as well as several others, for allowing the congregation...

Richmond, VA – Virginia Lawmaker Wants Porn Declared A Public Health Hazard

December 30, 2016 at 01:30 PM
Richmond, VA - A Virginia state lawmaker wants to have pornography declared a public health hazard, calling it a moral scourge that leads to infidelity, the "hypersexualization of teenagers" and the objectification of women. The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2iMEP29) reports that Del. Robert G. Marshall of Prince William County has proposed a resolution stating that pornography leads to...

Centreville, MD – Tennis, Sailing Or Spying? US Shuts 2 Russian Compounds

December 30, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Centreville, MD - The Obama administration is shutting access to a New York retreat and a swanky Maryland riverfront compound where Russian diplomats played tennis, sailed and escaped the political bustle, saying those doubled for intelligence activities. As the Obama administration retaliates for alleged cyber-meddling in the rU.S. presidential election, Russians were being denied access to...

Rockville, MD – Late Fee? No Prob: Check Covers Library Books 40 Years Later

December 30, 2016 at 12:27 PM
Rockville, MD - A library lover who found two books more than four decades overdue at a vacation cabin in Canada is making a donation to cover the late fees — at the 1970s-era rate of a nickel a day. The Minnesota man and his family gave the Maryland library a check for about $1,550 to cover the fees. Jon Kramer, of Minneapolis, says he was searching through his deceased parents' library...

Toronto – College In Canada? After Trump’s Win, More In US Consider It

December 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Toronto - For some college-bound students distressed by the election of Donald Trump, Canada is calling. Colleges from Quebec to British Columbia say applications and website traffic from the United States have been surging since Trump's victory Nov. 8. Although many Canadian schools had also ramped up recruiting in the U.S. recently, some say dismay over the presidential election has fueled a...

Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania Again Leads US In Reported Lyme Disease Cases

December 30, 2016 at 11:34 AM
Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania again leads the nation in reported cases of Lyme disease, according to tracking conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/2ikcWQf ) preliminary data released by the CDC on Thursday shows Pennsylvania with 12,092 cases of the tick-borne disease this year through Dec. 24. The figure is triple the...

Washington – How Obama And Netanyahu Missed An Opportunity Because Of Settlements

December 30, 2016 at 11:02 AM
Washington - On May 18, 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu returned to the White House. It was three months after his reelection and Netanyahu had come to Washington to meet America’s new president, Barack Obama. The two men had actually met before, nearly a year earlier in Jerusalem. Obama had come on a 36-hour trip to gain some foreign policy credentials in his race against Sen. John McCain and sat...

Sydney – Australian PM Condemns ‘One-sided’ UNSC Resolution

December 30, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Sydney - Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the resolution in a speech to the Central Synagogue in Sydney on Friday, according to Australian Jewish News. He described the resolution as "deeply unsettling for our community" and "one-sided" and vowed that "Australia stands with Israel. We support Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East... We support a peaceful resolution...

Boca Raton, FL – Diver Stung By Venomous Lionfish Off Florida Is Hospitalized

December 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Boca Raton, FL - Authorities say a diver is recovering in the hospital after being stung by a venomous lionfish off Florida's Atlantic coast near Boca Raton. Assistant Chief Michael LaSalle of Boca Raton Fire Rescue tells local media the man was diving in about 100 feet of water when he was stung Thursday, felt tingling in his upper body and surfaced. He says the man in his mid 50s was...

Washington – US Gives Detailed Look At Russia’s Alleged Election Hacking

December 30, 2016 at 09:32 AM
Washington - The U.S. has released its most detailed report yet on accusations that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The 13-page joint analysis by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI is the first such report ever to attribute malicious cyber activity to a particular country or actors. It was also the...

West Bank – With Clock Ticking, Palestinians Pin Hopes On Paris Summit

December 30, 2016 at 09:30 AM
West Bank - After a pair of diplomatic victories, the Palestinians are now setting their sights on a Mideast peace conference in France next month in a bid to rally support as they prepare for the uncertainty of the Trump administration. The Palestinians are hopeful that a strong international endorsement in Paris will insulate them from what they fear will be a close alliance between...

Israel – Attempted Stabbing Attack Thwarted Near Jerusalem

December 30, 2016 at 08:45 AM
Jerusalem - A female terrorist attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at the Kalandia checkpoint near Jerusalem Friday morning. She was neutralized and taken into custody by police. A similar attack was also thwarted at the same checkpoint last week, and earlier in December, a different unidentified Palestinian woman was arrested the checkpoint, which separates Jerusalem from Ramallah, after...

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