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New York – Stocks Surge On Wall Street, Sending Dow Jones Industrials To Their First Close Above 21,000 Points

March 1, 2017 at 04:36 PM
New York - The Dow on Wednesday blasted through the 21,000 mark for the first time after U.S. President Donald Trump's measured tone in his first speech to Congress lifted optimism and investors viewed a looming interest rate hike as a glass half full. The three main stock indexes surged more than 1.3 percent to close at record highs. Trump on Tuesday said he wanted to boost the U.S...

New York – U.S. Communications Agency Considers Helping In Probe Of Jewish Center Threats

March 1, 2017 at 04:30 PM
New York - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday it was exploring what it could do to help law enforcement track down who has made telephone threats to nearly 100 Jewish Community Centers across the United States in recent months. Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, on Wednesday urged FCC chairman Ajit Pai to grant a waiver to access phone numbers used to call...

Albany, NY – Cuomo Set For Israel Visit In Support Of Jewish Community

March 1, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is traveling to Israel in a gesture of solidarity as acts of anti-Semitism spread across the nation. Cuomo announced the trip Wednesday during a speech to Orthodox Jewish students, parents and teachers advocating at the state Capitol for increased funding for religious schools. Cuomo says the visit this weekend will send a message of support to the...

Morristown, NJ – Mayor: Photo Showing Border Patrol In New Jersey A Hoax

March 1, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Morristown, NJ - Officials in one New Jersey city say a photo that purports to show border patrol agents arresting someone in front of a local business is a fake. They also told concerned residents that the town won't have its police officers perform the work of federal immigration agents. Morristown officials say the photo being circulated on social media was digitally altered and is a...

Illinois – Chicago’s Lack Of Snow In 2017 Sets 146-year Record

March 1, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Chicago - Chicago hasn't logged any snow on the ground in January or February for the first time in the 146 years that the National Weather Service has been keeping track. Traces have fallen, but not enough to record. The weather service takes measurements at 6 a.m. at O'Hare International Airport, which means small amounts that may have fallen later in the day and melted weren't recorded...

Washington – U.S. Charges 19 In International Fraud, Money Laundering Scheme

March 1, 2017 at 02:49 PM
Washington - U.S. authorities on Wednesday charged 19 people with taking part in a complex international fraud and money laundering ring that tricked companies and consumers out of millions of dollars. The charges were part of an international sweep Wednesday, in which police in the United States, Hungary, Bulgaria and Israel arrested 17 individuals accused of money laundering and wire fraud...

Lakewood, NJ – Jackson Council Pulls Ordinance Targeting Orthodox Jewish Dormitories

March 1, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Lakewood, NJ - When Jackson Township Council President Ken Bressi proposed a township wide ban on dormitories in his town, it was clear to everyone what the goal of that ordinance was and who the targets were. In nearby Lakewood Township, home to Beth Medrash Govoha, one of the world’s largest Orthodox Jewish Yeshivas, most Jewish students live in dormitories, but some, in makeshift...

Jerusalem – Israeli Immigrant Who Converted To Islam Indicted For Trying To Join ISIS

March 1, 2017 at 01:45 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli immigrant from Belarus who later converted to Islam was arrested for trying to join the Islamic State. Valentin Vladimir Mazalevsky, 40, a married father of five who lives in the Arab-Israeli town of Shibli in northern Israel, was indicted Wednesday in Nazareth District Court. He was arrested last month for trying to join the jihadists, the Shin Bet security service said...

Evansville, IN – Gunshot Fired Through Window Of Indiana Reform Synagogue

March 1, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Evansville, IN - A gunshot was fired through the window of an Indiana synagogue. The bullet hole was discovered late Monday in the window of a Sunday School classroom at Adath B’Nai Israel Temple in Evansville. The apparent attack was reported to police on Tuesday morning, according to reports. Rabbi Gary Mazo told the Indianapolis Star that the shooter would have had to walk around to...

Maryland – 7 Baltimore Officers Arrested On Robbery, Other Charges

March 1, 2017 at 01:15 PM
Baltimore, MD - Seven officers assigned to a gun tracing task force stole money from victims they falsely detained, wrote fake police reports, lied to investigators and filed for overtime they didn't work, according to a damning federal indictment that comes as the troubled Baltimore Police Department struggles with reforms. Federal prosecutors announced the indictment Wednesday in the city...

New York – 1 Scoop Or 2? Raw Cookie Dough Is Latest NYC Food Fad

March 1, 2017 at 12:52 PM
New York - Raw cookie dough is New York City's latest unlikely food fad. People who would rather lick the spoon than eat a baked cookie are waiting in long lines outside a month-old New York City shop that sells scoops of dough in a cup or a cone like ice cream. Kristen Tomlan is the 28-year-old founder of DO (DOH') Cookie Dough Confections. She says she's selling 1,500 pounds of cookie...

Jerusalem – Rivlin Calls For Dialogue With Haredi World, Continued Stipends For Yeshiva Students

March 1, 2017 at 12:45 PM
Jerusalem - President Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin said Wednesday that he supports full-time Torah study for ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Israelis who wish to follow that path, adding that the opportunity for the State of Israel to support yeshiva students is a “privilege.” The president also called on the Haredi leadership to take an active role in discussions, in Israel and abroad, about the nature of...

Jerusalem – Israel Soldier Appeals Conviction In Killing Of Palestinian Attacker

March 1, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli soldier who was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for killing a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian assailant appealed on Wednesday against a manslaughter conviction that could have sent him for jail for a maximum 20-year term. Three of Elor Azaria's defense attorneys said after the appeal was announced that they were quitting. In a statement, they said he had...

New York – Former ABC News Employees Urge Strong Stand Against Trump

March 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM
New York - More than 230 former ABC News correspondents, executives and producers have signed a letter urging the network's current top executive to take a firm stand against any Trump administration effort to curtail press access. The letter, which circulated on a Facebook forum for ex-ABC News employees, was written after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held an informal briefing last...

Washington – AP Explains: Trump Executive Order On Water Protection

March 1, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump has ordered federal agencies to rewrite an Obama administration rule that would shield many wetlands and small streams from development and pollution. Trump promised during his campaign to withdraw the measure, describing it as a classic case of federal overreach. Environmental groups say they'll fight in court to protect the rule. The likely outcome is years...

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