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Manchester, England – Britain Raises Terror Level To Critical, Believes Another Attack Imminent

May 23, 2017 at 05:07 PM
Manchester, England - Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain's threat level from terrorism has been raised to critical — meaning an attack may be imminent. May says Salman Abadi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, may have been part of a bigger network. She said Abadi was born and raised in Britain. The level previously stood at the second-highest rung...

Miami – Attorney: Plea Agreement Near In Jewish Center Bomb Plot

May 23, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Miami - A defense attorney says a plea agreement is near for a man accused of plotting to bomb a South Florida synagogue and Jewish school in support of the Islamic State extremist group. The attorney for 41-year-old James Medina said in court papers filed Tuesday that negotiations with prosecutors on a proposed guilty plea are nearly complete. Medina previously pleaded not guilty to charges...

England – Parents Weigh In On Concert Fears After Manchester

May 23, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Manchester, England - Iris Azulai's 17-year-old daughter, Carmel, recently attended a large concert in Tel Aviv of the Argentine singer Lali. Given Israel's history, the fear of terrorism is always lurking, particularly at mass events, but regardless, she would not have prevented her daughter from going. "There is always that fear ... but I allow her to go because I say we cannot allow...

Seaside Heights, NJ – New Roller Coaster Replaces The One Sandy Plunged Into Sea

May 23, 2017 at 04:02 PM
Seaside Heights, NJ - Nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy plunged a roller coaster into the sea in what became one of the storm's most enduring images, the ride has been replaced — safely inland this time. Hydrus opened this month at the Casino Pier amusement park, built above the beach rather than out over the water to prevent another catastrophe. It's not only thrilling riders; it's...

New York – NYC Tightens Security After Concert Blast In England

May 23, 2017 at 03:29 PM
New York - New York City police say they have tightened security at high-profile locations "out of an abundance of caution" following the deadly explosion in Manchester, England. New York Police Department spokesman J. Peter Donald said in a statement Tuesday that New Yorkers may see "heavy weapons teams," explosive detection dogs and counterterrorism officers. Authorities also are...

Manchester, England – Survivors Say Pre-show Security Was Haphazard

May 23, 2017 at 03:16 PM
Manchester, England - Survivors of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert hall say security screening ahead of the Ariana Grande show was haphazard. Nikola Trochtova said she was leaving the venue when she heard the explosion. She told Czech radio that there was almost no security screening ahead of the concert. It is still unclear how the bomber was able to enter...

Jerusalem – Analysis: In Mideast, Trump Pushes Shared Worries Over Iran

May 23, 2017 at 03:05 PM
Jerusalem - As he hopscotches through the Middle East, President Donald Trump is urging Israel and its Arab neighbors to unite around a "common cause": their deep distrust of Iran. Trump's first trip abroad has highlighted the extent to which strident opposition to Iran now serves as an organizing principle in his efforts to remake America's relationship with the Middle East. He leaned...

Warsaw, Poland – Poland School Honors 87 Jewish Girls Expelled Under Nazis

May 23, 2017 at 02:15 PM
Warsaw, Poland - A school in Poland unveiled a plaque Tuesday that commemorates 87 Jewish girls who were expelled in 1939 during the Nazi occupation of the country. The event in Krakow is one in a growing number of efforts by teachers and children to commemorate the Jews who lived in Poland before the Holocaust, which was perpetrated by Nazi Germany largely in occupied Poland. The event was...

Washington – Amid Opposition, Trump Makes Low Budget Request For Mexico Border Wall

May 23, 2017 at 01:50 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is asking Congress for $1.6 billion to begin building a wall along the border with Mexico, far short of the amount needed for a project sharply criticized by Democrats and even some conservative Republicans. An internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan in February estimated the total cost for the wall at $21.6 billion, but the White House's budget...

Kiryas Joel, NY – KJ Pipeline Temporarily Shut Down By Court Order

May 23, 2017 at 01:15 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - The long awaited completion of the first phase of a pipeline that would give Kiryas Joel access to the upstate aqueduct that supplies New York City with water has been stalled yet again, this time by an appeals court decision that granted a request for a preliminary injunction and denied Kiryas Joel access to a well located approximately 11 miles away. Anticipating its...

Baton Rouge, LA – Private Investigator Accused Of Crime In Bid To Get Trump Tax Data

May 23, 2017 at 01:03 PM
Baton Rouge, LA - A private investigator in Louisiana unsuccessfully tried to obtain President Donald Trump's federal tax returns through a government website, and "even sounded proud of what he had done," authorities said. Jordan Hamlett was charged with misrepresenting his Social Security number in the effort, prosecutors said. He is accused of using a computer application on a public...

Los Angeles, CA – Video Shows Elderly Man Wearing Kippah Attacked Near LA Synagogue

May 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM
Los Angeles, CA - An elderly man wearing a kippah was attacked as he walked to morning prayers in a Los Angeles neighborhood. The attack took place Monday morning at around 8 a.m. in the Fairfax District, near the Congregation Bais Yehuda synagogue, according to the local ABC affiliate, KABC. Surveillance video shows the assailant punching and kicking the man, knocking him to the ground. The...

Jerusalem – If Kushner Has A Mideast Peace Plan, It’s A Secret So Far

May 23, 2017 at 12:22 PM
Jerusalem - If Jared Kushner has a plan to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict, so far he's giving little away. In the four months since President Donald Trump took office and gave his 36-year-old son-in-law the job of forging peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Kushner has kept his plans under wraps for a conflict that is nearly twice as old as he is. The assignment would pose daunting...

Jerusalem – Commentary: All Pomp And No Substance In Trump’s Historic Israel Visit

May 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Jerusalem - During his lightning visit to Israel, US President Donald Trump said all the right things to leave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers cheering like they were pubescent teens at a Justin Bieber show. Iran will never get a nuclear bomb on his watch, he reiterated at the Israel Museum on Tuesday afternoon. There can't be peace if terror is rewarded, he told...

Manchester, England – Manchester Arena Suicide Bombing Suspect Identified

May 23, 2017 at 11:53 AM
Manchester, England - Officials in the United States say British authorities have identified the suspect who attacked an American pop star concert in Manchester, killing 22 people and sparking a stampede of young concertgoers, some still wearing the star's trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Monday night carnage, but the top...

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