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Washington – Trustees Project Biggest Social Security Increase In Years

July 13, 2017 at 11:32 PM
Washington - Millions of Americans who rely on Social Security can expect to receive their biggest payment increase in years this January, according to projections released Thursday by the trustees who oversee the program. But the elderly shouldn't get too excited. The increase is projected to be just 2.2 percent, or about $28 a month for the average recipient. Social Security recipients...

Washington – Speaker Looks At Modernizing Dress Code In House

July 13, 2017 at 11:03 PM
Washington - Sleeveless in the Speakers' Lobby? It just might happen in the hidebound House. Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that modernizing the decades-old dress code is under discussion after reporters were barred from Speakers' Lobby, a corridor off the House chamber, for failing to wear appropriate attire. The rules bar women in sleeveless dresses or tops and require men to wear...

Washington – White House Aide Says Israel Was Part Of Syria Ceasefire Talks

July 13, 2017 at 10:29 PM
Washington - Israel was involved in negotiations over a ceasefire currently holding in southwest Syria alongside Russia, Jordan and the United States, a White House aide said on Thursday. Speaking with CNN's Jake Tapper, Sebastian Gorka, a national security adviser to President Donald Trump, said the administration had successfully brokered a ceasefire agreement by cooperating with Moscow and...

Jerusalem – Israel’s First Deaf EMT Teaches First Aid To The Deaf Community

July 13, 2017 at 10:01 PM
Jerusalem - When Nechama Loebel became Israel’s first deaf emergency medical technician (EMT) exactly one year ago, she wanted to share her success with others in the deaf community. Already during her training as an EMT first-responder with United Hatzalah, Nechama was thinking of how to raise awareness and teach first aid response to deaf people in Israel. Recently, Loebel was able to...

Jerusalem – Amid Corruption Scandals, Netanyahu Says “Media Is Out To Get Me”

July 13, 2017 at 09:33 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pushed off a scheduled visit to France Thursday as burgeoning corruption scandals among his close associates threatened to destabilize the government. The prime minister was scheduled to leave Friday afternoon for Paris in order to take part in a memorial service marking the 75th anniversary of the 1942 Vel d’Hiv roundup in which more than...

Carpentras, France – How This 650-year-old French Synagogue Withstood Centuries Of Anti-Semitism

July 13, 2017 at 09:02 PM
Carpentras, France - The synagogue in this Provence town is Europe’s oldest functioning Jewish house of worship — and one of the prettiest on the continent. The Synagogue of Carpentras, which this year is celebrating its 650th anniversary, has a Baroque-style interior and a gold-ornamented hall with a blue domed ceiling. The rabbi’s pulpit is, unusually, on a balcony that overlooks the...

New York – Trump’s Outside Counsel On Russia Probe Threatens Emailer

July 13, 2017 at 08:44 PM
New York - President Donald Trump's outside counsel has lambasted a random emailer after the man suggested he step down. In series of emails obtained by ProPublica, attorney Marc Kasowitz used profanity and threatened the man. One of his four messages says: "I already know where you live. I'm on you." The man emailed Kasowitz after reports explored why he had not sought a security...

Chicago – Radio Flyer Rolls Into Chicago To Celebrate 100 Years

July 13, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Chicago - Radio Flyer is rolling its largest "little" red wagon into its hometown of Chicago in celebration of the company's 100-year anniversary. Radio Flyer's gargantuan wagon was the centerpiece for the company's anniversary event on Thursday in the city's downtown area, the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2uidkq7 ) reported. The wagon was created 20 years ago for the brand's 80th...

Jerusalem – Chief Rabbinate Investigates Diaspora Rabbis’ ‘Commitment To Jewish Law’ Documents Show

July 13, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Jerusalem - Court documents submitted by the Chief Rabbinate describe how the body investigates Diaspora rabbis, including Orthodox rabbis, to determine if it will accept their letters of Jewish status affirmation for former congregants. The description outlined by the Chief Rabbinate lawyers would seem to contradict the claims of the Chief Rabbinate itself that the recent list of 160 rabbis...

Ontario, Canada – With A Quick Change Of Heart, Ontario’s Ban On Israeli West Bank Wines Lifted

July 13, 2017 at 07:46 PM
Ontario Canada - An order by a Canadian liquor board banning the sale of wines produced on the West Bank bearing the words “Product of Israel” has been retracted just days after it was issued. The ban was enacted on July 11th by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, as previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2uXmXsq). Wine dealers in the province were ordered to discontinue the...

New Brunswick, NJ – FDA OKs New Johnson & Johnson Treatment For Psoriasis

July 13, 2017 at 07:30 PM
New Brunswick, NJ - People with the skin disorder psoriasis will have another treatment option after U.S. regulators approved a new drug from Johnson & Johnson. The Food and Drug Administration approved Tremfya (trehm-FEYE-eh) Thursday for people with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Johnson & Johnson said that in one patient study about seven in 10 patients getting Tremfya had...

Orlando, FL – Video Shows Orlando Police Pulling Over Florida State Attorney

July 13, 2017 at 07:18 PM
Orlando, FL - There was nothing unusual about a June 19 traffic stop in Orlando -- except the driver happened to be Florida's first African-American state attorney who also happens to be in a legal fight with the governor over the death penalty. Two Orlando police officers told prosecutor Aramis Ayala they stopped her because her car's tag didn't come back registered to any vehicle and because...

New York – Construction Of Ferris Wheel On Staten Island Hits Snag

July 13, 2017 at 07:02 PM
New York - There's been a snag in the building of the giant Ferris wheel on Staten Island's waterfront. The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/2tNNRUY ) says the project is now "indefinitely delayed" after its developer fired the design-build team working on the 60-story New York Wheel. The paper says construction has been at a standstill since May when the designers, Mammoet-Starneth...

Boston – Golf Clubs Trump Once Used Fetch Just Under $30K At Auction

July 13, 2017 at 06:28 PM
Boston - Some of Donald Trump's golf clubs are in new hands. A set of irons used by Trump before he became president has sold at auction for $29,798. Boston-based RR Auction didn't identify the buyer on Thursday except to say he's from California and had engaged in a brief bidding war with someone from New Jersey. The auction house says Trump used the TaylorMade rac TP Forged Irons golf...

New York – Linda Sarsour, Defending Cemetery Allocations, Lashes Out At ‘Right Wing Zionists’

July 13, 2017 at 06:00 PM
New York - Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour said she is the target of the “right wing, alt-right” and “right wing Zionists” after being accused of withholding $100,000 that a fund she helped launch had promised to a neglected Jewish cemetery in Colorado. The money would be disbursed, she said, after the organization handling the fund received a detailed plan from the...

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