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New York – Police Commissioner: No Direct Threats To New York City

September 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM
New York - The New York Police Department says it has moved extra officers, bomb-detection dogs and heavy weapons teams into the city's transit system as a precaution following the London subway bombing. Department spokesman J. Peter Donald said Friday that the NYPD is monitoring intelligence through a joint terrorism task force. Commissioner James O'Neill says there have been no direct...

U.S. Virgin Islands – Coordinating Rescue Efforts While Preparing For Yomim Tovim: All In A Day’s Work For St. Thomas Shaliach

September 15, 2017 at 10:43 AM
U.S. Virgin Islands - Faced with the indescribable destruction of Hurricane Irma, a Chabad shaliach to the Caribbean has refused to evacuate to a more stable location, remaining behind to help with the rescue efforts on the devastated island. Rabbi Asher Federman has been the Chabad emissary on St. Thomas for the last 12 years. He, his wife Henya and their nine children took shelter during...

Boston – Jose Expected To Become A Hurricane Possibly Hitting The Northeast

September 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Boston - Tropical Storm Jose is expected to re-strengthen to a hurricane and produce high surfs and life-threatening rip current conditions along the U.S. East Coast as it moves up the Atlantic. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 70 mph (110 kph) and it’s forecast to become a hurricane again later in the day. Jose is centered about 360 miles (575 kilometers...

Havana – Castro’s Denial: Personal Assurance Clouds Probe Of Attacks

September 15, 2017 at 10:01 AM
Havana - Raul Castro seemed as rattled as the Americans. The Cuban president sent for the top American official in the country to address grave concerns about a spate of U.S. diplomats harmed in Havana. There was talk of futuristic "sonic attacks" and the subtle threat of repercussions by the United States, until recently Cuba's sworn enemy. The way Castro responded surprised Washington...

New York – Man Confuses Jewish Women For Muslims In Queens Subway Beating

September 15, 2017 at 09:30 AM
Queens, NY - A Jewish woman and her adult daughter are recovering after being assaulted on Thursday in Queens by a man who mistakenly thought they were Muslim. Police said that the two women, ages 57 and 37, had gotten off a northbound M train at the 67th Avenue station in Rego Park when they were accosted by a man who said “get out of my country you dirty Muslims.” When the younger of...

Moscow – 4 Synagogues Open In Former Soviet Union Ahead Of Rosh Hashanah

September 15, 2017 at 09:17 AM
Moscow - Ahead of the Jewish new year, four Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union celebrated the opening of synagogues in an effort to boost cultural and spiritual activities for congregants, or commemorate Jewish heritage. Of the new synagogues that were opened in recent weeks in Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania, the most unusual was the reopening, following extensive renovations, of a...

Washington – Trump Says London Attack By ‘Loser Terrorist’

September 15, 2017 at 08:55 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump called Friday for a "tougher and more specific" U.S. travel ban after a homemade bomb exploded on a London train. In several tweets, Trump called the explosion another attack "by a loser terrorist" and suggested London police missed an opportunity to prevent it. He added that his travel ban targeting six mostly Muslim nations should be "far larger, tougher...

London – UK Police Scour Videos In Hunt For Bomb Suspects

September 15, 2017 at 08:51 AM
London - British police say no one has been arrested in connection with a bombing on a London subway train, but hundreds of detectives are at work trying to hunt down the perpetrator or perpetrators. The Metropolitan Police force says police "are making fast-time inquiries to establish who was responsible and are working closely with the security services." Counterterrorism policing chief...

Florida – Irma Death Toll At 82 As 1.5 Million Without Power In Storm’s Wake

September 15, 2017 at 08:16 AM
Florida - The death toll from Hurricane Irma was at 82 early on Friday as 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida remained without power in sweltering heat, five days after the historic storm ripped through southeast U.S. NextEra Energy Inc’s (NEE.N) FPL, Florida's biggest electric company, said on Friday about 1.1 million customers had no power, while Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) reported...

Paris – Police: Soldier Attacked In Subway, No One Hurt

September 15, 2017 at 07:52 AM
Paris - A knife-wielding assailant tried to attack a soldier in a big Paris subway interchange Friday in an incident being investigated by counterterrorism authorities. The assailant was quickly arrested and no one was hurt. The Paris prosecutor’s office says counterterrorism investigators opened a probe into the incident at the Chatelet station in central Paris, based on preliminary...

London – Several Hurt In ‘Terrorist’ Incident On London Underground Train

September 15, 2017 at 07:30 AM
London - Several people were injured on Friday after witnesses reported there had been a blast on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London and police said they were treating it as a terrorism incident. Passengers on board a train heading into the capital fled as fire engulfed a carriage at Parsons Green underground station in West London at 8.20 a.m. (0720 GMT), with some suffering burns...

California – Berkeley Closes Streets, Police Align For Orthodox Jewish Conservative Talk

September 15, 2017 at 12:21 AM
California - Police in riot gear ringed the campus of the University of California, Berkeley and surrounding streets Thursday, making sure a smattering of protesters were kept away from dozens of people who lined up to hear a conservative speaker at the famously liberal university. A handful of people chanted "shame, shame, shame" at those headed into the speech by former Breitbart editor Ben...

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