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New York – NYC Subway Passengers Panic When Cable Sets Off Flames

March 8, 2018 at 11:19 AM
New York - Panicked passengers stampeded in a New York subway station after an arcing cable set off flames and smoke. The fire department says one person was taken to a hospital with minor injuries after the mayhem unfolded around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Upper West Side. Bryan Murphy tells the New York Post that he saw sparks and a "ball of fire." He says people started running...

Philadelphia – Jury Awards New Jersey Cyclist $3.2M In Sinkhole Lawsuit

March 8, 2018 at 11:03 AM
Philadelphia - A Philadelphia jury has awarded a New Jersey man and his wife $3.2 million for a sinkhole that caused the man to crash during a charity bike ride in the city three years ago. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports 55-year-old Anthony Degliomini was among 811 bicyclists who participated in the inaugural Phillies Charities Bike Ride near Citizens Bank Park in May 2015. He hit the hole...

Israel – Haredim Block Jerusalem Road In Draft Protest

March 8, 2018 at 10:48 AM
Jerusalem - Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked the main entrance to Jerusalem on Thursday, bringing traffic to a grinding halt during the evening commute to protest the arrest of members of their community for refusing to register for the military draft. Israel has compulsory military service for most Jewish men, but the ultra-Orthodox, whose political parties enjoy an outsized role in...

Warsaw, Poland – Poland Remembers 1968 Student Protests, Anti-Semitic Purge

March 8, 2018 at 10:20 AM
Warsaw, Poland - Poland's president made an emotional plea for forgiveness on Thursday to the 13,000 Poles of Jewish origin who were expelled from Poland 50 years ago, and decried the loss the country suffered with their departure. President Andrzej Duda delivered a speech to mark the 1968 mass student protests against the Moscow-backed communist regime of the time that were in turn exploited...

Washington – Views Of Trump’s Trade Adviser Carry The Day At White House

March 8, 2018 at 09:52 AM
Washington - In the squabbling Trump White House, no insider is ever above rebuke and no one blacklisted beyond redemption. Trade adviser Peter Navarro, once barred from sending private emails and spotted skulking in West Wing hallways, has abruptly emerged from the chaos ascendant. With his chief ideological rival, Gary Cohn, now headed for the exit, Navarro and his protectionist trade...

New York – Northeast Wakes Up To Deep Snow, Power Outages

March 8, 2018 at 09:41 AM
New York - The Northeast is digging out after the second powerful nor'easter in less than a week left some areas with more than 2 feet of snow, hundreds of thousands without power, schools closed and travel a mess. Some places saw more than 2 feet of snow by late Wednesday and many communities woke up Thursday to a foot or more of snow covering their cars. The late-winter storm left more...

Jerusalem – Christians Emerge As Key Patrons For Jews Moving To Israel

March 8, 2018 at 09:30 AM
Jerusaelm - Israel's founding fathers, who etched a commitment to encouraging Jewish immigration into the declaration of independence, might be surprised to find that, seven decades later, the state is relying on Christians to fulfill that promise. What was once a strictly Jewish-funded mission is increasingly being bankrolled by evangelical Christians. Israel's Christian allies now fund about...

Lebanon – Report: Hezbollah Said To Be On ‘Alert’ In Fear Of Israeli Strike

March 8, 2018 at 09:00 AM
Lebanon - An Arabic-lasguage daily based in London reported that Hezbollah has declared a state of emergency, fearing an Israeli attack. The report Thursday in A-Rai al-Yum said that the Shi’ite militia has been on alert since Tuesday at least in southern Lebanon in anticipation of an Israeli strike on its forces or facilities. Citing sources within Hezbollah, the newspaper said this alert...

Albany, NY – Cuomo: Trump Playing Politics With NJ-NYC Tunnel Project

March 8, 2018 at 08:30 AM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says President Donald Trump's attempt to block funding for a multi-billion-dollar railway tunnel under the Hudson River is politics at its worst. During interviews Wednesday with NY1 and WCBS 880, the Democratic governor said the Republican president is using the "Gateway Project" as a pawn in a political chess game with New York Democratic Sen. Chuck...

Jerusalem – Brother Of Late Rabbi Auerbach Says He Is Against All Anti-Draft Demonstrations

March 8, 2018 at 08:00 AM
Jerusalem - Rabbi Azriel Auerbach, one of the newly minted members of the Jerusalem Faction’s Council of Sages of the Torah World and brother of its late leader Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, has said that he is against anti-enlistment demonstrations. The Jerusalem Faction announced on Wednesday night that it will be staging its first demonstration since Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s passing last month...

Washington – WP: Mueller Probe Uncovers Attempt To Create Back Channel With Russia

March 8, 2018 at 07:30 AM
Washington - The U.S. special counsel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in the Seychelles in January 2017 was an attempt to set up a back-channel between the incoming Trump administration and the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Erik Prince, founder of military contractor Blackwater and a supporter of...

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