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Caracas – Venezuelan Jews ‘accept’ Israel’s Recognition Of Opposition Leader, Chief Rabbi Says

February 1, 2019 at 04:30 PM
Caracas - Venezuela’s chief rabbi said his community “accepts” Israel’s recognition of the claim to power by an opposition leader fighting to oust President Nicolas Maduro. Rabbi Isaac Cohen’s statement seems to contradict his community’s policy of neutrality in the power struggle. “We don’t know where we’re standing now,” Cohen said during an interview Tuesday with the...

Brooklyn, NY – Inmates Complain Of Cold In New York Federal Lockup

February 1, 2019 at 04:00 PM
New York - Public defenders and a correction officers' union say more than 1,000 inmates have been stuck in cold cells at a federal jail in New York for at least a week. The lead federal defender in Brooklyn, Deirdre von Dornum, tells The New York Times that inmates have flooded federal defenders' offices with calls about poor heating, little or no hot water and dark cells at the Metropolitan...

Miami, Fl – Coast Guard: Boat With 132 Pounds Of Cocaine Found Off Miami Beach

February 1, 2019 at 03:30 PM
Miami, FL - The U.S. Coast Guard says it detained two smuggling suspects after intercepting a boat carrying 132 pounds (60 kilograms) of cocaine in the waters off suburban Miami. In a statement, the Coast Guard said the 35-foot (10-meter) pleasure craft was stopped Thursday in Atlantic waters about 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Haulover Inlet. A Bahamian man was found hiding under a...

Vancouver, WA – Northwest US Measles Cases Prompt Look At Vaccine Exemptions

February 1, 2019 at 03:06 PM
Vancouver, WA - A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called "philosophical" exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the fallout. At least 43 people in Washington and Oregon have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus, which was eradicated in the U.S. in...

Los Angeles, CA – Steven Spielberg Family’s Kosher Restaurant Is Reopening

February 1, 2019 at 02:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Steven Spielberg’s family will reopen a Los Angeles kosher restaurant two years after the death of the famed director’s mother, who had run the place for 40 years. The Milky Way will relaunch Feb. 18, according to Eater. The restaurant had closed in early 2017 following the passing of Leah Adler, who had operated the establishment with her husband. Adler had “an...

Wellesley, MA – Town Lets Homeowner Keep ‘Impeach Trump’ Sign, For Now

February 1, 2019 at 02:00 PM
Wellesley, MA - A Massachusetts man will get to keep a banner reading "Impeach Trump" on his home. The roughly 12-foot (3.5-meter) by 2-foot (0.5-meter), red, white and blue sign has been hanging from the second floor of Dan Chiasson's home for months but recently Wellesley officials told him the banner violated town bylaws regarding size. Chiasson, a writer who teaches at Wellesley...

Woodbridge, NJ – Video: Man Appears To Throw Ice, Fake Fall In Office For Insurance Money

February 1, 2019 at 01:33 PM
Woodbridge, NJ - Police have arrested a New Jersey man who they say faked a slip and fall at a business to get insurance money. Prosecutors say the 57-year-old Randolph man was subcontracted to work at a company in Woodbridge when he faked the fall in 2018. WPIX identified the man as Alexander Goldinsky, 57. Authorities say surveillance video captured the man grabbing ice and throwing it...

New York – Slump Or Slowdown? Services Hold The Balance

February 1, 2019 at 01:03 PM
New York - A month into 2019, market fears that the world is heading for recession have abated -- but the fragile, more positive outlook hinges on the large services sectors of major economies resisting the jitters that have roiled manufacturers. Global share prices are up nearly 8 percent since the start of the year, their biggest January gain on record, even as the month's manufacturing...

Washington – Trump Says He May Declare An Emergency To Build Wall Given Little Headway In Talks

February 1, 2019 at 12:57 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump edged closer on Friday to defying the power of the U.S. Congress by declaring a national emergency in an attempt to obtain funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, a step that would likely draw a court challenge from Democrats. Trump said at a White House event that he might declare such an emergency because it did not appear that Democrats in Congress were...

Budapest – First Bar Mitzvah In Centuries Celebrated At Reopened Budapest Shul

February 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM
Budapest - A synagogue that was returned recently to Hungarian Jews following centuries of disuse hosted its first bar mitzvah in 332 years. The young celebrant, Yonatan Sebok, had his rite of passage event on Jan. 26 at the Buda Castle Synagogue, which reopened in September, the website Chabag.org reported Wednesday. The first Jewish wedding held there in centuries is in the planning...

New York – 14-year-old’s FaceTime Bug Discovery Could Rattle Apple

February 1, 2019 at 11:59 AM
New York - At the heart of Apple's shocking FaceTime bug, which allowed just about anyone to turn an iPhone into a live microphone, stands a 14-year-old boy who stumbled upon the eavesdropping flaw more than a week before Apple took action. "The thing that surprised me the most was that this glitch happened in the first place," said Grant Thompson, a high school freshman in Tucson, Arizona...

Haifa, Israel – Domino’s Pizza Shutters Haifa Branch Following Video Of Rats On The Loose

February 1, 2019 at 11:27 AM
Haifa, Israel - For pizza parlors, effective advertising can be as simple as having customers consume the product behind large display windows. This feature didn’t work out, however, at one Israeli branch of the Domino’s Pizza franchise — not with rats running around. Footage of at least four of the rodents feasting on dough or flour inside and around a pizza tray on Thursday forced...

Detroit – Starbucks Faces Tricky Time As Ex-CEO Mulls Presidential Run

February 1, 2019 at 11:01 AM
Detroit - For Starbucks, former CEO Howard Schultz is a hero — and a headache. Schultz spent more than 30 years at Starbucks, growing a handful of coffee shops into a much-admired global brand. But now as the billionaire mulls running for president as an independent, the company will have to tread carefully. Some Democrats fear Schultz could tip the 2020 presidential election to President...

Berlin – German Jews Angry At Plan For Sausage Museum On Site Of Former Nazi Camp

February 1, 2019 at 10:22 AM
Berlin - Germany's Jewish community is angry at plans to build a museum celebrating a local sausage delicacy on the site of a facility where the Nazis held Jews before sending them to the Buchenwald concentration camp in the eastern state of Thuringia. Friends of the Thuringian Sausage, an association that runs a museum in honor of the delicacy named after the region, want to move to a new...

Chicago – Midwest Awaits Spring-like Thaw Just Days After Bitter Cold

February 1, 2019 at 09:47 AM
Chicago - The bitter cold that gripped the Midwest forced commuters to bundle up like polar explorers. By early next week, many of those same people might get by with a light jacket. Just days after the arctic conditions, forecasts say, the region will seemingly swing into another season, with temperatures climbing by as much as 80 degrees. Experts say the rapid thaw is unprecedented, and it...

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