Israeli Conductor Collapses At Swiss Concert, Dies

(AP). Organizers of a Swiss music festival say Israeli conductor Israel Yinon collapsed during a performance and died.

Yinon was conducting a piece by Richard Strauss on Thursday night when he collapsed, said Marc Reinhardt, a spokesman for the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, whose students were performing. Read more »

Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

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(AP). The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the first time the Senate passed a bill authorizing the pipeline, despite numerous attempts to force President Barack Obama’s hand on the issue. Nine Democrats joined with 53 Republicans to back the measure. Read more »







Gas Blast Wrecks Mexico Children’s Hospital, At Least 2 Dead

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AP Photo

(AP). Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.

At least two people were killed and 73 injured, Mexico City officials said. The known dead were a woman and a child. Officials earlier said at least four people had been killed. Read more »

EU Plans To Step Up Fght On Online Jihadi Propaganda

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(AP). The EU on Thursday called for more help from Internet companies to fight online terrorist propaganda in the face of the terror attacks in France.

Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told reporters in Riga that the EU needs to deepen cooperation with the Internet industry “and to strengthen the commitment of social media platforms in order to reduce illegal content online.” Read more »







Delta Flight Lands In Vegas With Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit

delta airlines(AP). Officials say a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis made an emergency landing in Las Vegas on Thursday with the co-pilot at the controls after the pilot was locked out of the cockpit.

McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says none of the 168 people aboard Delta flight 1651 was injured, and the MD-90 aircraft wasn’t damaged. Read more »

Pot Arrests Plunge In NYC After Policy Change

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(AP). New York City’s pledge to stop making many marijuana arrests is playing out on the streets, where arrests and summonses for small-time pot possession have plummeted since the policy change this fall.

After a mid-November turn toward violations and summonses instead of misdemeanor arrests for carrying modest amounts of pot, such arrests plunged by 75 percent in December compared to last year, from about 1,820 to 460, according to state Division of Criminal Justice Services statistics obtained by The Associated Press. The November numbers fell 42 percent, from 2,200 to 1,280. Read more »







Village Of Kiryas Joel Leads Annexation Request

Kiryas-Joel-006The New York state environmental commissioner on Wednesday chose the Orange County Hasidic Jewish village, Kiryas Joel, to lead the review of its request to extend 500 acres of adjacent land, according to CBS New York.

Commissioner Joe Martens’ decision means Kiryas Joel will oversee the state-mandated environmental impact review on a politically controversial request to annex land from Monroe, about 50 miles north of New York City.

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Poll: 20% Of Israeli Jews Identify As National-Religious

ultra-orthodox-jews-jerusalem-old-city-wallsThe Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) has released its first comprehensive survey of Israel’s national-religious community. 21% of Israeli Jews state that, to a large or very large extent, they belong to the National-Religious sector in terms of both their lifestyle and outlook.

This is much larger than previously thought. (23% state they belong to a slight extent, and 53% state they do not belong at all.) The institute ran a survey to explore the opinions of this sector of Israeli society. Read more »

State Senator Simcha Felder Helps Cops Nab Shoplifter In Midwood

Sen. FelderA 39-year-old man who stole four packs of Nescafe coffee from an associated supermarket is behind bars tonight thanks to State Sen. Simcha Felder who made a quick decision and jumped into action.

Samir Samedov walked into an associated supermarket located at 1413 Avenue J around 12:30 p.m. and slipped four packs of Nescafe coffee into his jacket pocket after walking around for a few minutes, police said.

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JP Business: Joe Sitt’s Thor Equities Joins Developers To Acquire Manhattan Property For $260M

212-fifth-avenueDevelopers Thor Equities, Madison Equities, and the development property management firm Building and Land Technology; have closed on a major deal to acquire 212 Fifth Avenue for $260 million from Extell Development.

Although property records list the buyer as 212 Fifth Avenue Ventures; Thor Equities, Madison Equities and BLT jointly purchased the property, according to the Real Deal.

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Rasmussen Poll: Hillary Below 60 Percent In Democratic Primary; Romney Leads GOP Pack



A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey asked Democratic voters to choose from six of the early presidential hopefuls from their party as if their state primary were held right now. Clinton led with 59 percent support while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is in second place, earning 12 percent of the vote.

The presidential nominee for the Democratic Party’s 2016 is still Hillary Clinton.

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Assemblyman Lentol Drops Out Of Race For Speaker

joe lentolBrooklyn Assemblyman Joe Lentol has dropped out of the race to become the next Assembly speaker, just hours after he made his pitch to replace disgraced Shelly SIlver, and threw his support behind Carl Heastie of the Bronx.

“This has been a challenging period of time for all of us in the Assembly,” Lentol said in a statement. “At this time, I recognize that I do not have the support needed to become the Speaker. I, therefore, withdraw my name from consideration and support the candidacy of Carl Heastie.” Read more »

Former Mossad Chief Dagan Says he Can’t Trust Netanyahu Anymore

meir daganWhile the Mossad itself, as a part of the government does not engage in politics or criticize their boss, Meir Dagan, former Chief of the Mossad, is not as inhibited. He launched a serious criticism of Prime Minister Netanyahu, referring to his upcoming speech in front of congress among other policies he sees as detrimental and dangerous.

Speaking at an event in memory of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Dagan spoke out against Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett, saying they were dangerous to Israel. Read more »

Long-Awaited Trial To Open In Etan Patz Missing-Child Case

etan patz(AP). The teenage stock clerk was just a name in a file for decades, one of many people police encountered while searching for a 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz. Thirty-five years later, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a case that defined the nation’s approach to missing children.

Opening statements are set for Friday in Hernandez’s murder and kidnapping trial. He emerged as a suspect in 2012, based on a tip and a videotaped confession that prosecutors say was foreshadowed by remarks he made to friends and relatives in the 1980s. Read more »

Argentinian Prosecutor Laid To Rest Next To AMIA Victims In Buenos Aires Jewish Cemetery

Alberto-Nisman(AP). Family and friends paid final respects Thursday to the Argentine prosecutor who was found dead after alleging that President Cristina Fernandez agreed to protect those responsible for a 1994 bombing, the worst terrorist attack in the country’s history.

Mourners and observers lined Buenos Aires streets to watch the funeral motorcade that carried the body of Alberto Nisman to a Jewish cemetery on the edge of the city.
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Israel Elections – Likud’s Miri Regev Explodes At Koolanu Candidate At Students Forum

miri-regev-and-flagWhile tensions in the north grow, the candidates for the 20th Knesset panel discussed issues as a part of the project “new voters” sponsored by Mako and Ben Rabesky and Shevi Zarai of Sky Productions  at the ORT school in Ramle.

The discussion was supposed to focus on matters of economy and social issues. Accusations flew and there was more shouting than discussing. Read more »

Bratton Increasing Armed Police Presence To Fight Terrorism, Boost Community Relations

450x327-alg_ground-zero-securityNew York City police commissioner Bill Bratton announced his plan to boost police-community relations, while also increasing the city’s counterterrorism efforts by placing heavily armed police officers around the city.

At a breakfast hosted by the Police Foundation at the Mandarin Oriental, Bratton announced 350 “specialty officers” will be permanently assigned to roam throughout the city, with rifles and machine guns, in anticipation of possible terrorist attacks and assist with any crimes on the street.

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UK Muslims and Jews Unite to Advocate for World Peace

10542Although the aftermath of the attacks on the office of Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket in Paris has left both Muslims and Jews living in Europe exposed to hate crime, in some areas these very two religious groups are banning together to advocate for peace.

In North London in Hackney, a Stamford Hill neighborhood, community leaders from Muslim and Jewish groups have decided to unite together instead  of intensifying hate.

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Police Question 8-Year-Old Who Expressed Support Of Charlie Hebdo Attackers

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(AP). Police detained and questioned an 8-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, drawing criticism Thursday that France’s measures to prevent people from defending terrorism have gone overboard.

Dozens of people have been arrested and accused of defending terrorism since the attacks, with some already drawing yearslong prison terms in special expedited court proceedings. Read more »

Foreign Affairs Committee Urges Kerry To Tackles Palestinian ICC Challenge

Photo: GPO/Kobi Gideon

Photo: GPO/Kobi Gideon

Leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to express their concern about the Palestinian Authority’s decision to join the International Criminal Court.

They are warning the United States could cut off aid to Palestinians if they don’t back out of their bid to join the International Criminal Court.  Read more »

Jewish Dems Calls On The RNC To Cancel Trip to Israel Being Funded by Hate Group

gop-question-markThe Republican National Committee’s trip to Israel is being fully funded by a well-known hate group. 60 members are going to Israel for nine days starting Saturday and the entire trip is being paid by a subsidiary of the American Family Association (AFA).

They may sound loving and warm, but in reality the AFA is considered a hate group, known for its “extremism and demonizing attacks on all minorities.”

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Schumer Says He’ll Push For Floor Vote On Iran Sanctions Bill After March 24 Deadline



U.S. Senator Charles Schumer praised a group of bipartisan Senators for overwhelmingly supporting the “Nuclear Free Iran Act of 2015” at the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday.

The bill, co-sponsored by the New York Democrat, would impose additional sanctions on Iran if international negotiations do not yield a final nuclear deal by the P5+1 June 30th deadline. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal. Read more »

Cuomo: New York City DMV Wait Times Have Decreased Significantly

16well-dmv-tmagArticleGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo highlighted a dramatic reduction in wait times at offices of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

In September 2014, the average wait time at the DMV offices was reduced to 30 minutes, down from an average of 72 minutes in March 2013. This is a 58 percent decrease, achieved through the DMV’s Customer Service Initiative.

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French Comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala Stands Trial Over Anti-Semitic Comments

dieudonne_Extreme situations test society. After the horrifying events in Paris, Europe has woken up to the threat of racism and anti-Semitism, and their dire consequences. The reaction must be weighed against essential freedoms.  A French comedian called M’bala M’bala is making a career out of spewing anti-Semitism and hate speech, and testing the limits of those freedoms in the French courts. Read more »

Comptroller Report: New York City Snow Clearing Costing $1.8 Million Per Inch

Snow pixNew York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer stated since the winter of 2003, the cost of clearing New York City streets of snow and ice has averaged $1.8 million per inch, but that amount has varied on a year-to-year basis.

“Snow removal costs the City millions of dollars annually, but it turns out that average winters give us the best bang for the buck on that front,” Comptroller Stringer said. Read more »

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