Japan Outraged As Video Shows Hostage Beheaded By ISIS
Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees, children and other victims of war.
The failure to save Goto raised fears for the life of a Jordanian fighter pilot also held hostage by the extremists. Unlike earlier messages, an online video purporting to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Goto, circulated ...
Williamsburg: 250 Firefighters Battle Massive 7 Alarm Blaze In Warehouse In Frigid Temps
More than 250 firefighters are working in freezing cold conditions to control the fire, which started on the first floor of the four-story building on North 11th Street in Williamsburg.
It's the site of CitiStorage, which houses documents.
Officials say the fire, which has gone up to a seven-alarm, was reported around 6 a.m. Saturday.
The smoke continued billowing throughout the morning, making it difficult to breathe at times.
The weather conditions did not make it easy for ...
New York Assembly Facing Historic Change In Leadership
The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to be an open process, giving lawmakers two weeks to mull their options.
Instead, it's looking increasingly likely that the decision will be made before Silver's resignation from the post amid federal corruption charges takes effect Monday night. That outcome would dash the hopes of some lawmakers and reformers who pushed for a departure from Albany's usual backroom politics.
Assemblyman Carl Heastie of ...
Mitt Romney Bows Out Of 2016 Race After A 3-Week Test Run
He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee on Friday formally ended his flirtation with another White House bid and encouraged his supporters to seek another candidate from the crowded field of prospective GOP contenders. Aides said it was a deeply ...
NYC Mayor de Blasio Says He Has Moved Past Police Crisis
Mayor Bill de Blasio says he has moved past the crisis with police that threatened to derail his administration.
He says in an interview with The Associated Press that much work remains to repair the hard feelings over the chokehold death of Eric Garner. But he says he has regained the footing to move on to other matters, including an agenda he plans to outline in next week's State of the City address.
De Blasio says he strike a tenuous truce by sticking to a strategy to maintain the ...
Cuomo Vetoes Bill To Change Police Discipline
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation to subject police disciplinary proceedings to arbitration under their union contracts, reversing Court of Appeals rulings since 2006 involving New York City and Hudson Valley towns.
A spokesman for the governor says the Legislature has passed versions of the same measure four times, and prior administrations believed police discipline "is best left in the purview of publicly accountable elected officials."
Spokesman Richard Azzopardi says ...
Tons of Treif Meats & Poultry Apprehended on the Jerusalem Border
B'chasdei Hashem, alert border police manning a checkpoint in the Maale Adumim area prevented the delivery of tons of treif meats and poultry to Yerushalayim and restaurants in the center of the country.
Border police explain the large tractor trailer delivering gravel seemed suspicious. They compelled the driver to dump the load for inspection. As seen in the video, the top of the truck had a false bottom the entire length of the cargo area and under a sheet of gravel was treif meat and ...
NYPD Says Counterterror Officers Will Not Police Protests
New York Police Department officials say 300 to 350 officers will receive special training in counterterrorism tactics - but they won't be used to police protests.
Department spokesman Stephen Davis says Friday the group will learn how to respond to active threats like the attack earlier this month in Paris.
They'll be armed with assault rifles and protective gear and will visit sensitive locations like the Empire State Building regularly.
That so-called "critical response" show of ...
CDC: Flu Hospitalizations Of Elderly Hit Record High
Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.
About 198 out of every 100,000 people 65 and older have been hospitalized with flu-related illness this flu season. That’s roughly 86,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC officials released the new flu season numbers on Friday.
It’s the highest level seen since the ...
Amid Measles Outbreak, White House Says Science Indicates Parents Should Vaccinate Their Kids
Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children.
President Barack Obama's press secretary says the science on vaccinations "is really clear." Josh Earnest tells journalists that Obama believes vaccination decisions should be made by parents, with a bias toward good science.
About 100 cases of the measles have been reported in the U.S. since last month in the second-biggest outbreak in at ...
Dems Still Miffed About Israeli Leader's Address to Congress
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel - an archenemy of Iran - to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.
Asked Friday if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be well-advised to speak out in favor of heavier sanctions on Iran somewhere other than a joint meeting of Congress, Pelosi said "the opportunities are great," and noted that the Israeli ...
Rep. Nadler's Statement on Speaker Boehner's Invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) released the following statement on Speaker Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu:
“The Prime Minister of Israel, our key strategic ally and friend in the Middle East, is always welcome in the United States. And indeed the Israeli Prime Minister has a moral imperative to give his view to the world about Iran’s looming and very real threat to Israel, and to voice his concern that a potential nuclear deal, if it were too weak, ...
Hezbollah Warns Israel It Won't Tolerate More Attacks
The leader of the Hezbollah terrorist group said this week's cross-border attack was a message that it will no longer tolerate any Israeli attacks against its members.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of supporters in south Beirut Friday that Hezbollah does not fear war and is ready if Israel provokes further violence.
It was Nasrallah's first comments since six Hezbollah terrorists and an Iranian general were killed on Jan. 18 in an Israeli airstrike in Syria. Hezbollah retaliated ...
Shas Founder MK Nissim Ze'ev Left Out in the Cold
Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev is a founding member of the party, one who was involved in the early building of the party. He has been serving as a Shas MK since 1999, yet he has been ousted from a realistic slot by the party’s Torah Council.
Ze’ev ran under the Shas banner in local Jerusalem elections before Shas entered Knesset. This was in the 1980s and early 90s.
The final Shas list:
1. Aryeh Deri
2. Yitzchak Cohen
3. Meshulam Nahari
4. Yaakov Margi
5. David Azoulai
Business Offering Office/Internet Services Opens in Ramat Shlomo Shul
Mispallalim in the Siach Eliezer Shul in the Ramat Shlomo community of Yerushalayim explain they are not bothered or really aware of the operation of a new business that is set up in the shul. The business, which offers internet connectivity to those who require it for parnasa is called "דרכא אחרינא". At present one is offered access to limited internet sites and computer access and the business hope to add printing and fax service in the future.
The company’s adverts promise the ...
Shas MK Amnon Cohen Calls it Quits
Shas MK Amnon Cohen on Thursday, 9 Shevat sent a letter of resignation to Shas’ Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael, informing the rabbonim of his decision to step down from a life of politics. Cohen served in the 15th through 19th Knessets, having been an MK since 1999. Cohen explained that he consulted with his family and reached the decision that while he plans to continue working for the tzibur ‘from the outside’, it is time for him to step down.
Party leader Aryeh Deri praised Cohen’s ...
UN: Destruction of Syria Chemical Weapons Facilities Begins
International investigators say the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons production facilities has begun.
The latest report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says the destruction of the 12 facilities is expected to be complete by the end of June. The destruction is a key part of the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile as ordered by the U.N. Security Council in September 2013.
The OPCW has already reported that all of Syria's declared chemical ...