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Major Blaze Burning Out of Control in the Area of Even Sapir

Major Blaze Burning Out of Control in the Area of Even Sapir
13:15 IL: A major forest fire continues burning out of control from Ein Keren to Even Sapir in the Jerusalem corridor. Firefighters are working with fire planes to bring the blaze under control. As the fire spread to Even Sapir, some residents have been evacuated from their homes. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(Add your opinion  |   August 02 )

Labor Court Orders Light Rail Employees Back to Work

Labor Court Orders Light Rail Employees Back to Work
The Jerusalem Labor Court has ordered the union representing Jerusalem light rail workers to halt the unannounced strike and return to work immediately. CityPass, the company that runs the light rail, turned to the court to intervene, to order striking employees back to work. The unannounced Sunday morning 17 Menachem Avi strike halted light rail service, leaving about 140,000 daily riders seeking an alternate means of transportation. The court ordered drivers back to work, including ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 02 )

Israel Police Intervenes in Jerusalem Light Rail Strike

Israel Police Intervenes in Jerusalem Light Rail Strike
Israel Police has sent a letter to Jerusalem light rail union officials after the latter launched a strike Sunday morning without any prior warning. Some 140,000 riders rely on the light rail daily and with vacation time upon us the strike will leave many frustrated and angry residents and visitors to the capital. The letter signed by the chief of operations points out the unannounced strike has consequences pertaining to general welfare and peace in the city and many passengers will be ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 02 )

Police Arrest Rebitzen Grossman for Opposing Gay Pride March

Police Arrest Rebitzen Grossman for Opposing Gay Pride March
Rebitzen Grossman was arrested by police on Thursday night 14 Menachem Av and later released. The rebitzen was taken into custody against on motzei Shabbos Nachamu in the Beis Yisrael neighborhood of the capital. Police have demanded that she return on Sunday, 17 Menachem Av for questioning. Her arrest led to protests in Meah Shearim on motzei Shabbos. It appears she was arrested because her husband’s opposition to the Gay Pride Parade. Police were looking for her husband, but they were ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 02 )

Jerusalem Light Rail Strike on Sunday Morning

Jerusalem Light Rail Strike on Sunday Morning
The union representing drivers of the Jerusalem light rail have announced on Sunday morning 17 Menachem Av they will be striking, without prior warning. The strike surrounds a dispute surrounding negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. Management responded angrily, accusing the union of using the strike to increase pressure towards obtaining a deal, adding that the strike will seriously impact the lives of so many Israelis who are vacationing and therefore, the union is ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 02 )

AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey Gas Prices Down Sharply

AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey Gas Prices Down Sharply
Motorists are seeing sharply lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.48, down 6 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.43. This marks the sixth straight week that pump prices have fallen in New Jersey. The national average price on Friday was $2.67, down 6 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the national ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 01 )

Officials: 4th NYC Person With Legionnaires' Disease Dies

Officials: 4th NYC Person With Legionnaires' Disease Dies
A New York City health official says there likely will be more cases of Legionnaires' disease over the coming days amid an outbreak that has sickened dozens. Dr. Jay Varma tells The Associated Press Saturday he believes people may have been infected before the city cleaned cooling towers where the disease-causing bacteria had been found. City officials say four people have died and 65 cases have been reported in the Bronx since July 10. The legionella bacteria were discovered at five ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 01 )

NY's Medical Pot Distributors Reflect Industry's Evolution

NY's Medical Pot Distributors Reflect Industry's Evolution
America's medical marijuana industry has come a long way from its beginnings 20 years ago. Entrepreneurs, physicians and well-heeled investors are now getting into the business as New York works toward becoming the latest state to authorize cannabis for conditions like cancer, epilepsy and AIDS. State health officials on Friday announced five companies that will grow and dispense the medication when the program begins next year. They include three organizations with experience in other ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 01 )

Woman Arrested After Jumping Barricade Near White House

Woman Arrested After Jumping Barricade Near White House
The Secret Service says a woman was arrested after jumping over a low barricade in front of the White House. The barricades have been placed several feet in front of the White House fence. They are roughly waist-high and described as "bike racks" by the Secret Service. According to a statement from the agency, a woman jumped over the barricade around 7 p.m. on Friday. She was immediately detained by uniformed Secret Service officers and charged with unlawful entry. Her name has not been ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 01 )

FAA: 'Unmanned Aircraft' Seen Flying Near NY Airport

FAA: 'Unmanned Aircraft' Seen Flying Near NY Airport
Federal officials are investigating after a pilot reported seeing an unmanned aircraft while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says it happened around 5 p.m. Friday. The FAA says Delta Flight 407 was about 1,400 feet off the ground when the pilot spotted the "unmanned aircraft system." The flight landed safely without having to take any evasive action. A Delta spokeswoman has not immediately responded to a request for ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 01 )

Verizon Strike Possible As Contract Deadline Looms

Verizon Strike Possible As Contract Deadline Looms
Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. A contract covering 39,000 Verizon workers represented by two unions expires at the end of Saturday. Last week, the Communications Workers of America announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers covered by the contract voted to strike in a recent poll, if a new agreement isn't reached. The contract covers employees in nine ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 01 )

Dems Still Weighing Iran Deal, But Happy With Obama Outreach

Dems Still Weighing Iran Deal, But Happy With Obama Outreach
Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress. A handful of key Democrats stepped forward to support the accord within hours of Obama's personal lobbying at the White House this past week, part of the administration's all-out campaign since the pact was announced July 14. Other Democrats have signaled they are leaning in favor and still others have remained undeclared, awaiting a ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 01 )

Biden Aassociates Resume Discussion About Presidential Run

Biden Aassociates Resume Discussion About Presidential Run
Vice President Joe Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations during his son's illness and following his death earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any planning for a potential campaign, according to several people close to the vice president. Recent conversations between Biden's associates and Democratic donors and operatives have led to speculation ...
(Add your opinion  |   August 01 )

Arrests Made In Hate Crime At Camp Agudah Midwest

Arrests Made In Hate Crime At Camp Agudah Midwest
As YWN had reported on Sunday, The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says at least two people spray-painted a Nazi swastika on a sign at the entrance of Camp Agudah Midwest late Saturday or early Sunday. YWN had posted photos that also show swastikas spray-painted on a picnic table and a car. The FBI was reportedly helping investigate the anti-Semitic vandalism at the camp - located in southwestern Michigan. Authorities say the vandals also damaged a building at the camp, which ...
(1 opinions  |   July 31 )

Despite Bombing, ISIS Is No Weaker Than A Year Ago

Despite Bombing, ISIS Is No Weaker Than A Year Ago
After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. The military campaign has prevented Iraq's collapse and put the Islamic State under increasing pressure in northern Syria, particularly squeezing its self-proclaimed capital in Raqqa. But intelligence analysts see the overall situation as a strategic ...
(2 opinions  |   July 31 )

Motzei Shabbos Rally Against the Israeli Right-Wing in Rabin Square

Motzei Shabbos Rally Against the Israeli Right-Wing in Rabin Square
“Enough Violence! Enough Incitement!” is the banner call behind the motzei Shabbos rally scheduled to take place at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv at 19:30. Sadly, the event will be a left-wing political anti-right-wing rally, which is set to begin well before the end of Shabbos, not an event calling for peace, tolerance and understanding. Mimicking the annual rally marking the assassination of PM Yitzchak Rabin, the event is not used to promote peace but to lash out against the right-wing and ...
(3 opinions  |   July 31 )

Tracing Back Debris To Find Flight 370 May Prove Impossible

Tracing Back Debris To Find Flight 370 May Prove Impossible
If it's confirmed that a wing fragment found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, lost more than 500 days ago, could scientists use their knowledge of ocean currents to trace back its path and pinpoint the bulk of the wreck? Australian oceanographer David Griffin says that would be akin to using modeling of big-city crowd flows to try to predict the travels of a random person encountered on the street. In short, next to impossible. While Griffin and ...
(Add your opinion  |   July 31 )