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Trump Backers Ask Courts to Halt or Prevent 3 State Recounts

Trump Backers Ask Courts to Halt or Prevent 3 State Recounts
President-elect Donald Trump's supporters moved Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, involving the courts less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results. The legal actions seeking to block or halt the recounts in three states Trump narrowly won could cause delays that would make them extremely difficult or impossible to complete on time. Even if the recounts ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Navy's Zumwalt Back Underway After Panama Canal Breakdown

Navy's Zumwalt Back Underway After Panama Canal Breakdown
The largest and most expensive destroyer built for the U.S. Navy has resumed its voyage after a breakdown in the Panama Canal. The Navy said Thursday that the USS Zumwalt departed Panama after repairs to the propulsion system by the ship's crew and a team from General Electric and the Naval Sea Systems Command. Lt. Julie Holland says the ship resumed its journey to its homeport Wednesday evening and will arrive in San Diego "in coming weeks." The 610-foot destroyer built by Maine's ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

UN Expert Says Torture Appeared Widespread After Turkey Coup

UN Expert Says Torture Appeared Widespread After Turkey Coup
Sweeping security measures adopted in Turkey after a failed July 15 coup attempt created an environment conducive to the torture and ill-treatment of detainees despite the presence of legal safeguards, a U.N. expert said Friday. Briefing reporters in Ankara, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer said he had visited numerous prisons and met with Turkish officials as well as individuals detained over their alleged involvement in the botched coup. He says "torture and other forms of ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Judge Denies Request for Special Prosecutor in Christie Case

Judge Denies Request for Special Prosecutor in Christie Case
A judge on Friday denied a request for a special prosecutor to be appointed in a criminal misconduct complaint against Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. State Superior Court Judge Bonnie Mizdol dismissed the motion by a former firefighter who brought the complaint in October, ruling that he lacked standing. The firefighter alleges Christie failed to order subordinates to reopen bridge access lanes in September 2013. Three of Christie's former allies ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Hikind to Be Joined by Public Advocate Tih James, Comptroller Stringer and Brooklyn BP Adams at Save Ocean Parkway Rally

Hikind to Be Joined by Public Advocate Tih James, Comptroller Stringer and Brooklyn BP Adams at Save Ocean Parkway Rally
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) announced Friday morning that NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be joining hundreds of outraged community members at the “Save Ocean Parkway” rally this Sunday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. on the corner of Avenue J and Ocean Parkway. Local elected officials and community leaders will also attend in an effort to prevent these dangerous traffic changes from going into effect. “I applaud ...
(2 opinions  |   December 02 )

Trump Surprises Al Sharpton With Phone Call

Trump Surprises Al Sharpton With Phone Call
The Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday that President-elect Donald Trump "surprised" him with a phone call — out of the blue. "We did talk briefly," Sharpton told The New York Post. "I was surprised and candid about our sharp disagreements, and so was he." The two have been on different sides of the issues since the 1980s and the election hasn’t changed a thing, Sharpton said. “We were straight up with each other,” Sharpton said. “I will continue to disagree with him. I’m not ...
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NYPD Plans to Expand Smart Car Fleet to Replace Scooters

NYPD Plans to Expand Smart Car Fleet to Replace Scooters
The New York City Police Department has announced plans to expand its fleet of Smart cars to replace the three-wheeled scooters that officers utilized for decades. The New York Times reports the NYPD is among the first public safety organizations in the world to introduce the cars, with 150 vehicles already in service. The department has contracted to add at least 75 more Smart cars, which are made by German automaker Daimler AG. In addition to being described as more approachable by ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Shoe Bomber Says He Can't Pay $250,000 Fine

Shoe Bomber Says He Can't Pay $250,000 Fine
The British man sentenced to life in prison for trying to detonate explosives in his shoe on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001 says he can't afford the $250,000 fine that was part of his sentence. Richard Reid has asked a federal judge in Boston to declare him bankrupt. The Boston Herald reports that the 43-year-old Reid writes: "I am not now, nor will I — I believe — ever be, able to pay this fine." Reid contacted Judge William Young after receiving notice last month reminding him ...
(2 opinions  |   December 02 )

WATCH: Tzohar Rabbis Concerned With Access To Shuls For The Blind

The Tzohar organization reports this Shabbos, parshas Toldos, is its second Shabbos dedicated to accessibility to the blind, explaining we read about Yitzchak Avinu losing his eyesight so the organization is running its second Shabbaton dedicated to shul accessibility to the blind and disabled. Chairman of the Tzohar Ethics Committee Rabbi Yuval Cherlow feels too often the disabled are forgotten and not properly looked after. Tzohar calls on shuls to take a look around and decide just how ...
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Ford Recalls 680,000 Cars; Seat Belts May Not Hold in Crash

Ford Recalls 680,000 Cars; Seat Belts May Not Hold in Crash
Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash. The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars. Ford says heat generated when the seat belt pre-tensioners deploy can cause cables to break. If that happens the belts may not hold people. Ford says it knows of two injuries related to the problem. Pre-tensioners tighten seat belts when ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Police Raid On Coney Island Ave Near Ave R Yields More Than $10M in Fake Smartphones

Police Raid On Coney Island Ave Near Ave R Yields More Than $10M in Fake Smartphones
Police in New York City raided two warehouses in Brooklyn that yielded three arrests and the seizure of more than $10 million worth of counterfeit electronics. Authorities say Thursday night's bust was the culmination of a nine-month investigation launched in response to a string of suspicious packages that started trickling through customs at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Police and federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs recovered 31,000 fake Apple ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Despite Councilman King's Best Efforts, Jerusalem City Council Funds Reform-Affiliated Organization

Despite Councilman King's Best Efforts, Jerusalem City Council Funds Reform-Affiliated Organization
Despite his tenacious efforts, Jerusalem Councilman Aryeh King lost his battle to prevent city funding of an organization with ties to Reform Jewry. According to King, the vote was close, 12-11 in favor of the funding for two organizations. The first organization is a ‘secular yeshiva’, whatever this is meant to be, a school tied to the Reform Movement. The second organization is called Elul. Deputy Mayor (Bayit Yehudi) Dov Kalmanovich lamented the fact the dati leumi community does ...
(1 opinions  |   December 02 )

House Pushes Ahead With $611 Billion Defense Policy Bill

House Pushes Ahead With $611 Billion Defense Policy Bill
The Republican-led House is pushing ahead with a $611 billion defense policy bill that prohibits closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forbids the Pentagon from trimming the number of military bases and awards U.S. troops their largest pay raise in six years. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Friday on the legislation, which authorizes military spending for the fiscal year that started Oct. 1. The defense bill includes an agreement that prevents the Defense Department from forcing ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Halachic Estate Planning

Halachic Estate Planning
By: Isaac Yedid, Esq. & Raymond Zeitoune, Esq. Halachic Estate Planning In today’s society, the monetary laws of the Torah have unfortunately been largely disregarded even within the Orthodox community, mostly due to a lack of education and understanding of those laws. There is one area of monetary law which affects everyone – the laws of yerushah (inheritance). According to the Torah’s laws of inheritance, a man’s sons 1 are his sole heirs, each inheriting an equal share, ...
(1 opinions  |   December 02 )

Trump Aide Says Clinton Email Probes May Persist

Trump Aide Says Clinton Email Probes May Persist
A top aide to President-elect Donald Trump says law enforcement officials in his administration might continue investigations into Hillary Clinton's private email, even though Trump has signaled he prefers not to pursue the matter. Kellyanne Conway was Trump's campaign manager. Conway said Friday Trump still prefers not to pursue a case against Clinton. But she says law enforcement officials and Congress "may take a look at that." Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America, Conway said the ...
(1 opinions  |   December 02 )

Michigan Board To Hear Trump's Challenge To Recount Effort

Michigan Board To Hear Trump's Challenge To Recount Effort
Michigan's elections board on Friday will consider President-elect Donald Trump's request to block a hand recount of all 4.8 million ballots cast in the state he won by about 10,700 votes over Hillary Clinton. Lawyers for the Trump campaign argued Thursday that Green Party nominee Jill Stein, a "bottom-dwelling candidate," cannot seek the expensive, time-consuming recount because she was not "aggrieved" to the point where potential miscounting of votes could have cost her the election. She ...
(3 opinions  |   December 02 )

Feds: Fatal Wreck Shows Need for Seat Belts on School Buses

Feds: Fatal Wreck Shows Need for Seat Belts on School Buses
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday re-emphasized the agency's call for seat belts on school buses in the aftermath of a crash in Chattanooga that killed six students. Administrator Mark Rosekind said at a transportation safety conference in Washington that while school buses remain the safest way for children to get to and from school, they "can be safer." "And as the recent tragic crash in Chattanooga reminds us, there is no more heartrending, ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Hiddush Is Concerned Over The Chief Rabbinate's Ban Over Xmas Trees In Hotels Certified As Kosher

Hiddush Is Concerned Over The Chief Rabbinate's Ban Over Xmas Trees In Hotels Certified As Kosher
While YWN in no way agrees with the Reform-affiliated Hiddush organization and its agenda, it does believe it is important for readers, members of the frum community to remain aware of what is going on and the ongoing efforts to uproot traditional frum Yiddishkheit – perhaps better explained as keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. The following was released by Hiddush, angered and concerned over the ban against Xmas trees in kosher hotels in Israel. Up until two years ago, ...
(3 opinions  |   December 02 )

Bloody Month in Chicago Brings Death Toll Past 700 Mark

Bloody Month in Chicago Brings Death Toll Past 700 Mark
Chicago experienced more than twice as many homicides in November as it did during the same month in 2015, and more than any November in nearly a quarter century, according to police statistics released Thursday. The 77 homicides recorded last month bring the city's 2016 total to 701, with a month to go until year's end. It is the first time Chicago has eclipsed the 700 mark in a year since 1998, and puts the city on a pace to end 2016 with nearly 300 more homicides than were recorded last ...
(2 opinions  |   December 02 )

Governor's Ex-Aide, 7 Others Deny Guilt in Corruption Case

Governor's Ex-Aide, 7 Others Deny Guilt in Corruption Case
A former top adviser for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and seven other people have pleaded not guilty in their federal corruption case. Joseph Percoco and his co-defendants appeared Thursday in federal court. A November indictment alleges bid-rigging and bribery. Percoco is from South Salem and was Cuomo's executive deputy secretary and one of his most loyal advisers. The Democratic governor is not accused of wrongdoing. The government says evidence including about 2 million pages of ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Weiner Fined $65,000 in Violations for 2013 Mayoral Campaign

Weiner Fined $65,000 in Violations for 2013 Mayoral Campaign
The New York City Campaign Finance Board has fined former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner nearly $65,000 for violating election spending rules during his failed 2013 bid for mayor. Some of the penalties, approved by the board Thursday, were for using campaign funds to pay for regular living expenses, including dry cleaning and personal cellphone service. Other fines covered expenses that the board said were never properly justified as being related to the election, including payments to a ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Jewish Agency Getting Out Into The Streets To Assist Arson Fire Victims In Haifa

Jewish Agency Getting Out Into The Streets To Assist Arson Fire Victims In Haifa
Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and President of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Boston Barry Shrage on Wednesday, 29 Cheshvan, visited Haifa and distributed aid funds to families whose homes were severely damaged in the recent wildfires. Sharansky said: “In these trying times, the Jewish world is united in concern for those Israelis rendered homeless by the recent wildfires. The Jewish Agency is distributing immediate grants of $1,000 to each family unable to return ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Pelosi Cedes Some Power to House Dems Angry Over Elections

Pelosi Cedes Some Power to House Dems Angry Over Elections
House Democrats angry over the party's dreary Election Day voted Thursday to strip some power from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — but with her support. In a private meeting that participants said grew loud at times, Democrats voted by voice to make the head of their political committee an elected post. Until now, Pelosi, D-Calif., has appointed someone to the job. They also expanded the number of lower-level leadership jobs in a bid to give rank-and-file lawmakers more of a role in ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

PHOTOS: Minister Erdan: 'Nearly 90 Percent Of Israel's Waste Water Is Now Recycled, 4 Times Higher Than Any Other Country In The World'

PHOTOS: Minister Erdan: 'Nearly 90 Percent Of Israel's Waste Water Is Now Recycled, 4 Times Higher Than Any Other Country In The World'
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Minister of Strategic Affairs & Public Diplomacy Gilad Erdan paid tribute to Israel's world-renowned sustainable innovation at this week’s first-ever Israeli CSR Experience Conference hosted by Maala, the country’s CSR standards organization. “Today, nearly 90 percent of our waste water is recycled,” Minister Erdan stated. “That's around four times higher than any other country in the world. It is a remarkable achievement and this benefits not ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 02 )

Death Toll From Tennessee Wildfires Increases to 10

Death Toll From Tennessee Wildfires Increases to 10
Crews discovered the remains of three more people as they searched the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, bringing the death toll to 10, officials said Thursday. Authorities set up a hotline for people to report missing friends and relatives, and after following up on dozens of leads, they said many of those people had been accounted for. They did not say whether they believe anyone else is still missing or may have died. "I ...
(1 opinions  |   December 02 )

PHOTOS: 273 Olim Arrived In Israel In The Largest Yet Flight Arranged By IFCJ

PHOTOS: 273 Olim Arrived In Israel In The Largest Yet Flight Arranged By IFCJ
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] 273 olim from the Ukraine landed on Tuesday 28 Cheshvan in the largest yet flight sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). The olim came in on two separate flights joining 250 olim from the Ukraine that came in earlier this month. All together 523 olim arrived in the last month alone, making it the highest amount of olim per month coming in from the Ukraine with the assistance of IFCJ. By the end of this year, over 4,300 olim will ...
(1 opinions  |   December 02 )

Mexican Billionaire Slim Says Trump Could Be Good for Mexico

Mexican Billionaire Slim Says Trump Could Be Good for Mexico
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says a Donald Trump presidency could be good news for Mexico. At a forum with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday, Slim discarded the pessimistic narrative about how Trump's hard-line views on immigration and free trade could shake Mexico. The telecommunications magnate, who is one of the world's richest people, said that if Trump achieves his promises to expand the U.S. economy, create millions of jobs and lower middle-class taxes, it ...
(1 opinions  |   December 02 )

Trump Salutes Carrier - And Himself - For Saving Jobs

Trump Salutes Carrier - And Himself - For Saving Jobs
Donald Trump saluted workers, owners and himself Thursday at a Carrier plant in Indiana, declaring that a deal to keep a local plant open instead of moving operations to Mexico was only the first of many business victories to come in the U.S. with him as president. Trump's stop at the heating and air conditioning giant's plant, his first major public appearance since the election more than two weeks ago, marked the opening of a victory tour to states that helped him win. He was appearing at ...
(2 opinions  |   December 02 )

Some Beit Meir Residents Cannot Return Home Due To Environmental Hazards

Some Beit Meir Residents Cannot Return Home Due To Environmental Hazards
The fires ended about a week ago but for some Beit Meir residents, they are still without a place to live. These residents were too close to the warehouses storing asbestos and they were instructed to evacuate their homes. According to an Israel Radio Reshet Bet report, these families are simply left without a place to live because of the hazards involved with being in proximity to the asbestos. There are some families who were told my Ministry of Environmental Affairs agents they may ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

To Move Into White House, Trump May Have To Dump DC Hotel

To Move Into White House, Trump May Have To Dump DC Hotel
Donald Trump may have to give up one property on Pennsylvania Avenue if he wants to move into another down the street. One is the newly opened, glittering jewel in the president-elect's hotel empire. The other, of course, is the White House. Whether he'll need to relinquish his stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., could come down to how a few words on a lease are interpreted. Trump negotiated for more than a year to secure the rights to use the government-owned ...
(1 opinions  |   December 01 )

Many Amona Residents Visit Har Habayis On Rosh Chodesh Kislev

Many Amona Residents Visit Har Habayis On Rosh Chodesh Kislev
Dozens of residents of Yishuv Amona, which is home to some forty families, visited Har Habayis on the morning of Thursday, Rosh Chodesh Kislev to be mispallel to save their community from destruction. The residents have been informed that in line with a High Court of Justice ruling, they will be removed by force and the community destroyed no later than 25 December 2016. All efforts to relocate the community were rejected by residents, who insist they will not permit Amona to fall ...
(1 opinions  |   December 01 )

Apple Said To Fly Drones To Improve Maps Data And Catch Google

Apple Said To Fly Drones To Improve Maps Data And Catch Google
Apple plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to people familiar with the matter. The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, one of the people said. Apple wants to fly drones around to do things like examine street ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

US Firefighters, Jet911 And Other First Responders Thanked by Israel For Assistance During Wildfires [VIDEO AND PHOTOS]

US Firefighters, Jet911 And Other First Responders Thanked by Israel For Assistance During Wildfires [VIDEO AND PHOTOS]
[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Very late Thursday night while America was celebrating Thanksgiving, hundreds of fires were raging throughout Israel, forcing tens of thousands of Israelis from their homes. Cyprus, Russia and many other countries provided aerial assistance while Israeli fire brigades fought tirelessly on the ground. With new fires (many labeled as arson and terror) and no end in site, Israels highest Fire Officials requested activation of EVP, a team of highly ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

Greenfield Joins Hikind's Call to DOT to Reconsider Turn Restrictions on Ocean Parkway

Greenfield Joins Hikind's Call to DOT to Reconsider Turn Restrictions on Ocean Parkway
Councilman David G. Greenfield is joining Assemblyman Dov Hikind in calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to delay the implementation of planned right-turn prohibitions at multiple intersections on Ocean Parkway. The new right-turn restrictions, which are set to be imposed at the intersections of Avenue C, Avenue J, Avenue P and King Highway, are being presented by the New York State DOT as a part of long-planned safety improvement measures taking place along Ocean Parkway. ...
(1 opinions  |   December 01 )

Israel: Experimental Biometric Database Goes Mandatory

Israel: Experimental Biometric Database Goes Mandatory
A number of years ago, Israel embarked on an experimental program, a national biometric database and the move to biometric identity cards and passports. The experts debated the risks and benefits and many simply opposed the program as they view it as an invasion of one’s privacy. The experimental program has been hailed a success with about a million Israelis stepping forward and volunteering to step into the biometric world. The debate has been renewed as Interior Minister Aryeh Deri ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )