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NYPD Unleashing Large Balloon Over NYC For Two Days

NYPD Unleashing Large Balloon Over NYC For Two Days
The New York Police Department says a large balloon is being unleashed above the city for two days to measure the heights of the city’s buildings. The police department said the balloon will remain aloft for about nine hours on Sunday in lower Manhattan and more than 13 hours on Monday in midtown. Police said the balloon will be about 800 feet in the air as it collects data for a private architecture firm conducting height surveys of Manhattan buildings. (AP)
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Halachic Analysis: Showering on Yom Tov

Halachic Analysis: Showering on Yom Tov
[By Rabbi Yair Hoffman] This year, the Daf HaYomi of Shvii shel Pesach deals with the issue of bathing on Yom Tov.  The notion of showering on Yom Tov remains a very controversial area of halacha. This article will attempt to explain the complex issues involved. We will begin with the general prohibitions and we will continue with the exceptions. It should be noted that this article does not encourage showering on Yom Tov. For those that do it already, however, it should serve as a guide as ...
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Transcript Reveals Confusion Over Ferry Evacuation

Transcript Reveals Confusion Over Ferry Evacuation
A transcript released Sunday shows the South Korean ferry that sank was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously, possibly adding to a death toll that is officially at 58 but could eventually exceed 300. Three times in succession, and about half an hour after the ferry Sewol began tilting on Wednesday, a crew member asked Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern ...
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Police Issue Coyote Warning In Rockland County

Police Issue Coyote Warning In Rockland County
A warning has been issued to Rockland County residents after a wild animal was spotted Saturday night. A coyote was seen wandering near Pearl and Centre streets in Pearl River. Police are warning residents to take precautions, and to keep small children and pets close by when outdoors. They advise residents to remain calm if they come across a coyote, and to start making a lot of noise to scare it off. (Source: News12)
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Flight From JFK Makes Emergency Landing With Cracked Windshield

Flight From JFK Makes Emergency Landing With Cracked Windshield
A cracked windshield is blamed for forcing a United Airlines flight from JFK to make an emergency landing Saturday. United Flight 766, a Boeing 757, was headed to San Francisco when a crack appeared in a cockpit window. The flight was diverted to Indianapolis, where it landed safely Saturday night. United says the 138 passengers aboard were put on another plane. Maintenance crews are examining the aircraft. A passenger on board the plane posted a picture of the windshield on ...
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NYPD: Officers Should Take The Stairs In Fires

NYPD: Officers Should Take The Stairs In Fires
Police officials in New York City have changed the way officers respond to fires following the death of an officer. They’ll now require officers responding to structures on fire to take the stairs. Deputy Chief Kim Royster said Friday an internal memo detailing the preliminary guidelines has been distributed to precincts. Royster says the new protocol replaces a memo distributed April 9. It had instructed officers to use the elevator. She says the change came after consulting with ...
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NY: E-ZPass Toll Violators Could Face Vehicle Registration Suspension

NY: E-ZPass Toll Violators Could Face Vehicle Registration Suspension
Motorists who repeatedly speed through New York state toll booths without paying would see their vehicle registrations suspended under legislation being considered by state lawmakers. Under current law, toll evaders are contacted by a collection agency and can only face the loss of their registration if they commit multiple violations within the same locality. Scofflaws run up more than $30 million in unpaid tolls and fines each year. State Sen. David Carlucci, the proposal’s sponsor, ...
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Student Fought Bureaucrats For Holocaust Justice

Student Fought Bureaucrats For Holocaust Justice
Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps. How, the survivors asked, could they be on the hook for taxes due while Hitler's regime was trying to exterminate them? A typical response was: ...
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Documents Detail Another Delayed GM Recall

Documents Detail Another Delayed GM Recall
General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's auto safety watchdog, also didn't seek a recall of the compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and found 12 ...
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Governor: Closing Boston Amid Bomber Hunt 'Tough'

Governor: Closing Boston Amid Bomber Hunt 'Tough'
Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled. Within hours, Patrick shut down the region's public transportation system and made an extraordinary request of more than 1 million greater Boston residents: Shelter in place. And for ...
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4 Questions About Missing Malaysian Plane Answered

4 Questions About Missing Malaysian Plane Answered
Travelers at Asian airports have asked questions about the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Here are some of them, followed by answers. Samuel Rogers, a 20-year-old German on a backpacking trip, in Bangkok and on his way to Malaysia. He asked: "Why did the Malaysian military see the plane on their radar but not report it immediately?" A: The Malaysian Air Force's official line is that its radar operators spotted the ...
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Health Care Site Flagged In Heartbleed Review

Health Care Site Flagged In Heartbleed Review
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, ...
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From Clinton To Obama, Many Parallels

From Clinton To Obama, Many Parallels
Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support for his struggling — and ultimately unsuccessful — health care overhaul, he told his advisers: "A lot of them want to know they can keep their own plan if they like it." Later that fall, Clinton's Democrats were routed in midterm elections and ...
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Second Wave Of Milder Flu Hitting Northeast

Second Wave Of Milder Flu Hitting Northeast
A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast. Months ago, the flu season seemed to be winding down. But health officials on Friday reported widespread flu-like illnesses in six states. Rhode Island is the latest to join the list which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and New York. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the flu season started in December and peaked by mid-January, and most of the illnesses were swine flu. But, as ...
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NBC Report: Brooklyn Man in Ukraine Says He Witnessed Masked Men Handing Out Jewish Register Letters

NBC Report: Brooklyn Man in Ukraine Says He Witnessed Masked Men Handing Out Jewish Register Letters
A Brooklyn man visiting Ukraine says he witnessed masked men handing out leaflets ordering Jews in eastern Ukraine to register with authorities. Yosef Gurevitz, who is from Crown Heights and is in Donetsk visiting family, told NBC News he saw the men outside a synagogue earlier this week. "There were about 100 of us outside the synagogue after Passover eve prayers [on Wednesday] when we saw three masked men in the crowd who started to hand out letters," Gurevitz said. "One of them tried ...
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Ukraine Crisis: Turning Points

Ukraine Crisis: Turning Points
An agreement struck by the U.S., the European Union, Russia and Ukraine has raised hopes for defusing the Ukrainian crisis, which has strained East-West ties to a degree unseen since the Cold War. The deal Thursday in Geneva came after the four parties held talks together for the first time since Ukraine's turmoil began nearly five months ago. A look at how the Ukrainian crisis has evolved: --- HOW IT ALL STARTED After years of preparation for a partnership agreement with the 28-nation ...
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NYPD Arrest Suspect In Shooting Of 13-Year-Old In Flatbush

NYPD Arrest Suspect In Shooting Of 13-Year-Old In Flatbush
Community leaders are praising the leadership at the NYPD's 70 Precinct, after police apprehended 21-year-old Kareem Potomont, Thursday afternoon. Cops arrested Potomont in Queens, just hours after releasing his photo to the public. Potomont is the suspect in the shooting of 13-year-old Gamma Droiville. A stray bullet struck him in the eye as he waited for a bus on Flatbush Avenue on Monday. Droiville survived the shooting, but he may lose an eye. Police say the intended target, a ...
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