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Russia Weaponized Social Media In U.S. Election, FireEye Says

Russia Weaponized Social Media In U.S. Election, FireEye Says
Russia's government didn't just hack and leak documents from U.S. political groups during the presidential campaign: It used social media as a weapon to influence perceptions about the election, according to cybersecurity company FireEye Inc. Material stolen by Russia's intelligence services was feverishly promoted by online personas and numerous fake accounts through links to leaked material and misleading narratives, according to an analysis of thousands of postings, links and documents by ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

Why Rak Simcha?

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(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

MK Amsellem Has Had His Fill Of The Bayit Yehudi Party

MK Amsellem Has Had His Fill Of The Bayit Yehudi Party
MK (Likud) David Amsellem, who chairs the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee, has had enough of his dati leumi coalition partner, the Bayit Leumi party. On Wednesday, 29 Cheshvan, he launched and attack against the party and its leader, Minister Naftali Bennett, over the controversy stirring regarding the Muezzin Bill and the Regulation Bill. Amsellem announced “If I was Prime Minister Netanyahu, I would announce that I will not enter into future coalitions with Bayit Yehudi which is ...
(2 opinions  |   December 01 )

Recalled Newsweek 'Madam President' Clinton Issue Hits eBay

Recalled Newsweek 'Madam President' Clinton Issue Hits eBay
Supporters of Hillary Clinton apparently still have a chance to get their hands on a since-recalled commemorative edition of Newsweek that was set to be released if the Democrat won the presidential election. Pictures of the one-off issue featuring a photo of Clinton with the title "Madam President" leaked before the Nov. 8 election. Newsweek quickly distanced itself from the issue, explaining that it was published under a Newsweek license by Topix Media. It said on Twitter a "President ...
(4 opinions  |   December 01 )

WATCH: PM Netanyahu Thanks Italian Pilots Who Assisted In Fighting The Fires

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was on hand to wish Italian pilots and technicians farewell, the pilots who flew firefighting planed during last week’s fires around Israel. As seen in the video, Mr. Netanyahu thanks them personally for responding to Israel’s call for help. They explain their country sent four creds to permit them to operate around-the-clock, thereby providing maximum assistance. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(1 opinions  |   December 01 )

Israel Electric Working To Beat The Weather

Israel Electric Working To Beat The Weather
Baruch Hashem forecasters are predicting rain and the comfortable weather is expected to take a sharp turn in the direction of winter on Wednesday, 29 Cheshvan. Israel Electric Company (IEC) officials report that the past dry months along with the dust and soot that accumulated during recent fires in conjunction with the first serious rains may lead to power outages. The combination of dust, soot and rain is likely to cause malfunctions in some areas, the experts report, adding this despite ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

The Official NYPD Statement Given to YWN On The Williamsburg Tragedy

The Official NYPD Statement Given to YWN On The Williamsburg Tragedy
The following is the official NYPD statement given to YWN regarding the tragedy in Williamsburg which took the life of 21-year-old Moshe Yehuda Viner Z"L. On Thursday, December 01, 2016 at approximately 1112 hours police responded to the corner of South 10th Street and Kent Ave for a 911 call of a pedestrian struck within the confines of the 90 Precinct. Upon arrival officers were informed that a 21 year-old male was struck by the rear wheels of a tractor trailer that was traveling ...
(3 opinions  |   December 01 )

Destructive Hacks Strike Saudi Arabia - Finger Being Pointed At Iran

Destructive Hacks Strike Saudi Arabia - Finger Being Pointed At Iran
State-sponsored hackers have conducted a series of destructive attacks on Saudi Arabia over the last two weeks, erasing data and wreaking havoc in the computer banks of the agency running the country's airports and hitting five additional targets, according to two people familiar with an investigation into the breach. Saudi Arabia said after inquiries from Bloomberg News that "several" government agencies were targeted in attacks that came from outside the Kingdom, according to state media. ...
(1 opinions  |   December 01 )

JUST IN: Trump Has Chosen Retired Marine General James Mattis For Secretary Of Defense

JUST IN: Trump Has Chosen Retired Marine General James Mattis For Secretary Of Defense
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, according to people familiar with the decision, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than four years after he hung up his uniform. To take the job, Mattis will need Congress to pass new legislation to bypass a federal law stating that defense secretaries must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years. ...
(7 opinions  |   December 01 )

PHOTOS: Fire Rescue In Israel Preparing For Stormy Days Ahead

PHOTOS: Fire Rescue In Israel Preparing For Stormy Days Ahead
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Israel’s Fire Service announces it is prepared for the predicted stormy days ahead, which are supposed to bring badly-needed rains accompanied by colder temperatures, higher winds and thunder showers. Flood warnings have been issued for areas prone to flooding including areas of southern Tel Aviv and the road to the Dead Sea. The accompanying photos show preparations by members of the Jerusalem District Fire Service Rescue Division preparing for any ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

Tough-on-Corruption NY Prosecutor Tells Trump He Will Stay

Tough-on-Corruption NY Prosecutor Tells Trump He Will Stay
Financial cheaters and corrupt politicians beware: One of America's hardest-charging prosecutors isn't going anywhere. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's brief announcement that he has agreed to stay on in the Donald Trump administration signals in at least one way that the president-elect may be serious about keeping his campaign promise to crack down on corruption. Bharara, who was once lauded on the cover of Time magazine as the man who is "busting Wall Street," has in the past ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

TRAGEDY IN SAN DIEGO: Frum Man Who Was R'L Run Over By Own Car, Is Niftar From Injuries

TRAGEDY IN SAN DIEGO: Frum Man Who Was R'L Run Over By Own Car, Is Niftar From Injuries
YWN regrets to inform you of the tragic Petira of Mr. Michael Emanuel Z"L, who was critically injured in an accident in San Diego on Monday. As YWN had reported, Michael was seriously injured after he tried to put a stop to an unoccupied runaway SUV in front of a Rolando- area home. According to San Diego Police, the parked 2008 Mazda began rolling backward down a driveway in the 6100 block of Arosa Street as Michael was standing alongside it on Monday morning. The SUV R"L ran him ...
(2 opinions  |   December 01 )

Mother And Child Hospitalized After Heater Causes A Fire In Their Tzfat Home

Mother And Child Hospitalized After Heater Causes A Fire In Their Tzfat Home
A 22-year-old mom and her 3-year-old son are listed in moderate condition on Thursday morning 1 Kislev after being overcome by carbon dioxide. Officials in Ziff Hospital report a kerosene heater caused a fire, which led to their injuries from inhaling the CO2. The two were transported to a local hospital in a MDA ambulance. Upon arrival in the hospital the medical team began aggressive oxygen therapy. The child remains in an intensive care unit, listed in moderate/stable condition, reports ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

Putin Hopes for Better Russia-US Ties, Anti-Terror Action

Putin Hopes for Better Russia-US Ties, Anti-Terror Action
President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia hopes to normalize ties with the U.S. and join efforts in the fight against international terrorism. Speaking in a live state-of-the-nation address, Putin said that Russia is ready to take part in tackling global challenges if its interests are respected. "We don't want confrontation with anyone," he said in a speech before officials and lawmakers in an ornate, white-marble Kremlin hall. "Unlike our foreign colleagues who are seeing ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

Winter Appears To Have Arrived In Yerushalayim

Winter Appears To Have Arrived In Yerushalayim
Heavy rainfall is expected to begin on Thursday in Yerushalayim and around the country, accompanied by thunderstorms at times. Authorities have issued flood warnings along the coast. In southern and central areas, heavy haze was apparent during the morning hours, the result of sand storms. The rainfall is forecast to begin during the afternoon hours and begin spreading nationwide, from the Golan Heights to the northern Negev. Temperatures should also be unseasonably cold. Snowfall is ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

Reddit Cracks Down on 'Most Toxic Users' of Pro-Trump Forum

Reddit Cracks Down on 'Most Toxic Users' of Pro-Trump Forum
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has announced a plan to crack down on the "most toxic users" of a forum on the site used to discuss President-elect Donald Trump. Huffman writes in a post on the link-sharing and discussion platform that the actions being taken against some users of a forum titled "The—Donald" range from "warnings to timeouts to permanent bans." Some commenters in the forum have repeatedly harassed Huffman. The forum has also featured racist comments and fake news. He says many ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

Bennett Promises To Continue Being A Nudnik

Bennett Promises To Continue Being A Nudnik
Responding to the verbal assault against him [link] from Knesset Interior Committee Chairman MK (Likud) Chaim Amsellem, Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennett promises to continue “being a nudnik”. “Likud says I am a nudnik and they should not sit with us in the next coalition. So what do they think – they are going to sit with [Meretz party chairwoman MK Zahava] Gal-On or Merav Michaeli?” Bennett when on and became more cynical, adding “I apologize for being a nudnik and ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

US 30-Year Average Mortgage Rate Rises to 4.08 Percent

US 30-Year Average Mortgage Rate Rises to 4.08 Percent
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates marked a fifth week of surges in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win, reaching their highest levels this year. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan rose to 4.08 percent from 4.03 percent the previous week. The benchmark rate topped its 3.93 percent level of a year ago. The rate on 15-year home loans, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, jumped to 3.34 percent from 3.25 percent. Long-term ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

Women Of The Wall Allege Abuse And Humiliation During Searches

Women Of The Wall Allege Abuse And Humiliation During Searches
Women of the Wall (WoW) were at the Kosel on Thursday morning Rosh Chodesh Kislev as they are every rosh chodesh. This time, some of the women accused officials of conducting improper body searches. The believe this was the work of Kosel rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz as part of his ongoing efforts to keep them away. Wow explains a checkpoint position was set in place at the southern entrance to permit checking the women as they arrived. They report they were humiliated by the actions of ...
(8 opinions  |   December 01 )

Trump Will Face Tough Questions On Future Of Nuclear Arsenal

Trump Will Face Tough Questions On Future Of Nuclear Arsenal
For all the concerns raised in the presidential campaign about Donald Trump's fitness to command America's nuclear arsenal, the immediate questions he's likely to face as president aren't about launching these weapons, but modernizing them. He'll have to make politically fraught decisions about a U.S. nuclear arsenal that in some ways has become decrepit. Among the open questions: Can the U.S. get by with fewer? Is it time to take some off hair-trigger alert? Trump's transition website ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

TRAGEDY IN WILLIAMSBURG: 21-Year-Old Moshe Yehuda Viner R'L Killed By Truck On Kent Avenue In Williamsburg

TRAGEDY IN WILLIAMSBURG: 21-Year-Old Moshe Yehuda Viner R'L Killed By Truck On Kent Avenue In Williamsburg
Tragedy struck the Williamsburg community on Thursday, when 21-year-old Moshe Yehuda Viner was R"L killed in an accident on Kent Avenue on Thursday morning. His jacket reportedly got caught in the truck he had just finished unloading at a construction site - and was R"L dragged down the street. Hatzolah and FDNY-EMS responded to the scene at Kent Avenue and South 10 Street at 11:18AM, and found the victim with serious injuries. He was transported to the hospital by FDNY-EMS and ...
(10 opinions  |   December 01 )

Obama Delays U.S. Embassy Move To Jerusalem For Another 6 Months - As All Presidents Have Done Since 1995

Obama Delays U.S. Embassy Move To Jerusalem For Another 6 Months - As All Presidents Have Done Since 1995
For what some in Israel hope may be the last time, the US president has taken a pass on enacting a Congressional order to move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In the latest sign Obama is inclined to maintain the status quo, Obama on Thursday signed a six-month waiver to a law requiring the U.S. Embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which Israel considers its capital. Presidents have waived the law since it was enacted in 1995. But Trump has insisted he would ...
(1 opinions  |   December 01 )

New York City Woman Finds Lost Wedding Ring in Trash Dump

New York City Woman Finds Lost Wedding Ring in Trash Dump
It took two hours of sifting through more than 200 bags of garbage at a New Jersey trash-transfer station before a New York City woman was reunited with three rings she mistakenly discarded. The New York Daily News reports the 34-year-old woman was preparing Thanksgiving dinner at her Tribeca apartment when she removed the rings and placed them on a paper towel by the sink. The jewelry, which included the woman's diamond-studded wedding band and engagement ring, accidentally wound up in ...
(2 opinions  |   December 01 )

Deadly Storms Add to Drought, Flood and Fires Plaguing South

Deadly Storms Add to Drought, Flood and Fires Plaguing South
Five people were killed in two states after at least 13 twisters damaged homes, splintered barns and toppled trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, the National Weather Service confirmed. At least a dozen more people were injured early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South. The storms tore through just as firefighters began to get control of wildfires that killed seven and damaged or wiped out more than ...
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11 Hostages Freed In Jacksonville Florida Bank Robbery; Suspect In Custody

11 Hostages Freed In Jacksonville Florida Bank Robbery; Suspect In Custody
Eleven hostages held at gunpoint by a robbery suspect in a north Florida credit union were freed two hours after their ordeal began Thursday, authorities said. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tweeted that "We have 11 hostages out" about two hours after the robbery of the Community First Credit Union started. The suspect was in custody, according to the sheriff's office. No hostages were shot, and initial reports saying otherwise were not true, the sheriff's office said. An initial ...
(1 opinions  |   December 01 )

AP Sources: Obama Leans Against Last-Minute Action On Israel

AP Sources: Obama Leans Against Last-Minute Action On Israel
President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, U.S. officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel's government as he leaves office. Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama for more than a year had considered giving a major speech describing his vision for a future peace deal or, in a more aggressive step, supporting a United Nations resolution laying out ...
(2 opinions  |   December 01 )

Trump to Take Victory Lap at Factory, Rally

Trump to Take Victory Lap at Factory, Rally
President-elect Donald Trump is poised to take a victory lap on Thursday, appearing first in Indiana to salute workers at a factory that he made a campaign promise to save and then in Ohio on the first stop of a "Thank You Tour" to honor the supporters in states that gave him his stunning victory. The Midwest swing will be the first time Trump, who has shown an early inclination to revel in the role of showman-in-chief, has barnstormed across the country since the campaign. And both stops ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

Presidential Election Recount Set To Begin In Wisconsin

Presidential Election Recount Set To Begin In Wisconsin
The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years is set to begin Thursday in Wisconsin, a state that Donald Trump won by less than a percentage point over Hillary Clinton after polls long predicted a Clinton victory. The recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein carries none of the drama of the Florida presidential recount of 2000, when the outcome of the election between Al Gore and George W. Bush hung in the balance. Almost no one expects ...
(3 opinions  |   December 01 )

New Israeli Ambassador Arrives in Turkey Amid Improving Ties

New Israeli Ambassador Arrives in Turkey Amid Improving Ties
Israel's new ambassador to Turkey has arrived in Ankara as the two countries seek to mend relations that soured after a deadly Israeli naval raid on a Turkish ship headed for Gaza. Eitan Naeh arrived Thursday morning in the Turkish capital as part of a reconciliation deal clinched in June, ending six years of animosity. Naeh, quoted by Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, noted that Turkey and Israel "have a history of helping each other in times of need." Turkey was among the nations to ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 01 )

Rebbitzen Gita Cohen A"H - An Appreciation

Rebbitzen Gita Cohen A
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times This week marked the tragic loss of a remarkable woman, Rebbitzen Gita Cohen A”H. Her’s was a life replete with sacrifice for Torah; a life that proved the Talmudic adage (Brachos 63b), “Torah is only truly established in one who sacrifices greatly for it.” Her husband, children, and sons-in-law are all Roshei Yeshiva – leaders and teachers of Torah. Rebbitzen Cohen was a jewel who lived in the Far Rockaway community for ...
(1 opinions  |   December 01 )

Pakistan's Surprisingly Candid Readout Of Trump's Phone Call With Prime Minister

Pakistan's Surprisingly Candid Readout Of Trump's Phone Call With Prime Minister
Pakistan's Press Information Bureau on Wednesday released a readout of a phone call on Monday between Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and the U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump. The readout is unusual in that it focuses almost entirely on Trump's contributions to the conversation, and reproduces them in a voice that is unmistakably his. The readout is reproduced in full below: "Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called President-elect USA Donald Trump and felicitated him on his ...
(1 opinions  |   December 01 )