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95-Year-Old WWII Vet Gets Bronze Star, Other Overdue Medals

95-Year-Old WWII Vet Gets Bronze Star, Other Overdue Medals
A 95-year-old World War II veteran in Ohio has received his combat medals that were mistakenly withheld. U.S. Rep. Bob Latta presented a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and other decorations to Orval Mullen on Wednesday, his birthday, at an American Legion hall in Van Wert. Latta says Mullen earned the commendations for heroic actions in combat but never got them because of "a military oversight." Latta says he learned about that oversight last summer while interviewing Mullen for the Library ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

PHOTOS: Modi'in Illit Cites For City Hall's Advancement In Providing Services

PHOTOS: Modi'in Illit Cites For City Hall's Advancement In Providing Services
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Under the slogan “Turning technology to victory”, the city of Modi’in Illit was recognized by the Ministry of the Interior for its advancement in using technological innovation to improve municipal services for city residents. The ministry prize was given out of acknowledgment of creating a revolutionary service interfacing tremendous scope to all residents of the city. the award refers to the e-government program that was launched in the city in 2012 ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Nice Jewish Community To Receive Security Upgrade To Defend Against Terrorist Threats

Nice Jewish Community To Receive Security Upgrade To Defend Against Terrorist Threats
Six months after an ISIS terrorist plowed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing 86 and wounding 434 people including five local Jews, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) is teaming up with the World Jewish Congress (WJC) to help defend the Nice Jewish community against new threats, as part of The Fellowship's efforts to safeguard Jews worldwide. In response to requests from the Nice Jewish community since the attack, The Fellowship and WJC will each be ...
(1 opinions  |   February 23 )

Some San Jose Residents Return To Waterlogged Homes

Some San Jose Residents Return To Waterlogged Homes
Some residents returned home to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after being abruptly evacuated when a surging creek carrying engine fuel and sewage water inundated thousands of homes in San Jose. With water levels from Coyote Creek receding late Wednesday, officials said some of the 14,000 evacuated residents would be allowed to return home, although an evacuation order remained for parts of the city. Authorities warned residents to be careful about hygiene and handling ...
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Mispallalim Visit Kever Yosef Ahead Of Rosh Chodesh Adar

Mispallalim Visit Kever Yosef Ahead Of Rosh Chodesh Adar
Over 1,200 mispallalim were on hand Wednesday night the eve of 28 Shevat visiting Kever Yosef in PA (Palestinian Authority) occupied Shechem. The visit was approved by security forces, who were on hand to protect the group. According to a Kol Berama Radio report, a number of Shechem residents were taken into custody after they were found in possession of firebombs and a pipe bomb which they planned using against the group. B’chasdei Hashem they were apprehended before the perpetrated the ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

SpaceX Makes Good On Space Station Delivery A Little Late

SpaceX Makes Good On Space Station Delivery A Little Late
SpaceX made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station on Thursday, after fixing a navigation problem that held up the shipment a day. Everything went smoothly the second time around as the station astronauts captured the SpaceX Dragon cargo ship as the two craft sailed over Australia. On Wednesday, a GPS system error prevented the capsule from getting close enough to be grabbed by the station's big robot arm. The Dragon — loaded with 5,500 pounds of supplies ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Four Justices Appointed To Israel's Courts

Four Justices Appointed To Israel's Courts
Many are smiling in Israel today as many are not, for the four new justices appointed to the Israeli court system are a far cry from the liberal left-wing justices which are all too often tapped for such slots. However, Justice Minister (Bayit Yehudi) Ayelet Shaked succeeded in introducing a shift in the face of the judicial political system as three of the four are viewed as conservatives. The four appointments are Jerusalem District Court Judge David Mintz, Haifa District Court President ...
(1 opinions  |   February 23 )

Israel: Exams Eliminated For Those Whose License Has Been Suspended

Israel: Exams Eliminated For Those Whose License Has Been Suspended
The Knesset Ombudsman Committee headed by MK Yisrael Eichler held a discussion on the regulation compelling one whose drivers license is suspended to pass a theory and practical exam. This applies to a driver whose license has been suspended for over two years. As a result of the committee’s discussion, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz signed an order to cancel these requirements. The new situation is effective immediately. The cancelation of Regulation 172 will also assist citizens ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Conservative Activist O'Keefe Posts Tapes Targeting CNN

Conservative Activist O'Keefe Posts Tapes Targeting CNN
Conservative activist James O'Keefe has released what he says are 119 hours of raw audio secretly recorded inside CNN's Atlanta headquarters in 2009. The audio was recorded by what O'Keefe's website, Project Veritas, describes as an anonymous source identified only as "Miss X." O'Keefe says the tapes show that CNN did not include a particular poll in its reporting; however, it is common for news organizations to be discerning about which polls they choose to report on. CNN did not ...
(3 opinions  |   February 23 )

Israel Police Weapons Roundup In Battle Against Crime

Israel Police Weapons Roundup In Battle Against Crime
In its ongoing campaign to curtail violent crime in Israel, Israel Police continues efforts to locate and confiscate illegal weapons including in the Israeli Arab sector. The following weapons were confiscated in the Israeli Arab sector in the past two weeks. Tuba - pipe bomb, LAW rocket and a pistol Majdal Shams – two fragmentation grenades. Dir el-Assad – a stun grenade Kfar Kana – 2 9mm pistols and a stun grenade Uawyana Nejudas - 9mm pistol Rama – a makeshift ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Powerball Jackpot-Top 10 Largest US Jackpots

Powerball Jackpot-Top 10 Largest US Jackpots
A winning ticket for Wednesday's estimated $435 million Powerball jackpot that was sold in Indiana would rank as the nation's 9th largest lottery payout. Here's a look at the 10 largest U.S. jackpots and the states where the winning tickets were sold: 1. $1.6 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee) 2. $656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (three tickets, from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland) 3. $648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Protests Erupt After Off-Duty LA Officer Clashes With Teens

Protests Erupt After Off-Duty LA Officer Clashes With Teens
Dozens of people, including children, were arrested early Thursday after clashing with Southern California police outside a home where a Los Angeles policeman fired a single round during an off-duty tussle with a 13-year-old boy. Hundreds of people had gathered hours earlier after videos surfaced showing the incident between the officer, whose identity has not been released, and a group of youths. The incident occurred Tuesday over ongoing issues with children walking across the officer's ...
(1 opinions  |   February 23 )

Kiryat Yovel Community Council Head Steps Down Under Mounting Pressure

Kiryat Yovel Community Council Head Steps Down Under Mounting Pressure
A few days after senior Kiryat Yovel Community Council official Yechiel Levy spoke to Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) about ousting chareidim from his community, Mr. Levy has stepped down, resigning his senior post. Levy told Galei Tzahal his policy was to “choke the chareidim” and deprive them of services to the point they will opt to leave the area. His words led to an outcry with chareidi MKs and ministers calling to oust him from his post. He came under criticism from President Reuven ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

VIDEOS: PM Netanyahu Meets With Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull

VIDEOS: PM Netanyahu Meets With Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull
[VIDEOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara on Wednesday morning 26 Shevat; Australia time), were welcomed by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy. Prime Minister Netanyahu inspected an honor guard and received a salute. Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Australian Prime Minister Turnbull and Governor General Peter Cosgrove. Their wives also met. Following are Prime Minister Netanyahu's remarks at his joint statement with ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Postal Worker Admits He Failed To Deliver Mail For Years

Postal Worker Admits He Failed To Deliver Mail For Years
A former North Carolina postal worker has admitted hoarding thousands of pieces of mail at his home for a decade. News outlets report Gary Wayne Collins of Forest City pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to deliver mail along his rural route in Rutherford and Cleveland counties. Court documents show a witness in 2014 reported seeing Collins place tubs of mail behind a dumpster. Agents found more than 1,500 pieces of mail, which Collins told them he'd only intended to store temporarily. A ...
(3 opinions  |   February 23 )

NYPD Officer Kills Himself In The Bronx

NYPD Officer Kills Himself In The Bronx
A NYPD police officer was shot in the Bronx Thursday afternoon. According to multiple reports, the gunshot was self-inflicted. The scene has been secured at 3363 Sedgwick Avenue near Giles Place in the confines of the 50 Precinct. The officer was pronounced dead on the scene, and was not transported to a hospital pending an investigation. This is a developing story, refresh for updates. (YWN World Headquarters - NYC)
(1 opinions  |   February 23 )

Rabbonim Of The Shas Torah Council Turn To Deri To Halt Egalitarian Arrangement At The Kosel

Rabbonim Of The Shas Torah Council Turn To Deri To Halt Egalitarian Arrangement At The Kosel
The matter of the egalitarian prayer area near the Kosel is being probed by the High Court of Justice, which is expected to announced its verdict in response to a number of petitions. The chareidi parties in Knesset have been working hard to pressure Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to scrap the decision to implement the controversial plan. Rabbonim Shlita on the Shas party Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael along with a number of prominent Sephardi rabbonim sent a letter to Shas party leader Minister ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

$3.3M Settlement For Family Of Black Teen Killed By Officer

$3.3M Settlement For Family Of Black Teen Killed By Officer
Relatives of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, say they have settled a federal civil rights lawsuit for $3.3 million. Attorneys for the family of Tony Robinson announced the settlement Thursday. City attorney Mike May was out of the office and did not immediately return messages seeking comment. The Robinson family plans to address the media this afternoon. Madison police officer Matt Kenny, who is white, shot the unarmed 19-year-old ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

DNC Race Tight As Democrats Seek Gains Against Trump

DNC Race Tight As Democrats Seek Gains Against Trump
Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains. A tight race between front-runners Tom Perez, a former labor secretary, and Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, marks the first heavily contested battle to run the organization in recent history. The contest comes with ...
(1 opinions  |   February 23 )

Avi Kehat Introduces 'Verifcation' on The Chesed Fund Website to Encourage Donor Confidence

Avi Kehat Introduces 'Verifcation' on The Chesed Fund Website to Encourage Donor Confidence
The Chesed Fund website took the Jewish world by storm just under a year ago. Prior to its launch, people in need of fundraising would start campaigns on typical non Jewish crowdfunding websites. Although these fund raisers were successful in getting people to donate, the fundraisers needed to share the earnings with the platform website. The crowdfunding website would take large commissions in exchange for their platform services. The Chesed Fund website has totally disrupted the ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Hackers Penetrate Chief Rabbinate Computers And Demand Payment To Release Them

Hackers Penetrate Chief Rabbinate Computers And Demand Payment To Release Them
A group of hackers have succeeded in penetrating the computer system of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel on Thursday, 27 Shevat. According to the report, the hackers were demanding a ransom of thousands of bitcoins to release the computers. The hacker attack includes the computers of the entire system as well as the offices of the Chief Rabbis of Israel; Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita and Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita. Members of the Ministry of Religious Services computer support and cyber experts were ...
(4 opinions  |   February 23 )

Us-Backed Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul Airport, Military Base

Us-Backed Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul Airport, Military Base
Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State group militants. The two-pronged advance is part of a major assault that started earlier this week to drive IS from the western half of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city Iraqi federal police units, backed by regular army forces, entered ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

America's UN Ambassador Meets With The Parents Of IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin HY'D Whose Remains Were Taken By Hamas

America's UN Ambassador Meets With The Parents Of IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin HY'D Whose Remains Were Taken By Hamas
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met on Wednesday 26 Shevat with the parents of IDF soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin HY”D, who remains were taken by Hamas during Gaza fighting in Operation Protective Edge, in the summer of 2014. The meeting took place in New York City as the bereaved parents have become disenchanted at home, accusing Prime Minister Netanyahu of making the return of their son’s body a low priority. The parents asked the ambassador to assist in bringing back the ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Immigrants Fearing Deportation Under Trump Change Routines

Immigrants Fearing Deportation Under Trump Change Routines
In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents. In Philadelphia, immigrants are carrying around wallet-size "Know Your Rights" guides in Spanish and English that explain what to do if they're rounded up. And in New York, 23-year-old Zuleima Dominguez and other members of her ...
(4 opinions  |   February 23 )

Police Fear Rosh Chodesh Violence At The Kosel Due To Women Of The Wall Provocation

Police Fear Rosh Chodesh Violence At The Kosel Due To Women Of The Wall Provocation
The Women of the Wall (WoW) organization has announced it will be hosting a “Bat Mitzvah” at the Kosel including ‘Hanochas Tefilin’ on Monday, 2 Rosh Chodesh. Police are preparing for an unfortunate scenario, violence at the Kosel which may include confrontations between the women and frum mispallalim. Frum Jews are planning to come in large numbers as well to confront the woman. The timing is critical too as the nation’s High Court of Justice is contemplating a number of ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

NYC Lowers Cost Estimate For Presidential Protection

NYC Lowers Cost Estimate For Presidential Protection
New York City has lowered its cost estimate for guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence. Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill has written to New York's Congressional delegation to seek reimbursement. He says it cost about $24 million to guard the Trumps and Trump Tower during the 2½ months between Election Day and Inauguration Day. The original estimate was $35 million. When the president is not in New York City, the department estimates that it ...
(1 opinions  |   February 23 )

Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav Marks Nine Years Since Bloody Massacre In The Yeshiva

 Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav Marks Nine Years Since Bloody Massacre In The Yeshiva
On Thursday afternoon 28 Shevat at 5:00PM, persons will gather in Jerusalem’s Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva to mark nine years since the terror attack that claimed the lives of eight kedoshim HY”D. On March 6, 2008, an Arab terrorist entered the yeshiva building and murdered eight talmidim. Murdered in the attack were Neria Cohen (15) of Yerushalayim; Segev Peniel Avichayil (15) of N’vei Daniel in Gush Etzion; Yonatan Yitzchak Eldar (16) of Shilo in Shomron; Yehonadav Chaim Hirschfeld (18) ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Winning Ticket For $435 Million Powerball Sold In Indiana

Winning Ticket For $435 Million Powerball Sold In Indiana
An Indiana lottery official says the sole winning ticket for an estimated $435 million Powerball jackpot was sold in an Indiana city. Hoosier Lottery spokesman Dennis Rosebrough says the name of the business in Lafayette where the winning ticket was sold will be announced Thursday. Lafayette is about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Rosebrough says the winner has 180 days to claim the prize and can claim anonymously in Indiana through a limited liability corporation or other means. ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

US, Mexico At Odds Over Deportation As Top Officials Meet

US, Mexico At Odds Over Deportation As Top Officials Meet
Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. There is no shortage of tension points as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly meet Thursday with top Mexican officials. After all, it's Kelly who's tasked with executing Trump's plan to target millions for possible ...
(3 opinions  |   February 23 )

Tnuva Issues A Recall On Specific Yogurts In Israel

Tnuva Issues A Recall On Specific Yogurts In Israel
Tnuva Israel has issued a product recall due to the fear of small pieces of plastic possibly being inside 3 liter containers of 3%, 4% and 6.5% fat yogurt. The product in question has a ‘best used by’ date of February 25, 2017 to April 2, 2017. The barcodes are 7290000045771, 7290014759237, 7290004132286. The problem is local and it was corrected the moment it was detected. Tnuva reports it immediately reported the incident to the Health Ministry and the company is working to pick up the ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Baruch Dayan HaEmmes: HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Edelstein ZATZAL

Baruch Dayan HaEmmes: HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Edelstein ZATZAL
The news spread quickly from Laniado Hospital on Thursday 27 Shevat 5777, the petira of HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Edelstein ZT”L. The rav, who served as mora d’asra of Ramat HaSharon, lost consciousness last Monday and was hospitalized in serious condition. The niftar was a brother to Rosh Yeshiva Ponevezh HaGaon HaRav Gerson Edelstein Shlita. The rav was born in the USSR to Rav Tzvi Yehuda Edelstein, the Rav of Somiatz and his mother, a daughter of Rav Mordechai Shlomo Movshovitz, Rav of ...
(3 opinions  |   February 23 )

Kings, Presidents, and the Bracha Upon Seeing Them

Kings, Presidents, and the Bracha Upon Seeing Them
By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times The election of President Trump, and the presence of a Shomer Shabbos daughter and son-in-law, has sparked new interest in the blessing that is recited upon kings. Indeed, the issue even made it into the Annual Five Towns Brachos contest. Does we recite a blessing over President Trump? Is it just kings who have life or death in their hands, or is it even U.S. presidents? The Shulchan Aruch (OC 324:8) rules that on Jewish kings one ...
(11 opinions  |   February 23 )

Rav Amar Appoints Rabbi Aba Shaul's Son To Succeed Him

Rav Amar Appoints Rabbi Aba Shaul's Son To Succeed Him
There were many on hand to give a last kovod to the rav of Kedar, Rabbi Yitzchak Abba Shaul z”l, who was niftar in his Jerusalem home on Tuesday night at the age of 56. During the levaya, Jerusalem Chief Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita announced that “with permission of my mechutin HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef, we appoint Rav Yaakov, his son, as the new rav of Yishuv Kedar”. Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita then gave a hesped for the niftar, citing the level ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

More Of This Year's Tax Refund Will Pay Down Debt

More Of This Year's Tax Refund Will Pay Down Debt
Every year, tax refunds spark a psychological battle for millions of Americans. The payout, on average about $2,800, feels like a windfall that needs spending on something fun. But we know a more responsible track would be to pay down some bills. A good chunk of the $330 billion or so that will flow back to taxpayers in 2017 will go to overdue bills and necessities. The percentage of consumers planning to put some of their refund toward paying down debt rose to 35.5 percent, from 34.9 ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

PHOTOS: Israel: Police Nab Another Pirate Gas Operation

PHOTOS: Israel: Police Nab Another Pirate Gas Operation
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Israel Police in conjunction with a number of government agencies are continuing their battle against illegal cooking gas operators towards preventing catastrophe. On Wednesday morning 26 Shevat police raided an illegal gas operation in Dir el-Assad. Inspectors of the Ministry of National Infrastructure accompanied police. Inspections of three facilities revealed 50 illegal LP gas canisters as well as a gas filling station in a residence. A number of arrests ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Verizon To Begin 5G User Trials In 11 Markets By Middle Of Year

Verizon To Begin 5G User Trials In 11 Markets By Middle Of Year
Verizon Communications Inc. will test faster fifth-generation mobile broadband service in 11 markets in the first half of this year as the nation's largest wireless carrier tries to take the lead in the 5G race. Working with equipment partners including Ericsson and Samsung Electronics, Verizon will beam 5G signals to a test group of homes and businesses in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta; Bernardsville, New Jersey; Brockton, Massachusetts; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Miami; Sacramento, ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

MEDinISRAEL Conference And Exhibition

MEDinISRAEL Conference And Exhibition
Israel is among the leading countries in medical device patents per capita. A device that can remove a small breast tumor in a 10-minute office visit, a pair of glasses that allows a patient with advanced ALS to use a computer, and a program that can help diagnose disease by listening to the sound of your voice are a few examples of local innovations that may shape the future of medicine. MEDinISRAEL Conference and Exhibition from March 6 to 8 at the Tel Aviv Convention Center will host ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

Rosh Yeshivas Chevron Hospitalized in Serious Condition

Rosh Yeshivas Chevron Hospitalized in Serious Condition
Rosh Yeshivas Chevron Givat Mordechai HaGaon HaRav Nachman Tucker Shlita, 77, has been hospitalized for a number of days and is reported to be in serious condition. The rav is admitted to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. the tzibur is asked to be mispallel for Nachman ben Tziporah bsoch kol cholei yisrael. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(Add your opinion  |   February 23 )

MK Maklev: Hospital Parking Lots Have Become Money-Makers Instead Of Servicing The Patients

MK Maklev: Hospital Parking Lots Have Become Money-Makers Instead Of Servicing The Patients
MK (Yahadut Hatorah) Uri Maklev feels that instead of providing a service to patients and their families, hospital parking lots have become a source of hefty income for hospitals at the expense of patients. During a Knesset discussion on the topic, Maklev explained there is a serious lack of hospital parking in these lots, and for many, they are too expensive. He feels the fees must be reduced to permit patients and visitors to park. He is calling for a comprehensive study to establish the ...
(6 opinions  |   February 22 )