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Island that borders Gulf of Mexico at mouth of Homosassa River to be auctioned online

Tuesday, July 02, 2013
HOMOSASSA, Fla. - Imagine owning your own island right here in the Bay area.

How cool would that be, right? Well, now is your chance because one is for sale and we're not talking millions of dollars.

You can only get there by boat and it sits right at the mouth of the Homosassa River in Citrus County.
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Mayor Bloomberg Announces Coming .NYC Web Domain

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

New York City is getting its own Internet domain.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday the new .nyc web domain will be available for New Yorkers and local businesses later this year.

A website touting the new domain said localizing a web address will make it easier for people to search for New York City businesses, organizations and content.
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Swastikas Scrawled in Long Island High School

Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Police are investigating after a Long Island high school was defaced with swastikas at least three times since April.

Authorities say the first swastika found at Kings Park High School April 17 was drawn in pencil. The second, found May 24, was scrawled in marker and the third, discovered June 4, had been etched into a metal covering for an access panel, officials said.
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Israel - Courts Jail Father for 21 Days for Not Divorcing Wife

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Israeli courts have sentenced a man to 21 days in jail in an effort to try and convince him to come to court to sign divorce papers.

The wife left with the couple's daughter and moved to a new location and a private investigate was hired to track the father down. Details of the case have not been released to the media.
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Children's Place to open stores in Israel

Monday, July 01, 2013
The Competition in Israel 's children's wear market is heating up: A week after the Castro fashion chain announced the launch of a children's clothing line, the Fox Group has received the franchise for The Children's Place (TCP), the biggest brand of kids' apparel and accessories in North America.

The American chain's sales totaled more than $1.8 billion in 2012 and it employs some 18,300 workers.
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Israel - Border Policewoman Thwarts Stabbing

Monday, July 01, 2013
A woman serving in the Border Police thwarted a planned stabbing attack by a female Arab terrorist in Hevron Monday morning.

The terrorist, who is a resident of Hevron and in her 20s, arrived at one of the entrances to the Cave of Machpela around 11:00 a.m.. She had come from the casbah area.
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C-Sections in U.S. Stable After 12-Year Rise: CDC

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Cesarean deliveries in the United States have leveled off for the first time in 12 years, although they still account for almost one-third of live births, U.S. health officials report.

"It's about time," said Dr. Mitchell Maiman, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City, who was not involved in the report.
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Anti-Semitic graffiti found at Kiryas Joel playground

Sunday, June 30, 2013

State police are asking the public for help after anti-Semitic messages were found all over a playground in Kiryas Joel.

Police say messages of hate were found scrawled all over benches, signs and slides at the playground yesterday.
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Metal Clipboard With Aviation Documents Mysteriously Falls from Sky on Long Island

Sunday, June 30, 2013
A Long Island, NY, man is still shaken after he says a metal object plummeted from the sky and slammed into the pavement just feet from where he was standing outside his home Thursday.

Gus Binos was washing a van outside his home at about 3:30 p.m. when he heard the startling noise -- a metal clipboard landing 20 feet from where he was standing in the driveway of his home on Oakwood Drive in the Suffolk County hamlet of Shirley.

"I just jumped and turned," Binos said.
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Einstein Signed Bible Sells For $68,500 In New York

Sunday, June 30, 2013
A Bible with an inscription from Albert Einstein has sold for $68,500 at an auction in New York City.

The Bible was part of a fine books and manuscripts auction at Bonhams on Tuesday. The German-born physicist and his wife signed it in 1932 and gifted it to an American friend named Harriett Hamilton.
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Cellphone spammer faces multi-million-dollar class action

Friday, June 28, 2013
A federal judge is allowing a multi-million-dollar class action against an alleged cellphone spammer to go forward. Wise Media is accused of charging millions of consumers for services they didn't want or order.

The plaintiffs filed their case in October 2012, saying they had received unsolicited text messages from Wise offering flirting tips, horoscopes, celebrity gossip and weight loss advice, Courthouse News Service reported.
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Report: Bike Share Fueling Spike In Tickets, Rider Infractions

Friday, June 28, 2013
Tickets and fines for bike-related offenses have reportedly spiked since the program launched late last month.

The Daily News reports tickets have increased 81 percent from last year in Brooklyn areas with docking stations.

Tickets in Manhattan areas with Citi Bikes are up seven percent.
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Belgian motorist who drove toward Jews convicted of intimidation

Friday, June 28, 2013
A Belgian court convicted a man who intentionally drove his car into a group of Jews of intimidation but cleared him of attempted murder.

According to the Belga news agency, the court on Friday sentenced the 42-year-old man from Beveren to 12 months in jail and a $780 fine for driving his car while under the influence of alcohol into a group of Jews in Antwerp during the Passover holiday last year.

On April 12 2012, the man drove his car onto the sidewalk and into a group of five young Orthodox Jews, who jumped out of the way before he could hit them.

The man, who was not named in the Belga report and in other Belgian media, was charged with attempted murder but the judge determined he only wanted to “intimidate” the group.

Just before the incident, he made an obscene gesture at an Orthodox Jew he passed by on the street and cursed a number of other Jews, Belga reported.

The man’s lawyer said in court that he had “a serious drinking problem.”




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Pay-what-you-want GoBank puts mobile users first

Friday, June 28, 2013
A new player has emerged at the forefront of mobile banking with the hopes of capturing the nation's youngest banking audience and setting the tone for what it means to bank virtually.

Launched to the public on Tuesday, GoBank is the first bank designed specifically for mobile use. All functionality is available through its app, everything from opening your account to paying bills to managing your budget.
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Senate passes immigration bill with provisions for camp counselors, religious refugees

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The immigration overhaul passed in the U.S Senate includes provisions that protect a visa program used by Jewish summer camps and that makes permanent a law that facilitates immigration for victims of religious persecution.

Jewish groups bring in summer camp counselors, shlichim — Israeli emissaries — and other workers through the J-1 visa program.
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Citi Bikes Racking Up The Miles, DOT Says

Wednesday, June 05, 2013
The Citi Bike program is racking up the miles.

The city Department of Transportation says riders have already traveled more than 263,000 miles.

There have been more than 90,000 total trips since the program launched May 27.
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City Schools To Begin Lockdown Drills

Thursday, May 09, 2013

City schools will now be required to conduct lockdown drills each year, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the Connecticut school shootings.

The Department of Education confirms Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott sent a letter to principals Wednesday informing them of the new policy.
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NYC bike share program to begin Memorial Day

Thursday, May 09, 2013

New York City has set a date for starting its bike-sharing program -- Memorial Day.

The program will start with 6,000 bikes at 330 stations in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. There are plans to expand it eventually to 10,000 bikes and 600 docking stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
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Syria: Thousands of rebel fighters defect to al-Qaeda

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the main opposition group, is losing fighters and capabilities to Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist organization with links to al-Qaeda that is emerging as the best-equipped, financed and motivated force fighting Bashar Assad's regime, The Guardian reported Thursday.

Evidence of the growing strength of the Islamist organization underlines the dilemma for the US, Britain and other governments as they ponder the question of arming anti-Assad rebels.
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Ringleader Semen Domnitser found guilty in $57M fraud at Claims Conference

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Semen Domnister, the former Claims Conference employee who was charged with leading a $57 million fraud scheme at the Holocaust restitution organization, was found guilty.

Domnitser and two others, Oksana Romalis and Luba Kramrish, were found guilty on all counts Wednesday by a U.S. District Court jury in Manhattan. Their trial lasted four weeks.
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Rockland to open 800,000-square-foot mall called Shops At Nanuet

Thursday, May 09, 2013

A new mall is set to open in Rockland.

The 800,000-square-foot Shops At Nanuet mall is now under construction on Route 59.
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