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Shiva Asar B’Tamuz (Nidchah) Sunday, July 24, 2016 - Fast begins: 4:23 AM/4:48 AM Fast Ends: 9:17 PM
Washington -  U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, commenting on the shooting attack in Munich in which at least eight people were killed on Friday, said the United States should do all in its power to keep out terrorism. “This cannot continue. The rise of terrorism threatens the way of life for all civilized people, and we must do everything in our power to keep it from our shores,” Trump said on Facebook.
Miami, FL - A police SWAT team commander in Florida has been placed on leave without pay after one of his officers wounded an unarmed black man seen on cellphone video with his hands in the air, North Miami’s city manager said on Friday. Commander Emile Hollant made conflicting statements about the incident, which is now under investigation, City Manager Larry Spring said during a news conference. The officer who fired the shots, identified by Spring as Jonathan Aledda, is on leave with pay. “This will not be tolerated,” Spring said of Aledda’s actions. Behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey was shot in the leg on Monday as he tried to get an autistic man back to a nearby group home from which he had wandered. Video that shows Kinsey prone on the ground with...
New York -  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pulled nearly even with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the first time since May, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken over the course of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. The July 18-22 national online poll found that 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton, while 38 percent supported Trump. Given the poll’s credibility interval of about 4 percentage points, Trump and Clinton should be considered to be about even in the race. Just before Republicans opened the convention on Monday, Trump had trailed Clinton by nearly 10 percentage points in the poll. The New York businessman-turned-politician formally accepted the Republican nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential electi...
Louisiana - Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, an avowed white supremacist, officially signed up Friday to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. “I’m proud to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Duke said in a video before he signed qualifying papers. “I believe in equal rights for all and respect for all Americans. However, what makes me different is I also demand respect for the rights and heritage of European Americans.” Duke’s candidacy comes as the state is grappling with deep racial tensions after the shooting death of a black man by white police officers and the killing of three law enforcement officers by a black man. It also comes one day after Donald Trump accepted the GOP nomination for president. Duke said i...
Baton Rouge, LA - Baton Rouge Police Officer Matthew Gerald was remembered as a hero Friday by the city’s mayor, who called for respecting the police and avoiding the kind of “us vs. them” mentality that can encourage violence. More than 2,000 people packed the church where Mayor Kip Holden and other leaders eulogized Gerald, the first of three officers slain by a lone gunman to be laid to rest. More funerals follow Saturday and Monday. “The men and women who put on those uniforms, they respect you. Respect them,” the mayor said. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr.‘s voice cracked as he strayed from his prepared remarks to respond to the criticism police across the country have received over a steady stream of videotaped killings of bla...
Berlin - Munich police spokesman Peter Beck tells The Associated Press that six people are dead and several are wounded in a shooting attack outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Munich. Munich police spokesman Marcus Martins tells AP they are aware of reports that a man has killed himself while he was being arrested, but said there is no confirmation of this yet. He says up to three suspects armed with rifles are still at large and being hunted by police. Munich police are calling the Friday afternoon attack “suspected terrorism.” They have urged residents to remain indoors while the police operation is going down. They also are urging social media users to refrain from speculating about the attack on Twitter.
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New York -  New Jersey’s two top Democratic leaders said on Friday that they reached an agreement on raising the state gasoline tax to pay for road, bridge and mass transit projects. Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, who previously clashed over what other taxes to cut to make the increase palatable, said their plan would reduce five kinds of taxes while raising the gasoline tax to 37.5 cents a gallon from 23 cents. Sweeney said he would seek next week to amend existing legislation to incorporate the new plan. New Jersey’s gas tax has not risen since the late 1980s. Governor Chris Christie backed Prieto’s proposal, which slashed the state sales tax. Sweeney’s previous plan targeted cuts to the state tax on wealthy ...
Albany, NY - Drivers in New York now have to slow down and move over for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers as well as police and maintenance vehicles along roadsides. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation expanding the state’s “Move-Over” law on Thursday. Previously, the law only applied to drivers approaching stopped police, emergency, maintenance or towing vehicles with flashing red and white or amber lights. The new law applies also to vehicles with flashing blue or green lights that are operated by volunteer fire or ambulance workers involved in a roadside emergency. The law requires highway drivers to slow down and move from the lane immediately adjacent to an emergency vehicle on the shoulder, unless traffic or other hazards prevent doing so saf...
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(On) the 10th of Tevet  Nebuchadnetzer, the King of Babylon, reached Jerusalem,  and laid siege (to the) ramparts, which lead on to the destruction. (KSA 121:3)

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Baltimore, MD – July 22, 2016 – Anyone in the area of the Greenspring Shopping Center has undoubtedly seen and heard the massive Police response to the most recent bank robbery in the center at the Wells Fargo bank. With the Baltimore County Police Chopper up in the sky the chase is on for the suspect. Our community is fortunate and thanks the dedicated members of both Baltimore City and Baltimore County Police departments who work so diligently on our behalf.
New York Magazine told The Algemeiner on Thursday that it “does not support a boycott of Israel,” despite its designation of Sabra, a popular brand of hummus and other spreads, as problematic. The attack on Sabra appeared in the cover story of the magazine’s July 11 issue in an article entitled “The Neurotic Eater’s Grocery List,” which featured a list of products the magazine considers “morally squishy.” Among these was Sabra hummus, which it called “politicized” because its parent company, Strauss, provides financial support to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The magazine also directed readers to an alternative, locally sourced hummus brand should Sabra’s support for the ID...
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Israel’s parliament this week took action in response to an Arab Knesset member’s public support of a terrorist who murdered an American-Jewish peace activist. But if you read the account by New York Times correspondent Isabel Kershner, you wouldn’t know anything about the terrorist or his victim—all you would learn is that Israel’s rulers are suppressing dissent and might be infected by “budding fascism.” It’s as if Kershner and her editors are living in some kind of alternative universe, in which Israel is always guilty, Arab extremists are always innocent, and the 141 Americans who have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists simply don’t exist. The current controversy began in February, when Haneen Zoabi and two other A...
CLEVELAND - Will she make a bold choice – a youthful minority or maybe a woman who excites the liberal wing of the party? Or a more cautious choice – a likeable white man with whom she is more comfortable? Democrat Hillary Clinton will end months of speculation when she announces her running mate this weekend in the battleground state of Florida, just ahead of the Democratic National Convention. Clinton is expected to announce her decision while on a two-day swing in the central and southern parts of the Sunshine State, with appearances Friday and Saturday. The long-awaited announcement follows a flurry of campaign rallies that served as tryouts for the vice presidential contenders. In recent days, Clinton met with several of them at her Washington, D.C. home. ...
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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has just become the third richest person in the world, unseating billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett for the first time. When markets closed last night, Bezos was still $200 million shy of Buffett but passed him soon after the opening bell on Friday. By noon Eastern, Bezos’ net worth climbed to $65 billion, putting him $300 million above Buffett, who is now the fourth richest person in the world. The only two billionaires richer than Bezos are Microsoft MSFT +1.37% founder Bill Gates, who has a $78 billion fortune, and Zara founder Amancio Ortega, who has a net worth of $73.1 billion. Bezos’ rise to the number three spot on the billionaire rankings is powered by Amazon’s strong stock performance–and Buffet...
  Jerusalem:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas today to offer condolences on the death of his brother, an Israeli official told AFP. Abbas' brother Omar died in Qatar on Thursday, with the funeral taking place on today. He had been suffering from cancer according to Israeli media reports. The official, in the Israeli prime minister's office, said Netanyahu called Abbas today but that the conversation was "only to offer condolences." No other topics were discussed, he said. Palestinian state media confirmed the call. Relations between the two men are frosty, with Netanyahu accusing Abbas of libelling the Jewish people last month after he suggested some rabbis had called for Palestinian wells to be poiso...
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New York - Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy U.S intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, asked a judge on Friday to overturn restrictive probation conditions imposed when he was released in November after serving 30 years in prison. Eliot Lauer, Pollard’s lawyer, argued in federal court in Manhattan that the U.S. Parole Commission had imposed arbitrary requirements that he wear an electronic tracking device and submit his work computer to monitoring. Those conditions were based partly on the grounds that Pollard could still disclose government secrets, which Lauer called inconceivable as his client would need to remember classified information from more than 30 years ago. “The information is ridiculously stale, and it’s the type of information...
San Francisco - The origin of “Pokemon Go” is as peculiar as any of the Voltorbs or Snorlaxes that players track and capture in the surprise hit game. Its hybrid DNA flows from a digital mapping pioneer’s fascination with the world around him, Google’s affinity for offbeat ideas, Nintendo’s comeback quest and a 20-year-old menagerie of animated monsters so popular that it spawned a company just to be its talent agency. Then all it took was a prank to hatch a mobile video game that has turned into a cultural phenomenon. APRIL FOOL, POKEMON Google unwittingly planted the seed for “Pokemon Go” two years ago in one of the many April Fools’ Day jokes the internet company is famous for. In a mischievous 2014 post, Google announced a new...
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New York - The Health Department today reported the first baby delivered with Zika-related microcephaly at a hospital in New York City. The baby and mother are currently in care and being monitored by physicians. The baby’s mother was infected while in an area with ongoing Zika transmission. The baby has been diagnosed with microcephaly – or a smaller than normal head – and other brain problems. Tests have determined that the baby is positive for Zika. The Health Department is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this case. “Today, I am the bearer of sad news: we have confirmed New York City’s first baby born with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr...
Munich -  Police said they expect there will be multiple people dead in a shooting at a shopping mall in Munich, the German news agency dpa reported Friday. The Bavarian Interior Ministry confirmed at least one dead and multiple people hurt at Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall. Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann told dpa the attack started at a fast food restaurant in the mall shortly before 6 p.m. local time. He said police didn’t know whether they were dealing with one or multiple shooters. Police responded in large numbers to the mall in the northern part of Munich, not far from the city’s Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital. Munich police urged people to avoid public places. “The situation is still unclear,” they said...
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Warsaw - Poland’s foreign minister has defended the country’s education minister, saying that remarks which appeared to deny Polish responsibility for two massacres of Jews in the 1940s have been misunderstood. The comments by Education Minister Anna Zalewska last week concerned the World War II Jedwabne massacre of 1941, when Poles burned alive some 300 Jews in a barn, and the post-war Kielce massacre of 1946, in which 42 people died, 37 of them Jews. Jewish organizations have protested after a Zalewska TV interview in which she avoided confirming the responsibility of the Poles for the massacres. On Friday, Foreign Minister Witold Wszczykowski said Zalewska’s words have been misunderstood. In 2001, President Aleksander Kwasniewski apologized for Jedwabne, w...
Shots were fired Friday in a major shopping center in Munich and authorities are on the hunt for a gunman, according to reports. Several people are reported to have been killed, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung is reporting. Authorities have closed off a wide area around the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre in the Moosach district. No details were immediately available on injuries or who was responsible for the shooting, a police spokeswoman said. An official at the shopping center declined comment, saying only, “We are experiencing a problem,” the BBC reported. Photos from the scene show people fleeing and what appears to be a body on the ground, the Mirror reported. Security forces have been on high alert after a refugee stabbed five people on a train in Bavaria on Monday.  ...
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