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TIMES SQUARE — The Navy veteran who went on a road rampage last week, fatally striking a tourist from Michigan and injuring 22 others with his car, was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday. Richard Rojas, 26, was a no-show in Manhattan Criminal Court Wednesday during the announcement that he had been charged by a grand jury with murder, assault and aggravated vehicular homicide. “I waive Mr. Rojas’s appearance,” his lawyer, Enrico DeMarco, said at the Wednesday hearing. Police and prosecutors said Rojas was on a premeditated mission to kill last Thursday, driving his car from his Bronx apartment directly to Times Square, where he fatally struck 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman and critically injured four others. He is next due in court July 13. DeMar...
During a celebration for Jerusalem Day at the Israeli Knesset, marking the 50th anniversary of the capital city’s reunification, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed the Temple Mount and Western Wall would remain under Israeli sovereignty. “The black cloud over Jerusalem disappeared 50 years ago,” said Netanyahu. “The Temple Mount and Western Wall will stay under Israeli sovereignty forever.” The prime minister lauded the freedom of religion practiced in Jerusalem “only under our (Israeli) control.” From 1948-1967, Jordan controlled eastern Jerusalem. Netanyahu also linked Jerusalem Day with this week’s terror attack in Manchester, U.K., which killed 22 people and injured as many as 59 during an Ariana Grande concert. “Had t...
SodaStream, the Israel-based producer of a popular beverage carbonation machine, announced it will rehire 74 Palestinian employees after the Israeli government restored their work permits. “We are delighted to welcome back our 74 devoted Palestinian employees, who are able to join their 1,500 friends at our Rahat facility in the Negev,” said Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream, The Jerusalem Post reported. “The Israeli government did the moral and honorable thing to grant work permits to our employees, who can now provide for their families and also prove that coexistence is possible,” he said. SodaStream’s former headquarters were in Mishor Adumim, which is located beyond Israel’s pre-1967 lines, making the facility a high-profile target of the anti-I...
China’s U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that multiple North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests, with no end in sight, show the “very strong” need for new talks with Pyongyang to reduce tensions and try to achieve denuclearization. Liu Jieyi, whose country is closest to North Korea, said all progress with North Korea on eliminating nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula has come through dialogue, “so there’s no reason why dialogue is not taking place in the current situation.” Liu spoke to reporters after emergency Security Council consultations behind closed doors on the North’s latest missile test. The United States, Britain and France have been pushing for a new U.N. resolution with tougher sanctions against North Korea. But Liu said ...
The video below speaks for itself. An individual driving in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn was issued a ticket for going through a red light on Tuesday. The only problem is, is that the vehicle thankfully had a dashcam which proves that no red light was passed. The police officer from the NYPD’s 90 Precinct stopped the vehicle and begins by asking the driver if he is in a rush. The driver asks the officer why he was stopped to which the officer replies “if you had to take a guess, take a guess”. The driver says he has no idea why. The officer responds by saying “how long have you been driving”, and then tells the driver that he blew past a red light. The stunned driver then says I went through a red light? I can check it on my camera. The officer quick...
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Last Thursday, Aharon K., a resident of the Aish Kodesh settlement in the Gush Shilo area of the Shomron set out to work as usual toward his office in Israel’s Central District. On his way, his car was hit by a barrage of rocks, causing extensive damage to the vehicle. Soldiers from the Netzach Yehuda Battalion (Nachal Chareidi) who arrived on the scene drove away the terrorists, saving the life of Aharon, a father of five. Aharon shares, “On Thursday morning, on my way to work, I was attacked by terrorists. People who don’t know me, who have no idea who I am, tried to murder me in cold blood on a road close to my house. They pummeled me with rocks from all directions. My car is totaled, but I’m alive. The soldiers from Netzach Yehuda (Nachal Chareidi) arrived in m...
A man acted strangely long before he caused a disturbance on a plane that prompted fighter jets to accompany it to Hawaii, but a lack of communication and an airline’s hesitancy to be caught on video booting a passenger could have played a role in allowing him to fly, experts say. Anil Uskanli, 25, of Turkey, had purchased a ticket at an airline counter in the middle of the night with no luggage and had been arrested after opening a door to a restricted airfield at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police did not notify the airline, but they said it isn’t common practice. After bizarre behavior on board Friday, including trying to get to the front of the jet, he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with interfering with a flight crew. A federal judge on Monday ord...
President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal got an icy reception on Capitol Hill Tuesday, and that was just from the Republicans. Longtime GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky declared proposed cuts to safety net and environmental proposals “draconian.” “I don’t think the president’s budget is going anywhere,” said Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, asked if he’s concerned about the message sent by slashing the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. GOP Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina questioned the rosy economic projections that allow the budget to balance over a decade even without touching Social Security or Medicare. “Part of what’s going on here is supposedly you can put these different pieces of the puzzle...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid by Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence officer who served 30 years in prison after being convicted of spying for Israel, to relax his parole conditions. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the U.S. Parole Commission acted within its discretion in requiring Pollard to wear an electronic tracking device, obey a curfew, and allow his computers to be monitored. Pollard pleaded guilty in 1986 to conspiracy to commit espionage in connection with providing Israeli contacts with hundreds of classified documents. His lawyers have said his parole conditions have prevented him from getting a job.
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In 2016, Israeli Trade with the United States (Not Including Diamonds) Grew to $20.3 Billion – Compared to $19.8 Billion in 2015. The following statistics are from the Foreign Trade Administration at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry: Israel signed a free-trade agreement with the US in 1985. This is the first free-trade agreement ever signed by the US, and only the second one signed by Israel (the first was with the European Union). In 2016, trade of goods between the US and Israel reached $27 billion, $17.6 billion of which was Israeli exports to the United States and $9.4 billion imports from the United States to Israel. Per capita, Israel is the US’s 12th largest export recipient, and despite its small size, is overall the 25th largest importer of American goo...
Google already monitors your online shopping — but now it’s also keeping an eye on what you’re buying in physical stores to try to sell more digital advertising. Google’s computers will be trying to connect the dots between what people look at after clicking on an online ad and what they purchase with their credit and debit cards at one of the advertiser’s brick-and-mortar stores. For instance, if someone searching for a pair of running shoes online clicked on an ad from a sporting goods store but didn’t buy anything, an advertiser might initially conclude that the ad was a waste of money. With the new tool, Google says it will now be able to tell if the same person bought the shoes a few days later at a physical store. MINING CREDIT-CARD DATA Google...
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Authorities say at least a dozen small planes have been damaged as winds of nearly 50 mph struck a North Texas municipal airport and flipped some aircraft. Denton police say some airplanes were found piled on top of each other as officials surveyed Tuesday’s storm damage at Denton Enterprise Airport . Nobody was hurt. Airport spokeswoman Lindsey Baker says 12 to 15 planes were damaged, along with about a dozen hangars and other structures, at the city-owned aviation complex. Baker had no immediate damage estimate. The National Weather Service says the storm struck Denton around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Forecaster Patricia Sanchez says an initial review confirmed peak winds of 48 mph, but she expects the official number to be higher. Denton is 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Dallas.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat made a visit to HaGaon HaRav Even Yisrael Steinsaltz, Shlita to personally present him with the prestigious “Yakir Yerushalayim” Prize. The award was officially bestowed on recipients during events at Migdal David on Monday evening the eve of 27 Iyar. Due to the rav’s weakened state, he was unable to attend the ceremony and the mayor felt it proper to personally deliver it to the rav. The mayor told the rav “For me, it is a great honor to give the Yakir Yerushalayim Prize to a spiritual leader whose writings have come from Jerusalem to the entire world and millions of Jewish and non-Jewish people study his books and review his thought” Barkat added: “You express in your personality and in your action the verse that from Zion...
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A Connecticut imam has been detained by U.S. immigration agents and faces deportation to Pakistan. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Hafiz Abdul Hannan, the leader of the Masjid Al-Islam mosque in New Haven since 2013, was taken into custody at his home on Friday. He was previously convicted of committing fraud in immigration documents and will remain in custody pending his removal from the United States, said Shawn Neudauer, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman. Hannan previously served as a chaplain for the Middlesex House of Correction in Billerica, Massachusetts. He also was the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Lowell in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He was one of 33 people arrested in 2006 in a nationwide investigation into immigrants who fil...
President Trump’s first budget proposal to Congress slashes $3.6 trillion over 10 years in an effort to balance the federal budget. The cuts include $800 billion from Medicaid and $193 billion from food stamps. The proposal for fiscal year 2018, called “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” also includes upbeat projections for economic growth and tax revenue — projections that factor in the passage of the GOP health care bill recently approved by the House. “What Trumponomics is and what this budget is a part of, is trying to get to sustained 3 percent economic growth in this country again,” White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in a briefing with reporters on Monday. “We do not believe that is something fanciful.” In addition...
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London…Colonel Richard Justin Kemp, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, and one of the world’s leading military and intelligence experts, has accepted an invitation to join the Honorary Advisory Board of the UK Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeisim. Col. Kemp also worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBR and completed 14 operational tours of duty around the globe. Fittingly, the British military giant accepted the invitation on a day that he visited Har Hazeisim in Yerushalayim. “We are extremely honored that a man of Colonel Kemp’s stature has taken such a strong interest in the security and welfare of Har Hazeisim,” said Avrohom Lubinsky, Chairman of the International Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeisim (ICPHH...
The Empire State Building in New York City has gone dark in remembrance of the victims of the suicide bombing in Britain. A Twitter post says the landmarked building will remain dark Tuesday evening “in deep sympathy for the lives lost in Manchester, England.” Monday’s attack at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande left 22 people dead, including an 8-year-old girl, and injured 59. The bomber, identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, died in the attack.
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There was a ground stop for about an hour and a half at Newark Airport after a plane engine caught fire. United Airlines Flight 1579 from Newark to San Francisco was supposed to depart at 9:22 p.m. on Tuesday. The plane is a Boeing 757 with 124 passengers and seven crew members aboard. While taxiing, the engine caught fire and the chutes were deployed. Passengers of the plane were evacuated by using the slide. Five passengers suffered minor injuries during the evacuation. The passengers were then brought to Terminal C, Gate 71. United Airlines released a statement saying: “During taxiing of United flight 1579 from Newark to San Francisco, the tower notified the crew of what appeared to be flames from one of the engines. The crew immediately deployed the slides and evacuated t...
Jerusalem police announce the following arrangements will be in place from Tuesday to Thursday to accommodate the yahrzeit of Shmuel HaNavi, 28 Iyar. No one will be permitted to reach the tziyun in a private vehicle. One may take advantage of one of the three park and rides: Ramot bus depot (Mirsky Street), Ofir Prison parking, and the Old Ramot Checkpoint. From those locations one may use the shuttle to the kever. The arrangements began on Tuesday 27 Iyar at 2:00PM and will continue until the end of the yahrzeit. During this time period, Route 436 from French Hill will remain open. Rt. 436 from Givat Ze’ev towards Yerushalayim will be restricted to public transportation and shuttle vehicles only. Persons wishing to go to the tziyun are advised to phone 110 in advance to get real...
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