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The Department of Justice on Monday announced that it is siding with a district court ruling that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.  "The Department of Justice has determined that the district court’s judgement should be affirmed," the department said in a letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. "Because the U.S. is not urging the any portion of the district court’s judgement be reversed, the government intends to file a brief on the appellees’ schedule." .S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled in December that the A...
Baltimore, MD – Mar. 24, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of  Mrs. Doris Rossman, a’h, wife of Mr. David Rossman, loving mother of Malka Miriam (Meyer) Mandel, Aliza (Alon) Farkas, Shoshana (Baruch) Gertz, Adina (Eli) Katz, and Ariella (Ari) Burns; cherished sister of the late Yetta Saffer; adored grandmother of Michal, Nava, and Sachi Mandel, Chavi, Moshe, Shloimy, Avrumy, and Batsheva Farkas, Shayna, Yosef, Ezra, and Dov Gertz, Ahron, Shalom, and Matis Katz, Avi, Yitzi, and Yaakov Burns; devoted daughter of the late Irving and Shirley Gold. The Levayah will be held at Levinson’s on Monday, Mar. 25 at 12 Noon. Kevura will take place at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery, 9801 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD, 211...
Gaza - A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday was one of the most powerful launched ever by Gaza militants, flying nearly 120 kilometers (70 miles) before it slammed into a house in central Israel, wounding seven people. Over more than a decade, the Islamic militant Hamas group has built up a large arsenal of rockets and missiles. It started with crude short-range projectiles and now possesses rockets that can strike virtually anywhere in Israel. Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007, prompting Israel and Egypt to impose a blockade on the territory, largely to prevent the militants from amassing more weapons. But the blockade and three wars with Israel — the most recent in 2014 — failed to prevent Hamas from expanding its arsenal. A network of smuggling tunnels along th...
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Cupertino, CA - Apple laid out the details of its news subscription service, Apple News Plus, and a new credit card at an event Monday. It’s also expected to launch a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself. The news service costs $10 a month and includes roughly 300 magazines and a handful of major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Missing from the announcement were other major newspaper publishers, who have reportedly been wary of Apple’s terms. Apple says advertisers won’t track readers inside the app. That distinguishes it from Facebook and Google, the other major online news hubs. The company also said it is launching a MasterCard credit card called Apple Card. It will integrate Apple Maps to ...
Washington - “Damning evidence” of collusion with Russia. “More than circumstantial.” A scandal of a size “beyond Watergate.” For two years, Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, seemed to be on every talk and late-night show sounding ominous warnings about what special counsel Robert Mueller might find on President Donald Trump. The California Democrat got the president’s attention — a fact confirmed when Trump turned the congressman’s name into a foul schoolyard taunt. “Wow, Mr. President, that’s a good one,” Schiff tweeted back. But Mueller found no coordination or conspiracy involving Trump, his campaign and the Russian government, the Justice Department said Sunday. That sparked furious GO...
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Madrid - An independent study lead by an academic group in Spain has shown that what personal information can be collected by pre-installed programs on new Android mobile devices is expansive and faces little oversight. The investigation by the public Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, IMDEA Networks Institute and Stony Brook University looked at apps pre-installed on Android devices from 2,748 users, spanning 1,742 unique devices from 214 vendors across 130 countries. The study did not look at whether the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation laws would bring greater oversight to pre-installed apps on Android devices. Though Alphabet Inc’s Google owns Android, its open source nature enables device makers to customize the operating system and package other apps with the ope...
Washington - He took a fist-pumping victory lap over the end of the Mueller probe. Basked in gushy accolades from a foreign leader. Saw a former nemesis humiliated by the feds. To most of America, it was just another Monday. For President Donald Trump, it was, perhaps, his best day ever. Trump started his day firing off exuberant tweets over the end of the special counsel investigation , segued to a back-slapping meeting with the Israeli prime minister and held a celebratory photo-op with the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals. To top it off, news broke along the way of the arrest of attorney Michael Avenatti. By any measure it was a good day for Trump. But the president’s hot streak was all the more noticeable given just how many tough days he has had. Since taking office, h...
The Reimann family — whose JAB Holding Co. owns the chains Panera Bread and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts as well as a host of other brands — used Russian civilians and French prisoners of war as forced labor for their businesses and private villas in the Nazi era, according to a German newspaper report. They donated to Nazi organizations as early as 1931, and Albert Reimann Jr., the primary source of his descendants’ multibillion-dollar fortune, once complained about the French prisoners’ work rate, Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday. After discovering the extent of their ancestors’ Nazi ties, the Reimanns pledged 10 million euros ($11 million) to a charity, though they didn’t say who would receive the money. The decision was “spontaneous, because the fa...
Police and local residents reported damage to 28 vehicles in Yerushalayim, with graffiti and slashed tires, in an attack that fits the modus operandi of a “price tag” attack. Photographs from the scene show buildings and cars graffitied by perpetrators who spray painted the Magen Dovid, and phrases including the famous “Jewish blood is not cheap,” a reference to the fact that any attack on Jews will elicit a forceful response. “Price tag” attacks are committed by Israeli far-right activists, who target civilians from minority groups, mostly Palestinians, in response to what they consider is discrimination from the Israeli government. Read more at i24NEWS.
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Proving conclusively that the Palestinian Authority is willing to punish hard-working employees in order to continue to reward terrorists, P.A. Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara has reiterated that while the it will cut the salaries of most of its employees, it will pay in full the salaries to the imprisoned terrorists and released terrorists, as well as the allowances to wounded terrorists and the families of dead terrorists. At a televised press conference, the minister emphasized that rewarding terrorists and murderers is “a principle which no force on earth can make the P.A. deviate from.” Shukri Bishara said “the salaries [of public employees] will be paid in full, all of the salaries under 2,000 shekels. … In practice, 40 percent of the P.A.’s employe...
The father of one of the 20 kids massacred in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012 in Newtown, Conn., was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide, cops said. Jeremy Richman, the 49-year-old dad of little Avielle Richman, was found dead outside Edmond Town Hall — a white clapboard structure that sits directly in the center of the picturesque New England town — about 7 a.m. Monday, police said. “The death appears to be a suicide, but police will not disclose the method or any other details of the death, only to state the death does not to appear to be suspicious,” Newtown police said on the department’s Facebook page. “This is a heartbreaking event for the Richman family and the Newtown Community as a whole, the police department&...
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Eran Lerman, a former deputy director of Israel’s National Security Council, thinks that "Hamas is playing with fire.” Eran Lerman, a former deputy director of Israel’s National Security Council and now vice president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, a research group, thinks the latest rocket attack was “no longer something that can be explained away as a mistake or a technical failure.” He says that the militant groups in Gaza may have come to “the very dangerous conclusion that Israel’s hands may be tied because of the impending elections on April 9 and that the prime minister and his government would be very wary about taking action so close to an election which could lead to a broad-scale confrontation. Hamas playing wi...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 25, 2019 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Doniel And Esther Nudel on the birth of a daughter. יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
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Secretary of State: The US stands with the Jewish people and Israel in their fight against the world's oldest form of bigotry. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday addressed the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC. “It is truly wonderful to be here tonight. My wife Susan and I just returned from Israel. I have been to Israel many times but my latest visit was the first time I got to visit our new embassy in Jerusalem. I also became the first Secretary of State to visit the Western Wall and the highest-ranking US official to visit it with the Prime Minister of Israel.” “As most of you have probably seen by now, President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu signed a decree affirming Israel's sovereignty over the Golan," said Pompeo, recalling ...
Agudath Israel of America’s New Jersey office decried the state legislature’s passage of a bill today allowing doctors to write lethal prescriptions for terminally ill patients who say they wish to end their lives. The state Assembly and Senate voted today to send the bill to Governor Phil Murphy for his signature. If he signs it into law, New Jersey will be the eighth state permitting “aid in dying.” The bill would allow physicians to write prescriptions for lethal drugs for terminally ill patients who are evaluated by physicians as having less than six months left to live. Agudath Israel’s New Jersey director, Rabbi Avi Schnall, reiterated the Orthodox Jewish group’s longstanding opposition to these types of laws. “Life possesses inherent sanc...
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Despite talks of a cease-fire by 11:00 p.m., rockets continued to be shot into Israel from Gaza. At approximately midnight, a rocket barrage was shot into the Eshkol Regional Council and the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, where a spokeswoman for the cluster of communities said power was cut due to the attacks. Many residents reportedly went to sleep in bomb shelters, as communities in the Gaza belt region have 15 seconds from the time the "tzeva adom" or "code red" warning siren is sounded until rocket impact. In most cases rockets are shot down in mid-air by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, which has been deployed in the south of the country. The latest wave of rockets caused no injuries or property damage, said Adi Meiri, spokeswoman for Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. Scho...
The reported cease-fire between Israel and Hamas did not go into effect Monday night as a new barrage of rockets hit the south. The Hamas Al-Aqsa Channel reported that the Egyptians have succeeded in reaching a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.The channel quoted an "informed source" as confirming that the cease-fire had been reached,  but did not provide further details. The Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen Channel also reported that a cease-fire has been reached and would go into effect at 10.00 pm.Heavy rocket barrages were fired towards communities in southern Israel Monday evening shortly after the Israeli airforce began striking targets across the Gaza Strip in response to a long-range rocket struck a civilian home in central Israel so...
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Fresh images and video were transmitted to Earth from the Israeli spacecraft “Beresheet” as it makes its way to the moon, announced SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries on Sunday. SpaceIL and IAI engineering teams, based in Israel, have downloaded new images and videos from the spacecraft. The photos and videos were taken by the spacecraft at different heights and times. One of the videos includes a sunrise from the spacecraft’s viewpoint—the Earth can be seen hiding the sun from the spacecraft, and then exiting the same shadow created by the Earth and the sun’s exposure. This process creates a kind of sunrise image. “Beresheet,” named after the first word and the first book in the Torah (meaning “in the beginning”), lifted off fr...
There are reports of a major power outage in Southern Israel due to a Gaza rocket hitting a power supply station
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