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Ashkelon Girl Converts To Islam, Judaism And Now Back To Islam

YWN-ISRAEL recently reported on the story of Noi Sheetrit, from Ashkelon, who converted to Islam on Har Habayis, and then later, due to the efforts of the Lehava organization, she left her Bedouin husband and returned to Yiddishkheit.

At first, Sheetrit exclaimed she is back to living as a Jewish woman. On erev Rosh Hashanah, Bentzion Gupstein of Lehava and Sheetrit contacted one another via WhatsApp, Channel 10 News reports.…

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House Speaker Promises Aid For Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

House Speaker Paul Ryan promised Monday that Washington will make sure that the people of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico will “have what they need.”

The Wisconsin Republican’s statement came as authorities struggle to provide adequate relief to the more than 3 million U.S. citizens on the island territory, which is without power and has seen terrible devastation.

Ryan said Congress is working with the administration to make sure Puerto Rico gets all of the help that’s required.…

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Tel Aviv Light Rail To Continue Construction On Yom Kippur In Bnei Brak

Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd. the company responsible for the building of the Tel Aviv light-rail system has notified the city of Bnei Brak that it intends to carry on with construction work, within the city limits of Bnei Brak during Yom Kippur.

According to a report on Channel 10 news, the letter was sent to the Bnei Brak Legal Advisor stating that certain aspects of the construction project would continue in parts of the city during the holiest of days.…

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Secret Service Arrests Person With Firearms Near White House

The Secret Service says it arrested someone near the White House on Sunday for possessing firearms.

In a statement Monday, the agency says officers were approached by an individual at 17th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue at about 7:15 a.m. Sunday. The location is the Old Executive Office Building, part of the White House grounds.

The Secret Service says the person was arrested for possessing “several firearms.” It provided no further details.…

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McCain Calls Brain Cancer Prognosis ‘Very Poor’

U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer.

McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that took the life of his former Senate colleague Edward M. Kennedy in 2009. McCain tells CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday night that he thinks about Kennedy a lot.…

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Trump Promising Huge Tax Cut; Focus On Taxes vs Health Care

Poised to reveal a tax plan that is a pillar of his economic policy, President Donald Trump is promising “the largest tax cut in the history of our country.”

Trump’s declarations came as the health care legislation brought forward by Republicans teetered near failure. He said his “primary focus” is the tax overhaul plan, which would be the first major revamp of the tax system in three decades.…

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IAF Completes Probe Into Fatal Apache Chopper Crash

The Israel Air Force has completed the probe into the fatal crash of an apache combat helicopter that killed the pilot, Major (reserves) David Zohar 43, from Haifa, and leaving his co-pilot seriously injured.

Following the crash in August, in line with standard operating procedure, all apache choppers were grounded. Revised protocol for steering column maintenance has been devised to prevent additional cases in the future.…

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McCain’s Moment: Ailing Senator Plays Spoiler Again For GOP

John McCain faced a choice that balanced friendship, party loyalty and his convictions. He made the decision some of his closest advisers expected.

Looking at the twilight of his career and a grim cancer diagnosis, the Republican senator from Arizona who prides himself on an independent streak could not be moved to go along with a last-ditch GOP push to overhaul the nation’s health care system.…

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London Police Make New Arrest In Subway Bombing Inquiry

British police have arrested a 20-year-old man in Wales in connection to the recent bomb attack on the London subway.

Police said Monday the suspect is being questioned at a south London police station under the Terrorism Act. His name was not released.

He was arrested in Cardiff, 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of London, early Monday morning. Police say an address there is being searched.…

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Anthony Weiner Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison

Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for inappropriately texting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that may have cost Hillary Clinton’s the presidency.

Weiner, 53, dropped his head into his hand and wept as the sentence was announced by Judge Denise Cote. After the hearing ended and Cote left the bench, he sat in his seat for several minutes, continuing to cry.…

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Hillary Clinton’s New Book Flooded With Negative Amazon Reviews

The publisher of Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened” is questioning Amazon reviews posted within a day of the book’s release.

Published Tuesday, the book is Clinton’s retelling of her presidential election loss last year.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 1,500 reviews appeared on Amazon. Many contained little information about the book and instead offered high praise or sharp criticism of the Democratic candidate.…

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Justices Allow Trump Administration Ban On Most Refugees

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees.

The justices on Tuesday agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of October.

The order was not the court’s last word on the travel policy that President Donald Trump first rolled out in January.…

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BREAKING: At Least 5 Dead At Hollywood, Florida Nursing Home After Hurricane Irma

At least five patients in a Hollywood nursing home died Wednesday morning after they fell ill in a building left without air conditioning after Irma blasted South Florida.

Hollywood authorities say an issue with an air-conditioning unit at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, 1200 N 35th Ave., has led to evacuation of over 100 people and the death of at least five residents.…

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Miami: Officials Say Don’t Go Home Yet; Highways Jammed, Gas Shortages

After Hurricane Irma drove them from their homes, millions of Floridians were eager to return Monday and survey what damage might await them.

Some evacuees fled hundreds of miles to escape the storm, and those crowds will soon come flooding back to the state.

They’re likely to be met with traffic delays, a fuel shortage, debris clean-up and possibly blocked access to their communities — which is why state and local officials have a singular message: Don’t try to go home yet.…

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HORRIFIC DESTRUCTION IN ST THOMAS: 400 Jewish Refugees In Dire Need; YWN Speaks With Chabad Shliach

Acheinu Bnei Yisroel, 400 of them, are in grave need. They have no electricity and will have no power for four to six months. They have no kosher food, nor any food for now, and their supplies are dwindling rapidly.

They are on the American Virgin Islands in the Caribbean that, for all practical purposes, is no longer. While there has been much media attention given to the destruction on the Island of St.…

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Metro Miami Keeps Wary Eye On Mammoth Hurricane Irma

Residents in parts of the Miami metro area are under mandatory orders to leave their homes Thursday morning as Hurricane Irma barrels toward the region with potentially catastrophic winds.

During several media appearances Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott strongly urged people to evacuate if asked to do so by local officials. The governor waived tolls on all Florida highways and told people if they were thinking about leaving to “get out now.”

Scott warned that Irma is “bigger, faster and stronger” than Hurricane Andrew, the last Category 5 storm to hit the state.…

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H-Bomb Or Not, Experts Say North Korea Near Its Nuclear Goal

North Korea’s latest nuclear test was part theater, part propaganda and maybe even part fake. But experts say it was also a major display of something very real: Pyongyang’s mastery of much of the know-how it needs to reach its goal of becoming a full-fledged nuclear state.

It remains unclear whether North Korea tested, as it claims, a hydrogen bomb ready to be mounted on an ICBM.…

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Facebook: Accounts From Russia Bought Ads During US Presidential Election Campaign

Hundreds of fake Facebook accounts, probably run from Russia, spent about $100,000 on ads aimed at stirring up divisive issues such as gun control and race relations during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the social network said Wednesday.

Although the number of ads is relatively small, the disclosure provides a more detailed peek into what investigators believe was a targeted effort by Russians to influence U.S.…

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Irma Has Jewish Communities From Caribbean to Carolinas Urgently Preparing

Chabad-Lubavitch centers from the Caribbean to the Carolinas are urgently helping Jewish communities prepare for Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean.

Emissaries at Caribbean Chabad centers have been reaching out to community members throughout the week, especially the elderly, the infirm, the homebound and those living alone to try and ensure their safety. Preparations began at the first reports of another potentially catastrophic storm soon after Hurricane Harvey.…

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BREAKING VIDEO: Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Tells Miami Residents To Leave Their Homes! ‘Sakanah!

Hurricane Irma’s size and strength put the entire state of Florida on notice Tuesday, and residents and visitors prepared to leave in anticipation of catastrophic winds and floods that could reach the state by this weekend.

Throughout South Florida, officials readied evacuation orders and people raided store shelves, buying up water and other hurricane supplies. Long lines formed at gas stations and people pulled shutters out of storage and put up plywood to protect their homes and businesses.…

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