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Israel Bans 20 Groups Affiliated With BDS From Entering The Country

Israel on Sunday identified 20 activist groups from around the world whose members will be banned from entering the country over their calls to boycott the Jewish state, stepping up its fight against a movement it views as a serious threat.

Israel last year enacted a law that would ban any activist who “knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel.” The list made public Sunday, which includes a Nobel Peace Prize winning organization, follows up on that legislation.…

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Your Paycheck May Be Going Up Soon Because Of Tax Cuts

Millions of working Americans should start seeing fatter paychecks as early as next month, Republican leaders say, as a result of the recently passed tax law.

But the precise timing hasn’t been fixed yet. And some employees should be aware that less money withheld doesn’t necessarily mean that their tax burden will shrink next year.

The massive Republican tax legislation, signed into law last month by President Donald Trump, kicked in Jan.…

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14 Injured In Five Alarm Fire In Manhattan

The FDNY has transmitted a fifth alarm for a fire in a high rise building located at 775 Riverside Drive near West 156th Street.

According to the FDNY, the fire originated on the second floor and has since spread to the cockloft.

There are 14 non-life threatening injuries reported.

Riverside Drive from West 155th Street to West 154th Street has been closed.…

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First Snow, Now Bitter Cold Disrupts Life On East Coast

Frigid temperatures, some that could feel as cold as minus 30 degrees, moved across the East Coast on Friday as the region attempted to clean up from a massive winter storm that brought more than a foot of snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding a day earlier.

Forecasters predict strong winds and record-breaking cold air will sweep the region, from the mid-Atlantic to New England, and hang around through the weekend.…

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Saudi Arabia: No Evidence Shows It Had A Hand In 9/11 Attack

Saudi Arabia urged a judge Thursday to reject a New York lawsuit seeking to hold it responsible in the Sept. 11 attacks, saying a law passed by Congress that gave new life to the once-dismissed claims is not sufficient to overcome a lack of evidence.

Lawyers for Saudi Arabia wrote in papers filed in Manhattan federal court that Congress in its 2016 law removing some legal obstacles to the litigation “did not license plaintiffs to proceed against Saudi Arabia without plausible allegations and competent evidence to support their case.”

Fifteen of 19 men who hijacked four jets in the 2001 attacks were Saudis.…

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Trump Had Lawyer Urge Sessions Not To Recuse Self

President Donald Trump directed his White House counsel to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The conversation between Don McGahn, the president’s White House counsel, and Sessions took place on the president’s orders and occurred just before the attorney general announced that he would step aside from the ongoing inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to a person with knowledge of the interaction.…

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NEW RECORD: Dow Trades Above 25,000 Points For First Time

The Dow Jones industrial average traded above 25,000 points for the first time, blasting through another 1,000-point milestone.

The Dow’s latest breakthrough came in early trading Thursday and just five weeks after closing above 24,000 points for the first time.

Technology companies and banks had some of the biggest gains in early trading. Wells Fargo rose 1.9 percent and Microsoft rose 0.7 percent.…

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Lawsuit Alleges Anti-Semitic Discrimination By Delta Airlines On NYC-Tel Aviv Flight

A new lawsuit alleges Delta Airlines doesn’t just treat Jewish people unfairly, it also punishes its flight attendants who are friendly with them.

The suit is being brought by four current and former Delta flight attendants from New York, with work experience ranging from 10 to 40 years, and all with experience working Delta’s New York-Tel Aviv flight from JFK to Ben Gurion.…

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MONSTER NOR’EASTER POUNDS NYC AREA: Blizzard Warning For Parts Of LI, NJ

A monster nor’easter exploded off the east coast, slamming the tri-state from the Jersey Shore to Long Island, bringing the potential for up to a foot of snow and triggering winter storm and blizzard warnings across the Tri-State area.

In Suffolk County on Long Island and along parts of the Jersey Shore, blizzard conditions are expected with heavy snowfall in the morning followed by damaging winds up to 55 m.p.h.…

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Israel Indicts Palestinian Teen Who Kicked & Slapped Soldiers In Viral Video

An Israeli military court on Monday indicted a teenage Palestinian girl who was filmed last month kicking and slapping Israeli troops who refused to respond.

Palestinians have since hailed Ahed Tamimi, 16, as an ‘icon’ in their fight against Israel. In Israel, the footage sparked debate about the soldiers’ refusal to react.

The court indicted Tamimi on several accounts including attacking soldiers as well as for previous altercations with Israeli forces.…

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Get Started: IRS Warns That Tax Season Brings Security Risks

TAX SEASON AND CYBERSECURITY

While cybersecurity should be a year-round concern for small business owners, income tax filing season can bring some particular risks, according to the IRS.

The agency says it has gotten an increase in reports of attempts to obtain employees’ W-2 forms in hopes of stealing people’s personal information and identities. The scams often go after employees in companies’ human resources and payroll departments, but any staffer or manager could be a target.…

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F-16s Intercept Small Plane That Violated Trump’s Airspace

Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a private plane that was flying in air space prohibited by President Trump’s visit to Florida.

A North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman tells news outlets the fighter jets from Homestead Air Reserve Base were already patrolling the area near Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on New Year’s Eve when they were alerted that the plane violated airspace restrictions.…

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WATCH: Special Prayer For President Recited At Major ‘Seudas Hoda’ah’ Attended By Hundreds Of Activists In Rubashkin Case

Hundreds of community activists involved in the case on behalf of Shalom Rubashkin were invited to a Seudas Hoda’ah in Monsey on Monday night to celebrate his release. The event was held at the Ateres Charna Hall in New Square.

There were speeches by various activists as well as from Rubashkin himself.

“Hanosen Teshua Lamilachim” (הַנּוֺתֵן תְּשׁוּעָה לַמְּלָכִים) – a special prayer for Kings and dignitaries which appears in many Sedurim, was recited for President Donald Trump by attorney Yerachmiel Simmons.…

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TRAGEDY: Moscow Jewish University Student Killed In MVA In Russia; Another Critical

In a serious road accident that occurred on Friday, 12 Teves, on the road between Rostov and Sochi in Russia, a student of the Moscow Jewish University, Shalom Shapira z”l, was killed. Another student, Shimon Ben Irina Nisanov was injured and remains in serious condition. Both of them attended the Ohr Avner school in Rostov.

Chief Rabbi of Rostov and Chabad Shaliach Rabbi Chaim Danziger, says that the injured student is now being treated in Sochi.…

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Trump Slams Pakistan For ‘Lies And Deceit’ In First Tweet Of 2018

President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan for ‘lies & deceit’ in a New Year’s Day tweet that said Islamabad had played U.S. leaders for ‘fools.’

‘No more,’ Trump tweeted.

Trump in his tweet said the U.S. had given Pakistan $33 billion in the last 15 years, yet Afghanistan and the U.S. have long accused Pakistan of providing safe havens for militants.

Meanwhile, Pakistan had no official comment but Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted that his government was preparing a response that ‘will let the world know the truth.’

The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.…

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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Set To Begin 2nd Term At City Hall

Bill de Blasio begins his second term as New York City mayor with a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Park amid arctic-like temperatures.

He was easily re-elected in November, becoming the first Democrat to be re-elected in New York since Edward Koch in 1985.

De Blasio touted first-term successes in providing universal pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds and cited investments in affordable housing and efforts to reduce crime and make the city affordable for all residents.…

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Jewish Family of 5 From New York Among 12 Dead In Costa Rica Plane Crash

A Jewish family of 5 from New York are among 10 American tourists who were killed in a fiery plane crash in the mountains of Costa Rica on Sunday.

The Costa Rican government said that the plane had 12 people on board before it crashed in a wooded area. The 10 passengers and 2 Costa Rican pilots all died.

“There are no people alive,” Security Minister Gustavo Mata said.…

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Government Seeks Change To Order Lifting Trump Refugee Ban

Lawyers with the Department of Justice have asked a federal judge to change his order that partially lifted a Trump administration refugee ban.

Earlier this week U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle imposed a nationwide injunction that blocks restrictions on reuniting refugee families and partially lifted a ban on refugees from 11 mostly Muslim countries. Robart limited that part of the injunction to refugees who have a bona fide relationship with people or entities in the United States.…

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