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NY Won't Say What It Told DOJ About Nursing-Home Outbreaks Hamodia

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said it won't reveal what it told the U.S. Justice Department about COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes, partly because doing so would be an "invasion of…

Israel

Citing Heatwave Forecast, Fire Services Restricts Lag BaOmer FiresHamodia Staff

Israelis should not be lighting bonfires to celebrate Lag BaOmer next Thursday night and Friday, except in specifically designated areas, the country’s Fire and Rescue Services said on Thursday. “Bonfires…

No COVID Deaths in Past Day for First Time in MonthsAryeh Stern

For the first time in approximately 10 months, no one has died from the coronavirus in the past day in Israel, according to Health Ministry data on Friday morning. Israel’s…

Israel Delegation Heading to U.S. to Discuss Nuclear Deal FalloutHamodia Staff

Amid the backdrop of significant progress in nuclear talks between Iran and global powers, senior Israeli diplomatic and defense officials were expected to travel to the United States next week…

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Community

Florida House Passes Major School Choice BillHamodia Staff

In a 79-36 vote, the Florida House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation that aims to consolidate the state’s scholarship programs for special-needs students and expand the state’s means-tested scholarship program…

Chabad Rabbi Braves Flames to Rescue Sefer Torah at Cape Town UniversityHamodia Staff

During a raging wildfire at the University of Cape Town in South Africa on Sunday, Campus Rabbi Nissen Goldman braved the flames that were engulfing nearby buildings to salvage a…

Man Pulls Knife on Jewish Man In Crown Heights, Threatens To Stab HimHamodia

Crown Heights Shomrim has released a safety alert notifying the community of an incident that took place Tuesday night. “Last night, in the train station on Eastern Parkway and Schenectady,…

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National

U.S. Drop in Vaccine Demand Has Some Places Turning Down DosesHamodia

Louisiana has stopped asking the federal government for its full allotment of COVID-19 vaccine. About three-quarters of Kansas counties have turned down new shipments of the vaccine at least once…

CDC Probes New Death, Hospitalization After J&J Vaccine ShotsHamodia

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the death of an Oregon woman and the hospitalization of another in Texas after receiving Johnson & Johnson‘s COVID-19…

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World

Indian Hospitals Plead for Oxygen as Country Sets Virus RecordHamodia

India put oxygen tankers on special express trains as major hospitals in New Delhi begged on social media on Friday for more supplies to save COVID-19 patients who are struggling…

Jailed Kremlin Critic Navalny to End Hunger StrikeHamodia

Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said on Friday he would begin gradually ending a hunger strike he had called to demand proper medical care, suggesting that support inside Russia…

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Regional

Mayor De Blasio Commits to 100% Electric School Bus Fleet by 2035Hamodia Staff

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a commitment to reduce carbon and air pollution from vehicles by announcing that school buses in New York City will be electric by 2035. The…

NYC Bringing Back Composte Disposal OptionsSara Marcus

New York City will restart its organic waste disposal program after it had been put on hold due to pandemic budget constraints. The city’s Curbside Composting Program will be available…

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Politics

Senate Republicans Unveil $568 Billion Counter-Offer on InfrastructureHamodia

Senate Republicans on Thursday offered an early counterproposal in the nascent Washington debate over improving the country’s aging infrastructure, endorsing roughly $568 billion in new spending that could be financed…

DC Statehood Approved by House as Senate Fight LoomsHamodia

A decades-long movement to reshape the American political map took a further step Thursday as the House of Representatives approved a bill to make the nation’s capital the 51st state.…

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Business

Stocks Drop on Biden Plan to Lift Capital-Gain TaxHamodia

U.S. stocks had their biggest slide in five weeks after President Joe Biden was said to propose almost doubling the capital-gains tax for the wealthy. The dollar rose. The S&P…

Jobless Claims Fall to 547,000, Another Pandemic LowHamodia

The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid fell last week to 547,000, a new low since the pandemic struck and a further encouraging sign that layoffs are slowing on…

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Health, Science & Technology

Astronauts Arrive at Pad for SpaceX Flight on Used RocketHamodia

Four astronauts arrived at their launch pad early Friday morning for a SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, the company’s third bon voyage for a NASA crew in under…

Mars Rover Creates Oxygen in Groundbreaking ExperimentSara Marcus

The Perseverance rover, in the first test of its MOXIE technology, converted some of the carbon dioxide on Mars into oxygen. The little robot is conducting experiments and exploring as…

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