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New York Officials Downplay Concern Over New Coronavirus Variant Larry Printz

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief medical adviser on Thursday downplayed the results of two studies suggesting that a new coronavirus variant found in New York City in November will be…

Israel

Israeli-Arab Arrested for Spying on Iron Dome System for HamasYoni Weiss

An Israeli-Arab man has been indicted for spying on Israel’s Iron Dome defense network on behalf of the Hamas terrorist organization, the Shin Bet internal security agency revealed Friday morning.…

Vaccines Saved Lives of Elderly in British Variant OnslaughtHamodia Staff

A research team at Tel Aviv University said on Thursday that Israel’s vaccination drive, which prioritized the over-60 population, saved many lives that otherwise would have been lost to the…

Health Official Won’t Sign Off on Netanyahu Covid Exit DateShmuel Smith

A senior official in the Health Ministry is not on the same page with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu‏‏’s timetable for a full exit from the covid crisis by April, which…

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Community

BD”E: 6-Year-Old Shimon Fried, Z”l, Killed in Williamsburg AccidentHamodia Staff

A tragic accident occurred Wednesday morning in Williamsburg, when a young boy was apparently hit and killed by the school bus he was waiting for. The incident occurred around 8:30…

NYC Officials Urge Vaccination, Warn No Herd ImmunityReuvain Borchardt

No communities in New York City have reached herd immunity, Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi warned Tuesday, urging residents of all neighborhoods to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “Even as more…

Community Leaders Urge Voting in City Council Special Election in Far RockawayReuvain Borchardt

A City Council special election is being held Tuesday in Far Rockaway, and Jewish community leaders are working on an intense get-out-the-vote effort, following a similarly successful push in another…

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National

UPS and FedEx Ramping Up Vaccine DistributionSara Marcus

Delivery companies UPS and FedEx are scaling up vaccine distribution by as much as 40%, with more possibly coming if the FDA approves the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine for…

Chief: Capitol Assault Much Bigger Than Intel SuggestedHamodia

The acting U.S. Capitol Police chief was pressed to explain Thursday why the agency hadn’t been prepared to fend off a violent mob of insurrectionists, including white supremacists, who were…

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World

WHO: Debilitating ‘Long-COVID’ May Have Severe Health, Social ImpactsHamodia

Thousands of COVID-19 patients continue to suffer serious, debilitating and lingering symptoms many months after their initial bout of infection, with major social, health and economic consequences, European health experts…

Ties With Saudis at Stake as U.S. Releases Findings on Khashoggi KillingHamodia

The United States has pledged to tell the world its conclusions on what role Saudi Arabia’s crown prince played in the brutal killing and carving up of a U.S.-based journalist,…

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Regional

Agency Permanently Bans Fracking Near Delaware RiverHamodia

A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply of more than 13 million people in four Northeastern states voted Thursday to permanently ban natural-gas drilling and fracking near a…

Mayor Wishes Community a ‘Happy and Safe Purim’Sara Marcus

Mayor Bill de Blasio wished the Jewish community a “happy and safe Purim” at his press conference on Thursday and reminded people to refrain from holding large parties due to…

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Politics

Senate Parliamentarian Says Democrats Cannot Include $15 Minimum Wage in COVID BillHamodia

In a blow to Democrats, the Senate parliamentarian ruled the chamber cannot include President Joe Biden’s proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage in a $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill the party aims to…

GOP Rallies Solidly Against Democrats’ Virus Relief PackageHamodia

Republicans rallied solidly Wednesday against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate’s parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill a pivotal provision…

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Business

AUTO REVIEW: The Mazda CX-30’s Turbocharged Engine Enhances Its Upscale AllureLarry Printz

For those who still think of Mazda mainly as a purveyor of sporty sedans, it might be a shock to discover that of the three cars and four crossovers that…

Game on, Again: GameStop Surges and No One Truly Knows WhyHamodia

Wall Street’s GameStop saga can’t stop. At the very least, it won’t stop. After weeks of going dormant, shares of GameStop have suddenly shot higher again, jumping 75% in the…

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Health, Science & Technology

Specialized Mini Apple Stores to Open in Target Locations and OnlineHamodia

Apple mini stores will open in select Target locations and online this month, expanding the number of iPhones and other products available. The Monticello, Minn., store will be one of…

COVID Infection Leads to Immunity Comparable to VaccineHamodia

One of the enduring questions of the COVID-19 pandemic is how much immunity people are left with after recovering from a coronavirus infection. New research suggests the level of protection…

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