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Gabby Giffords Heads to Newtown

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Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a mass shooting in her Arizona district two years ago, plans to visit Newtown, Connecticut, the site of last month’s deadly elementary school massacre, the Connecticut lieutenant governor’s office said Thursday.Read More


Al Jazeera Buys Al Gore's TV Network

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Al Jazeera said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster’s footprint in the United States.Read More


Irwin Groner, Conservative Rabbi, Dies at 81

By JTA

Rabbi Irwin Groner, a former president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, has died.Read More


John Boehner Reelected as House Speaker

By Reuters

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) won a second two-year term as speaker of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.Read More


N.Y. Jewish Groups Raise $5M for Sandy Aid

By Seth Berkman

Jewish organizations in New York have raised more than $5.5 million for Hurricane Sandy relief aid, according to information provided to New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman.Read More


Jews Praise Fiscal Cliff Resolution

By JTA

While not totally satisfied with the results, many Jewish groups have come out in support of Congress’ last minute efforts to reach a fiscal cliff deal.Read More


8 Win Israel's Wolf Awards

By JTA

Seven scientists and an architect have been named recipients of Israel’s prestigious 2013 Wolf Prizes.Read More


Bulgaria ID's Suspect in Israeli Terror Bomb

By JTA

Bulgaria has reportedly discovered the identity of one of the perpetrators of the July terror bombing in Burgas, which killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian.Read More


Gabby Giffords Meets Bloomberg on Guns

By Forward Staff

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt at the hands of a gunman met yesterday with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.Read More


Gerard Depardieu Gets Passport From Putin

By Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, the French movie star who is quitting his homeland to avoid a tax hike on the rich, the Kremlin said on Thursday.Read More





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