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Dentists Sue for $5M Over Sandy Crane Collapse

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Two New York City dentists have filed a $5 million lawsuit against the contractor at a nearly completed 90-story luxury apartment building, blaming it for the collapse of the top of a construction crane during superstorm Sandy.Read More


Philip Roth Announces Plans To Retire

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Seminal American author Philip Roth, whose novels explored modern Jewish-American life, says he will write no more books because he has lost his passion for it.Read More


Lew and Sandberg Top Short List for Treasury

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President Barack Obama, fresh from his re-election victory, will have to turn his attention quickly to naming a new Treasury Secretary, one of the most powerful positions in world finance.Read More


Charles Darwin Gets 4,000 Votes Against Anti-Evolution Rep

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Thousands of Georgia voters wrote in evolution father Charles Darwin in a contest against a congressman who said the theory came from ‘pit of hell.’Read More


Medical Aid Fund Turns Away Holocaust Survivors

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A fund that helps Israeli Holocaust survivors pay medical expenses told recipients that it would stop receiving applications until next year, citing an overflow of requests.Read More


Ireland Backs Ban on Settlement Products

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Ireland would support a European Union ban on settlement goods, but “there is no prospect for reaching an agreement” on such a ban, the Irish foreign minister said.Read More


Spanish Jews Want Tough New Anti-Semitism Laws

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The president of Spain’s Jewish community called for changes to the country’s penal code to better combat online anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.Read More


Israel Riled Over Palestinian U.N. Bid: Oren

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The Palestinian Authority’s bid for an upgrade in U.N. status is of immediate concern in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said in a post-U.S. election interview.Read More


British Soccer Team Faces Music Over 'Yids' Chant

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London’s Tottenham Hotspur soccer team defended fans who call themselves “Yids,” saying they adopted the term as a defense against anti-Semitic taunting.Read More


Peter Salovey Named New Yale President

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Yale University named its provost, Peter Salovey, as the school’s new president.Read More





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