BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Police Department on Wednesday updated its use of force policy to mandate that officers immediately render aid if someone in custody complains of an injury a year after an arrestee suffered a critical spinal injury in a police van but was initially denied medical treatment. The new policy provides a complete overhaul of the old, which included very little information about what constitutes appropriate use of force. Instead, the policy largely focused on how to document incidents with supervisors. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis began the process of over...
Volunteer MDA emergency responder helps treat her husband following terror attack in Kiryat Arba. An MDA volunteer who received an emergency call this morning discovered that one of the two victims was husband, a member of the local security squad who was wounded while responding to the terror attack in the Ramat Mamre (Givat Harsina) neighborhood of Kiryat Arba on Thursday. The attack, which took place in the Ariel family home, left Hallel-Yaffa Ariel, 13, dead, and a volunteer member of the town security team seriously wounded. Both suffered multiple stab wounds. The second victim, 31-years old, was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Karem in Jerusalem. On board the ambulance carrying the stabbing victim were a number of MDA first responders and paramedics – one of them the victi...
Terrorist breaks into Kiryat Arba home, stabs teenage girl dozens of times, killing her. Member of local security team also wounded. A teenage girl was killed Thursday morning in Kiryat Arba when a terrorist broke into her home and stabbed her dozens of times as she lay in bed. A second victim, who responded to the terror attack, has been seriously wounded. The terrorist has been eliminated. MDA emergency responders were called to the scene at around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday following reports of a terror attack. Two victims were transferred to Jerusalem hospitals. A Kiryat Arba spokesperson said the terrorist penetrated the town's security perimeter and entered the Ramat Mamre (Givat Harsina) neighborhood. Officials reported that the terrorist broke into a home and repeat...
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Washington - U.S.-led coalition aircraft waged a series of deadly strikes against Islamic State around the city of Falluja on Wednesday, U.S. officials told Reuters, with one citing a preliminary estimate of at least 250 suspected fighters killed and at least 40 vehicles destroyed. If the figures are confirmed, the strikes would be among the most deadly ever against the jihadist group. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the operation and noted preliminary estimates can change. The strikes, which the officials said took place south of the city, where civilians have also been displaced, are just the latest battlefield setback suffered by Islamic State in its self-proclaimed “caliphate” of Iraq and Syria. The group’s territorial losses are...
ותשא כל העדה ויתנו את קולם ויבכו העם בלילה ההוא (במדבר יד א), The entire assembly raised up and issued their voice; the people wept that night. This fateful reaction to the negative report of the spies took place on the eve of the ninth of Av. Rabbi Yochanan reveals that when G-d observed this expression of emotion he exclaimed, “You have wept without cause, therefore I will set [this day] aside for a weeping throughout the generations to come.” (תענית כט.) As a result of this unjustified 'בכיה של חנם', baseless crying, the Temple was destroyed, we were exiled from our land and we are destined to endure and cry over the countless difficulties we must face in our long and difficult galus. Although we acce...
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Tzur Goldin says Israeli gov't abandoned his brother in deal with Turkey; appeals to world Jewry: 'Help prevent the next kidnapping.' Speaking at a protest tent outside the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, Tzur Goldin - brother of slain IDF soldier Hadar Goldin - called on Jews around the world to help bring his brother's body home, and told Arutz Sheva the government needed to "change the equation" in dealing with kidnappings. IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul were both killed during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, and their bodies are still held by the Hamas terrorist group in Gaza. Together with the family of Avera Mengistu - a mentally-handicapped Israeli civilian being held captive by Hamas - the soldiers' families and su...
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The Fast Days

These are the (fast) days:  (on) the 3rd of Tishri was killed Gedaliah the son of Achikum,  (who) after the destruction of the Temple,  was left by Nebuchadnetzer in Israel,  and acted as the Governor over Israel,  and because he was murdered all (Israel) were exiled.  The dead numbered thousands,  and the last remaining embers (remnant) of Israel were extinguished. (KSA 121:2)

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Parshas Shelach includes the mitzvah of wearing techeiles on our tzitzis. Rashi, in the beginning of Parshas Korach, mentions that the followers of Korach donned garments that were completely techeiles. Therefore, whether we are in a place that reads Shelach this week or one that reads Korach, it is appropriate to read about. When we are commanded about wearing tzitzis, the Torah includes two mitzvohs. In addition to the mitzvah of wearing tzitzis threads on the corners of the garment, there is an additional mitzvah that some of the tzitzis threads should be dyed with a special dye called techeiles. (It is a dispute among the Rishonim how many threads are to be dyed techeiles. That topic we will leave for a different time.) This dye must be made from a species called chilazon (Tosefta Men...
The Calcalist magazine reports that a man who leased land to a Petach Tikvah chevrah kaddisha was shocked to discover that it had been used for the internment of two hundred bodies. He is suing to have his land returned “in the condition it [the chevrah kaddisha] received it for its use.” The man’s attorney, Tal Gerstein, wrote to the court, “The honored arbitrator is hereby requested to obligate the defendant to remove its jurisdiction from the claimant’s land and to leave the claimant’s land empty and free of any object or person.” There is little chance this will happen, for in Eretz Yisroel, even the evacuation of centuries old kevorim leads to huge public outcries
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IBM’s supercomputer Watson, known for its “Jeopardy” prowess, is teaming up with the Department of Veterans Affairs in a bid to revolutionize cancer care for veterans. Under the IBM-VA partnership, Watson technology will be provided free for two years to the VA’s precision-oncology program. The artificial intelligence system will analyze genomic information, pinpoint cancer-causing mutations and help identify potential treatments for as many as 10,000 patients. The IBM-VA partnership is one of dozens of initiatives being announced Wednesday as part of Vice President Joe Biden’s all-day cancer summit at Howard University in Washington. Other efforts aim to sharply increase the number of patients in clinical trials, harness the government’s com...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has always been low key with any criticism of Donald Trump, ducking questions or issuing prepared statements about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. But in the past week, McConnell, in his typically understated way, has tried to gently shove the businessman forward into running a more traditional campaign. On Tuesday, McConnell gave his sharpest critique yet in an interview with Time Warner cable news, suggesting that recent speeches delivered with a teleprompter were a step in the right direction but more needs to be done. “Trump clearly needs to change, in my opinion, to win the general election,” McConnell said in the interview, part of the long book tour for his memoir, “The Long Game.” &...
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The United States has extended a $2.7-billion credit facility to Iraq for the purchase of military equipment amid the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said Wednesday that the deal gives Iraq a one-year grace period and eight and a half years total to pay for its purchases of ammunition and maintenance of its F-16s and M1A1 tanks. Like other oil-reliant countries, Iraq’s economy has been severely hit by plummeting crude prices since 2014, plunging the nation into an acute financial crisis. The OPEC member is struggling to feed a cash-strapped economy amid an expensive fight against IS militants, who still control key areas in the country’s north and west.
Donald Trump has had a few rocky weeks on the campaign trail, and it shows in the latest Fox News Poll.  Just over half of Republicans would rather have someone besides Trump as their nominee, and his support in the presidential ballot test has dropped seven points since May.  Democrat Hillary Clinton is up 44-38 percent over Trump in a head-to-head matchup.  Earlier this month, Clinton had a three-point edge (42-39 percent).  In May, Trump was up by three (45-42 percent).  Clinton’s current lead is just inside the poll’s margin of sampling error. The national poll, released Wednesday, finds she has a similar advantage when voters are asked about confidence in the candidates to make the “right” decisions for the country if they were presid...
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Washington - Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use. The Food and Drug Administration is asking for new studies on how the antiseptic gels and rubs fight germs and get absorbed into the body, with a particular focus on children and pregnant women. The proposal unveiled Wednesday is part of an ongoing government effort to review decades-old chemicals that have never had a comprehensive federal review. Agency officials stressed that the review “does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe.” Hand sanitizers have become nearly ubiquitous over the last 20 years, offered in workplaces, school...
San Francisco - As the U.S. presidential campaign heats up, Facebook Inc is going out of its way to show its neutrality - an increasingly urgent matter for the social network as evidence of its power continues to emerge. Recent studies have shown the site has extraordinary influence. According to research scheduled to be published in August in the Journal of Communication, when people tagged their friends on Facebook in voting reminders, turnout increased by 15 to 24 percent. During U.S. presidential primary elections this year, a Facebook reminder that informed people when their state’s voter registration deadline was approaching and provided a link helped produce a surge of nearly 650,000 new voter registrations in California alone, according to Secretary of State Alex ...
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Ottawa - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has previously likened U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, said on Wednesday he only drew the comparison as a reminder of the devastation wreaked in the past. Speaking at a press conference alongside U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, who have gathered in Ottawa for the “Three Amigos” summit, Pena Nieto warned of the dangers of populism in a globalized world. “Hitler, Mussolini, we all know the result,” he said when asked to explain the comparison. “It was only a call for reflection and for recognition, so that we bear in mind what we have achieved and the great deal still to achieve.” The presumptive Re...
New York - PepsiCo is going retro. The company is officially bringing back Crystal Pepsi, a clear cola drink that was hugely popular for a brief period during the early 1990s. PepsiCo said on Wednesday said it would sell Crystal Pepsi this year for a limited time in the United States and Canada. Crystal Pepsi will be sold in 20-ounce bottles starting July 11 in Canada and Aug. 8 in the United States. The soft drink was introduced in 1992. The clear soda caught the imagination and soon hit an iconic status on the back of a slick advertising campaign. It, however, fell out of favor equally fast and disappeared from shelves in 1994. This, however, will not be the soda’s first comeback since. Pepsi had made the drink available for two days in December last year in the United S...
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Washington - Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a legal proceeding that Clinton did not want the State Department emails that she sent and received on her private computer server to be accessible to “anybody,” according to transcripts released Wednesday. Her comments provided new insights into the highly unusual decision by the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate to operate a private email server in her basement to conduct government business as secretary of state. Abedin also said under oath that she was not aware whether Clinton personally deleted any emails during her tenure as secretary. Abedin told lawyers for the conservative group Judicial Watch in a deposition Monday that she could not recall whether she or Clinton discussed with any ...
A George Washington University law professor is filing a complaint against Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby over the investigation and prosecution of six police officers in the death of a black man who was critically injured in the back of a police van. John F. Banzhaf III says his complaint was filed  with Maryland's Attorney Grievance Commission. Among other things, Banzhaf says in his 10-page complaint that Mosby appears to have violated Maryland's rules of professional conduct for lawyers, which requires that a prosecutor refrain from prosecuting a charge unless it is supported by probable cause. Banzhaf told WBAL NewsRadio 1090 that Mosby's conduct are  grounds for to be disbarred. The professor sees her conduct as similar to that of...
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