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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Israel Turns 61, Swine Flu Toll Rises, and Lucky Lotto Winner Sweeps

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order: Happy 61st, Israel! The nation (and Jews across the world) are celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day! Swine Flu continues to wreak havoc as known cases hit 10 states and Europe. … Read More

By / April 29, 2009

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:

  • Happy 61st, Israel! The nation (and Jews across the world) are celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day!
  • Swine Flu continues to wreak havoc as known cases hit 10 states and Europe. The World Health Organization says it’s close to becoming a "full-scale pandemic," and with over 100 confirmed cases in the U.S., President Obama says more wide-scale school closings may be necessary. A Mexican toddler visiting Texas with his family was the first U.S. death due to the highly dangerous flu strain.
  • A car bombing in the Shiite district of Baghdad has killed at least 41 as tensions remained heightened in Iraq.
  • North Korea has threatened a second nuclear test unless the UN apologizes for criticizing the nation’s rocket launch earlier this month, which it claimed was a communications satellite.
  • President Obama has welcomed Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter to the other side of the aisle, just one day after the senator changed his party affiliation to democrat. This move tipped democrats over the side of a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority, angering many who have begun to call the U.S. government a one-party system.