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Man indicted for murder, kidnap of Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A medical examination into the death of a murdered Chasidic child has revealed that he was drugged by his killer.

According to New York officials, before Leiby Kletzky was smothered he was given a cocktail of a muscle relaxant, an anti-psychotic substance and pain medications.

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Second tragedy for millionaire Jonah Shacknai

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

The son of a millionaire pharmaceutical mogul has died just days after the gruesome death of his father's girlfriend.

Max Shacknai, the son of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp chief executive Jonah Shacknai, was said to have fallen down the stairs at the family's San Diego mansion last week.

The six-year-old was taken to hospital but could not be resuscitated.

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Couple face jail for 'kidnapping' man who wouldn't give wife religious divorce

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

A New Jersey couple appeared in US federal court on Monday on charges of kidnapping a man who would not grant his wife a religious divorce.

David and Judy Wax were released on bail but if they are indicted by a grand jury they could face life sentences. Their lawyers said the parents of eight would both plead not guilty.

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Rabbinical college criticised for Israel memorial email

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The chair of an organisation dedicated to supporting the families of Israel's war casualties has expressed concern about a proposal by a US rabbinical college to "broaden" commemorative ceremonies.

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Michele Bachmann: a lesson in bad yiddish

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Michel Bachmann, a darling of America's Christian right, runs into a spot of trouble with a very well-known Yiddish word. Watch the clip at 1.35 for more:

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The New York rabbi and the Shabbat sex scandal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

A rabbi and his wife are engaged in a court battle over his alleged involvement with prostitutes and her role in a sting operation to catch him.

Long Island rabbi Avraham Rabinowich, who is even alleged to have hired prostitutes on Shabbat – after services - was secretly filmed by a private investigator. The investigator had been hired by his wife Dr Amora Rachelle during a custody fight.

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Mila Kunis to go on date with YouTube suitor

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2011

The Golden Globe-nominated actress Mila Kunis has agreed to accompany an American soldier to a ball after he posted a video plea for a date with her on YouTube.

The Jewish star, who was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the US after the fall of Communism, has said she will attend a Marine Corps ball in November with Sgt Scott Moore.

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Democrats are losing us

By Matt Brooks, July 7, 2011

While it is a fact that no modern Republican presidential candidate has yet matched the 39 per cent of the Jewish vote that Ronald Reagan received in 1980, there has, however, been an unmistakable trend in Jewish voting, with Republicans gaining a larger share of the Jewish vote in presidential elections and doing well in the community in other races.

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US: Palestinian September plans 'not helpful'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

Palestinian plans to bid for statehood at the United Nations in September are a distraction from the goal of peace negotiations, a US State Department official has said.

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Body in lake not missing student Lauren Spierer

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

A body found in an Indiana lake was not that of a Jewish student who went missing more than a month ago.

Forensic staff who carried out an autopsy on the badly decomposed body yesterday ruled a match out with Lauren Spierer on the basis of "external characteristics and body structure".

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