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Janet Yellen nominated for Fed chief, first woman in post
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 17, 2013

Janet Yellen, the vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, has been nominated as the central bank’s next chairwoman. President Barack Obama made the announcement last week. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen. 67, would succeed Ben Bernanke, be the first woman to hold that position and be the third consecutive Jewish economist to head the CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
October 10, 2013

After customers in a New Jersey store were allegedly told that Hobby Lobby doesn’t cater to Jewish customers, the company issued an apology and said it is re-evaluating its merchandise selection and investigating the incident. New Jersey blogger Ken Berwitz reported that family friends went to a Hobby Lobby in Marlboro, N.J., which was stocked CONTINUE »

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BY Ian Zelaya
October 10, 2013

Hostess Brands recently emerged from bankruptcy, which means Wonder Bread is back on the shelves. Remember Wonder Bread? It’s hard to forget the fluffy American sandwich staple of the 20th century. But now, it’s going kosher. The Orthodox Union recently announced that it’s certifying Wonder Bread products in regions of the U.S. If the product CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
October 10, 2013

Kosher chicken might be less safe to consume than conventional poultry, a new study found. Researchers with Northern Arizona State University examined the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant E. coli on four types of raw chicken: conventional, organic, kosher and those raised without antibiotics, all purchased throughout the New York area from April 2012 to June 2012. CONTINUE »

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Government shutdown will have impact on community resources, world opinion of U.S.
BY Suzanne Pollak and Eric Hal Schwartz
October 3, 2013

Beth Newman has been working as a statistician at the Census Bureau for more than a year, but when she arrived at the office early Tuesday morning it wasn’t because she was eager to get a jump on the day’s work but because she, like tens of thousands of other federal employees, had to sign CONTINUE »