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Jul 14, 2015

Criminal intent seen in petrochemical fire on French Bastille Day

PARIS/MARSEILLES, France (Reuters) – Criminal intent is suspected in two fires which broke out at a petrochemical facility near Marseilles airport on Tuesday as France celebrated its Bastille Day national holiday, a source close to the French government said.

The fires came after an incident last month in which a suspected Islamist beheaded his boss and tried to blow up an industrial gas plant in the suburbs of the southeast city of Lyon. There was however no indication of a link between the two.

Nov 10, 2014

New York City police to stop arresting for low-level marijuana possession

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City police will begin issuing a summons rather than making a misdemeanor arrest for most people caught carrying small amounts of marijuana, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Monday.

The new policy does not apply to smoking marijuana in public, which will continue to trigger a misdemeanor arrest, warned Bratton, who suggested the best way to avoid problems is not to smoke pot.

Nov 3, 2014

Fashion world bids farewell to designer Oscar de la Renta

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The fashion world mourned the loss of one of its greatest designers on Monday at the private funeral of Oscar de la Renta, who died last month at 82 of cancer.

The tall Dominican-born de la Renta dressed New York socialites, Hollywood stars and American first ladies during a career that spanned five decades.

Sep 30, 2014

World investors diverge on the outlook for stocks

LONDON, (Reuters) –

Global investor sentiment is diverging, with Europeans, including the UK, remaining bullish

on stocks and keeping allocations in place while the United States and Japan fret over rising risks, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

Jul 24, 2014

U.S. app to help emergency responders communicate in crisis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A mobile app from a law enforcement technology firm could soon allow emergency responders from different agencies to communicate seamlessly with each other in a crisis for the first time, sharing files and conducting impromptu conference calls.

BlueLine Grid’s applications target what has long been one of the most vexing challenges facing U.S. law enforcement and emergency responders. Communications breakdowns hampered responses to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack in New York and disasters including 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.

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      "Chris Francescani covers local and federal law enforcement in New York and writes national investigative feature stories for Reuters. Previously, Francescani spent nine years at ABC News, six years at the New York Post and two years at the Southampton Press. He has also written for New York Magazine, The New York Times and CBS News."
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