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Sep 12, 2015

Victims’ relatives gather 14 years after Sept. 11 attacks on U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Relatives assembled under overcast skies on Friday to commemorate nearly 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and outside Washington 14 years ago, when airliners hijacked by al Qaeda militants brought death, mayhem and destruction.

In New York, families of the victims read their names in a solemn and poignantly familiar pattern, watched over by service members in their dress uniforms.

Sep 11, 2015

N.Y. police release video of ex-tennis star James Blake’s mistaken arrest

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City Police Department on Friday released a security camera video showing ex-tennis star James Blake being tackled, thrown to the ground and handcuffed by an undercover officer in a now infamous case of mistaken identity.

The incident occurred as Blake, formerly the world’s fourth-ranked player, was calmly standing by the entrance of a midtown Manhattan hotel, waiting for a car to take him to the U.S. Open.

Sep 11, 2015

Victims’ relatives gather 14 years after September 11 attacks on U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Relatives assembled under overcast skies on Friday to commemorate nearly 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and outside Washington 14 years ago, when airliners hijacked by al Qaeda militants brought death, mayhem and destruction.

In New York, families of the victims read their names in a solemn and poignantly familiar pattern, watched over by service members in their dress uniforms.

Sep 8, 2015

Judge orders Kentucky clerk in gay marriage case released from jail

By Daniel Bases

Grayson, Ky. (Reuters) – A U.S. district judge on Tuesday
ordered a Kentucky county clerk released after six days in jail
for defying his orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses,
saying he was satisfied the licenses were being issued in
accordance with U.S. law.

The judge, David Bunning, lifted his contempt of court order
against Kim Davis, 49, saying she “shall not interfere in any
way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy
clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible
couples.”

Sep 4, 2015

Gay marriage fight in Kentucky likely not the last battleground

By Jon Herskovitz and Daniel Bases

(Reuters) – The fight over same-sex marriage licenses may not end in Kentucky.

In Texas, Alabama and elsewhere a number of clerks and judges who stated their opposition to gay marriage have thrown up roadblocks to the unions, extending the fight over same-sex weddings two months after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

Sep 3, 2015

Judge in Kentucky gay marriage case keeping politics out of courtroom

By Daniel Bases

(Reuters) – For years, mentioning the name “Bunning” in Kentucky brought to mind former conservative Republican U.S. Senator and baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning.

This week has changed that.

His son, U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning, was thrust into the national spotlight on Thursday when he took a hard line against Kim Davis, an elected county clerk in Kentucky, for disobeying his order to follow U.S. law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [ID:nL1N1191QO]

Aug 22, 2015

Public plazas in New York’s Times Square bring business, chaos

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s Times Square is notorious for its fast talkers, street walkers and con-men mingling among artists scrounging tips from tourists who gawk at themselves on jumbo video screens or take selfies with accommodating cops on horses.

Much of the action takes place in pedestrian plazas carved into Broadway, souvenirs of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts in 2009 to make parts of the city more accessible to the public.

Aug 20, 2015

New York looks to curb topless women, Mickey and Thor in Times Square

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City created a task force on Thursday to examine how it can rein in topless women and costumed cartoon and superhero characters who officials believe are aggressively soliciting tips after posing for tourists’ pictures in Times Square.

“Over the past several months, serious concerns have been raised about both the appropriateness of topless individuals in Times Square, as well as aggressive solicitation by topless individuals and costumed characters that often times becomes harassment of New Yorkers and visitors alike,” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said.

Aug 20, 2015

More racial unrest in St. Louis after police kill black suspect

By Carey Gillam and Daniel Bases

(Reuters) – St. Louis police fatally shot a black teenager they say pointed a gun at them on Wednesday, drawing angry protesters and recalling the racial tensions sparked by the killing of an unarmed African-American teen in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, a year ago.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the shooting took place as officers were carrying out a search warrant and two young black men ran out the back door of the targeted house.

Aug 18, 2015

N.Y. judge hears arguments on Paul Smith’s College name change

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York State Supreme Court judge
deferred ruling on Tuesday whether Paul Smith’s College could
defy its founder’s wishes and accept a $20 million donation that
requires changing the institution’s name, sources said.

Joan Weill, the wife of billionaire financier and
philanthropist Sanford Weill, wants to give the money with the
proviso that the small, four-year private college in rural
upstate New York be renamed the Joan Weill-Paul Smith’s College.

    • About Daniel

      "Deputy U.S. Public Finance Editor. Responsible for editing and reporting on U.S. municipalities, their debt, investments and budgets. Special focus on U.S. infrastructure spending and mutual fund analysis. Previously Senior Correspondent covering global financial markets, investing and foreign policy. I'm New York-based with 20+ years of experience in text, TV and radio. I've reported and taught journalism in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States."
      Joined Reuters:
      1997
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