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May 9, 2013

Three kidnapped women in Ohio endured decade of isolation, rape, beatings

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A former school bus driver accused of kidnapping three young women and raping them during a decade of captivity in his house was ordered held on $8 million bond on Thursday.

In Cleveland Municipal Court, the accused man Ariel Castro appeared expressionless, his head bowed and his hands in cuffs before Judge Lauren Moore, who set his bond at $2 million for each of the three women and a child who was born in captivity.

May 8, 2013

Questions mount on how Ohio women’s captivity went undetected

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Euphoria over the rescue of three Ohio woman from a decade-long kidnapping ordeal gave way to questions of how their captivity inside a house on a residential street in Cleveland went undetected for so long.

The women, freed when a neighbor was alerted to their presence by screams for help, huddled privately with family under FBI protection on Tuesday as investigators combed through the house, seeking evidence against the accused captors.

May 8, 2013

Hints of a dark side in Cleveland abduction suspect’s life

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – In hindsight, there were signs of a darker side to Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man suspected of abducting three girls and holding them captive for around a decade.

Divorced years ago and never seen in the company of women, Castro suddenly started showing up in the largely Latino, working-class neighborhood with a 6-year-old girl. It was his girlfriend’s child, he told neighbors.

May 7, 2013

Authorities tried earlier to visit house where Ohio women found

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Three Cleveland women, found alive after vanishing for about a decade in their own neighborhood, were freed from a house that authorities tried to visit several years ago, police said on Tuesday.

Three brothers, one of them a school bus driver who owns the house in Cleveland, Ohio where the women and a child were found on Monday, are under arrest, police said.

Apr 30, 2013

Boston Marathon bomb amputees offered prosthetics free of cost

April 30 (Reuters) – A trade group representing makers of
artificial limbs on Tuesday promised to provide prosthetics free
of cost to the estimated 20 to 25 victims of the Boston Marathon
bombings who underwent amputations.

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association offered
initial services and prosthetics not covered by insurance for
patients injured in the blasts, which tore the lower limbs off
some spectators near the finish line of the race on April 15.

Apr 9, 2013

New York proposes new laws against public corruption

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed three new laws on Tuesday aimed at stopping government corruption, after federal prosecutors brought two criminal cases against elected officials in the state last week.

Decrying a culture of political corruption in New York and describing the two recent cases as “especially brazen and arrogant behavior,” Cuomo promised to introduce the so-called Public Trust Act to the state legislature.

Mar 24, 2013

U.S. victims of mass shootings seek control over donations

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Survivors of mass U.S. shootings have united to provide victims of future tragedies greater control over donations made after such events and to prevent nonprofit groups from holding onto money intended for families of the dead and wounded.

A group representing families of those killed at the Columbine, Virginia Tech and Aurora mass shootings wants to ensure any unspecified funds raised as a result of the Newtown shooting go directly to victims and their families.

Mar 23, 2013

Meteor lights up night sky over eastern United States

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A meteor bright enough to be classified as a fireball lit up the night sky over eastern North America on Friday, providing a spectacle witnessed in at least 13 states, Washington, D.C. and two Canadian provinces, the American Meteor Society said.

The society verified more than 300 witness sightings from Ontario and Quebec down to the southern U.S. state of North Carolina with more than 100 reports yet to be reviewed, said Mike Hankey, an observer for the American Meteor Society.

Mar 19, 2013

National Park Service plans to reopen Statue of Liberty on July 4

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Park Service plans to reopen the Statue of Liberty to tourists on July 4 after a $59 million job to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, officials said on Tuesday.

Tourists once again will be allowed to ascend the internal staircase to the statue’s crown, restoring a source of tourist dollars to New York.

Mar 19, 2013

U.S. plans to reopen Statue of Liberty on July 4

NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. National Park
Service plans to reopen the Statue of Liberty to tourists on the
U.S. Independence Day of July 4 after a $59 million job to
repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, officials said on
Tuesday.

Tourists once again will be allowed to ascend the internal
staircase to the statue’s crown, restoring a source of tourist
dollars to New York.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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