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Mar 22, 2012

Police chief in Florida town where teen killed steps down

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – The police chief of a Florida town where an unarmed black teenager was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer said on Thursday he would temporarily step down from his job, saying his role in the investigation had become too much of a distraction.

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee had been heading up the investigation into the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by watch captain George Zimmerman, 28. The incident has sparked a nationwide public outcry over Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which Zimmerman says makes the killing self defense.

Mar 22, 2012

Police chief investigating killing of Florida teen steps down

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – The police chief of a Florida town where the killing of an unarmed black teenager has drawn national attention said on Thursday he would temporarily step down from his job, saying his role in the investigation had become too much of a distraction.

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. had been heading up the investigation into the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, in a case that has sparked debate over Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Mar 19, 2012

New York man charged in fire-bombing of mosque

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal and state grand juries have indicted a New York man on suspicion of hate crimes in connection with five New Year’s Day Molotov cocktail attacks, including one against a mosque and another on a building used as a Hindu place of worship.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and the Queens District attorney on Monday announced their indictments separately in “parallel cases,” an unusual circumstance in which state and federal charges are brought over the same incident.

Mar 13, 2012

Amid Muslim flap, New York police chief high in polls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly won better than 2-to-1 approval ratings in a poll released on Tuesday as voters said police act appropriately in how they deal with Muslims by a margin of 58 percent to 29 percent.

The Quinnipiac University poll taken March 6-11 followed a number of controversies in recent months involving the New York Police Department, which has come under scrutiny since a news report last year that the CIA was helping police gather intelligence from mosques and minority neighborhoods.

Mar 7, 2012

Web moguls, Spanx whiz among Forbes billionaires

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim retained his position atop Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s billionaires on Wednesday with an estimated worth of $69 billion, while his Mexican rival Ricardo Salinas Pliego enjoyed the largest increase in wealth.

Microsoft Corp cofounder Bill Gates ranked second at $61 billion and Warren Buffett third at $44 billion. France’s Bernard Arnault, the richest person in Europe, repeated at No. 4. They were the same top four as last year.

Feb 1, 2012

Super Bowl reignites New York-Boston rivalry

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – The rival camps have been infiltrating each other for centuries. New Yorkers head to Boston for an education. Bostonians follow their career paths right onto Wall Street.

In the struggle for supremacy, curses are exchanged, aspersions cast. These two great American cities cannot avoid one another, and they are on a collision course once again in the Super Bowl.

Jan 29, 2012

With instability at home, Yemeni chief arrives in U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Barely clinging to power, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in the United States on Saturday, apparently to treat burns and other wounds suffered in an assassination attempt in June.

U.S. and Yemeni officials confirmed his arrival for a private, short-term medical visit but withheld details. An aide said he was headed to New York but his whereabouts could not be confirmed.

Jan 29, 2012

Yemeni president arrives in U.S.: State Department

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Barely clinging to power, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in the United States on Saturday, apparently to treat burns and other wounds suffered in an assassination attempt in June.

U.S. and Yemeni officials confirmed his arrival for a private, short-term medical visit but withheld details. An aide said he was headed to New York but his whereabouts could not be confirmed.

Jan 24, 2012

“Headless body in topless bar” killer denied parole

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York state authorities denied parole on Tuesday to the man convicted of the crime that generated one of the most famous headlines in U.S. journalism: the New York Post’s “Headless body in topless bar.”

The parole board denied early release for Charles Dingle, 53, convicted of the 1983 rampage in which he fatally shot the owner of a topless bar, took hostages, raped a woman and forced another to cut off the dead man’s head in order to prevent police from linking the bullet to his gun.

Jan 6, 2012

New York archbishop “humbled” at being named cardinal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A “humbled” Archbishop Timothy Dolan said on Friday his elevation to cardinal by Pope Benedict is more of an honor for New York than for himself.

One of 22 newly named cardinals from around the world, Dolan was the only one representing an Archdiocese in the United States. One other American, the former archbishop of Baltimore, Edwin O’Brien, who heads the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, was also promoted.

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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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