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Jan 2, 2012

New York firebomb attacks hit mosque, Hindu site

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York police are investigating as bias crimes four Molotov cocktail attacks on Sunday night including one against a mosque with 75 people inside and another against a Hindu place of worship.

No injuries were reported.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday assigned state law enforcement officials to assist the New York City investigation, saying the attacks “go against everything we stand for as New Yorkers and Americans,” and the Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the attacks.

Dec 21, 2011

U.S. troops charged in death of fellow soldier

KABUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Army has charged eight soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in the death of Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old Chinese-American who was bullied and taunted by fellow troops over his heritage.

Chen was found in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan after apparently shooting himself, the Army in Washington and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.

Dec 17, 2011

Gingrich newcomer team takes on Romney stronghold

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters)- As he surged from also-ran to a front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich put a 29-year-old newcomer in charge of his New Hampshire campaign.

It was October 21, when the former House of Representatives speaker was way behind in the race for the state’s January 10 primary and few believed he had a chance to win the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama next November.

Dec 14, 2011

Ron Paul gains ground, further stirring Republicans

AMHERST, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul declared on Wednesday his campaign was “peaking at the right time” as polls show him closing in on the two perceived front-runners.

The libertarian congressman from Texas with a passionate core of followers complained that pundits were dismissing his longshot campaign prematurely and sounded optimistic about catching former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich.

Nov 24, 2011

Ecopetrol’s search for “clean oil”

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the 12th oil or gas company to be admitted, an indication of its commitment to mitigate the impact of drilling for and burning petroleum.

Among the environmental measures taken by Ecopetrol:

OVERALL STRATEGY

Ecopetrol says its strategy is to comply with all environmental laws; reduce spills, emissions and solid waste; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and promote biodiversity.

Nov 24, 2011

Labor unrest taking shine off Colombia’s oil boom

PUERTO GAITAN, Colombia, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Protesting oil
workers have yet to buy into Colombia’s grand vision for its
oil industry, staging strikes that have shut the country’s
largest oil field and threatening further unrest.

The government says oil can help lift Colombia out of
poverty but workers complain of depressed wages and of police
and army complicity in thwarting attempts to organize unions.

Nov 21, 2011

NYC police say arrest ‘lone wolf’ in bomb plot

NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) – New York police arrested a
27-year-old man they called a “lone wolf” militant on charges
of plotting to build bombs to kill American soldiers returning
from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jose Pimentel, a follower of late Muslim cleric Anwar
al-Awlaki, was arraigned Sunday night in state court on
terrorism-related charges.

Nov 21, 2011

NY arrests Awlaki follower on bomb-making plan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York officials said on Sunday police had arrested a man trying to build a pipe bomb with instructions from an al Qaeda magazine which he planned to use against U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The suspect – identified as Jose Pimentel, 27 – was charged with three terrorism-related counts and two other counts, court documents said.

Nov 21, 2011

New York police arrest man trying to build bomb

NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – New York officials said on
Sunday police had arrested a man trying to build a pipe bomb
with instructions from an al Qaeda magazine which he planned to
use against U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The suspect – identified as Jose Pimentel, 27 – was charged
with three terrorism-related counts and two other counts, court
documents said.

Nov 19, 2011

Law limitations may protect child abusers in U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – High-profile accusations of child sex abuse in the United States have refocused attention on laws that are meant to protect the rights of the accused but in fact can help pedophiles escape prosecution.

Experts say statutes of limitation that prevent criminal charges being brought after a certain number of years may need to be reconsidered in the sex abuse of children because victims typically need years before they are able to come forward.

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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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