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Feb 17, 2011

Amid crisis, state workers say: “Don’t blame us”

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – When a New Jersey family with an autistic child walks into the state office seeking help, Norlande Perpignan is often the first person they see.

A clerk making $41,082 a year at the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Perpignan, 40, is also on the front lines of a national debate about public spending, taxes and a fiscal crisis facing local governments.

Feb 1, 2011

NY’s Cuomo slashes spending, freezes taxes in budget

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed laying off nearly 10,000 state workers and cutting billions from education and Medicaid as he laid out his first budget on Tuesday, designed to close a $10 billion deficit.

The Democratic governor proposed no new or increased taxes in the $132.9 billion budget plan, which would shrink the current budget ending March 31 by 2.7 percent. If the budget plan holds, it would mark the first spending decrease since 1997.

Feb 1, 2011

U.S. briefs Wall Street about al Qaeda threat

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Security officials warned major Wall Street institutions of a potential threat after an al Qaeda-linked magazine suggested financial markets could be a target of attack, the FBI said on Tuesday.

The meetings with financial institutions took place over a couple of days in January after authorities circulated a bulletin to law enforcement agencies warning about “Inspire” magazine, which bills itself as the periodical of Yemeni-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Jan 27, 2011

Record snow again buries Northeast

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A thick blanket of snow covered Northeast on Thursday, as the fifth major storm of the winter set snowfall records, delayed the opening of financial markets and clogged Washington highways with abandoned cars.

Snow fell from Virginia to Maine on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, putting additional strain on cities and states already faced with overwhelming budget deficits. Almost 630,000 homes and businesses in the region lost power, but utilities said they hoped to restore electricity to most in the next two days.

Jan 27, 2011

Carrie Fisher is fat but “not like Jabba the Hutt”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Carrie Fisher has become so adept at turning her life’s tragedies into humor it is a little surprising to discover she is hurt by tabloid gossip.

The big screen’s Princess Leia from “Star Wars” is now a spokeswoman for the weight-loss company Jenny Craig, turning dieting into her latest public humiliation at age 54. TV ads began appearing this week.

Jan 25, 2011

Using anonymity to peek in White House, sell books

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Simon & Schuster makes no pretense about “O,” a political novel imagining Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. The publisher is hiding the author’s identity in order to sell books.

“We plead guilty to marketing the book, but it’s more than just a ploy. There’s a rationale behind it,” said Jonathan Karp, executive vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, part of CBS Corp.

Jan 13, 2011

Wikipedia, 10 years old, targets India

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With China virtually cut off and Western markets maturing, Wikipedia is targeting India first and possibly Brazil next to reach its goal of 1 billion users, Executive Director Sue Gardner says.

The San Francisco-based online encyclopaedia, which turns 10 years old on Saturday, also vows to reach that goal in the next five years while maintaining its status as a non-profit organisation.

Jan 12, 2011

Wikipedia, 10 years old, targets India for growth

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With China virtually cut off and Western markets maturing, Wikipedia is targeting India first and possibly Brazil next to reach its goal of 1 billion users, Executive Director Sue Gardner says.

The San Francisco-based online encyclopedia, which turns 10 years old on Saturday, also vows to reach that goal in the next five years while maintaining its status as a non-profit organization.

Jan 12, 2011

Major winter storm wallops U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The second major snow storm of the winter season pelted the U.S. Northeast with about 8 inches of snow on Wednesday, snarling traffic and canceling flights, but it was not enough to suspend school in New York City.

The National Weather Service reported snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states — only Florida was spared — and much of the South was still battling icy conditions that made roads dangerous and led to several traffic deaths.

Jan 10, 2011

Can New Jersey’s Chris Christie overcome his weight?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a rising star of the Republican Party seen as having a shot at a White House run, raising questions whether his obesity could impede his chances.

American views on overweight candidates may help determine the political future of Christie, an alternative to fit fellow-Republican Sarah Palin. While Americans like female candidates slim, they seem to better tolerate their male politicians on the heavy side.

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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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