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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
NEW YORK, March 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. war in Iraq has cost
$1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed
to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6
trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study
released on Thursday said.
The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may
have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that
number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson
Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prosecutors unsealed an indictment against a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden on Thursday that charged him with conspiracy to kill Americans, after government sources said he was arrested overseas and brought to New York.
Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a militant who appeared in videos representing al Qaeda after the September 11 attacks in 2001, had initially been picked up in Turkey and was brought to the United States in an operation led by Jordanian authorities and the FBI, the sources said.