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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.

Mar 14, 2013

Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion -study

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.

Mar 7, 2013

Bin Laden son-in-law detained overseas, brought to New York

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.

Feb 20, 2013

U.S. charges five in ‘Honeygate’ anti-dumping probe

Feb 20 (Reuters) – Five people and two honey-processing
companies have been charged with dumping honey imports from
China, including some that were adulterated with unauthorized
antibiotics, in an operation dubbed Project Honeygate, U.S.
authorities said on Wednesday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland
Security Investigations announced the charges in what they
called the second phase of an investigation that resulted in
charges against 14 people and several companies in 2008.

Feb 5, 2013

Under Obama, coal country fights for its way of life

BEALLSVILLE, Ohio, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Leon Lieser has been a
coal miner 49 years, his bent fingers testament to his first
job, loading coal by hand into a bucket. Mining also led to a
hip replacement and a knee replacement. He loves his job and his
industry, despite what it has done to his body.

“It’s a way of life. It’s a proud life,” said Lieser, 66.

Jan 20, 2013

What’s missing in U.S. gun control scramble? Bullets

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – In tracking down illegal weapons, the smoking gun may not be a gun at all.

Bullets are one thing Sacramento Police Detective Greg Halstead can count on to root out weapons that otherwise would be impossible to find. They are also largely missing from the gun control debate in Washington.

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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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