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Dec 17, 2012

Educators on edge as children go back to school in U.S.

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – Cautious educators and police locked down schools at the first hint of trouble on Monday as nervous parents sent their kids back to school for the first time since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Educators fearful of “copycats” or troublemakers who might phone in empty threats grappled with how to respond and whether to discuss Friday’s shootings with children.

Dec 11, 2012

Hop-on, hop-off tour buses sued in New York for monopoly

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two companies are driving up prices for tourists in New York City by running an illegal monopoly in the $100 million market for hop-on, hop-off bus tours, state and federal antitrust authorities said in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Twin America LLC, a joint venture of former rivals Coach USA Inc and City Sights LLC, violates competition laws and should be dissolved, according to the suit filed in Manhattan federal court.

Dec 11, 2012

Hop-on, hop-off tour buses sued in NY for monopoly

NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Two companies are driving up
prices for tourists in New York City by running an illegal
monopoly in the $100 million market for hop-on, hop-off bus
tours, state and federal antitrust authorities said in a lawsuit
filed on Tuesday.

Twin America LLC, a joint venture of former rivals Coach USA
Inc and City Sights LLC, violates competition laws and should be
dissolved, according to the suit filed in Manhattan federal
court.

Nov 9, 2012

New York rations gasoline; storm victims still in the dark

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City began rationing gasoline on Friday for the first time since the energy shortages of the 1970s, seeking to ease a fuel crisis in the U.S. Northeast brought on by devastating Superstorm Sandy.

The former hurricane that hammered the East Coast on October 29 killed at least 120 people and caused an estimated $50 billion in damage or economic losses.

Nov 9, 2012

Gas rationing expands as Sandy, Nor’easter effects linger

NEW YORK, Nov 9 (Reuters) – New York City drivers will wake
up on Friday to the first widespread gas rationing since the
fuel crisis of the 1970s, as the U.S. Northeast struggles to
recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and a
subsequent snowstorm.

After a difficult commute Thursday night that saw heavily
armed police trying to quiet crowds at area bus and train
stations, New Jersey authorities are adding free buses and
ferries Friday to try and ease commutes that have been four and
five times longer than normal all week.

Nov 9, 2012

New York’s Governor Cuomo blasts utilities for Sandy outages

Riverhead, NEW YORK (Reuters) – Damage from Superstorm Sandy to the electricity system in the U.S. Northeast exposed deep flaws in the structure and regulation of power utilities that will require a complete redesign, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.

But at least some members of one utility oversight panel later fired back, saying it was the governor who should take responsibility.

Nov 9, 2012

US Northeast digs out from snow, gas rationing expands

NEW YORK, Nov 8 (Reuters) – New York City and much of the
U.S. Northeast on Thursday dug out from a snowstorm that
hammered a region struggling to recover from the devastation of
Superstorm Sandy, as local governments expanded gasoline
rationing in the face of shortages that may last for weeks.

The unseasonably early winter storm dumped more than a foot
(30 cm) of snow on parts of Connecticut on Wednesday and
battered the region with 50 mph (80 kph) winds, plunging 300,000
homes and businesses back into darkness. Rides aboard crowded
trains were made more uncomfortable by the bulky coats, hats and
scarves freezing commuters had to wear.

Nov 8, 2012

New York governor blasts utilities for Sandy outages

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Damage from Superstorm Sandy to the electricity system in the Northeast exposed deep flaws in the structure and regulation of power utilities that will require a complete redesign, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.

“We’re going to have to look at a ground up redesign,” Cuomo said while criticizing utilities he called virtual monopolies run by nameless and faceless bureaucrats.

Nov 8, 2012

NY’s Gov. Cuomo blasts utilities for Sandy outages

NEW YORK, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Damage from Superstorm Sandy to
the electricity system in the U.S. Northeast exposed deep flaws
in the structure and regulation of power utilities that will
require a complete redesign, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said
on Thursday.

“We’re going to have to look at a ground up redesign,” Cuomo
said while criticizing utilities he called virtual monopolies
run by nameless and faceless bureaucrats.

Nov 8, 2012

U.S. Northeast digs out from snow following hurricane

NEW YORK, Nov 8 (Reuters) – New York City and much of the
U.S. Northeast on Thursday dug out from a snowstorm that
hammered a region still struggling to recover from the
devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

The unseasonably early winter storm dumped more than a foot
(30 cm) of snow on parts of Connecticut and slapped the region
with 50 mph (80 kph) winds, plunging hundreds of thousands of
homes and businesses back into darkness and creating a new
commuting nightmare for a region whose transportation system was
already under repair.

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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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