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Mar 24, 2014

‘Non-politician’ leads Democratic race for Pennsylvania governor

YORK, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Four years ago, Pennsylvania businessman Tom Wolf abandoned a promising bid for governor to return to his family’s building products company, a once successful business that was spiraling toward collapse after a sale to private investors.

As he undertakes another run for governor, Wolf, who wears a full beard and could be mistaken for a college professor, has made his decision to drop out in 2009 the centerpiece of an advertising blitz that portrays him as a candidate who set aside politics to save a local business and protect jobs.

Mar 14, 2014

Searchers sift rubble in aftermath of NY building collapse

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Search and rescue workers on Friday combed the still-smoldering rubble for victims of a gas explosion that caused two New York City apartment buildings to collapse this week, killing eight people and injuring dozens.

The blast shook the East Harlem neighborhood on Wednesday morning, shortly after a resident complained to the Con Edison utility about a gas odor.

Mar 13, 2014

NYC buildings explosion kills three, others missing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two New York City apartment buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion apparently caused by a gas leak, killing three women, injuring at least 36 people and setting off a search for more victims feared trapped in the rubble, officials said.

The blast, which scattered debris across nearby rooftops, brought down the adjacent five-story buildings, with a total of 15 apartments, at about 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) on a largely residential Upper Manhattan block at East 116th Street and Park Avenue.

Mar 12, 2014

NYC buildings collapse in explosion, two dead

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two New York buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak, killing at least two people, injuring at least 18, and setting off a search for anyone trapped in the debris, officials said.

A blast that scattered debris onto nearby rooftops brought down adjacent five-story structures shortly after 9 a.m. on the largely residential block at East 116th Street and Park Avenue in Upper Manhattan.

Mar 7, 2014

Republicans see chance to seize Illinois governor’s seat

By Mary Wisniewski and Edith Honan

(Reuters) – Illinois, the longtime home of President Barack Obama, has chosen Democrats for president in every election since 1992 and for governor since 2002. But this year Republicans, finding a weak incumbent in Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, see an opening.

The Republican front-runner ahead of the March 18 primary, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, has emerged as a deep-pocketed and potentially formidable rival. The Republican National Committee already has staff on the ground in Illinois and plans to add more this spring.

Feb 28, 2014

New Jersey’s Christie allies joke about another traffic jam: documents

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two people at the heart of a traffic scandal dogging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joked weeks earlier about causing traffic problems in front of the home of a rabbi, documents released on Thursday show.

Christie’s former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and David Wildstein, an ally to the governor at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, lost their jobs over their involvement in the “Bridgegate” scandal last September that is threatening Christie’s White House aspirations.

Feb 27, 2014

Chris Christie allies joke about another traffic jam: documents

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two people at the heart of a traffic scandal dogging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joked weeks earlier about causing traffic problems in front of the home of a rabbi, documents released on Thursday show.

Christie’s former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and David Wildstein, an ally to the governor at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, lost their jobs over their involvement in a September incident over the closing of bridge access lanes that is now threatening Christie’s White House aspirations.

Feb 26, 2014

Embattled New Jersey Governor Christie finds friendly crowd at familiar forum

STIRLING, New Jersey (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has endured months of political fire for a traffic scandal that has brought down some top aides, visited a conservative corner of his state on Wednesday for a town hall intended to show off his charisma.

In his second such meeting since the “Bridgegate” scandal broke, voters were warm to Christie, a Republican seen as a likely 2016 White House contender, saying they respected his leadership even after learning that aides ordered the closure of three lanes of traffic on the George Washington Bridge in an act of apparent political retribution.

Feb 13, 2014

New York City draws fire for keeping schools open in blizzard

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was blasted by a teachers union, many parents and even a well-known TV weatherman on Thursday for keeping the city’s public schools open during near-blizzard conditions.

Even as school districts in neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut wrestle with how to make up lost time after calling repeated snow days in a storm-filled winter, public schools in America’s biggest city have been closed only once.

Feb 13, 2014

Storms taking toll on families, schools in U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A winter storm that froze the U.S. southeast in its tracks pushed north on Thursday, with driving winds and heavy snow snarling travel and closing many schools from Washington to Connecticut, creating havoc for winter-weary parents.

Hundreds of thousands of Georgia, North and South Carolina residents hit by a heavy blast of ice a day earlier remained without power as the storm made its way up the coast, closing much of Washington and threatening to drop up to 18 inches of snow in some areas.