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Oct 17, 2014

NJ man sentenced to 45 years for holding family in ‘den of horrors’

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for imprisoning and sexually abusing his daughter and stepdaughter in a home that one victim described as “hell,” authorities said.

Howard Gregory, 50, was convicted in May of kidnapping, sexual assault and other charges. He was sentenced on Thursday by Camden County Superior Court Judge Edward McBride, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s office and Lindenwold Police.

Oct 16, 2014

Eight New York hospitals to handle Ebola cases, governor says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hospitals in New York state are running drills to prepare for patients reporting to emergency rooms with Ebola-like symptoms, and eight of them have been identified as primary centers for handling any cases that may turn up, the governor said on Thursday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said authorities were erring on the side on caution in their preparations, and that the public’s “anxiety is higher than the probability” of an Ebola outbreak in New York.

Oct 13, 2014

In Pennsylvania race, Republican governor cannot count on his own

By Ellen Wulfhorst

WAYNE Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is not only trailing his Democratic challenger badly, but he has lost the support of nearly a quarter of his fellow Republicans, according to polls showing his bid for a second term is in deep trouble.

With the incumbent faring so poorly, his party is counting on Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey to shore up Corbett’s campaign. But even the backing of a powerful populist like Christie, renowned for his bipartisan appeal, could be too little, too late for his Pennsylvania counterpart, analysts say.

Oct 7, 2014

Choke hold complaints against N.Y.C. police on the rise: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Complaints against the New York Police Department about the use of illegal choke holds are increasing, and the incidents are not always properly investigated or subject to discipline, an agency that handles police complaints said on Tuesday.

The use of choke holds, banned under police guidelines because they can be deadly, has come under intense scrutiny with the July death of Eric Garner as he was being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes.

Sep 29, 2014

Judge recommends six officers be fired from New York jail for beating

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York judge is recommending six correction officers at the city’s largest jail be fired for the hog-tying and brutal beating of an inmate who was handcuffed in a segregated mental health unit, according to a ruling released on Monday.

Robert Hinton was seriously hurt in the April 3, 2012, incident at the Rikers Island jail complex, where he suffered facial injuries and a back fracture, according to the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Tynia Richard.

Sep 26, 2014

Former manager accused of fraud in New York bridge project

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former manager of a New York contracting company was accused on Friday of defrauding the state by falsely claiming to use a minority-owned steel supplier to win an $192-million contract to repair a major area suspension bridge, officials said.

Aaron Tubbs allegedly set up a scheme in which the steel passed through a minority-owned business that was not the actual supplier, according to the criminal complaint announced by the Office of Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Sep 26, 2014

New York grand jury to hear evidence in police choke hold death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A grand jury will begin hearing evidence next week in the controversial case of Eric Garner, who died after New York police put him in a banned choke hold.

The July 17 death of Garner, a 43-year-old black father of six, spurred national debate over how U.S. police treat minorities.

Sep 25, 2014

New York officials scramble to reassure city after security threat

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A warning by Iraq’s prime minister that Islamist militants planned to attack New York City sent political leaders scrambling on Thursday to assure the public it was safe to ride the subways and travel the streets of the nation’s largest city.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio each had the same idea – take a subway ride to a busy transit hub to announce that everything was under control.

Sep 23, 2014

Obama calls for closer U.S. ties to civil groups overseas

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Obama on Tuesday said U.S. agencies working overseas will forge stronger ties with civil groups in other countries to help fight against attacks on human rights and freedom of expression.

Strong and vibrant civil societies are critical to building strong successful countries, the president said in a speech to the Clinton Global Initiative.

Sep 22, 2014

New York man sent to prison for causing death of 13 pit bulls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A suburban New York man who admitted causing the death of 13 pit bulls he trained to fight was sentenced on Monday to up to three years in prison, officials said.

Anthony Reddick, 53, also will be prohibited from owning any animals for 15 years, according to the office of Nassau County, New York District Attorney Kathleen Rice.