1 (Reuters) – When 6-year-old
Ana Marquez-Greene was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary
School massacre almost a year ago, her father, a professional
jazz musician, stopped playing his saxophone.
When he could bring himself to pick it up again a month
later, Jimmy Greene felt his emotional wounds start to heal and,
within months, he recorded an album celebrating his daughter’s
life. It is one of several works of art that have risen from the
depths of loss and grief at Newtown.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Five men have been arrested and accused of trying to smuggle methamphetamine from North Korea into the United States, authorities said on Wednesday.
The arrests came after two of the men agreed to sell 100 kilograms of the illegal drug earlier this year to confidential sources working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to federal prosecutors.
(Reuters) – The United States marked Veterans Day on Monday with ceremonies across the nation, from small-town parades honoring those who served in the armed forces to the president marking the day at Arlington National Cemetery.
President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in a ceremony in which he called veterans “those who fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security.”
Nov 5 (Reuters) – New Jersey Republican Governor Chris
Christie handily won re-election on Tuesday, according to media
projections, a victory seen boosting his widely expected bid for
the White House in 2016.
Christie was declared the unofficial winner, within minutes
of the polls closing, by CNN, CBS and NBC.
(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was headed for a landslide re-election win on Tuesday, a first step on what is expected to be a far bumpier path in a likely bid for the White House in 2016.
The Republican incumbent leads Democratic challenger state Senator Barbara Buono by 20 points, according to the most recent public opinion poll released by Monmouth University on Monday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A group of Barclays Center luxury box holders sued the giant events center in Brooklyn on Thursday, claiming they have been treated badly because they are black.
The federal lawsuit filed by Ludwig’s Drug Store, which seeks $4 million in damages, claims its manager and two other staffers who bought into the box have been “harassed, followed and questioned.”
(Reuters) – A Connecticut judge on Wednesday ordered a new trial for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who was convicted more than a decade ago of murdering a teenage neighbor, his defense attorney’s office said.
Skakel’s attorneys had argued before state Superior Court Judge Thomas Bishop that his previous defense attorney, Mickey Sherman, did not competently defend him.
(Reuters) – New Jersey on Monday became the 14th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage after Governor Chris Christie withdrew its legal opposition to same-sex nuptials.
The state’s highest court on Friday unanimously denied the Republican governor’s request to put gay marriage on hold while the state’s appeal was to be heard in January.
BRICK TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (Reuters) – Navigating neighborhoods ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, the mayor of Brick Township, New Jersey, can tick off which residents are rebuilding and which ones gave up and left.
As waterfront communities like Brick continue to rebuild after the storm, concerns are emerging that the iconic character of the beach shacks, bungalows and boardwalk arcades that define the Jersey Shore will be lost.
(Reuters) – A small private prep school in Pennsylvania has received a $100 million gift from an alumna, one of the largest ever gifts to a U.S. independent secondary school, officials said on Thursday.
The gift to Mercersburg Academy comes from Deborah J. Simon of Indianapolis, a 1974 graduate, and the Deborah Joy Simon Foundation, said school spokesman Wallace Whitworth.