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May 19, 2015

Musicians, from opera to blues, seek to play New York subways

NEW YORK, May 19 (Reuters) – It may not be the lights of
Broadway but subway stations aren’t a bad gig either, according
to scores of musicians who auditioned on Tuesday to play in New
York City’s bustling underground terminals.

The auditions, attracting players of classical music,
cabaret, opera, blues, reggae and even cartoon tunes, are hosted
by the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to select
performers allowed to play, or busk, in subway stations from
Times Square to Yankee Stadium.

May 18, 2015

Funerals set for three victims of Philadelphia train derailment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Funeral services were set for Monday for three victims of the deadly Philadelphia train derailment last week, as Amtrak commuter service resumed on the busy Northeast Corridor.

An investigation continued into the cause of the derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others last Tuesday evening.

May 12, 2015

TV chef Sandra Lee, N.Y. governor’s girlfriend, diagnosed with cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sandra Lee, a television chef and longtime girlfriend of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the governor will be taking time off to be with her, his office announced on Tuesday.

Lee, 48, will undergo a double mastectomy this week, she said in an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” program.

May 6, 2015
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Charlie Hebdo is honored in New York under increased security


(A lone protester holds a placard outside the PEN Literary Awards at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, targeted in a deadly attack earlier this year by Islamist gunmen, was honored on Tuesday at a New York gala under heavy security, organizers said.

May 5, 2015

New York mans pleads guilty to shining laser at LaGuardia pilots

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City man pleaded guilty on
Tuesday to aiming a laser beam at commercial airplanes taking
off and landing at LaGuardia Airport, temporarily blinding the
pilots, authorities said.

Elehecer Balaguer, 54, was accused of shining a laser
pointer into the eyes of the pilots of three planes on March 9,
according to a statement by the office of Preet Bharara, U.S.
attorney for the Southern District of New York.

May 4, 2015

New York police officer dies after being shot in head

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City plainclothes police officer shot in the head over the weekend as he tried to question a local man sought on gun charges died on Monday of his wounds, police and City Hall officials said.

Officer Brian Moore, 25, was shot on Saturday evening as he and his partner were seated in an unmarked car in a middle-class residential neighborhood of Queens.

May 3, 2015

New York City man charged in shooting of police officer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A man sought for illegal gun possession was charged on Sunday with the attempted murder of a New York City plainclothes police officer who was shot in the head while in an unmarked car, authorities said.

Officer Brian Moore, 25, was in critical but stable condition at Jamaica Hospital, a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department said.

Apr 24, 2015

Statue of Liberty evacuated, suspicious package reported

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visitors to the Statue of Liberty were evacuated from Liberty Island in New York Harbor on Friday after a report of a suspicious package, the United States Park Police said.

The evacuation was ordered after a telephone bomb threat, according to CNN and the Wall Street Journal. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Park Police said she could not confirm such a threat, which CNN said was phoned in at about 11:30 a.m.

Apr 24, 2015

Columbia sued by student accused of rape by mattress-toting undergrad

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Columbia University student who
officials cleared of rape allegations has filed a lawsuit
claiming the school allowed his accuser to harass and defame him
by permitting her to carry a mattress on her back on its New
York campus as a protest.

Paul Nungesser, a graduating senior at the prestigious Ivy
League school, was accused by Emma Sulkowicz of raping her in
August 2012. She complained to school officials, but they later
cleared Nungesser. He maintains the sex was consensual.

Apr 21, 2015

New York Times wins Pulitzers for West Africa Ebola coverage

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Times won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes on Monday for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, described by the Pulitzer board as courageous and vivid journalism that engaged the public and held authorities accountable.

The Pulitzer for Public Service, announced at Columbia University, went to Charleston, South Carolina’s Post and Courier for its series on domestic violence.