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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.

Apr 20, 2015

South Carolina paper wins Pulitzer prize for domestic violence coverage

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday won the prestigious Pulitzer prize for Public Service for its series on domestic violence against women, “Till Death Do Us Part.”

The New York Times won Pulitzer prizes for international reporting on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and for feature photography documenting the spread of Ebola in Africa.

Apr 15, 2015

New York cardiologist accused in murder-for-hire plot on fellow doctor

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York cardiologist has been arrested and accused of a murder-for-hire plot against a competing doctor, authorities said on Wednesday.

Dr. Anthony Moschetto, 54, of Sands Point on Long Island, is accused of illegally dealing in prescription drugs and weapons and conspiring to kill a fellow cardiologist with whom he had a professional dispute, said the office of Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Apr 13, 2015

Police investigate suspicious package at New York’s Hamilton College

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police investigated a suspicious package found at Hamilton College on Monday after a bomb threat was called in to the upstate New York school, authorities said.

Hamilton’s security department got an anonymous call shortly before 10 a.m. saying two bombs had been placed in a campus administrative building, New York State Police Major Francis Coots said at a news conference on campus.

Apr 10, 2015

Study finds Virginia leads nation in referring students to police

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – Virginia leads the nation in the number of students it sends to police, and nationwide special needs and black children are disproportionately affected, a study released on Friday showed.

Virginia followed by Delaware and Florida, sent students to law enforcement at nearly three times the national rate, according to the study by the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based non-profit investigative news organization.

Apr 3, 2015

Two New York City women accused of planning ‘terrorist attack’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two New York City women have been arrested and accused of planning to carry out a “terrorist attack” in the United States, according to a federal criminal complaint made public on Thursday.

Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, plotted to hit police, government or military targets based on their “violent jihadist beliefs,” according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

Apr 2, 2015

Two New York City women accused of ‘terrorist attack’ plan

NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) – Two New York City women have
been arrested and accused of planning to wage a “terrorist
attack” in the United States, according to a federal criminal
complaint made public on Thursday.

Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, plotted to hit
police, government or military targets based on their “violent
jihadist beliefs,” according to the complaint filed in U.S.
District Court in Brooklyn.

Apr 2, 2015

Two New York City women arrested in alleged bomb plot

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two New York City women have been arrested in an alleged conspiracy to build a bomb and wage a “terrorist attack” in the United States, according to a federal criminal complaint made public on Thursday.

Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, devised a plot to target police, government or military targets based on their “violent jihadist beliefs,” according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.