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Jun 25, 2015

Mayor faces complexities of poverty, crime in reviving N.J.’s largest city

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) – A handful of streets in New Jersey’s largest city boast glistening apartment towers with floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline, but much of the rest of Newark bears the scars of stubbornly high crime rates and persistent poverty.

The complexities of life in Newark are reflected in graffiti, boarded-up houses and shattered car windows, stark reminders for Mayor Ras Baraka of the challenges he faces to attract people and investment to his hometown.

Jun 12, 2015

Female employee of N.Y. prison arrested in convict escape

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A female employee of an upstate New York prison was arrested on Friday on charges that she helped two inmates stage a daring escape from the maximum security facility, authorities said.

Joyce Mitchell, an industrial training supervisor at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, is suspected of having smuggled contraband into the prison, where convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped last weekend, authorities said.

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

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(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.