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Dec 22, 2014

Among the year’s oddest stories, animal tales were top dogs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond. Angry cats held their owners hostage on at least two occasions.

A review of the oddest Reuters stories of 2014 also offers numerous examples of less-than-virtuous human behavior. There was the hapless burglar whose criminal career came to a crashing halt when he left his Facebook page open in a house he was accused of robbing. And don’t forget the Texas man went to jail for urinating on the Alamo.

Dec 21, 2014

Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tensions over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparked protests around the country and drawn in President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder.

Dec 21, 2014

Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tensions over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparked protests around the country and drawn in President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder.

Dec 9, 2014

Royal couple pays respects at New York’s Sept. 11 Memorial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prince William and his wife, Kate, paid a solemn visit on Tuesday to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, greeted by a small but resolute crowd of admirers who withstood driving rain and wind for a glimpse of the royal pair.

Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, laid a bouquet of white roses and a handwritten note at one of the two memorial pools marking where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

Dec 9, 2014

British royal couple pays respects at New York’s Sept. 11 Memorial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, paid a solemn visit on Tuesday to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, greeted by a small but resolute crowd of admirers who withstood driving rain and wind for a glimpse of the royal pair.

Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, laid a bouquet of white roses and a handwritten note at one of the two memorial pools marking where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

Dec 8, 2014

New Jersey panel finds Governor Christie not involved in ‘Bridgegate’

NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Reuters) – A panel convened to investigate
lane closings at the George Washington Bridge said on Monday it
found no evidence that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was
involved in “Bridgegate” but said its findings were inconclusive
because key witnesses did not testify.

The scandal dealt a political setback to Christie, a
Republican thought to be weighing a bid for the White House in
2016, over whether he knew about the four days of access lane
closings in September 2013 that caused massive snarls delaying
school buses, ambulances and commuters on the New
Jersey-Manhattan crossing.

Dec 4, 2014

New York mayor faces conundrum over police chokehold protests

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat who vowed to bridge New York’s divides over race and wealth, is struggling to balance the need for policing and unfair treatment of black people following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

De Blasio, of Italian descent and married to a black woman with whom he has two children, defused a first night of protests across New York City on Wednesday with a balance of restrained policing and by showing he was listening, political experts said.

Dec 2, 2014

New York prepares for protests as grand jury mulls police choke-hold death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York officials were preparing for likely protests as a grand jury decides whether to charge police in the death of a black man subjected to a banned choke hold, but aimed to avoid the kind of violence that engulfed a St. Louis suburb last month.

Protest groups have planned marches if the grand jury does not charge any of the officers involved in the July 17 incident, which led to the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six. It is not clear when the grand jury will rule.

Dec 1, 2014

Son of Brooke Astor, convicted of swindling her as she aged, is dead

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anthony Marshall, convicted of swindling millions of dollars from his philanthropist mother, Brooke Astor, has died, according to a paid obituary on Monday in the New York Times. He was 90.

The death notice, placed in the newspaper by his wife, Charlene, did not specify when or where or how Marshall died.

Nov 27, 2014

More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in civil unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a case that has touched off a debate about race relations in the United States.