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Mar 27, 2015

NYC mayor says possibility gas line ‘inappropriately’ tapped before blast

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Workers may have “inappropriately” tapped into a gas line before a devastating explosion that destroyed buildings, injured 22 people and left at least two people unaccounted for, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday.

A final determination of the cause of Thursday’s blast could take as long as a week, however, as workers comb through debris to reach the basement where the blast originated, he told a City Hall news conference.

Mar 27, 2015

Police seek two people unaccounted for after New York explosion

NEW YORK, March 27 (Reuters) – Two people remained
unaccounted for on Friday in the wake of an apparent gas
explosion that destroyed four New York City apartment buildings
and injured 19 people, police said.

The blast shook Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood on
Thursday afternoon, causing two buildings to collapse and burst
into flames and two adjacent buildings to catch fire as well.

Mar 27, 2015

Police seek two people reportedly missing after New York explosion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two people were reportedly missing on Friday in the wake of an apparent gas explosion that destroyed four New York apartment buildings and injured 19 people, police said.

The blast Thursday afternoon shook Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood, causing two buildings to collapse and burst into flames. Two adjacent buildings caught fire as well.

Mar 27, 2015

New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast, 19 hurt

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Four apartment buildings in New York’s East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on Thursday and three collapsed, injuring 19 people, authorities said.

The blast shortly after 3 p.m. sent flames leaping into the sky and rocked the residential area in Manhattan. Bloodied victims ran from the buildings, collapsing on the street, witnesses said.

Mar 26, 2015

New York City buildings collapse in possible gas blast, injuring 12 people

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An apparent gas explosion caused two apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames, and two others to catch fire, injuring at least 12 people on Thursday in New York City’s East Village neighborhood, authorities said.

The explosion, which occurred shortly after 3 p.m. and sent flames leaping into the sky, rocked the residential area in Manhattan. Bloodied victims ran from the buildings, collapsing on the street, witnesses said.

Mar 18, 2015

Former Penn State president sues over scathing report into Sandusky scandal

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – The former president of Pennsylvania State University filed suit on Wednesday against the author of a scathing report on the school’s child sex abuse scandal, saying the investigation disregarded evidence and reached false and damaging conclusions.

Graham Spanier, who faces criminal charges stemming from the molestation case involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, alleges in his complaint that the report’s author, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, intentionally defamed him and harmed his reputation.

Mar 18, 2015

New York governor, Assembly speaker announce ethics reform deal

By Frank McGurty and Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday
announced a multi-faceted deal on ethics reform with the state
Assembly, whose former speaker Sheldon Silver is under
indictment on federal corruption charges.

The reforms include fuller disclosure of outside business
and legal clients by legislators as well as strict limits on use
of per diem and campaign funds, Cuomo said at a news conference
with state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

Mar 17, 2015

New York auxiliary officer accused of hacking into police computers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged a
New York City auxiliary police inspector for allegedly hacking
into police computer databases and using the information to
defraud traffic accident victims.

Yehuda Katz, 45, allegedly contacted victims, falsely
claiming to be an attorney and offering to settle their
potential legal claims, according to the office of Loretta
Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Mar 12, 2015

Accused members of N.J. crime family of ‘Sopranos’ fame arrested

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – Ten reputed members and associates of a New Jersey crime family thought to be the inspiration for the hit show “The Sopranos” were arrested on Thursday and charged with plotting to commit murder, sell drugs and run a high-end prostitution ring, officials said.

The murder plot involved a reputed DeCavalcante organized crime family captain who sought permission from other members to hire an outlaw biker gang to kill a rival, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Mar 9, 2015

Apple’s watch hasn’t impressed the fashion world

PARIS/NEWYORK (Reuters) – Apple Inc. (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has made every effort to convince the fashion world that the Apple Watch is the next chic accessory.

Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns became the timepiece’s  highest-profile advocate from the fashion world when she joined CEO Tim Cook onstage in San Francisco on Monday. And the company has made a big publicity push in Paris, giving style heavyweights Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour and model Karlie Kloss an advance preview ahead of a display last fall at the Paris boutique Colette.