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Oct 31, 2012

Northeast crawls back to business after monster storm

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Northeast began crawling back to normal on Wednesday after monster storm Sandy crippled transportation, knocked out power for millions and killed at least 45 people in nine states with a massive storm surge and rain that caused epic flooding.

Financial markets reopened with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and packed buses took residents back to work with the subway system halted after seawater flooded its tunnels.

Oct 8, 2012

Creator of “Sopranos” back with rock’n'roll tale

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The creator of the popular “Sopranos” is back, this time on the big screen with a new saga set in the New Jersey suburbs filled with teenagers and rock ‘n’ roll instead of mobsters and violence.

David Chase’s cinema debut, “Not Fade Away”, which premiered at the New York Film Festival, is a coming-of-age story set in the early 1960s, centered around a group of teens who form a band and taste the entwined allures of rock music and rebellion.

Oct 5, 2012

Fans, filmgoers get look at vintage Rolling Stones

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fans celebrating the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary get a never-before-seen look at the band on tour in 1965 with a new film revealing the young musicians chased by crazed fans, poking fun at musical rivals and playing raw versions of songs that would become legend.

“The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965,” premiered at the New York Film Festival held this week, featuring painstakingly restored footage from a hand-held camera of the band’s two-day journey to Belfast and Dublin.

Sep 13, 2012

NY Fashion Week produces spring clothes styled to move

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The hottest trend emerging from New York Fashion Week hasn’t been bold neon colors or cutting-edge silhouettes but simply practical clothes designed to sell.

Runways were filled with useful separates, uncomplicated sheath dresses and comfortable trousers aimed to appeal to consumers, observers said at New York Fashion Week for Spring 2013, which wrapped up on Thursday.

Sep 9, 2012

Tracy Reese, a favorite of Michelle Obama, shows at Fashion Week

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Designer Tracy Reese, enjoying
the spotlight after Michelle Obama wore one of her dresses at
the Democratic National Convention, on Sunday showed her latest
collection that she said is made for women who share the first
lady’s confident sense of style.

Reese, one of hundreds of designers unveiling their spring
lines during New York Fashion Week, showed easy-to-wear shift
dresses, sleeveless tunics and softly draped cropped pants.

Jul 7, 2012

New York law puts older pedophilia cases off-limits

NEW YORK (Reuters) – He is a former altar boy, now in his 30s, who says a small-town parish priest won his trust, sexually abused him, often violently, and left him too ashamed to tell anyone for years.

It is the kind of allegation that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church and other institutions and led to trials, convictions and millions of dollars in civil settlements.

May 31, 2012

Family of New Jersey suicide rejects apology from former roommate

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Relatives of a Rutgers student who committed suicide after his roommate used a webcam to spy on his gay encounter rejected the roommate’s apology on Thursday, calling it a work of “public relations” designed to counter his lack of remorse.

Dharun Ravi, who is serving a 30-day prison sentence, should have been given a stiffer punishment for his conviction in March in Middlesex County, New Jersey Superior Court on 15 charges, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and witness tampering, the family said in a statement.

Apr 19, 2012

Levon Helm, longtime drummer in The Band, dead at 71

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Levon Helm, the drummer for The Band whose twangy vocals brought a poignancy and earthiness to songs like “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” died on Thursday at the age of 71 from cancer, his manager said.

The three-time Grammy Award winner had been fighting throat cancer since 1998.

“Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon,” Helm’s manager Barbara O’Brien said in a statement.

Apr 5, 2012

Book Talk: Wyoming author C.J. Box returns with “Force of Nature”

NEW YORK, April 5 (Reuters) – Wyoming-based author C.J. Box
has just released “Force of Nature,” the 12th in his series of
mysteries starring Joe Pickett, a game warden in the Bighorn

“Force of Nature” features Pickett’s longtime friend Nate
Romanowski, a man with a secret past that comes back to haunt
him and puts Pickett and his family in danger.

Apr 1, 2012

More than two dozen arrested in Kentucky’s Final Four celebration

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – More than two dozen people faced criminal charges on Sunday after violence broke out as fans celebrated the University of Kentucky’s win over arch rival Louisville in their NCAA Final Four match-up, officials said.

Thousands of fans filled the streets of Lexington downtown and near the campus Saturday night following Kentucky’s defeat of Louisville 69-61 in New Orleans, but the party was marred by violence, authorities said.