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Oct 4, 2013

Alex Rodriguez sues Major League Baseball, Selig

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez, embroiled in a doping scandal, has sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career.

The embattled slugger, suspended for 211 games for using performance-enhancing drugs, claims the league and commissioner are engaged in “vigilante justice” and are interfering with his lucrative contracts and business relationships.

Oct 3, 2013

New York City Opera files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The New York City Opera filed
for bankruptcy protection on Thursday after announcing earlier
this week that it had failed to raise enough money to stay open
and would close its doors.

An urgent fundraising appeal by the 70-year-old company,
dubbed “The People’s Opera,” raised only about $2 million of the
$7 million it said it needed by the end of September.

Oct 1, 2013

New York City Opera closes doors, plans bankruptcy filing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City Opera, established 70 years ago as “The People’s Opera,” said on Tuesday it was closing and filing for bankruptcy protection after failing to raise enough money to stay open.

The opera company had been hosting an urgent fundraising appeal, saying it needed to raise $7 million by the end of September to stay afloat.

Sep 25, 2013

New Jersey residents spent less of summer at the shore -poll

Sept 25 (Reuters) – New Jersey residents spent less time
than usual at the shore this summer, staying away due to weather
and concern that businesses were closed after Superstorm Sandy,
according to poll results released on Wednesday.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press survey found 38
percent of residents spent less time at the Atlantic Ocean
seaside, 46 percent spent the usual amount of time, and 9
percent said they spent more time than usual there.

Sep 25, 2013

Democrat McAuliffe has slight edge in Virginia governor’s race: poll

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a businessman and former Democratic National Committee chairman, holds a narrow lead in the race for Virginia governor against Republican Ken Cuccinelli, according to poll results released on Tuesday.

McAuliffe leads with 43 percent over Cuccinelli’s 38 percent among likely voters that include those undecided but leaning toward a candidate for November’s election, according to the survey by NBC4/NBC News and the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

Sep 17, 2013

Naval Yard shooting victims included a bird lover, a divorcee, parents

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A dozen people were killed in Monday’s shooting rampage at the Washington Naval Yard. The three women and nine men ranged in age from 46 to 73 and included retirees, parents, a bird lover and a divorcee.

Here are some details of their lives.


The mother of two loved animals and nature, and she liked to help count bluebirds for a local wildlife refuge in her spare time, her family said.

Sep 16, 2013

NYC mayoral candidate Thompson to concede to de Blasio: reports

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, who placed second in the Democratic primary, will concede to top vote-getter Bill de Blasio and avert a bruising runoff, local media reported on Monday.

Thompson planned to make an announcement at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), according to sources cited by New York’s Daily News and NY1 television.

Sep 11, 2013

Liberal de Blasio close to clinching New York Democratic mayoral primary

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bill de Blasio, a liberal running against the policies of departing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was tantalizingly close to clinching the Democratic nomination for mayor after storming back from fourth in the opinion polls a month ago.

De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, could avoid a runoff election if he surpasses 40 percent of votes cast in Tuesday’s primary. Unofficial results with some ballots yet to be counted showed him with 40.2 percent compared to 26.1 percent for former city comptroller Bill Thompson.

Sep 8, 2013

Designers in New York keeping it simple with black and white

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It’s all there in black and white.

Stylish clothes being unveiled for spring 2014 are highlighting the pronounced simplicity of black and white. The colors are either elegant monochromes or mixed up in playful zebra prints, classic checks and mod color blocking.

Victoria Beckham’s show on Sunday was the latest in a string of collections at New York Fashion Week adhering almost entirely to a black and white palette.

Sep 5, 2013

Expect simple, modern looks at New York’s Fashion Week

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Designers from around the globe
unveil their latest looks at New York Fashion Week beginning on
Thursday, when hordes of fashion buyers, watchers and lovers
assemble to see what will be au courant for spring.

Design houses are staging hundreds of shows in New York over
the next eight days, displaying looks for spring 2014, before
attention moves on to events in London, Milan and Paris.