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Oct 24, 2014

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola: NY Times

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola, the New York Times said on Thursday.

The doctor was identified as Craig Spencer, who was working for the humanitarian organization in Guinea, one of three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola.

Oct 23, 2014

New York tests doctor who was in West Africa for Ebola

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A physician with Doctors without Borders who recently returned from West Africa is being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital, health officials said on Thursday, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the virus.

The doctor developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. Preliminary results of the Ebola testing were expected in the next 12 hours.

Oct 23, 2014

New York City says hospital testing healthcare worker for Ebola

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City hospital is running Ebola tests on a healthcare worker with Doctors Without Borders who returned to the United States from West Africa with a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the city’s health department said on Thursday.

Preliminary test results were expected in the next 12 hours, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement.

Oct 17, 2014

NJ man sentenced to 45 years for holding family in ‘den of horrors’

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for imprisoning and sexually abusing his daughter and stepdaughter in a home that one victim described as “hell,” authorities said.

Howard Gregory, 50, was convicted in May of kidnapping, sexual assault and other charges. He was sentenced on Thursday by Camden County Superior Court Judge Edward McBride, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s office and Lindenwold Police.

Oct 16, 2014

Eight New York hospitals to handle Ebola cases, governor says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hospitals in New York state are running drills to prepare for patients reporting to emergency rooms with Ebola-like symptoms, and eight of them have been identified as primary centers for handling any cases that may turn up, the governor said on Thursday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said authorities were erring on the side on caution in their preparations, and that the public’s “anxiety is higher than the probability” of an Ebola outbreak in New York.

Oct 13, 2014

In Pennsylvania race, Republican governor cannot count on his own

By Ellen Wulfhorst

WAYNE Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is not only trailing his Democratic challenger badly, but he has lost the support of nearly a quarter of his fellow Republicans, according to polls showing his bid for a second term is in deep trouble.

With the incumbent faring so poorly, his party is counting on Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey to shore up Corbett’s campaign. But even the backing of a powerful populist like Christie, renowned for his bipartisan appeal, could be too little, too late for his Pennsylvania counterpart, analysts say.

Oct 7, 2014

Choke hold complaints against N.Y.C. police on the rise: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Complaints against the New York Police Department about the use of illegal choke holds are increasing, and the incidents are not always properly investigated or subject to discipline, an agency that handles police complaints said on Tuesday.

The use of choke holds, banned under police guidelines because they can be deadly, has come under intense scrutiny with the July death of Eric Garner as he was being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes.

Sep 29, 2014

Judge recommends six officers be fired from New York jail for beating

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York judge is recommending six correction officers at the city’s largest jail be fired for the hog-tying and brutal beating of an inmate who was handcuffed in a segregated mental health unit, according to a ruling released on Monday.

Robert Hinton was seriously hurt in the April 3, 2012, incident at the Rikers Island jail complex, where he suffered facial injuries and a back fracture, according to the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Tynia Richard.

Sep 26, 2014

Former manager accused of fraud in New York bridge project

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former manager of a New York contracting company was accused on Friday of defrauding the state by falsely claiming to use a minority-owned steel supplier to win an $192-million contract to repair a major area suspension bridge, officials said.

Aaron Tubbs allegedly set up a scheme in which the steel passed through a minority-owned business that was not the actual supplier, according to the criminal complaint announced by the Office of Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Sep 26, 2014

New York grand jury to hear evidence in police choke hold death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A grand jury will begin hearing evidence next week in the controversial case of Eric Garner, who died after New York police put him in a banned choke hold.

The July 17 death of Garner, a 43-year-old black father of six, spurred national debate over how U.S. police treat minorities.