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Jul 1, 2013

Blasting heat keeps hold on U.S. western states

July 1 (Reuters) – Residents of western U.S. states awoke on
Monday to more scorching heat expected to break record highs and
grip the region through much of the holiday week, meteorologists
said.

A wildfire fueled by the record heat and high winds killed
19 elite firefighters in Arizona, the biggest loss of life
battling a U.S. wildland blaze in 80 years, officials said.

Jun 17, 2013

Eleven store operators accused of exploiting illegal workers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The owners and managers of more than a dozen 7-Eleven Inc stores were accused on Monday of hiring and victimizing dozens of illegal immigrants, forcing them to live in substandard housing, giving them stolen identities and stealing their wages.

Federal authorities moved to forfeit the franchise rights to 14 of the convenience stores and seize five houses in New York worth more than $1.3 million, making the case the largest criminal immigration forfeiture in Department of Homeland Security history, according to federal and state officials.

Jun 13, 2013

Child who got transplant after legal fight is recovering

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl with cystic fibrosis who became eligible for an adult organ transplant after a legal battle waged by her family was recovering on Thursday from double-lung transplant surgery, a family spokeswoman said.

The most immediate risks facing Sarah Murnaghan, a day after she received lungs from an adult donor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, were the possibility of bleeding and the chance the lungs were damaged and do not function properly, experts said.

Apr 25, 2013

“The English Teacher” follows footsteps of “Weeds,” “Nurse Jackie”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fans of “Nurse Jackie,” “Weeds,” and “The Big C” will recognize the quirky lead of “The English Teacher” as she steps out of her straight-laced life to encounter unexpected consequences, the movie’s director said in an interview.

In “The English Teacher,” which has its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, lead character Linda Sinclair, played by Julianne Moore, tries to mount a high school production of a play written by a former student (Michael Angarano) who has returned to his small hometown in Pennsylvania.

Apr 25, 2013

‘The English Teacher’ follows footsteps of ‘Weeds,’ ‘Nurse Jackie’

NEW YORK, April 25 (Reuters) – Fans of “Nurse Jackie,”
“Weeds,” and “The Big C” will recognize the quirky lead of “The
English Teacher” as she steps out of her straight-laced life to
encounter unexpected consequences, the movie’s director said in
an interview.

In “The English Teacher,” which has its world premiere at
the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, lead character Linda
Sinclair, played by Julianne Moore, tries to mount a high school
production of a play written by a former student (Michael
Angarano) who has returned to his small hometown in
Pennsylvania.

Apr 23, 2013

Tribeca’s “Trust Me” shows dark comic side of Hollywood business

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The dark comedy “Trust Me,” playing at the Tribeca Film Festival, paints an uncomfortable picture of backstabbing and subterfuge in the film industry that drew from all – and none – of creator Clark Gregg’s personal experiences.

As the film’s screenwriter, lead actor and director, Gregg said he had started out writing a big ensemble movie with several story lines, one of which became “Trust Me,” about the travails of agent Howard Holloway.

Apr 19, 2013

Superstorm Sandy hitting summer rentals on New Jersey shore

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Superstorm Sandy shifted the sands of the New Jersey shore’s summer rental landscape, where some resort towns are suffering lasting effects of the barrage and others are, as they say, cleaning up.

Summer rentals are a backbone of the tourist season along the 127-mile stretch of coastline and barrier islands, where vacationers flock to the beaches and boardwalks that are convenient to New York and Philadelphia and more affordable than the celebrity-studded Hamptons on New York’s Long Island.

Apr 7, 2013

Fashion designer Lily Pulitzer dies in Florida: company

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – Fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer died on Sunday in Palm Beach, Florida, at age 81, her company said.

Pulitzer was known for her bright, cheerful print shift dresses that were popular with socialites and evoked a lifestyle of affluence in Florida and New York’s Hamptons resorts.

Apr 5, 2013

New York nanny accused of murder fit for trial, psychiatrists say

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Manhattan nanny accused of fatally stabbing two young children in her care has been found fit by two psychiatrists to stand trial, prosecutors said on Friday.

A psychiatric examination report was filed in court that found Jocelyn Ortega is able to participate in her own defense, according to a spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Mar 27, 2013

Head found in New Jersey believed to be Long Island serial killer’s first victim

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A human head discovered on a New Jersey golf course 24 years ago has been identified and is believed to be the first victim of serial killer Joel Rifkin, according to police.

The head belonged to Heidi Balch, who was murdered and dismembered at age 25 in New York, according to a statement issued on Monday by the Hopewell Township, New Jersey police.