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Jun 20, 2014

Young and old share a dream: To fetch tennis balls at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hundreds of people, young and not so young, lined up under rainy skies on Thursday to try out to be U.S. Open ballpersons, a short-term, low paying summer job that can be a dream come true for tennis fans.

A few dozen will be chosen from the competitive tryouts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to join veteran ballpersons from previous years, and spend three weeks in August and September working at the tennis championship.

Jun 18, 2014

Racehorses teach New York inmates unexpected lessons 30 years on

By Ellen Wulfhorst

WALLKILL N.Y. (Reuters) – When retired racehorses first arrived at Wallkill Correctional Facility, Jim Tremper expected to teach horsemanship skills to inmates who would be looking for jobs when they were freed.

Three decades later, the horse program hasn’t worked out as intended, and Tremper, the farm manager, as well as prison authorities and inmates are pleased with the results.

Jun 12, 2014

Comic Tracy Morgan, injured in crash, is improving, publicist says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comedian Tracy Morgan, badly injured in a weekend highway crash, is showing signs of improvement in a New Jersey hospital where he remains in critical condition, his publicist said on Thursday.

The pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike early on Saturday killed comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and injured Morgan and three others in their limousine van.

Jun 11, 2014

Los Angeles tops list as most LGBT-friendly U.S. city

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Los Angeles tops the list of U.S. cities most friendly to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, according to a newly compiled “Queer Index” released on Wednesday by an online news site.

New York, San Francisco and Des Moines followed, said Vocativ, a site that uses its technology to mine Internet data.

Jun 5, 2014

NY nursing home workers face charges stemming from resident death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nine employees of a troubled New York nursing home, including the top administrator, were indicted on Thursday on charges stemming from the death of a resident whose distress alarms went unheeded for hours.

The company running the Medford Multicare Center for Living was indicted as well for an alleged attempt to cover up the circumstances surrounding the October 2012 death, according to a statement by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Jun 4, 2014

New York, California officials place Stanley Cup wagers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From potentially embarrassing television appearances to lowly rice cakes, the traditional official bets flew across the country on Wednesday as the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings prepared to face off in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the loser of their friendly wager would have to sing on ABC Television’s late-night “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” according to a statement from de Blasio’s office.

May 29, 2014

U.S birth rate hits lows for teens, rises among older women

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The birth rate among U.S. teens and young women dropped to record lows last year, while the rate among older women hit highs not seen in a half century, according to government statistics released on Thursday.

The general fertility rate overall in the United States reached a record low of 62.9 births per 1,000 women, said the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

May 28, 2014

New York City officials weigh lifting ban on pet ferrets

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City health officials are considering a repeal of the city’s ban on keeping ferrets as pets, officials said on Wednesday.

Keeping the small furry mammals in New York City has been prohibited for decades, but health officials would recommend lifting the ban if changes include such requirements as rabies vaccinations, according to a spokesman for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

May 19, 2014

Occupy Wall Street protester sentenced to 90 days jail for assault

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An Occupy Wall Street protester convicted of assaulting a police officer during a demonstration two years ago was sentenced on Monday to a 90-day jail term.

A New York jury on May 5 found Cecily McMillan guilty of elbowing a police officer, Grantley Bovell, in the eye as he was attempting to arrest her.

May 17, 2014

New York recalls the World’s Fair glory days

NEW YORK, May 17 (Reuters) – The 1964 World’s Fair in New
York drew 51 million visitors to gaze in awe at its Technicolor
visions of the future, sample exotic cuisines and join in
singing along at the wildly popular “It’s a Small World”

Fifty years later, New York City on Sunday will celebrate
the fair’s remarkable impact with the hope of recapturing some
of its wonder and promise in an anniversary festival.