(Reuters) – Nearly 9,000 incidents of sexual victimization against inmates in U.S. prisons and jails were reported in 2011, with roughly half of them involving corrections staff, according to a report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The number of incidents showed a “significant increase” over about 8,400 incidents reported in 2010 and 7,855 reported in 2009, it said. The year 2011 was the most recent cited in the bureau study, published on Thursday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Decomposed body parts found along the shore of New York City’s East River were confirmed on Tuesday as belonging to an autistic teenager last seen in October wandering away from his school.
Further studies are needed to determine the cause of death of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, according to Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The body parts were found on Thursday, and DNA testing was used to identify them.
NEW YORK, Jan 20 (Reuters) – New Jersey’s lieutenant
governor on Monday denied a claim by the mayor of Hoboken that
Governor Chris Christie’s administration linked release of
Superstorm Sandy relief funds to approval of a Hoboken
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has said that Lieutenant Governor
Kim Guadagno told her Christie would withhold disaster recovery
funding if Zimmer did not support a bid by the New York-based
Rockefeller Group to build on several blocks in the city.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than a dozen New Jersey officials, including top aides to Governor Chris Christie, were served with subpoenas on Friday as the state assembly begins its investigation into a massive bridge traffic jam that was apparently politically motivated.
Christie, seen as a likely Republican candidate for the White House in 2016, has denied any involvement in the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal that is dogging his second term in office.
(Reuters) – A Pennsylvania judge struck down the state’s controversial voter identification law on Friday, ruling it is unconstitutional and would disenfranchise voters.
The law requiring Pennsylvania residents to present photo identification has been the subject of heated debate since it was passed in March 2012 by a Republican-led legislature.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a possible Republican White House contender enmeshed in a scandal over his staff’s role in shutting down lanes onto the busy George Washington Bridge, will meet with reporters Thursday, his office said.
Christie’s office said he would hold a news conference at his office in the state capital of Trenton at 11:00 a.m. EST (1600 GMT).
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Wednesday said he was misled by his staff after fresh revelations that a top aide played a key role in closing some lanes leading to one of the world’s busiest bridges in what critics say was a political vendetta.
A Republican widely expected to make a bid for the White House in 2016, Christie has become embroiled in a scandal over the closing of part of the access to George Washington Bridge, a move seen as meant to punish a New Jersey Democratic mayor.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was thrust deeper into a scandal with the release on Wednesday of emails showing his staff was involved in closing lanes at the George Washington Bridge, a move critics called political retribution.
Christie, a Republican widely expected to make a bid for the White House in 2016, has insisted he and his staff had nothing to do with the lane closings, which angered commuters and badly snarled traffic in the borough of Fort Lee at the New Jersey end of the bridge.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades, forcing businesses and schools to close and causing widespread airline delays and hazardous driving conditions.
Meteorologists said temperatures were dangerously cold and life-threatening in some places, with 0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius) recorded in Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The chill was set to bear down on eastern and southern states as the day wore on.
NEW YORK, Jan 1 (Reuters) – The eastern United States faces
a major winter storm this week that could reach blizzard
conditions in some areas and snarl plans for travelers returning
from holiday trips, forecasters said on Wednesday.
The powerful storm will stretch from the Midwest into the
mid-Atlantic states and New England on Thursday and Friday,