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Feb 10, 2014

Facebook’s Zuckerberg tops 2013 list of top U.S. philanthropists

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc. founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife topped a list of the biggest U.S. philanthropic donors in 2013, giving away nearly $1 billion, the Chronicle of Philanthropy said on Monday.

The top 50 U.S. donors gave $7.7 billion last year, up 4 percent from the previous year, helped by a surge on Wall Street, according to the Chronicle, which compiles the list.

Feb 6, 2014

Fashion Week kicks off in snowy New York with anoraks, sweaters

NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Reuters) – A gala week of designer fashion
shows kicked off on Thursday in New York, where insiders said to
expect everything from fringe and shearling to pared-down
monochrome on styles coming down the runways.

Nicholas K, a brother-and-sister design team based in New
York, was first out of the chute at the official Fashion Week,
staged at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, with oversize anoraks and
folded, draped sweaters in somber hues of midnight blue, gray
heather and indigo, with dashes of burgundy.

Feb 5, 2014

Fashion fans flock to New York for unveiling of newest looks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fashion followers and fans descend upon New York this week for shows by designers – from edgy newcomers to influential veterans – who say, despite its faults, Fashion Week is key to sartorial success.

The semi-annual fashion spree has faced a growing chorus of criticism over its role and relevance in the industry, yet thousands of designers, stylists, editors and photographers make the trek to runways in New York to unveil, assess and promote the newest looks.

Feb 3, 2014

Snowstorm sweeps across U.S. Northeast, trapping Super Bowl fans

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A fast-moving winter storm swept into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, yet again forcing flight cancellations, slowing traffic and proving weather-forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil right.

Travelers leaving the New York City area after Sunday night’s Super Bowl championship football game faced long delays at the region’s airports and risky driving on snow-covered roads.

Feb 3, 2014

Winter brings fresh round of snow to U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) – A winter storm swept across the
U.S. Northeast on Monday, yet again forcing flight
cancellations, snarling traffic and proving weather-forecasting
groundhog Punxsutawney Phil right.

Travelers leaving the New York City area after Sunday
night’s Super Bowl championship football game faced traffic jams
at the region’s airports and risky driving on slippery roads.

Feb 3, 2014

Winter brings fresh round of snow to Northeast United States

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Weather-forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil was proven right on Monday as a winter storm swept across the Northeastern United States and brought an all-too-familiar bout of travel woes.

Travelers leaving the New York City area after Sunday’s Super Bowl championship football game faced snarls at the region’s airports and risky driving conditions on the roads.

Jan 31, 2014

Judge upholds Connecticut gun control law passed after Newtown shootings

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday upheld Connecticut’s tough gun control law that was passed in the wake of the deadly 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The stringent law is constitutional, said the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Alfred Covello, denying a legal challenge by a group of gun owners.

Jan 24, 2014

Half of U.S. prison sex crimes involve staff toward inmates: fed study

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(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.

Jan 21, 2014

Body parts identified as those of missing NY autistic teen

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.

Jan 20, 2014

Christie No. 2 denies linking Sandy funds to Hoboken development

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
development project.

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.