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Nov 5, 2014

Polls begin closing as dozens of governors’ races to be decided

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The first returns in three dozen U.S. governors’ races on Tuesday trickled in from eastern states after a day in which an uncertain economic recovery in many states weighed heavily on voters’ minds.

More than a dozen gubernatorial elections were considered too close to call, and several incumbents were struggling to defend their fiscal policies and keep their jobs, experts said.

Nov 4, 2014

U.S. governors seeking re-election face dissatisfied voters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than 30 U.S. governors’ races will be decided on Tuesday, with more than a dozen considered too close to call and a large number of incumbents struggling to defend their economic policies as they seek to remain in office.

Hot-button issues from gun control to abortion restrictions and healthcare figure in some races.

Nov 3, 2014

Decades after NY molesting conviction, Friedman fights to clear name

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jesse Friedman, whose conviction as a teenage child molester was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film “Capturing the Friedmans,” is not giving up his decades-long campaign to clear his name.

Friedman has asked a court to review evidence in his case, one of the most notorious in the history of New York’s Long Island, contending that prosecutors coached and intimidated child witnesses into making false allegations. A judge could issue a ruling on his request any day now.

Nov 2, 2014

Decades after New York molesting conviction, Friedman fights to clear name

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jesse Friedman, whose conviction as a teenage child molester was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film “Capturing the Friedmans,” is not giving up his decades-long campaign to clear his name.

Friedman has asked a court to review evidence in his case, one of the most notorious in the history of New York’s Long Island, contending that prosecutors coached and intimidated child witnesses into making false allegations. A judge could issue a ruling on his request any day now.

Nov 1, 2014

Former Marine freed from Mexico jail arrives home in Florida

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A former U.S. Marine, newly freed after seven months in a Mexican jail on gun charges, arrived in his home state of Florida on Saturday to get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

A Mexican court released Andrew Tahmooressi, 26, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, on Friday on psychological grounds.

Oct 30, 2014

New York unveils incentives for workers in West Africa Ebola fight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York officials on Thursday announced a program to encourage healthcare professionals to work in Ebola-hit West Africa, an effort to deflect criticism that the state’s mandatory quarantine could hamper the battle against the disease.

The program will provide financial incentives and employment protections similar to the benefits and rights provided to military reservists, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a joint statement.

Oct 28, 2014

Fatal train crash in New York caused by engineer with sleep disorder -NTSB

NEW YORK, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A fatal New York City train
derailment last year was likely caused by the engineer at the
controls who fell asleep due to an undiagnosed sleep disorder,
the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

The Manhattan-bound commuter train was traveling more than
50 miles per hour (80 km per hour) faster than the speed limit
when it rounded a curve and derailed shortly after 7 a.m. on
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, the NTSB said in its findings.

Oct 28, 2014

States stand firm on Ebola quarantines despite White House pressure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The governors of New York and New Jersey on Sunday stuck to new plans to quarantine health workers returning from countries with Ebola epidemics, despite pressure from the White House, but said people could stay at home while in isolation.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck a more conciliatory tone on Sunday about the new quarantine policy after the White House said that mandatory isolation could impede the Ebola fight, while an attorney for a nurse who has been quarantined since returning from West Africa said she planned to sue.

Oct 28, 2014

CDC says returning Ebola medical workers should not be quarantined

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal health officials on Monday revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning home to the United States from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, stopping well short of controversial mandatory quarantines being imposed by some U.S. states.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called for isolation of people at the highest risk for Ebola infection but said most medical workers returning from the three countries at the center of the epidemic would require daily monitoring without isolation.

Oct 27, 2014

Without apology, New Jersey releases nurse quarantined on Ebola fears

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With no apology, New Jersey released on Monday a nurse ordered into involuntary quarantine after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and drove her home to Maine to complete her 21-day isolation.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie offered no apologies and said he sees no reason to talk to Kaci Hickox, who has sharply criticized her treatment by state officials.