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Mar 17, 2015

New York auxiliary officer accused of hacking into police computers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged a
New York City auxiliary police inspector for allegedly hacking
into police computer databases and using the information to
defraud traffic accident victims.

Yehuda Katz, 45, allegedly contacted victims, falsely
claiming to be an attorney and offering to settle their
potential legal claims, according to the office of Loretta
Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Mar 12, 2015

Accused members of N.J. crime family of ‘Sopranos’ fame arrested

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – Ten reputed members and associates of a New Jersey crime family thought to be the inspiration for the hit show “The Sopranos” were arrested on Thursday and charged with plotting to commit murder, sell drugs and run a high-end prostitution ring, officials said.

The murder plot involved a reputed DeCavalcante organized crime family captain who sought permission from other members to hire an outlaw biker gang to kill a rival, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Mar 9, 2015

Apple’s watch hasn’t impressed the fashion world

PARIS/NEWYORK (Reuters) – Apple Inc. (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has made every effort to convince the fashion world that the Apple Watch is the next chic accessory.

Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns became the timepiece’s  highest-profile advocate from the fashion world when she joined CEO Tim Cook onstage in San Francisco on Monday. And the company has made a big publicity push in Paris, giving style heavyweights Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour and model Karlie Kloss an advance preview ahead of a display last fall at the Paris boutique Colette.

Mar 5, 2015

Cardinal Edward Egan, former New York archbishop, dies at 82

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cardinal Edward Egan, a former Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, who won praise for his leadership after the Sept. 11 attacks but was criticized for his handling of a clergy sex abuse scandal, died on Thursday at age 82.

Egan, considered an expert in theology and canon law, was pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m. (1920 GMT) at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he was taken after eating lunch at his residence, the archdiocese said in a statement. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.

Mar 4, 2015

New York’s Lincoln Center to rename concert hall for David Geffen

NEW YORK, March 4 (Reuters) – New York’s Lincoln Center for
the Performing Arts will rename its Avery Fisher Hall for music
mogul David Geffen, who has made a $100 million gift to help
with its renovation, officials said on Wednesday.

Large-scale renovation of the concert hall, home to the New
York Philharmonic, is due to begin in 2019 at a cost of about
$500 million, Lincoln Center said.

Mar 2, 2015

More snow, ice ahead for northern U.S.; Boston may break record

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – Winter’s relentless battering was poised on Monday to hit northern states across the nation with more snow and ice as the season’s bitter weather stretched its reach into the early days of March.

A fresh storm was due to stretch from Wyoming to Michigan on Monday evening and cross all the way to Maine by Tuesday, meteorologists predicted.

Feb 25, 2015

New Jersey man admits stealing $1 million from family in fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New Jersey man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing $1 million from his great-aunt and great-uncle by persuading them to invest their retirement savings in a high-risk, money-losing investment venture, officials said.

Khawaja Saud Masud, 37, must pay $500,000 in restitution and will be deported to Pakistan, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.

Feb 25, 2015
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New York City and Jewish leaders reach deal on circumcision health risks


(An ultra-Orthodox Jewish father (C) holds his son before his circumcision in Jerusalem September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

New York City has reached a tentative agreement with local rabbinical leaders regarding the Jewish circumcision ritual of direct oral suction in an effort to minimize health risks to infants, officials said on Tuesday.

Feb 25, 2015

New York, Jewish leaders reach deal on circumcision health risks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City has reached a tentative agreement with local rabbinical leaders regarding the Jewish circumcision ritual of direct oral suction in an effort to minimize health risks to infants, officials said on Tuesday.

The agreement aims to address health dangers associated with the ritual metzitzah b’peh, or MBP, which has been linked to a form of herpes that can be extremely risky to babies, city officials said.

Feb 12, 2015

Fashion Week arrives in New York, bringing designers, fans, money

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s biannual Fashion Week opens on Thursday bringing hundreds of millions of dollars to the city and outweighing the economic benefits of the U.S. Open, the Super Bowl or the New York City Marathon.

The scores of designer fashion shows, big-spending celebrity clients and lavish parties generate an annual economic impact of $887 million, according to a newly released analysis by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.