Ellen's Feed
Jan 17, 2014

Pennsylvania judge strikes down state’s voter ID law

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(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.

Jan 9, 2014

New Jersey governor, enmeshed in scandal, to meet with press

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).

Jan 9, 2014

N.J. Gov. Christie says misled by staff in bridge scandal

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.

Jan 8, 2014

Emails link Christie staffer, bridge lane closings in NJ political row

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.

Jan 6, 2014

Arctic chill brings freezing weather to much of United States

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.

Jan 1, 2014

Powerful storm looms for Midwest, Northeast, forecasters say

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,
forecasters said.

Dec 21, 2013

From crime to cigarettes, Bloomberg leaves his mark on New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure: New Yorkers will not forget outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg anytime soon.

As the independent billionaire politician bids farewell to City Hall by touting his accomplishments during 12 years in office, academics, urban planning experts and political pundits say the mark he made on New York is indelible and strong.

Dec 1, 2013

Music, art help heal families torn by Newtown school massacre

1 (Reuters) – When 6-year-old
Ana Marquez-Greene was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary
School massacre almost a year ago, her father, a professional
jazz musician, stopped playing his saxophone.

When he could bring himself to pick it up again a month
later, Jimmy Greene felt his emotional wounds start to heal and,
within months, he recorded an album celebrating his daughter’s
life. It is one of several works of art that have risen from the
depths of loss and grief at Newtown.

Nov 20, 2013

Five accused in plot to import North Korean drugs into U.S

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Five men have been arrested and accused of trying to smuggle methamphetamine from North Korea into the United States, authorities said on Wednesday.

The arrests came after two of the men agreed to sell 100 kilograms of the illegal drug earlier this year to confidential sources working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to federal prosecutors.

Nov 11, 2013

United States honors its veterans with ceremonies, parades, tributes

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – The United States marked Veterans Day on Monday with ceremonies across the nation, from small-town parades honoring those who served in the armed forces to the president marking the day at Arlington National Cemetery.

President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in a ceremony in which he called veterans “those who fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security.”