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Aug 16, 2014

Officer in Missouri shooting unaware teen was a suspect: police

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Nick Carey

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Minutes before a police officer shot him dead, Michael Brown had become a suspect in the theft of cigars from a store, according to police reports released on Friday after days of protests in a St. Louis suburb over the unarmed black teenager’s death.

But what, if anything, that had to do with the fatal encounter became less clear as the day went by. Hours after the reports’ release, police said that Officer Darren Wilson, 28, had no idea 18-year-old Brown was a robbery suspect. He simply wanted Brown to move from the road to the sidewalk, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said at a news conference

Jul 31, 2014

Night at the museum: U.S. adults embrace art, science sleepovers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kids have been sleeping overnight in museums across the country for years, dozing off among live sharks and dinosaur bones. Now adults are getting to join the fun.

The American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adults-only sleepover this week, with a champagne reception, live jazz and a three-course dinner. Guests will spend the night in sleeping bags beneath the iconic 94-foot-long blue whale suspended in the cavernous Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

Jul 29, 2014

Guards at New York City jail accused of drug trafficking

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three guards at New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility have been indicted on charges of smuggling drugs into the city’s largest jail complex and selling contraband to inmates, authorities said on Tuesday.

The charges stem from a investigation involving wire taps and undercover agents posing as friends and family members of inmates who met up with the Department of Correction officers, according to the city Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

Jul 21, 2014

Study finds most Americans pay attention to fashion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Most Americans think people are too focused on fashion, yet a majority says how they dress is an important part of who they are, according to a survey released on Monday.

With that eye to fashion, most people, 86 percent, say it is possible to be stylish on a limited budget, according to the survey conducted by the Fashion Program at Marist College and the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Jul 17, 2014

New York mayor takes it on the chin in city media

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio won his job in a landslide last November, but is finding out that staying so popular is not easy.

On Thursday, he was labeled “an ass” on the cover of one city tabloid after being skewered in another as behaving like Marie Antoinette and accused on television of being a socialist.

Jul 2, 2014

Accused Shining Path leaders face terror, drug charges in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three accused leaders of Peru’s Shining Path were charged in New York on Wednesday with running a drug trafficking ring to fund the insurgent group, federal authorities announced.

The three Peruvian citizens face terror, narcotics and weapons charges, each of which carries the possibility of life in prison, U.S. authorities said.

Jun 26, 2014

Wife of NJ Governor Christie to help kick off anti-drug campaign

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – The wife of Governor Chris Christie heads to one of New Jersey’s most well-to-do communities on Thursday to help kick off a broad strategy to battle heroin and opiate abuse, deemed the No. 1 healthcare crisis facing the state.

The problem affects young people once considered low-risk who become addicted through legally prescribed pain medications, according to a report released in March by the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Task Force.

Jun 20, 2014

Comic Tracy Morgan, hurt in NJ collision, moves to rehab facility

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, critically injured in a New Jersey highway collision earlier this month, has been moved to a rehabilitation center where he is expected to stay for a few weeks, his publicist said on Friday.

Morgan has been undergoing treatment at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, since the chain-reaction crash on June 7 that killed another comic and injured three other people.

Jun 20, 2014

Young and old share a dream: To fetch tennis balls at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hundreds of people, young and not so young, lined up under rainy skies on Thursday to try out to be U.S. Open ballpersons, a short-term, low paying summer job that can be a dream come true for tennis fans.

A few dozen will be chosen from the competitive tryouts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to join veteran ballpersons from previous years, and spend three weeks in August and September working at the tennis championship.

Jun 18, 2014

Racehorses teach New York inmates unexpected lessons 30 years on

By Ellen Wulfhorst

WALLKILL N.Y. (Reuters) – When retired racehorses first arrived at Wallkill Correctional Facility, Jim Tremper expected to teach horsemanship skills to inmates who would be looking for jobs when they were freed.

Three decades later, the horse program hasn’t worked out as intended, and Tremper, the farm manager, as well as prison authorities and inmates are pleased with the results.