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Jun 12, 2014

Comic Tracy Morgan, injured in crash, is improving, publicist says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comedian Tracy Morgan, badly injured in a weekend highway crash, is showing signs of improvement in a New Jersey hospital where he remains in critical condition, his publicist said on Thursday.

The pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike early on Saturday killed comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and injured Morgan and three others in their limousine van.

Jun 11, 2014

Los Angeles tops list as most LGBT-friendly U.S. city

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Los Angeles tops the list of U.S. cities most friendly to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, according to a newly compiled “Queer Index” released on Wednesday by an online news site.

New York, San Francisco and Des Moines followed, said Vocativ, a site that uses its technology to mine Internet data.

Jun 5, 2014

NY nursing home workers face charges stemming from resident death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nine employees of a troubled New York nursing home, including the top administrator, were indicted on Thursday on charges stemming from the death of a resident whose distress alarms went unheeded for hours.

The company running the Medford Multicare Center for Living was indicted as well for an alleged attempt to cover up the circumstances surrounding the October 2012 death, according to a statement by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Jun 4, 2014

New York, California officials place Stanley Cup wagers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From potentially embarrassing television appearances to lowly rice cakes, the traditional official bets flew across the country on Wednesday as the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings prepared to face off in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the loser of their friendly wager would have to sing on ABC Television’s late-night “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” according to a statement from de Blasio’s office.

May 29, 2014

U.S birth rate hits lows for teens, rises among older women

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The birth rate among U.S. teens and young women dropped to record lows last year, while the rate among older women hit highs not seen in a half century, according to government statistics released on Thursday.

The general fertility rate overall in the United States reached a record low of 62.9 births per 1,000 women, said the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

May 28, 2014

New York City officials weigh lifting ban on pet ferrets

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City health officials are considering a repeal of the city’s ban on keeping ferrets as pets, officials said on Wednesday.

Keeping the small furry mammals in New York City has been prohibited for decades, but health officials would recommend lifting the ban if changes include such requirements as rabies vaccinations, according to a spokesman for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

May 19, 2014

Occupy Wall Street protester sentenced to 90 days jail for assault

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An Occupy Wall Street protester convicted of assaulting a police officer during a demonstration two years ago was sentenced on Monday to a 90-day jail term.

A New York jury on May 5 found Cecily McMillan guilty of elbowing a police officer, Grantley Bovell, in the eye as he was attempting to arrest her.

May 17, 2014

New York recalls the World’s Fair glory days

NEW YORK, May 17 (Reuters) – The 1964 World’s Fair in New
York drew 51 million visitors to gaze in awe at its Technicolor
visions of the future, sample exotic cuisines and join in
singing along at the wildly popular “It’s a Small World”

Fifty years later, New York City on Sunday will celebrate
the fair’s remarkable impact with the hope of recapturing some
of its wonder and promise in an anniversary festival.

May 14, 2014

New York’s September 11 Memorial Museum readies for its close-up

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A museum commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington is on the verge of opening, with wrenchingly familiar sights as well as artifacts never before on public display.

Among the first visitors to the National September 11 Memorial Museum are victims’ family members and others intimately involved in its creation who will attend on Thursday, after a Wednesday media preview.

May 8, 2014

Make way for ducklings, New York style

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tina Chen has her hands full as a New York City actress, director and now surrogate mother to 16 ducklings that have hatched on her high-rise apartment roof deck.

Local mallards, seeking safe spots for their nests, have an eye for prime real estate and often nest on high floors on Manhattan’s affluent Upper East and West sides, experts say.