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Feb 3, 2014

Winter brings fresh round of snow to U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) – A winter storm swept across the
U.S. Northeast on Monday, yet again forcing flight
cancellations, snarling traffic and proving weather-forecasting
groundhog Punxsutawney Phil right.

Travelers leaving the New York City area after Sunday
night’s Super Bowl championship football game faced traffic jams
at the region’s airports and risky driving on slippery roads.

Feb 3, 2014

Winter brings fresh round of snow to Northeast United States

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Weather-forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil was proven right on Monday as a winter storm swept across the Northeastern United States and brought an all-too-familiar bout of travel woes.

Travelers leaving the New York City area after Sunday’s Super Bowl championship football game faced snarls at the region’s airports and risky driving conditions on the roads.

Jan 31, 2014

Judge upholds Connecticut gun control law passed after Newtown shootings

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday upheld Connecticut’s tough gun control law that was passed in the wake of the deadly 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The stringent law is constitutional, said the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Alfred Covello, denying a legal challenge by a group of gun owners.

Jan 24, 2014

Half of U.S. prison sex crimes involve staff toward inmates: fed study

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – Nearly 9,000 incidents of sexual victimization against inmates in U.S. prisons and jails were reported in 2011, with roughly half of them involving corrections staff, according to a report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The number of incidents showed a “significant increase” over about 8,400 incidents reported in 2010 and 7,855 reported in 2009, it said. The year 2011 was the most recent cited in the bureau study, published on Thursday.

Jan 21, 2014

Body parts identified as those of missing NY autistic teen

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Decomposed body parts found along the shore of New York City’s East River were confirmed on Tuesday as belonging to an autistic teenager last seen in October wandering away from his school.

Further studies are needed to determine the cause of death of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, according to Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The body parts were found on Thursday, and DNA testing was used to identify them.

Jan 20, 2014

Christie No. 2 denies linking Sandy funds to Hoboken development

NEW YORK, Jan 20 (Reuters) – New Jersey’s lieutenant
governor on Monday denied a claim by the mayor of Hoboken that
Governor Chris Christie’s administration linked release of
Superstorm Sandy relief funds to approval of a Hoboken
development project.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has said that Lieutenant Governor
Kim Guadagno told her Christie would withhold disaster recovery
funding if Zimmer did not support a bid by the New York-based
Rockefeller Group to build on several blocks in the city.

Jan 17, 2014

Top Christie aides subpoenaed in New Jersey bridge probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than a dozen New Jersey officials, including top aides to Governor Chris Christie, were served with subpoenas on Friday as the state assembly begins its investigation into a massive bridge traffic jam that was apparently politically motivated.

Christie, seen as a likely Republican candidate for the White House in 2016, has denied any involvement in the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal that is dogging his second term in office.

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.