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Oct 24, 2014

In NYC Ebola case, crowded city complicates efforts to track exposure

NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) – As a New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola after volunteering in West Africa, health officials face the challenge of deciding how wide a net to cast for his possible contacts in the largest, most crowded city in the United States.

Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency doctor who was working with Doctors Without Borders in Ebola-stricken Guinea earlier this month, returned to the city last Friday.

Oct 21, 2014

Protesters decry Met Opera’s ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ as anti-Semitic

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, led a rally outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday to protest the company’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which some have called anti-Semitic and sympathetic to terrorism.

The 1991 opera depicts the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled Jewish American man who was killed by four Palestinian hijackers aboard the Achille Lauro cruise ship in the Mediterranean in 1985. After killing him, they ordered his body be thrown overboard along with his wheelchair.

Oct 19, 2014

New York’s Met Opera braces for ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ protests

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera is bracing for its most tumultuous opening in decades on Monday as protesters get ready to picket “The Death of Klinghoffer,” the John Adams opera about the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by Palestinian guerillas.

The opera, seen by some as a humanist masterpiece and by others as anti-Semitic, depicts the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a Jewish man on a cruise with his wife aboard the Achille Lauro. After his death, the killers threw the body of the retired New Yorker overboard along with his wheelchair.

Oct 17, 2014

New York City jail violence rises despite more spending: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Violence has increased in New York City’s jail system over the past seven years even as the city has spent more money to deal with a steadily declining inmate population, the city’s comptroller said in an analysis released on Friday.

The annual cost per inmate has increased by more than 42 percent to $96,232 since 2007, the analysis said, while the average daily population has decreased to about 11,400 inmates this year, from nearly 14,000.

Oct 9, 2014

NYC lawyer accused of rape removes himself from chokehold lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A high-profile lawyer accused of raping a woman in his New York City apartment last week has said he will no longer handle a planned wrongful-death lawsuit against the city by the family of Eric Garner, who died after police put him in chokehold during his arrest.

Sanford Rubenstein’s law partner will instead handle the lawsuit in the wake of a police investigation into a 42-year-old woman’s report that Rubenstein raped her, he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Oct 2, 2014

NYC bill would let city ignore some U.S. requests to detain immigrants

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Under a proposed law, New York City would decline requests by U.S. immigration authorities to detain immigrants for deportation proceedings unless a federal judge issues a warrant.

Even with a warrant, the city’s police department and Department of Correction would only honor a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention request if the immigrant had been convicted of a violent or serious crime in the past five years.

Sep 29, 2014

New York City to end solitary confinement for teens at Rikers jail

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City plans to end the use of solitary confinement to punish teenage inmates at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex by the end of the year, according to a Department of Correction memorandum.

The policy shift comes less than two months after the U.S. Department of Justice said its investigators had found a pattern of abuse of 16- and 17-year-old inmates that breached their constitutional rights.

Sep 27, 2014

Modi jabs at Pakistan, encourages yoga in U.N. address

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that he wants to hold bilateral talks with neighboring Pakistan “without a shadow of terrorism,” a day after Pakistan’s prime minister expressed frustration with stalled talks over Kashmir.

In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly since his resounding election victory in May, Modi also invoked India’s Hindu and ascetic traditions, saying they might provide answers to climate change.

Sep 27, 2014

India’s Modi jabs at Pakistan, encourages yoga in U.N. address

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that he wants to hold bilateral talks with neighboring Pakistan “without a shadow of terrorism,” a day after Pakistan’s prime minister expressed frustration with stalled talks over Kashmir.

In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly since his resounding election victory in May, Modi also invoked India’s Hindu and ascetic traditions, saying they might provide answers to climate change.

Sep 26, 2014

Iraqi PM says Islamic State plans subway attacks in U.S. and Paris

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iraq has “credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to attack subway systems in Paris and the United States, the prime minister said on Thursday, but U.S. and French officials said they had no evidence to back up his claims.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s comments were met with surprise by security, intelligence and transit officials in both countries. New York’s leaders scrambled to ride the subway to reassure the public that the nation’s largest city was safe.