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Feb 1, 2014

NJ Gov Christie, dogged by bridge closure, booed at Super Bowl event

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was greeted with audible boos and a few loud cheers during a Super Bowl-related appearance in New York City on Saturday, a day after a former appointee said the popular Republican knew about politically motivated lane closures near a busy commuter bridge.

The incident cast a cloud over Christie at what could have been a moment of triumph for man considered a leading candidate for his party’s nomination to run for president in 2016. The Super Bowl will be played on Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Jan 25, 2014

Alaska sled-dog race organizers tell NY’s Idiotarod ‘cease and desist’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Iditarod, a grueling multi-day sled dog race across Alaska, is not – not! – to be confused with the Idiotarod, a pointedly sillier affair due to take place this weekend with costumed participants racing modified shopping carts through New York City.

The organizers of the Alaska race, however, are taking no chances. This week, they got their lawyer to send a cease-and-desist letter to the organizers of the Idiotarod.

Jan 19, 2014

Governor Christie’s NJ woes dog Florida fundraising trip

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New Jersey mayor who added to Governor Chris Christie’s woes with fresh claims that his office punishes uncooperative local officials stuck to her story on Sunday, overshadowing the governor’s fundraising trip in Florida.

Widely seen as a Republican contender for the White House in 2016, Christie avoided mention of his troubles at home while he raises funds on a closely watched trip to Florida this weekend.

Jan 15, 2014

New York City to pay $18 million to settle lawsuits over 2004 arrests

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The city of New York announced on Wednesday that it agreed to pay close to $18 million to settle hundreds of federal civil lawsuits brought by people who claimed they were unfairly arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention.

The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the first cases related to the convention arrests, said it is the “largest protest settlement in history.”

Dec 24, 2013

U.S.-India dispute puts spotlight on diplomats’ domestic workers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A dispute between Washington and New Delhi over charges that an Indian diplomat overworked and underpaid a housekeeper she brought with her to New York has shone a light on U.S. efforts to investigate and prosecute allegations of abuse of foreign employees.

Even just a decade ago such a prosecution would have been impossible, according to advocates who work with victims of labour abuse and trafficking.

Dec 21, 2013

India applies to U.N. to try to solve diplomat crisis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – India asked the United Nations on Friday to accredit a New York-based diplomat who was arrested for visa fraud, in an apparent attempt to defuse a crisis with the United States over her treatment by U.S. authorities who strip searched her.

A U.N. spokesman said the organization had received an official request from New Delhi to accredit Devyani Khobragade as a member of India’s permanent U.N. mission in what seemed to be a move to give her a stronger form of diplomatic immunity.

Dec 18, 2013

N.J. stadium snow chutes, melters set for ‘coldest Super Bowl’ ever

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It would have to be the blizzard of the century but a wicked enough storm could shift the date of Super Bowl XLVIII, slated for February 2 at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, game officials said on Wednesday.

Although the National Football League’s annual championship game has been held in northern cities in the past, this will be the first game to be played outdoors in a cold-weather venue. To pull it off, the league waived its rule that the average February temperature in the host city be at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

Dec 13, 2013

U.S. mayors say thousands of guns sold illegally online

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of guns are being offered for sale illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on a single U.S. website, according to a report released on Thursday by a group of U.S. mayors campaigning for gun control.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded and largely funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examined sales on Armslist.com, a major gun-trading website that enables sales in all 50 states, over an eight-week period this year.

Dec 12, 2013

Thousands of guns sold illegally online: mayors group

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of guns are being offered for sale illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on a single website in the United States, according to a report released on Thursday by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

The group, founded and largely funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examined sales on Armslist.com, a major gun-trading website that enables sales in all 50 states, over an eight-week period this year.

Dec 9, 2013

U.S. university drops claim Chinese dissident Chen was spied on

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York University withdrew its claim on Monday that a close supporter of Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese dissident affiliated with the university through this summer, had tried to spy on Chen by giving him an iPad and iPhone loaded with hidden spyware, saying it was a “misunderstanding.”

The spyware claims followed Chen’s accusation in June that NYU was making him leave the school as a result of pressure from China’s government.