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Oct 27, 2013

Rocker Lou Reed of Velvet Underground dies at 71

NEW YORK, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Lou Reed, the pioneering
songwriter and musician behind the Velvet Underground, one of
the most influential rock bands which fused art and music in
collaboration with artist Andy Warhol, died on Sunday at the age
of 71, his literary agent said.

Reed died at a home he shared in Long Island, New York, with
his wife Laurie Anderson following complications from a liver
transplant he had earlier this year, Andrew Wylie, the agent,
said.

Oct 27, 2013

Colorado prosecutor unsure if he would have charged JonBenet parents

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A Colorado prosecutor said his predecessor’s decision not to prosecute the parents of slain child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was made because of a lack of evidence to prove the case, but could not say if he would have made the same choice.

In his first comment since the unsealing of papers on Friday that showed a grand jury had voted to indict Ramsey’s parents in 1999, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett noted that prosecutors face a higher burden of proof than a grand jury.

Oct 25, 2013

New York’s Met museum to continue suggested admission fee

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City and its famed Metropolitan Museum of Art have amended their lease to formalize the practice of charging a “recommended” admission fee while still allowing visitors to pay any amount they choose.

The museum, the largest in the United States, was originally intended to be free to the public under its 1878 lease with the city, but since 1971 it has been charging a recommended fee.

Oct 24, 2013

U.S. immigration landmark Ellis Island to reopen, a year after Sandy

NEW YORK, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Ellis Island, the patch of land
in New York Harbor where millions of immigrants first touched
U.S. soil, will partially reopen to the public on Monday, a year
after it was submerged by Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters.

The storm destroyed the island’s electrical, communication,
water and sewage systems, but otherwise left its historic
buildings largely undamaged, the National Park Service said.

Oct 11, 2013

Malala Yousafzai speaks of Nobel hopes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girl’s education, spoke on Thursday of the possibility of winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and said she might like to be Pakistan’s prime minister one day.

“If I get the Nobel Peace Prize, I think it will be such a great honor, and more than I deserve, and such a great responsibility as well,” she told an audience at a New York City cultural center on Thursday night.

Oct 11, 2013

Pakistani teen who survived Taliban shooting speaks of Nobel hopes

NEW YORK, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Pakistani teenager Malala
Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for
campaigning for girl’s education, spoke on Thursday of the
possibility of winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and said
she might like to be Pakistan’s prime minister one day.

“If I get the Nobel Peace Prize, I think it will be such a
great honor, and more than I deserve, and such a great
responsibility as well,” she told an audience at a New York City
cultural center on Thursday night.

Oct 1, 2013

Chinese dissident Chen to join conservative U.S. think tank

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident and legal rights activist who accused New York University of forcing him to leave this summer because of alleged pressure from the Chinese government, will be joining The Witherspoon Institute, a conservative think tank.

Chen will become a distinguished fellow in human rights at Witherspoon, which is based in Princeton, New Jersey, for the next three years. He will also be affiliated with The Catholic University of America and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice, Luis Tellez, Witherspoon’s president, said in a telephone interview.

Sep 26, 2013

Search continues for New York gunman who shot two on Long Island

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The search for a suspected gunman who shot two people, killing one, in what was described as a workplace incident in the New York suburb of Garden City, Long Island, shifted on Thursday to the town where the man’s abandoned SUV was recovered, authorities said.

Local police believe Sang Ho Kim, 63, walked into lighting company Savenergy Inc on Wednesday morning and shot the company’s president and another male employee with a handgun before fleeing.

Sep 24, 2013

Heirs of wealthy, reclusive N.Y. heiress settle battle over will

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Battling relatives and other beneficiaries on Tuesday resolved a dispute over the multimillion-dollar estate of Huguette Clark, one of America’s wealthiest heiresses who died in New York City in 2011 at age 104.

Eleven lawyers for the squabbling parties, including distant relatives, her goddaughter, her nurse and other people named in the will, lined up before Judge Nora Anderson on Tuesday morning at Manhattan’s Surrogate’s Court to say they had settled after a final volley of emails at 2 a.m.

Sep 19, 2013

Ex-paramedic who mocked patients on Twitter slapped with lawsuit

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – A New York City paramedic who
was forced to resign this year after mocking patients by posting
pictures of them on his Twitter account is being sued by a woman
who said he uploaded a photograph of her in a wheelchair with a
caption that ridiculed her weight.

Timothy Dluhos was a lieutenant in the city’s fire
department working as an emergency medical technician when the
New York Post linked him in March to a Twitter account with the
handle “Bad Lieutenant” and an image of Adolf Hitler for a
profile picture.