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Apr 10, 2013

New York City to pay Occupy Wall protesters for damaged property

NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) – New York City has agreed to
pay Occupy Wall Street protesters more than $100,000 for
property damaged or lost when police cleared out their
encampment in a downtown Manhattan park in 2011, according to
court documents signed on Tuesday.

The settlement includes $47,000 for books and library
equipment lost or damaged in the raid on Zuccotti Park, where
the protesters, campaigning against economic inequality, had
camped for nearly two months, setting up tents and a ramshackle
library.

Apr 9, 2013

Gambling nun pleads guilty to theft from New York churches

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A Roman Catholic nun with an admitted gambling addiction faces up to six months in prison for stealing about $128,000 from two churches where she worked in western New York, prosecutors and her attorney said on Tuesday.

Sister Mary Anne Rapp, 68, pleaded guilty on Monday to grand larceny in Orleans County, just west of Rochester, New York. In addition to time in prison, she will make partial restitution of the stolen money, prosecutors said. Sentencing is scheduled for July 1.

Apr 2, 2013

N.Y. politicians arrested in mayoral race bribe scheme

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A high-ranking Democratic New York State senator was arrested on Tuesday and charged with trying to buy a place on the Republican ticket in the city’s next mayoral race, an effort that prosecutors said was part of a wide-ranging bribery scandal and reflected pervasive corruption in New York politics.

Five other politicians, all Republicans, were also arrested and charged with collectively accepting more than $100,000 in bribes in meetings in parked cars, hotel rooms and state offices, according to court papers.

Apr 2, 2013

New York politicians arrested in mayoral race bribe scheme

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A high-ranking Democratic New York State senator was arrested on Tuesday and charged with trying to buy a place on the Republican ticket in city’s next mayoral race, an effort that prosecutors said was part of a wide-ranging bribery scandal and reflected pervasive corruption in New York politics.

Five other politicians, all Republicans, were also arrested and charged with collectively accepting more than $100,000 in bribes in meetings in parked cars, hotel rooms and state offices, according to court papers.

Mar 27, 2013

New York City marks 10th anniversary of smoking ban

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg marked the tenth anniversary on Wednesday of his ban on smoking in bars and restaurants with a report saying the ban and subsequent anti-smoking measures had prevented 10,000 premature deaths.

“Ten years ago when New York City prohibited smoking in restaurants and bars, many predicted the end of the hospitality, restaurant and tourism industries,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

Mar 21, 2013

Biden, Newtown parents chastise Senate on assault weapons ban

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined parents of Newtown massacre victims on Thursday to urge Congress to enact gun-control laws, chastising the Senate for failing to support a ban on assault weapons.

The vice president and the mayor, two of the nation’s most prominent gun-control advocates, were joined at a City Hall news conference by relatives of victims killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14.

Mar 18, 2013

New York mayor wants to ban stores from displaying cigarettes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday proposed banning retail stores from displaying cigarettes as part of his effort to reduce smoking rates in the city.

Bloomberg, who has taken aggressive steps to curb smoking in public places and promote health with various restrictions on restaurants, plans to introduce to the City Council on Wednesday two bills that would require retailers to keep cigarettes in a drawer or other concealed location.

Mar 15, 2013

Tension flares in Brooklyn after police kill teenage boy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The mother of a teenage boy fatally shot by New York police called on Thursday for an end to violence and the rising tensions that have erupted between police and angry residents and resulted in dozens of arrests.

Kimani Gray, 16, was shot by two police officers late on Saturday in Brooklyn’s East Flatbush neighborhood after police said he pointed a handgun at them. His family disputes that account, saying it was unlikely he was carrying a weapon. Police said a gun was found at the scene.

Mar 13, 2013

Dolphin, apparently healthy, swimming in New York’s East River

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A dolphin swam up New York City’s East River on Wednesday where it appeared to be doing fine despite straying from its more usual ocean habitat, officials said.

Until biologists get a closer look, it is hard to say whether it is a common dolphin, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, a white-sided dolphin or a white-beaked dolphin, said Kimberly Durham, the rescue program director at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

Mar 11, 2013

NFL, GE to study brain injuries as concussion worries mount

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Football League and General Electric Co are teaming up to improve the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries amid growing concerns about sports-related concussions in youth and professional sports.

On Monday they announced a $60 million effort with leading neurologists to speed up research into brain injuries and the development of new technologies to help protect the brain from traumatic injury to benefit athletes, the military and the broader public.