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Sep 1, 2013

Wildfire in Yosemite expands and obscures scenic views

By Jonathan Allen and Kevin Murphy

(Reuters) – A massive wildfire that has charred the northwest edge of Yosemite National Park in California has sent smoke into a scenic and previously unaffected area, obscuring views of popular landmarks on Saturday for tourists who visited the area.

The smoke from the fire, which broke out two weeks ago, spread to the area during a holiday weekend that in the past years has seen the park fill with visitors.

Aug 31, 2013

California wildfire threatening Yosemite is now size of Dallas

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A massive wildfire that has charred the northwestern edge of California’s Yosemite National Park is heading towards two groves of the park’s famed sequoia trees, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said as firefighters battled the blaze on Saturday.

The so-called Rim Fire, which now has an overall footprint that exceeds the area of Dallas, has burned about six percent of Yosemite’s wilder backcountry but the vast majority of the park was still unaffected, Jarvis said.

Aug 9, 2013

Bangladeshi man sentenced to 30 years for New York Fed bomb plot

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A judge sentenced a Bangladeshi man to 30 years in prison on Friday after he admitted that he intended to use a bomb in what U.S. authorities called a plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 22, who had pleaded guilty to the government’s charge of “attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction” and faced life in prison, told the judge he now rejects radical Islam and apologized to the people of New York and the United States. Prosecutors had said Nafis had claimed on social media sites to have contacts with al Qaeda.

Aug 9, 2013

NSA to cut system administrators by 90 percent to limit data access

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – The National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said Thursday it intends to eliminate about 90 percent of its system administrators to reduce the number of people with access to secret information.

Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, the U.S. spy agency charged with monitoring foreign electronic communications, told a cybersecurity conference in New York City that automating much of the work would improve security.

Aug 4, 2013

Monotonous, rigid military prison life awaits Manning

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, faces the prospect of years of monotony with no Internet access in a small military prison cell but he would likely be allowed to mix with other inmates and exercise outdoors.

The 25-year-old Manning, who has yet to be sentenced, would be able to nominate friends and relatives for visits pending official approval. A handshake, a brief kiss or a hug that does not involve touching below the waist are allowed during visits, and visitors and inmates may hold hands, according to regulations. Prisoners are allowed to telephone friends and family through payphones that may only be used at set times, but they are not permitted to send email or browse the Internet.

Jul 26, 2013

Weiner mayoral campaign falters; woman details sex chats

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anthony Weiner’s New York mayoral campaign took a beating on Thursday as he lost his lead in a new poll and admitted to sending lewd online messages to up to three women since he resigned from Congress over such behavior two years ago.

One of those women came forward on Thursday to say they had frequent sexually charged conversations both online and over the phone last year, although they never met in person.

Jul 25, 2013

Weiner defiant amid calls to quit New York mayoral race

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anthony Weiner resisted mounting calls to bow out of the New York City mayoral race on Wednesday, a day after admitting he had continued the sexually charged online chats that led him to resign from Congress in disgrace two years ago.

Weiner, who took the lead in several polls soon after announcing his political comeback in May, said in an email to supporters that he should have been clearer about how long the behavior had persisted but that he hoped voters would give him another chance.

Jul 24, 2013

NY press urges Weiner to quit mayoral bid, mocks new lewd chats

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City newspapers called for mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner to bow out of the race on Wednesday after fresh revelations that he had continued sexually charged online chats for more than a year after his resignation from Congress.

Weiner, among the front-runners in the race for New York mayor, admitted on Tuesday he had continued sending lewd images of himself to women online – the very behavior that forced him out of office in 2011 – until at least last summer.

Jul 24, 2013

U.S. probes Southwest Air’s LaGuardia landing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators launched an investigation on Tuesday into the collapse of the front landing gear on a Southwest Airlines plane shortly after it touched down at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday evening.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the Boeing 737 skidded 2,175 feet on its nose after the front gear collapsed backwards into the fuselage, damaging avionics and electronics. Nine people out of 150 passengers and crew on board suffered minor injuries, the NTSB said.

Jul 23, 2013

Delays at New York airport after rough Southwest landing

NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) – A runway at New York City’s
LaGuardia Airport, shut after the front landing gear on a
Southwest Airlines jet collapsed on touchdown Monday evening,
was reopened on Tuesday, though the airport reported delays
through the day.

Eight people, including three crew members, suffered minor
injuries after the incident, Southwest said.