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Jul 13, 2013

Bug bombs cause partial collapse of New York city building

NEW YORK, July 13 (Reuters) – A woman attempting to deploy
nearly two dozen bug bombs inside her small New York City
apartment caused a “partial collapse” of the five-story
building, injuring 14 people, the fire department said on
Saturday.

Fire marshals said the woman told them she set off 20 bug
bombs, also known as foggers, without incident on Wednesday
inside her Chinatown apartment.

Jul 3, 2013

Statue of Liberty set to reopen after Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Statue of Liberty will reopen to visitors with a July 4 ceremony on Thursday, more than eight months after its home island in New York Harbor was flooded and wrecked by Superstorm Sandy.

Lady Liberty was protectively closed by the National Park Service last October as the historic storm approached.

Jun 21, 2013

Spyware claims emerge in row over Chinese dissident at NYU

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States in May last year he was given a fellowship at New York University, use of a Greenwich Village apartment, and a pile of gifts from supporters, including smartphones and an iPad.

But at least two of the gadgets presented to Chen as gifts may not have been quite what they seemed: They included software intended to spy on the blind dissident, according to Jerome Cohen, an NYU professor who has been Chen’s mentor, and another source familiar with the episode.

Jun 21, 2013

Exclusive: Spyware claims emerge in row over Chinese dissident at NYU

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States in May last year he was given a fellowship at New York University, use of a Greenwich Village apartment, and a pile of gifts from supporters, including smartphones and an iPad.

But at least two of the gadgets presented to Chen as gifts may not have been quite what they seemed: They included software intended to spy on the blind dissident, according to Jerome Cohen, an NYU professor who has been Chen’s mentor, and another source familiar with the episode.

Jun 18, 2013

Gravestone of late Mayor Koch had birth date wrong

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Mayor Ed Koch was 88 years old when he died in February, despite what his gravestone said.

A worker at the Trinity Cemetery in Manhattan noticed last week that the gravestone’s inscription shaved 18 years off the mayor’s life after a stonecutter transposed two digits in his birth year, a Trinity spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Jun 17, 2013

Chinese dissident urges U.S. to ensure family’s fair treatment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng called on the United States on Friday to ensure his family in China would be treated fairly, saying his imprisoned nephew was not receiving proper medical care from Chinese authorities, whom he accused of “hooligan tactics.”

Chen, who made international headlines last year when he escaped house arrest and spent 20 hours on the run before finding refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, said his nephew was suffering from appendicitis and being treated only by a fellow inmate who had received some medical training.

Jun 17, 2013

China pressured NYU to make him leave, dissident says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident who fled his home country to become a visiting scholar at New York University, accused the school on Sunday of asking him to leave because of “unrelenting pressure” from China.

NYU denied the claim, saying that it had said last year before the blind dissident arrived that his fellowship would last up to a year and end sometime this summer.

Jun 17, 2013

China pressured U.S. university to make him leave, dissident says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident who fled his home country to become a visiting scholar at New York University, accused the school on Sunday of asking him to leave because of “unrelenting pressure” from China.

NYU denied the claim, saying that it had said last year before the blind dissident arrived that his fellowship would last up to a year and end sometime this summer.

Jun 13, 2013

Chinese dissident to leave New York University shortly

NEW YORK, June 13 (Reuters) – Chinese dissident Chen
Guangcheng, who left his home country last year and became a
visiting scholar at New York University, will leave the school
this summer but will likely remain in the United States,
university officials said on Thursday.

Chen made international headlines last year when he escaped
house arrest in China’s Shandong province, after campaigning for
farmers and disabled citizens and exposing forced abortions in
China. Chen spent 20 hours on the run before finding refuge at
the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, prompting urgent negotiations
between the two countries and, finally, China’s agreement to let
him travel to the United States.

Jun 11, 2013

Student pleads guilty to stabbing Muslim cabbie in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A film student pleaded guilty to attempted murder as a hate crime on Tuesday for stabbing a New York City taxi driver in what prosecutors said was an anti-Muslim attack.

Michael Enright, 24, faces 9-1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced later this month.