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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.

Mar 9, 2013

In court, bin Laden relative denies plot charge

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden pleaded not guilty in a New York court on Friday to conspiring to kill Americans, becoming one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to face trial in the United States for crimes connected to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a militant who has acted in videos as an al Qaeda spokesman, made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, only blocks from the site of the hijacked plane strikes on the World Trade Center.

Mar 8, 2013

Bin Laden son-in-law pleads not guilty to conspiracy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who acted as a spokesman for al Qaeda, pleaded not guilty in federal court on Friday to conspiracy to kill Americans.

Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a militant who appeared in videos representing al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 attacks, made his initial appearance in a Manhattan courthouse only blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.

Mar 6, 2013

Long Island man faces jail for laughing too loudly in own home

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A man from Long Island, New York, is facing up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine after a neighbor complained to police he was laughing too loudly, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Police issued Robert Schiavelli, 41, two tickets for disturbing the peace for laughing out the window of his home in Rockville Centre on Long Island at about 6 p.m. on February 12 and February 13, his lawyer said.

Mar 5, 2013

Track team members criminally charged in New York school hazing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three members of a track team at a prestigious New York City public school have been charged with hazing a freshman teammate by molesting him over a span of three months, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Charged as adults, Thomas Brady, 16; Boubacar Diallo, 16; and Pier Berkmans, 17, all pleaded not guilty at their arraignment last week on multiple counts of assault, hazing, harassment and forcible touching of the freshman at the Bronx High School of Science.

Mar 4, 2013

Newborn baby dies after parents killed in hit-and-run on way to NY hospital

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A newborn baby delivered by emergency surgery after his parents were killed in a hit-and-run car accident on their way to the hospital has died, a New York police spokesman said on Monday.

The baby boy died from injuries overnight at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, the spokesman said.

Feb 26, 2013

Protests mark anniversary of Trayvon Martin death

SANFORD, Florida/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Demonstrators symbolically wearing hoodies gathered in New York and Florida on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, reviving a national discussion on gun laws and racial profiling.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, 17, in the Orlando suburb of Sanford on February 26, 2012, and initially went free based on his claims of self-defense. But a national outcry forced the city’s police chief to resign and the governor to appoint a special prosecutor.

Feb 26, 2013

Titanic II blueprints unveiled, but don’t call it ‘unsinkable’

NEW YORK, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Australian mining entrepreneur
Clive Palmer on Tuesday unveiled blueprints for Titanic II, a
modern replica of the doomed ocean liner, although he stopped
short of calling the vessel unsinkable.

The ship will largely recreate the design and decor of the
fabled original, with some modifications to keep it in line with
current safety rules and shipbuilding practices, and the
addition of some modern comforts such as air conditioning,
Palmer said at a press conference in New York.

Feb 24, 2013

“Miracle on Ice” hockey jersey, Red Sox bloody sock sold at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A jersey worn by the captain of the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team in its “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union in 1980 sold at auction on Saturday for $657,250, less than had been anticipated.

A blood-stained sock worn by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in the 2004 World Series also was among the more than 100 items of sports memorabilia offered by Heritage Auctions in New York. It sold for $92,612.50, including auctioneer fees.