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Jan 3, 2013

$400 million raised by charities working on Sandy relief in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Charities working on Superstorm Sandy relief in New York have raised at least $400 million, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Thursday.

Starting in November, Schneiderman contacted 90 charities that helped after the late October devastation, asking them to complete a survey detailing the amount they raised and how it was being spent.

Jan 2, 2013

New York City fire deaths at an all-time low

NEW YORK, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Fewer people died in fires in
New York City in 2012 than in any year since modern record
keeping began nearly a century ago, Mayor Michael Bloomberg
announced on Wednesday.

There were 58 fire-related deaths last year, compared to 66
in 2011, according to the city’s data, which extends back to
1916.

Dec 29, 2012

Animal rights group to pay circus $9.3 million in elephant dispute

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A major animal welfare group has agreed to pay $9.3 million to the owners of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to settle a lawsuit brought in response to now-dismissed legal claims of mistreated elephants.

The settlement, announced by the parties on Friday, removes the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, from litigation by Ringling Bros. against the Humane Society, the Animal Welfare Institute and a former elephant handler for the circus.

Dec 28, 2012

Tale of two cities: Chicago murder rate spikes, New York falls

CHICAGO/NEW YORK, Dec 28 (Reuters) – In a sharp contrast
between two of the nation’s largest cities, Chicago recorded its
499th murder of 2012 on Thursday night while New York reported
414 murders as of Friday even though it has more than three
times the population, according to police.

Plagued by gang violence, Chicago surpassed last year’s
murder total of 433 in October and is set for the highest rate
of homicide since the third largest U.S. city recorded 512 in
2008. The number is likely to top 500 on the last weekend of the
year.

Dec 27, 2012

Storm-damaged New York hospital partially reopens its doors

NEW YORK, Dec 27 (Reuters) – The NYU Langone Medical Center
in New York City partially reopened its inpatient facilities on
Thursday, nearly two months after it was flooded by Superstorm
Sandy and sustained damages that could exceed $1 billion.

Storm damage in New Jersey, New York City’s outer boroughs
and New York state’s Long Island captured most of the world’s
attention after the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history
made landfall on Oct. 29, obscuring much of the damage sustained
in Manhattan.

Dec 21, 2012

Portuguese model gets maximum sentence in NY murder of journalist

NEW YORK, Dec 21 (Reuters) – A Portuguese model convicted of
murdering and castrating his lover, a prominent journalist, was
sentenced on Friday to the maximum term of 25 years to life in
prison.

A jury rejected Renato Seabra’s insanity plea last month,
finding him guilty of second-degree murder in the death of
Carlos Castro, 65, in their Times Square hotel room during a
holiday trip to New York in January 2011.

Dec 20, 2012

New York library unveils plans for overhaul of Beaux-Arts flagship

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Public Library released designs on Wednesday for an overhaul of its flagship Beaux-Arts building in Manhattan that will open to the public spaces that only scholars have seen for the past few decades.

Under the plan, patrons will be able to borrow books from a new 100,000-square-foot lending library, creating what Mayor Michael Bloomberg said would be the largest combined research and circulating library in the world.

Dec 20, 2012

New York library unveils plans for overhaul of Beaux-Arts flagship

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Public Library released designs on Wednesday for an overhaul of its flagship Beaux-Arts building in Manhattan that will open to the public spaces that only scholars have seen for the past few decades.

Under the plan, patrons will be able to borrow books from a new 100,000-square-foot lending library, creating what Mayor Michael Bloomberg said would be the largest combined research and circulating library in the world.

Dec 17, 2012

Bloomberg slams U.S. lawmakers for fear of gun lobby

NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) – New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg joined loved ones of victims of shootings from
Colorado to Virginia to blast U.S. lawmakers on Monday for being
too cowed by the firearms lobby to pass gun control laws that
could save lives.

At a City Hall press conference, Bloomberg described
Friday’s mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school as “no
aberration,” and said it should make tightening gun laws the top
priority of the president and Congress.

Dec 7, 2012

Bus driver cleared of manslaughter in deadly NY crash

NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A Bronx jury cleared bus driver
Ophadell Williams of all counts except unlicensed driving in a
crash that killed 15 passengers returning to New York’s
Chinatown from a Connecticut gambling outing.

Jurors rejected 53 counts against Williams, including
manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault and
reckless driving. He was convicted of a single count of
third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.