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Jun 8, 2013

As guest habits change, New York hotel clears away room service

NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) – Soon, the black-uniformed
waiters wheeling trolleys of food will disappear from the halls
of the Hilton Midtown. Will visitors to New York City’s largest
hotel mind having to leave their rooms for sustenance?

For some, a hotel without room service made no sense.

“You’re on holiday, you’re away, you like being waited on,”
said Claire Avery, a prison clerk from New South Wales,
Australia, who was staying at the Hilton with her boyfriend.
“Sometimes you don’t even have to move.”

Jun 3, 2013

More than two dozen people shot over hot New York City weekend

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The hottest weekend of the year in New York City was one of the most violent, with 26 people shot, seven of them fatally, over 72 hours, police said on Monday.

Among the victims was an 11-year-old girl walking out of an apartment block in Brooklyn on Friday. She was hit in the neck by a bullet intended for two men nearby, according to the New York Police Department.

Jun 2, 2013

Three storm chasers among 10 killed by Oklahoma tornado

June 2 (Reuters) – Three storm chasers were among the 10
people killed by tornadoes that rampaged through central
Oklahoma on Friday, unsettling the highly risky cottage industry
of tracking tornadoes and forcing the media to rethink how they
cover deadly twisters.

Tim Samaras, 55, a leading storm chaser and founder of the
tornado research company Twistex, was killed in the Oklahoma
City suburb of El Reno along with his son, Paul Samaras, 24, and
Carl Young, 45, a Twistex meteorologist, according to a
statement from Tim Samaras’ brother, Jim Samaras.

May 30, 2013

Threatening letters sent to New York candidate, police say

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two threatening letters, one apparently smeared with blood, were mailed during the last week to the New York City office of Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate and a Democratic candidate for mayor, New York police said on Thursday.

The letters were written in Spanish, said police, who would not disclose the contents other than to call them “rambling” and to say that the writer claimed they were stained with blood.

May 29, 2013

New York security guard accused of threatening to blow up high school

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A high school security guard accused of threatening to blow up his school in suburban Nyack, New York, was ordered to court next month to face criminal charges, police said on Wednesday.

Kenneth Carter, 51, was arrested at Nyack High School last Wednesday after a colleague told the school administration he vowed an attack, said a spokeswoman for the Clarkstown Police Department. He was apparently angry about an earlier disciplinary incident at the school, she said.

May 28, 2013

Former New York police commissioner freed from prison

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bernard Kerik, a former New York police commissioner and nominee to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was released from federal prison on Tuesday after serving three years for tax evasion and lying to White House officials, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman said.

Kerik, 57, rose to prominence during the administration of New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Once Giuliani’s driver, he became the head of the city prison system and then police commissioner.

May 23, 2013

Police rescue New York man, held captive for a month in warehouse

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police rescued a businessman from a New York City warehouse where he had been held captive for a month by kidnappers who demanded a $3 million ransom from his family in Ecuador, authorities said.

Acting on a tip from the victim’s mother, police found Pedro Portugal, 52, in the warehouse with his hands bound in cloth and duct tape. He had been abducted in the borough of Queens on April 18 by a man who approached him, flashing what looked like a police badge, prosecutors said.

May 21, 2013

New York City seeing spike in anti-gay crime, officials say

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City is seeing a spike in anti-gay attacks, with two assaults coming within days of the fatal shooting of a gay man over the weekend, the city’s police commissioner said on Tuesday.

Two men in their early 40s were attacked on a street in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood early on Tuesday morning by two men who shouted anti-gay slurs in Spanish and English and left one victim with a minor eye injury, police said.

May 14, 2013

New York woman charged with Newtown fundraising scam

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Bronx grand jury indicted a New York woman on Tuesday on suspicion of posing as the aunt of one of the 20 children killed in last year’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in order to fraudulently solicit donations.

Nouel Alba, 37, is accused of setting up a Facebook page shortly after the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in which she falsely claimed to be an aunt of 6-year-old Noah Pozner, according to the Bronx district attorney.

May 10, 2013

U.S. returning trove of smuggled dinosaur fossils to Mongolia

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States will return to Mongolia more than a dozen illegally smuggled dinosaur skeletons, including two Tyrannosaurus bataars that are 70 million years old and at least six fossilized Oviraptors, U.S. officials said on Friday.

The announcement followed the handover to Mongolian officials on Monday of another T. bataar skeleton, which had been sold at auction in New York for more than $1 million before it was seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.