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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.

Jun 9, 2013

Fifth victim dies after California shooting rampage

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A college student shot during a gunman’s rampage in Santa Monica, California, died on Sunday, the school said, two days after her father and three other people were killed in the same attack.

Marcela Franco, 26, was one of the final victims of the gunman’s spree, which began on Friday morning when he fatally shot his brother and father and apparently set their house on fire, police said.

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.