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Jan 24, 2013

U.S. cold snap even worse for those still without heat after Sandy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Arctic air hovering over the United States on Thursday made life miserable for New Yorkers still without heat months after Superstorm Sandy and just plain weird for Pennsylvanians shovelling snow tied to a nuclear power plant’s steam release.

The latest in a string of frigid days, from the Northeast to Midwest, plunged the mercury to 29 below zero Fahrenheit (minus 34 Celsius) in Ely, Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service. And that’s with no wind child – the stunningly low number was recorded under calm skies near Minnesota’s border with Canada, NWS said.

Jan 24, 2013

Cold snap even worse for those still without heat after Sandy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Arctic air hovering over the United States on Thursday made life miserable for New Yorkers still without heat months after Superstorm Sandy and just plain weird for Pennsylvanians shoveling snow tied to a nuclear power plant’s steam release.

The latest in a string of frigid days, from the Northeast to Midwest, plunged the mercury to 29 below zero Fahrenheit (minus 34 Celsius) in Ely, Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service. And that’s with no wind child – the stunningly low number was recorded under calm skies near Minnesota’s border with Canada, NWS said.

Jan 22, 2013

Orthodox Jewish therapist gets 103 years in prison for sex abuse

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An ultra-Orthodox Jewish counselor was sentenced to 103 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually abusing a young female patient over three years in the insular Brooklyn community where they lived.

Nechemya Weberman, who was convicted last month of sexual conduct against a child, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child, faced up to 117 years behind bars at his sentencing.

Jan 20, 2013

Hundreds attend NYC memorial for Internet activist Aaron Swartz

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Supporters of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet activist who committed suicide last week, gathered in New York to remember the computer prodigy on Saturday, with some calling for changes in the criminal justice system they blame for his death.

Swartz, who at 14 helped create an early version of the Web feed system RSS and believed the fruits of academic research and other information should be freely available to all, was found dead a week ago in his Brooklyn apartment.

Jan 16, 2013

New York City school bus drivers go on strike

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) – For the first time in 34 years,
New York City bus drivers went on strike, stranding up to
152,000 students in the nation’s largest public school system on
sleet-soaked Wednesday morning.

“Take a Hike, Kid!” reads the front page of Wednesday’s New
York Post, beside a picture of a glum young student with his
thumb raised, hitch-hiker style.

Jan 15, 2013

NY City giant soda ban gives three-month grace period for fines

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City will give restaurants and food outlets a three-month grace period before imposing fines for serving the large sugary drinks that will be banned, city officials said on Tuesday.

The board of the city’s Department of Health passed the ban, the first of its kind in the nation, in September, arguing that excessive soda drinking was a significant cause of obesity and other health problems.

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.