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Oct 15, 2012

Moon rocks, chunks of Mars auctioned in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Meteorites from Mars and the biggest piece of the Moon ever offered for sale went on the block on Sunday in New York in what organizers billed as history’s largest meteorite auction, which brought in over $1 million.

More than 125 meteorites were offered in the private sale, from gray pockmarked lumps of iron to highly polished slabs glittering with extraterrestrial gems. But many of the big-ticket items, estimated to sell for $50,000 or more, did not find buyers.

Oct 14, 2012

Moon rocks, chunks of Mars on auction block in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Several lumps of Mars and the biggest piece of the Moon ever offered for sale were unveiled on Sunday in New York in what organizers described as history’s largest meteorite auction.

More than 125 meteorites were being auctioned in the private sale, including an iron meteorite resembling a howling face that was found in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa and a slice of the Willamette meteorite from the American Museum of Natural History, estimated to sell for at least $85,000. The 4-pound (1.8-kg) Moon rock was expected to go for more than $340,000.

Oct 12, 2012

Elderly suspect in New York state murder eludes manhunt

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly three weeks after Eugene Palmer parked his pickup truck along a densely wooded state park 30 miles from New York City and vanished, the whereabouts of the elderly man considered the prime suspect in the killing of his daughter-in-law remain a mystery.

The morning of Palmer’s disappearance, his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, 39, was shot to death at her home shortly after her children left for school. The New York Times reported that Palmer, 73, was upset with her over a restraining order she had filed against her husband, who is Palmer’s son.

Oct 9, 2012

Magician David Blaine unplugs after high-voltage NYC stunt

NEW YORK (Reuters) – David Blaine has safely unplugged.

The thrill-seeking magician came down Monday evening from the 20-foot-high (6-meter) perch on a New York pier where he spent the past 72 hours standing inside an artificial lightning storm generated by seven high-voltage, low-current Tesla coils.

The 39-year-old performer said the electrifying performance would be his last endurance stunt.

Oct 5, 2012

Model was insane when he killed Portuguese journalist – lawyer

NEW YORK, Oct 5 (Reuters) – A young model was insane when he
killed and castrated a prominent Portuguese journalist in a New
York hotel room, believing he could “harness the power” of the
man’s severed testicles, a defense lawyer said at the start of
the murder trial on Friday.

Renato Seabra, 22, has been charged with second degree
murder for the killing of 65-year-old Carlos Castro in the room
they were sharing at the Intercontinental Hotel near Times
Square in January 2011.

Oct 3, 2012

David Blaine readies for million-volt stunt in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Magician David Blaine climbed atop a wobbling platform above a high-voltage Tesla coil in a tent on a Manhattan pier on Tuesday, dressed in a 20-pound chain-mail suit, and proceeded to shoot purplish arcs of lightning out of his hands and the top of his head.

The event – an unusual sort of press conference at which journalists were asked to stop their ears with foam plugs – was a preview of a stunt he will undertake starting on Friday, when he plans to stand on a 20-foot-high platform for 72 hours without food amid an artificial lightning storm crackling between low-current, million-volt Tesla coils.

Oct 3, 2012

Magician David Blaine readies for million-volt stunt in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Magician David Blaine climbed atop a wobbling platform above a high-voltage Tesla coil in a tent on a Manhattan pier on Tuesday, dressed in a 20-pound chain-mail suit, and proceeded to shoot purplish arcs of lightning out of his hands and the top of his head.

The event – an unusual sort of press conference at which journalists were asked to stop their ears with foam plugs – was a preview of a stunt he will undertake starting on Friday, when he plans to stand on a 20-foot-high platform for 72 hours without food amid an artificial lightning storm crackling between low-current, million-volt Tesla coils.

Sep 28, 2012

Hikers warned about murder suspect on loose in NY state park

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hikers were being urged to steer clear of a popular New York state park for the weekend while police search for a man suspected of shooting his daughter-in-law and believed to be armed and hiding in the thickly wooded area.

Police have been searching for Eugene Palmer, 73, since Monday in connection with the killing of Tammy Palmer, his son’s 39-year-old wife. They believe he is probably roaming the woods of Harriman State Park, some 30 miles north of Manhattan, after finding his deserted pickup truck near a park entrance.

Sep 19, 2012

Poor smokers in NY spend quarter of income on cigarettes: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Poor smokers in New York State spend about a quarter of their entire income on cigarettes, nearly twice as much as the national average for low-income smokers, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by the non-profit research group RTI on behalf of the state’s health department, found there was no statistically significant decline in the prevalence of smoking among poorer New Yorkers between 2003 and 2010, even as the habit declined by about 20 percent among all income groups.

Sep 17, 2012

Occupy Wall Street marks anniversary with smaller party

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Occupy Wall Street celebrated its one-year anniversary on Monday with a day of demonstrations that resulted in nearly 150 arrests but failed to produce the turnout or fervor that first propelled the movement into the national conversation.

The demonstrations attracted roughly 1,000 activists, down sharply from last fall, highlighting the challenge the movement has faced in trying to sustain interest in protesting against what it calls an unfair economic system.