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Oct 1, 2013

Chinese dissident Chen to join conservative U.S. think tank

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident and legal rights activist who accused New York University of forcing him to leave this summer because of alleged pressure from the Chinese government, will be joining The Witherspoon Institute, a conservative think tank.

Chen will become a distinguished fellow in human rights at Witherspoon, which is based in Princeton, New Jersey, for the next three years. He will also be affiliated with The Catholic University of America and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice, Luis Tellez, Witherspoon’s president, said in a telephone interview.

Sep 26, 2013

Search continues for New York gunman who shot two on Long Island

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The search for a suspected gunman who shot two people, killing one, in what was described as a workplace incident in the New York suburb of Garden City, Long Island, shifted on Thursday to the town where the man’s abandoned SUV was recovered, authorities said.

Local police believe Sang Ho Kim, 63, walked into lighting company Savenergy Inc on Wednesday morning and shot the company’s president and another male employee with a handgun before fleeing.

Sep 24, 2013

Heirs of wealthy, reclusive N.Y. heiress settle battle over will

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Battling relatives and other beneficiaries on Tuesday resolved a dispute over the multimillion-dollar estate of Huguette Clark, one of America’s wealthiest heiresses who died in New York City in 2011 at age 104.

Eleven lawyers for the squabbling parties, including distant relatives, her goddaughter, her nurse and other people named in the will, lined up before Judge Nora Anderson on Tuesday morning at Manhattan’s Surrogate’s Court to say they had settled after a final volley of emails at 2 a.m.

Sep 19, 2013

Ex-paramedic who mocked patients on Twitter slapped with lawsuit

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – A New York City paramedic who
was forced to resign this year after mocking patients by posting
pictures of them on his Twitter account is being sued by a woman
who said he uploaded a photograph of her in a wheelchair with a
caption that ridiculed her weight.

Timothy Dluhos was a lieutenant in the city’s fire
department working as an emergency medical technician when the
New York Post linked him in March to a Twitter account with the
handle “Bad Lieutenant” and an image of Adolf Hitler for a
profile picture.

Sep 12, 2013

Powerhouses Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein cap New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) – New York Fashion Week drew to
a close on Thursday with prim, 1960s-inspired looks from Ralph
Lauren and ragamuffin chic from Calvin Klein.

Among the last of hundreds of fashion shows that filled the
week, the trend-setting Lauren went relentlessly black and white
- a theme among many designers this week – then switched to
eye-popping fluorescents.

Sep 12, 2013

Republican New York mayoral candidate needs to woo moderates

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Joe Lhota, the newly elected Republican candidate for New York City mayor, says he wants to highlight stark differences with his likely liberal rival to win over moderates in the heavily Democratic-leaning electorate.

But first, 58-year-old Lhota, a police officer’s son who went on to graduate from Harvard business school, serve as deputy to former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and head the city’s mass transit agency, must introduce himself to more New Yorkers.

Sep 9, 2013

Rodman to try ‘basketball diplomacy’ with North Korea

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former NBA player Dennis Rodman hopes some “basketball diplomacy” will open doors with North Korea and possibly lead to dialogue between its leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Rodman plans to train a North Korean basketball team for a pair of exhibition matches against a U.S. team in the isolated, communist-ruled country in January, Rodman told a news conference on Monday following his second visit to North Korea this year for meetings with Kim.

Sep 9, 2013

Menswear at New York Fashion Week plays it safe but also takes risks

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Menswear at New York Fashion
Week played it safe with colors, sticking to pared-down
neutrals, but styles and cuts ran the gamut from classic
sportswear to ethereal androgyny.

Often overlooked at the bi-annual extravaganza of mostly
womenswear, menswear even stole some looks from the women’s
shows in New York, where Duckie Brown put slim knee-length
skirts over mens’ trousers and lace at the cuffs and hem of a
mens’ black collarless jacket.

Sep 1, 2013

Wildfire in Yosemite expands and obscures scenic views

By Jonathan Allen and Kevin Murphy

(Reuters) – A massive wildfire that has charred the northwest edge of Yosemite National Park in California has sent smoke into a scenic and previously unaffected area, obscuring views of popular landmarks on Saturday for tourists who visited the area.

The smoke from the fire, which broke out two weeks ago, spread to the area during a holiday weekend that in the past years has seen the park fill with visitors.

Aug 31, 2013

California wildfire threatening Yosemite is now size of Dallas

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A massive wildfire that has charred the northwestern edge of California’s Yosemite National Park is heading towards two groves of the park’s famed sequoia trees, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said as firefighters battled the blaze on Saturday.

The so-called Rim Fire, which now has an overall footprint that exceeds the area of Dallas, has burned about six percent of Yosemite’s wilder backcountry but the vast majority of the park was still unaffected, Jarvis said.