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Mar 1, 2014

Gay rights group to march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A gay rights group will be allowed to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, event organizers said on Saturday, reversing a 20-year-long stance after the city’s new mayor intervened.

It was unclear, however, if marchers from MassEquality, one of the largest gay rights advocacy groups in Massachusetts, would be permitted to carry signs or use slogans identifying themselves as gay men and women, which may yet prove a sticking point.

Feb 27, 2014

New York librarian with tools to rape, kill woman was fantasizing -defense

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It ended up requiring two bags to carry all the tools he thought they would need to capture, torture, rape and kill the woman they had been watching.

The items gathered by Christopher Asch, 61, a former New York City school librarian whose federal kidnapping conspiracy trial began on Thursday, included a stun gun, meat hammer, dental retractor, leg spreader, rope, duct tape, bleach, 12-inch skewers, two speculums and pliers.

Feb 25, 2014

New York Knicks guard Felton faces weapons charges

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton was arrested on gun possession charges on Tuesday after his wife’s divorce attorney took a weapon that was allegedly his to a local police station, authorities said.

Felton, 29, was not registered to have the gun in New York City and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and with criminal possession of a firearm, authorities said.

Feb 12, 2014

1.3 million ‘like’ friendless Michigan boy’s Facebook birthday surprise

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A Michigan mother’s attempt to cheer her 10-year-old son, who suffers from a disorder similar to autism and told her he had no friends, with a Facebook page has won the boy some 1.3 million fans on the social media site by Wednesday.

Jennifer Cunningham created the site early this month after her son told her he did not want a birthday party because he did not have friends, the Richland, Michigan, woman wrote on the “Happy Birthday Colin” page.

Feb 12, 2014

Sky’s the limit: wire fox terrier wins Westminster dog show

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A wire fox terrier named Sky won “best in show” at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, besting canines in six other groups at one of the oldest sporting events in the United States.

Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas, awarded the top prize to Sky at this year’s event in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The win makes it the 14th time the wire fox terrier has won the competition, more than any other breed since the show started awarding the “best in show” prize in 1907.

Feb 12, 2014

Westminster Kennel Club closes in on year’s top dog

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An Irish water spaniel named Riley won the sporting group on Tuesday to become the fifth of an eventual seven furry finalists vying for “best in show” honors at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

The top dog in each group will go nose-to-nose at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan in the championship round that concludes one of the oldest sporting events in the United States.

Feb 11, 2014

Top dog to be chosen at Westminster dog show in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hair driers blew and nail files flew in final preparations on Tuesday for seven furry finalists competing to win “best in show” at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

The top dog in each of seven groups will vie nose to nose at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan for the championship that concludes one of the oldest sporting events in the United States.

Feb 11, 2014

Howls for favorites at Westminster dog show’s first night

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A bloodhound named Nathan was the first group winner at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, besting 30 other hounds on the opening night of the two-day event that will crown its winner Tuesday.

Nearly 3,000 dogs and their handlers hit the competition floor in New York on Monday at Madison Square Garden, which will send winners of seven groups to determine this year’s champion.

Feb 10, 2014

Follow the hounds: Westminster dog show opens in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From tiny Chihuahuas to 100-pound (45-kg) Old English Sheepdogs, nearly 3,000 dogs and their handlers will hit the competition floor in New York on Monday for the opening of the two-day 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

This year’s edition of the prestigious event, which features pure-breed dogs such as the feathery Cocker Spaniel and the playful Labrador Retriever, is expected to be the largest staging since 1990. It will stretch across two New York sites, with initial rounds of judging at a pier along the Hudson River and finals at Madison Square Garden, normally the site of basketball games and concerts.

Feb 8, 2014

Thousands compete for Top Dog honors at New York show

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three newly admitted breeds will be among 3,000 dogs strutting their stuff in New York City at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday in the popular event’s largest gathering since 1990.

This year’s dogs come from all 50 states, organizers said, with the majority from New York and California. There are at least 127 foreign entries, including dogs from Finland, Slovenia, Japan and Thailand.