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Dec 13, 2013

U.S. mayors say thousands of guns sold illegally online

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of guns are being offered for sale illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on a single U.S. website, according to a report released on Thursday by a group of U.S. mayors campaigning for gun control.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded and largely funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examined sales on Armslist.com, a major gun-trading website that enables sales in all 50 states, over an eight-week period this year.

Dec 12, 2013

Thousands of guns sold illegally online: mayors group

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of guns are being offered for sale illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on a single website in the United States, according to a report released on Thursday by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

The group, founded and largely funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examined sales on Armslist.com, a major gun-trading website that enables sales in all 50 states, over an eight-week period this year.

Dec 9, 2013

U.S. university drops claim Chinese dissident Chen was spied on

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York University withdrew its claim on Monday that a close supporter of Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese dissident affiliated with the university through this summer, had tried to spy on Chen by giving him an iPad and iPhone loaded with hidden spyware, saying it was a “misunderstanding.”

The spyware claims followed Chen’s accusation in June that NYU was making him leave the school as a result of pressure from China’s government.

Dec 3, 2013

Exclusive: Comrade of American held in N.Korea recalls friendship, stealth mission

By Jonathan Allen and Nicolas Medina Mora Perez

(Reuters) – In early 1953, Merrill Newman and Allen Hedges were among a small group of U.S. servicemen hunkered down on a tiny, frequently shelled island off the west coast of North Korea.

They had orders to never make the dangerous journey across the narrow strait of water onto the mainland. And so, Hedges said, they never did.

Dec 3, 2013

Exclusive – Comrade of American held in North Korea recalls friendship, stealth mission

By Jonathan Allen and Nicolas Medina Mora Perez

(Reuters) – In early 1953, Merrill Newman and Allen Hedges were among a small group of U.S. servicemen hunkered down on a tiny, frequently shelled island off the west coast of North Korea.

They had orders to never make the dangerous journey across the narrow strait of water onto the mainland. And so, Hedges said, they never did.

Nov 25, 2013

Special Report: How a Chinese dissident walked into America’s culture wars

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In May 2012, Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident, was getting ready to journey to New York after his improbable escape from house arrest.

About a week before his arrival, an Evangelical Christian pastor from Texas and a New York University law professor took a walk in Central Park. They wanted to discuss the difficulties Chen might face as one of the most high-profile and sought-after immigrants to come to the United States in some time.

Nov 14, 2013

‘Treme’ star files class-action profiling lawsuit against Macy’s

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Actor Rob Brown, who stars in
HBO show “Treme,” sought to broaden his racial-profiling lawsuit
against Macy’s on Wednesday into a federal class action case,
with his lawyer saying Brown hoped to use his celebrity for
“social change.”

Brown withdrew the lawsuit he filed last month in New York
State Supreme Court against the department store and the New
York City Police Department and, instead, filed two new lawsuits
with the U.S. District Court in lower Manhattan seeking
class-action status.

Nov 13, 2013

“Treme” actor pursues class-action profiling lawsuit vs Macy’s

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Rob Brown, the actor from the
HBO show “Treme,” sought to broaden his racial profiling lawsuit
against Macy’s on Wednesday into a federal class action lawsuit,
with his lawyer saying Brown hoped to use his celebrity for
“social change.”

Brown withdrew the lawsuit he filed last month in New York
State Supreme Court against the department store and the New
York City Police Department and, instead, filed it with the U.S.
District Court in lower Manhattan seeking class-action status.

Nov 13, 2013

Iran rockers ‘blinded with rage’ at shooting death of bandmates

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Surviving members of the exiled
Iranian rock band the Yellow Dogs said on Wednesday they were
“blinded with rage and paralyzed with grief” over the fatal
shooting of two of their bandmates in New York City.

In their first extensive comments since the attack Sunday
night, Koory Mirzeai and Siavash Karampour, the Yellow Dogs’
bassist and singer, said in a statement they had not seen
shooter Ali Rafie in more than a year before his shooting spree.

Nov 13, 2013

Before NY shooting, Iranian band thrived while another struggled

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When the Yellow Dogs were still playing secret gigs in their native Iran, even the unruly hairstyles of the four 20-something members of the indie-rock band were enough to get them in trouble with the police.

But on the streets of Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn thick with young musicians, they blended in effortlessly after arriving in 2010 to seek asylum and the freedom to play the wiry, punk-inflected music they loved.