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Jun 6, 2014

N.Y. police charge man in elevator stabbing of two children

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York police have charged a man in the weekend stabbing of two children, one of them fatally, in the elevator of a Brooklyn housing project, officials said.

Daniel St. Hubert, 27, was charged on Thursday evening with murder in the death of Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, and attempted murder in the stabbing of Mikayla Capers, 7, along with assault and various weapon and graffiti charges, according to police.

Jun 5, 2014

New York drops surgery rule for changing sex on birth certificate

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Transgender people born in New York state, with the exception of New York City, will no longer have to prove that they have had sex-reassignment surgery to change the sex marked on their birth certificate, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office said on Thursday.

About 100 people a year seek to change the sex on their birth certificate in New York state, according to the office of the governor, who is a Democrat. New York City has a separate records system from the rest of the state and still requires proof of surgery for such a change.

Jun 2, 2014

New York Mayor de Blasio belatedly begins move to Gracie Mansion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than five months after he was sworn in as mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio is leaving behind his modest Brooklyn home and moving to Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence, his wife announced in a blog post on Monday.

Chirlane McCray, de Blasio’s wife, wrote that a sewing machine table that used to belong to her mother would be among the first items moved to the 18th-century mansion in Manhattan that hugs the East River.

Jun 2, 2014

Retired NY cop kills wife, leaves body on bedroom floor: police

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A retired police officer strangled his wife during a fight and left her body on the floor of their bedroom for several days in central New York, authorities said on Monday.

A worried friend had reported to the police that Kathleen Wilkinson had not been seen in several days, prompting a deputy to visit her home in the town of Malta on Sunday, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office said.

May 30, 2014

Insight – Before Nevada stand-off, a collision between ranchers and tortoises

BUNKERVILLE Nevada (Reuters) – When the U.S. government declared the Mojave desert tortoise an endangered species in 1989, it effectively marked the cattle ranchers of Nevada’s Clark County for extinction.

Rancher Cliven Bundy once had neighbors on the range: when the tortoise was listed, there were about 50 cattle-ranching families in the county. Some of them fought court battles to stay, rejecting the idea their cattle posed a danger to the tortoises. But, one by one, they slowly gave up and disappeared.

May 30, 2014

Before Nevada stand-off, a collision between ranchers and tortoises

BUNKERVILLE, Nevada, May 30 (Reuters) – When the U.S.
government declared the Mojave desert tortoise an endangered
species in 1989, it effectively marked the cattle ranchers of
Nevada’s Clark County for extinction.

Rancher Cliven Bundy once had neighbors on the range: when
the tortoise was listed, there were about 50 cattle-ranching
families in the county. Some of them fought court battles to
stay, rejecting the idea their cattle posed a danger to the
tortoises. But, one by one, they slowly gave up and disappeared.

May 24, 2014

Suspected California gunman may have posted video warning of killings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The gunman suspected of killing six people in drive-by shootings near a California college campus on Friday night may have posted a video online lamenting his loneliness and warning he was about to go on a rampage out of sexual frustration.

Authorities had not yet formally identified the suspected gunman, but a family lawyer said he was almost certainly Elliot Rodger, son of a Hollywood director. Asked by reporters if the gunman was Rodger, lawyer Alan Shifman told reporters: “I cannot confirm that but we believe it.” He added that “the police would not give us 100 percent (certainty).”

May 21, 2014

Visitors take sombre tours as Sept. 11 museum opens to public

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers who toured the museum that commemorates the violent attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on Wednesday, the first day it was open to the public, said they expected a somber visit but found themselves emotionally overwhelmed.

The National September 11 Memorial Museum in downtown Manhattan, featuring displays and artifacts related to the attacks and the nearly 3,000 victims, opened its doors to the general public after eight years of planning and building.

May 21, 2014

Visitors take somber tours as September 11 museum opens to public

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers who toured the museum that commemorates the violent attacks of September 11, 2001, on Wednesday, the first day it was open to the public, said they expected a somber visit but found themselves emotionally overwhelmed.

The National September 11 Memorial Museum in downtown Manhattan, featuring displays and artifacts related to the attacks and the nearly 3,000 victims, opened its doors to the general public after eight years of planning and building.

Apr 26, 2014

More tornadoes expected in central U.S. after North Carolina storm

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – The first serious, prolonged storms of the year were brewing on Saturday in the Great Plains, with a growing risk of tornadoes touching down in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas in the coming days, federal meteorologists said.

A separate storm system sent at least one tornado tearing through coastal North Carolina overnight on Friday. Dozens of homes in Beaufort County collapsed, at least 16 people were hurt and thousands lost electricity, a county official said.