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Jul 24, 2013

U.S. probes Southwest Air’s LaGuardia landing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators launched an investigation on Tuesday into the collapse of the front landing gear on a Southwest Airlines plane shortly after it touched down at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday evening.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the Boeing 737 skidded 2,175 feet on its nose after the front gear collapsed backwards into the fuselage, damaging avionics and electronics. Nine people out of 150 passengers and crew on board suffered minor injuries, the NTSB said.

Jul 23, 2013

Delays at New York airport after rough Southwest landing

NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) – A runway at New York City’s
LaGuardia Airport, shut after the front landing gear on a
Southwest Airlines jet collapsed on touchdown Monday evening,
was reopened on Tuesday, though the airport reported delays
through the day.

Eight people, including three crew members, suffered minor
injuries after the incident, Southwest said.

Jul 23, 2013

Landing gear on Southwest jet collapses at LaGuardia Airport, 8 injured

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Eight people were injured on Monday when the landing gear on a Southwest Airlines jet collapsed upon touchdown at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, officials said.

LaGuardia, one of the area’s busiest airports, was closed for more than an hour after the Boeing 737 jet landed with its 150 passengers and crew at around 5:45 p.m. EDT.

Jul 13, 2013

Bug bombs cause partial collapse of New York city building

NEW YORK, July 13 (Reuters) – A woman attempting to deploy
nearly two dozen bug bombs inside her small New York City
apartment caused a “partial collapse” of the five-story
building, injuring 14 people, the fire department said on
Saturday.

Fire marshals said the woman told them she set off 20 bug
bombs, also known as foggers, without incident on Wednesday
inside her Chinatown apartment.

Jul 3, 2013

Statue of Liberty set to reopen after Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Statue of Liberty will reopen to visitors with a July 4 ceremony on Thursday, more than eight months after its home island in New York Harbor was flooded and wrecked by Superstorm Sandy.

Lady Liberty was protectively closed by the National Park Service last October as the historic storm approached.

Jun 21, 2013

Spyware claims emerge in row over Chinese dissident at NYU

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States in May last year he was given a fellowship at New York University, use of a Greenwich Village apartment, and a pile of gifts from supporters, including smartphones and an iPad.

But at least two of the gadgets presented to Chen as gifts may not have been quite what they seemed: They included software intended to spy on the blind dissident, according to Jerome Cohen, an NYU professor who has been Chen’s mentor, and another source familiar with the episode.

Jun 21, 2013

Exclusive: Spyware claims emerge in row over Chinese dissident at NYU

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States in May last year he was given a fellowship at New York University, use of a Greenwich Village apartment, and a pile of gifts from supporters, including smartphones and an iPad.

But at least two of the gadgets presented to Chen as gifts may not have been quite what they seemed: They included software intended to spy on the blind dissident, according to Jerome Cohen, an NYU professor who has been Chen’s mentor, and another source familiar with the episode.

Jun 18, 2013

Gravestone of late Mayor Koch had birth date wrong

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Mayor Ed Koch was 88 years old when he died in February, despite what his gravestone said.

A worker at the Trinity Cemetery in Manhattan noticed last week that the gravestone’s inscription shaved 18 years off the mayor’s life after a stonecutter transposed two digits in his birth year, a Trinity spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Jun 17, 2013

Chinese dissident urges U.S. to ensure family’s fair treatment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng called on the United States on Friday to ensure his family in China would be treated fairly, saying his imprisoned nephew was not receiving proper medical care from Chinese authorities, whom he accused of “hooligan tactics.”

Chen, who made international headlines last year when he escaped house arrest and spent 20 hours on the run before finding refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, said his nephew was suffering from appendicitis and being treated only by a fellow inmate who had received some medical training.

Jun 17, 2013

China pressured NYU to make him leave, dissident says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident who fled his home country to become a visiting scholar at New York University, accused the school on Sunday of asking him to leave because of “unrelenting pressure” from China.

NYU denied the claim, saying that it had said last year before the blind dissident arrived that his fellowship would last up to a year and end sometime this summer.