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Jul 17, 2012

Families, health advocates urge Obama to act on food safety

July 17 (Reuters) – Families, public health advocates and
consumer groups called on the White House on Tuesday to
implement delayed provisions in a food safety law they say would
prevent nearly 3,000 deaths caused by food-borne illnesses each
year.

Families of victims who have died from food-borne illnesses
and consumer and health organizations wrote a letter to
President Barack Obama calling on him push forward provisions of
a food safety law signed last year that would regulate food
imports, produce and packaged food against possible
contamination.

Jul 17, 2012

Monaco prince sues New Yorkers, nightclub over brawl

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Monaco’s Prince Pierre Casiraghi, who was punched in the face during a brawl in New York in February, is suing two men and a popular Manhattan nightclub over the incident and seeking unspecified damages.

Casiraghi, third in line to the throne in the principality, filed the complaint on Saturday in civil court in New York saying that he and three other men were attacked by former restaurateur Adam Hock, 47, at The Double Seven club in New York’s trendy Meat Packing District.

Jul 12, 2012

New York jewelers admit sale of 1 ton of illegal ivory

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two New York jewelers pleaded guilty on Thursday to selling roughly 1 ton of illegal ivory worth more than $2 million, including elephant tusks apparently poached to satisfy a spike in customer demand, authorities said.

The large-scale seizure of luxury goods, including ivory beads, bracelets and intricately carved tusks, was one of the biggest in New York City history, said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

Jul 12, 2012

DC mayor resists calls to resign amid campaign scandal

By Lily Kuo

(Reuters) – Washington Mayor Vincent Gray bristled at suggestions that he was corrupt and resisted calls on Wednesday from three City Council members to resign over a campaign finance scandal from his victorious 2010 race.

The pressure to step down came a day after a former consultant pleaded guilty for her role in helping to hide and spend some $650,000 in undisclosed funds on campaign expenses.

Jul 9, 2012

Police to raise capsized New York yacht that killed three children

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police said they would raise a yacht from the waters off New York’s Long Island on Tuesday to figure out why it capsized during a July 4th fireworks viewing cruise, killing three children.

For nearly a week, investigators have been trying to determine what caused the 34-foot (10.4-metre) boat carrying 27 friends and family to sink off Oyster Bay, where it remains in approximately 60 feet of water.

Jul 8, 2012

Meatball company recalls 300,000 pounds of meat over listeria risk

By Lily Kuo

(Reuters) – A New Jersey meatball manufacturer is recalling more than 300,000 pounds (136,000 kg) of meat products due to possible listeria contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Saturday.

Bridgeton, New Jersey-based Buona Vita Inc was recalling about 324,770 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products produced in May, including meatballs, chicken and beef patties, and loafs of chicken and beef, the agency said in a written statement.

Jul 7, 2012

Autopsy of RFK Jr’s wife finds antidepressants but no alcohol

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had three antidepressants but no alcohol in her system when she committed suicide in May, a New York medical examiner’s office said on Saturday.

Results of toxicology tests completed in June revealed that Mary Kennedy, 52, had the antidepressants Trazodone, Desmethylvenlafaxine and Venlafaxine in her blood when she died, a representative of the Westchester County Office of the Medical Examiner said. There was no alcohol found, the report said.

Jul 6, 2012

City workers wages slashed in Scranton, Pennsylvania

By Lily Kuo

(Reuters) – Firefighters, police and other public workers in a Pennsylvania city saw their wages slashed to minimum wage rates on Friday, in a move by the cash-strapped city to balance its budget, city officials said.

Scranton’s public workers would be paid $7.25 an hour “indefinitely” starting with Friday’s paychecks as part of a plan initiated by the mayor, Chris Doherty.

Jun 28, 2012

Gymnast Strug motivates others with story of gold

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former gymnastics star Kerri Strug, who vaulted into Olympic history on an injured ankle in 1996 to secure a first U.S. women’s team gold medal, has parlayed that defining moment into a career motivating youth to work hard and do their best.

Now 34, married, and with a newborn son, Strug says that sixteen years after she aggravated an injury to win a team gold for the United States, there are things more important than medals.

Jun 28, 2012

U.S. gymnast Strug motivates others with story of gold

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former gymnastics star Kerri Strug, who vaulted into Olympic history on an injured ankle in 1996 to secure a first U.S. women’s team gold medal, has parlayed that defining moment into a career motivating youth to work hard and do their best.

Now 34, married, and with a newborn son, Strug says that sixteen years after she aggravated an injury to win a team gold for the United States, there are things more important than medals.