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Dec 3, 2013

Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle gets U.S. green card

BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. immigration judge ruled on Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle can stay in the United States as a lawful resident, despite his decades dodging deportation and a 2011 drunk-driving arrest.

Judge Leonard Shapiro said his decision was based on a federal law granting green cards to foreigners who arrived to the United States before 1972, as long as they are found to be of good moral character.

Dec 3, 2013

Obama’s uncle to fight U.S. deportation order

BOSTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s uncle is expected to appear in a federal immigration court in Boston on Tuesday to argue that he should be allowed to stay in the United States, despite a 1992 deportation order and 2011 drunk-driving arrest.

Onyango Obama, 69, is the Kenyan-born half-brother of President Obama’s deceased father. He came to the United States as a teenager to attend an elite school near Boston, but later dropped out and allowed his visa status lapse.

Nov 22, 2013

The future of surfing: No ocean required

NASHUA, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A surfer drops down the face of a crashing swell, crouches low and stalls his board into the tube, achieving the sport’s ultimate goal of a ride inside the barrel.

But instead of being on a sunlit beach in Hawaii or southern California, this surfer is inside a glass-and-concrete building in New Hampshire – at America’s newest surf park, an hour’s drive from the Atlantic.

Nov 12, 2013

Recommendation on death penalty for accused Boston bomber near

BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts will decide within a week whether to recommend the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is convicted in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz told a court hearing on Tuesday that the sentencing recommendation would go to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who will have until January 31 to make the final say on the government’s recommended punishment for the 20-year-old ethnic Chechen.

Nov 7, 2013

New Hampshire man takes vanity plate debate to states top court

BOSTON (Reuters) – A New Hampshire man who last year changed his name to “human” has gone to the state’s top court to defend his right to a vanity plate that insults police: COPSLIE.

The man formerly known as David Montenegro argued in state Supreme Court on Thursday that denying him the plate is a violation of his right to free speech.

Nov 6, 2013

New Hampshire court rejects appeal from state’s only death row inmate

BOSTON (Reuters) – New Hampshire’s top court on Wednesday upheld a capital conviction for cop-killer Michael Addison, but said his death sentence was still under review.

Addison became New Hampshire’s only death row inmate in 2008 and would become the first prisoner in the state to be executed in more than 70 years if his sentence is upheld.

Oct 22, 2013

Judge stalls sale of Boston Globe to Red Sox owner John Henry

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts judge has temporarily blocked the sale of The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry because it could complicate a pending class action lawsuit, according to court documents.

The New York Times Co had been due to seal the reported $70 million deal for the papers and related businesses with Henry on Friday, nearly three months after it was first announced.

Oct 18, 2013

In debate over bubbles, one Fed official warns against tighter policy

CHICAGO/BOSTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve should be “extraordinarily careful” about hiking interest rates to head off potential risks to financial stability, a top U.S. central banker said on Friday, warning about consequences to the economy.

Another policymaker underscored the importance of the issue of asset bubbles as he laid out possible approaches to protecting the broader economy, but without endorsing any one.

Oct 16, 2013

Economy will pick up by year-end, says RBI chief

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – India’s economy will pick up by year-end thanks to the start-up of billions of dollars worth of stalled resource projects and a good monsoon season that will bolster agricultural production, the Reserve Bank of India’s chief said on Tuesday.

The Reserve Bank of India is due to review monetary policy on October 29, with a rising pace of inflation bolstering odds for another central bank interest rate hike even as the economy stumbles through its worst crisis since 1991.

Oct 15, 2013

Economy will pick up by year-end: RBI chief

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – India’s economy will pick up by year-end thanks to the start-up of billions of dollars worth of stalled resource projects and a good monsoon season that will bolster agricultural production, the Reserve Bank of India’s chief said on Tuesday.

The Reserve Bank of India is due to review monetary policy on October 29, with a rising pace of inflation bolstering odds for another central bank interest rate hike even as the economy stumbles through its worst crisis since 1991.

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