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New York Mayor Bloomberg to appeal ruling that blocked stop-and-frisk policy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday said he would appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the police department’s “stop and frisk” crime-fighting tactics violate constitutional rights. Bloomberg remained firm in his argument that the practice drove down the city’s crime rate, saying, “The possibility of…

Appeals court will consider blocked Bloomberg NYC soda ban on Tuesday

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lawyers for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration will try to convince an appeals court on Tuesday to reinstate a ban on large sugary drinks, three months after a judge struck it down at the 11th hour as an illegal overreach of executive…

Anti-Wall St. protesters march with Verizon workers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters joined Verizon Communications workers on Friday in a march to denounce corporate greed as the company and 45,000 employees negotiate a new labor contract. The march by about 500 people to a Verizon store in Lower Manhattan coincided with the top U.S. mobile…

New York protest square to be ‘temporarily cleared’: mayor

NEW YORK — The small Manhattan square occupied by anti-Wall Street protestors for almost four weeks will be temporarily cleared for cleaning on Friday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Bloomberg went to the protest site, where several hundred people are camped out, to explain the move, which would be…

New York steps up security amid credible threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Security has been heightened in New York City because of a credible but uncorroborated threat, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Thursday, but said city residents should go about their business as usual. “The NYPD (police department) is deploying additional resources around the city and taking…

Hurricane Irene safety tips on Twitter

A Twitter account with the handle @irene is pouring out a stream of tips on how to stay safe as Hurricane Irene batters the United States east coast. The @irene account, which has more than 8,600 followers, is also forwarding messages from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New…

Irene kills 3 in NC, shuts NYC down

MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina (Reuters) – Hurricane Irene charged up the U.S. eastern seaboard on Saturday as a weakening but dangerous storm that shut down New York City and threatened to inflict massive blackouts and flooding. From the Carolinas to Maine, tens of millions of people were in the path…

NY gears up for same-sex marriages

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Gay and lesbian couples across New York are gearing up to become bride and bride or groom and groom starting at a minute after midnight on Sunday, when a law making New York the sixth U.S. state to allow such marriages comes into effect. The expected…

NYC mayor booed at Triangle fire commemoration

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was loudly booed Friday at a speech commemorating the deaths a century ago of 146 people in a factory fire that then led to major labor law reforms across the United States. Bloomberg was one of the principal speakers at the ceremonies…

‘Home-grown’ rebellion fights New York smoking ban

NEW YORK (AFP) – In the midst of an unrelenting battle against smokers and cigarettes, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might be surprised to hear there’s a tobacco plantation right under his nose. The rebel crop consists of 100 potted plants lined up in the Brooklyn garden of Audrey Silk,…

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