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Jurors unconvinced God ordered slaying, but Satan ‘would have been a different story’

A jury in New York rejected the insanity defense of a schizophrenic man who claimed God told him to kill a psychologist during a botched robbery. Jurors found David Tarloff guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the brutal 2008 slaying of Kathryn Faughey and also convicted him of assault and…

Largest-ever collection of John Lennon’s drawings and poems set for auction

The biggest private collection of John Lennon drawings, poems and prose ever to go to market will be sold by Sotheby’s in New York on June 4, the international auction house said Monday. The items comprise the original material that appeared in two books by the late Beatle — “In…

New York’s St. Patrick’s parade marches on amid gay rights controversy

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – About one million spectators, mostly dressed in green, streamed into New York on Monday for its St. Patrick’s Day Parade, even as the city’s mayor and beer companies that previously sponsored the event dropped out amid concerns that organizers excluded gay groups. Parade…

NYC Mayor de Blasio accused of hypocrisy after getting caught breaking traffic rules

New York mayor Bill de Blasio has driven head on into accusations of hypocrisy after his SUV repeatedly violated traffic rules two days after he ordered a crackdown on dangerous driving. The Democrat, who has promised to curb New York’s massive social inequality, was accused of presiding over the injustice…

New York state takes aggressive stance against wild swans

In Britain, wild swans may be prized for their beauty and protected by the Queen, but the US state of New York has declared war on them, branding them a violent menace. Draft proposals to kill or resettle the state’s 2,200 wild mute swans by 2025 may be supported by…

JKF airport halts flights after plane skids into snowbank

A plane skidded into a snowbank on Sunday in freezing conditions at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, which temporarily ceased operations because of the icy conditions, officials said. The airport was closed at 8:32 am (1332 GMT) after a Delta Airlines jet from Toronto slid into snow on a…

New York may loosen medical marijuana laws

New York is planning to loosen its marijuana laws to allow limited use of the drug by people suffering serious illness, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing state officials. The newspaper reported on its website that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo — a long-time opponent of legalizing medical marijuana —…

Mayor Bloomberg took a bit of New York’s soul

The billionaire mayor is a series of pluses and minuses that never quite add up. Let’s hope some of the city’s funky grit returns now It’s the eve of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s exodus from New York City’s top office after three terms, and I have such mixed feelings about him.…

New York judge rules mass NSA phone metadata surveillance is lawful

A US district judge in New York ruled on Friday that controversial telephone surveillance by the National Security Agency was lawful and a vital component of the war on Al-Qaeda. The ruling (PDF) from Judge William Pauley of the southern district court in New York came 10 days after a…

New NYC police commissioner Bill Bratton thinks good community relations will make stop-and-frisk work

If Bill Bratton’s record in Los Angeles is any guide, New York will see little dramatic reduction in the police tactic of stop-and-frisk but improved targeting and community relations will soothe resentment. New York’s newly named police commissioner presided over a surge of stop-and-frisk while running the LA police department…

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