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Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan convicted of assaulting NYPD officer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An Occupy Wall Street protester was found guilty on Monday of assaulting a police officer during a demonstration two years ago to mark the protest movement’s six-month anniversary in New York City. A New York jury found Cecily McMillan, 25, guilty of elbowing a police officer,…

NYC Mayor de Blasio unveils plan to create 200,000 affordable housing units by 2024

By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released a plan on Monday to create and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade – a centerpiece of his strategy to address economic inequality in the nation’s largest city. The liberal mayor’s…

A growing trend: Restaurants protect their wait staff with a no-tip policy — and higher wages

In the United States, customers are expected to add an extra 10 to 20 percent to their tab at the end of a meal – but increasingly restaurants are foregoing these tips. Leaving a gratuity is de rigueur when dining out because pay for restaurant servers is so low. While…

Chinese replace Russians as top Manhattan apartment buyers

By Michelle Conlin and Maggie Lu Yueyang NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters) – For the first time, the Chinese have become the biggest foreign buyers of apartments in Manhattan, real estate brokers estimate, taking the mantle from the Russians – whose activity has dropped off since the unrest in Ukraine and the…

Hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser confesses to illegal campaign contributions scheme

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – A prominent hotel executive in New York pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to make $188,000 of illegal campaign contributions to three U.S. candidates via straw donors. Sant Singh Chatwal, chairman of Hampshire Hotels Management, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New…

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…

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