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‘Cannibal cop’ trial begins in New York

Opening statements were scheduled Monday in the sensational trial of a New York policeman accused of plotting to kidnap and eat women. Prosecutors were to tell a jury that Gilberto Valle, a promising New York Police Department officer, conspired to kidnap women and illegally accessed the police database for detailed…

Anti-fracking activists sue N.Y. town for banning them from council meetings

Opponents of natural gas fracturing in Sanford, New York filed a lawsuit Monday against the town council, alleging that officials silenced them in violation of their First Amendment rights. The city, like many across the state, has become a hotbed of anti-fracking activism as Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) debates whether…

New York law would identify buildings with smokers

NEW YORK — New York apartment buildings that permit smoking would be identified under a new law proposed Wednesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Landlords of buildings with three or more units would have to inform prospective tenants and purchasers whether smoking was allowed in apartments and on balconies, as well…

Trial opens for alleged New York bomb plotter

NEW YORK — The high-profile trial began Monday of a man accused of being part of a New York trio that was only “days” from bombing the city’s crowded subway to take revenge for the US war in Afghanistan. The trial in Brooklyn features quintessential New York immigrant Muslims who…

‘Occupy’ marchers protest against New York police

Several hundred Occupy Wall Street activists marched through Manhattan on Saturday to protest against what they say is police repression as they try to revive their movement. Several demonstrators were arrested along the route of the march in scuffles with New York police, who deployed in large numbers to keep activists on sidewalks. “There were a few arrests,…

New York revels in the return of Mad Men

After 17 months, the gripping TV drama is back – and New York is celebrating with themed parties and special viewings Jace Lacob is one of a rare breed of people in the US. He is the television critic at the Daily Beast and therefore has already seen the two-hour…

2nd New York state judge upholds fracking ban in towns

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – A New York state judge on Friday upheld an upstate community’s ban on gas drilling, marking the second victory this week for opponents of the drilling method known as fracking. The authority vested in towns and cities in New York to regulate use of their…

Woman with two uteruses gives birth to twins

A woman with two uteruses has given birth to twins this week in a story that has surprised the medical world. Alison Camp of Buffalo, New York is among just one to two percent of women in the world with a rare condition called uterine didelphys. It results in Camp…

New York firebombing raises alarm over spread of Islamophobia

NEW YORK — New York police arrested a man Tuesday over the firebombing of a mosque, but some say the incident reflects much deeper tensions faced by Muslim New Yorkers — and that police are partly to blame. Police say they are investigating whether the throwing of Molotov cocktails at…

New York mosque firebombed in ‘hate crime’ spree

New York’s mayor expressed outrage Monday after a mosque was hit by a firebomb in an arson spree that police said they were investigating as a hate crime. The Imam Al-Khoei Foundation building in the borough of Queens suffered damage to the front door from a Molotov cocktail thrown late…

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