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  • Watch: Fireworks at the Statue of Liberty as US celebrates Independence Day July 5, 2013

    The Statue of Liberty reopened on July 4, eight months after Superstorm Sandy shuttered the national symbol of freedom, as Americans around the country celebrated with fireworks and parades its Independence Day. ...
  • Statue of Liberty reopens as US celebrates Independence day July 5, 2013

    New York: The Statue of Liberty reopened on the July 4, eight months after Superstorm Sandy shuttered the national symbol of freedom, as Americans around the country celebrated with fireworks and parades and President Barack Obama urged citizens to live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence. Hundreds lined...
  • Newtown gunman had access to huge weapons cache March 29, 2013

    Newtown, Connecticut: When Adam Lanza walked out of his house for the last time, he left behind firearms and knives and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition, taking only four guns, thinking they would suffice. He loaded the weapons into his car, drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, blasted his...
  • Weapons of war have no place on our streets: Obama February 5, 2013

    Washington: "Weapons of war have no place on our streets," US President Barack Obama said on February 4 at an event with law enforcement officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where gun violence among teens has declined by 40 per cent. "No law or set of laws can keep our children completely...
  • Around world, gun rules, and results, vary wildly January 27, 2013

    Ooi (Japan): After a tragedy like the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it's a statistic that is always trotted out. Compared to just about anywhere else with a stable, developed government and many countries without even that the more than 11,000 gunrelated killings each year in...
  • New York enacts toughest gun control laws January 16, 2013

    New York: New York has become the first US state to enact new gun control laws in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut Elementary School in December. The new law imposes restrictions on assault weapons and also seeks to prevent the mentally ill from possessing guns. The state...
  • Local group takes on gun violence after Newtown massacre January 15, 2013

    Newtown (Connecticut): Relatives and neighbors of children killed in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, one month ago launched an initiative on Monday to help curb gun violence in America. "On Friday, December 14th, I put two children on the bus and only one came home. I pray that...
  • 2012 was the hottest year in US history January 9, 2013

    Washington: The United States has experienced the highest average temperatures in 2012, making it hottest year in the continents history. "The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3 F, 3.2 F above the 20th century average, and 1.0 F above 1998, the previous warmest year," the National Climate Data Center of...
  • ExUS lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords visits Newtown school January 5, 2013

    Newtown (Connecticut): Former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a mass shooting in her Arizona district two years ago, met with Newtown officials on January 4 afternoon before heading to visit with families of the victims of last month's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Giffords arrived at Newtown's town hall a...
  • US Congress approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid January 5, 2013

    Washington: The new Congress on Friday rushed out $9.7 billion to help pay flood insurance claims to 115,000 people and businesses afflicted by Superstorm Sandy, two days after New Jersey's governor and other Northeast Republicans upbraided Speaker John Boehner for killing a broader package for state and local governments in...
  • US: Congress to vote on Superstorm Sandy flood aid January 4, 2013

    Washington: A $9.7 billion measure to pay flood insurance claims is set for a vote in Congress, boosting prospects for relief for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. If the House, as expected, approves the flood insurance proposal on January 4, the Senate plans to...
  • Will Wall Street and Barack Obama bridge their divide? January 3, 2013

    The demonisation of the financial industry is not limited to the US. It's a global phenomenon. In the US, the need to bail out the banking industry was a very difficult political decision for Democrats in particular. The entire country was suffering in the recession. There was the notion that...
  • Connecticut shootout: Students return to Newton school January 3, 2013

    Connecticut: Students will return to classes at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Thursday after a month since the deadly massacre left 26 dead at the Newton, Connecticut school. Dozens of people have worked tirelessly over the holidays to bring the school back to normality. ...
  • After Newtown, Americans want their guns, with some restrictions December 28, 2012

    Nearly seven in 10 Americans support the idea of placing strong or moderate limits gun ownership following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Thursday. But laws that permit citizens to carry concealed weapons or use lethal force for protection while in public were just...
  • US: New details emerge about Connecticut shooter December 22, 2012

    Newton: As the nation paused to mark a week since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, new details emerged Friday about the gunman, Adam Lanza, who acquaintances said was able to take apart and reassemble a computer in a matter of minutes but rarely spoke to anyone. In high...
  • US school shooting: Funerals begin for victims December 17, 2012

    Newtown: The small Connecticut town shattered by an act President Barack Obama called "unconscionable evil," holds on Monday the first two of 20 funerals for schoolchildren massacred in their classrooms last week. Meanwhile, schools across the country will reopen their doors to confused and scared children full of questions about...
  • Connecticut: Gunman had hundreds of ammunition rounds December 17, 2012

    Newtown: The gunman in the Connecticut shooting rampage was carrying an arsenal of hundreds of rounds of especially deadly ammunition enough to kill just about every student in the school if given enough time, authorities said Sunday, raising the chilling possibility that the bloodbath could have been even worse. Hours...
  • Connecticut victims: Lively kids, devoted adults December 17, 2012

    Newton, Connecticut: At the very start of their lives, the schoolchildren are remembered for their love of horses, or for the games they couldn't get enough of, or for always saying grace at dinner. The adult victims found their life's work in sheltering little ones, teaching them, caring for them,...
  • Connecticut school shooting: Fourthgrader recounts horror December 16, 2012

    Authorities in Connecticut say they have now identified all 26 people killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. ...
  • Watch: 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief December 13, 2012

    New York: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened an allstar benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday, in what producers promised was "the greatest lineup of legends ever assembled on a stage." The "121212" concert at New York's Madison Square Garden features a who's who of...
  • US: Northeast digs out from snow following Sandy November 9, 2012

    New York: New York City and much of the US Northeast on Thursday dug out from a snowstorm that hammered a region still struggling to recover from the devastation of superstorm Sandy. The unseasonably early winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Connecticut and slapped...
  • US NE coast deals with power outages after new storm November 8, 2012

    New York: The nor'easter, as promised, brought gusting winds, rain, snow and the threat of flooding. It menaced travelers with icy roads, snarled the Long Island Rail Road and knocked out power to people who had only recently gotten it back after Superstorm Sandy. But for the weary, relief is...
  • New storm bears down Sandybattered NY, NJ November 8, 2012

    New York: A nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday with rain and wet snow, plunging homes right back into darkness, stopping commuter trains again and inflicting another round of misery on thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy's blow more than a week ago. Under...
  • US: Fear of looting grips NY as new storm threatens November 7, 2012

    New York: Richard Chan prowled around his cold, dark Staten Island home with knives and a sword to protect it from thieves, standing his ground as another East Coast storm threatened and police went through neighborhoods with loudspeakers warning people to get out. "I still have some valuables. I just...
  • Voters in New York, New Jersey not deterred by storm's effects November 7, 2012

    Point Pleasant, New Jersey: Election Day turnout was heavy on Tuesday in several stormravaged areas in New York and New Jersey, a welcome change from crisis to catharsis for many who saw exercising their civic duty as a sign of normalcy amid lingering devastation. Lines were long in Point Pleasant, NJ,...
  • US elections: New York, New Jersey go out to vote November 6, 2012

    New York: Residents of New York and New Jersey, the two US states worst hit by the superstorm Sandy, braved near freezing temperatures and adjusted to changes in polling procedures as they came out in large numbers to vote for the country's next president on Tuesday. Amid concerns that the devastation...
  • US Elections: Stormwrecked New Yorkers may get extra day of voting November 5, 2012

    New York: For the first time, voters in some counties in New York may get an extra day to vote if disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy prevent enough people from showing up at the November 6 Presidential polls, a state official has said. County election officials could ask the New York...
  • After Sandy, US East Coast braces for new storm November 5, 2012

    New York: Shivering victims of superstorm Sandy went to church on Sunday to pray for deliverance as cold weather settling in across the New York metropolitan region and another powerful storm forecast for the middle of the week added to their misfortunes and deepened the gloom. With overnight temperatures...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha's take on Hurricane Sandy November 4, 2012

    In this week's episode of The Week That Wasn't, Cyrus Broacha also talks about US elections, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. ...
  • New York City crime down by a third in wake of Sandy November 4, 2012

    New York: New York City crime dropped by a third in the days after superstorm Sandy, but there was a slight increase in burglaries after at least 15 people were charged with looting empty businesses and homes blacked out since the disaster. Between Monday when the storm hit, killing...