NYC to ring in new year with heightened security in Times Square

New York City police officers stand guard in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - As tens of thousands of revelers gathered in New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve, authorities were bracing for renewed protests over excessive force by police, capping a year of tension over race relations across the United States. While security is always tight in Times Square on New Year's Eve, especially since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, extra precautions were put in place on Wednesday to prevent violence at the famed midtown Manhattan crossroads. ...


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New Year’s Eve stampede kills 35 on Shanghai’s Bund tourist strip

Light and laser illuminate the Lujiazui financial district of Pudong in Shanghai during a light show as part of a New Year countdown celebration on the Bund in ShanghaiThe stampede occurred in a waterfront area in central Shanghai, official Chinese government television CCTV America reported on its website. It quoted online media company Sina News as saying that masses of crowds in Chen Yi Square on the Bund led to the stampede. It said authorities were working to rescue and aid the wounded. (Editing by Howard Goller)


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U.S. drone rules remain in the hangar in 2014

By Alwyn Scott and Roberta Rampton NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States missed a year-end deadline for publishing new rules on remote-control aircraft, delaying an eagerly awaited step toward using drones in everything from farming to package delivery. Businesses have been clamoring for rules to allow commercial drone flights, fearing the United States is falling behind other countries in developing a multibillion-dollar industry. The Federal Aviation Administration turned a draft of the rules - the first major overhaul of the regulations - over to the White House on Oct. ...
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U.S. drone rules remain in the hangar in 2014

By Alwyn Scott and Roberta Rampton NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States missed a year-end deadline for publishing new rules on remote-control aircraft, delaying an eagerly awaited step toward using drones in everything from farming to package delivery. Businesses have been clamoring for rules to allow commercial drone flights, fearing the United States is falling behind other countries in developing a multibillion-dollar industry. The Federal Aviation Administration turned a draft of the rules - the first major overhaul of the regulations - over to the White House on Oct. ...
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Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber lose delay bid

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch during a pre-trial hearing at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday denied defense requests to move and delay the start of the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose lawyers say they are overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of pages of documents. Jury selection in the Tsarnaev's case is set to begin on Monday after U.S. District Judge George O'Toole rejected his lawyers' request to push it back until September. The trial will begin 18 months after Tsarnaev was indicted. ...


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Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber lose delay bid

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch during a pre-trial hearing at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday denied defense requests to move and delay the start of the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose lawyers say they are overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of pages of documents. Jury selection in the Tsarnaev's case is set to begin on Monday after U.S. District Judge George O'Toole rejected his lawyers' request to push it back until September. The trial will begin 18 months after Tsarnaev was indicted. ...


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Two dead, more than 100 drivers stranded amid Southern California winter storm

(Reuters) - Two people, including a harbor patrolman, died on a wind-beaten Southern California coastal island and emergency crews rescued more than 100 drivers trapped in the snow-caked mountains outside Los Angeles as a fierce winter storm crept over the region, officials said on Wednesday. A harbor patrolman was killed in a boating accident in the City of Avalon on wind-battered Catalina Island, off the southern California coast, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Local broadcast footage showed wind-whipped ocean waters pushing two boats up onto the beach. ...
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