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April 18, 2009 | Jim Puzzanghera and Walter Hamilton
Investment banker Steven Rattner came to Washington in February to help the Obama administration bail out General Motors Corp. and Chrysler -- and maybe even find a larger role in government for himself. But any larger ambitions are now clouded by a pay-for-play scandal that links the New York state pension fund, a low-budget movie called "Chooch" and Rattner's former private-equity firm. There are no allegations of wrongdoing by Rattner or his former company, Quadrangle Group.
April 2, 2009
For more than 30 years, New York's draconian drug laws have been among the toughest in the nation, requiring sentences of 15 years to life even for nonviolent first-time offenders. Worse, New York's early example was followed by states across the country, furthering a flawed strategy that was as harmful to society, in many ways, as drug use itself. The result has been wasted law enforcement resources -- as if police could arrest away drug addiction -- and a national incarceration crisis.
April 1, 2009 | Associated Press
The two candidates in a New York congressional race that focused on President Obama's economic policies are separated by only 65 votes with all the precincts reporting and more than 150,000 votes counted. Democrat Scott Murphy, 38, holds the slim lead over Republican Jim Tedisco, 58. The race will come down to roughly 10,000 absentee ballots, none of which were to be counted on election night, officials said.
January 25, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi
As he always does on Sept. 11, Ed Casso spent much of the day last year in his living room watching the solemn memorials on television. It had been precisely seven years since terrorists hijacked commercial jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Casso, 34, could feel the passage of time taking its toll. "Every year there's a little less coverage," he said. "Every year there's a little less feeling."
January 4, 2009
Chazz Palminteri is back on the road, touring in "A Bronx Tale," the one-man show that made him famous. In 1993 he wrote and starred in the play about his growing up in a tough, gangster-ridden part of the Bronx. It caught the attention of another famous Italian American actor, Robert De Niro, who produced, directed and acted alongside Palminteri in the big-screen version. The play had a two-week run at the Wadsworth Theatre last fall and the Ruskin Group Theatre Co.
December 6, 2008 | Associated Press
Caroline Kennedy is interested in the Senate seat that would open if Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of State, according to a close relative who says the powerful Kennedy clan is fully behind her rising to the office previously held by her uncle. "I know she's interested," Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday. "She spent a lot of her life balancing public service with obligations to her family.
September 27, 2008 | From the Associated Press
New York Atty. Gen. Andrew M. Cuomo is broadening his investigation of short selling on Wall Street, according to a senior official in his office. Cuomo is turning to the massive credit default swap market, which he believes may have been manipulated to give the impression that certain companies were in trouble.
July 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman who lied to adopt 11 disabled children, whom authorities say she abused while she collected more than $1 million in subsidies, was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said Judith Leekin, 63, engaged in "a heartless, dangerous, money-driven scheme" as she defrauded social service agencies in New York City and New York state. Leekin pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud in May. Berman ordered her to serve 10 years and 10 months, nearly three years more than she agreed to in a plea deal.
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