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May 14, 2009 | Dan Weikel and Peter Pae
A federal investigation into the deadly crash of a Colgan Air twin-engine turboprop near Buffalo, N.Y., this year is raising broad questions about the flight training and working conditions for pilots at regional airlines across the country. A National Transportation Safety Board hearing Wednesday in Washington revealed that the pilot and co-pilot of the ill-fated plane were low-paid, had to commute hundreds of miles to work and probably were fatigued as they made the evening flight Feb.
May 13, 2009 | Associated Press
Showing no alarm, the captain and his first officer chatted about the ice on the plane's windshield and wings, making light of their shared concerns about flying in winter weather as they sped toward Buffalo, N.Y., on the night of Feb. 12. Minutes later, pilot Marvin Renslow said "Jesus Christ" and Rebecca Shaw screamed as Continental Connection Flight 3407 plunged to the ground, striking a house in a fiery crash. All 49 people aboard and one man on the ground were killed.
April 24, 2009 | Erika Hayasaki
The mourners carried her severed body inside the white brick mosque on a frosty morning before the sun rose, before the children arrived for school. Removing their shoes, wives and mothers shrouded in black passed through the women's prayer area, cordoned off from the men's with white drapes, and made their way to the washing room.
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 6, 2009 | Reed Johnson
Barely a year after being forced to resign as New York governor amid derision and fury over his identification as "Client 9" of a prostitution ring, Eliot Spitzer is back in the public arena -- not as an elected official but as a pundit. In what has become an increasingly familiar ritual among American public figures who've fallen from grace, Spitzer has embarked on a public rehabilitation process through the media.
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.
March 31, 2009 | James Oliphant
On a rain-spitting Sunday in Lake Placid, Republican Jim Tedisco was out fanning the flames of voter outrage. Tedisco is running for an open congressional seat here and has combined the hot-button issues of the day -- executive bonuses, the economic stimulus package, Wall Street bailouts -- into a drum-pounding campaign message against the Democrats. "The last thing we need [in Washington] is a rubber stamp," he said. "It's been kind of a shopping spree, it seems."
February 24, 2009 | Erika Hayasaki
A well-regarded Wisconsin monsignor known for his openness, warmth, and for cleaning up the image of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee following a sex scandal was named archbishop of New York on Monday, the most prominent post in the American Catholic Church. Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, 59, known as a defender of church orthodoxy, will take over the second-largest archdiocese in the United States -- home to 2.5 million Catholics in nearly 400 churches -- on April 15, three days after Easter.
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