The group, New Yorkers for Students' Educational Rights, argues the state has failed to comply with a 2006 appellate court ruling that said New York City schools were being denied sufficient funding, according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. In response to that ruling, the state legislature in 2007 enacted a statewide education reform statute in which the state committed $7 billion in additional aid over four years. It is seeking $1.6 billion in immediate relief for school districts, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking to cut taxes for New Yorkers to shed what he argues is the state's image as a burdensome destination to do business as he gears up for re-election later this year.
By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man who shot and killed a teenager during an argument over loud rap music told jurors on Tuesday that he did "nothing wrong," having acted in self-defense because he thought he was "going to be killed." "I was in fear of my life and I was probably stunned," said Michael Dunn, 47, after taking the witness stand where he broke down in tears several times. Dunn is being tried in state court on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of firing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle tied to the November 23, 2012 shooting that killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The incident occurred at a Jacksonville, Florida gas station, where Dunn and his fiancée stopped to buy white wine on the way back to their hotel after attending the wedding of Dunn's son.
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the latest delay in his healthcare law's employer mandate, saying it follows similar relief his administration has already given to certain individuals. In an apparent response to heightened Republican criticism, the president also asserted that the law known as Obamacare will be "good for" the U.S. economy, despite a recent government estimate that it will shrink the labor force by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers over the next decade. Our goal is to make sure that we've got people who can count on the financial security that health insurance provides," Obama said at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande. Obama was speaking a day after his administration announced a new delay in a contentious requirement that all but the smallest businesses provide health coverage for their full-time employees or pay a tax penalty.
CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) — After a commuter flight fell from the sky onto a western New York home five years ago, the relatives of the passengers killed were too grief-stricken to appreciate the outpouring of support they received from strangers.