By Edith Honan and Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was blasted by a teachers union, many parents and even a well-known TV weatherman on Thursday for keeping the city's public schools open during near-blizzard conditions. Even as school districts in neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut wrestle with how to make up lost time after calling repeated snow days in a storm-filled winter, public schools in America's biggest city have been closed only once. Newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, a champion of early childhood education whose own teenaged son is in the public school system that has some 1.1 million students and 75,000 teachers across 1,800 locations, defended the decision to keep schools open. "I look at this from a number of different perspectives including that of a public school parent, which I have been for the last 14 years," de Blasio told reporters.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The defense attorney for a Florida man accused of fatally shooting of a teen after an argument over loud music said Thursday that his client is in good spirits as he waits for jurors to come back with a verdict in his murder trial.
HOPEWELL, Virginia (AP) — Federal agents intercepted the wealthy Iranian entrepreneur at a U.S. airport, questioned him about his business and charged him with illegal export of American-made satellite equipment to his native country.