A motorcyclist who was paralyzed when an SUV driver ran over his bike in a daytime incident on New York City's West Side Highway last fall told NBC News on Wednesday that he doesn't blame the driver for his condition. "I don't blame him," biker Edwin Mieses told NBC's Today show. "Because at the end of the day, I'm not him to know what was going through his mind." Fellow bikers surrounded driver Alexian Lien's SUV last fall after the vehicle and a motorcycle bumped.
Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.
PHOENIX (AP) — Anna Johnson, an award-winning journalist with extensive experience working in the U.S. and the Middle East, has been named The Associated Press' deputy editor for the U.S. West, overseeing coverage from 13 states.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many neighborhood feuds in the U.S. are caused by barking and parking. When it comes to barking, animal trainers say dogs are usually bored, scared or anxious, so they shouldn't be blamed for fights that involve their masters.
By Tim Branfalt ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio put on a show of force in the state capital Albany on Tuesday to persuade lawmakers to adopt his plan for universal preschool funded by tax hikes. In a sign of his growing impatience with the plan, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo defended his turf at an opposing rally that criticized the mayor's stance on charter schools. De Blasio insists he needs to increase taxes on high-earning city residents to raise $530 million over the next five years for universal pre-K, something for which he needs state approval. Cuomo, who has committed to cutting taxes, has set aside $300 million over the next two years to fund pre-school programs.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - The Virginia Court of Appeals has denied a request for a new trial for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend four years ago in a drunken rage. George Huguely was convicted of second-degree murder in 2012 for killing Yeardley Love, 22, who was also a lacrosse player, in a case that drew national attention to the issues of domestic violence and alcohol abuse.