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.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After years of chasing the biggest and the best, the fast-growing Mideast city of Dubai is turning to technology to help the little things in life run more smoothly.
EWING, N.J. (AP) — A day after a gas leak and subsequent explosion devastated a suburban town house development, killing one woman and injuring seven workers, investigators shifted their focus Wednesday to pinpointing the cause, identifying the victim and securing the area so displaced residents could return.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first primary in what Republicans hope is a triumphant election year sent a message that U.S. Sen Ted Cruz and the tea party still wield considerable influence in one of the nation's most conservative states.