By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police were on the lookout on Tuesday for a hammer-wielding man who hit three people on the head, wounding them, in tourist-packed areas. In one of the three attacks on Monday, a 28-year-old Manhattan woman sitting on a bench in Union Square Park that evening noticed a man sitting across from her, smoking cigarettes, a New York Police Department spokeswoman said. As she walked toward a park exit, he took a hammer out of a bag and struck her with it, police said. The victim, a 20-year-old man, had been crossing a street when he was hit in the head with a hammer, police said.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Food Network television star Sandra Lee announced Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will soon undergo a double mastectomy.
(Reuters) - English proficiency is on the rise among Latinos in the United States and a record 33.2 million Hispanics, or about two-thirds of the nation's Hispanic population, are now competent in the language, a Pew Research Center study showed on Tuesday. The study, which analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data, also found that the share of Latinos who say they speak Spanish at home has been declining over the last 13 years. Despite this decline, a record 35.8 million Hispanics speak Spanish at home, the study said, adding that the number continued to increase as the nation's Hispanic population grows. The study said the shifts had coincided with U.S.-born Hispanics comprising a growing share of the overall U.S. Latino population, and with a slowdown in immigration to the United States from Latin America.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said Tuesday that two men were arrested in the shooting of two students near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the same community where a stabbing and shooting rampage left six students dead a year ago.
(Corrects May 11 story to correct title of John Naglick in paragraph 5) (Reuters) - Detroit's public sale of $275 million of bonds that financed the city's exit from bankruptcy has been delayed but should take place no later than early August, a city official said on Monday. Detroit is taking advantage of a new law that should give the bonds investment-grade ratings that could save the city between $20 million and $30 million over the life of the issue, according to the office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican. The law took effect in April and places a specific statutory lien on Detroit income tax revenue pledged to pay off the debt. The city is hoping the stronger payment pledge on the bonds will result in lower interest rates.
More than 600 jobs at Philadelphia International Airport are up for grabs. On Tuesday, dozens of employers offering those jobs were at Temple University looking for qualified employees to hire.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Patriot Coal Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday for the second time in three years and said it is involved in active negotiations for the sale of the company.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bone fragments from an Irish woman mysteriously killed while working for a Pennsylvania railroad in 1832 will be reburied in her native land this summer, historians said Tuesday.
DALLAS, Pa. (AP) — A nursing student who says anxiety and depression made it difficult for her to concentrate has sued a northeastern Pennsylvania university after twice failing a required course.
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Barack Obama's presidential library and museum will be built in his hometown of Chicago, the Obama Foundation announced on Tuesday. Chicago beat out proposals by New York City and Hawaii to be the home the library. It has not decided on the facility's exact location but it is expected to be in one of two parks near the University of Chicago's main campus. Obama grew up in Hawaii and went to college in New York but owns a home and spent most of his pre-White House political career in Chicago, starting as a community activist before becoming an Illinois state senator and U.S. senator.
A nursing student who says anxiety and depression made it difficult to concentrate is suing a Pennsylvania university after she twice failed a required course.
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A state-owned Russian bank is paying for the legal defense of an employee charged with posing as a banker in New York while secretly spying for Moscow, his lawyer confirmed on Tuesday. Evgeny Buryakov and two other Russian citizens, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy, are accused of conspiring to gather economic intelligence on behalf of Russia, including information about U.S. sanctions against the country, and to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources. Buryakov’s lawyer, Scott Hershman of the firm White & Case, told U.S. District Judge Richard Berman that his firm had signed a retainer agreement with Buryakov’s employer, state-owned Vnesheconombank. Federal prosecutors had raised the possibility that permitting a third party to finance Buryakov’s defense could pose a conflict of interest.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three federal appeals court judges focused Tuesday on whether favors then-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell did for a wealthy benefactor amounted to "official acts" that led to his convictions on 11 public corruption counts.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are preparing for a fight.
LABELLE, Fla. (AP) — Tucked away in Florida's Hendry County, amid the scrub brush and saw palmetto grasslands just southwest of Lake Okeechobee, are three monkey breeding farms containing thousands of primates.
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday appeared sharply divided on whether to reinstate the conviction of New York's so-called "cannibal cop," who was found guilty of plotting to kidnap and devour women and then set free when a judge overturned the jury's verdict. Former New York City police officer Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013, based largely on his exchanges with others on a dark fetish website about his desire to torture and kill several women he knew, including his wife. The office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Tuesday urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to send Valle back to prison, arguing that he took other steps such as researching chloroform recipes.
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio sheriff looking into the death of a 12-year-old boy shot by two Cleveland police officers while he played with a replica gun said on Tuesday the investigation was mostly complete, but provided few details. The brief statement to reporters from Cuyahoga County Sheriff Cliff Pinkney on the November death of Tamir Rice appeared to be in response to a demand last week for answers from Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, and family attorneys. Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot Rice, and Frank Garmback, who was driving the police squad car, are white. Rice was black.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia associate dean sues Rolling Stone magazine for debunked gang rape story.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman says United Airlines overreacted when it diverted a flight and removed her family from a plane after she and the crew had problems finding her autistic 15-year-old daughter something to eat.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for asphyxiating his stepfather with the underwear he was wearing in a move police dubbed an "atomic wedgie," court officials said on Tuesday. Brad Davis, 34, who pleaded guilty on Monday, faces between four to 35 years in prison for the death of Denver St. Clair, 58, in December 2013 in McLoud, east of Oklahoma City. The cause of death was blunt force trauma and asphyxiation, Oklahoma Medical Examiner Amy Elliott said.