Queens Morning Roundup

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Thursday: Sunny. High of 71. Southeast winds at 8 mph. Thursday night: Mostly clear. Low of 50. East-southeast winds at 11 mph.

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Halloran dropping re-election bid amid federal charges 

With an uphill legal battle underway, Councilmember Dan Halloran will not to run for re-election later this year, widening an already crowded race for his seat. A source close to Halloran originally confirmed the embattled legislator is withdrawing from the race. Read more: The Queens Courier

Police investigate sex assault of Queens girl, 7

Law enforcement sources said the girl had been playing ball with a friend at about 6 p.m., when the friend when to retrieve the ball from a neighbor’s yard. The girl told police that while she was waiting for her friend to come back, the man came up to her and asked her if she wanted to play a game. He then forced her into the alley and told her to close her eyes and stick out her tongue before abusing her, law enforcement sources said. Read more: NBC New York

Rockaway homeowners face uncertain costs of elevating their homes

They survived Superstorm Sandy, but many middle-class homeowners in the Rockaways may not be able to ride out the costly aftermath of the “Storm of the Century.” Property owners in the city’s low-lying, coastal areas may soon be required to raise their homes up to a dozen feet off the ground or face flood insurance rates that could be as high as $31,500 a year. Read more: NY Daily News

New York cracks down on gas price gouging after Sandy

Twenty-five gas stations have settled price-gouging claims made against them immediately after Superstorm Sandy hit New York, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday. The stations settled for a total of $167,850 and investigations are pending against dozens of others, Schneiderman said. He said he would sue four more companies that he accuses of participating in some of the biggest jumps in gas prices in state history. Read more: ABC New York

History in the making as Benedict returns to set up house in Vatican

A new page will be written in Vatican history on Thursday, when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI returns to take up permanent residency in the city-state. The unprecedented arrangement of reigning pope living a short distance from a retired pope will begin when Benedict arrives at the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery late Thursday afternoon. Read more: NBC New York