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Work progressing on 13-story Flushing residential building  


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Excavation work recently began on a planned 13-story residential building in Flushing.

The building, which will be located on the corner of Main Street and Elder Avenue near the Queens Botanical Garden, will have 20 apartments, according to filings with the Department of Buildings.

Raymond Chan Architect designed the building, and it is expected to be completed by winter 2015.

 

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East Elmhurst students to plant, learn from school garden


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One East Elmhurst middle school is helping students plant a brighter future.

I.S. 227 Louis Armstrong Middle School, located at 32-02 Junction Blvd., will celebrate the groundbreaking of its school garden on May 14.

Students, parents and school officials will begin building raised garden beds by filling them with soil at the garden at 32nd Avenue and 93rd Street. The goal of the project is to connect the diverse student body to nature and to the environmental and health benefits of gardening, schools officials said.

“Students need to understand about growing. Growing and gardening is a part of their education that’s missing,” eighth-grade teacher Pauline Smith said. “I want them to be more in touch with growing things because that’s how we survive in this world. There’s nothing we eat that didn’t start from a plant.”

The school garden’s nonprofit partners include Junior Energy, NYC Composting Project at the Queens Botanical Garden, Green Thumb and GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Program.

 

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Macy’s initiative to boost funds for two Queens parks


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

This month, Macy’s shoppers can spend some green to keep Queens green.

Two parks in the borough — Cunningham and Queens Botanical Garden — have been selected for the major department store’s “Heart Your Park” fundraising initiative that raises money for upkeep and improvement projects.

More than 550 parks in the nation were chosen for the program.

From March 7 to March 31, customers can make donations at three Macy’s locations in Flushing, Douglaston and Queens Center Mall.

Macy’s will match the total up to $250,000 and give the proceeds to the city’s Parks Department.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Friends of Cunningham Park President Marc Haken. “We’re constantly improving the park.”

Haken said his parks support group, which is funded through City Council and state assembly grants, has spent at least $100,000 over the last few years to maintain the Fresh Meadows park.

The much-needed help from Macy’s would go toward cleaning up hiking trails and fixing many eroded parts of the park, Haken added.

“It’s like owning a house,” he said. “There’s always stuff to do, equipment to be purchased.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies this morning will become overcast during the afternoon. High near 45. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Showers early, then becoming foggy with light rain overnight. Low 38. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Celebrate Black History Month – George Washington Carver Workshop

Celebrate Black History Month and join the Queens Botanical Garden at its George Washington Carver Workshop at 1:30 p.m.  Dr. George Washington Carver made significant contributions in the field of botany.  Learn how plants played an important role in his early life and about his later achievements in botany, agriculture, botanical illustration, industrial engineering and medicine. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Sky’s the limit: Mayor de Blasio says he would OK affordable housing buildings at any size

Get ready for even taller skyscrapers and more densely packed neighborhoods. Read more: New York Daily News

Speeding taxi shut-off technology may not exist

City officials have no clue who will foot the bill to outfit taxis with a device to turn off the meter whenever the driver is speeding — and the technology may not even ­exist yet. Read more: New York Post

New York State eases requirements on some name changes for driver’s licenses

Changing your name on your driver’s license just got a lot easier for many New Yorkers. Read more: CBS New York

NYPD takes over enforcement of horse-drawn carriage rules

The NYPD has taken over enforcement of regulations for horse carriages, and a spokesman for the industry said he hopes they will go by the law and not by a plan to shut the industry down. Read more: CBS New York

Airlines warned about shoe bomb threat

The Homeland Security Department has warned airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes. It’s the second time in less than three weeks that the government has issued a warning about possible attempts to smuggle explosives on a commercial jetliner. Read more: ABC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Cloudy with rain and snow this morning becoming foggy with light rain for the afternoon. High near 40. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Tuesday night: A few passing clouds. Low 29. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden: I Heart Worms for Families

Did you know that worms have five pairs of hearts? This unique hands-on workshop introduces kids (ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult) to the life of indoor composting (red wiggler) worms! Make heart-shaped compost cookies for your plants; be prepared to get your hands dirty! Registration required—compost@queensbotanical.org. Starts at 3 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

New York vows to remove registered sex offenders from housing near schools

The State of New York has vowed to fix a troubling issue. Convicted pedophiles have been housed near city schools in violation of a state law. Read more: CBS New York

Trash, ice line New York City streets as snow falls

New York City has suspended alternate-side parking through the weekend due to solid ice and uncollected trash that line the streets, all while nuisance snow falls across the region Tuesday. Read more: ABC New York

New York City teachers union president proclaims back pay is ‘a big issue’

The head of New York City’s teachers union made it clear Monday for the first time that he was pushing the city for back pay for his nearly 100,000 members. Read more: New York Daily News 

Passengers trapped on tarmac after fuel truck hits police cruiser at LaGuardia

Hundreds of passengers were reportedly trapped on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on Monday night. Read more: CBS New York

Bratton was kept in dark the night de Blasio’s buddy was sprung

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was kept in the dark when Mayor de Blasio made a late-night call to an NYPD honcho on behalf of a political ally who’d been busted, sources told The Post. Read more: New York Post

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 36. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night: Cloudy with heavy snow developing late. Low around 30. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Get The Picture

Alan Richards, a professional audiologist, displays his artistic photo manipulations through May 4. Queens Botanical Garden admission is free until April 1, and the exhibit can be viewed Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 8 am to 4 pm. From April 1 through May 4, Tuesdays to Sundays, the exhibit can be seen from 8 am until 5:30pm. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Woman fatally struck by MTA bus in Jackson Heights

A woman was struck and killed by an MTA bus in Jackson Heights Monday evening. Read more: The Queens Courier 

 NY Senate GOP introduces bill for August primary

Republicans in the state Senate have filed a bill to move primary day to late August, highlighting a lingering disagreement with legislative Democrats. Read more: NBC New York

Medical marijuana study should start within year: NY health commish

New York’s health commissioner told lawmakers on Monday that he expects the state trial of medical marijuana to be up and running within a year. Read more: New York Post 

De Blasio makes debut on “The Daily Show”

Bill de Blasio took part in a New York City political rite of passage Monday, appearing on a late night talk show to tout his record and poke fun at a few gaffes that have provided fodder for comics during his first month as mayor. Read more: NBC New York

FDA launches $600 million anti-teen-smoking campaign

The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation’s at-risk youth the costs associated with cigarette smoking. Read more: AP

 

Op-ed: Support programs that boost our economy


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER NILY ROZIC

One by one, each student marched his way up to the front of the room to receive certificates of completion, each with a sense of accomplishment and hopefulness. One by one, each member of the cohort recounting stories of the past couple of weeks that gave them a second chance.

It was the workforce development initiative of the Queens Botanical Garden and LaGuardia Community College that made these second chances possible.

Unlike some traditional programs that lack strong ties to industry, workforce development programs often accelerate job creation because workers acquire precisely the kind of skills businesses need to expand. Today, examples like those of the Green Jobs Training Program include sustainable landscape design and maintenance, waste management, and other similar green practices.

More recently, the Robin Hood Foundation provided funding to create a workforce development program run by AAFE and One Flushing to recruit and assist those ready to enter the workforce. It is a welcome partnership that will enhance the growth and success of our local Flushing community.

Beyond that New York needs to implement creative ways to retain the talent we have. This year, I sponsored legislation that was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo making New York a national leader in workforce development and job training. I have also introduced legislation supported by Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer that would continue our economic growth and create quality jobs by investing in our engineering workforce. The financial aid program for engineering students who commit to staying in the city for five years after graduation is a smart investment to bolster an innovation economy and prepare our workforce for the 21st century.

This year’s budget also focused on workforce development and new industries in every community. Cuomo pushed for programs including innovative “Hot Spot” incubators, the Venture Capital Fund, and job linkage initiatives that push our state’s ideas, create new businesses, and train our workforce for jobs of tomorrow.

Queens is one of the most diverse counties in the entire country and it needs a government that can embrace and harness that to power its economic engine. We need to keep creating ways to support programs that boost our economy. The task for our next administration will be to help more of the city’s workforce develop the skills to obtain jobs—and more importantly careers—in sectors that are growing and expanding.

That is what I am determined to champion to do in next year’s legislative session—to be a champion of minority-owned and women-owned small businesses, provide resources to assist local businesses flourish, and forge better partnerships between private and public entities. There has never been a better time to support these pathways and programs that ultimately help our most critical economic resource–our workforce.

Assemblymember Nily Rozic represents New York’s 25th District, which spans the northeast portion of Queens, including the communities of Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Hillcrest, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Bayside, and Douglaston.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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EVENT OF THE DAY: Deconstructed Flowers

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers,” at the Queens Botanical Garden from November 5-January 25. His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique, which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image. Free to the public. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

2013 Election Day coverage

Check back with QueensCourier.com for continuing Election Day coverage from the casting of ballots to the election results. Read more: The Queens Courier

New York City voters have big say on state casino measure

New York City voters could have the biggest say in deciding whether to authorize seven Las Vegas-style casinos, even though the first four would go upstate and it could be years before the city sees its first. Read more: NBC New York

Illegal ‘sweepstakes cafes’ should be closed: Cops

Cops want to fold illegal “sweepstakes cafes” that offer patrons cash prizes as they play online games. Read more: New York Daily News 

Cheaper corn could mean cheaper chicken

A record corn crop has produced an unexpected windfall: cheaper chicken prices. Read more: CBS New York

Senate moves ahead on gay rights bill 

The Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans’ shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with rain. High of 66. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Thursday night: Overcast with rain. Low of 55. Winds from the NE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 1.0 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Invasive Pigments

The Queens Botanical Garden’s exhibit Invasive Pigments is a series of watercolor-like paintings which explores the migration and proliferation of weeds and other “unintentional” plants in tandem with human movement. Artist Ellie Irons created colors by extracting pigments from these local, invasive plants, and uses them to construct map-like portraits to illustrate the species’ movement into local ecosystems.The exhibit will end on October 27. Free with Garden admission. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Cops: Suspect recorded video under teen’s skirt at Corona subway station

Police are looking for a man allegedly caught videotaping under a teen’s skirt at a Corona subway station. Read more: The Queens Courier

Nor’easter to dump rain on tri-state, coastal flooding likely

Forecasters say a slow-moving nor’easter that will bring bouts of wind-driven heavy rain to the tri-state over the next 24 hours could cause minor coastal flooding. Read more: NBC New York

City council approves major changes to restaurant grading system

The New York City Council on Wednesday approved a package of bills that will reduce the fines restaurant owners pay for minor health infractions. Read more: CBS New York

Off-duty cop busted after crashing while driving drunk in Queens

An off-duty cop who was driving drunk hit a car in Queens and took off, police said Wednesday. Read more: New York Daily News

President Obama to seek opening with GOP leaders on shutdown

President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 86. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 75. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Invasive Pigments

A new exhibit opening at the Queens Botanical Garden on Tuesday, July 23, Invasive Pigments is a series of watercolor-like paintings which explores the migration and proliferation of weeds and other “unintentional” plants in tandem with human movement. Artist Ellie Irons created colors by extracting pigments from these local, invasive plants, and uses them to construct map-like portraits to illustrate the species’ movement into local ecosystems. Free with Garden admission.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Southwest plane removed after nosedive at LaGuardia Airport

The Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 jet whose nose gear collapsed after landing at LaGuardia Airport Monday afternoon is being removed from the runway early Tuesday as the investigation into the incident moves forward. Read more: ABC New York

Queens man arrested for Facebook posts after Zimmerman verdict

George Zimmerman is free after killing Trayvon Martin. But a Queens man is in jail for what he posted on Facebook in response to last week’s not guilty verdict. Read more: WNYC

Hot dogs, pretzels, $7M in health violations offered by NYC street vendors

This number is truly sickening — scofflaw street food vendors, who ignore New York City fines and cleanliness all the same, owe the city more than $7 million. Read more: New York Daily News 

Tree lovers in mourning at the Evergreens Cemetery

Dozens of trees, some more than a century old, were cut down in the Evergreens Cemetery, a case of arborcide that leaves only an unsightly bald patch on the rolling hills of the celebrated boneyard. Read more: New York Daily News 

Report: Anti-Semitic incidents jumped in New York in 2012

New statistics Monday said the number of anti-Semitic incidents jumped in New York State last year, and the state ranks at the top of the nation for such acts. Read more: CBS New York

World awaits first glimpse of Kate and William’s royal baby boy

All eyes are glued Tuesday to the hospital where Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William welcomed their first child, as a joyful public waits for its first glimpse of the new royal heir. Read more: CNN

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 84. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 73. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: EcoHouse at Queens Botanical Garden

The Community Environmental Center EcoHouse, on display at the Queens Botanical Garden through August 31, is a mobile, cutting-edge and interactive exhibit that lets you see behind the walls and underneath the floor of a home. You will learn how your house or apartment really works. A 21st-century classroom for students of all ages, it helps you understand how to save energy, save money and protect the natural world around you. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Judge sets alleged Westchester ‘pot mom’ free on $500,000 bond

Andrea Sanderlin, the so-called Westchester pot mom, was released Monday on $500,000 bond secured by the financial assets of four casual acquaintances. Read more: CBS New York

City has new plans but no cash for Ridgewood Reservoir

Residents are irked that the latest scaled-back master plan to transform Ridgewood Reservoir to a park arrived without any cash to actually pay for it. Read more: New York Daily News

Quinn proposes Bloomberg-like plan for healthier kids’ meals at chain eateries

A grilled cheese with fries ordered off the kids menu at Applebee’s packs a punch. It contains 21 grams of saturated fat — three times as much as the federal government allows in elementary school meals. Read more: NY1

FDNY sending contingent of firefighters to assist with deadly Arizona wildfire

Five members of the FDNY’s incident management team are heading to Arizona to lend a hand after the stunning deaths of 19 firefighters. Read more: CBS New York/AP

On July 4, Statue of Liberty to finally reopen

Months after Sandy swamped her little island, the Statue of Liberty will finally welcome visitors again on Independence Day. Read more: NBC New York

Kremlin: Snowden gives up on plan to stay in Russia

Edward Snowden has abandoned his effort to seek asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin warned that he would have to stop leaking information about U.S. surveillance programs if he wanted to stay, a Russian official said Tuesday. Read more: CNN

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 55. Breezy. Winds from the NE at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday night: Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Low of 46. Winds from the North at 5 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Fish & Crushed Can Story mixed media art exhibit 

This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. It illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species. The exhibit is on display at the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor & Administration Building Gallery from April 23 through July 23. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Boston bomb suspect: My brother was the mastermind

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has indicated that his older brother, not any international terrorist group, masterminded the deadly attack, a U.S. government source said. Read more: CNN

Canada terror plot targeted train in Toronto, NYC trains possibly scouted

Canadian officials have thwarted a terror plot that envisioned derailing a train in Toronto, and multiple sources say that Amtrak trains out of New York City may have been scouted by the suspects. Read more: NBC New York

NYPD investigate death of infant in Queens

The NYPD is investigating the death of a 6-month-old infant girl in Queens. Read more: Fox New York

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner returns to Twitter after sexting scandal bruised his political career

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is back on the social network that helped end his career in public service. Read more: New York Daily News

TSA delays its move to loosen restrictions on small knives on planes

The Transportation Security Administration said it is delaying the implementation of a new controversial policy that would allow small knives on planes. Read more: CBS News

Senate bill jeopardizes tax-free online shopping

States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the Senate Monday. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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 TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast with snow, then ice pellets and snow in the afternoon. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 25F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 80% . Monday night: Overcast with rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 37. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Repetition in Design

Repetition in Design, on display at the Queens Botanical Garden, is a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG’s Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Until April 15 and free with admission. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Four-alarm fire guts commercial building in Queens

Business owners in Queens are assessing the damage after a fast-moving four-alarm fire ripped through a commercial building late Sunday. Read more: ABC New York

NYC school bus companies, union to meet Monday

New York City school bus companies and union leaders are to meet Monday in an effort to resolve the strike. Read more: Fox New York

City plans to put new schools in two struggling Queens high schools

Two struggling Queens high schools could soon become a lot more crowded. Read more: New York Daily News

MoMA PS1 wants to build performance dome in the Rockaways

Plans are in the works to bring a unique performance dome to the Rockaways. Read more: NY1

Schumer: Federal Sandy aid bill funds Army Corps’ projects on city coastlines

The U.S. Senate is set to vote on a Hurricane Sandy aid bill on Monday evening, and Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday the bill would provide more than $1 billion to protect the coastlines of the city and Long Island. Read more: NY1

Police chiefs from Newtown, Aurora to meet with Obama

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet today with law enforcement groups and police chiefs from several communities impacted by mass shootings to discuss the administration’s intensifying push to reduce gun violence. Read more: CBS News

Bipartisan Senate group proposes immigration plan

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has agreed on a framework for immigration reform that would provide a “path to citizenship” for those in the United States illegally but only after measures are put in place to secure borders and track undocumented immigrants. Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 25 with a windchill as low as 1F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 20%. Wednesday night: Overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 16F with a windchill as low as 5. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 20%

Board reviews legality of school bus strike

Now into its fifth day, the strike by more than 8,000 school bus drivers and matrons is under review by the National Labor Relations Board. Read more: Fox New York

Long Island Rail Road employees face bust in big copper caper

More than a dozen Long Island Railroad workers will be slapped with criminal charges after a probe into the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of copper from the MTA, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Bitter temperatures keep tri-state area in deep freeze

Bitter Arctic air is keeping temperatures well below freezing across the Tri-State area. Read more: CBS New York

Bystander shot in Empire State gun battle sues cops

A North Carolina college student injured during the wild police shootout with a gunman at the Empire State Building last August is suing the city — saying NYPD officers created a “dangerous and deadly confrontation” that resulted in nine wounded bystanders. Read more: New York Post

Hillary Clinton to face Congress on Benghazi assault

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces tough questions in her long-awaited congressional testimony concerning the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Read more: ABC New York

Man charged in shooting on Texas college campus

A 22-year-old man has been charged in a shooting on a community college campus in Texas that left three people wounded, one critically, authorities said. Read more: Reuters