National Newswatch

NYC may ban pre-hire marijuana tests for many job applicants

Apr 12 2019 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — Many job-seekers would no longer face tests for marijuana use under legislation that New York City is likely to enact, taking a novel step as lawmakers and employers around the U.S. grapple with workplace policies about pot. The Democrat-led City Council passed a measure Tuesday that would ban pre-employment testing for the […]

Free: New York state slashes the practice of paying bail

Apr 4 2019 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — On a single day last fall, over 200 people accused but not convicted of small-time, misdemeanour crimes sat in New York City's infamous Rikers Island jail because they couldn't pay bail. Nearly half were behind bars for lack of $2,000 or less, according to city statistics. Few or none would be there […]

‘Apprentice’ contestant’s Trump defamation suit can proceed

Mar 14 2019 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — A New York appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump isn't immune from a defamation lawsuit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted kissing and groping. A panel of judges on the Supreme Court Appellate Division said in their ruling, in a case brought by Summer Zervos, […]

Former Trump chauffeur sues, claiming years of unpaid OT

Jul 9 2018 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — A former chauffeur to President Donald Trump sued Monday for thousands of hours' worth of unpaid overtime that the driver says he's owed. Noel Cintron sued the tycoon-turned-president's business, the Trump Organization, in a New York state court. While the suit doesn't name Trump personally as a defendant, it accuses him of […]

NY high court nixes Trump’s bid to delay defamation suit

Jun 14 2018 — Jennifer Peltz — New York's highest court on Thursday turned down President Donald Trump's latest bid to delay a defamation suit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted groping and kissing. The ruling by the state Court of Appeals didn't address either side's central arguments. But it means evidence-gathering in Summer Zervos' lawsuit can […]

Trump accused in lawsuit of misusing charitable foundation

Jun 14 2018 — Jennifer Peltz — New York's attorney general sued President Donald Trump and his foundation Thursday, accusing him of illegally using the charity's money to settle disputes involving his business empire and to promote his political fortunes during his run for the White House. The president blasted the case as politically motivated. The lawsuit seeks $2.8 million in restitution, […]

Trump could face questioning by next year in defamation suit

Jun 5 2018 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — A judge set deadlines that could make President Donald Trump answer questions under oath by early next year in a former "Apprentice" contestant's defamation suit, while Trump's lawyers pushed back Tuesday on demands for information on his campaign's discussions about other women who also accused him of sexual misconduct. Trump's legal team […]

Ex-Rep. Hinchey, who pushed to protect the environment, dies

Nov 23 2017 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — Former U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a veteran lawmaker known for pressing to protect the environment during a career that spanned from the era of the Love Canal toxic waste site to the recent debate over natural-gas fracking, has died. He was 79. Hinchey, a Democrat, died Wednesday at his home in Saugerties, […]

Credibility at risk, media cuts stars loose over sex claims

Nov 22 2017 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — The consequences came swiftly after the allegations emerged against Charlie Rose. Within hours, the veteran news host was suspended by CBS and his PBS interview show was pulled off the air. The next day, he was fired. Rose became the latest in a string of prominent journalists felled abruptly by accusations of […]

Swedes puzzle over Fox News’ Swedish ‘security advisor’

Feb 26 2017 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defence and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials. Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Nordic nation […]

At liberal Columbia U, Gorsuch raised a conservative voice

Feb 5 2017 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — As a conservative student at Columbia University in the mid-1980s, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was a political odd man out, and he was determined to speak up. "It is not fashionable at Columbia to be anything other than a pro-Sandinista, anti-Reagan" protester, the then-sophomore wrote in a campus newspaper. "Only in […]

NY governor’s 101-plus pardons and a controversy

Jan 7 2017 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — Like many governors, New York's Andrew Cuomo wasn't known for granting clemency. Until last week. In a single day, the Democrat pardoned 101 people convicted as teenagers of nonviolent crimes and granted clemency to a dozen other people — including a chance at parole for a onetime revolutionary involved in a Brinks […]

Trump, Clinton plan dueling New York election night parties

Nov 3 2016 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could hardly be farther apart politically. But they'll spend the decisive night of their polarizing presidential campaign barely a New York minute away from one another. For the first time in recent memory, both major-party candidates are holding election night parties in midtown Manhattan. Trump, the Republican […]

Obama, 9-11 kin, survivors due at museum ceremony

May 15 2014 — Jennifer Peltz — NEW YORK - President Barack Obama and Sept. 11 survivors, rescuers and victims' relatives are expected to mark the opening of the 9-11 museum, where the story of the terrorist attacks is told on a scale as big as the twin towers' columns and as intimate as victims' last voicemails.The National September 11 Memorial Museum […]