Actor Heath Ledger, the gifted leading man acclaimed for his role as a gay cowboy in the film "Brokeback Mountain," was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Tuesday, possibly of a drug overdose, police said. The Australian-born Ledger, 28, was found face down and naked at the foot of the bed by a housekeeper at his apartment in the SoHo neighborhood, police spokesman Paul Browne said. Photo dated 2006 shows actor Heath Ledger arriving with his former wife actress Michelle Williams at the 78th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood … [Read more...] about Heath Ledger found dead in New York
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Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States, pounded the east coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign. … [Read more...] about Floods across New York as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States on Saturday and declared "equality and justice have no boundaries" after China let him leave a Beijing hospital to quell a sensitive diplomatic rift between the two countries. Chen escaped from house arrest in northeastern China last month and sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, embarrassing China and creating an uncomfortable backdrop for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to improve ties between the world's two biggest economies. "I am very gratified to see that the Chinese government has been dealing with the situation with restraint and calm and I hope to see that they continue to open discourse and earn the respect and trust of the people," Chen, speaking through a translator, told reporters outside a New York University housing building in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Chen, one of China's most prominent dissidents, is going to study as a fellow at the NYU School of Law. Leaning on a … [Read more...] about Blind Chinese activist Chen arrives in New York
New York's smokers are puffing nervously in the face of new measures that leave them wondering how to afford their habit -- and even where to light up. A tax increase earlier this month sent prices, already the highest in the United States, shooting to anything between 11 and 15 dollars a pack, or as much as 75 cents a smoke. Then this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a passionate anti-smoking ex-smoker, for the first time gave public backing to an idea aired by health officials to outlaw smoking in parks and on beaches. Smokers -- already banished from bars, restaurants, office buildings and other interior public spaces -- are gasping with rage. "We're under assault from all sides," said film maker Tom Hruby, 50, as he pulled at a Pall Mall while chatting with a friend by Central Park. "Try to regulate the airspace of a park and you're one step from a fascist state." "It's crazy," his friend and fellow smoker Arron Williams, 52, echoed. "Where are we going to smoke?" City and … [Read more...] about New York lights fire under city’s smokers
At least 12 people have been killed and four others critically injured in a fire at an apartment building in the Bronx borough of New York.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the fire was the deadliest in the city for at least 25 years. The victims include a one-year-old child, he added.The cause of the fire, on Prospect Avenue, near Fordham University and the Bronx Zoo, is not yet clear.More than 160 firefighters helped bring the blaze under control.Officials said the first alarm sounded at the five-storey building at about 19:00 local time (00:00 GMT).Speaking at the scene, Mr De Blasio said a nearby school had been set up to shelter those evacuated from the building. The city is currently experiencing bitterly cold weather."We're here at the scene of an unspeakable tragedy," Mr De Blasio said."Tonight, here in the Bronx there are families that have been torn apart. This is the worst fire tragedy we have seen in this city in at least a quarter century. Based on the information we … [Read more...] about Bronx fire: Twelve die in New York apartment block blaze