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'Bridgegate' scandal threatens next World Trade Center tower

World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein speaks at an event to update the public on the pace of development at the site in New YorkBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper. Silverstein needs a guarantee from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to secure a $1.2 billion construction loan for 3 World Trade Center. On Wednesday, the agency's board will vote on whether to approve that guarantee, part of a deal that would provide hundreds of millions of dollars more to the Port Authority and allow it to foreclose on the $2.4 billion tower if Silverstein cannot pay debt service costs. But Silverstein's deal, even with the concessions to the Port Authority, has become entangled in a fierce debate within the agency over its mission, including whether it should be in the real estate business at all.



U.S. factory activity expands in April, pace stalls

An overall view of the assembly line where the BMW X4 is made at the BMW manufacturing plant in SpartanburgThe U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in April though the rate of growth was slightly lower than expected as inventories fell, but factory output growth hit its fastest pace in three years, an industry report showed on Wednesday. Financial data firm Markit said its preliminary or "flash" U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index dipped to 55.4 in April from 55.5 in March.



Florida man to be executed for 1990 double murder

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - A man who killed his cousin and the man's wife to prevent his cousin from testifying against him in a burglary case is scheduled to die Wednesday evening at Florida State Prison, in Raiford, north Florida. Robert Eugene Hendrix, 47, was convicted of shooting, stabbing and beating Elmer Scott and his wife, Michelle Scott, at their mobile home in Sorrento, central Florida. Hendrix and Elmer Scott had been involved in a home burglary, for which Scott was caught and given a reduced sentence in exchange for his testimony against Hendrix. When Michelle Scott intervened, she was stabbed and shot.


New Hampshire ex-priest gets jail time for thefts

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) ? A New Hampshire priest who was the former leader of one of the nation's top clergy treatment centers was sentenced Wednesday to up to 20 years in prison for stealing at least $104,000 from a hospital, a dead priest's estate and the state's Roman Catholic bishop.


New Hampshire ex-priest gets prison for thefts

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) ? A New Hampshire priest who was the former leader of one of the nation's top clergy treatment centers has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for stealing at least $104,000 from a hospital, a dead priest's estate and the state's Roman Catholic bishop.


Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.


Michigan man among first in U.S. to get 'bionic eye'

Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure ...



Washington school bus driver accused of bullying

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) ? A school bus driver has been placed on leave while the Olympia School District investigates accusations that he bullied a developmentally disabled 14-year-old girl.


New York AG seeks Airbnb's NYC sublet information

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? Airbnb has urged a New York judge to reject a subpoena for information about those using the global website to offer apartment rentals in New York City, its attorney calling that "a fishing expedition."


High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet.