New York case offers insight into secret war against Somali militants
A biker, who police identify as Chance, smashed the driver’s side window with his helmet. That’s where the video ended. Afterward, some of the bikers dragged Lien from the vehicle and beat him, police said. His wife and daughter were unharmed. Cop among the bikers An off-duty New York police officer was riding with the bikers Sunday and saw much of the confrontation that ended with five injured. But he didn’t step in, an official said. He also didn’t tell his superiors about what happened until Wednesday, the source said. The officer, who works undercover, is a member of the motorcycle club. He may not have been legally obligated to immediately intervene, according to the same source. It’s not clear why he waited so long to report what he saw. He has hired a lawyer and is being investigated by the New York Police Department’s internal affairs unit. Suspect identified in SUV battle Suspect identified in SUV battle Interrogations, arrest Police seized the helmet-cam video and questioned the motorcyclist who shot it. They arrested Cruz, 28, the biker who abruptly slowed in front of the Range Rover. He is charged with misdemeanors including reckless driving.
Businesses including a Vestal, New York, hair salon, a Brooklyn ice cream parlor and Lower Manhattan martial arts academy alleged in a lawsuit filed in June that the law violated free speech rights by penalizing them for adding surcharges while at the same time allowing them to provide discounts to customers paying with cash or debit cards. Alice in Wonderland has nothing on section 518 of the New York General Business Law, Rakoff wrote. This virtually incomprehensible distinction between what a vendor can and cannot tell its customers offends the First Amendment and renders section 518 unconstitutional. Rakoff said the law violated the First Amendment because it prevented merchants from calling the difference between prices charged to cash customers and credit-card users a surcharge. The term surcharge communicates to customers that credit cards are costly for merchants, the businesses argued. Under Review We are reviewing the decision and considering our next step, Melissa Grace, a spokeswoman for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, said in an e-mail. Visa Inc. (V) and MasterCard Inc. (MA) are awaiting a federal judges decision on whether to approve a multibillion-dollar antitrust settlement with U.S. merchants over interchange fees that would lift prohibitions on surcharges. Critics of the settlement have argued that at least 10 states, including New York, prohibit surcharging, limiting the usefulness of that part of the accord. Merchants generally pay higher interchange, or swipe, fees when customers make purchases with credit cards than they do when buyers use debit cards. A provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law limits debit swipe fees, so some merchants want to use surcharging to deter customers from using credit cards. Deepak Gupta, a lawyer for the New York businesses that challenged the law, said that merchants are preparing similar constitutional challenges in other states that prohibit surcharging. The other states laws are indistinguishable from new York, Gupta, with Washington-based Gupta Beck Pllc, said in an interview.
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Unger 10 hours ago . View gallery.” Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. COMMENTARY | As he perfects his tan aboard a $300,000 boat off Florida’s shores, I can’t help but wonder if Alex Rodriguez has fallen off the deep end or is merely borrowing a page from his girlfriend’s playbook. In the past week, amid reports that he asked not be represented by his own union during his appeal of Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s 211-game suspension, A-Rod has sued Major League Baseball, the Yankees’ team doctor, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. It’s a storyline straight out of pro wrestling, a “sport” in which A-Rod’s girlfriend – former beauty queen and Playboy cover girl Torrie Wilson – made her name. (The two have been an item since 2011.) A-Rod’s latest salvo was a lawsuit filed late Friday in which he accused Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the hospital Ahmad is affiliated with of clearing the third baseman to play in the 2012 playoffs despite MRI results revealing that there was a superior labral tear in A-Rod’s left hip. According to the suit, Ahmad’s “careless and professional negligence” allowed A-Rod to further injure himself, later requiring major surgery. As a result, the suit alleges, A-Rod “sustained great pain, agony, injury, suffering, disability, hospitalization, as well as mental anguish and emotional distress.” (The same could be said of Yankees fans forced to watch A-Rod’s postseason performances.) The news came on the heels of A-Rod’s suit against MLB, one in which he accused MLB of orchestrating a “witch hunt” against him -one that has led to A-Rod having been dropped by two sponsors as well as ending up cut from an upcoming animated film. One section of the suit is titled “The Disastrous Tenure of Commissioner Selig,” which, as Bloomberg’s Jonathan Mahler pointed out, makes a nice bookend to another section titled “Alex Rodriguez and His Distinguished Career, Both On and Off the Baseball Diamond.” Distinguished career? The only thing I respect about A-Rod is his PR Machine. As I reported back in August, as the Yankees battled to stay in the wild card race, A-Rod was the back-page feature on both the New York Post and Daily News every day for more than a week.
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and European security sources question the timing of the U.S. government’s claim, which came after international uproar over a gas attack in Syria. They said there is little evidence pointing to Shabaab’s involvement in chemical weapons. HASHI’S JOURNEY Hashi, the former London resident, traveled a perilous course in which apparently he ran afoul of both al Shabaab and Western intelligence. In 2010, British authorities revoked Hashi’s British citizenship, meaning that when he was later picked up by the Americans, he could make no appeal to London for help. Sources familiar with the case said the British took this action because they had insufficient evidence to prosecute Hashi for terrorism-related offenses under British law, but did not want him to return to Britain. During sojourns with al Shabaab in Somalia, Hashi acted as an associate, or lieutenant, to a high-ranking leader of the group named Bilal Al-Berjawi, those familiar with his case said. Berjawi was reportedly wounded in a 2011 air strike on an al Shabaab base. That same year, British authorities revoked his British citizenship. British officials declined to comment on the case. In January 2012, Berjawi was reported killed in a U.S. drone strike.