Pussy Riot protesters run afoul of ban

NEW YORK, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Women in solidarity with the Russian Pussy Riot protesters are the latest to challenge an arcane New York law banning masks in political demonstrations.
Scanners could reveal concealed weapons

Scanners could reveal concealed weapons

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- New York City police say they are testing a new way to find concealed guns by using radiation scanners that can detect people carrying firearms.

Judge tosses Sept. 11 burial lawsuit

NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) -- A federal judge in New York has thrown out a lawsuit that sought to move tons of World Trade Center debris from a landfill to a burial site.

Parents challenge NYC ban on cell phones

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A group of parents has challenged a New York City rule requiring public school students to surrender cell phones at the school door.

Man arrested for preaching free speech

NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) -- A man dressed as a preacher was arrested last week in New York's Union Square after allegedly harassing police officers about his free speech rights.

Workers allege 9/11 debris not searched

NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- New York City officials are being accused of not adequately sifting through debris from the World Trade Center for bits of human remains.

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Only 244 dance spots left in New York

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) -- A move's afoot in New York City to loosen a 1926 noise bylaw that's left dancers only 244 spots to dance legally in the city of 8 million people.

ACLU withdraws from muzzling its board

NEW YORK, July 12 (UPI) -- The self-described champion of free speech, the American Civil Liberties Union has backed down from imposing a gag order on its own board members.

Dancers file suit against NYC cabaret laws

NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- Four New York dancers are suing the city over the restrictive cabaret laws that keep them from kicking up their heels.

New York agrees to RNC jailing settlement

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- New York City has agreed to pay $230,000 to settle claims filed by people jailed during the Republican National Convention against court orders.

Commentary: Attack on Mel Gibson excessive

MERCER ISLAND, Wash., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- (In this guest commentary, an Orthodox rabbi gives an unothodox perspective on the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's forthcoming movie based on the last 12 h