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Two missing men likely found amid NYC gas explosion rubble: fire official

A car sits amongst the rubble after an explosion destroyed four buildings in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two bodies found on Sunday at the site of a gas explosion that destroyed three New York City apartment buildings last week, injuring 22 people, were believed to be those of two unaccounted for men, the city's top fire official said. The bodies were found about 20 feet apart of one of the buildings reduced to rubble by the blast and fire in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood on Thursday, Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters. While Nigro said a medical examiner had not officially determined that the remains belonged to the two people who remain unaccounted for, local broadcaster NY1 News said one of the missing men, 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa, had been identified by his family as one of the bodies found on Sunday. Also missing was Moises Lucon.



Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

U.S. President Obama pauses while speaking about the crisis in Ukraine from the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Ukraine, and Assad (23 percent).



New York state lawmakers reach budget deal

New York Governor Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New YorkNew York state lawmakers agreed a budget plan late on Sunday night that includes much-debated reforms to the education system and ethics standards for lawmakers, state governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said in statement. Cuomo lauded new ethics measures which he describes as "putting in place the nation's strongest and most comprehensive rules for disclosure of outside income by public officials." Cuomo pushed ethics reform after the arrest of House speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges in January in a bid to address Albany's tarnished image. New York has a very condensed budget window as it financial year ends on March 31 compared to May 31 for most other states. He has described New York as "leading the nation in education spending but lagging in results." The budget also caps spending growth at 2 percent for a fifth year.



6 injured, including police officer in Falls Twp. crash

6 injured, including police officer in Falls Twp. crashA police officer was among several people injured in a chain reaction crash in Falls Twp., Bucks County. Police believe the driver in the striking vehicle was intoxicated.



Highway Patrol: 8 dead, 10 injured when Florida van crashes

Eight people have been killed and 10 injured after a van careered off a Florida highway into a canalMOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) ? Eight people died and 10 others were injured when a van from a church ran through a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. 27 and landed in a canal in rural southwest Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said.



1 dead in 2-vehicle crash in Mount Laurel, N.J.

1 dead in 2-vehicle crash in Mount Laurel, N.J.One person is dead after a two vehicle crash in Mount Laurel, New Jersey late Sunday night.



Wrong-way driver arrested for DUI in South Philadelphia

Wrong-way driver arrested for DUI in South PhiladelphiaPolice officers pursed and arrested a wrong-way driver suspected of DUI in South Philadelphia early Monday morning.



4 tips to avoid getting fleeced by your broker

Can your broker or adviser be trusted? There is no way to be 100 percent certain, but far too many investors don't even take a few simple steps to protect themselves. Start by asking questions. Here are four key ones, and tips for finding the answers.


Small investors blame losses on brokers they once trusted

In this Friday, March 6, 2015 photo, retired architect Steve Meadows poses for photos with past financial statements at his home in the Venice area of Los Angeles. Meadows is angry that the brokerage industry is not held to the same high standards as his own industry. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)NEW YORK (AP) ? Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune.



6 injured, including police officer in Morrisville crash

6 injured, including police officer in Falls Twp. crashA police officer was among several people injured in a chain reaction crash in Morrisville, Bucks County. Police believe the driver in the striking vehicle was intoxicated.