Regional Briefs – October 22, 2015

All 18 NY Democratic Reps. Back Hillary Clinton

NEW YORK – All of New York’s 18 Democrat congressmen, two senators and governor united behind Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, with the final one, Rep. Paul Tonko, to endorse this week, Politico reported. Clinton was the state’s senator until 2009. A conspicuous holdout is Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Man Swipes $24K in iPhones Using Suitcase From Store

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. – A man bought a suitcase from a Walmart store and used it to swipe $24,000 worth of iPhones, WCAU reported. After putting the 32 iPhones into the suitcase, he walked to the self-checkout counter, paid for the suitcase in cash and fled the store. Police are searching for him.

Cuomo Signs New Laws to Fight Gender Discrimination

ALBANY – Stronger laws protecting women from harassment and bias against expectant women, and assuring pay equity, went into effect Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. It passed this year after Democrats gave up a three-year battle to codify Roe v. Wade.

Teens Hack Into School Computer to Alter Grades

COMMACK, N.Y. – Three Long Island teenagers were arrested Tuesday for hacking into the school district’s computer system to alter their grades and the schedules of 300 students, The Associated Press reported. The suspects, all males, were released without bail.

Ebola Doctor Visits Hospital Which Cared for Him

NEW YORK – A doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus reunited on Tuesday with the Manhattan hospital staff who cared for him last year, The Associated Press reported. Dr. Craig Spencer was greeted by Bellevue nurses and doctors who treated him for three weeks while he was in isolation.

Ex-Senate Leader, Son, Lose Bid to Reduce Charges

NEW YORK – A judge on Tuesday refused to throw out charges in the case against a former state Senate leader and his son, The Associated Press reported. Dean Skelos is accused of promising state contracts in exchange for a job for his son, Adam. The trial starts next month.