Regional Briefs – Nov. 29, 2016

Palestinian Terrorist’s Post-Prison Home Is Mauritania

BUFFALO – A Palestinian imprisoned in Buffalo for putting a bomb on a Pan Am flight in 1982, killing a teenager, was deported to Mauritania, The Associated Press reported. As part of the plea agreement, the U.S. agreed to deport Mohammed Rashed to the country of his choice after prison. His first choice, Israel, was rejected by that government.

De Blasio Defends Releasing Emails on Holiday Weekend

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio defended on Monday his releasing on a holiday weekend redacted emails with “agents of the city,” Politico reported. De Blasio had been sued two years ago for the memos with advisers who aren’t city employees but who have private clients who do business with the city.

School Removes Performance Sign Over Noose Image

KINGSTON, N.Y. – A sign featuring a noose to advertise a high school’s performance was taken down Monday following complaints about the imagery’s racist symbol for lynching blacks, The Associated Press reported. The Ku Klux Klan used the noose image to threaten blacks.

Prison Guard Charged With Hitting Inmate, Breaking Jaw

MALONE, N.Y. – A state prison guard was arrested Monday for hitting an inmate in the face, breaking the man’s jaw, The Associated Press reported. Thomas Agans, 47, suspended without pay, was released on probation.

Man Pleads Guilty to Prize Scam Targeting Elderly

BUFFALO – A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty Monday to a scam that led elderly victims to believe they’d won cash or cars if they paid large fees, The Associated Press reported. One victim paid $130,000; another, $190,000. Corey Buddle, 25, faces up to 20 years in prison.

43K NYers Tried Uber But Couldn’t Because of Ban

ALBANY – Uber says 43,000 New Yorkers opened its app upstate on Thanksgiving eve — but couldn’t order a car because of a state law prohibiting the ride-hailing service from operating outside NYC, The Associated Press reported.