Articles by Karen Matthews

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York Sues Insurers Over Future Abuse Claims

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has sued more than two dozen insurance companies, seeking to compel them to cover claims filed by people who say they were abused by clerics. Church officials anticipate that numerous alleged abuse victims …

Official Says Pilot Who Crashed Helicopter in NYC Radioed He Was Lost

The pilot killed when his helicopter hit the roof of a New York City skyscraper in rain and fog radioed that he was lost and trying to get back to the heliport but couldn’t find it, an official briefed on …

Pilot Killed in New York Crash Wasn’t Certified to Fly in Bad Weather

The pilot killed Monday when his helicopter slammed into the roof of a New York City skyscraper was not authorized to fly in limited visibility, according to his pilot certification, raising questions about why he took off in fog and …

Lawyer Says Challenge to NYC’s Vaccination Order in the Works

New York City’s effort to halt a measles outbreak by ordering mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood is facing opposition, with lawyers for parents opposed to vaccinations promising to file a lawsuit challenging the order. But city health officials say …

FBI Seeks Help to Find Art Depicting Old West Stolen from New York City Home

The FBI is seeking the public’s help in rounding up more than a half-million dollars’ worth of artworks that were stolen in 1983 from the New York City home of an artist known for his scenes of the American West. …

NYC Drivers for Uber, Other Apps to Get Vision Care Coverage

Drivers for car services and ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft are usually on their own when it comes to buying health insurance, but starting Sunday in New York they will now be able to get coverage for vision care …

Northeast Digging Out from Deep Snow as Power Outages Continue

The Northeast is digging out from its second powerful nor’easter in less than a week that left behind some areas with more than 2 feet of snow, hundreds of thousands without power, school closures and travel chaos. Some places saw …

New York Judge Awards Graffiti Artists $6.7M After Works Destroyed

A judge awarded $6.7 million Monday to graffiti artists who sued after dozens of spray paintings were destroyed on the walls of dilapidated warehouse buildings torn down to make room for high-rise luxury residences. U.S. District Judge Frederic Block in …

Student Sues New York’s Columbia University, Alleging Indifference to 2 Rapes

A woman who enrolled in Columbia University partly because she wanted to be part of the emotional debate there over on-campus sexual assaults sued the school Tuesday, saying she was raped twice in her dorm room during her freshman year. …

Yellow Taxis Now Outnumbered by Uber Cars on NYC Streets

New York City’s storied yellow cabs are taking a back seat to black cars. Uber cars, often black sedans that can be summoned with smartphone apps, now outnumber the yellow taxis that city riders have hailed with a whistle and …