Wednesday September 26, 2012

New York:

NYC thieves favor
products by Apple

NEW YORK -- Apple’s products are so popular in New York City that the sleek devices are flying off shelves and, increasingly, into the hands of thieves.

More than 11,400 Apple products, mostly iPhones, were ripped off this year, an increase of 40 percent from last year. And the crimes make up most of the overall increase in burglaries, thefts and grand larcenies in the city, according to the New York Police Department.

The spike is frustrating a police department that’s obsessed with crime statistics -- and with keeping them down. NYPD officials insist the iPhone thefts are an aberration in an otherwise low-crime year so far: murders are on track once again reach record lows, and all crime in the past decade has been driven increasingly down.

New York:

‘Significant milestone’
for planned new span

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- The federal government has approved the environmental impact statement for a new Tappan Zee Bridge in the New York suburbs, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the bridge has passed "a significant milestone."

Although financing still must be arranged, permits still must be obtained and lawsuits are likely, the governor said he considers federal approval the bridge’s biggest hurdle.

The impact statement, released last month, concluded that the bridge over the Hudson River will have no major, lasting environmental effects. It included a long list of measures that will be taken to protect fish and people during construction.

Cuomo said federal ap proval means New York can award a contract to one of the project’s three bidders, a decision expected within several weeks.

Vermont:

General Dynamics
lays off 80 workers

WILLISTON -- Defense contractor General Dynamics is laying off about 50 employees in Vermont and 30 in Maine, after nearly completing work on special armor for military vehicles and a decline in demand for its guns, company officials said Tuesday.

The cuts will be to both hourly and salaried employees in administrative, engineering, management and manufacturing support, at the company’s Williston and Saco, Maine, facilities, company officials said.

General Dynamics produces gun systems for fighter aircraft, ground vehicles and naval vessels as well as crew-served weapons, which must be operated by more than one person.

General Dynamic employs 350 in Vermont, at the Williston Technology Center for General Dynamics Arma ment and Technical Products, in Jericho and two sites in Burlington. In Maine, the company has 375 workers at Saco Operations.

-- Associated Press