Obama-rouhani Chat Covers Nuclear Talks, New York Traffic

Disgraced New York charity head charged with conspiracy

president said yes. The call took place as Rouhani was en route to the airport, Irans official IRNA news agency reported. Aaron David Miller, a vice president at the Wilson Center in Washington and Middle East adviser to several U.S. administrations, said that at best the call reflects a transactional dynamic, not a transformation. Sense of Urgency This is all being driven by a fear of the alternative, Miller said. The Iranians are being driven by the economic sanctions, while Americans are prodded by a sense of nervousness among the Israelis and a sense of urgency that Iranians are nearing a breakthrough capacity on weapons, he said. The Iranians have already mastered how to build nuclear weapons, Miller said. The best we can do is keep them X number of years away from a nuclear weapon. Are we going to be able to live with that? Are the Israelis going to be able to live with that? Economic Sanctions Irans pursuit of nuclear technology has led Obama and his allies in Europe to tighten economic sanctions and the U.S. and Israel to threaten military action to prevent the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons. Iran denies that its seeking to do so. Nuclear talks stalled in April, when Rouhanis predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was still in power.

New York at Houston

“I’ve been ready for this moment,” Rivera said. “I’ve been happy with it, and move on.” Pettitte went out with a five-hitter on Saturday, his first complete game in seven years, Granderson, who missed much of the season with a broken forearm and then a broken pinkie, hit a tying single in the eighth inning. Like Cano, he is eligible for free agency after the World Series. Cano didn’t play Sunday, and the All-Star second baseman finished with a .314 average, 27 homers and 107 RBIs. With reports he is seeking a 10-year deal worth $305 million or more, the Yankees may not re-sign their most productive hitter — especially if they want to get under next year’s luxury tax threshold of $189 million. As for the final game, Matt Daley (1-0) got the win. David Robertson , one of the possible replacements at closer for Rivera, pitched a perfect 14th. Reynolds led off the 14th with a homer off Lucas Harrell (6-17), Eduardo Nunez added a two-run double and J.R. Murphy a run-scoring single, giving New York a final three-game sweep in a season notable for failure and farewells. “There were memorable festivities, you know what I’m saying?” Jeter said. “Andy and Mo, goes without saying how special that was. But on the field, it wasn’t memorable.” Notes Rivera’s final game drew a crowd of 40,542 at Minute Maid Park, putting the Astros’ final attendance at 1,656,443. That’s up slightly from last year’s total of 1,607,773, the lowest since Houston moved downtown in 2000.

Iran Ready for Result-Oriented Talks, Rohani Says

Gavel Photo: REUTERS/Chip East NEW YORK William Rapfogel, former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was arrested and arraigned on September 24 in New York. He is charged with stealing more than $5 million from the charity, and putting approximately $1m. of that money toward personal use. Authorities say much of the rest of the money was used for political contributions and purposes. Rapfogel is charged with one count of grand larceny, two counts of money laundering and one count of criminal tax fraud, as well as conspiracy, falsifying business records, and offering a false instrument for filing. New York Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman said Rapfogel had directed the Met Councils insurance agent to overcharge the Met for insurance, and then pocketed the difference, Newsday of Long Island reported. Rapfogel claims that the theft and corruption with which he is charged is endemic to the council, and that it began months before he was hired 21 years ago. The New York Times named Rabbi David Cohen, Rapfogels predecessor at the Met Council, and Joseph Ross, the owner of Century Coverage, as coconspirators. Neither has been formally charged. In a statement released on Tuesday through his lawyer Paul Shechtman, Rapfogel said he very much hopes for a fair resolution to this case and [he will] continue to make amends to Met Council. Its been a hard day, but fortunately, the people that know me the best remain in my corner. New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn said in a statement, People need those services, and if the allegations against Willie Rapfogel are true, as will be prosecuted in the court, then he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and they should throw the book at him. The accusations and the admissions thus far are truly disturbing, and the attorneygeneral, I think, is doing the right thing, and we should pursue the matter to the fullest extent of the law, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, in his first public statement on the scandal. Rapfogel had many highlevel political connections. His wife, Judy, is the chief of staff to New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. She has denied any knowledge of her husbands wrongdoing. Rapfogel himself was a staffer for former New York City mayor Edward I.