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  • Islamic State group threat expanding

    Islamic State group threat expanding

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 6:09 AM EDT2014-09-17 10:09:36 GMT
    New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
    New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
  • Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:03 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:03:52 GMT
    For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.  Sixteen percent of adult New Yorkers smoked in 2013, up from 14 percent in 2010, which was the city's lowest recorded rate, according to the findings released by New York City's Department of Health.
    For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.  Sixteen percent of adult New Yorkers smoked in 2013, up from 14 percent in 2010, which was the city's lowest recorded rate, according to the findings released by New York City's Department of Health.
  • Report: health risks at some nail salons

    Report: health risks at some nail salons

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:28:27 GMT
    One of the most surprising findings in a report from the New York City public advocate is that city officials have virtually no authority over how nail salons are run. The city can't enforce standards like they do with restaurants, so it's clearly a case of beauty buyer beware. We get our nails done without thinking too much about it.
    One of the most surprising findings in a report from the New York City public advocate is that city officials have virtually no authority over how nail salons are run. The city can't enforce standards like they do with restaurants, so it's clearly a case of beauty buyer beware. We get our nails done without thinking too much about it.
  • NJ, NY officials meet about security

    NJ, NY officials meet about security

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:50:11 GMT
    With new concerns about home grown terrorism becoming more urgent, city and state officials -- including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio -- met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to devise new strategies. NYPD counterterrorism police stood watch outside the Midtown Manhattan meeting where city, state and federal law enforcement officials coordinated their new security plans.
    With new concerns about home grown terrorism becoming more urgent, city and state officials -- including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio -- met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to devise new strategies. NYPD counterterrorism police stood watch outside the Midtown Manhattan meeting where city, state and federal law enforcement officials coordinated their new security plans.
  • Cabs for women driven by women

    Cabs for women driven by women

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:14:45 GMT
    Taxis come in yellow, green, black, and now... hot pink? They're called SheTaxis and they are from a cab service for women by women. (The cabs aren't actually pink, but drivers will carry pink pashminas.)The service is coming to New York this week. You could almost think of it as an all-female Uber.
    Taxis come in yellow, green, black, and now... hot pink? They're called SheTaxis and they are from a cab service for women by women. (The cabs aren't actually pink, but drivers will carry pink pashminas.)The service is coming to New York this week. You could almost think of it as an all-female Uber.
  • Hundreds suspended for dress code violation

    Hundreds suspended for dress code violation

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-09-15 12:50:14 GMT
    Approximately 200 students have been suspended at Tottenville High School on Staten Island since the start of the school year. School officials say the students violated the strict dress code known as 'Dress for Success.'  Of the suspensions, 90 percent were of girls. 
    Approximately 200 students have been suspended at Tottenville High School on Staten Island since the start of the school year. School officials say the students violated the strict dress code known as 'Dress for Success.'  Of the suspensions, 90 percent were of girls. 
  • Stranded jet skiers rescued off Staten Island

    Stranded jet skiers rescued off Staten Island

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:43:09 GMT
    Two jet skiers stranded since Saturday night were rescued from small islands off of Staten Island Sunday morning, police sources said. The FDNY Marine division discovered the first jet skier on the West Bank Lighthouse island while patrolling the area after 8 a.m. Sunday, and took him to Staten Island University Hospital North. His friend, a man in his 40s, was also saved.
    Two jet skiers stranded since Saturday night were rescued from small islands off of Staten Island Sunday morning, police sources said. The FDNY Marine division discovered the first jet skier on the West Bank Lighthouse island while patrolling the area after 8 a.m. Sunday, and took him to Staten Island University Hospital North. His friend, a man in his 40s, was also saved.
  • Housing activists protest Airbnb

    Housing activists protest Airbnb

    Friday, September 12 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-09-12 23:41:17 GMT
    You've probably seen Airbnb commercials extolling the benefits of homeowners renting out their houses or apartments to out-of-town guests for a fee. Sharing is caring feel-good commercials.But housing activists say Airbnb is reducing available housing in New York City's increasingly expensive and shrinking housing market. They argue Airbnb is pushing thousands of apartments toward use as illegal hotels instead of affordable housing.
    You've probably seen Airbnb commercials extolling the benefits of homeowners renting out their houses or apartments to out-of-town guests for a fee. Sharing is caring feel-good commercials.But housing activists say Airbnb is reducing available housing in New York City's increasingly expensive and shrinking housing market. They argue Airbnb is pushing thousands of apartments toward use as illegal hotels instead of affordable housing.
  • Clothing for a cause

    Clothing for a cause

    Friday, September 12 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-09-12 23:00:07 GMT
    Like millions of Americans, John Williams has been out of work for months. He has finally landed an interview for a customer service position. To make sure he gets the job, he is making sure to look his best, thanks to Suited for Work.Suited for Work is a program under FEGS, a nonprofit that's been around for 80 years. Since its inception, Suited for Work has outfitted more than 8,000 men with brand-new suits donated by manufacturers.
    Like millions of Americans, John Williams has been out of work for months. He has finally landed an interview for a customer service position. To make sure he gets the job, he is making sure to look his best, thanks to Suited for Work.Suited for Work is a program under FEGS, a nonprofit that's been around for 80 years. Since its inception, Suited for Work has outfitted more than 8,000 men with brand-new suits donated by manufacturers.
  • Wedding forces rescheduling of college football game

    Wedding forces rescheduling of college football game

    You think fall weddings are inconvenient for college football fans? Imagine being a coach with a daughter who has her heart set on a Saturday in late September.
    You think fall weddings are inconvenient for college football fans? Imagine being a coach with a daughter who has her heart set on a Saturday in late September.
  • Preserving the Yiddish language

    Preserving the Yiddish language

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:49 AM EDT2014-09-12 09:49:20 GMT
    We came to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research to hear Dr. Chava Lapin -- "Bubby" to her grandchildren -- and Rabbi Shimon Josef Meller speak some kosher Yiddish, and to save ourselves from klutzily shvitzing, kvetching and schmoozing in search of the language on the street.
    We came to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research to hear Dr. Chava Lapin -- "Bubby" to her grandchildren -- and Rabbi Shimon Josef Meller speak some kosher Yiddish, and to save ourselves from klutzily shvitzing, kvetching and schmoozing in search of the language on the street.
  • New York City security in a post-9/11 world

    New York City security in a post-9/11 world

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-09-12 00:49:13 GMT
    The sounds of traffic and construction dominate the world trade center site these days -- nothing out of the ordinary. The sights of enhanced security have become commonplace too: NYPD officers actively watching the thousands of visitors who come to the 9/11 Memorial Museum and closely monitoring vehicles. Port Authority police are posted around the clock on the site that now houses a huge transportation hub.
    The sounds of traffic and construction dominate the world trade center site these days -- nothing out of the ordinary. The sights of enhanced security have become commonplace too: NYPD officers actively watching the thousands of visitors who come to the 9/11 Memorial Museum and closely monitoring vehicles. Port Authority police are posted around the clock on the site that now houses a huge transportation hub.
  • Charter school battle

    Charter school battle

    Thursday, September 11 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-09-11 21:56:34 GMT
    Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School in the Bronx shares space with traditional public school P.S. 146. Next year, the charter school will get more space to add on high school classes. It is one of four charter schools Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration will find extra space for next year.
    Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School in the Bronx shares space with traditional public school P.S. 146. Next year, the charter school will get more space to add on high school classes. It is one of four charter schools Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration will find extra space for next year.
  • Seeking help after years of 9/11 survivor guilt

    Seeking help after years of 9/11 survivor guilt

    Thursday, September 11 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-09-11 21:04:17 GMT
    The roar of a plane above Lower Manhattan. The rise of a pristine tower where ruins once smoldered. News of terrorist attacks in far-off lands. For New Yorkers in or near the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the sights and sounds of everyday life can still -- even 13 years later -- trigger painful memories. Thousands of people continue to struggle with the effects of 9/11.
    The roar of a plane above Lower Manhattan. The rise of a pristine tower where ruins once smoldered. News of terrorist attacks in far-off lands. For New Yorkers in or near the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the sights and sounds of everyday life can still -- even 13 years later -- trigger painful memories. Thousands of people continue to struggle with the effects of 9/11.
  • What you need to know before buying a MetroCard

    What you need to know before buying a MetroCard

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-09-11 12:52:36 GMT
    We've all been there. The train is coming into the station, and you grab your MetroCard and quickly try and swipe it at a turnstile. "Please Swipe Again". "Please Swipe Again". "Insufficient Fare". The last two words are killer. You think to yourself “I swear I had a balance on this card”.
    We've all been there. The train is coming into the station, and you grab your MetroCard and quickly try and swipe it at a turnstile. "Please Swipe Again". "Please Swipe Again". "Insufficient Fare". The last two words are killer. You think to yourself “I swear I had a balance on this card”.
  • NYPD: Terror threat more complex than ever

    NYPD: Terror threat more complex than ever

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-09-09 21:08:51 GMT
    Air strikes in Iraq, ongoing unrest in Syria and the beheadings of two American journalists are casting a long shadow over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. While there is no specific threat against New York ahead of the Thursday commemoration, the rising power of disparate militant groups around the world presents the most complex terrorism danger since the twin towers were destroyed, New York intelligence officials said this week.
    Air strikes in Iraq, ongoing unrest in Syria and the beheadings of two American journalists are casting a long shadow over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. While there is no specific threat against New York ahead of the Thursday commemoration, the rising power of disparate militant groups around the world presents the most complex terrorism danger since the twin towers were destroyed, New York intelligence officials said this week.
  • NYC approves sensors to pinpoint gunfire

    NYC approves sensors to pinpoint gunfire

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-09-09 14:53:17 GMT
    New York City's comptroller has approved a contract for rooftop sensor technology for the NYPD to help pinpoint and reduce gunfire.
    New York City's comptroller has approved a contract for rooftop sensor technology for the NYPD to help pinpoint and reduce gunfire.
  • New training for NYPD after chokehold

    New training for NYPD after chokehold

    Monday, September 8 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-09-08 19:25:26 GMT
    New York City police officers will get three days of annual training on how to properly use force following the chokehold death of an unarmed man this summer, police commissioner William Bratton said Monday. The initiative is part of an overall effort to repair community relations and change the culture of the department, Bratton said.
    New York City police officers will get three days of annual training on how to properly use force following the chokehold death of an unarmed man this summer, police commissioner William Bratton said Monday. The initiative is part of an overall effort to repair community relations and change the culture of the department, Bratton said.
  • Bus, subway bed bug scares

    Bus, subway bed bug scares

    Friday, September 5 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-09-05 16:36:21 GMT
    Bed bug sightings appear to be up around town, including on subways and a bus. However, the MTA said the bus in question was not infested. B44 riders are grossed out. A bus traveling between Williamsburg and Sheepshead Bay was taken out of service Monday after a passenger saw what were believed to be bedbugs crawling on another rider.
    Bed bug sightings appear to be up around town, including on subways and a bus. However, the MTA said the bus in question was not infested. B44 riders are grossed out. A bus traveling between Williamsburg and Sheepshead Bay was taken out of service Monday after a passenger saw what were believed to be bedbugs crawling on another rider.
  • NYPD to test body cameras

    NYPD to test body cameras

    Thursday, September 4 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-09-05 02:03:53 GMT
    The NYPD is beginning a pilot program outfitting about 60 cops with body cameras. That is a tiny fraction of the 35,000-strong police force, but it has the potential to drastically change the way policing occurs in our city and encourage best behavior on both sides of the camera. Commissioner Bill Bratton said putting body cameras on officers in extraordinarily complex.
    The NYPD is beginning a pilot program outfitting about 60 cops with body cameras. That is a tiny fraction of the 35,000-strong police force, but it has the potential to drastically change the way policing occurs in our city and encourage best behavior on both sides of the camera. Commissioner Bill Bratton said putting body cameras on officers in extraordinarily complex.
  • Back to school for NYC students

    Back to school for NYC students

    Thursday, September 4 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-09-04 18:00:14 GMT
    More than 1.1 million students in New York City went back to school on Thursday following the summer break.Mayor Bill de Blasio greeted some of them in all five boroughs including students and staff at Inner Force Tots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Among the changes this year, earlier start times to accommodate professional development and parent meetings.
    More than 1.1 million students in New York City went back to school on Thursday following the summer break.Mayor Bill de Blasio greeted some of them in all five boroughs including students and staff at Inner Force Tots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Among the changes this year, earlier start times to accommodate professional development and parent meetings.
  • New York newspaper won't use Washington Redskins name

    New York newspaper sacks Washington nickname

    Thursday, September 4 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-09-04 15:00:30 GMT
    One of the nation's largest newspapers says it will no longer use the name Redskins when writing about Washington's NFL team.
    One of the nation's largest newspapers says it will no longer use the name Redskins when writing about Washington's NFL team.
  • 311 callers to get NYPD callback

    311 callers to get NYPD callback

    Thursday, September 4 2014 6:56 AM EDT2014-09-04 10:56:45 GMT
    New Yorkers who call 311 to report quality-of-life violations will get a call back from police asking if the problem was handled to their satisfaction. The NYPD reportedly issued an order last month making it clear the department believes a little customer service could go a long way to improve community relations.
    New Yorkers who call 311 to report quality-of-life violations will get a call back from police asking if the problem was handled to their satisfaction. The NYPD reportedly issued an order last month making it clear the department believes a little customer service could go a long way to improve community relations.
  • Michael Bloomberg returning to lead Bloomberg LP

    Michael Bloomberg returning to lead Bloomberg LP

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-09-04 02:39:55 GMT
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is returning to lead the financial data and news company he founded in 1981 but left to serve three terms in City Hall. Bloomberg LP said Wednesday current CEO Daniel Doctoroff will step down at the end of the year.
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is returning to lead the financial data and news company he founded in 1981 but left to serve three terms in City Hall. Bloomberg LP said Wednesday current CEO Daniel Doctoroff will step down at the end of the year.
  • Mayor: NYC will learn from 2004 RNC 'mistakes'

    Mayor: NYC will learn from 2004 RNC 'mistakes'

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:35 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:35:46 GMT
    Brooklyn's final pitch to hold the 2016 Democratic national convention was centered on New York City's robust mass transit system -- and a pledge to learn "from the mistakes" from the last time the city hosted a presidential convention. The Republicans gathered in New York in 2004 to re-nominate President George W. Bush, choosing to meet in deep-blue Manhattan less than three years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
    Brooklyn's final pitch to hold the 2016 Democratic national convention was centered on New York City's robust mass transit system -- and a pledge to learn "from the mistakes" from the last time the city hosted a presidential convention. The Republicans gathered in New York in 2004 to re-nominate President George W. Bush, choosing to meet in deep-blue Manhattan less than three years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:22:47 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • NYC pre-kindergarten slots

    NYC pre-kindergarten slots

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-07-01 21:05:12 GMT
    New York City parents can still apply for pre-kindergarten. At this time, pre-kindergarten programs provided by community organizations. They have a variety of programs, some half-day and some full-day. These are approved by the Department of Education.
    New York City parents can still apply for pre-kindergarten. At this time, pre-kindergarten programs provided by community organizations. They have a variety of programs, some half-day and some full-day. These are approved by the Department of Education.
  • The Big Idea

    Can you fight a hurricane?

    Can you fight a hurricane?

    Monday, June 23 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-06-24 02:24:11 GMT
    Superstorm Sandy turned this region upside down, destroying homes, obliterating businesses, ruining coastlines, and uprooting lives. Like so many, I watched as Sandy reduced our beach-side towns to rubble. In the two years that have passed, the focus has been on rebuilding getting people back on their feet. But what if you could fight Mother Nature?Hurricanes are fueled by the heat and energy in warm ocean water.
    Superstorm Sandy turned this region upside down, destroying homes, obliterating businesses, ruining coastlines, and uprooting lives. Like so many, I watched as Sandy reduced our beach-side towns to rubble. In the two years that have passed, the focus has been on rebuilding getting people back on their feet. But what if you could fight Mother Nature?Hurricanes are fueled by the heat and energy in warm ocean water.
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