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Time takes toll on 1907 Meriden clock tower

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A 107-year-old clock tower atop Meriden's City Hall could be removed as city officials grapple with a $350,000 renovation cost. Weather has caused the tower's exterior to rot. More>>

Giant whale pulled out of Jersey City harbor

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A whale that was found dead earlier this week in New York harbor has been transported to the Caven Point Marine Terminal in Jersey City.   The United States Army Corps of Engineers successfully extracted the 60 ton giant from the water around 8:00  a.m. on Wednesday.  More>>

Search for arsonist targeting Brooklyn churches Video included

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The hunt is on for the person who has set fires at three churches in three days in Brooklyn during Holy Week. Police say the first fire was started at 2:45 a.m. Saturday at The Greater New Beginnings Church in East Flatbush. They say newspapers were lit inside the doorway of the church. More>>

Robert De Niro says Tribeca Film Festival is his passion Video included

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Robert De Niro is a family man, a filmmaker, an entrepreneur and one of my favorite actors of all time. He's also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, which has more to see than ever before. De Niro wears just as many hats on screen as he does in real life. The father of six starred in six films last year, owns four restaurants and a hotel, and still finds time each spring for the Tribeca Film Festival, Lower Manhattan's annual cinematic showcase. More>>

NYC exploring ways to curb taxi speeds

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New York City is exploring ways to curb the speed of taxis. The Taxi and Limousine Commission this week issued a request for information on "anti speeding vehicle technologies."  The measures include devices that can intervene when drivers exceed posted speeds and "advisory systems" that can sound alarms when reckless driving is detected.
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Allergy season expected to be bad Video included

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There is not much relief in sight for allergy sufferers. Experts say a shortened spring due to the long winter may create a more intense allergy season.  Some allergists say they've already seen a noticeable increase in patients as the weather has gotten warmer. More>>

Temperature drops; snow moves in Video included

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Temperatures are below average for the remainder of the week. The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds made a return.  More>>

Push to save historic NJ baseball stadium

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Volunteers are working to help save one of the only stadiums still in existence where black professional baseball teams once played. Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson was once home to the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and other Negro League teams. Eleven members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame played there, including Larry Doby. More>>

Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

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President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments. The White House says Obama commended men's head coach Kevin Ollie and his team on their decisive championship victory and noted how he enjoyed watching them throughout the tournament. He told women's head coach Geno Auriemma how impressive it was to see the team continue to dominate women's collegiate basketball.
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Connecticut casinos post March slot revenue drop

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Connecticut's Indian-run casinos say slot machine revenue fell sharply in March, with Foxwoods Resort Casino citing an "ultra-competitive" market. Foxwoods reported Tuesday that the share of wagers, known as revenue, was $44.6 million, down 10 percent from March 2013. Total slot machine wagering at the Mashantucket Pequot tribal casino was $566 million, down 5 percent.
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NYPD ends Muslim surveillance program

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A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department's Intelligence Division.
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Service dogs trained in Westchester changing people's lives Video included

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For the past 20 years, Monica La Peter, a breast cancer survivor, has relied on either a wheelchair or a walker to get around. Soon Monica will regain some of her independence. She is one of several disabled persons who will be going home with a service dog trained at East Coast Assistance Dog Program in Westchester County. More>>

Helping amputees achieve their potential Video included

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A Step Ahead Prosthetics in Hicksville, Long Island, customizes prosthetics for people from all over the world. There are cosmetic ones made to mimic actual skin and lightweight "blades" made of carbon graphite designed for running. Aviva Drescher of "The Real Housewives of New York City" wears a prosthetic.

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Woman convicted in gun case tied to firefighter deaths

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A woman charged with buying guns for a convicted felon who later used them to kill two volunteer firefighters in an ambush was convicted Tuesday of falsifying business records. A state Supreme Court jury in Rochester found 25-year-old Dawn Nguyen, of the town of Greece, guilty because she lied when she said on a gun purchase form that she was buying the weapons for her own use.
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NYPD probe arson cases at 3 Brooklyn churches Video included

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The NYPD is looking for an arsonist who has targeted three churches in three days. The most recent act of arson happened at St. Mark's Church in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The pastor is happy that they were able to put the fire out and he hopes that their surveillance video leads to an arrest.
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There's nothing worse than trying to dodge and weave through the rain drops on a rainy day in New York City. But a new umbrella sharing pilot may make getting stuck in the rain a little easier. Who really wants to lug an umbrella around all day? So here's a solution: umbrella sharing. More>>

Lindsay Lohan's mom pleads guilty to DWI in NY

Actress Lindsay Lohan's mother has pleaded guilty in New York to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. Dina Lohan also pleaded guilty to speeding during her court appearance Tuesday on Long Island. More>>

Suspect Sandy charity begins distributing dollars

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A Superstorm Sandy charity that was suspected of fraud has started distributing money nearly a year after a settlement with New Jersey prosecutors. The unregistered Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation handed out $225,000 to four charitable organizations in New Jersey and one in New York.
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Dead whale found in New York Harbor will be taken to NJ

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Fish and wildlife officials are preparing to perform a necropsy to find out why a 30- to 35-foot whale was found dead in New York Harbor. A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that the whale was found a few days ago. It has been moved next to a barge so that it does not disrupt ships' navigation.
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Biometric security can't come soon enough for some people Video included

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Cyber-attacks and identity theft seem a realer threat than ever before, but the tools we need to protect ourselves we have carried since birth. Friday, we made Ryan King the most verified man in Brooklyn. "Verified," a fingerprint-recognition device chirped back at Ryan after he placed his finger on the reader. More>>

Teen shot in head was a bystander Video included

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A 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn on Monday was caught in the crossfire. More>>

Driver transporting dozens of drunk teens arrested

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A limousine bus driver on Long Island was arrested after the New York State police found he was transporting a bus full of drunk teens.Police say it happened Monday night at a Sunrise Highway rest area in Southampton.Someone called 911 to report a female screaming at the eastbound rest area between exit 65 and 66.Troopers arrived and found 42 teens between the ages of 16 and 17 in various stages of intoxication.The found more than 100 cans of beer on the bus, along with several gallons worth ... More>>

Cyanide poisoning in suicide shuts neighborhood

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Fairfield fire officials say a man who committed suicide by drinking potassium cyanide prompted a hazardous materials alert that shut part of a neighborhood. Assistant Fire Chief George Gomola told the Connecticut Post that the unidentified man left a note warning first responders. He locked the house and went to bed before swallowing the poison. A portion of the neighborhood was shut Monday night, but neighbors were not in danger.

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Liam Neeson writes editorial on carriage horses Video included

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Actor Liam Neeson is again speaking out against New York City's plan to ban horse-drawn carriages. In an editorial in the NY Times on Tuesday, Neeson says he sees the proposal "as a class issue" that threatens the livelihoods of carriage drivers and stable hands. Neeson again appealed to Mayor Bill de Blasio to visit the stables and see how the horses are cared for.
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Pole-dance tax fight Video included

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Lawyers for Larry Flynt's Hustler Club on Manhattan's West Side have filed a civil suit against the state for taxing its performances. An administrative judge ruled in February that the club had to pay $2.1M in contested taxes.  The club says it's First Amendment rights were violated by the 8.5 percent sales tax. More>>

Ailing man rescued from boat off Del. coast

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The Coast Guard has rescued a man who needed medical attention from a fishing boat off Delaware. After a crew member aboard the Mary Elizabeth alerted authorities that the 49-year-old man needed immediate medical attention, the Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the boat about 50 miles off Lewes, Del. More>>

Students suspended for displaying Confederate flag Video included

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Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly displaying a Confederate battle flag during a sporting event. The principal at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington says the boys walked into a European handball event last week wearing the flag around their shoulders. More>>

Petition opposes Newark archbishop's retirement home renovations Video included

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The residence of John Myers, the archbishop of Newark, is at the rectory of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J. It houses four other priests. But in 2002, the archdiocese bought him a 4,500-square-foot weekend home in Hunterdon County. Now the archbishop wants to deck it out with some costly renovations. Some parishioners say it goes completely against Pope Francis's example of leading a simple life. More>>

Gov. Christie was 'nervous' when bridge scandal was linked to his aides

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Gov. Chris Christie was "nervous" about the possibility that anyone else on his staff was involved in a politically motivated traffic scandal, according to interview notes released Monday by lawyers the governor's office hired to conduct an internal investigation. Christie was one of 75 people interviewed for his office's probe into traffic tie-ups approaching the George Washington Bridge. More>>

Teen pleads not guilty in sister's fatal stabbing

A northern New Jersey teenager has pleaded not guilty to charges that he fatally stabbed his sister at their family's home. The Record reports that Travis Gallo, who was 17 when the stabbing occurred last December, entered his pleas Monday during a court hearing in Hackensack. That came just days after a judge ruled Gallo would be tried as an adult on murder and weapons charges. More>>

Teen bystander shot in Brooklyn

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Police say a 13-year-old bystander has been wounded in a shooting on a New York City street. Police said the victim was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition with a head injury. A man who was believed to be the intended target also was hospitalized after being struck in the leg. The gunfire erupted at about noon on Monday in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn as the victim was walking with his aunt.
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Thousands of police officers lined Beach 84th Street in Rockaway Beach, Queens, to say a final goodbye to one of their own and salute his heroism and sacrifice. Police Officer Dennis Guerra, 38, died from smoke inhalation after rushing to a fire in Coney Island high rise on April 6. Deputy Inspector Carlos Valdez, Guerra's commanding officer, said the 8-year veteran will be remembered for his dedication to helping others. More>>

Coney Island amusement rides open for the summer

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The rides of Coney Island are once again open for business. At Luna Park on Sunday, Italian tycoon Alberto Zamperla christened the first ride on the Cyclone roller-coaster by dousing it with the traditional egg cream. More>>

Atlantic City casino revenue down in March

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New Jersey casino regulators say Internet gambling grew at a faster rate in March, its fourth full month as a legal option in the state. But it wasn't enough to keep Atlantic City's casinos from seeing their overall gambling income decline again. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement announced Monday that online gambling brought in $11.9 million in March, up 15 percent from February. More>>

Native Americans say US violated human rights

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A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim.  The Onondaga Indian Nation says it plans to file a petition at the Organization of American States asking for the return of 2.5 million acres in upstate New York, including the city of Syracuse.
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Connecticut hopes to sell riders on bus-only route

A half-billion-dollar bus-only corridor in central Connecticut is nearly a year away from opening, but officials are already trying to persuade commuters to leave their cars at home. More>>

Pulaski Skyway closure Video included

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The first weekday test of the closed, northbound Pulaski Skyway wasn't much different from any other Monday. An estimated 40,000 motorists who take the Skyway toward Jersey City and Manhattan every day are now forced to find an alternate route. All northbound lanes were closed on Saturday for two-years during a rehabilitation project on the 82 year old span. More>>

Dog that raced train finds new home

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The adorable dog that raced a Metro-North train has a new family. New York's Animal Care Control announced Monday that Tie has found a "great" new home. ACC got about 100 queries and three dozen applications for the energetic pooch. She was rescued last week after running alongside a Metro-North Railroad train on a parallel track. More>>

Macy's fireworks show returning to East River Video included

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The Macy's 4th of July fireworks show will return to the East River this year. The annual display will reportedly be set off from the Brooklyn Bridge and barges on the East River.The dazzling display was moved to the Hudson River in 2009 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage. The fireworks performance is expected to rotate between the two rivers in the future. More>>

Handgun stolen in NYC in 1967 recovered in W.Va.

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A handgun reported stolen in New York City more than 40 years ago has been recovered in West Virginia during a traffic stop. Gary Police Chief S.P. McKinney cited the male driver last week for not wearing a seat belt and discovered that he had a loaded .357 Magnum in the vehicle.
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Pedestrian struck by police car in Manhattan

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A police car rammed into a pedestrian, seriously injuring him on the Upper West Side. Witnesses say the man was hit by the NYPD squad car on Broadway between 77th and 78th streets. 
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Manhattan DA investigating Christie

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The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is reportedly now the third government entity investigating the relationship between the Port Authority and Governor Chris Christie's administration.  More>>

Police: Man on LI pretended to be a cop

Suffolk County authorities say a Coram man has been arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer. Officials say an officer was on patrol Saturday night when he saw a man making what appeared to be a traffic stop on another car. More>>

Connecticut home sells for $120 million

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A 12-bedroom waterfront estate on 50 acres in wealthy Greenwich has been sold for $120 million. Ogilvy says the estate edged out a Silicon Valley property sold last year for $117.5 million. More>>

How is NY's economy? Governor candidates disagree

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York has been on the right path during his term. Republican challenger Rob Astorino says New York is losing. More>>

Report: 2 bodies found in Hudson River in Hoboken

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Two bodies have been pulled out of the Hudson River in New Jersey. Hoboken Police Sergeant Dennis Figueroa says the two men were between 20 and 25 years old. Police hadn't identified the victims by early Sunday afternoon. More>>

Bagged body parts found near train tracks in NYC

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Authorities say a homeless man made a disturbing discovery near some train tracks in Queens. He found some plastic bags with body parts inside them. More>>

Borgata says legendary poker player won $9.6M by cheating

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An Atlantic City casino is suing a famous gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme. More>>

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The NYPD says a uniformed officer shot and killed an 86-year-old man after he refused to drop his gun. More>>

54k stolen in bold daytime NYC jewelry heist

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The NYPD is looking for a brazen robber that tied up a store employee and then stole about $54,000 worth of jewelry from a New York City store that sold its products to celebrities.
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Police: Man found dead in burned car on NY beach

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Authorities on Long Island say a preliminary investigation doesn't point to criminality after a man was found dead inside a burned pickup truck on a beach. More>>

Right to record police is focus of proposed law

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Connecticut lawmakers are again considering a bill that would protect the public's right to record police officers, but law enforcement officials aren't backing down from their opposition. More>>

Speed camera backers: Safety is 1st, revenue 2nd

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A proposal to authorize scores of new speed cameras for school zones in New York City and Long Island is being touted as a way to protect children while raising much-needed revenue for government coffers. More>>

NY eatery patrons possibly exposed to hepatitis

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Health officials say a waiter at a popular NY restaurant may have exposed hundreds of patrons to hepatitis A. More>>

Worker pinned under 5,000 pounds of steel in NY

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A worker is recovering from serious injuries after he was pinned under a 5,000-pound roll of steel at a New York factory. More>>

Connecticut ex-governor pleads not guilty

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Connecticut ex-governor John G. Rowland has pleaded not guilty to charges that he broke federal laws in pursuit of consulting roles with campaigns for the U.S. House in 2010 and 2012. More>>

Stephen Baldwin pays off his New York back taxes

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A lawyer for Stephen Baldwin said the actor has paid off his New York back taxes with a check for the final $100,000. Baldwin admitted last year that he had failed to pay state taxes for 2008, 2009 and 2010. The total, plus interest and penalties, came to $400,000. A Rockland County judge gave Baldwin five years to pay the debt, and said he could avoid probation if he paid the total within one year. More>>

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Just days after a report detailed Reverend Al Sharpton's role as an FBI informant in the 1980s, President Barack Obama praised him and the National Action Network at the annual convention. Obama gave the keynote speech of the four-day convention in New York City. He slammed Republicans on several issues, including what he describes as the erosion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. More>>

East Harlem explosion survivor thanks her rescuers Video included

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Doctors at Mount Sinai describe Carmen Quinones as a fighter; someone who was determined to live and did. On Friday, she had the opportunity to thank the firefighters who pulled her from the rubble. She gave the six firefighters from Rescue 1 a hug and expressed her deep gratitude.
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Coney Island teen charged with murder in death of cop after fire

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The Brooklyn teen who allegedly set a mattress on fire, which spread to part of his apartment building has been charged with murder after a police officer died days after responding to the fire. A grand jury indicted Marcell Dockery, 16, with felony murder, according to the Brooklyn district attorney. Dozens of firefighters and police officers responded to the apartment building fire in Coney Island on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
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Twins born in different spots

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A set of Long Island twins share the same birthday but not the same birth location.  It happened Friday morning in Elmont. Police got a call that a woman was in labor on the side of the road.  Three officers arrived at Meacham Avenue and Rosser Street and assisted Mariejunia Ally, 33, in the delivery of a baby boy.  Then...
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Mayor promises horse-drawn carriage ban by end of year

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing back his self-imposed deadline to ban horse-drawn carriages from New York City's streets. De Blasio, a Democrat, wanted to ban the horses from Manhattan's streets and Central Park during his first week in office. In a Google Hangout video chat on Friday, the mayor said he now expects the City Council to ban the practice by year's end. De Blasio said he believes "a human society doesn't do that to animals."
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NY close to legalizing some medical marijuana

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New York is inching toward legalizing some form of medical marijuana as support grows in the state Legislature and is likely to become one of a handful of issues taken up when lawmakers return later this month. But it remains unclear where the drug would come from for either Gov. Andrew Cuomo's limited research program or broader, legalized use under a proposed medical marijuana bill. More>>

Cops: Postal worker sold pot out of mail truck

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A Long Island mail carrier is accused of dealing marijuana out of his truck. More>>

Parents join protest over state English exams Video included

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Parents joined principals, teachers and students from public schools around Manhattan on Friday morning to protest the New York state English exams which they say are poorly constructed and too difficult.  The exam is for kids grades 3 to 8. It was administered over three days last week state wide. The ELA is designed to raise standards in all communities by standardizing reading and writing levels. More>>

Man with 1st name 'God' sues credit rating agency

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A Brooklyn man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God. God Gazarov says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate. He says an Equifax customer service representative even suggested that he change his name to resolve the issue. Gazarov is a Russian native who is named after his grandfather. More>>

Ex-Connecticut Gov. Rowland indicted again

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Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, a rising Republican star before he resigned 10 years ago in a corruption scandal that sent him to prison, was indicted Thursday on charges he tried to hide his role in two congressional campaigns. Charges were announced by federal prosecutors. Former Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, pleaded guilty March 31.
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Mayor de Blasio is late. A lot. Does it matter? Video included

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We have no statistic to show you how often Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives late or how late he arrives. His tardiness probably bothers journalists on deadline a lot more than the average New Yorker. After all, if a news conference, starts 15, 20, 45 minutes late how much does that really impact the fate of the city? But a hundred days in we can say it seems like the mayor is late a lot.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction at Barclays Video included

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Brooklyn was jumping Thursday night to the sounds of the music industry's biggest rock stars. Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, the E Street Band, Andrew Loog Oldham and Brian Epstein became the latest inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at Barclays Center. More>>

NYC bartenders are among America's best Video included

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Jack McGarry is shaking up the bartending scene one drink at a time. Born and raised in Ireland, he is now the brains behind all 72 cocktails at the Dead Rabbit on Water Street in the Financial District. Recently, McGarry received a huge honor. He was rated No. 1 on The Daily Meal's list of the 25 best bartenders in the United States. More>>

Skimmer and camera found at MetroCard machine in Manhattan Video included

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The MTA says a customer found a skimming device on a MetroCard vending machine at the southbound No. 1 train platform at Columbus Circle and turned it in. Police later located a pinhole camera on a beam above the machine. Skimming devices are typically placed on machines and scoop information from a bank card's magnetic strip while a tiny camera overhead records your PIN. More>>

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Prosecutors say a sophisticated drug trafficking ring smuggled cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York City using daycare centers as cover.  Two Bronx daycare centers were searched as part of the investigation and authorities says drugs were sometimes concealed in items designed for children.
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Mayor de Blasio: 100 days Video included

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Mayor Bill de Blasio marked his first 100 days in office with an impassioned recounting of his populist values meant to re-energize his grassroots base and place his agenda within the framework of New York City's activist history. De Blasio, the first Democratic mayor of the nation's largest city in a generation, delivered his address Thursday at Manhattan's Cooper Union, the same site where Abraham Lincoln gave an 1860 speech.
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Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman Video included

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CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who will take over the "Late Show" next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy. Colbert, 49, has been hosting "The Colbert Report" at 11:30 p.m. ET since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talk-show host. The character will retire with "The Colbert Report."
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NSA 'cyber-attacks' military service academies

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If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. A team of caffeine-fueled cadets is spending long days this week in a computer lab trying to fend off threats cooked up by experts at the National Security Agency.
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New Jersey fines unregistered health clubs

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New Jersey officials have fined 53 gyms for failure to register or selling long-term contracts without maintaining required security bonds. The state Division of Consumer Affairs announced Thursday that the fines for the health clubs totaled $284,000. More>>

Rutgers has new rules for Bangladesh-made apparel

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Rutgers University says it is requiring companies that make its licensed apparel in Bangladesh must agree to fire and building safety requirements. New Jersey's flagship state university says it i the 16th U.S. university to require licensees to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety.
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Sorority accused of forcing men to eat dog treats

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University of Connecticut officials have suspended a sorority as they investigate allegations that its members forced men to drink booze, eat dog treats, paint their bodies, wear women's underwear and take alcohol... More>>

Health inspectors to wear Google Glass?

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Some New York City food inspectors might be wearing Google Glass during restaurant visits under a new City Council proposal.  A yearlong pilot program would require 10 percent of the 160 city health inspectors to wear video devices. More>>

Blake Shelton to play free concert on AC beach

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Country music superstar Blake Shelton will play a free concert on the Atlantic City beachfront this summer. Shelton, who is also a judge on the hit TV series "The Voice," will play on the sand near Caesars Atlantic City on July 31. Shelton will be in the area ahead of his scheduled show the next night at Madison Square Garden. More>>

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A fleet-footed pooch is lucky to be alive after racing a commuter train in New York City.The dog ran alongside the Metro-North Railroad train on a parallel track Tuesday, The New York Post reported. About half a dozen other trains in the area or scheduled to pass through were told to slow down and watch out for a stray animal, said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs Metro-North. More>>

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A nearly $100,000 BMW left a path of destruction in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.  The driver hit and killed a 46-year-old man riding a bicycle at the intersection of Broadway and Halsey Street just before 8 a.m. Wednesday. After the accident, the driver sped up Boyland Street going the wrong way and crashed into a black Toyota 4-Runner near Chauncey Street. More>>

John Starks, Anthony Mason behind new Harlem pizza shop Video included

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Former NY Knicks players John Starks and Anthony Mason have teamed up again. This time, they’re investors of a pizzeria in Harlem. At Custom Fuel Pizza you choose your fresh ingredients and your pizza is ready in about two minutes. More>>

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Billy Joel surprised students of a Long Island elementary school by showing up at their spring concert. The principal of Glen Cove's Deasy Elementary School says the school invited Joel on a lark but didn't expect him to come. "The River of Dreams: A Billy Joel Tribute" concert on Wednesday featured the children singing 15 of the Piano Man's songs. Joel arrived on his motorcycle from his nearby home in Centre Island.
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Operator of hotel in NJ wants you to think the place is haunted Video included

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Tom McCormick is the owner of McCormick's Pub and the operator of the Hotel Somerset in Somerset, N.J. He says a ball of light showed up on surveillance video from the storeroom. It's just one of many unusual experiences at the Hotel Somerset: from soft touches to whispers in the dark. Shannon McCormick has had several paranormal experiences. She and her husband believe the spirits may be children, possibly two boys and little girl.
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Bridge lane closure scandal

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Two former associates of Gov. Chris Christie do not have to hand over documents to a legislative committee investigating the traffic jam scandal engulfing the governor, a New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday. Former Christie loyalists Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien had been fighting subpoenas calling for them to turn over documents regarding the plot to create traffic jams in Fort Lee to retaliate against the town's Democratic mayor. ... More>>

Katherine Heigl sues Duane Reade over photo

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Emmy-award winning actress Katherine Heigl has sued Duane Reade Inc., saying the company is using a picture of her leaving one of its pharmacies in its promotional materials. The 35-year-old who acted in the television series "Grey's Anatomy" and in movies including "Knocked Up" and "27 Dresses" is seeking at least $6 million in damages. More>>

Mechanic paralyzed in derailment sues Metro-North; forgives engineer Video included

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A commuter railroad mechanic who was paralyzed in a deadly derailment said Wednesday that he forgives the man who was driving the train and is grateful to the railroad but is still suing for $100 million to protect his family. Samuel Rivera, 39, said he wasn't bitter or angry about his fate because, "Being upset and being bitter and angry isn't going to get you anyplace. ... Holding grudges is just not healthy." More>>

Audit finds firm mishandled thousands of NY tax returns

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A New York state contractor hired to handle paper tax returns cost the state millions in overtime and made mistakes in nearly one quarter of the returns it processed last year. The criticisms are outlined in an audit released Wednesday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The audit estimates that the contractor introduced errors into 22 percent of the 2 million returns it handled. The contractor was also late in processing 90 percent of the returns.
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