Port Authority Tentatively Agrees to $47.5 Million 9/11 Settlement

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Port Authority, the owner of the World Trade Center property, has tentatively agreed to pay $47.5 million to settle lawsuits by more than 9,000 people exposed to toxic dust during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

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Parts of New York City Earn Federal Disaster Declaration After September Storms

Thursday, October 14, 2010

President Barack Obama has formally declared parts of New York City a disaster area because of the tornados and severe storms that ripped through Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island last month.

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Chileans in New York Rejoice as Rescue of Miners Continues

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

As the world watches the unfolding rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile, Chileans in the New York metro area are paying special attention.

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Federal Gov't Lifts Ban on Deepwater Drilling

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The federal government has lifted a ban on deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, more than a month before it was set to expire. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar made the decision on Tuesday. As The Associated Press reports, critics of the ban, including oil companies, had argued that a six-month moratorium would harm their business.

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Judge Rules Against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gay rights groups are celebrating a California judge's ruling against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. As The Associated Press Reports, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, who has already ruled the ban unconstitutional, has now issued a worldwide injunction against enforcing it.

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Additional Suspects Charged in Brutal Bronx Assaults

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Two additional suspects were charged Tuesday in several brutal attacks that authorities believe were touched off because gang members thought one of their recruits was gay.

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Mid-East Peace Talks Hit Another Roadblock

Monday, October 11, 2010

The BBC reports that Palestinian leaders have rejected a Israeli offer to extend a moratorium on building on the West Bank -- in exchange for Palestinians' formal recognition of Israeli as a Jewish state.

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Gov't. Cuts Led to Job Losses in September

Friday, October 08, 2010

The U.S. economy continues to lose jobs as the government reports Friday morning that 95,000 positions were cut from the nation’s payrolls.

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Nobel Peace Price Awarded to Liu Xiaobo

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, citing his work as an advocate for human rights, including his participation in the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square, and authoring a human rights manifesto that lead to his imprisonment in 2008.

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Christie May Reconsider Arc Tunnel Project

Friday, October 08, 2010

A day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called a permanent halt to construction of a new commuter train tunnel, and now he may reconsider.

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Hevesi Snagged in Pay-to-Play Scheme

Friday, October 08, 2010

In exchange for almost $1 million in campaign cash and other gifts, former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi admitted Thursday that he handed access to $250 million in state retiree funds to a California-based private equity firm.

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Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who unsuccessfully ran for president of his country in 1990, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Hungary Tries to Stop Flow of Toxic Waste

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Associated Press reports that toxic waste that spilled from a reservoir at a Hungarian refining plant about 100 miles southwest of Budapest on Monday has made its way to the Danube River, and authorities are carefully testing water samples to determine whether the waste could be carried to other countries.

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Judge Bars Key Prosecution Witness from Testifying at Ghailani Trial

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The first civilian trial for a Guantanamo Bay detainee was delayed Wednesday after a Manhattan federal judge barred prosecutors from calling one of their most important witnesses.

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Signed Copy of Emancipation Proclamation to be Auctioned at Sotheby's

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln and owned by Robert Kennedy will be auctioned in New York. The copy Kennedy purchased is one of 48 signed by Lincoln and sold to raise money for the medical care of union veterans.

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Failed Times Square Bomber Sentenced to Life In Prison

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Pakistani immigrant who tried to kill Americans by driving a homemade car bomb into Times Square in May and leaving it to explode has been sentenced to life in prison. The judge gave Faisal Shahzad a mandatory life prison term at his sentencing Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.

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Director of Queens Theatre in the Park Announces Resignation

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

After 21 years with Queens Theatre in the Park, founding Executive Director Jeffrey Rosenstock has announced he'll be stepping down. Rosenstock leaves the performing arts venue at the end of June, after the company's 2011 season.

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Developer of In Vitro Fertilization Awarded Nobel Prize

Monday, October 04, 2010

Robert G. Edwards, a professor emeritus at the University of Cambridge, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for his work developing in vitro fertilization.

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Emanuel Resigns, Rouse Takes Over

Friday, October 01, 2010

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has officially resigned from his post, and President Barack Obama has appointed White House senior advisor Pete Rouse to take over as interim chief of staff.

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Senate Approves Bill to Regulate Volume on TV Commercials

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that would require companies to regulate the volume on their television commercials.

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