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Small Explosion in Times Square

Thursday, March 06, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - An explosive device caused minor damage to a landmark military recruiting station in Times Square before dawn Thursday, prompting a huge police response that disrupted transit at the "crossroads of the world."

No one was injured when the explosive went off about 3:45 a.m., police said. ...

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Photos of Sean Bell's Bloodstained Car Shown in Courtroom

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The court got its first unsettling glimpse inside of Sean Bell's car as it looked after the shooting.

The photos were taken after Bell and his friends were removed from the Nissan Altima. They show large blood stains all over the front passenger seat, as well as cell phones and a ...

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The Whitney Biennial Opens

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Whitney Biennial opens today. 81 artists were selected by a team of curators and advisors to represent the latest trends in American contemporary art. It's being held at the Whitney Museum and, for 3 weeks, at the Park Avenue Armory, where performances and installations are also open to the ...

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New Help for Victims of Domestic Abuse

Thursday, March 06, 2008

REPORTER: Victims of domestic abuse can go to criminal or family court to get restraining orders.

Family court is an easier option for many people, but it's not an option for gay couples or unmarried straight couples living together.

Now, a proposed city law would open up a different civil court for ...

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New Yorkers More Likely to go Green

Thursday, March 06, 2008

A new survey shows New Yorkers may be more inclined to go green than the rest of the country, with 78 percent believing global warming will have a direct effect on their lives, compared to 72 percent nationwide.

Anthony Leiserowitz, head of Yale's project on climate change, which co-authored the study ...

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Witnesses Complicate Prosecution of Bell Trial

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Exotic dancers, bartenders, police officers, alleged drug dealers - those are just some of the people who've testified at the trial of 3 police officers charged in the killing of Sean Bell at a Queens night club in November 2006.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal is covering the trial and joins us now ...

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Grandmother Testifies in Nixzmary Brown Trial

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Maria Gonzalez did not testify voluntarily.

The defense subpoenaed her in hopes that she would back up claims that Nixmary's mother was mentally unstable, but she repeatedly answered "no" when asked if her daughter sought psychiatric help or was taking psychiatric drugs.

The defense was quick to point out that she acknowledged ...

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Moments Leading up to Times Square Bomb Caught on Tape

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Caught on tape -- a person getting off a bike around 3:40 this morning and heading toward the military recruiting station in Times Square, moments before a small bomb was detonated there.

REPORTER: Police released footage from a private security camera that showed the person cycling away, and the flash and ...

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NYPD Busts Identity Theft Ring in Queens

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The NYPD has charged more than three dozen people with running and operating an ID theft ring in Queens - but officials say the operation stretched as far as Asia.

The suspects allegedly used stolen credit card numbers from a supplier in China to manufacture forged credit and identification cards. The ...

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Community Groups Praise City Decision to Nix Waterfront Jail Plan

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

South Bronx community groups that opposed a $375 million jail on waterfront land in Hunts Point are praising the city's decision not to put the facility there.

REPORTER: Maria Torres, president of The Point, one of several non-profits that fought the plan, says she believes their efforts paid off. Community residents ...

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Officer Provides Insights into Bell's Death

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The prosecution in the trial of the 3 New York City detectives charged in the death of Sean Bell continues to make its case. But as WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports, recent testimony seems to be serving the defense as well.

Detective Hispolito Sanchez was an undercover on the night of Bell's ...

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No Cause Yet in Building Collapse

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Prior to the collapse, the Department of Buildings inspected the complex 5 times in the past year and issued 5 violations to the owner for failing to maintain the exterior wall of the building.

John Ryan works at East Side Floors on the same block and says he called the city ...

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New Anti-Panhandling Ads Revealed

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

REPORTER: With a new subway ad campaign, the Bloomberg administration is discouraging New Yorkers from giving money to panhandlers.

Mayor Bloomberg says it's hard to resist the urge to give.

BLOOMBERG: You just have to be able to look the person in the eye or turn away, but the issue is not ...

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Demoliton on East Harlem Building Begins

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Demolition on the east Harlem building that collapsed yesterday has begun - and is expected to last a few days. But it will be halted during rush hours tonight to ensure safety.

REPORTER: Forensic engineers with the Department of Buildings are investigating the cause of the collapse but Commissioner Patricia Lancaster ...

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Politicians Aim to Soothe Mortgage Crisis

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Last year, there were about 13,000 home foreclosures in New York City. Many of those defaults are considered fallout from the ongoing sub-prime mortgage crisis that's spread throughout the US.

Here in New York, local officials are at pains to show they're trying to help. Just this week, several new measures ...

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Big Wins for Clinton, McCain Gets Bush Endorsement

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Though some thought it'd be over by now, the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination continues.

Along with a tight victory in Texas, Hillary Clinton won Ohio and Rhode Island. Barack Obama handily took Vermont.

Meanwhile, John McCain now has enough delegates to be the Republican nominee and Mike Huckabee has ended ...

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No Jail for South Bronx

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The city has abandoned its plans to build a 2,040-bed jail at an industrial park in the South Bronx.

Corrections Commissioner Martin Horn says his agency would look for other suitable sites in the area. He says the agency will scale down the prison.

The city had proposed building a $375 million ...

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Clinton Campaign Says "No Comment" on Joint Ticket Remarks

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Hillary Clinton's campaign is refusing comment on her remarks that she'd consider a ticket with Barack Obama.

Clinton stoked talk of the joint ticket by saying on CBS's Early Show, "it may come to that." But, her chief strategist Mark Penn brushed off talk of a Clinton-Obama ticket saying quote "we ...

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Governor to Introduce Bill to Address Mortgage Crisis

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Governor Spitzer will soon introduce a sweeping bill to address the state's subprime mortgage crisis.

REPORTER: There are more than 3-thousand mortgage shops and brokers which have been the source of many bad loans... Banks Superintendent Richard Neiman says Spitzer's proposal would regulate them more aggressively.

NEIMAN: What this bill will do ...

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Albany Looks to Regulate Bariatric Surgery

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REPORTER: It would be the first time the state does “selective contracting” - driving all Medicaid expenditures for specific procedures to a handful of select institutions that bid for contracts.

State health officials say it would lower cost and improve quality, because the selected hospitals would perform more surgeries and become ...

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