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Director Peter Sellars and Rocker Chuck Berry Share Polar Music Prize

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The prize committee said Sellars has showed that classical music is not about dusty sheet music, but "a way of reflecting and depicting the world."

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Subway Service Returns After Friday Derailment

Monday, May 05, 2014

The MTA says normal service was resuming on the E, F, M and R lines for the morning rush hour following last week's derailment.

The agency says all of the subway cars that derailed in a Queens tunnel on Friday were removed from the tracks over the weekend. The ...


The Tony Nominations Are In, and Some Big Names Are Out

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"A Gentleman's Guide to Murder" nabbed 10 nominations, and "Hedwig" earned eight. Not so lucky? Denzel Washington, James Franco, Michelle Williams and a bunch of other Hollywood stars.


Grimm Vows to Fight Federal Charges 'Tooth and Nail'

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Staten Island Republican allegedly engaged in a scheme to underreport wages for workers at a restaurant he operated, including some who were in the country illegally. He is also a...

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Osmo Vänskä Returns as Minnesota Orchestra Music Head

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Conductor Osmo Vanska is returning after having resigned in October during a lockout of musicians that lasted 16 months.

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Former New York Secretary of State Basil Paterson Dies

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Basil Paterson, a longtime New York political powerhouse and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 87.

The Democrat served as a state senator, deputy New York City mayor, and New York's first black secretary of state. He was part of the ...


State Health Commissioner Stepping Down

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New York Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah will step down in June to take an executive position with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in California, the health department said late Wednesday.

Department spokesman Bill Schwarz said the move has been in the works for weeks. Dr. Howard Zucker, who is currently ...


David Letterman to Retire from 'Late Show'

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The late night funnyman made the announcement during a taping on Thursday.


Son-In-Law of Osama Bin Laden Convicted

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, has been convicted of conspiring to kill Americans by serving as al-Qaida's spokesperson after the September 11th attacks.

The verdict was returned Wednesday in federal court in lower Manhattan. The Kuwaiti clergyman could face life in prison.

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Defiant North Korea Fires Two Medium-Range Missiles

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

North Korea on Wednesday test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles, South Korea said, a defiant challenge to a meeting by the leaders of rivals South Korea, Japan and the United States that focused on the North's security threat.

The launch of what are believed to be Rodong missiles would be a ...


Some Will Get Extra Time To Enroll In Health Insurance

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

"We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in ...


Report: Obama Plans To End NSA Sweeps Of Phone Calls

Monday, March 24, 2014

The National Security Agency may be getting out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on people's phone calls.

The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call records as ...


Revolutionary Opera Director Gerard Mortier Dies

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Gerard Mortier, a Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who became a fiercely avant-garde impresario, has died.

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Missing Malaysian Airliner May Have Turned Back

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Military radar indicates that the missing Boeing 777 jet may have turned back, Malaysia's air force chief said Sunday as scores of ships and aircraft from across Asia resumed a hunt for the plane and its 239 passengers.

There was still no confirmed sighting of debris in the seas between ...


Senate Blocks Change to Military Sex Assault Cases

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Senate blocked a bill that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute or prevent charges for alleged rapes and other serious offenses, capping ...

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Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to ...


One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the ...


Christie's to Auction Van Cliburn Estate Items

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hundreds of items from the estate of the celebrated pianist Van Cliburn are scheduled to go up for auction next month. An 1869 Bechstein anyone?

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Fed Judge Throws Out NYPD Spying Lawsuit

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The NYPD's intelligence unit didn't discriminate against Muslims with far-reaching surveillance at Newark mosques and other locations in New Jersey, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

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Two Americans Reach The Podium In Men's Super-G

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kjetil Jansrud gave Norway a record-equalling fourth straight win in the men's super-G at the Sochi Games on Sunday, while a tearful Bode Miller shared bronze to become the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing medallist at 36.

Andrew Weibrecht, starting 29th with all the favorites gone, used a pair of U.S. ...