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Rangel declares victory in NY Dem primary, but NYT says race too close to call

Congressman Charles Rangel of New York declared victory in his Democratic primary election on Tuesday, after facing one of the most serious challenges of a four-decade career as he tried to win a 23rd term in Congress in November. Rangel’s Democratic challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, has not conceded defeat,…

British one-cent stamp from the 19th century sells for record $9.5 million in New York

Stamp sells for record $9.5 million in New York (via AFP) An incredibly rare 19th century postage stamp, a tiny one-cent magenta from British colonial Guyana, sold for $9.5 million in New York on Tuesday, setting a new world record. Bidding began at $4.5 million and it took just two…

‘HiddenCash’ scavenger hunts spread to New York City and Houston

@HiddenCash rolls out $2,000 treasure hunt to New York (via AFP) The frenzied scavenger hunt for large sums of cash hidden in public hit New York on Saturday, with $2,000 in envelopes stashed across Central Park and Brooklyn. The brainchild of a group of wealthy friends in California, it is…

Federal court will review more than 70 lawsuits involving faulty General Motors ignitions

GM faulty ignition lawsuits to be heard in New York (via AFP) Dozens of lawsuits against General Motors over its faulty ignitions are to be consolidated and reviewed by a New York federal district court, a panel of judges decided Monday. The lawsuits, more than 74 so far, involve economic…

Alexander Imich — world’s oldest man — dies in New York at age of 111

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world’s oldest man has died in New York at age 111, according to the senior citizen residence where he lived. Alexander Imich, who was born in Poland in 1903 and survived a Soviet Gulag labor camp, died on Sunday, said Marcy Levitt, executive director of…

NYC Mayor de Blasio suggests Brooklyn as site for 2016 Democratic convention

By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio, wants Democrats to stage their 2016 national convention in the borough of Brooklyn, saying in a formal invitation that the city’s progressive energy would help galvanize the party before the presidential election. In a letter made…

‘Canners’ live off debris of New York

Loaded down with huge plastic bags in decrepit shopping carts, they criss-cross New York night and day, scavenging trash bins for cans and bottles. This invisible army is made up of young and old, men and women, jobless people, the homeless, immigrants……

New York Atty. General Schneiderman pushing for banks to take over ‘zombie houses’

By Michelle Conlin NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched a statewide effort to combat so-called zombie properties by encouraging the state legislature to pass the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act he proposed earlier this year. Schneiderman announced that the city councils of Albany, Poughkeepsie,…

New York increases minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21

New York raised the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 on Sunday, in its latest initiative to encourage healthier behavior among residents. The law, signed November 19 shortly before former mayor Michael Bloomberg finished his second term, had a six-month waiting period before it came into effect — but…

Rabbi charged with stealing $12.4 million from disabled pre-schoolers in New York

By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York rabbi and three others were indicted for stealing over $12.4 million in public aid for disabled pre-schoolers and using it to spruce up their homes, get catering discounts and fund a relative’s cosmetics business, authorities said on Tuesday. The four…

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