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JKF airport halts flights after plane skids into snowbank

A plane skidded into a snowbank on Sunday in freezing conditions at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, which temporarily ceased operations because of the icy conditions, officials said. The airport was closed at 8:32 am (1332 GMT) after a Delta Airlines jet from Toronto slid into snow on a…

New York may loosen medical marijuana laws

New York is planning to loosen its marijuana laws to allow limited use of the drug by people suffering serious illness, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing state officials. The newspaper reported on its website that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo — a long-time opponent of legalizing medical marijuana —…

Mayor Bloomberg took a bit of New York’s soul

The billionaire mayor is a series of pluses and minuses that never quite add up. Let’s hope some of the city’s funky grit returns now It’s the eve of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s exodus from New York City’s top office after three terms, and I have such mixed feelings about him.…

New York judge rules mass NSA phone metadata surveillance is lawful

A US district judge in New York ruled on Friday that controversial telephone surveillance by the National Security Agency was lawful and a vital component of the war on Al-Qaeda. The ruling (PDF) from Judge William Pauley of the southern district court in New York came 10 days after a…

New NYC police commissioner Bill Bratton thinks good community relations will make stop-and-frisk work

If Bill Bratton’s record in Los Angeles is any guide, New York will see little dramatic reduction in the police tactic of stop-and-frisk but improved targeting and community relations will soothe resentment. New York’s newly named police commissioner presided over a surge of stop-and-frisk while running the LA police department…

Picasso’s grandson offering a chance to win $1 million painting for $135

Still stumped for a Christmas present? Then what about an exquisite $1 million Picasso for the living room, yours for just $135 at an online charity raffle. The perfectly preserved Cubist gouache was bought by an anonymous donor from a New York gallery and given to a charity working to…

Two men shot at New York’s Bryant Park ice rink

Two men were shot Saturday night at about 11 pm in Bryant Park, a popular destination in midtown Manhattan that features an ice rink. Video footage shows a victim being lifted into an ambulance while still wearing skates. One victim was injured in the leg, the other in the torso.…

Banksy busted by NYPD: ‘Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity’

British street art superstar Banksy said police on Wednesday prevented him from creating a new piece of art in New York as promised on each day of the month. “Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity,” he wrote in a blank window on his website www.banksyny.com under the…

New York enacts tighter work regulations for underage models

New York has passed into law tough new rules governing how underage models can work, hailed by campaigners Tuesday as a step towards ending rampant exploitation. The legislation, signed by New York state governor Andrew Cuomo late Monday, will now give models under the age of 18 the same protection…

New York prepares the greatest of pumpkins for Halloween record

New York is smashing records as it turns the world’s largest pumpkin into the centerpiece of a haunted garden sculpted entirely out of the fruit for Halloween. The record-breaker, which weighs an astonishing 2,032 pounds (922 kilograms) and was grown in California, goes on display Saturday at The New York…

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