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New York City bike share tech woes enrage normally even-keeled New York bikers

Since the Big Apple launched its bike share program late last month, New Yorkers have already pedalled a total of 475,970 miles (766,000 kilometers) — essentially, to the Moon and back. But not all New Yorkers are over the moon about the program — even the most pro-bike residents have…

Swedish royal couple is stunningly unpopular

In their plush Manhattan apartment, Sweden’s Princess Madeleine and her future husband, Anglo-American Christopher O’Neill, live a life far away from the Swedish throne. The youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf, the Duchess of Haelsingland and Gaestrikland, is unlikely to ever become the nation’s head of state, being fourth…

New York could become first major city to raise smoking age

New York wants to become the first major US city to raise the age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. The city council is to vote on the proposal May 2. Backing it is its speaker, Christinne Quinn, who is running for mayor. All it needs for passage is…

Protesters on 16-year-old boy’s death: ‘NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?’

A protest march in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday night turned into a confrontation between police and demonstrators amid reports of bottles being thrown at officers out of anger over the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy at the hands of New York Police detectives. According to Global Grind, police…

‘Cannibal cop’ trial begins in New York

Opening statements were scheduled Monday in the sensational trial of a New York policeman accused of plotting to kidnap and eat women. Prosecutors were to tell a jury that Gilberto Valle, a promising New York Police Department officer, conspired to kidnap women and illegally accessed the police database for detailed…

Anti-fracking activists sue N.Y. town for banning them from council meetings

Opponents of natural gas fracturing in Sanford, New York filed a lawsuit Monday against the town council, alleging that officials silenced them in violation of their First Amendment rights. The city, like many across the state, has become a hotbed of anti-fracking activism as Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) debates whether…

New York law would identify buildings with smokers

NEW YORK — New York apartment buildings that permit smoking would be identified under a new law proposed Wednesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Landlords of buildings with three or more units would have to inform prospective tenants and purchasers whether smoking was allowed in apartments and on balconies, as well…

Trial opens for alleged New York bomb plotter

NEW YORK — The high-profile trial began Monday of a man accused of being part of a New York trio that was only “days” from bombing the city’s crowded subway to take revenge for the US war in Afghanistan. The trial in Brooklyn features quintessential New York immigrant Muslims who…

‘Occupy’ marchers protest against New York police

Several hundred Occupy Wall Street activists marched through Manhattan on Saturday to protest against what they say is police repression as they try to revive their movement. Several demonstrators were arrested along the route of the march in scuffles with New York police, who deployed in large numbers to keep activists on sidewalks. “There were a few arrests,…

New York revels in the return of Mad Men

After 17 months, the gripping TV drama is back – and New York is celebrating with themed parties and special viewings Jace Lacob is one of a rare breed of people in the US. He is the television critic at the Daily Beast and therefore has already seen the two-hour…

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