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Fire blows out of a window in the Chinatown section of New York, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. New York City firefighters battled a raging blaze at a building in the city's Chinatown area Thursday night, Firefighters said they were called about 8:45 p.m. to 70 Mulberry Street for a fire on the fourth and fifth floors of the building, NYFD officials said. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

New York firefighters battle large blaze in Chinatown

Jan. 24, 2020 2:17 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City firefighters battled a raging blaze that broke out Thursday night at a building in Chinatown. Fire department officials said they were called at about 8:45 p.m. to 70 Mulberry Street in Manhattan for a fire that started on the fourth floor of the building and extended to the...

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New York City Council votes to ban cashless businesses

Jan. 23, 2020 5:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to require stores and restaurants to accept cash for payment, saying businesses that accept only credit and debit cards are discriminating against New Yorkers who lack bank accounts and credit cards. “This practice punishes the...

NYC subway chief Andy Byford resigns after 2 years

Jan. 23, 2020 4:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The man who earned the unlikely nickname “Train Daddy” as chief of New York City’s beleaguered transit agency announced Thursday that he was taking himself out of service, resigning after two years of trying to improve the Big Apple’s often frustrating subway and...

University at Albany becomes smoke, vape-free campus

Jan. 21, 2020 10:20 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The University at Albany is joining a number of college campuses across the country in becoming tobacco free Wednesday. The university announced it will begin prohibiting the use of any smoking and vaping products on campus starting Wednesday. University President Havidán...

Matthew Albence, right, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. The country's top immigration official blamed the

ICE ups ante in standoff with NYC: 'This is not a request'

Jan. 18, 2020 7:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities are turning to a new tactic in the escalating conflict over New York City's so-called sanctuary policies, issuing four “immigration subpoenas” to the city for information about inmates wanted for deportation. “This is not a request — it's a...

Matthew Albence, right, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. The country's top immigration official blamed the

ICE leader blames 'sanctuary' policies for NYC killing

Jan. 17, 2020 3:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The country's top immigration official blamed the “sanctuary policies” of New York City on Friday for the sexual assault and killing of a 92-year-old woman, while the mayor's office decried such rhetoric as “fear, hate and attempts to divide.” Matthew Albence,...

Woman's ex-boyfriend convicted in death of Zymere Perkins

Jan. 15, 2020 10:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan jury convicted a man Wednesday for the murder of his ex-girlfriend's 6-year-old son, Zymere Perkins, whose death ignited changes to the city's family service system. Rysheim Smith, 46, of Harlem, was convicted of murder, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in...

FILE - In this March 3, 2016, file photo, New York City police officers observe commuters using turnstiles at a Harlem subway station in New York. New York City's policing of subway fare beaters is drawing scrutiny from the state's attorney general for possible racial bias. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NYPD probed for possible racial bias in subway fare policing

Jan. 13, 2020 9:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's policing of subway fare beaters is drawing scrutiny from the state’s attorney general for possible racial bias. Letitia James announced Monday that her office is investigating the New York Police Department's fare-enforcement practices after the department released...

A subway train sits on flooded tracks at 66th Street, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New York. A water main break flooded streets on Manhattan's Upper West Side near Lincoln Center and hampered subway service during the Monday morning rush hour. The water spread for blocks and was several inches deep in places. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

'You need a boat.' Water main break floods NYC streets

Jan. 13, 2020 4:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A water main break flooded streets on Manhattan's Upper West Side near Lincoln Center and hampered subway service during the Monday morning rush hour. The Fire Department of New York responded to the flooding around 5 a.m. near Broadway and West 62nd Street. More than 500,000 gallons of...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, the incoming New York City Police Commissioner, attends a news conference at New York's City Hall. Shea is drawing on his early days as a patrolman as he pushes the nation’s largest police department to cultivate deeper bonds with the communities it serves. Shea says that will be key to building trust and cutting crime. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NYPD’s new leader: Helping people is at heart of police work

Jan. 12, 2020 8:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On the Bronx streets where New York City’s new police commissioner started as a patrolman in the crime-ravaged early 1990s, gunfire and burned-out buildings were everywhere. Sometimes the police radio would crackle with a different kind of call, not for a shooting or stabbing but...