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At notorious jail, guards feel heat for teen's near suicide

Dec. 4, 2019 8:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Four correctional officers at New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail have been suspended without pay after they allegedly stood by and failed to stop a teenage inmate from hanging himself on Thanksgiving, leaving him hospitalized in intensive care. Nicholas Feliciano, 18, remained...

New NYPD commissioner: Keep crime low, perceptions high

Dec. 2, 2019 5:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s newly sworn-in police commissioner has told the force he wants to change a media-driven misperception that officers and the communities they patrol have a bad relationship. Dermot Shea took the oath from Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday at a police headquarters...

Sewer blockage pushes waste into 300 New York City homes

Dec. 1, 2019 12:50 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A blocked sewer main flooded basements Saturday with brown filth and left residents in the neighborhood near New York City’s Kennedy Airport feeling sickened by the stench. A water condition caused the backup, pushing human waste into about 300 homes in Jamaica, Queens, officials...

New York City’s new police commissioner starts Sunday

Nov. 30, 2019 7:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a changing of the guard at the top of the nation’s largest police department. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea succeeds James O’Neill on Sunday as commissioner of the New York Police Department. The 62-year-old O’Neill is retiring after 36 years with the...

After wind scare, balloons fly in Macy’s Thanksgiving parade

Nov. 28, 2019 3:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The beloved balloons flew, but lower than usual, in a windy Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after an anxious weather watch. Wind had threatened to ground the giant inflated characters. But officials announced less than an hour before Thursday’s start time that the balloons...

Bloomberg as mayor: A New York that sparkled, and chafed

Nov. 26, 2019 7:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — He was the billionaire businessman and untested politician who took charge of a scarred city and steered it into a new era, shaping a New York that projected glittering prosperity, governmental innovation and cosmopolitan confidence. Michael Bloomberg will be highlighting, and answering...

New York City lawmakers vote to ban flavored vaping products

Nov. 26, 2019 5:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban flavored electronic cigarettes after a lawsuit halted a statewide ban. “We are acting to protect our kids by banning the e-cigarette flavors that have been hooking them for years,” Democratic City Council member Mark Levine said...

The Latest: NYC lawmakers ban flavored vaping products

Nov. 26, 2019 5:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a New York City measure to ban flavored vaping products (all times local): 3 p.m. New York City lawmakers have voted to ban flavored electronic cigarettes. The City Council voted Tuesday to ban all e-cigarette and e-liquid flavors except tobacco. Backers of the ban said they...

Bloomberg apologizes for ‘stop-and-frisk’ police practice

Nov. 18, 2019 1:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg on Sunday apologized for his longstanding support of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” police strategy ahead of a potential Democratic presidential run, a practice that he embraced as New York’s mayor and continued to defend despite its...

NYC finalizing plans to move Wall Street Bull statue

Nov. 8, 2019 8:14 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City says it's finalizing plans to relocate Wall Street's famous "Charging Bull" statue. A spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio tells The Wall Street Journal that the bull will be placed in a new location somewhere near the New York Stock Exchange. Jane Meyer says the...