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The Index Card Read, 'the Small Ones Will Know Terror'

Alleged bomb-making twins arrested in the Bronx

(Newser) - A former teacher and his twin face federal bomb-making charges after more than 32 pounds of explosives were found in their Bronx apartment, alongside documents suggesting they planned to kill. Christian and Tyler Toro, 27, were arrested in a Thursday raid in which police say they also found a diary... More »

Inside NYC's Billions-Dollar Salvo Against Oil

Says it'll divest $5B from its pension funds, and wants billions more from 5 key players

(Newser) - New York City is putting its money where its mouth is in a fight against "greed"-driven fossil fuel companies. In a move that the New York Times describes as designed to give Mayor Bill de Blasio chops as a climate-change leader (and one made in front of a... More »

NYC Fights 'Disgusting' Acts With $50M Plan

Security bollards are designed to prevent ramming attacks

(Newser) - "When a vehicle plows into a group of innocent pedestrians, it's disgusting," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday, announcing a plan to install 1,500 new security bollards to protect pedestrians from vehicle ramming attacks like the one that killed eight people on Halloween... More »

Mayor: NYC Pipe Bomb Blast Was Attempted Terror Attack

Man in custody; he and 3 others were injured, but all are expected to survive

(Newser) - A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour. The man and three others were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in what... More »

NYC Chucks Out 640K Arrest Warrants

4 of 5 city DAs approved the move

(Newser) - In a single morning, New York City courts Wednesday threw out over 640,000 warrants for people who didn't show up in court or pay fines after being ticketed for minor offenses years ago. The move—requested by prosecutors and hailed by the mayor—marks a sweeping step in... More »

NYC Mayor Proposes 'Millionaires Tax' to Fix Subway

Bill de Blasio also wants the higher tax on city's wealthy to subsidize low-income riders

(Newser) - A little over a month after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the New York City subway, his longtime nemesis in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio, is proposing a new tax on wealthy New Yorkers to help fix the ailing system. On Monday, de... More »

Rikers Island Jail—'the Worst Place on Earth'—Will Close

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces plan to close US' largest jail

(Newser) - The days appear to be numbered for America's largest jail, once described as "the worst place on Earth," WPIX reports. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that Rikers Island jail will be closed. "It will take many years," CNN quotes de Blasio... More »

Conway: Ban Is 'a Small Price to Pay'

Trump's order sees some pushback from Republicans

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway says that a federal judge's emergency order late Saturday temporarily barring the US from deporting people from nations subject to President Trump's travel ban "really doesn't affect the executive order at all." Conway says Trump's order is about "preventing, not detaining"... More »

NYC: We Got Same School Threat, It Was a Hoax

NYPD dismisses it as not-credible, kids go to school

(Newser) - New York City officials say they received the same threat as the one that led to the closure of the Los Angeles school system , but unlike the LAUSD, they quickly concluded that it was a hoax. "Our schools are safe," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday morning, per... More »

ISIS Threatens NYC in New Video

The city isn't intimidated, mayor says

(Newser) - It will take more than an ISIS video to intimidate New York City, a defiant Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday night after the group released a propaganda video mentioning the Paris attacks and threatening that New York City could be next. "The people of New York City will... More »

Health Program for Sept. 11 Responders Expires

72K beneficiaries may stop receiving federal health care by next September

(Newser) - A law that provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders expired at midnight Wednesday due to the failure of Congress to act. For now, first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center after the 2001 terrorist attacks, worked for weeks, and now suffer from illnesses like... More »

Governor's Staffer Shot in Pre-Parade Violence in NYC

Carey Gabay, lawyer on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's staff, shot in head this morning

(Newser) - It's a festival celebrating Caribbean culture that New York City residents look forward to all year, but the early hours before today's West Indian Day Parade were rocked by violence during pre-celebrations—and a staffer for Gov. Andrew Cuomo was one of the victims. Cuomo says Carey Gabay,... More »

NYC Pushing for High-Salt Warnings in Chain Eateries

Would be first US city to make restaurants dish on what meals are high sodium

(Newser) - Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg first took on Big Salt by setting up the National Salt Reduction Initiative , which encourages restaurants and food manufacturers to voluntarily reduce the sodium found in their fare. Now current Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is getting into the act: The city's Department... More »

NYC to Stop Dumping Its Garbage in Other States

Mayor de Blasio plan to slash waste 90%, stop most trash exports

(Newser) - The nation's biggest city is marking Earth Day by announcing an ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by 90% by 2030. The plan, set to be unveiled today by Mayor Bill de Blasio, includes an overhaul of the city's recycling program, incentives to reduce waste, and tacit... More »

NYC Cops Have Stopped Giving Out Parking Tickets

Down 93% over week ending Sunday compared to same period year prior

(Newser) - It's been a good week to be a lazy car-parker in New York City. The police precinct that patrols Coney Island didn't hand out a single parking or traffic ticket in the week ending Sunday; in fact, those tickets were down 93% and 92% citywide, respectively, over the... More »

At 2nd Cop's Funeral, Sea of Blue Again Turns Its Back

Thousands disobey commissioner's call to refrain from de Blasio protest

(Newser) - Even as Bill de Blasio today eulogized fallen officer Wenjian Liu as "brave" and "kind," and urged his fellow members of the NYPD to "move forward by strengthening the bonds that unite us and let us work together to attain peace," his words again fell... More »

NYPD Chief to Cops: Don't Shun Mayor Tomorrow

De Blasio to speak at funeral of slain officer

(Newser) - The chief of the NYPD has issued an unusual request to members of the force: He doesn't want them to turn their backs on Bill de Blasio tomorrow when the mayor speaks at an officer's funeral. Chief William Bratton hopes to avoid a repeat of what happened when... More »

NYPD an 'Embarrassment' to the City

Gawker, New York Times criticize union tactics

(Newser) - New York City cops have literally turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio and jeered him in public, and, as the New York Post reports, they now seem to be engaging in a "virtual work stoppage" in terms of arrests. Some critics, however, say it's the NYPD that'... More »

NYPD Chief: Cops Who Turned Backs 'Inappropriate'

But, says Bratton, cops 'feel under attack'

(Newser) - NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is no fan of the rank-and-file who again turned their back on Mayor Bill de Blasio at yesterday's funeral for Rafael Ramos. "I certainly don’t support that action yesterday," he said today on Face the Nation, as per the Hill . "I... More »

Police Turn Backs on NYC Mayor at Slain Officer's Funeral

Thousands turn out to honor Rafael Ramos

(Newser) - Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church and spilled onto streets today to honor Officer Rafael Ramos as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero, though an air of unrest surrounding his ambush shooting was not completely pushed aside. Although mourners inside the New York... More »

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