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  • Lawmakers seal deal on $1T plan government-wide funding bill

    WASHINGTON— Top Capitol Hill negotiators reached a hard-won agreement on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, aides said Sunday night. Details of the agreement were expected to be made public Sunday night, said aides to lawmakers involved in weeks of negotiations. The House and Senate had until midnight Friday to pass a measure to avert a government shutdown. The catchall spending bill would be the first major […]

  • Mayor announces plan for free preschool for NYC 3-year-olds

    NEW YORK— Free preschool for 4-year-olds was a signature issue that helped New York City’s mayor win office in 2013. Now up for re-election, Bill de Blasio wants to add thousands of classroom seats for 3-year-olds, too. His initiative, which could eventually enroll up to 62,000 kids, would be among the largest public investments in preschool in the United States for children that young. A few states, including Florida and Oklahoma, have universal, publicly funded pre-K for 4-year-olds, but such […]

  • Cashless tolling starts Monday at Rockaway bridges

    NEW YORK  — For drivers on two Rockaway bridges, your cash isn’t any good here. Starting early Monday, the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge in Queens will no longer accept cash or metal tokens at toll booths. Instead, cashless tolling will be in place, through sensors suspended over the highway. The sensors will read either E-ZPass tags or take images of license plates. Drivers who have E-ZPass tags will be automatically charged; the license […]

  • NY lawmakers hatch plan to release Trump’s state taxes

    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Democrats have hatched a plan to get a look at Donald Trump’s tax records by crafting a piece of legislation designed to get at his state returns that does everything but mention the Republican president by name. The bill introduced this month in New York’s Senate and Assembly would require the state to release five years of state tax information for any president or vice president who files a New York state return. While Trump’s […]

  • Hacker releases stolen copies of Netflix series ‘Orange Is The New Black’

    SAN FRANCISCO  — A hacker claims to have followed through on a threat to release several episodes from the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is The New Black.” The hacker, who goes by the name The Dark Overlord, announced the move on Twitter early Saturday. The post included a link to an illegal file-sharing service where purportedly 10 episodes from the series’ upcoming fifth season were available for download. The Associated Press could not legally confirm the authenticity […]

  • Trump to spend Day 100 in office talking tough on trade

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is marking his 100th day in office by talking tough on trade. The White House says the president will sign an executive order Saturday that will direct his Commerce Department and the U.S. trade representative to perform a comprehensive study of the nation’s trade agreements. The aim is to determine whether America is being treated fairly by its trading partners and the 164-nation World Trade Organization. The venue for the signing of the executive order […]

  • Trump says he’s avoided NYC because it’s expensive for US

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he hasn’t returned to his New York City home because “going back is very expensive for the country.” Trump tells Fox News in an interview Friday that he feels “guilty” when he returns to Trump Tower because authorities close surrounding streets and “I hate to see the New Yorkers with streets closed.” He says he goes to his clubs instead because they have “hundreds of acres” and streets stay open. But Trump says he’s […]

  • Jails commissioner spent quarter of 2016 outside of NYC: report

    NEW YORK — New York City’s Department of Investigation says the correction commissioner spent 90 days outside the city last year, even amid violence problems at the Rikers Island jail complex. Investigators also found that Commissioner Joseph Ponte took his city-owned vehicle to Maine in violation of guidelines. The report says many Correction Department employees routinely misused their agency vehicles. The mayor’s office says Ponte has presided over “sweeping reforms” and it’s not focusing on how often Pont has visited […]

  • Man beats wife to death with pipe wrench for being pregnant with another man’s baby: police

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Police say a 48-year-old Florida man used a pipe wrench to beat his pregnant wife to death in front of their four children after an argument over whether the baby was his. The SunSentinel reports Claude Sejour called 911 and waited for police outside his Hollywood home Wednesday night. “I did it, I finished her and called police and went outside. … I’m not crazy,” Sejour told cops, according to the police report obtained by the newspaper. […]

  • Deadly MS-13 gang violence on LI prompts visit from AG Jeff Sessions

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — Late at night, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what’s going on. “You just think, ‘Oh, God, whose child is it now?'” said Stephanie Spezia, a longtime resident of this suburb in the heart of Long Island that’s caught in the grip of a violent street gang with Central American ties, MS-13. MS-13 has been blamed for a trail of 11 corpses of mostly young people discovered in […]