Queens man charged in shooting of girlfriend

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A Queens man has been charged with shooting his 22-year-old girlfriend in the head, according to the borough's District Attorney.

The alleged shooter, 30-year-old Steven Diaz, initially told authorities that he and the woman, Amanda Rivera, had been the victims of a home invasion carried out by three masked robbers.

Diaz allegedly shot Rivera between 4:30 and 6:30 a.m. on Sunday with...

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New York football fans come out in support for Michael Sam

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 9: Michael Sam #52

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New York's gay football fans are overjoyed to finally have an "openly proud gay man," as the Division I defensive lineman Michael Sam announced himself to be, possibly heading to the NFL.

"It's pretty phenomenal," said Rory Ray, commissioner of the New York Gay Flag Football League, which has about 300 members. Such an announcement coming from a top-ranked athlete demolishes yet another stereotype,...

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Mike Bloomberg No. 4 on top philantropists list

The former mayor donated a whopping $452 million.

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Looks like Michael Bloomberg's post-City Hall career is off to a good start: the former mayor rang in at No. 4 in a list of the country's 50 most generous philanthropists, published today by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Bloomberg donated a whopping $452 million to causes including the arts, education, the environment and public health, as well as organizations dedicated to improving city...

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Column: How Amazon Prime is driving up shipping costs



In a typical December, United Parcel Service and FedEx see their volumes peak mid-month as folks wrap up their Christmas buying. Last year, however, the packages just kept coming.

"More consumers shopped last-minute," said an analyst from NPD Group, as events unfolded. "E-commerce shipments far exceeded peak projections," noted UPS during its quarterly earnings call. "Last-minute promotions...

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Career 180: Taking his 'Crunch' across the U.S.



What does someone do when they are an accomplished attorney and want more out of life? For Marc Santa Maria, the answer was to career 180 into teaching fitness. As of Jan. 1, 2013, Santa Maria has been the National Fitness Director of Group Fitness for Crunch Gyms. He left law after three years in 1998 to pursue his new career. His award-winning, unique teaching style has brought him throughout...

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Icahn gives up Apple buyback plan after ISS urges 'no' vote

Carl Icahn, billionaire investor and chairman of Icahn

(Credit: Carl Icahn on March 27, 2012 in New York. (Scott Eells/Bloomberg))

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has backed off from his proposal that Apple Inc increase its stock buybacks, citing the company's recent repurchases as well as an influential proxy adviser's call against his proposal.

In a letter to Apple shareholders on Monday, Icahn wrote he was ditching his efforts to force Apple to add another $50 billion to its stock buyback plan, "especially...

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Top dogs to compete in Westminster show starting Monday

Philo is a 5-year-old Samoyed owned by Andrew

(Credit: Philo, a 5-year-old Samoyed, competing in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Merrilee D'Antonio))

Three newly admitted breeds will be among 3,000 dogs strutting their stuff in New York City at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday in the popular event's largest gathering since 1990.

This year's dogs come from all 50 states, organizers said, with the majority from New York and California. There are at least 127 foreign entries, including dogs from Finland,...

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City businesses taking major hit during cold snap

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(Credit: The city's sightseeing buses are seeing fewer visitors due to the cold. (Anthony Lanzilote))

Frigid temperatures, snowstorm after snowstorm and harsh travel conditions are keeping New Yorkers and tourists away from many of the city's top attractions and hot spots.

From museums and parks to restaurants and entertainment locales, some Big Apple venues' owners and operators say they've seen fewer visitors lately.

One of the spots that's experienced a dip in attendance compared...

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De Blasio budget to put numbers behind promises

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Mayor Bill de Blasio will translate his campaign pledge to battle income inequality into hard numbers this week when he unveils his opening proposals on the city’s $70 billion budget.

Taken together, de Blasio’s State of the City speech Monday and the budget draft for 2014-15 he releases Wednesday are the opening steps of a bargaining process that runs through June, with the mayor’s office,...

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Schumer calls for ban on fast food bread chemical

Charles Schumer

(Credit: Sen. Charles Schumer wants restaurants to ban a harmful chemical in their bread. (Charles Eckert))

Sen. Charles Schumer Sundaycalled on the FDA to ban a chemical that's added into the bread at most fast-food chains.

"In a day where cancer rates are rising ... you have to be careful," he said outside a McDonald's yesterday on the West Side.

Many restaurants, grocery stores and fast-food chains, like McDonald's, use azodicarbonamide to condition dough and make the bread last longer,...

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