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Mayor de Blasio unveils his $73.7 billion budget

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, standing

(Credit: De Blasio, left, with Dean Fuleihan at his budget address on Feb. 12, 2014. (Craig Ruttle/Pool))

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s strategy for resolving New York City’s 150-plus labor contracts was left opaque yesterday in his first budget proposal.

He presented a sobering fiscal outlook, saying the budget for fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1, is balanced only thanks to leftover resources from previous years. He projected a $1.1 billion deficit for fiscal year 2016.

“We enter this process...

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Jeter defined Yankee greatness over last 20 years

Derek Jeter

(Credit: Derek Jeter and Joe Torre won four World Series together. (AFP/Getty Images/John Mabanglo))

Plenty of greats have worn pinstripes, but only a few Yankees define an era. Derek Jeter is one such player, epitomizing one of the greatest periods in Yankees history as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle did before him.

For Bronx Bombers fans born in the '80s and '90s, Jeter is baseball. It's that simple.

At 12 seasons, he will have been the Yankees captain far longer than any...

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Fans mourn the departure of Derek Jeter, the heart and face of the Yankees

Derek Jeter waves to the fans after a

(Credit: Michael Heiman/Getty )

Heartbroken.

That was the state of fans stunned and saddened by the news that Yankees captain Derek Jeter's 20th season with the team would be his last.

"There's going to be a lot of heartbroken people," predicted executive assistant Liz Rutigliano, 61, a Seacaucus fan who counts herself among the bereft.

After closer Mariano Rivera's retirement last year, news of Jeter's departure...

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Chris Kattan busted for DUI in L.A.

Actor Chris Kattan attends Relativity Media's "Movie 43"

(Credit: Chris Kattan at the premiere of "Movie 43" on Jan. 23, 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty))

"Saturday Night Live" alum Chris Kattan was arrested early Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed into another car, according to a TMZ.com report.

Kattan, 43, was reportedly driving erratically on a Los Angeles freeway before allegedly crashing into an unoccupied vehicle.

A law enforcement video allegedly shows Kattan failing a field sobriety test when he...

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More New Yorkers side with Cuomo on Pre-K plan: Poll

De Blasio and Cuomo

(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo meet in Albany. (Philip Kamrass))

When it comes to funding universal pre-K in the Empire State, most New Yorkers are on team Cuomo.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found Empire State voters preferred the governor's plan to fund early education with state money over Mayor Bill de Blasio's initiative, which would raise taxes on those who make $500,000 or more a year, by a 47% to 37% margin.

More New Yorkers...

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City Living: Classic NY on the Upper West Side 90th-99th streets

NANCY BOROWICK

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Ensconced between Central Park and Riverside Park, the Upper West Side area between West 90th and West 99th streets is known for its stunning architecture, plethora of food options and acclaimed schools.

This section of the UWS is stocked with long-time neighborhood establishments sharing streets with newcomers, tree-lined Brownstone blocks, and schools such as the prestigious Trinity preparatory...

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Tom Hanks most-trusted celeb: Forbes

Tom Hanks at the 20th Annual Screen Actors

(Credit: Tom Hanks at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 18, 2014. (David Crotty/patrickmcmullan.com))

He's won two Oscars, five Emmys and four Golden Globes, but Tom Hanks can now add another accolade -- America's most trusted celebrity.

Forbes Wednesday published its 2014 list of the most trustworthy celebrities, ranking more than 6,600 stars by a weighted combination of trustworthiness and general appeal. Based on public opinion polling, Hanks topped the list with a trustworthiness score...

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MTA driver killed in crash with stolen truck in Greenwich Village

A truck collided with an MTA bus at

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An MTA bus driver was killed in Manhattan Wednesday after his bus collided with a stolen truck in Greenwich Village, according to transit and police officials.

The crash occurred at 5:30 a.m. on the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 14th Street. The driver of the M14 bus was heading east on West 14th Street as the driver of the stolen truck was going south on Seventh Avenue, according to the...

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Tom Brokaw reveals cancer diagnosis

Tom Brokaw

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Tom Brokaw revealed Tuesday that he is fighting cancer.

The 74-year-old former "NBC Nightly News" anchor revealed on the network's blog that he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, in August. Although Brokaw said he was keeping details about his disease private among his family, he said the prognosis is positive.

"With the exceptional...

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FBI trying to deter people from pointing lasers at planes

newark airport (EPA/TANNEN MAURY)

(Credit: Newark Liberty International Airport (EPA/Tannen Maury))

The FBI for the first time is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for tips that bust people who point laser lights at airplanes, while incidents in New York were up in the past year.

In 2013, there were 99 reported instances of lasers aimed into cockpits in the New York area, up from 71 in 2012, the FBI reported.

Intentionally targeting aircraft with laser lights is a felony and poses...

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