Man arrested in shooting of Benjamin Banneker Academy student

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A 19-year-old East New York man was awaiting arraignment Wednesday on multiple charges, after being arrested Tuesday in the shooting of a 14-year-old girl on her way home from school on Nov. 22.

Rashawn Williams is being charged by the Brooklyn District Attorney with attempted murder, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, in the Nov. 22 shooting of a...

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Council to hold hearing on indoor e-cigarette ban

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Electronic cigarettes may soon be as unwelcome in public places as their tobacco counterparts.

The City Council has scheduled a hearing next Wednesday on legislation that would add e-cigarettes to the Smoke Free Air Act, the law Mayor Michael Bloomberg instituted in 2003 to ban smoking inside bars, restaurants and offices. The Council's proposed bill would also extend the ban on e-cigarettes,...

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Smartphone apps for last minute pre-shopping

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Attention, shoppers: If you just decided to join the Black Friday shopping crunch but didn't prepare well, don't despair: Just pick up your smartphone. It could be your new best friend.

Even if you haven't invested a week or more reading sales circulars, you can play catch up with the latest mobile shopping applications.

Loaded properly, your phone can help you ensure that the "deal"...

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Nicks back at practice for Giants

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Hakeem Nicks, who missed Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Cowboys, returned to practice on Wednesday.

The Giants receiver is recovering from a strained abdominal muscle, but a return to the practice field could be viewed as a good sign for his availability Sunday night at Washington against the Redskins.

Nicks is second on the team in receptions (42) and receiving yards (620) but has not scored...

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Poll: State voters back de Blasio's tax plan

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s signature campaign pledge on raising taxes for education got a boost from a poll Wednesday showing a majority of state voters back the proposal.

A Quinnipiac University poll showed 63% of voters in New York State back De Blasio’s plan to hike taxes on wealthier New York City residents making $500,000 a year or more.

The plan needs approval from Albany in...

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Column: Why every day is Cyber Monday now

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It seems a little late to report on the outcome of Black Friday, or even Cyber Monday.

Sure, neither has happened yet, but that hasn’t stopped anybody from speculating about what Americans will be doing before, during, and after Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Here are some of the most interesting insights from the latest batch of research.

Of course, they flatly contradict each...

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U.S. jobs picture improving

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The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid unexpectedly fell last week, but continued weakness in business spending on capital goods suggested slower economic growth in the fourth quarter.

Initial claims for state jobless benefits fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 316,000, the Labor Department said on Wednesday. The second straight week of declines defied economists'...

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Jennifer Love Hewitt welcomes baby girl with hubby Brian Hallisay

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There's a whole lot of love in Jennifer Love Hewitt's household.

The actress welcomed a baby girl this week -- and has secretly tied the knot with beau Brian Hallisay, who she announced her engagement to in June.

"Jennifer Love Hewitt and her husband Brian Hallisay are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter," a rep for the actress told us.

The little bundle...

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Behind the Curtain: Sir Ian McKellen no longer 'Waiting for Godot'

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Sir Ian to bid Broadway goodbye after current run Now that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have opened on Broadway in “Waiting for Godot” and “No Man’s Land,” McKellen has been claiming in news interviews that he plans to retire from Broadway after completing this double bill. “I think this will be my last outing on Broadway, probably, so I might as well go out with a bang doing two plays in wonderful...

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Winter storm puts city under weather advisories

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New Yorkers certainly won't be thankful for the messy weather expected to hit the area.

The city is under flood and wind advisories Wednesday due to the storm that hit the northeast Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

With gusts up to 50 mph, a wind advisory will be in effect until 9 a.m., while a flood warning was issued for the possible four inches of rain expected...

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