'The Butler' tops weekend box office again

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Civil rights drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler" took home its second U.S. and Canadian box office title, topping a Jennifer Aniston comedy and a newly released supernatural teen film.

"The Butler," starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, earned $17 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Jennifer Aniston comedy "We're the...

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Figueroa-Levin: On the Upper West Side, a tale of two entrances

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Recently there's been some controversy about a proposed building arrangement on the Upper West Side that separates the rich people paying market rate for their apartments from the poor (by comparison) people living in designated affordable housing.

The affordable-housing residents would only live on certain floors, have a different building management company and even a separate entrance...

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Column: No such thing as free Facebook for emerging world users

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There’s nothing wrong with the ambitious plan just unveiled by Facebook and friends to bring the Internet to the two-thirds of the world’s people who don’t have it.

It would have gone over a lot better, though, without the pretense that Mark Zuckerberg is some kind of benign 21st century missionary bringing the gift of Facebook to the benighted denizens of the third world.

That’s the...

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Editorial: Supplements industry needs more regulation

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Black Powder -- it sounds more like what minutemen loaded into their muskets during the Revolutionary War than something you drink before hitting the gym.

It's just one workout booster you'll find on your local vitamin store shelves, alongside Jack3d, Beast Mode, Juggernaut and The Curse. Such pre-workout supplements have more in common than names seemingly chosen by pubescent weightlifters:...

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Editorial: What next mayor should tell NYPD

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Help wanted: A savvy mayor and a street-smart police commissioner who can steer the nation's largest cop shop through an angry and perilous time.

The City Council yesterday overrode a mayoral veto to approve the creation of an unnecessary inspector general position that will ride herd on the NYPD. The council also overrode a veto to enact a law that lets citizens sue the NYPD for street tactics...

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Thank-you note from parents of injured girl

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The parents of the British tourist whose foot was severed by a taxi earlier this week issued a statement Thursday thanking New Yorkers who helped their daughter. Meanwhile, the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers rose to the defense of the driver involved.

“There are not enough words to express our gratitude to everyone who has helped our family during this difficult time,” said Jason...

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Hepatitis A discovered in Upper West Side supermarket packaged fruit

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The Health Department alerted New Yorkers Thursday to a hepatitis A exposure at an Upper West Side supermarket.

Prepackaged fruit sold between Aug. 9 and 22 at the Westside Market on 2589 Broadway between 97th and 98th streets contained the virus, according to health officials.

The tainted fruit included watermelon; peeled whole pineapples; and shelled and cut coconut.

Customers...

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Study shows Times Square is a center for positive tweets in the city

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The crossroads of the world might be considered the most overrated spot among New Yorkers but it is also the city's center of Twitter happiness, according to a report released this week.

A yearlong study by the New England Complex Systems Institute analyzed more than 600,000 tweets and determined that positive sentiment increased the closer tweeters were to Times Square.

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Sydney Leathers may have been exposed to HIV while filming porn: Report

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Anthony Weiner's sexting partner Sydney Leathers said she tested negative for HIV after a report claimed she may have been exposed to the virus when she filmed a skin flick based on her online sexcapades with the mayoral hopeful, according to Gawker.com.

In the porno, titled "Weiner and Me," Leathers has unprotected sex with an actor named Xander Corvus, who is the last on-screen...

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Geno Smith to start vs. Giants

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The best part of preseason football for fans in the five boroughs comes Saturday, when the Giants and Jets have their annual meeting at MetLife Stadium. While there’s at least a little pride on the line, at the end of the day these two teams are more concerned with keeping players healthy and combing through their rosters before Week 1 than winning an exhibition game. Here’s a look at two goals...

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