Russia says Sochi Olympics are safe

Volunteers exit Shayba Arena ahead of the Sochi

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Russia said on Thursday that its Sochi Olympics were as safe as any place in the West from militant attacks after Washington warned airports and some airlines that toothpaste tubes could be used to smuggle bomb-making materials onto a Russia-bound plane.

Russian forces are on high alert over threats by Islamist militant groups based in the nearby north Caucasus to attack the Winter Games,...

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In snowstorm, MTA avoids mistakes of 2010 blizzard

mta snow

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The MTA's preparation for this week's snowstorm was informed by its failures of a 2010 blizzard that trapped hundreds of A train riders in a car for hours through the night.

Since then, the MTA has changed its methods for handling snowstorms, such as pulling back service to avoid cars getting stuck and staffing up its Incident Command Center with about 15 people representing a host of divisions...

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Manhattan has city's slowest buses: Report

M50 Bus

(Credit: M50 Bus (Lauren Lancaster))

Manhattan was the "winner" in the Straphangers Campaign's awards for the slowest and most unreliable buses in the city.

The Pokey Awards for slowest-traveling buses were bestowed on two crosstown lines in midtown -- the M42 and M50 -- that were as fast as walking on an average afternoon. Manhattan also had nine out of the 10 slowest bus routes in the city.

"Our advice...

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