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Three women appointed to key positions in de Blasio administration

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stands

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Mayor Bill de Blasio filled three key slots in his administration Tuesday with women who have long histories of service in New York City.

Maya Wiley, a civil rights attorney who founded public policy group the Center for Social Inclusion in 2002, was named as counsel to the Mayor. Among the issues Wiley will tackle is the expansion of broadband Internet access and making it cheaper, de Blasio...

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Winter may be depressing, but there's no need to be depressed

Having kids is not a prereq to building

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It's not you: It's winter.

This winter's siege of frigid temps and frequent dumps of snow, plus often-icy roads and sidewalks at a time darkness descends early, have left lots of us feeling glum, even if we don't have a clinical case of depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) -- depressive symptoms confined to a particular time of year.

Therapists often counsel depressed people...

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Scorsese, DiCaprio retrospective at Ziegfeld Theater

Martin Scorsese, right, on the set of "The

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Peanut butter and jelly. Ham and cheese. Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. Some things just go well together.

Help celebrate a fruitful cinematic collaboration at a film retrospective of the works of Scorsese and DiCaprio with screenings Thursday and Friday, as well as a Q&A Thursday with DiCaprio, film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and writer Terence Winter before a screening of "The...

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City health experts praise CVS for drop cigarettes from stores

CVS is stubbing out smokes from all of

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CVS is stubbing out smokes from all of its stores this fall, a move lauded by city health experts Wednesday.

The pharmacy chain announced that starting Oct. 1 it will cease selling tobacco products because it didn't want his stores promoting cigarettes along with other healthy goods.

"Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose," CVS President Larry J. Merlo...

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Up to 10 inches of snow and cold winds forecast for New York

Snow falls on the Upper West Side. (Jan.

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A winter storm is expected to blanket the New York City area Tuesday with up to 10 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service Monday afternoon put a winter storm warning in effect for Tuesday at noon until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The forecast calls for six to 10 inches of snow, with frigid 15 to 25 mph winds and gusts up to 35 mph. Snowfall will be heaviest in the afternoon and evening....

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Metro-North's Connecticut line needs $3.6B in work: Report

Metro-North

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Metro-North's busy and aging New Haven line needs $3.6 billion in infrastructure work by 2020 to keep the rail running smoothly and in good repair, according to a study released Thursday.

The Regional Plan Association's report said the most expensive investment -- replacing or renovating five century-old movable bridges in Connecticut -- has a $2.8 billion funding gap. Other investments include...

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Water main break shows limits of NYC's aged infrastructure

Crews work on a broken water main on

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The broken water main in Greenwich Village that caused headaches for commuters, businesses and residents on Wednesday showed the risk posed by the city's aging infrastructure.

The 36-inch cast-iron water main that broke shortly after midnight Wednesday on 13th Street and Fifth Avenue was originally installed in 1897. The pipe's age and recent swings in temperature contributed to the main breaking,...

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Broken Greenwich Village water main causes commuting headache

Crews work on a broken water main on

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A broken water main in Greenwich Village snarled Wednesday's rush hour commute on a host of subway lines.

The 36-inch cast-iron pipe originally installed in 1877 broke shortly before 12:15 a.m. at 13th Street and Fifth Avenue, with water gushing down to the West 4th Street station causing service disruptions and changes on the B, D, F, M, A, C, E, Q and J lines. Manhattan buses in the area...

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Polar vortex breaks Big Apple's weather records

Polar Vortex

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As the city worked to make sure New Yorkers were safe, Mother Nature's cold blast shattered records in the Big Apple Tuesday.

Central Park recorded a low of 4 degrees -- 2 degrees lower than the previous Jan. 7 record set in 1896, according to the National Weather Service. Wind chills made the real feel temperatures minus 15.

LaGuardia and JFK airports also broke their all-time cold...

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Chiara de Blasio admits to substance abuse in video

Chiara de Blasio speaks about depression and substance

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's 19-year-old daughter is a recovering alcohol and drug abuser who has battled clinical depression for her "entire adolescence," she and her parents disclosed Tuesday morning.

Chiara de Blasio reflected on her struggles in a five-minute video posted Tuesday under her name on YouTube. The mayor-elect and his wife, Chirlane McCray, said in an emailed statement...

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