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Police identify two dead inside Brooklyn apartment

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The NYPD Monday identified a young couple found dead in a Crown Heights apartment Sunday night.

The deaths of 26-year-old Sara Boudreaux and 28-year-old Geoffrey Boos appeared to be drug related, an NYPD spokesman said. The bodies were fully clothed and there were no signs of forced entry, trauma or injuries, according to the spokesman. The medical examiner's office will determine a cause...

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Column: De Blasio's State of the City speech sets formal tone

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers

(Credit: Bill de Blasio delivers his first State of the City on Feb. 10, 2014. (Charles Eckert))

Viewed through the lens of the day’s spot news, there were two key angles in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City speech.

For one, he called for the issuance of municipal ID cards — this year — to help the undocumented out of the “shadows” of city life.

For another, he dug into his position that top city earners must be taxed to support pre-K — even as powerful state Senate...

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Julia Roberts's sister found dead in apparent overdose

Actress Julia Roberts speaks onstage during the 56th

(Credit: Julia Roberts at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty))

Julia Roberts' half sister was found dead Sunday from an apparent drug overdose.

The family of Nancy Motes, 37, told People Magazine Monday that the sibling of the "Pretty Woman" actress and actor Eric Roberts was found in her Los Angeles home but didn't give more details about her alleged overdose.

"There is no official report from the coroner's office yet. The family is both shocked...

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A Rob Ford movie's in the works: Report

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(Credit: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Nov. 15, 2013. (Geoff Robbins/Getty))

Everyone's favorite crack-smoking mayor could be headed to a theater near you.

The Canadian production company Blue Ice Pictures has acquired the film and television rights to "Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story," a book by Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle that chronicles the mayor's recent wave of scandals, according to Variety.

Doolittle was one of just three journalists to see the...

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Fred Armisen to lead band on 'Late Night' with Seth Meyers

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When Seth Meyers takes over NBC's "Late Night" on Feb. 24 he'll have one of his old "Saturday Night Live" cohorts alongside him.

Fred Armisen, who stars in the sketch show "Portlandia," which returns for its fourth season on Feb. 27 on IFC, will join the show to lead its band, Meyers revealed today in a tweet. The group's name is the 8G Band with Fred Armisen.

And no, that doesn't mean...

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More snow predicted for city this Wednesday

Two men clear snow on Fifth Avenue February

(Credit: Two men clear snow in East Harlem on Feb. 3, 2014. (Stan Honda/Getty)))

New Yorkers hoping the winter storms are over will have to wait a little longer as meteorologists say another storm Wednesday night could bring at least six inches of snow.

The National Weather Service predicts snowfall beginning Wednesday night around midnight and continuing through about noon Thursday. The Big Apple could see more of a rain-snow mix than consistent snow, depending on how...

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Bus Time coming soon to Queens and Brooklyn

The MTA says it will expand real-time bus

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Real-time bus tracking information for Queens and Brooklyn buses could be weeks away for riders, an MTA spokesman said Monday..

Kevin Ortiz said in an email that the agency was on schedule to finishing Bus Time for the rest of the city's bus fleet within the next several weeks and is currently "fine-tuning software." The technology, which keeps tabs on buses through web and mobile apps, is...

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Senate co-leader won't allow vote on de Blasio's pre-K tax

New York State Senator Dean Skelos speaks before

(Credit: Dean Skelos on Jan. 2, 2014. (Howard Schnapp))

UPDATED 2/10/14, 8:15 P.M.: Senate co-leader Dean Skelos said Monday he won’t allow a vote on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise city taxes on the wealthy to pay for expanding prekindergarten programs.

But co-leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) fired back quickly, reinforcing his commitment to the mayor’s plan and saying he wouldn’t approve a state budget without it.

The dispute could...

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PE manager charged with stealing $9.3 million from investors

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A private equity fund manager pled not guilty in state Supreme Court Monday to allegedly embezzling about $9.3 million in investor money, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Prosecutors accused Penn, a fund manager at Camelot Acquisitions Secondary Opportunity Management, of using the money to cover personal expenses like credit card payments and a car.

Penn allegedly...

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De Blasio pushes municipal IDs 'regardless of immigration status'

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his first State

(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City on Feb. 10, 2014. (Charles Eckert))

Mayor Bill de Blasio used his first State of the City address Monday to outline initiatives to bridge the income inequality gap, provide immigrants with greater economic opportunities and usher in expanded prekindergarten by next fall.

He pushed municipal IDs for New Yorkers “regardless of immigration status” within the year, telling undocumented residents that the city is their home, too.

“We...

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