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Still unclear about CIA position at NYPD

Working inside the New York Police Department is one of the CIA's most experienced clandestine operatives. He arrived in July as the special assistant to the deputy commissioner of intelligence. While his title is clear, his job responsibilities are not.

Federal and city officials have offered differing explanations for why this top CIA officer was assigned to a municipal police department since The Associated Press revealed the assignment in August. The CIA is prohibited from spying domestically, and its unusual partnership with the NYPD has troubled top lawmakers and prompted an internal investigation.

The last time a CIA officer worked so closely with the NYPD, beginning in the months after the 9/11 attacks, he became the architect of aggressive police programs that monitored Muslim neighborhoods.

Mom charged in teen son's fatal stabbing

A New York City woman has been charged in the fatal stabbing of her 18-year-old son.

Police say Yvonne Hines was charged with manslaughter in the death of her son Sean at the family's apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Police said the woman and her son had fought violently in the past.

Authorities say the stabbing was reported late Friday night by the victim's stepfather.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the stepfather had stopped by for dinner and found Sean lying on the floor of the West 92nd Street apartment.

Hines was arraigned and held without bail.

Information about her lawyer couldn't immediately be determined.

Witness for defense in mayor's case

A former colleague of the campaign operative accused of cheating Mayor Michael Bloomberg out of more than $1 million says the defendant supervised at least 75 poll watchers.

The defense witness says John Haggerty was one of a handful of people who spent a tense evening with the mayor as results in the close race came in.

Karen Persichilli Keough testified yesterday.

She said she arrived at Bloomberg's headquarters at 5 a.m. on Election Day 2009 to volunteer as a poll-watcher.

She says she saw Haggerty giving guidance to the volunteers. They were assigned polling sites, and given two-way radios and cars with drivers.

Haggerty denies allegations that he mounted only a meager operation so that he could use the money to buy a house.


Lincoln Film Society chief to step down

Richard Pena, the program director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, plans to step down after the 2012 New York Film Festival.

The Wall Street Journal says the announcement was made Sunday night just before the gala screening of "The Descendants," starring George Clooney. The film closed the Film Society's annual New York Film Festival.

Pena has been program director at the Film Society for 24 years.

The society said after Pena steps down from his programming role, he plans to continue his work with the group designing and organizing a new educational initiative.


Cops probe Queens attempted sex assault

The NYPD is investigating the attempted sexual assault on a 23-year-old woman in Queens.

Police say a man followed the woman from a bus stop around 8 p.m. Sunday on South Conduit Avenue in the Laurelton section.

They say the woman was able to fight off her assailant, who fled.

On Wednesday, another 23-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on the same stretch of South Conduit Avenue.

Police have not linked the two attacks.

Compiled with wire service reports

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