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NYC's Ukrainian community mobilizing on behalf of their countrymen

KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 20: Prayers are held

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The city's Ukrainian community is praying, protesting and politicking in anguished attempts to help their former countrymen, as the crisis in Kiev spins into a horrifying bloodbath, with the death toll there hitting 75 Thursday, according to Reuters.

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, located in the East Village, announced a protest in front of the Consulate General of Ukraine, 240...

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Mumps outbreak continues at Fordham University

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The apparent mumps outbreak at the Rose Hill campus of Fordham has expanded to the Lincoln Center campus, with one case reported there, bringing the number of cases university wide to 13, officials said Thursday.

"All the students with suspected mumps infections have either returned home or have been isolated from other residents during the infectious phase," of their illness, Fordham said...

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Three women appointed to key positions in de Blasio administration

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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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Few immune to the fantasies inspired by Powerball's fat $400 million jackpot

With the Powerball jackpot now at $400 million,

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Giant jackpots seduce even unlikely gamblers.

With the Powerball jackpot now at $400 million, many are powerless to resist the temptation of a ticket.

"I don't think gambling is right. I don't think I should gamble. But when it's a big jackpot like this you just want to be in it," said Robin Taylor, 54, a disabled home care attendant from New Brunswick, N.J. Taylor only plays when...

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

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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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Cause of death for celeb fashion designer inconclusive for now

Fashion designer Michele Savoia

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The autopsy of celebrity fashion designer Michele Savoia, whose body was found in the Hudson River on Sunday afternoon, was ruled inconclusive by the city medical examiner.

Further tests, including toxicology analysis, will be performed to determine what led to the death of Savoia, 55, who was last seen around 4 a.m. Thursday leaving trendy Chelsea night club Marquee, said a spokeswoman for...

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Body found in Hudson River believed to be that of missing fashion designer

Fashion designer Michele Savoia.

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A body found in the Hudson River by the NYPD scuba team is believed to be that of the missing celebrity fashion designer Michele Savoia.

Savoia, 55, who lived on a yacht moored in the river near Pier 59, had been missing since 3:54 a.m. Thursday, when he was last seen leaving the trendy 10th Ave. Marquee nightclub in Chelsea.

The scuba divers, working in frigid conditions, found the...

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Powerball jackpot up to $400 million

The Powerball jackpot is now past $400 million.

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The Powerball jackpot is up to $400 million and may go higher by Wednesday night's drawing, according to the New York State Gaming Commission.

Saturday night's drawing yielded nine $1 million winners, including one right here in NYC, from the Khandaker Newsstand at 50 Fulton St.

The current roll up, which began on Dec. 28, is the fifth jackpot of $400 million or more since New York State...

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Fans mourn the departure of Derek Jeter, the heart and face of the Yankees

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Heartbroken.

That was the state of fans stunned and saddened by the news that Yankees captain Derek Jeter's 20th season with the team would be his last.

"There's going to be a lot of heartbroken people," predicted executive assistant Liz Rutigliano, 61, a Seacaucus fan who counts herself among the bereft.

After closer Mariano Rivera's retirement last year, news of Jeter's departure...

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New Jersey teen found dead in midtown hotel, an apparent suicide

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An 18-year-old New Jersey woman was found dead in her room at The Bryant Park Hotel in midtown Tuesday afternoon, an apparent suicide.

Rowen Altenburger, who lived in Short Hills, N.J., was discovered with a bag over her head after her mother called the hotel and asked staff to check on her, police said. Prescription medications and a suicide note were found at the scene, police said. "She...

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