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CBP releases images of Trump border wall prototypes in California

Here are the early images of the Trump border wall.  It appears the Trump border wall construction is underway and is moving onto the next phases of development, according to new images released by the Customs and Border Protection Department.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Customs and Border...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 3:53pm

How much will Trump’s border wall cost?

Although it seems like there’s some disagreement about when construction on the Trump wall will or did begin (President Trump insists over Twitter that it began back in late March), there’s one thing with which no one can argue: Building a wall spanning an entire border is not cheap. So...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 3:46pm

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen stepping down in early 2019

New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who oversaw economic developments and the city’s troubled public housing system, will step down in 2019, officials announced Wednesday. A successor has not yet been named, but Glen is expected to remain in office until one is appointed. Glen, a former...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:58pm

Metro Magic wraps up with lots of toys from readers

The 9th annual Metro Magic toy drive has come to a close and we’d like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank the readers in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City for their generous and thoughtful donations. Named after Tony Metcalf, the former editor-in-chief of Metro US who...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:39pm

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2018 bring holiday cheer but residential headaches

Like a lot of things in New York City, the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights started out as a hidden gem before becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Tony Muia grew up in Bensonhurst, and though he was in his 20s by the time the lights in the next neighborhood over got going (Dyker Heights resident Lucy...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 10:35am

Facebook let Spotify, Netflix read users' private messages

Facebook allowed Spotify and Netflix to read Facebook users' private messages and gave other companies similarly intrusive access to user accounts, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. According to internal documents obtained by the Times, Facebook engaged in partnerships with more than 150...

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 6:48pm

Blind animal that buries head in sand named for Donald Trump

A newly discovered blind amphibian that buries its head in the ocean floor has been named Dermophis donaldtrumpi, to reflect President Trump's denial of climate change. The caecilian, a small legless creature, was discovered in Panama. It was named after Trump by the head of EnviroBuild, a...

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 3:54pm

14 percent of the nation's homeless population are in New York City

The number of people experiencing homelessness in New York City has been growing, according to an annual report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report for 2018, released this week, found that on a single night in Jan. 2018, a...

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 1:43pm

Fixing NYCHA is crucial to NYC economy: Report

The New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) is in crisis, as is evident by a repair bill topping $31.8 billion in capital need and hundreds of horror stories of lead paint, heat outages, mold and more. But it’s not only the public housing residents themselves at risk if NYCHA doesn’t get its...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:33pm

Trump's new chief of staff once called him 'a terrible human being'

President Trump's new chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, called the president "a terrible human being" days before the 2016 presidential election. Mulvaney was named acting chief of staff by Trump on Friday, replacing John Kelly. (MSNBC reported that Mulvaney asked for the "acting...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:19pm

NY State Senator Kevin Parker tweets 'Kill yourself!' to woman who points out his wrong parking placard use

New York State Senator Kevin Parker tweeted “kill yourself” at a GOP aide after she pointed out unauthorized use of his official parking placard. Parker has since deleted the tweet, which was captured in a screenshot and shared on Twitter, and apologized for “a poor choice of...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 3:47pm

Celebrity deaths 2018: All the stars we lost too soon

The year is still young but the list of celebrity deaths 2018 just gets longer. Losing beloved celebrities is something we have to endure every year, and 2018 is no exception. The best we can hope for is that those that we lose too soon are able to pass away at a rich, old age, surrounded by...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 2:49pm

Holiday travel 2018: Worst times to leave Boston and New York City

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….except for all the time you might spend sitting in traffic during your holiday travel. More than one-third of Americans will travel some way this end-of-the-year holiday season, according to AAA, for a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 12:28pm

NYC awards $1.8M in grants to small businesses

Harlem Doggie Day Spa is more plan a place where people can drop their pups off for a haircut. The business has worked hard to be a part of the community, owner Brian Taylor says, and an initiative from the NYC Department of Small Business Services wants to make sure it and other local shops stay...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 9:47am

Google planning $1B expansion in Hudson Square, is NYC ready?

Less than a month after Amazon announced it would establish part of its HQ2 in Queens, Google announced on Monday that it’s expanding in New York City, painting a picture of a tech future for the five boroughs. But is the city ready to handle two tech giants? Google will create a more-than 1...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 4:52pm

Bees, brothels and monkey selfies: oh my; 2018 abuzz with odd U.S. stories

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A hive of honeybees in the heart of New York City, a monkey with a photographer's eye, a brothel full featuring robotic sex dolls and a political candidate who carried the day from his grave were among the characters...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 3:00pm

Jan. 1 income tax cut worth $175M to Massachusetts workers

While there's growing talk of a possible recession, Massachusetts workers are about to receive a $175 million income tax break and there's now a possibility that the 5 percent income tax rate that voters approved in 2000 will actually happen in 2020. As the weekend got underway Friday, the...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:43am

HRA guards to blame for escalating Jazmine Headley incident, NYPD review says

The NYPD officers involved in the forceful arrest of Jazmine Headley, which included tearing her 1-year-old son out of her arms, will not face discipline, with the department instead staying that a “strenuous review” found that Human Resources Administration personnel escalated the...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:30am

Trump wants to reclassify nuclear waste as less dangerous

The Trump administration wants to reclassify radioactive waste resulting from the production of nuclear weapons, so it will be cheaper to dispose of, the Associated Press reported. The Department of Energy has proposed relabeling high-level nuclear waste as "low-level." High-level...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 7:42pm

New Facebook bug exposed private photos of 6.8 million, company says

Facebook announced Friday that a bug had exposed the private photos of 6.8 million users without their permission. The bug enabled third-party app developers to access photos that Facebook users had uploaded but not yet shared, the company said. Images shared over Facebook Stories were also...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 4:40pm