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Thousands of New Yorkers sign up for new municipal IDs

"Are you here for ID?" asked the woman sporting a giant badge emblazoned with "IDNYC."Wearing a dark pantsuit and with long, tight braids, she asked the question countless times while I sat waiting in the city’s Manhattan Business Center on John Street, where New Yorkers usually come to pay parking...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 8:49am

Southampton Street beds to shelter hundreds of Boston's homeless

Just days after a cold snap sent temperatures plunging into the single digits Boston is opening a new shelter to house as many as 500 of the 700 homeless people displaced when the city’s largest shelter on Long Island closed in October.The former city transportation building at 112 Southampton St....

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 4:30pm

NYC launches new municipal ID card despite broader immigration questions

Martha Gualotuna sat in a crowded meeting room in Jackson Heights in December, listening intently to a presentation that detailed how and when she will be able to sign up for New York City's new municipal ID card program.“It will mean a lot to finally have something in this country with my name and...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:20am

Mayor’s race narrows as Clarke announces he will not run

City Council President Darrell Clarke announced Monday that he won’t run for mayor of Philadelphia, and instead will bid for a fifth term representing the 5th Councilmanic district."During my years of public service, it has been my goal to secure opportunities for every resident of the 5th District...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 2:48am

US officials say Cuba has released last of 53 promised American prisoners

Reuters -Cuba has released all 53 prisoners it had promised to free, senior U.S. officials said, a major step toward détente with Washington.The release of the remaining prisoners sets a positive tone for historic talks next week aimed at normalizing relations after decades of hostility, the...

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 5:51pm

Staten Island DA Dan Donovan makes Congressional run official

Staten Island prosecutor Dan Donovan officially became the first candidate to replace former Rep. Michael Grimm late Friday.Donovan, who has served as Staten Island District Attorney since 2004, acknowledged he would seek endorsements from the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties in...

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 4:02am

Thailand's ousted first woman Prime Minister in corruption hearing

Reuters - Thailand's parliament began an impeachment hearing against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday that could lead to her being banned from politics for five years and stoke tension in the divided country.Yingluck, Thailand's first woman prime minister, was removed from office...

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 1:10pm

Photos: Governor Charlie Baker takes oath of office at Mass. State House

Charles Baker was sworn in as governor and Karyn Polito as lieutenant governor just after 12:30 p.m.during a packed ceremony in the House chamber.

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:22am

Photos: Governor Charlie Baker is inaugurated at the Massachusetts State House

Metro Boston was on scene Thursday as new Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker took the oath of office in the Massachusetts State House.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 11:35pm

Running to become a new voice in City Hall

Jenné Ayers wanted to become a pediatric neurosurgeon. She planned her life around achieving that goal.But while volunteering at a hospital while still an undergraduate at Harvard College Ayers had an epiphany.“I realized I cared more about why the people ended up in the hospital than the actual...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 4:33am

Favorite to succeed Grimm, Garner DA Dan Donovan riles up boosters, critics

Embattled Staten Island Republican Michael Grimm steps down from Congress on Monday, leaving the door wide open for the prosecutor at the center of the Eric Garner case to replace him.On Friday, top Republican leaders threw their support behind Staten Island D.A. Dan Donovan to succeed Grimm, who...

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 12:04am

Police union keeps heat on de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio's relationship with the leadership the city's largest police union doesn't seem to be getting any better.On Friday, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association launched a campaign for officers to discourage both the mayor and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from going to...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 3:50am

City raises $15m to secure DNC in Brooklyn

The de Blasio administration announced Friday that it fundraised $15 million to bring the 2016 Democratic convention to Brooklyn's Barclays Center.A coalition of 112 political, business and community leaders already helped bring in $5 million of cash on hand and another $10 million in commitments...

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:37am

Transgender NYers to get insurance protection

Health insurance providers in New York State will be required to offer medically necessary treatment for patients suffering from gender dysphoria, under the terms of a letter sent by the state’s Department of Financial Services.While claims for gender dysphoria treatment can still be subject to...

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 4:19am

Jim Kenney calls for cars to clear City Hall sidewalk

City Councilman Jim Kenney parks his car on the curb by the Masonic Temple across from City Hall."And that's a privilege for me to have that space," he said, "but I can still walk the 30 feet to (City Hall's) front door. I don't have to be right next to the front door."Kenney unveiled plans at...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:21pm

Tea Leoni: Back at work

It took surprisingly little for Tea Leoni to take on a lead role in a network television show — which she did for the freshman political drama "Madam Secretary" — just word from her kids that they'd rather not have her around the house that much. "I'd been struggling for a while with this idea of...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 2:25am

John McCain tells Philly war-weary U.S. must press on

John McCain says America needs another Harry Truman.Truman's courageous efforts to keep the U.S. military involved in the Korean War, even as the overwhelming majority of Americans wanted to pull soldiers out of the conflict let the military reach a cease-fire."Now, today, Americans don't want to...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

Brooklyn is finalist for 2016 Democratic National Convention

Brooklyn may be the place to be for the DNC. The borough was named a finalist for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, along with Columbus and Philadelphia, by the Democratic National Committee on Monday. Birmingham and Phoenix were dropped from the running.“This is a good day for New York City...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 8:48pm

Top city hall aide announces leave

Rachel Noerdlinger, chief of staff to First Lady Chirlane McCray, said she was stepping down from her position on Monday.Noerdlinger has been under scrutiny over the past two months regarding her relationship with Hassaun McFarlan, who has been convicted of manslaughter and drug trafficking. On...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 2:39am

Kal Penn: Sharp-dressed man

Five years ago, Kal Penn took time off from entertainment to join the Obama administration's Office of Public Engagement, though he stepped away from those duties from time to time when the right acting gig came up. One of those is "Bhopal: a Prayer for Rain," retelling the tragic story of the...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:35pm