Politics

Parents of lead-poisoned Flint child file lawsuit

One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires’ disease. While government officials scramble to rid Flint’s tap water of lead, victims are suing Gov. Rick Snyder, the former mayor, rank-and-file ...

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Mich. gov surprised wife with fancy cake as Flint suffered

Paul Sancya/AP Gov. Rick Snyder, pictured with his wife, Sue, threw her a party with a lavish cake designed after expensive goods in the midst of the Flint water crisis.  As the impoverished city of Flint struggled through a water crisis, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder surprised his wife with a lavish birthday cake fashioned after designer clothes, jewels and a ...

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Barack Obama can save lives with push for 'smart guns'

Among President Obama’s actions this week on guns, the most far-reaching may be the brief memorandum he sent to the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security. These are the three largest gun-purchasing agencies in the U.S. government. Each has a substantial research budget. The President’s memo directs them to research “smart guns” and other ...

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Female state lawmakers slam NRA for being sexist, extremist

Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News “There were certainly comments about the liberty tree needing to be watered with more bloodshed,” Jo Anne Simon said. ALBANY — A group of female state lawmakers slammed the NRA and other gun-rights groups Wednesday for being sexist as well as extremist. The women, including two Brooklyn lawmakers who were targeted by the NRA ...

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NYC's 'Rapid Repair Squad' to begin fixing homeless shelters

Michael Graae/For New York Daily News Mayor de Blasio unveiled a program to fix repairs at homeless shelters — repairing his relationship with Governor Cuomo is a different story. The city began its new rapid response program to repair decrepit homeless shelters on Wednesday — and residents say it’s not a moment too soon. “They’ve been neglecting this place forever,” ...

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State Legislature is serious about stricter ethics laws

Mike Groll/AP “Make no mistake, this house is serious about ethics reform and we know that words are not enough,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx). ALBANY — The scandal-scarred state Legislature got back to work Wednesday amid rampant calls for stricter ethics laws. Convening barely a month after the convictions of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate ...

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Former John Liu aides try to appeal 2013 conviction

Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News Jia (Jenny) Hou got a 10-month sentence after her conviction for violating campaign finance laws. Enlarge Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News Xing Wu (Oliver) Pan was sentenced to four months behind bars for violating campaign finance laws. Enlarge Jia (Jenny) Hou (l.) got a 10-month sentence after her conviction for violating campaign finance ...

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Barack Obama praised for seeking gun safety technology

The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images The Armatix iP1-Pistole requiers the user to wear a watch to unlock the gun. Such technology could cut down on accidental shootings and the illegal trade of weapons. It would cut down on the illegal trade of stolen weapons. Bring an end to accidental shootings by toddlers. Lead to a drop in teenage suicides. ...

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ISIS executes female citizen journalist, used her Facebook

Twitter Ruqia Hassan, 30, was killed by ISIS after being captured sometime between July and December. The terrorist group only told her family this week, and said she was executed for espionage. ISIS executed a female Syrian journalist, then used her Facebook account to hunt down enemies for months, activists confirmed. Ruqia Hassan was a prominent citizen journalist reporting from ...

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China stocks plunge, triggering another market halt

FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images An investor looks at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing. HONG KONG — Chinese stock trading has been temporarily suspended for the second time this week after “circuit breakers” kicked in following a steep plunge. The official Xinhua news agency said Thursday that trading on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges was ...

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