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  • Jonathan Fleming, hugs his attorney Anthony Mayol while his other attorney Taylor Koss applaud in Brooklyn's Supreme court, after a judge declared him a free man on Tuesday April 8, 2014 in New York.  Fleming, who spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder, was cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation in 1989. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Quality Control Mechanism Needed to Prevent Wrongful Convictions: Experts

    NEW YORK—Hospitals have staff conferences to examine why patients died. Airline pilots have a system for voluntarily submitting information on safety concerns. Yet the life-and-death... Read more

  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers a speech to mark his first 100 days in office at Cooper Union on April 10, 2014 in New York City. De Blasio championed his progressive vision for the city, including his universal pre-kindergarten plan, affordable housing, and paid sick leave for all workers. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Coalition Urges Mayor de Blasio to Prioritize a More Sustainable NYC

    NEW YORK—On Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 100th day in office, environmental advocates and city council members took the opportunity to push for sustainability and climate... Read more

  • New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform rally at Foley Square, Lower Manhattan, New York, for a National Day of Action on immigration reform in New York City on April 10, 2014. (Allen Xie)

    New York City’s National Day of Action on Immigration Reform

    NEW YORK—April 10th marked roughly a year since the Senate passed a bill called S. 744 that, among other things, would provide amnesty to an... Read more

  • Hundreds of people protest New York State budget law benefiting charter schools. New York Public Library steps, Manhattan, New York, April 10, 2014. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    NYC Parents, Teachers Protest New Charter Schools Law

    NEW YORK—Hundreds of people rallied Thursday against privileges granted by the state to New York City charter schools in this year’s budget. The law will... Read more

  • In this Nov. 26, 2011 file photo two women walk at Palisades Interstate Park as the sun sets over the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, New Jersey. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    School Budget Elections Disappearing in New Jersey

    TRENTON, N.J.—Just a few years ago, April school elections were a key date on New Jersey’s political calendar, the time most of the state’s voters... Read more

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    Speed Camera Backers: Safety Is 1st, Revenue 2nd

    ALBANY, N.Y.—State lawmakers are taking aim at lead-footed drivers in New York City and Long Island with a proposal to authorize hundreds of speed cameras... Read more

  • Red Cross

    Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box

    Following Superstorm Sandy, donors gave $312 million to the American Red Cross. How did the aid organization spend that money? A year and a half... Read more

  • ECOncrete CEO Shimrit Perkol-Finkel talks about the ECOncrete tide pools at Brooklyn Bridge Park, April 2, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    NYC Marine Life Bolstered by Israeli Technology

    NEW YORK—An Israeli company specialized in ecologically friendly solutions for coastal and marine infrastructure is making its mark on New York City. Tel Aviv-based ECOncrete... Read more

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. in this file photo. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    NY Senator Pushes for Ceiling on Student Loan Interest Rate

    NEW YORK—Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has continued to push for the Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act, a bill she introduced last May that would allow college... Read more

  • Jonathan Fleming

    Video: Jonathan Fleming Released After 1989 Brooklyn Murder Conviction Overturned

    After serving 24 years of a 25-to-life sentence, Jonathan Fleming has been released as his 1989 wrongful conviction in a Brooklyn murder case was overturned... Read more

  • France Selling Park Avenue Apartment, Asking $48M

    PARIS— France’s indebted government is selling the Park Avenue residence of its U.N. ambassador, located in one New York’s most prestigious apartment buildings, for an... Read more

  • 25-mph Speed Limit Signs Going Up on Atlantic Ave

    NEW YORK— An 8-mile stretch in Brooklyn and Queens will get new 25 mph speed limit signs as part of a campaign to reduce pedestrian... Read more

  • Magda Perez shows pictures of Sandy damage at her meat shop on Mermaid Avenue, Coney Island, Oct. 17, 2013. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    New Sandy Money Fails to Reach Small Businesses

    NEW YORK—Only a handful out of hundreds of small businesses hit by Superstorm Sandy received money from the second wave of recovery loans and grants,... Read more

  • Billy Joel Surprises NY School With Visit

    GLEN COVE, N.Y.— Billy Joel surprised students of a Long Island elementary school by showing up at their spring concert. The principal of Glen Cove’s... Read more

  • Activist group Right of Way on Grand Street between Columbia and Lewis streets, Lower East Side, New York, on April 9, 2014. (Courtesy of Right of Way)

    Advocates Call on Albany to Increase Speed Cameras in NYC

    NEW YORK—Albany didn’t hear them the first time, so speed camera advocates have taken it to the streets. Forty crime scenes appeared along Grand Street... Read more

  • A 25 mph speed sign for the new Atlantic Avenue slow zone in Brooklyn, New York, April 9, 2014. The 7.6 mile slow zone stretches from the East River to 76th Street. (Allen Xie/NTD Television)

    Slowing Down Atlantic Avenue: First Phase of NYC’s Vision Zero Underway

    NEW YORK—Nearly eight miles of Atlantic Avenue from Brooklyn to Queens, stretching from the East River to Woodhaven, will be redesigned to encourage drivers to... Read more

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn on April 7, 2014. (Ivan Pentchoukov/Epoch Times)

    De Blasio Orders Flags Lowered After NYPD Officer’s Death

    NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered flags lowered to half-staff across the city after the death of Dennis Guerra, a police officer. “We’ve lost a... Read more

  • In this Dec. 1, 2013 photo, Metro-North Railroad engineer William Rockefeller is wheeled on a stretcher away from the area where the commuter train he was operating derailed in the Bronx borough of New York. According to a Federal Railroad Administration review prompted by the derailment that killed four passengers and injured about 70 others, the Metro-North commuter railroad has allowed its emphasis on trains' on-time performance to "routinely" overshadow its safety operations. (AP Photo/Robert Stolarik, File)

    Metro-North Employee Suing for $100 Million Over NYC Derailment

    NEW YORK—A Metro-North Railroad mechanic says he was paralyzed in the deadly commuter train derailment in New York City and is suing for $100 million... Read more

  • Hero Cop Dies: NYPD Officer Hurt in Apartment Fire Dead

    NEW YORK—A police officer critically injured last weekend while responding to a mattress fire in the hallway of a Brooklyn apartment building died Wednesday, according... Read more

  • What a laser pointer would look like inside the cockpit of an airplane. (Courtesy of FBI.gov)

    Pointing Lasers at Aircraft: Dangerous, Illegal, and on the Rise

    Robert Hamilton gazed at the warm web of yellow lights stretching over Charlotte, N.C., as he steered his commercial jet to descend to the airport... Read more