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New York governor orders probe into Facebook access to data from other apps

FILE PHOTO: Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a news conference after voting at the Presbyterian Church in Mt. Kisco, New York, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/File Photo NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two state agencies to investigate a media report that Facebook Inc may be accessing far more personal information from smartphone users, including health and other sensitive data, than had previously been known. The directive to New York’s Department of State and Department of Financial Services came after The…

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New York City to repay $5.3m in hurricane relief fraud

Image copyright Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images Image caption Engineers from New York’s Department of Environmental Protection assess the damage New York City will return $5.3m (£4m) to the US government after admitting in a settlement to fraudulently billing damage charges after Hurricane Sandy. Wednesday’s settlement states that the city falsely claimed a number of Department of Transportation vehicles were damaged by the 2012 storm. Many of the vehicles had in fact been out of commission long before Sandy. City officials acknowledged they signed off on the claims without actually inspecting the…

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New York City bans hair discrimination to fight racism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guidelines warned black people were being discriminated against under the guise of professionalism The New York City Commission on Human Rights has released guidelines against targeting people on the basis of their hairstyle, classing this as racist discrimination. The guidelines aim to protect the rights of New Yorkers in schools, work places and public places, where black people are disproportionately affected by policies banning hairstyles such as afros, cornrows and locs. A report from the commission said black hairstyles are often deemed “unprofessional” and…

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Lifestyle 

Meghan Markle in New York for baby shower: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Meghan Markle, who is expecting her first child with Britain’s Prince Harry in the spring, was in New York City for a baby shower on Tuesday, according to Harper’s Bazaar magazine, which cited unnamed sources. It was the first trip back to the United States by the American former actress since her marriage to Harry at a celebrity-filled ceremony at Windsor Castle last May. Kensington Palace declined to comment on the reports that Markle, 37, was attending the gift-giving party to celebrate her baby’s upcoming arrival.…

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Sports 

Tennis: Opelka earns first Tour title with New York win over Schnur

Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Court 8, Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2019. Reilly Opelka of the U.S. in action during the match against John Isner of the U.S. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (Reuters) – Reilly Opelka blasted 43 aces on the way to winning his first ATP Tour title with a 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) victory over Canadian Brayden Schnur at the New York Open on Sunday. The 21-year-old American paved the way for the victory by successfully challenging what Schnur thought was an ace at 7-7 in the final…

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Tennis: Opelka stings top seed Isner again to reach New York Open final

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Court 8, Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2019. Reilly Opelka of the U.S. in action during the match against John Isner of the U.S. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (Reuters) – Reilly Opelka saved six match points and blasted 43 aces to hand John Isner another crushing loss as he stunned the top seed 6-7(8) 7-6(14) 7-6(4) in the semi-finals of the New York Open on Saturday. Opelka had delivered a similar tough defeat to fellow American Isner in the opening round of the…

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As Amazon drops New York City project, progressives claim a major coup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time on Thursday in calling Amazon’s decision to scrap plans to build a major New York outpost with nearly $3 billion in city and state incentives a big victory for progressive politicians. The democratic socialist congresswoman has become the face of the Democratic Party’s ascendant left wing, thanks in part to her upset victory last year in a district near the proposed Amazon.com Inc development. “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers &…

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How Amazon scrapped its plans for a New York headquarters

(Reuters) – More than a year of work to bring Amazon.com Inc’s headquarters and tens of thousands of jobs to New York City ended on Thursday with a couple of phone calls. A delivery person pushes a cart full of Amazon boxes in New York City, U.S., February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Jay Carney, the company’s top policy executive, told New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that the world’s biggest online retailer would not go ahead with plans to invest $2.5 billion to build a second head office in the New…

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Feeling unwelcome, Amazon ditches plans for New York hub

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc abruptly scrapped plans to build a major outpost in New York that could have created 25,000 jobs, blaming opposition from local leaders upset by the nearly $3 billion in incentives promised by state and city politicians. The company said on Thursday it did not see consistently “positive, collaborative” relationships with state and local officials. Opponents of the project feared congestion and higher rents in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, and objected to handing billions in incentives to a company run by Jeff…

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Amazon pulls the plug on New York headquarters

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc abruptly scrapped plans for a new headquarters in New York that could have created 25,000 jobs, blaming opposition from local leaders upset by the nearly $3 billion in incentives promised by state and city politicians. The company said on Thursday it did not see consistently “positive, collaborative” relationships with state and local officials. Opponents of the project feared congestion and higher rents in Long Island City, Queens, and objected to incentives for a company run by Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man. Amazon said it would…

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