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NYC Mayor Visits Paris to Show Support After Terror Attacks

by Associated Press
Mayor Bill de Blasio.

nycmayorsoffice, Flickr 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a trip to Paris to show his support after terrorist attacks there that left 17 people dead.

   De Blasio paid his respects Tuesday at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and at a kosher supermarket. The attacks were carried out on Jan. 7 and Jan. 9.

   Accompanied by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Charlie Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux, he laid flowers at a memorial up the street from the satirical newspaper.

Challengers Want to Unseat Longtime NY Police Union Leader

by Associated Press
Police Officer.

Fedjake, Flickr 

A slate of challengers is working to unseat longtime New York police union leader Patrick Lynch.

   The group is led by the Brooklyn South trustee at the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

   Brian Fusco said Tuesday that union leaders have been "grandstanding" instead of improving officers' "disgraceful and dangerous" work environment.

   Lynch is seeking a fifth term as head of the union, which represents 24,000 officers. He had no immediate comment.

Doctor Recovers From Ebola, Leaves NYC Hospital

by Associated Press, Colleen Long, Jennifer Peltz
Bellevue Hospital

Jim.henderson, wikimedia

An emergency room physician who has recovered from Ebola said Tuesday as he left the hospital that he was living proof that early detection and isolation can stop the spread of the deadly virus, and he called for a better focus at the center of the outbreak in West Africa.

Probe Finds Poor Security at New York City's Rikers Island

by Associated Press
Rikers Island

satanslaundromat, Flickr 

Water bottles filled with vodka that go uninspected. Lunch boxes packed with drugs allowed to bypass X-ray machines. Razor blades and other objects waved on through, even when they set off metal detectors.

   Gaping security holes at the city's Rikers Island jail allowed guards and other staffers to easily smuggle in all manner of contraband - including heroin, marijuana, booze and weapons - to the inmates they are supposed to be watching, city investigators found.

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