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1 Suspect In Custody, 4 Injured After 'Low-Tech' Explosion At Manhattan Subway Stop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfrcjfHYqog Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET New York City police say a suspect is in custody following an explosion early Monday at a subway station a block away from Times Square. The fire department says four injuries were reported and that "all injuries are non-life-threatening." "It was an effectively low-tech device," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a news conference near the site of the blast, after calling the news of an explosion "very disturbing."...

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Lyft is unveiling a new education program for drivers, offering access to discounted GED and college courses online. The move is an interesting experiment in the gig economy, where a growing class of workers receive zero benefits from a boss and yet competition for their time is fierce.

Many Lyft drivers see their work for the company as a stopgap measure, a flexible way to make money while they try to build a career.

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New York City police say a suspect is in custody following an explosion early Monday at a subway station a block away from Times Square. The fire department says four injuries were reported and that "all injuries are non-life-threatening."

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow cinemas to open in the kingdom for the first time in decades as part of social and economic reforms undertaken by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years," the culture and information ministry announced in a statement on Monday.

It said that the government would begin issuing cinema licenses immediately and that the first movie houses would be open by March.

The ruling party of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has won more than 90 percent of the country's mayoral races, after the opposition boycotted the election. Maduro said parties that sat out Sunday's vote will be barred from next year's presidential election.

Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela won more than 300 of the 335 mayoral offices.

"We have obtained a big victory!" Maduro said in a speech in the capital's Bolívar Plaza late Sunday. "A popular, democratic, free, sovereign victory of an independent country!"

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Governor Cuomo’s championing of strict new gun control laws in New York has taken a toll on his popularity. A new poll finds that for the first time since taking office, Cuomo’s approval rating has dropped significantly.

The Quinnipiac University poll finds the governor’s approval rating plunged from an all time high of 74% in in December to 59% now. Cuomo lost the most among Republicans, though he also dropped 10 points with Democrats, says pollster Mickey Carroll.

“His numbers overall are way, way down,” said Carroll.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo’s reproductive health act, saying it would lead to too many late term abortions. Pro choice lawmakers and advocates say they disagree with the Senator’s interpretation.

Senator Skelos first voiced his opposition to the Governor’s reproductive health act at the State’s Conservative party meeting, where some conservatives have been angered by the GOP leader’s vote on strict gun control measures earlier in January.

John Archie has owned the Full Belly Deli in Vestal for four years now. He has three employees that work at his store, and, like many New York small-business owners, he’s wondering exactly what the Affordable Care Act means for him and his restaurant.

“My biggest concern is just trying to find out what it exactly means for me in dollars and cents,” he says.

In Governor Cuomo's budget for 2013-2014, the Department of Environmental Conservation is looking at a budget cut of five and a half percent. What might this might mean if fracking comes to New York?

During an interview last week with public radio's Susan Arbetter, Governor Cuomo said money for additional staff at the DEC, before fracking is approved, isn't necessary.

"If we do it, we're going to have the money to pay the staff to do it right."

Governor Cuomo has proposed raising the minimum wage as part of his budget plan, even though the increase would not cost New York State any money. That tactic might make it easier for the proposal to become law.

Governor Cuomo’s annual budget presentation is slated for today. It comes as the State’s Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, finds revenues are not coming to New York in quite the amount anticipated.

In the 2 PM presentation, the governor is expected to explain how’s he’s going to pay for programs announced earlier this month in his State of the State message, including an expanded school day and school year.

Arctic blast sends homeless into area shelters

Jan 22, 2013

The wind chill this evening is projected at about five below zero in Binghamton, and, on nights like these, homeless shelters like the one operated by the Volunteers of America of Western New York are over-capacity.

Barbara Rick is the program director at that shelter, which provides emergency housing for individuals 18 or older. She says hers and other area shelters operate under a no-freeze policy, meaning no one is turned away even if the shelter is technically full.

Governor Cuomo, facing his third lean fiscal year as governor, closes a $1.3 billion dollar budget gap by holding spending flat for state agencies, which he estimates will save $434 million dollars, and putting off a cost-of-living increase for health care providers, worth $412 million dollars. He wants to raid a fund for workers compensation, with the promise of reforming the entire system, and raise a small number of fees, including higher fines for texting or using a cell phone while driving.

Cuomo says it’s a “different mentality” than the old days.

New York State first responders have had plenty of opportunity to put their training to the test over the past two years during extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storms Lee and Irene. Now researchers are hoping to make their challenging job easier starting from the ground up.

"Ready, go..."

Tyler Hale is a 25-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Cayuga Heights Fire Department. Wires connecting small plastic sensors snake up his arms and legs and down his back.

A new poll finds voters show overwhelming support for many of the items that Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing, including parts of the newly enacted gun control law. 

Steve Greenberg, with Siena College, says the poll asked voters whether they wanted New York to have the strongest anti gun laws in the nation, including banning assault weapons and outlawing magazine clips that hold more than seven bullets. Greenberg says the measures have broad support, at 73% to 26%.

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