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Epstein dies by suicide

Jeffrey Epstein, the investor who faced , has died, according to multiple news reports. Epstein committed suicide in his Lower Manhattan jail cell, ABC News reported, citing three law enforcement… To view the full story, click the title link.

Biggest N.J. lake has been mostly shut to swimmers on algae woes

Most of Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest lake, is closed to swimmers more than five weeks after state officials warned that toxic algae levels could cause health problems. The nine-mile-long freshwater lake in Sussex and Morris counties, an alternative to the Jersey Shore for many, had a swimming advisory lifted today in its Henderson Cove area. Still, elevated bacteria levels continue through a majority of the lake, the Department of Environmental Protection said in a press release. On June 27, DEP officials confirmed the presence of a harmful algal bloom in the lake after receiving reports of people experiencing mild skin rashes after coming…

Pelosi says she and AOC don’t have ‘that many differences’

as she emerged from a private meeting with the New York freshman Friday morning. “I don’t think we have that many differences,” Pelosi said as she left her office, adding a complaint that similar meetings with other lawmakers don’t get the same attention. Ocasio-Cortez, who’s prominent profile has created friction with some other Democrats, departed without speaking to reporters. Shortly afterward, the speaker posted on Twitter a photo of the two together and wrote, “Today, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and I sat down to discuss working together to meet the needs of our districts and our country, fairness in our economy and diversity in our country.” Many House members have…

Carter, top lawyer for NYC, to retire in August

The head of New York City’s Law Department is retiring after six years overseeing a staff of nearly 1,000 lawyers. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter will retire at the end of August. The 69-year-old Carter has served as corporation counsel since 2014. He served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1993 to 1999. De Blasio called Carter “one of our city’s finest public servants.” The Democratic mayor singled out Carter’s work in settling with the Central Park Five. The five men received a $41 million settlement after their convictions in the 1989 rape and beating of a jogger were overturned…

Jay-Z’s companies sue licensing company for fraud

Jay-Z’s business entities sued a New York City licensing firm, claiming it cheated the companies as part of a “colossal accounting scandal.” The lawsuit accuses Iconix Brand Group Inc. of lying about its finances when it made deals with the rapper’s Roc Nation apparel company. There was no immediate response to a phone message Friday seeking comment from Iconix. When Roc Nation entered into a brand partnership with Iconix in 2013, the defendant company was fabricating financial reports to falsely inflate its earnings, according …

U.S. stocks fall, 10-year rate hits 2.05% on jobs

U.S. stocks fell from records, Treasuries tumbled and the dollar jumped after a strong monthly jobs report clouded the case for Federal Reserve rate cuts. Gold retreated. The S&P 500 Index slumped… To view the full story, click the title link.

NYC hospitals to reject federal funding over abortion ‘gag rule’

Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking his fight with President Donald Trump to the municipal hospital system. The mayor announced Friday that on the table because it comes with restrictions on abortion-related care. The Trump administration issued a rule in February barring clinics that accept the federal dollars from terminating pregnancies in the same locations where they offer other services. It also forbids them to refer patients to abortion providers—though, contrary to what de Blasio claimed, they may still discuss the practice with their patients. The mayor’s news conference came almost a week after a federal court slapped down the city’s lawsuit against the provision; de Blasio was busy earlier in the week campaigning for president …

Montefiore, Einstein CEO to retire

Dr. Steven Safyer, president and CEO of Montefiore Medicine, which includes In a letter sent to colleagues Friday, he said he would continue at Montefiore’s helm until a successor is found. Dan… To view the full story, click the title link.

Cuomo won’t commit to legalizing e-bikes and scooters

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not quite ready to let go of the seat of the city’s electric bike and scooter users. The Democrat gave a noncommittal comment about the future of a bill the state Legislature passed this week legalizing the battery-powered transports—while citing a raft of potential problems with the measure and the devices themselves. The governor’s remarks came as lawmakers vacated the capitol following a voting spree that ran two days past the official close of the Albany legislative calendar.”That’s a bill that’s …

DA candidate pledged to crack down on live lobster boiling

Queens seafood lovers who boil their crabs and lobsters alive might wind up in hot water themselves if Tiffany Cabán becomes their district attorney.In May, the left-wing candidate filled out a… To view the full story, click the title link.