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O'Reilly: Mayor Bill de Blasio's ID plan will create second-class citizens

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers

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Should New York City residents living here unlawfully receive official government-issued identity cards?

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced just such a proposal, and the debate is already hot and heavy. Under his plan, the IDs would be used to open bank accounts, sign apartment leases, file police reports and generally make life in the big city easier for people who technically aren't supposed...

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NYC brewery industry is thriving

Dave Lopez, left, and Kieran Farrell are bringing

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The burgeoning Big Apple brewery industry is thriving, according to data from the New York City Economic Development Corp.

In 2012, city microbreweries employed about 213 people, an increase of 16% from 2009. Payroll for those breweries totaled more than $6 million in 2012, a 30% jump from 2009, the EDC said.

Jeremy Cowan, the president of the New York City Brewer’s Guild and the founder...

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More subway stations to get wireless, cell service

Thirty-six stations so far have been wired for

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More stations will be getting wireless and cellular service after a year that saw a deluge of data from connections made underground.

Wi-Fi statistics from Boingo and Transit Wireless showed that 60 terabytes of data from 2.6 million connections flowed through the first 36 stations wired for service from April through the end of the year.

“That’s a dramatic volume of data,” Bill Bayne,...

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Somethings brewin'! Beer Week kicks off in NYC

Local breweries will be celebrated during New York

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From the outside, it doesn't look like much. But inside a generic warehouse in a strip of industrial businesses in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx is something out of the ordinary. Behind that metal garage door is the first brewery to make beer in the Bronx in more than 50 years.

Shiny silver fermentation tanks, a grain sifter and a "hop-back" are just some of the beer-brewing tools...

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Column: Apple and Tesla contemplating the automotive if’s

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My original opening to this article read like this: Apple is almost certainly not acquiring Tesla Motors.

But maybe it should.

It would be cool to imagine Elon Musk as Tim Cook's successor, wouldn't it?

On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Apple's top M&A guy, former Goldman Sachs banker Adrian Perica, met with Musk (and probably Tim Cook as well) last spring...

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Nets land G Thornton in trade with Kings

Marcus Thornton plays with the Kings on December

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The Nets acquired Marcus Thornton from the Kings in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans, the team announced yesterday.

Thornton, who is scheduled to make $8.6 million next season in the final year of his deal, is averaging career lows in points (8.3), field goal percentage (.381) and 3-point percentage (.318). Now in his fifth season, the 26-year-old guard averaged double-digit scoring...

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Figueroa-Levin: Minimum wage doesn't add up in NYC

Increasing the minimum wage to $9 in New

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One of the things I dislike about the debate over a higher minimum wage is when politicians say they know what it's like to have a minimum-wage job.

I had a minimum-wage job in high school. It was fun. I scooped ice cream part time and went home every week with enough money to buy fun stuff and do fun things.

But I don't know what it's like to live on a minimum-wage job. Why? Working...

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Jeter: 'I still have a season to play'

Derek Jeter spoke about his decision to retire

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Derek Jeter made it very clear when met with reporters yesterday outside Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., that it was not a retirement press conference. Instead, he stressed that he was focused on this upcoming season, the final one of his illustrious MLB career.

“I still have a season to play,” Jeter said. “This is just letting you guys know that this is gonna be my last year, but I felt...

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Editorial: Help Port Authority regain its integrity

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You have to start somewhere. Wednesday Port Authority Board Chairman David Samson apologized to the public on behalf of the agency for the "inconvenience caused to our travelers."

But wait. Inconvenience?

He was speaking about the massive four-day traffic jam inflicted last fall on drivers trying to reach the George Washington Bridge. Kids were stuck on school buses for hours. Ambulances...

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Survey: Keep airplanes a No Phone Calls zone

As federal agencies consider loosing the rules for

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As federal agencies consider loosing the rules for electronic devices in the sky, a survey of New York-area residents showed they do not want fellow passengers gabbing on their cellphones.

More than half of the 256 metropolitan-area residents surveyed by Global Gateway Alliance, a New York-focused airport advocacy group, oppose cellphone calls during fligh, while 27.7% are indifferent and...

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