Hundreds sleep out in New York to raise awareness on homelessness | AFP

Over a thousand people brave the cold and spend the night sleeping in New York’s Times Square to raise awareness on homelessness as part of a worldwide event, with Madrid and London among other participating cities.

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Today in History for December 8th

America enters World War Two; Former Beatle John Lennon is shot to death in New York. (Dec. 8)

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Terence Blanchard, the jazz trumpeter making opera history | AFP

A top-tier jazz trumpeter and Spike Lee’s go-to film score master for three decades, Terence Blanchard is now set to make history as the first black composer to stage a production at New York’s esteemed Metropolitan Opera. AFP spoke to the musician about being the first black composer to be staged at the Metropolitan Opera, hours ahead of a tribute to his career at the 2019 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Competition & Gala.

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‘Jagged Little Pill’ premieres on Broadway

“Jagged Little Pill” had its Broadway opening in New York. The musical is based on Morissette’s music and written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody. (Dec. 6)

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Auschwitz survivor fears rise of anti-Semitism | AFP

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for the first time, 96-year-old survivor Frederick Terna will be at home in New York worrying about a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

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Weinstein accused of mishandling ankle monitor

Harvey Weinstein violated his bail conditions by mishandling his electronic ankle monitor β€” sometimes going unaccounted for hours at a time, a New York prosecutor argued Friday. (Dec. 6)

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Weinstein arrives at the Supreme Court of the state of New York for bail hearing | AFP

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Supreme Court of the state of New York, ahead of bail hearing. IMAGES

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Harvey Weinstein arrives at court in New York

Harvey Weinstein arrived at a New York City courtroom Friday for a pretrial hearing in his rape and sexual assault case. (Dec. 6)

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New York’s ‘island of the dead’ to welcome more of the living | AFP

A once off-limits, eroding island in New York where more than a million people are buried in unmarked mass graves dug by prisoners is about to become more accessible. Plans to open up Hart Island have been signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Rockefeller tree lights up

Celebrities and hundreds of onlookers attend annual lighting of the massive Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York. (Dec. 5)

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On This Day: 4 December 1969

Jay-Z was born in Brooklyn, New York. (Dec. 4)

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Today in History for December 4th

Associated Press Correspondent Terry Anderson is released from captivity; American troops head to Somalia; General George Washington says farewell to his officers in New York; Frank Zappa dies. (Dec. 4)

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Lopez and Driver head up starry Gotham Awards

At New York’s Gotham Awards, “Marriage Story” actor Adam Driver says he’s not surprised by individual successes of life partners Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. (Dec. 3)

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Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon to attend climate summit in Madrid | AFP

Swedish teen eco-warrior Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon, Portugal, after crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran to attend a UN climate change summit in Madrid. Thunberg, 16, has become the face of young peoples’ demands for climate action and made a point of making the journey back from September’s New York climate summit by sea rather than fuel-guzzling plane. IMAGES

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Braving the cold on Black Friday for holiday deals

Shoppers in New York braved the cold on Black Friday in search for good deals ahead of the holiday season. This will be the shortest shopping season since 2013 because Thanksgiving fell on the fourth Thursday in November. (Nov. 29)

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AP Top Stories November 28 A

Here’s the latest for Thursday, November 28th: China protests US human rights bills for Hong Kong; Texas officials don’t know when chemical plant fire will burn out; West Coast freeway reopens after snowstorm; New York readies for Thanksgiving Day parade.

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Analyst: Sale of Tiffany & Co. ‘monumental’

French luxury group LVMH has agreed to buy iconic New York jeweler Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion, adding a famed star to its portfolio that already boasts Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Bulgari. (Nov.25)

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Today in History for November 25th

Highlights of this day in history: President John F. Kennedy laid to rest at Arlington; New details emerge about Iran-Contra affair; British forces leave New York; Elian Gonzalez rescued off Florida coast; Baseball’s Joe DiMaggio born. (Nov. 25)

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Lawyer of Epstein’s alleged victim sues the millionaire | AFP

Lawyer Gloria Allred announces that she has filed a lawsuit against US financier Jeffrey Epstein’s estate on behalf of her client Teala Davies, who claims that Epstein sexually assaulted her for two years from the age of 17. The to the late convicted sex offender who was found dead in a New York prison in August. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday, November 20: Sondland testifies he worked at the direction of Trump; President says impeachment should end; Prince Andrew steps back due to Epstein links; New York to consider ban on tackle football for younger kids.

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Sondland admits Trump benefits from Biden probe

Near the end of Wednesday’s first impeachment hearing, Ambassador Gordon Sondland clashed with New York Rep. Sean Maloney about who would benefit from a Ukraine investigation of the Bidens. Sondland’s reticent answer: President Donald Trump. (Nov. 20)

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NY considers ban on tackle football for children

A New York lawmaker who proposed a law to ban tackle football for kids aged 12 and under says he hopes the bill passes soon because tackle football poses a “danger to developing brains.” (Nov. 19)

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Today in History for November 18th

Highlights of this day in history: Cult leader Jim Jones and hundreds of followers die in mass murder-suicide in South America; Massachusetts high court rules gay couples can marry; Disney’s ‘Steamboat Willie’ premieres in New York. (Nov. 18)

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AP Top Stories November 14 P

Here’s the latest for Thursday November 14th: School shooting in California; Elizabeth Warren targets Bloomberg in comments; Australia hit with wildfires, Red panda cubs make zoo debut in New York. (Nov. 14)

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