House Republicans Remove Rep. Ilhan Omar From Foreign Affairs Committee
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by Kevin Freking and Lisa Mascaro
10h ago
The Republican-led House voted after raucous debate Thursday to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the chamber’s Foreign Affairs Committee, citing her anti-Israel comments, in a dramatic response after Democrats last session booted far-right GOP lawmakers over incendiary remarks. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was able to solidify Republican support against the Somali-born Muslim woman in the new Congress although some GOP lawmakers had expressed reservations. Removal of lawmakers from House committees was essentially unprecedented until the Democratic ousters two years ago of hard-right Repub ..read more
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Green Comet Last in Solar System 50,000 Years Ago Spotted Over Long Island
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by Greg Cergol
10h ago
Did you see it? A comet last in the solar system about 50,000 years ago was visible in the pre-dawn sky Thursday for intrepid Americans who likely only needed a telescope or even just binoculars to catch a glimpse of its green glory. The comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), a name that NASA acknowledges is a mouthful, hit its closest point to Earth on Feb. 2 on its jaunt through the inner solar system, treating those in the Northern Hemisphere to a glorious spectacle. Michael Amato, a 13-year-old from Long Island’s Setauket, was among those fortunate enough to get a photo (below). Comet ..read more
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Chicken Wing, Guac Prices Drop in 2023 Ahead of Super Bowl 57
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by Julia Elbaba
15h ago
Let’s give you something to “guac” about for Super Bowl 57! If you enjoy a tasty spread of food and drinks while you gather around your TV to watch the biggest sporting event of the year, you are in luck. Consumers of various poultry options including chicken wings, steak and shrimp will be seeing a significant price drop compared to last year, making your Super Bowl party this year budget-friendly. Moreover, delicious condiments for your favorite chips such as guacamole and hummus are following suit as some affordable Super Bowl dips after an uptick last year. On the beverage end, if you enjo ..read more
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Who Is the Highest-Paid Coordinator in the NFL?
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by Sanjesh Singh
15h ago
Who is the highest-paid coordinator in the NFL? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago Vic Fangio is on the cusp of making history. The former Denver Broncos head coach has reportedly agreed to become the new Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, which will become official after this year’s Super Bowl. Fangio taking up the Dolphins’ opening reportedly makes him the highest-paid coordinator in the NFL.  Let’s take a dive into the salaries of NFL coordinators: How much does an NFL coordinator make? On average, NFL offensive and defensive coordinators have an annual salary of $1 million ..read more
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What Is Ayahuasca and Why Are People Turning to Psychedelics for Mental Health Treatments?
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by Michael Casey
15h ago
Ayahuasca is a psychedelic tea whose roots go back hundreds of years to ceremonial use by Indigenous groups in the Amazon region. It’s widely used in South America where it is legal in several countries, including Peru and Brazil. But in the United States, it remains illegal because the brew contains the psychedelic N, N-Dimethyltryptamine or DMT. Despite its illegal status, ayahuasca has become increasingly popular in the U.S., and interest has intensified as celebrities like NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Hollywood star Will Smith talked about attending ceremonies. Supporters have formed ..read more
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NYC Candy Legend, 90, Brutalized Outside Shop He's Run for Half-Century
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by Myles Miller and Jennifer Millman
15h ago
Someone accosted a 90-year-old Manhattan candy store legend after soliciting him on the street earlier this week, threatening to kill him and beating him bloody outside the East Village shop he has run the last 50 years, police say. The NYPD confirmed Thursday that Ray Alvarez was the victim in the 3 a.m. attack this past Tuesday just outside his candy store on Avenue A. According to police, a stranger carrying a package approached Alvarez outside his shop and asked if he wanted to buy the contents. Alvarez asked what was inside the package, at which point the stranger told another man to hold ..read more
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Powerball Jackpot Rises to $700 Million for Saturday's Drawing
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The Powerball jackpot is climbing again, jumping to $700 million after no winning tickets were drawn on Wednesday. The jackpot ranks as the sixth-largest in Powerball history. The $700 million prize is for winners who choose to take their riches through an annuity, paid annually over 29 years. Nearly all winners opt for cash, which is currently estimated at $375.7 million. The numbers drawn on Wednesday are 31, 43, 58, 59, 66 and the red Powerball 5. Those winnings also would be subject to federal taxes. Many states tax lottery winnings, too. No one has hit all six numbers since Nov. 19, 2022 ..read more
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NYC Apartment Death Ruled Homicide Months Later: Who Killed Tamara Graham?
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by Jennifer Millman
18h ago
The case of a 43-year-old woman who was found dead in a Brooklyn apartment in mid-December when cops responded to a call of a bad smell has been ruled a homicide, authorities say. The NYPD identified the victim Thursday as Tamara Graham. She was discovered unconscious in the living room of her eighth-floor Troy Avenue apartment before noon on Thursday, Dec. 15. It wasn’t clear how long she was there. Graham was pronounced dead at the scene. Cops said at the time there were no obvious signs of trauma initially observed. Autopsy results weren’t immediately available Thursday, but the NYPD says h ..read more
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Sandra Lindsay, First to Get U.S. COVID Vaccine, Travels to Jamaica on New Mission
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by Linda Gaudino
19h ago
February marks Black History Month, a time to pay tribute to those Black and Afro-Latinx who broke boundaries and continue to make history. Long Island critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay became a national name when she received the first official dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. in December 2020. Three years later, she returned to her homeland in Jamaica to continue her mission work. Since the first jab, Lindsay has been engaged in her new leadership role as Vice President of Public Health Advocacy at Northwell Health, monitoring the spread of coronavirus and ensuring high-risk localit ..read more
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How Accurate are Punxsutawney Phil's Predictions? It Depends Where You Live
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by Nina Lin
19h ago
Every year, thousands of winter-weary souls gather at Gobbler’s Knob on February 2nd in search of spring. As legend has it, if Punxsutawney Phil rises from his tree stump and sees his shadow, it’s six more weeks of winter. No shadow? Early spring. Whether or not anyone actually believes that this groundhog – or any groundhog, including New York rival Staten Island Chuck – can predict the weather is up for debate, but skepticism aside, his devoted club emerge every February to help Phil perform his prophetic duties. But just how accurate are his predictions anyways? An NBC data analysis (yes, r ..read more
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