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Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.

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Etan Patz
Etan Patz (Courtesy of WNBC-TV)
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Judge sees confession tape in ’79 missing boy case

A man charged with killing a boy who disappeared in 1979 calmly told investigators that he strangled the child, according to a confession video played in court Monday for a judge who will decide whether the recording can be used as trial evidence.

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France's President Francois Hollande, left, talks with Iraqi counterpart Fouad Massoum ahead of a conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
France's President Francois Hollande, left, talks with Iraqi counterpart Fouad Massoum ahead of a conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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‘No time to lose’ in global push against militants

 

PARIS (AP) — Reconnaissance planes at the ready, France's president said there was "no time to lose" in the global push to combat extremists from the Islamic State group, minus the two countries who share most of Iraq's borders.

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This undated photo provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society shows First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing
This undated photo provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society shows First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing (AP Photo/Wisconsin Historical Society)
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Civil War officer’s heroism earns Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers, a Union Army officer who made the ultimate sacrifice more than 150 years ago will be recognized for his heroism when President Barack Obama grants him the nation's highest commendation for battlefield valor.

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Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson.  (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)
Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)
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Pennsylvania police: Trooper hurt in ambush conscious, talking

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed a colleague outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, shown here at right with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sept. 11, toured the reopened subway tunnel Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, shown here at right with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sept. 11, toured the reopened subway tunnel Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool)
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NYC subway tunnel damaged by Sandy restored to service

NEW YORK (AP) -- Trains are once again going to go through a subway tunnel that was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

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Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Queen Elizabeth will still be Scotland's monarch if the Scots vote for independence Thursday. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)
Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Queen Elizabeth will still be Scotland's monarch if the Scots vote for independence Thursday. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)
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Queen Elizabeth to Scots: Think carefully about future

LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week's Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future."

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Etan Patz
Etan Patz (Courtesy of WNBC-TV)
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Key hearing Monday for NJ suspect in 1979 Etan Patz case

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pedro Hernandez hadn't attracted much attention from police before detectives came to his suburban New Jersey door on a tip one morning in May 2012. Seven hours later, the investigators' video cameras started rolling as he admitted killing a 6-year-old boy whose 1979 disappearance helped ignite a nationwide missing-children's movement.

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British man Alan Henning, currently held hostage by Islamic State (IS) and whose life was threatened in the IS video in which they beheaded David Haines.  (AP Photo/PA Wire)
British man Alan Henning, currently held hostage by Islamic State (IS) and whose life was threatened in the IS video in which they beheaded David Haines. (AP Photo/PA Wire)
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Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

LONDON (AP) -- Now it's Britain's turn to mourn.

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Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on NBC's "Meet the Press" (NBC News)
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White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.

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