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  • FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks in New York.  Bloomberg has been chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be a U.N. envoy for cities and climate change, U.N. diplomats said Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 The billionaire businessman and philanthropist turned politician made combating climate change a major focus of his 12 years as mayor. He was also very outspoken on how cities should be run to cope with ever increasing populations. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    Michael Bloomberg charts $50M challenge to NRA: 'Got to make them afraid'

    Former New York City chief Michael Bloomberg is carving out a new niche for his cash, announcing plans to spend $50 million for a campaign that will directly counter the National Rifle Association and, he said, "make them afraid" of those in the gun control camp.

  • ** FILE ** Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, delivers a speech during an annual rally commemorating anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at the Azadi 'Freedom' Square in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iran names U.S. Embassy hostage-taker as U.N. ambassador

    A member of the militant group that seized the U.S. Embassy in Iran in 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage has been named the country's ambassador to the United Nations.

  • FILE- In this Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio listens to a question during a news conference at P.S. 130 in New York. With state lawmakers working toward a plan to fund pre-kindergarten in New York City, de Blasio can attack other items on his agenda. De Blasio will set his sights on massively expanding affordable housing, hiking wages for the working class and overhauling the city's recovery from Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    NYC mayor's next big push: affordable housing

    Now that state lawmakers have closed a budget deal to fund prekindergarten in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is ready to turn to the next items on his sweeping liberal agenda: massively expanding affordable housing, increasing wages for the working class and overhauling the city's recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

  • NYC comptroller rejects $30 million IT contract

    New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has rejected a $30 million information technology contract that was awarded during the administration of former mayor Michael Bloomberg.

  • In this March 10, 2014 photo provided by the New York City Mayor's Office, Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, and actor Steve Buscemi lift weights during the production of a video to promote the city's annual Inner Circle dinner, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The video portrays de Blasio training with Steve Buscemi to get in shape for the  black-tie fundraiser in Manhattan this Saturday, March 22. It features a show by political reporters that pokes fun at the year in politics, followed by the mayor's performance, which often features a Broadway cast. This will be de Blasio's debut performance at the roast. (AP Photo/New York City Mayor's Office, Ed Reed)

    It's a drag: NYC mayors mock selves in annual show

    Rudolph Giuliani donning drag. Ed Koch stepping out of the mouth of a man-eating plant. Michael Bloomberg wearing a harness and flying 20 feet in the air while dressed as Spiderman.

  • Bloomberg defends policies in Couric interview

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly defended many of his signature policies in a wide-ranging interview with Katie Couric.

  • Teens struggle to squeeze into the job market

    Who are struggling significantly to find jobs? Teenagers.

  • Dorian S. Nakamoto listens during an interview with the Associated Press, Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Los Angeles. Nakamoto, the man that Newsweek claims is the founder of Bitcoin, denies he had anything to do with it and says he had never even heard of the digital currency until his son told him he had been contacted by a reporter three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Controversy marks Newsweek's comeback

    A mystery man. A splashy reveal. A media frenzy. Newsweek staked its return from the dead on a story it knew would get attention. A cover story claiming it had uncovered "the face behind bitcoin," the world's most popular digital currency.

  • Showdown over NYC charter schools looms in Albany

    A showdown over charter schools in New York City is looming in Albany as advocates for the schools plan to hold a rally at the state capital Tuesday just as Mayor Bill de Blasio is there pushing his pre-kindergarten plan.

  • Bloomberg's $10M gift targets Bangladesh drownings

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation is donating $10 million to a program aimed at preventing the drowning of Bangladeshi children who may be improperly supervised while their parents are at work.

  • 155 European cities join Bloomberg ideas contest

    Unemployment, energy efficiency and obesity are the top concerns targeted by some 155 European cities competing to out-innovate each other in a lucrative contest launched by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his foundation announced Wednesday.

  • Schindler's factory from Holocaust-era put up for sale

    The factory once used by Oskar Schindler to employ an estimated 1,200 Jews in the eastern Czech Republic — saving them from dying in the Nazi gas chamber or starving in a prison camp — has been put up for sale.

  • NYC mayor unveils budget, warns of challenges

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his first budget proposal Wednesday, revealing that the nation's largest city has a surplus but warning that it still faces stark fiscal challenges due to the expired labor contracts of all 150 municipal unions.

  • Slide Fire's "Pure American" billboard ad.

    MILLER: Bloomberg group blasts billboard 'assault rifle' as American as apple pie and baseball

    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, which is funded by New York City billionaire Mike Bloomberg, wants billboards taken down for depicting “assault rifles” as being as American as apple pie and baseball.

  • NY stop-frisk deal lifts hope for more settlements

    The goodwill surrounding a deal to resolve how New York City carries out its stop-and-frisk crime-reducing tool is raising hopes that the new mayor will amicably resolve other disputes that have spilled into the courts as well, including the police department's eavesdropping in Muslim communities.

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