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  • Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

    Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to save energy. Gdansk, Poland, is proposing to require officials to debate ideas from citizens.

  • New England editorial roundup

    The Republican of Springfield (Mass.), April 17, 2014

  • Michael Bloomberg: I've 'earned my place in heaven' for anti-gun crusade

    Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said it's his work for more gun control — along with his anti-smoking and healthy eating campaigns — that have won him God's favor and a sure spot behind the Pearly Gates.

  • FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, speaks at a news conference in New York where the announcement was made regarding the arrest of 19 people and seizure of 254 guns as part of gun smuggling between the Carolinas and New York. The former mayor, a billionaire and advocate of firearms regulation, plans to spend $50 million this year setting up a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling gun-control supporters to the polls. The new organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, will focus on women, especially mothers, The New York Times reported on its website, Tuesday April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    EDITORIAL: Sainthood for gun-grabbing ex-Mayor Bloomberg?

    Mike Bloomberg is a saint in his own mind (nowhere else matters). "I have earned my place in heaven," the billionaire ex-mayor told The New York Times. He thinks he's buying an indulgence with the $50 million he says he will spend this year to support politicians who think like he does on gun control.

  • 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 Mayor Michael I. Bloomberg is planning to spend $50 million this year to promote gun control and target Democrats and Republicans alike on the issue, saying he hopes to provide a counterweight to the well-funded gun lobby.

  • FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, speaks at a news conference in New York where the announcement was made regarding the arrest of 19 people and seizure of 254 guns as part of gun smuggling between the Carolinas and New York. The former mayor, a billionaire and advocate of firearms regulation, plans to spend $50 million this year setting up a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling gun-control supporters to the polls. The new organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, will focus on women, especially mothers, The New York Times reported on its website, Tuesday April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.

  • ** 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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