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Federal Hearing Focuses On Conditions At Rikers IslandNew York City attorneys, a federal monitor and others met Thursday with a federal judge regarding the ongoing crisis on Rikers Island.
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Gov. Murphy Pushes Gun Safety PackageGov. Phil Murphy makes announcement on gun safety in Metuchen, New Jersey.
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Vigil At Woodhill Hospital Commemorates World AIDS DayPeople gathered at Woodhill Hospital in Brooklyn on Wednesday to mark World AIDS Day by reflecting, remembering and looking forward.
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CDC Reviewing More Potential Cases Of Omicron Variant In USCBS News has learned the CDC is reviewing more potential cases of the Omicron variant in several states; CBS2's Jessica Layton reports.
Coney Island Seeks Artist For Welcome MuralThe Alliance for Coney Island is looking for a painter to create a mural that welcomes visitors and makes an impact on the entire community.
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