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PHOTOS: Bonnets, costumes on display in New York City's Easter Parade

PHOTOS: Bonnets, costumes on display in New York City's Easter ParadeThe fancy hats and finery were out and on display for New York City's annual Easter extravaganza. Participants in the annual Easter Parade made their way along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Sunday in a procession of the wild and whimsical. The annual event is a New York City tradition that goes back well over a century, when the wealthy would get dressed in their best and go out for a stroll after Easter church services.



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Judge upholds New York City's mandatory measles vaccination order

Judge upholds New York City's mandatory measles vaccination orderA Brooklyn judge on Thursday ruled against a group of parents who challenged New York City’s recently imposed mandatory measles vaccination order, rejecting their arguments that the city’s public health authority exceeded its authority. In a six-page decision rendered hours after a hearing on the matter, Judge Lawrence Knipel denied the parents’ petition seeking to lift the vaccination order, imposed last week to stem the worst measles outbreak to hit the city since 1991. The judge sided with municipal health officials who defended the order as a rare but necessary step to contain a surge in the highly contagious disease that has infected at least 329 people so far, most of them children from Orthodox Jewish communities in the borough of Brooklyn.



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Yemeni bodegas boycott New York Post over attacks on Ilhan Omar

Yemeni bodegas boycott New York Post over attacks on Ilhan OmarMurdoch-owned paper published front page that Yemeni American Merchants Association says ‘provoked hatred’The groups says attacks on Ilhan Omar are making Muslim Americans less safe. Photograph: Jim Bourg/ReutersA group of New York corner-store owners has announced a boycott on the sale of the New York Post, arguing that the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper’s attacks on the congresswoman Ilhan Omar are making Muslim Americans less safe.On Thursday, the Post published a front page featuring an image of the World Trade Center towers in flames on 11 September 2001 and a quote suggesting that Omar, a Somali American congresswoman from Minnesota who wears a hijab, had minimized the seriousness of the terror attacks in a speech last month.In an open letter in response, the Yemeni American Merchants Association wrote that the front page “provoked hatred” and “aims to harm Omar and her family and other people of the Islamic faith”.The group said it was calling on “all Yemeni American bodega and deli owners” as well as “our community and allies across New York City” to boycott the sale and purchase of the Post.> This is ugly pic.twitter.com/R2XVyS4dq8> > — Harry Siegel (@harrysiegel) April 11, 2019The association represents Yemeni Americans who own and run an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 of New York City’s thousands of delis and corner stores, which are known as “bodegas”. Such stores are integral to the daily life of most New Yorkers, a crucial source of late-night snacks, morning coffee and newspapers and magazines.Repeated criticism of Omar by the Post, the Murdoch-owned Fox News, Republican politicians and Donald Trump has been condemned by progressive Democrats, including presidential contenders who called the attacks “dangerous” and said they risked “inciting violence”.Last week, a Trump supporter from New York state was arrested and charged after making a death threat against Omar. On Friday, Trump tweeted a video featuring part of Omar’s remarks to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, cut with footage from 9/11. He retweeted the message on Saturday.The Post published a brief story criticising the New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her defense of Omar.In its letter, the Yemeni American Merchants Association said the New York Post was “undermin[ing] national unity and [enticing] violence and hate”.It added: “This rhetoric threatens the safety and wellbeing of Omar, Muslim leaders, and the larger Muslim American community at a time when Islamophobia is at an all-time high.”Ayyad Algabyali, the group’s director of advocacy, told the Guardian: “It’s not the first time that the New York Post basically spreads hate and fear in their newspapers.”Selling the New York Post might bring merchants “a little profit”, he added, but it also means “you are committing to sell violence and hate in the community, and that’s totally unacceptable”.There was “no end date” to the boycott, he said, adding: “This might be for good.”Algabyali said news of the boycott had gone viral on Twitter, and that the group hoped other merchant associations might join in solidarity. The group had already received support from some Uber and Lyft drivers, he said, who were helping spread news about the boycott from one bodega to another.This is the Yemeni American Merchants Association’s first major political action. It was formed two years ago, in the wake of a a Yemeni bodega strike protesting Trump’s travel ban against several Muslim-majority countries.



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Woman crashes car after seeing a spider, New York police say

Woman crashes car after seeing a spider, New York police sayCairo, New York Police say a woman suffered an injury in the crash. Police believe the incident occurred after she saw a spider in the drivers' area.



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New York Post stirs Ilhan Omar controversy with 9/11 cover

New York Post stirs Ilhan Omar controversy with 9/11 coverConservative media outlets have seized on remarks made by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., at a fundraiser for an organization founded to combat Islamophobia.



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New York mandates vaccine to contain Brooklyn measles outbreak

New York mandates vaccine to contain Brooklyn measles outbreakNew York’s mayor declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn on Tuesday, ordering all residents to be vaccinated to fight a measles outbreak concentrated in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The order concerns all people living or working in four zip codes of Williamsburg, northwest Brooklyn, where some residents oppose vaccines on religious grounds — although neither Jewish texts nor local Jewish authorities advise against vaccination. “It was time to take a more muscular approach,” de Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference as the emergency measures were announced.



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New York City declares public health emergency, orders mandatory measles vaccinations

New York City declares public health emergency, orders mandatory measles vaccinationsMayor Bill de Blasio says the city has "the power to do this."



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In New York, confusion reigns in the emerging CBD edibles business

In New York, confusion reigns in the emerging CBD edibles businessNew York state officials told food growers and processors in mid-December that they had the state’s blessing to produce and sell tea and chocolates laced with CBD, the cannabis derivative reputed to ease anxiety and other ills without marijuana’s high. The New York City crackdown highlights the inconsistencies that have emerged in federal, state and local rules governing CBD, bewildering the small but growing number of businesses selling edibles in New York and other states. “I’m trying to be compliant with the law, but no one seems to be fully aware of what the law is and isn’t,” said C.J. Holm, the owner of the Fat Cat Kitchen, which touts CBD coffee and cookies on a sidewalk chalkboard.



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New York man charged with threatening to kill Muslim U.S. lawmaker Ilhan Omar

New York man charged with threatening to kill Muslim U.S. lawmaker Ilhan OmarA 55-year-old New York man has been arrested and charged with threatening to assault and murder Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, a Muslim U.S. Congress member from Minnesota, federal prosecutors said. Patrick Carlineo Jr. of Addison, New York, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine if convicted, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday in a statement. According to prosecutors, Carlineo spoke by telephone with one of Omar’s staff members on March 21 and asked the employee: “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood?



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Ilhan Omar: New York man charged with threatening to kill Muslim congresswoman

Ilhan Omar: New York man charged with threatening to kill Muslim congresswomanA man has been charged with threatening to kill one of the first Muslim women to serve in the US Congress. Patrick Carlineo Jr was arrested after placing a call to Ilhan Omar's office in which he allegedly called the Democrat a “terrorist” before threatening to shoot her, federal prosecutors said. The FBI said that the 55-year-old sounded angry during the call to the Washington DC office of the of Minnesota representative, but he “spelled his name correctly and provided contact information” to a staffer.Mr Carlineo later told bureau investigators that he “loves the president and that he hates radical Muslims in our government,” according to the criminal complaint filed by US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York.Ms Omar became one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress at last year’s midterms, joining the House of Representatives in January.During the call the 55-year-old allegedly said: “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she’s a (expletive) terrorist? I’ll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull.”The 21 March call was initially reported to the US Capitol Police, who began an investigation in coordination with the FBI.The prosecutor’s office said Mr Carlineo had been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with threatening to assault and murder a US official. He is being held pending a detention hearing on 10 April.The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $ 250,000 fine, or both. Mr Carlineo’s defence attorney declined to comment on the charges. Ms Omar was met with a backlash for remarks she made earlier this year on Israel, including comments that US supporters of Israel are pushing people to have “allegiance to a foreign country”.Both leading Republicans and members of her own Democratic party criticised Ms Omar’s comments as antisemitic.She later apologised, saying “antisemitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of antisemitic tropes”.Additional reporting by Associated Press



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