New York City's ban on foie gras violates law, New York state says

The State of New York has determined that New York City’s ban on foie gras, stuffed goose or duck liver, violates state law, according to documents filed in New York City Superior Court.

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets informed city officials Wednesday that the ban “unreasonably restricts” the operations of two farms that sued the city over the ban, La Belle Farm and Hudson Valley Foie Gras.

New York City had originally passed a bill in 2019 to ban restaurants and retailers fro

10 states have now banned the sale of cosmetics tested on animals

New York became the tenth state to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals after Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a measure into law Thursday evening.

The law, known as the New York Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, prohibits the sale and manufacturing of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. It is slated to go into effect in January 2023.

The new legislation in New York follows similar action taken in Virginia, California, Louisiana, New Jersey, Maine, Hawaii, Nevada, Illinois and Maryland, accor

Man assaulted in antisemitic attack in New York's Central Park; Attacker yells 'Kanye 2024'

A 63-year-old man was assaulted in what police are calling an antisemitic attack in New York’s Central Park on Wednesday, according to the New York Police Department.

The man was walking in the park when another man in his mid-40’s allegedly ambushed him from behind, causing the older man to fall, chip his tooth and break his hand, police said.

The suspect yelled antisemitic insults at the victim, as well as “Kanye 2024,” before fleeing on a bicycle with an attached trailer that had a sign rea

A Virginia superintendent is fired after a state report into handling of sexual assaults at school is issued

A Virginia school superintendent was fired Tuesday, a day after a report from the state accused him of lying about a sexual assault involving a student in May 2021.

The special grand jury report, conducted by the office of Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, also criticized former school superintendent Dr. Scott Ziegler and other school officials for mishandling the investigation of an October sexual assault allegedly by the same student that year.

The superintendent said of the May sexua

Amber Heard appeals defamation case loss to ex-husband Johnny Depp

Lawyers for Amber Heard officially appealed her loss in a defamation case brought by Johnny Depp, arguing there were several errors in the trial, according to a copy of the appeal obtained by CNN.

Errors listed include that the case was tried in Virginia and that the court improperly barred Heard from submitting some evidence, according to the appeal.

Attorneys for Heard cited the exclusion of the November 2020 libel case that Depp lost against Britain’s Sun newspaper, where Depp was referred

Dealng with Rising Mental Health Concerns on Campus

Dr. Lichtman said that most colleges provide some form of “reactive” support. What is less common is the presence of “proactive” support that provides support for long-term solutions to mental health.

“Most schools will provide various degrees of individual and group counseling for students experiencing mental health difficulty. I believe the key to meaningful change and successful leadership in this area is to provide proactive leadership,” said Dr. Lichtman.

With regards to his university, D

Teen who allegedly confessed on Instagram video chat to killing girl told police it was an 'accident,' complaint says

The 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy who allegedly confessed over Instagram video chat to killing a young girl told police when he was taken into custody that “it was an accident,” according to a criminal complaint.

Police in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, responded Friday afternoon after a girl reported receiving a video call and text messages from Joshua Cooper in which he allegedly told her he had killed someone and asked for her help disposing the body, the complaint said.

When police arrived at Coop

Police claim a 16-year-old confessed on Instagram video chat to killing a girl and asked for help disposing of body

A teenager has been charged as an adult after police claim he killed another young person and confessed on an Instagram video chat, asking for help disposing of the body.

Police in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, said they received a call from a woman Friday afternoon who claimed her daughter had received a video call from a 16-year-old acquaintance.

“During the video chat, the 16-year-old stated that he had just killed someone,” police said in a statement. “He then flipped the video image and showed

A baby and a toddler were stabbed to death in New York City, police say

Two young brothers – an 11-month-old baby and a 3-year-old boy – were stabbed to death in New York City, police said.

The two boys were found unresponsive with “multiple stab wounds” to their necks and torsos at an apartment building in the Bronx late Saturday, the New York Police Department said. The children were taken to a hospital, but both later died.

Police initially responded to a call about an emotionally disturbed person around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, NYPD Deputy Chief Louis Deceglie told

Good Samaritan and NYPD officers rescue man from subway tracks moments before train arrives

A good Samaritan, who was at the right place at the right time, and a team of New York City officers who rushed on scene rescued a man who fell on the subway tracks just seconds before an incoming train arrived, police said.

Two officers from the NYPD’s 25th Precinct were in the middle of a platform inspection Thursday evening on the 6 line at the East 116 Street and Lexington Avenue subway station when commuters informed them a man had fallen on the train tracks of another platform, the depart

11 Temple University students robbed in off-campus Philadelphia apartment, police say

Eleven students from Temple University in Philadelphia were held hostage and robbed by two masked men with handguns early Friday, authorities said.

Police said officers responded to a report at an off-campus property about 6 a.m.

The students had been sleeping when the two suspects broke in, rounded them up, and brought them to the property’s basement, police said.

One of the victims was tied up, the others were not, according to Philadelphia police.

Police said none of the students were inj

The NBA’s Big Play for India? Ranveer Singh

It’s February 19, 2022, at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Throngs of National Basketball Association (NBA) fans pack the arena to witness the All-Star Celebrity Game, an annual league tradition since 2003. The roster includes comedian Tiffany Haddish, singers Machine Gun Kelly and Jack Harlow, and one celebrity who has more followers than all three combined. Wearing a multicolored jersey with the #69 on the back and his hair pushed back with a red headband, Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh

3 female politicians maintain tradition by visiting Susan B. Anthony’s grave to place "I Voted Today" stickers

It was 150 years ago this year that noted suffragette and voting rights activist, Susan B. Anthony illegally cast her vote in her hometown of Rochester, New York.

She was arrested, and then convicted for voting illegally. Nearly 50 years later, after the 19th Amendment passed on June 4, 1919, White women like Anthony were legally granted the right to vote.

On Tuesday, women and men paid tribute to Anthony's trailblazing efforts by visiting her final resting place and leaving their “I Voted Today” stickers on her gravestone after voting in the 2022 midterm elections. It's been a local Rochester tradition for years now to visit the site at Mount Hope Cemetery, also the resting place of abolitionist Fredrick Douglass, on election day.

Cornell suspends fraternity parties and social events after allegations of sexual assault and drug-laced drinks

Cornell University has suspended all fraternity parties and social events after campus police issued alerts about an alleged sexual assault and at least four alleged incidents of drug-laced drinks at an off-campus location, university officials said.

The university said in a letter Monday to students that the incidents “reportedly occurred at off-campus residences affiliated with registered fraternities.”

The school’s interfraternity council made the decision to suspend parties and other socia

Higher Ed Preps for End of Race-Conscious Admissions

October 31 is usually a day reserved for pumpkins, trick-or-treat and spooky ghost stories. This Halloween, however, leaders in higher education will also be anxiously watching a Supreme Court decision that could spell the end of race-conscious admissions at tertiary education institutes nationwide. The court will hear two lawsuits brought by the anti-affirmative action group, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) on October 31. The group will bring a case against Harvard (a private institution) a

The 24-Hour Lives of Home Health Attendants in New York City

Zhu Chen wakes up every day at 6 am to start her workday, just like she did when she served as a TK for nineteen years. Except that she wasn’t really waking up. Working as a live-in home attendant, she would rarely get a full night’s sleep, if ever. She spent the night awake tending to her patient’s needs, turning them over to prevent them from getting bedsores or walking them to the bathroom.
Zhu Chen is one of many home attendants in New York City who work 24-hour days — and do not get compensated appropriately for it. Home attendants help take care of a patient in their home under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Women comprise 90 percent of home health aides in New York are women, and 60 percent are immigrants. This vulnerable intersection of identity means women of color often face precarious situations like wage theft, forced labor, or demands for working overtime with little to no compensation, as well as other exploitative work conditions.

New York City Expands Protections for Domestic Workers After Long-time Exclusion

On August 25th, 2021, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation adding domestic workers to New York City’s Human Rights Law, which offers laborers protection from discrimination based on age, race, and gender and enacts penalties against employers found to be violating the law. The new law now provides domestic workers protections from harassment when it comes to processes of hiring and firing and gives domestic workers the right to seek redress under The City Human Rights Law like other employees in New York City.

Santa Claus is Coming (Back) to Town

The year is 1999, Seoul, South Korea. My mother has dressed me in a red corduroy dress. I’m sitting in the lap of a Santa at my Dad’s office Christmas party. I squirm to break free as the Kodak flashes. Polaroids of my sister and I dressed up in matching red dresses and tights, perched upon Santa’s lap, fill our mother’s photo albums. Seeing Santa was always the highlight of my year. I’d rattle off things I yearned for, convincing him I was ‘good’, attempting to prove it by naively wishing for w

Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome May Be Why You're a Night Owl

It's 4 a.m. and I'm lying awake in bed—again. I'm scrolling through my phone and probably won't fall asleep for another half-hour. It's not because I want to stay awake at this ungodly hour nor do I enjoy tossing and turning for what feels like forever while I'm chasing zzz's.

I've regularly gone to bed and fallen asleep at this hour for years. But why?

Ever since I was young, I've gravitated toward going to sleep late. Even as an 11-year-old, I relished that I had my own room where I could cr
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