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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2013, file photo, visitors socialize after a Jumu'ah prayer service outside the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and mosque in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The New York Police Department targeted the mosque as a part of a terrorism enterprise investigation beginning in 2003, spying on it for years. On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the NYPD confirmed that it has disbanded the special unit that operated that surveillance program.

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NEW YORK – A New York judge says jurors at the trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher can hear his statements that "everybody was happy" when the World Trade Center was hit by airplanes.

Judge Katherine Forrest made the ruling Tuesday, a day after selecting a jury to hear the case against the preacher, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh).

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Mustafa has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to support al-Qaida by trying to set up a terrorist training camp in 1999 in Oregon.

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NEW YORK – The New York Police Department says it has disbanded a special unit whose efforts to try to detect terror threats in Muslim communities through secret surveillance sparked outrage.

The NYPD confirmed the decision on Tuesday.

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The surveillance program by the NYPD Intelligence Division had come under fire by community activists who accused the department of abusing civil rights.

The program relied on plainclothes officers to eavesdrop on people in bookstores, restaurants and mosques.

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Alexa Ray Joel collapses on stage
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:02

Billy Joel's little girl is all grown up. Alex Ray, the daughter of the "Piano Man" singer and model Christie Brinkley turned heads when she unveiled a more mature look in New York City. Alexa admitted to a nose job in 2010, but it looks like she didn't stop at rhinoplasty. She showed off a few more enhancements before her performance. For more shocking celebrity transformations, click here.

Alexa Ray Joel collapsed on stage during her sold-out show at Café Carlyle in New York City on Saturday night.

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NEW YORK – The New York Times' assistant managing editor for photography says the paper's sweep of the photo categories in this year's Pulitzer Prizes shows "the breadth and scope" of their work.

Tyler Hicks won for his vivid breaking news coverage of a militant attack on a mall in Kenya. Josh Haner won for feature photography for a photo essay on Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs last year in the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Taxpayers are about to give the federal government a big, fat Easter egg -- more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in tax revenue that the government technically doesn't deserve. 

At issue is refund money that has been sitting in the federal coffers since the 2010 tax year, but that no one has claimed. 

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In total, $760 million is owed to 918,600 people.

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Well Bell pulls off more of an arm bra on the cover of Esquire, but its still the same idea.

Lake Bell is an indie superstar — and now she’s an undie superstar, too.

The 35-year-old New York native, sizzling in lingerie for the May issue of Esquire, won acclaim last year for writing and directing “In a World.”

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“If I write something and I’m going to put in all that love and energy, I want to direct it,” the actress tells the magazine of her passion for filmmaking.

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Jimmy Fallon went from narrowly avoiding becoming a barroom brawl casualty, to toasting the town, in just 24 hours.

On Thursday night, Fallon was reportedly partying with friends at a dive bar in New York City after the 'Tonight Show' had finished taping, when a fight broke out.

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A source at the drinking establishment Niagara told to Page Six, “There was some hostility from some people at the bar.

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April 12, 2014. Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.The Associated Press

Jennifer Lopez has added a couple of more trophies to her block.

The pop star and "American Idol" judge was honored Saturday night at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community.

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Alex Hribel, the 16-year-old sophomore charged in the mass stabbing at his Murrysville, Pennsylvania high school, has been charged as an adult with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.

Despite the horrific nature of Hribel’s alleged crimes, I believe that charging him as an adult is a perversion of our justice system and a dangerous sign that our legal system is itself losing sight of reality and truth.

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