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March 26, 2013

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is expanding a program in which the interrogations of felony suspects are recorded after their arrests.

U.S. officials are expanding a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal funding.

Taking a page from China, the United States is now scouring high schools for hackers, identifying recruits with contests that aim to get students excited about cyberdefense.

March 25, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that the NYC Rapid Repairs program is expected to complete all its work next week.

Mark Wilson looks at the NY MTA's plan to install 90 touch-screen kiosks at subway stations around the city beginning this year. The innovative kiosks will offer rider information, interactive maps, and will even be able to run third-party apps.

New York State will introduce a new drivers license in July that is made of polycarbonate and has other features that officials say will make it virtually impossible to forge.

Developers compete to create mobile apps that solve specific challenges around jobs, health, education and other topics.

March 24, 2013

In a growing trend, school districts pressed for money are allowing students to bring their phones, laptop computers or tablets to be used in the classroom.

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March 15, 2013

Municipalities are showing an interest in creating their own utilities, reflecting concerns about climate change and responses to power disruptions.

A new online guide lets New York City high school students learn things like whether they need to pass through metal detectors and wear uniforms.

March 13, 2013

Classes like wood shop or auto shop used to be called vocational classes. They were known as an academic dumping ground for students who weren't succeeding in a regular classroom. But a lot has changed. In the rural mid-Michigan school district of Stockbridge, classes now offer a pathway to college, and a way to gain skills to pay tuition.

Subway Rat Wikimedia CommonsBecause there are enough already, thanks.
The rats of NYC subways are resilient. The city is an especially well-suited home for the critters, which explains why the Big Apple has millions of them, even if some were displaced from the subway after Sandy. The latest plan to stem the tide? Sterilize them.
Traditional methods like trapping and poisoning are already being used, but there are a lot of rats down there, and this could potentially slow the population in a more humane way. A sweet-salty, sterilizing chemical called Contrapest will be placed in subway bait ...

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