People have strong feelings about eating on the subway, as shown by the recent 'subway spaghetti' incident that spawned a fight on an underground train in New York. Here, a man wolfs down some Chinese food on a New York subway train in 1997.
From Twitter to WikiLeaks, we must balance openness and safety.
Homeland security budget dollars are critical to protecting large US metropolitan areas, like New York City. The proposed fiscal year 2012 federal budget for homeland security would see significant dollars headed to the Big Apple.
Smokers in New York will have fewer places to puff when Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs a new law banning smoking in the city's parks and on its beaches.
New York City lawmakers voted Feb. 2, 2011 to ban smoking outdoors in public parks, public beaches, and even Times Square. The Big Apple is the latest major US city to prohibit smoking in parks and other public spaces, adopting laws that are tougher than its home state's. Such laws are a boon to public health and reduce litter in urban parks, say supporters. Critics say they are yet another instance of "big government" encroachment on personal freedoms and are almost impossible to enforce. In all, almost 500 cities, counties, and towns have banned smoking in public parks. Here are five big cities that have done so.
Christian Niccum (l.) and Jayson Terdiman of the US start in the ice channel during the doubles luge World Cup qualification sprint race in Altenberg, Germa. They placed 4th.
'Snooki' Polizzi or a big Times Square ball? Please. How about a fish, a rodent, or an enormous roll of lunch meat? When these cities party on New Year's Eve, they get creative.
Much of the US will be tuning into the Times Square ball drop in New York City, but there are celebrations to rival that one around the world. Below are some of the world's biggest New Year's Eve celebrations.
Three-year-old Cheng Yuhui, a child from a migrant worker family from southwest China's Sichuan Province, smiles with his eyes covered by a hat as he plays with his father (l.) in their eight square metre (86 square foot) dwelling on the outskirts of Beijing.
During the busiest travel season of the year, travelers carrying thermoses or beverage cups – which could be used to conceal explosive materials – may be subject to extra scrutiny.