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  • Rockaway beach boardwalk devastated by Sandy (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)Citing the perils of climate change and the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday called for a sweeping $19.5 billion initiative that would include new coastal protections and zoning codes for the city as well as new standards for telecommunications and fuel provision.

    “I strongly believe we have to prepare for what scientists say is a likely scenario,” Bloomberg said at a press briefing at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

    The initiative followed the release of a 400-page report titled “A Stronger, More Resilient New York.” The report was produced by the mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, launched after Sandy to assess the impacts of climate change on the nation’s largest city.

    Sandy, which took the lives of 43 New Yorkers and displaced countless others when it struck last October, cost the city an estimated $19 billion in damage and economic loss. The hurricane brought a record 14-foot storm surge to lower Manhattan,

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    Angie Jack and Emma Bedford wanted a traditional June wedding. But by simply desiring to enter into the age-old institution, they couldn't avoid making a political statement—even if they wanted to.

    Emma, 26, considered reading part of Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren's opinion from "Loving vs. Virginia," the landmark 1967 decision that invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage:

    The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival.

    "I guess I'm more politically aware, and I'm not afraid to offend," Emma, a counselor for Bottom Line, a New York City-based nonprofit that helps mentor at-risk urban college students, says. "Now is the time to open the gates, to get on the right side of history."

    But the couple ultimately decided to keep the debate surrounding same-sex marriage out of their

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    Edward Snowden, the former defense contractor who blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's massive domestic surveillance program, is being hailed as a hero by many for exposing the government's controversial spy operations.

    "Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs," a petition urging the Obama administration to pardon Snowden posted to the White House website reads. It has more than 50,000 signatures.

    "He is a hero," The New Yorker's John Cassidy writes. "In revealing the colossal scale of the U.S. government’s eavesdropping on Americans and other people around the world, he has performed a great public service that more than outweighs any breach of trust he may have committed."

    "There has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden's release of NSA material," Daniel

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  • Golf-Teenager Ko becomes youngest world number one

    (Reuters) - Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand became the youngest golfer to hold top spot in the world rankings by tying for second place at the LPGA season-opening Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Florida, on Saturday. American Tiger Woods was previously the youngest golfer to become world number one when he did it in 1997 at 21, while Shin Ji-yai held the women's record after reaching top spot in 2010 aged 22. The Korean-born Ko, led by as many as four strokes in the final round but slipped behind after a double-bogey six at the 17th hole as she finished one shot behind winner and good friend Choi Na-yeon of South Korea, who fired a 68.

  • Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight
    Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight

    Unbeaten fighter Floyd Mayweather dampened talk of a possible mega-fight agreement with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, a day after the Asian star's promoter said a deal was near. Mayweather posted a message on his Shots account that said in part "While they continue to lie about making the fight... I'm just going to continue to travel and explore the world on my private jet. Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the New York Post on Friday that he was optimistic a Pacquiao-Mayweather deal for a May 2 fight in Las Vegas would be completed in the next couple of days, with only a few final details to be settled between rival telecasters HBO and Showtime, the rights holders for Pacquiao and Mayweather respectively. Mayweather, who turns 38 on February 24, left England's Amir Khan hanging for months until announcing on his birthday last year that he would fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana instead.

  • Pellegrini remains hopeful as Mourinho sulks
    Pellegrini remains hopeful as Mourinho sulks

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho kept his thoughts to himself after his side consolidated their position atop the Premier League with a 1-1 home draw against nearest rivals Manchester City. Aggrieved by striker Diego Costa's three-game ban for treading on Liverpool's Emre Can -- an incident he felt was unfairly amplified by the media -- Mourinho has imposed a personal press blackout at Stamford Bridge. Having cancelled his weekly press conference on Friday, he refused to speak on television either before or after Saturday's game, while in contravention of Premier League rules, reporters attending his post-match press conference were greeted by the sight of an empty blue chair. The Portuguese appears to be attempting to create a siege mentality at Chelsea and while his no-show drew scorn from fans on social media, it is a tactic that does not appear to have done his players any harm.

  • Van Gaal happy to have Fletcher on board

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will welcome back Darren Fletcher to Old Trafford if the Scotland international's proposed move to West Ham collapses before the end of the transfer window. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce announced on Saturday that a deal which looked to have been on the verge of completion 24 hours earlier had fallen down due to a disagreement between the clubs over whether the United veteran would make the move on loan or on a permanent basis. "I don't know what's happening," said van Gaal, speaking after his team had beaten bottom-of-the-table Leicester 3-1 at Old Trafford to move up into third place in the Premier League ahead of Southampton's match against Swansea on Sunday.

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