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This household chore can damage your lungs

Housework can be harmful to your health. So say researchers at Norway’s University of Bergen who found that regular exposure to cleaning products — at home or on the job — has significant impact on women’s lungs. Irritation from chemicals, including ammonia, on mucous membranes …

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Former GOP mayoral candidate backing Kolb for governor

The following is an expanded version of the third item of my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions: Staten Island Republican state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who lost to Mayor de Blasio in November, says she is throwing her support for governor behind her Assembly GOP leader, …

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Janelle Monáe gives stirring Time’s Up speech at Grammys

Janelle Monáe says it’s times up in the music industry. Monáe, 32, was introducing a powerful performance by Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camilla Cabello and The Resistance Revival Chorus, which was formed for the Women’s March last year as “a collective of more than 60 women who …

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GOP: Mayer a hypocrite over sexual harassment

The following is an expanded version of the fourth item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions: A state assemblywoman planning to run for a key vacant state Senate seat in Westchester County  is being accused by political foes of hypocrisy when it comes to …

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Cuomo tries to project business as usual during Percoco trial

The following is the fifth item from my “Albany Insider” column that was cut for space in Monday’s print editions: The trial of Gov. Cuomo’s long-time aide and confidante Joseph Percoco may be causing consternation behind closed doors, but the public image the governor sought to project …

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