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Regarding levels of heavy metals found in many spicesSpices can be found in almost everyone’s kitchen, but a new study reveals that some spices may contain regarding levels of heavy metals; Naomi Ruchim reports for CBS2.

A look back at Mayor Bill De Blasio’s two termsOn Thursday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio thanked New Yorkers for the opportunity to serve the past eight years and credited the city’s residents for inspiring the initiatives he pursued. How did de Blasio manage his ambitious agenda? CBS2’s Tony Aiello has a look back at his two term.

Yonkers opens COVID test sites at 3 schoolsYonkers opens several COVID test sites as the city prepares for students to return to school on Monday.

Crib statues stolen from New Jersey ChurchThe search is underway for the vandals who attacked a church in New Jersey. Heavy statues from a Christmas crib were stolen the day after Christmas; It reports CBS2’s Meg Baker.

NYPD concludes security plans for New Year’s EveThe NYPD is finalizing security plans for the celebration in Times Square; It reports Nick Caloway from CBS2.

President Joe Biden holds talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid rising tensions over UkrainePresident Joe Biden on Thursday held his second call with Russian President Vladimir Putin this month amid rising tensions over Ukraine; Skyler Henry reports to CBS2.

COVID continues to impact travel across the countryCOVID cases among the airline’s pilots and crews continue to affect flights with more than 1,000 canceled nationwide Thursday.

Yale New Haven Health restricts visitors due to COVID increaseWith so many COVID cases, some hospitals in New Haven, Connecticut, restrict access to patients.

COVID causes staff shortages for MTA, Impacting Subway ServiceMTA is affected by staff shortages due to COVID and it is affecting the subway. There are delays and a few lines have been suspended; It reports Kiran Dhillon from CBS2.

Newly elected mayor Eric Adams reveals strategy to fight COVID-19New York City’s newly elected mayor Eric Adams unveiled his strategy to combat COVID-19 and the highly contagious Omicron variant on Thursday; It reports Dave Carlin from CBS2.

Weather in New York: CBS2’s 30/12 update Thursday afternoonElise Finch has the Tri-State area’s latest forecast on CBS2 News at noon.

Times Square New Year’s Ball tested before celebrationThe world-famous Times Square ball went to a test run on Thursday.

Birth statues stolen from Woodland Park ChurchA thief attacked a church in New Jersey and stole pieces of its nativity scene.

Funeral service held for FDNY Lieutenant Joseph MaielloThe funeral of a veteran FDNY firefighter who died at his Staten Island firehouse was held Thursday.

NYPD is making security preparations for New Year’s Eve in Times SquareIn addition to bag checks, the police will be responsible for checking vaccination status. It reports Nick Caloway from CBS2.

FDNY asks New Yorkers not to call 911 for COVID testsVarious services in New York City are feeling the strain as a result of the increase in COVID cases.

Nassau County is handing out 20,000 COVID test kits to the Drive-Thru eventA drive-up distribution space at the Mitchel Field Athletic Center in Uniondale is open until 6 p.m.

Elected Mayor Adams outlines new COVID-19 plan for New York CityElected Mayor Eric Adams outlined his plans to tackle COVID-19 in New York City as he prepares to take office this weekend. It reports John Dias from CBS2.

News Conference: Elected Mayor Adams outlines plan to tackle COVID-19 in 2022New York’s newly elected mayor Eric Adams announced a plan that will mostly focus on vaccines and testing.

Funeral Thursday for FDNY lieutenant who died at Staten Island FirehouseJoseph Maiello spent 22 years at FDNY and survived the collapse of the World Trade Center’s north tower on 9/11.

Captured on video: 75-year-old attacked from behind in the bank lobbyNew video shows the brutal beating of a man on the Upper West Side.

No smoking at New York State Fairgrounds in 2022Open, outdoor smoking will be banned in the area during the fair, officials said.

Dozens more flights canceled at New York City-Area airportsThe holiday travel chaos continued Thursday morning across the country.

Nassau County distributes 20,000 home COVID test kitsNassau County distributes free COVID tests at home and expands PCR testing in response to growing demand.

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