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POSTED January 1, 2014 6:46 p.m.

• THIEF CARRIES 250-POUND SAFE OUT OF MASS. EATERY: WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant.

Kevin Hynes says a man walked out of his Stockholders Restaurant in Weymouth on Sunday night lugging the vault.

Surveillance tape shows the man entering a side door at the rear of the restaurant, heading down the stairs and coming back up carrying a large object wrapped in a trash bag.

No arrests have been made.

Hynes isn’t saying how much money was in the safe, but he’s offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the man’s arrest.



• NYC MAYOR DE BLASIO TAKES FORMAL OATH AT CITY HALL: NEW YORK (AP) — Democrat Bill de Blasio took the oath of office administered by former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, formally becoming the city’s 109th mayor while pledging to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda.

“Big dreams are not a luxury reserved for a privileged few but the animating force behind every community, in every borough,” he said.

The moment was the pinnacle of de Blasio’s unlikely political rise as a symbol of restoration for the city’s Democrats, who outnumber Republicans by a 6-1 ratio in one of the nation’s most liberal cities yet haven’t controlled City Hall since 1993.

Clinton was joined by his wife, ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a presumptive White House front-runner in 2016. Another potential presidential candidate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also sat nearby, as did former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, just hours into his first day as a private citizen after spending 12 years in office.

The inauguration was undeniably political. Speaker after speaker, from Bellafonte to Stringer to James, railed against the city’s inequality, delivering sharp rebukes to — though never mentioning by name — Bloomberg, who was sitting just a few feet away.

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