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Judge: FDNY May Hire for First Time in 5 Years

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal judge overseeing the effort to diversify the nation's largest fire department has approved a new entrance exam that will allow the Fire Department of New York to hire new firefighters for the first time in five years.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis (GEHR'-ah-fuhs) ruled Friday that the department's most recent entrance exam was not biased against minorities and could be used. The decision comes after years of court fights and strongly-worded opinions from the judge, who called the Fire Department of New York "a stubborn bastion of white male privilege."

The city and fire department lauded the approval of the test and say they expect more minorities to be hired. The department is down about 650 firefighters since 2007.


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Plane Crashes onto Atlanta Interstate

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Medics, Officers and FBI Agents save Runners in Philadelphia Race

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Deputy Chief Dale developed the department’s first automated, electronic patient care reporting system.

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