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  • Hoax 'swatting' call sends dozens of cops to LI home

    Hoax 'swatting' call sends dozens of cops to LI home

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:43:53 GMT
    Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island, Tuesday afternoon thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games. "We received a phone call from a gentleman who stated he had just shot his mother and his brother," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said. "Unfortunately, this is a terrible national problem for law enforcement."
    Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island, Tuesday afternoon thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games. "We received a phone call from a gentleman who stated he had just shot his mother and his brother," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said. "Unfortunately, this is a terrible national problem for law enforcement."
  • NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:23:11 GMT
    A NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
    A NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
  • Cops: Woman sold heroin from hospital bed

    Cops: Woman sold heroin from hospital bed

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:34 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:34:16 GMT
    A woman is accused of selling heroin from a hospital intensive care unit and a hospital room.  Hospital security became suspicious of the large number of people flowing in and out of the woman's room.  Police say an undercover informant bought $90 worth of heroin from the woman, who was being treated for an undisclosed ailment.
    A woman is accused of selling heroin from a hospital intensive care unit and a hospital room.  Hospital security became suspicious of the large number of people flowing in and out of the woman's room.  Police say an undercover informant bought $90 worth of heroin from the woman, who was being treated for an undisclosed ailment.
  • De Blasio's carriage horse ban stalls -- for now

    De Blasio's carriage horse ban stalls -- for now

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:45:02 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City's horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years. A campaign pledge to take on the horses during his first week as mayor was eclipsed by other issues.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City's horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years. A campaign pledge to take on the horses during his first week as mayor was eclipsed by other issues.
  • Airbnb fights NY attorney general's subpoena

    Airbnb fights NY attorney general's subpoena

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:06:24 GMT
    Renting out someone's apartment is an easy way to get an inexpensive place to stay if you're a tourist, and cheaper and more convenient than most hotels. But now the government is stepping in and trying to get a handle on a booming business that may not be playing by the rules. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is squaring off in court with multi-million dollar Internet company Airbnb.
    Renting out someone's apartment is an easy way to get an inexpensive place to stay if you're a tourist, and cheaper and more convenient than most hotels. But now the government is stepping in and trying to get a handle on a booming business that may not be playing by the rules. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is squaring off in court with multi-million dollar Internet company Airbnb.
  • Undercover police officer shot during drug buy in New Jersey

    Undercover police officer shot during drug buy in New Jersey

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-04-22 21:45:36 GMT
    An undercover narcotics police officer was shot during a shootout with a suspect in a parking lot in Bergen County, N.J., Tuesday afternoon, according to a source. The shooting happened at about 1:45 p.m. at a Walmart and Marshalls shopping center in Garfield. The cop was hot in the hip and ankle, and was taken into surgery at Hackensack University Hospital, the source said.
    An undercover narcotics police officer was shot during a shootout with a suspect in a parking lot in Bergen County, N.J., Tuesday afternoon, according to a source. The shooting happened at about 1:45 p.m. at a Walmart and Marshalls shopping center in Garfield. The cop was hot in the hip and ankle, and was taken into surgery at Hackensack University Hospital, the source said.
  • Concern that deadly synthetic drug N-Bomb could hit East Coast

    Concern that deadly synthetic drug N-Bomb could hit East Coast

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:32:49 GMT
    A drug called the N-Bomb, 25-Eye or Smiles is one of the top five most prevalent drugs facing youth today, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Right now this synthetic mix is mostly on the West Coast, but addiction specialists in our area are anticipating it will be here soon.N-Bomb is a hallucinogen likened to a dangerous combination of MDMA and LSD. It is administered through a nasal spray, a liquid, and a powder, said Pamela Capaci, the executive director of Prevention Links,...
    A drug called the N-Bomb, 25-Eye or Smiles is one of the top five most prevalent drugs facing youth today, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Right now this synthetic mix is mostly on the West Coast, but addiction specialists in our area are anticipating it will be here soon.N-Bomb is a hallucinogen likened to a dangerous combination of MDMA and LSD. It is administered through a nasal spray, a liquid, and a powder, said Pamela Capaci, the executive director of Prevention Links,...
  • Tavern on the Green to reopen with new owners, look, menu

    Tavern on the Green to reopen with new owners, look, menu

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:06:28 GMT
    The new Tavern on the Green is all about the details. From the sheep's head on the fireplace (an ode to Sheep Meadow across the way) to the gold leaf trim in the dining room, everything is a reminder that you're sitting in Central Park. Owner Jim Caiola and his life partner spent the last two years and $20 million redoing the inside of the iconic restaurant after it went bankrupt in 2009.The old-fashioned Crystal Room is gone but now there is a more modern-looking glass wall.
    The new Tavern on the Green is all about the details. From the sheep's head on the fireplace (an ode to Sheep Meadow across the way) to the gold leaf trim in the dining room, everything is a reminder that you're sitting in Central Park. Owner Jim Caiola and his life partner spent the last two years and $20 million redoing the inside of the iconic restaurant after it went bankrupt in 2009.The old-fashioned Crystal Room is gone but now there is a more modern-looking glass wall.
  • Liquid 'facelift' doesn't require surgery

    Liquid 'facelift' doesn't require surgery

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-04-22 21:07:00 GMT
    Cori Goldfarb is the owner of Truth and Beauty, a medical spa on Long Island. At 46, she says she feels 10 years younger thanks to a procedure she gets at her spa every five to six months. It's called a liquid lift. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Levine is known for her liquid lift procedure, which gives patients the appearance of a facelift without going under the knife.
    Cori Goldfarb is the owner of Truth and Beauty, a medical spa on Long Island. At 46, she says she feels 10 years younger thanks to a procedure she gets at her spa every five to six months. It's called a liquid lift. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Levine is known for her liquid lift procedure, which gives patients the appearance of a facelift without going under the knife.
  • Cities prohibit feeding homeless

    Cities prohibit feeding homeless

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:19:54 GMT
    The recent case of an Alabama pastor who was prohibited from feeding the homeless has renewed scrutiny on cities that have made this charitable act an illegal one.  Pastor Rick Wood recently was ordered by Birmingham, Ala., police to stop handing out hotdogs and bottled water to the homeless in a city park.
    The recent case of an Alabama pastor who was prohibited from feeding the homeless has renewed scrutiny on cities that have made this charitable act an illegal one.  Pastor Rick Wood recently was ordered by Birmingham, Ala., police to stop handing out hotdogs and bottled water to the homeless in a city park.
  • Lawsuit: ex-Buffalo Bills cheerleaders were exploited, groped

    Lawsuit: ex-Buffalo Bills cheerleaders were exploited, groped

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:08:06 GMT
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    Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments, and one said they had to take a jiggle test so their boss could see how firm their bodies were. The state Supreme Court lawsuit is the third filed this year against a National Football League team by cheerleader...
    Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments, and one said they had to take a jiggle test so their boss could see how firm their bodies were. The state Supreme Court lawsuit is the third filed this year against a National Football League team by cheerleader...
  • 1964 World's Fair 50 years later

    1964 World's Fair 50 years later

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:11 AM EDT2014-04-22 10:11:22 GMT
    Fifty years after the 1964 World's Fair, the 13-story central icon for that celebration of "peace through understanding" remains the largest replica of our planet ever constructed. Queens Museum archives manager Louise Weinberg enjoys the steel replica of the shell of planet earth outside her office but prefers parks commissioner, power broker, and then World's Fair president Robert Moses' 900,000-structure replica of New York City.
    Fifty years after the 1964 World's Fair, the 13-story central icon for that celebration of "peace through understanding" remains the largest replica of our planet ever constructed. Queens Museum archives manager Louise Weinberg enjoys the steel replica of the shell of planet earth outside her office but prefers parks commissioner, power broker, and then World's Fair president Robert Moses' 900,000-structure replica of New York City.
  • New Jersey school sued over "under God" in pledge

    New Jersey school sued over "under God" in pledge

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:49 AM EDT2014-04-22 11:49:48 GMT
    A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.
    A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.
  • Women chose surrogacy over pregnancy

    Women chose surrogacy over pregnancy

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:18 AM EDT2014-04-22 10:18:57 GMT
    Millions of couples struggle to get pregnant and become parents. About a year ago, a surrogacy company in California called Conceptual Options started noticing a pattern of couples coming for help. They are younger, professional, heterosexual, highly educated, and in high-earning careers who were looking for a surrogate to have a baby because the mother-to-be didn't want to go through physically being pregnant.
    Millions of couples struggle to get pregnant and become parents. About a year ago, a surrogacy company in California called Conceptual Options started noticing a pattern of couples coming for help. They are younger, professional, heterosexual, highly educated, and in high-earning careers who were looking for a surrogate to have a baby because the mother-to-be didn't want to go through physically being pregnant.
  • Giant shark in pickup truck at gas station

    Giant shark in pickup truck at gas station

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-04-22 12:06:23 GMT
    This is the one that didn't get away.  A pair of Florida fishermen reportedly pulled in an 11-foot, 805 pound shark from the Gulf of Mexico.The story went viral after someone spotted the fishermen at a gas station.  The shark was in the back of a pickup truck.
    This is the one that didn't get away.  A pair of Florida fishermen reportedly pulled in an 11-foot, 805 pound shark from the Gulf of Mexico.The story went viral after someone spotted the fishermen at a gas station.  The shark was in the back of a pickup truck.
  • The Cliffs at LIC

    New gym in Queens features massive climbing walls

    New gym in Queens features massive climbing walls

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:27:54 GMT
    The Cliffs at Long Island City is a new gym in Queens with a focus on rock climbing. You'll find rope climbing (or top climbing) over 50 feet high, boldering (which is done on shorter walls un-roped over gymnastic pads), traditional rappelling, and even Aussie-style rappelling (going down the wall face first), and a fitness center, according to owner Mike Woffert, an expert climber.
    The Cliffs at Long Island City is a new gym in Queens with a focus on rock climbing. You'll find rope climbing (or top climbing) over 50 feet high, boldering (which is done on shorter walls un-roped over gymnastic pads), traditional rappelling, and even Aussie-style rappelling (going down the wall face first), and a fitness center, according to owner Mike Woffert, an expert climber.
  • Floating pool planned for East River

    Floating pool planned for East River

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:08:49 GMT
    An ambitious project to build a floating pool in the East River has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in funding.
    An ambitious project to build a floating pool in the East River has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in funding.
  • Teen survives riding in wheel of jet to Hawaii

    Teen survives riding in wheel of jet to Hawaii

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:59 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:59:04 GMT
    Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen."Doesn't even remember the flight," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said.
    Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen."Doesn't even remember the flight," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said.
  • Car catches fire in lion enclosure at safari

    Car catches fire in lion enclosure at safari

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:17:35 GMT
    A British family faced a dilemma when their car burst into flames in the middle of a safari park's lion enclosure.
    A British family faced a dilemma when their car burst into flames in the middle of a safari park's lion enclosure.
  • Fab 5

    Fab 5

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:00:48 GMT
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    This week's Fab 5 is hosted by Stacey Delikat.  Feature stories include:  The Shorty Awards.  Controlling your dreams.  Jeans are out.
    This week's Fab 5 is hosted by Stacey Delikat.  Feature stories include:  The Shorty Awards.  Controlling your dreams.  Jeans are out.
  • Expect heavy delays, Pulaski Skyway northbound lanes closed

    Expect heavy delays, Pulaski Skyway northbound lanes closed

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:17:41 GMT
    While traffic was surprisingly light this week despite the major construction project going on... don't get too comfortable.  The holidays helped a lot.  The bridge's northbound lanes are still closed and will remain closed for about 2 years..
    While traffic was surprisingly light this week despite the major construction project going on... don't get too comfortable.  The holidays helped a lot.  The bridge's northbound lanes are still closed and will remain closed for about 2 years..
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  • NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:23:11 GMT
    A NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
    A NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
  • Caesars enters New York casino competition

    Caesars enters New York casino competition

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:52:22 GMT
    Caesars Entertainment entered the competition to open a casino in upstate New York on Tuesday with a proposal to build a $750 million complex 50 miles north of New York City. The complex would include a casino, a hotel and a meeting space and would be located in Woodbury, in Orange County. The Las Vegas-based Caesars, which operates 52 casinos around the world, has submitted a $1 million casino license application fee to state gambling regulators.
    Caesars Entertainment entered the competition to open a casino in upstate New York on Tuesday with a proposal to build a $750 million complex 50 miles north of New York City. The complex would include a casino, a hotel and a meeting space and would be located in Woodbury, in Orange County. The Las Vegas-based Caesars, which operates 52 casinos around the world, has submitted a $1 million casino license application fee to state gambling regulators.
  • Hoax 'swatting' call sends dozens of cops to LI home

    Hoax 'swatting' call sends dozens of cops to LI home

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:43:53 GMT
    Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island, Tuesday afternoon thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games. "We received a phone call from a gentleman who stated he had just shot his mother and his brother," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said. "Unfortunately, this is a terrible national problem for law enforcement."
    Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island, Tuesday afternoon thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games. "We received a phone call from a gentleman who stated he had just shot his mother and his brother," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said. "Unfortunately, this is a terrible national problem for law enforcement."
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