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Berg'n: new beer and food hall in Brooklyn Video included

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The guys behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are at it again with a new food and booze venue called Berg'n, a new beer hall in Crown Heights. The place doesn't officially open until August 27, 2014, but owners Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are giving it a test run for special guests, family, and the press. More>>

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Giving your college-bound kids their space Video included

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Going off to college is an exciting time for the entire family, especially for the upcoming freshman. But with technology, parents can be in touch all the time. What's too much and what's just enough? Freshman move-in day seems to be harder on the parents than the students at Stony Brook University. More>>

Navy submarine group disbands in Groton ceremony

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A Navy submarine group based in Groton has been formally disbanded after 49 years. A ceremony Friday aboard the attack submarine USS Missouri marked the end of Submarine Group 2. More>>

Almost all NYC pre-K centers ready

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Nearly all 1,100 facilities providing services in the city's new universal pre-kindergarten program are ready to open on time after passing health and safety inspections. City officials said Friday they expect the eight remaining pre-K schools to remedy violations by Sept. 4's opening day. If they don't, affected children will be temporarily enrolled in other facilities.
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Staten Island rally and march preparations Video included

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All was calm and quiet Friday evening in Staten Island but Saturday thousands are expected to descend on Tompkinsville for a march that organizers are promising will be peaceful. The march will culminate in a rally right outside the 120th Precinct. Representatives from the national action network were in Staten Island Friday making preparations for Saturday's demonstration, which is estimated to draw at least 5,000 people from all over the country.
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August 23, 2014

Staten Island march traffic and transit advisory

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The NYPD and the MTA have announced road and transit changes for Staten Island that will be in effect on Saturday, August 23, 2014, due to the scheduled rally in honor of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died during an arrest. More>>

ISIS and Americans' Twitter taunts Video included

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While the White House debates what to do next on the ground and in the air, a digital war of words between ISIS and Americans is already underway, much of it playing out on Twitter where hashtags and tweets are providing the ammunition. The execution video of journalist James Foley also marks the boldest social media campaign from the terror group ISIS, the Islamic State militants spreading the images under the hashtag #amessagefromISIStotheUS.
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Newark school enrollment problems Video included

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The school year in Newark is getting off to a rocky start. Classes start in less than two weeks and parents are still waiting in line for hours to find out where their kids are enrolled. The problem is being blamed on a glitch in the school's new online open enrollment system. To say mother of three Jennifer Caraballo is frustrated may be an understatement. She is one of hundreds of Newark parents desperately now trying to find a new school for her children. More>>

U.S. Open preview

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Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open. Nowadays, there seems to be a growing sense — or hope, maybe — among the best of the rest on the men's tennis tour that the quartet might be more vulnerable than ever. More>>

Air in U.S. cities getting cleaner, EPA says

The air in American cities is getting safer to breathe, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday. More>>

Mark David Chapman

John Lennon's killer denied parole again

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John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times. More>>

Sanitation men nearly throw away mayor's piano

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A piano donated by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop nearly ended up pushing up daises in a landfill instead of making music in a pedestrian plaza. Fulop gave the upright so residents could play tunes in a pedestrian plaza that opened on Monday.

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ISIS sent e-mail to slain journalist's parents Video included

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The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants. John and Diane Foley said they had last heard from the captors via several emails in December. John Foley said he was excited to see the latest email, even though the kidnappers threatened to kill his son, because he hoped they would be willing to negotiate.
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Fitbit responds to data selling accusations

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The maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices says it has never sold personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. San Francisco-based Fitbit said Friday that it has clarified its privacy policy to make it clear the company doesn't share information about its users. Schumer raised concerns about the company's privacy policy earlier this month and called for federal rules to allow consumers to protect their data. More>>

Israeli boy killed in Palestinian mortar attack

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Israeli rescue officials say a 4-year-old boy has been killed in a mortar attack near the border with the Gaza Strip. The attack occurred early Friday evening in a southern Israeli village along the frontier. It was the first Israeli death since a new round of fighting erupted on Tuesday between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers following the collapse of cease fire talks in Cairo. More>>

50,000 bees living in NYC ceiling

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A Queens woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees. Beekeepers reportedly removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli's ceiling this week after her neighbors in Queens alerted the building manager. Turkmenilli says she saw only a few bees buzzing around over the last few weeks and never realized how many had taken up residence right above her head.
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Congressman's ad includes Soviet medals

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A New Jersey congressman's office is red-faced over a Facebook ad about veteran benefits that featured Soviet military medals. Rep. Scott Garrett's spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that the office was sorry an initial review did not catch the use of the stock photo. Maggie Seidel says the ad was produced by an outside vendor and is no longer running. The ad asked people to like Garrett's page to learn what he's doing to support veterans' benefits.
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Torture video leads to kidnapping convictions

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A jury shown the videotaped torture of a kidnapping victim has convicted the two men who held a man captive for 17 hours at a Buffalo home because they thought he was a police informant. Authorities say the two men kidnapped a 25-year-old crack addict they accused of being a snitch. Video from Dawson's cellphone shows a gun being shoved into the victim's mouth and the victim being forced to lick his own blood off the boot of a captor.
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17,000 red light camera tickets dismissed Video included

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A technical glitch in a red light camera operating system means that some 17,000 motorists in New Jersey will not have to pay a fine for running red lights. Computer problems between May 28 and June 30 resulted in motorists not receiving notices of violations. New Jersey law requires that if a ticket hasn't been served within 90 days, it must be dismissed. More>>

Brooklyn Bridge flags back on US soil

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Police say the two American flags swiped from the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced with faded white ones are back on U.S. soil. NYPD spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves said Friday that the flags are in the United States. He did not know their exact location. Two German artists claimed responsibility earlier this month for the July 22 stunt. 
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Garner's family meets U.S. attorney

Staten Island stores worried about rally Video included

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Some Staten Island business owners say they are bracing for huge crowds on Saturday during a planned march for a man killed in an apparent chokehold during his arrest by NYPD officers. The Rev. Al Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally. More>>

Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team auditions Video included

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Out of over 500 hopefuls only a handful will join the Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team. The Nets held auditions this week at LIU Brooklyn. Adorable Bronx native Arielle was turned away last year but this time around she's made it through to the final round of the auditions. But even those who were on the team last year still have to try out. More>>

Chris Rock gets foul ball at Yankees game

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Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize -- a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
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Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win' Video included

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Public Advocate Letitia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
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Pediatric cancer awareness

World Trade Center to go gold Video included

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Like so many teenagers, Shelby Huff was hung up on getting abs until one day two years ago when she realized looking good was not as important as feeling good. She was doing sit-ups when suddenly she developed huge bruises on her legs. Shelby was diagnosed with a deadly bone marrow disease.
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Why do we look like our dogs? Video included

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We asked some humans to describe the appearance of their dogs because approaching a woman and telling her Fox 5 thinks she looks like a mastiff seemed a good way to get thrown out of the dog park. But one Japanese study suggests those same descriptions may also apply to the pet owners who provided them.
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Savion Glover, the master teacher Video included

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While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations. More>>

Manhattan fire hydrant earns more money than average American Video included

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One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ... More>>

Teen gets prison time for carving swastika on boy

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An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen's forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. More>>

Man sucker punched in knockout attack Video included

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The so-called 'knockout game' where a person punches another unsuspecting person has made its way to Hackensack, N.J. Police say an assailant attacked three people on the same day. Surveillance video shows the athletically built suspect punch a man in the face and stroll away. The man fell to the ground. Two other assaults took place within less than 15 minutes. More>>

USS Saratoga heads to be scrapped

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The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped. The ship departed Naval Station Newport and made its way down Narragansett Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. It is heading to the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville, Texas.
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Student says he was arrested for writing about shooting dinosaur

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A South Carolina teen's writing assignment ended in an arrest after he made a reference to using a gun to kill a dinosaur. More>>

Firefighters seriously injured in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Two Kentucky firefighters were seriously injured helping a college band perform an ice bucket challenge stunt. The bucket of the fire truck apparently touched power lines outside of the football stadium at Campbellsville University.  wo Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department firefighters were taken to the hospital after the incident.
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378 people 'pay it forward' at Starbucks

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A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida.She ordered an iced coffee around 7 a.m. Wednesday in St. Petersburg and asked to pay for the caramel macchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. He returned the favor. The chain kept going 378 times.
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NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

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Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys. More>>

Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

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Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed the boat's owner in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said. Hogan was reportedly a former NYPD captain.
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Chokehold attacker targeting victims in Central Park

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The NYPD is looking for a tall, violent thug who is attacking victims in Central Park and dragging them to the ground with chokeholds.The latest attack happened about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the 6' 5" attacker started a conversation with a 47-year-old man in the area of 74th St. and East Drive. He then put the victim in a chokehold, dropped him to the ground and stole his bag.
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U.S. Ebola patients released from hospital Video included

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Both Americans treated for the Ebola virus in the United States were discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Nancy Writebol left the hospital on Tuesday, an aid group announced on Thursday. Another aid worker, Dr. Kent Brantly, was discharged on Thursday. Brantly and Writebol were flown out of the west African nation of Liberia earlier this month and were treated for the deadly disease in an isolation unit.
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Vandal splashes red substance at NYC museum Video included

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A vandal has splashed a red substance on a wall inside New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art. More>>

Holder recounts race stop on visit to Ferguson Video included

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To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race. On a visit to the St. Louis suburb that had endured more than a week of unrest, Holder sought to build confidence in the investigation into the death of the black 18-year-old who was shot by a white officer. More>>

German doctor accused of drugging, abusing women

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Authorities in Germany have arrested a hospital doctor on suspicion he drugged and sexually abused female patients participating in a fake clinical study he set up. More>>

Zoo feeds roadkill to animals

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Roadkill is part of the menu when it's feeding time at a zoo in western New York. The Seneca Park Zoo has been feeding deer carcasses to its carnivores for years. The practice began after a zoo employee hit a deer on the way to work. The zoo gets the deer after they've been hit by vehicles on Rochester-area roadways. But it won't accept deer that have been dead for more than 10 hours. The zoo also accepts deer killed by bow hunters.

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Park Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

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The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts until the Park Service can develop an appropriate policy.  More>>

Palestinian banner unfurled on Manhattan Bridge Video included

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Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge got an eyeful when a giant flag banner in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge. The flag had the words "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" and was lowered from a part of the bridge near the Manhattan side Wednesday evening. Activists on the Brooklyn Bridge met its appearance with cheers. More>>

Atlantic City police get body cameras

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Atlantic City police officers have started wearing body cameras. About five officers a shift will be equipped with the devices, which record video and audio after an officer activates the device. The video is uploaded after the officer's shift ends.

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Marijuana supplier named Pot Playboy gets 27 years

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Prosecutors say a Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise. Jimmy Cournoyer had ties to organized crime and drug cartels. Authorities say proceeds financed a lifestyle that included a supermodel girlfriend and a super-expensive car, the Bugatti Veyron.
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Mission to save Foley, other hostages in Syria failed Video included

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President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held.
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Helmsley Building lights up in gold

Going gold for pediatric cancer research

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The Helmsley Building in Manhattan went gold Wednesday night in honor of children with cancer. The owners also plan to do the same in September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.Other city landmarks that will go gold next month include Times Square, the Coney Island Parachute jump, and all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. More>>

Federal investigation in Ferguson

Attorney General Holder in Missouri Video included

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Missouri Wednesday morning. He was set to meet with the FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown. Tension has eased on the community of Ferguson 12 days after the shooting.
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Bed bug infestation at money firm PIMCO, report says

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A big money management firm in New York City has been hit with a major infestation of bed bugs, according to Fox Business Network. Stock traders who do business with Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as PIMCO, told Fox Business' Charles Gasparino that hundreds of people have been relocated from one of the firm's buildings in New York City to an undisclosed upstate location after reports of widespread bed bug bites among executives and employees. More>>

Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

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Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake. More>>

Cardinal, leaders meet about NYPD-community relations Video included

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan gathered religious and city leaders with the focus of how to ease tensions between police and the community in advance of this Saturday's march to protest the death of Eric Garner. Some of the leaders in this group are rarely photographed together, let alone seated at the same table. But they were brought together over concerns about possible protest violence by the cardinal, one of the most powerful figures in the city and who commands respect across the board. More>>

The truth about lying Video included

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"I did not have sexual relations with that woman." That whopper nearly cost Bill Clinton his presidency. But most of our lies history ignores. And for that, reason humans everywhere will probably go right on telling them. Americans fib hundreds of millions of times every day, at an estimated 1.67 lies per person, according to a Michigan State study. But to fabricate a lie, our minds and bodies must work harder than they would to tell a truth they already know. More>>

New York's daring Instagrammers Video included

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Pull out your smartphone on any given day, tap on Instagram and you'll find a lot of selfies. But while the rest of us clog our feeds with our best pouty faces, a group of photographers scales and then hangs off bridges and buildings in a contest to produce the most daring photograph in New York City. More>>

Designer clothes at giant thrift shop in NJ Video included

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Like most soon-to-be third graders, Sonja knows what she's looking for when it comes to back-to-school shopping. For kids trying to be fashionable -- and parents looking to keep it affordable -- there's the Ocean County Hunger Relief Warehouse in Toms River, New Jersey. It's basically a huge thrift shop.
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Snow leopard cubs on display at Bronx Zoo

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Two snow leopard cubs born at the Bronx Zoo in the spring are now on display in the Himalayan Highlands exhibit with their mother, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced. The male cubs were born May 6 to first-time parents, the WCS said. The Bronx Zoo participates in a cooperative breeding program with other zoos around the country to prevent inbreeding and make sure zoo animals are genetically viable.
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Serena Williams top seed at U.S. Open

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No surprise here: defending U.S. Open champion Serena Williams is the top seed at Flushing Meadows this year, the USTA announced. Williams is ranked No. 1 in the world right now. She has won the U.S. Open women's singles title five times, including the last two. More>>

Reward in probe of shooting of bald eagle in NJ

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Federal, state, and humane organizations are offering $7,500 in rewards in the case of the shooting of bald eagle in New Jersey. Someone shot a bald eagle in in Bridgeton City Park back in May, authorities said. The badly wounded bird was found May 20, 2014. Its wounds were so severe that it had to be euthanized. More>>

Utility worker pulled from truck and beaten

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Hartford police are searching for two men who pulled a utility company worker out of a dump truck and beat him up after a traffic accident. More>>

NJ requires students to get CPR lessons Video included

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New Jersey high school students will be required to have CPR training starting this year. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno signed a law Wednesday requiring the lesson for all public and charter school students in ninth through 12th grades. Guadagno is serving as acting governor with Gov. Chris Christie out of the state. It takes effect in the coming school year.

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U.S. journalist executed by Islamic State Video included

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President Barack Obama says the entire world is "appalled" by the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants. A video by ISIL shows the beheading of the 40-year-old freelance journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire. The execution was in retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

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NYC board: clerk traded information for crack

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A former clerk in the Staten Island District Attorney's office was fined $10,000 for offering confidential investigative information for crack. The city's Conflict of Interest Board said Rene Collins exchanged text messages with drug dealer Davon Bishop, offering to tip him off about investigations and upcoming arrests in exchange for two units of crack for her husband. More>>

Prayer service for Atlantic City casinos

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Hundreds of workers who will lose their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close in the next few weeks are looking for some divine intervention. Employees of Revel, the Showboat and Trump Plaza will hold a rally Wednesday night followed by a prayer service at a nearby church.
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Ultimate lemonade stand in Flatiron District Video included

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When 826 NYC, a nonprofit organization that fosters creative writing skills, asked children ages 9-12 to dream up the ultimate lemonade stand, the responses were huge. The winning project of  The Great Lemonation Imagination Collaboration was turned into a real lemonade stand complete with free lemonade in Manhattan's Flatiron District. The organization's members were also required to help run the stand that went up at Broadway and 23rd Street on Wednesday. More>>

Times Square characters: we don't work for free Video included

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Times Square characters want to be taken seriously and want their tips. The mostly immigrant workers are now called the Association of Artists United for a Smile and are fighting to protect their jobs, in light of a recent crackdown. Jorge Duran says he stands around for hours, sweating inside a costume, and says it is annoying and unfair if he poses for a good picture and gets nothing. More>>

Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold Video included

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The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause. More>>

Times Square to go gold for cancer research Video included

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Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research. More>>

Google considers accounts for 10-year-olds Video included

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Kids already spend plenty of time on computers and smart phones. Now Google reportedly wants to get youngsters set up with their own Gmail and YouTube accounts. Some parents told us they aren't thrilled with the idea. Currently, Internet companies such as Google and Facebook do not offer their services to children under 13, but many youngsters and their parents find a workaround.
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Poll: Cuomo maintains big lead in NY gov race

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A new poll shows Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger in New York's gubernatorial race. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Cuomo a 56 to 28 percent lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. That's essentially unchanged from Quinnipiac's poll in May.
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Biden visit highlighting workforce development

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Vice President Joe Biden is visiting an East Hartford college to discuss workforce development issues.  The Democrat was scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion at Goodwin College on Wednesday. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is scheduled to join Biden for the event, which Malloy's office said will highlight the school's new Certified Production Technician program. It's a collaborative effort between small and large employers.

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How can authorities restore order?

Slight easing of tensions in Ferguson Video included

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Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke. The St. Louis suburb still had plenty of lively protest Tuesday over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. And tensions rose briefly when someone hurled a bottle at officers.
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Montclair-Boonton trains face delays

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Workers continue making repairs after a New Jersey Transit train derailed on the Montclair-Boonton line. NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder says passengers on that line are facing delays of up to 20 minutes in both directions on Wednesday because the railroad can only use one track. The train derailed between the Bay Street and Walnut Street stations in Montclair on Tuesday afternoon. No one was injury and passengers were safely transferred from the train.
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Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

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Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
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Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus. More>>

Salmonella risk in peanut, almond butters

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Peanut and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other grocers are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and private label brands for Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Kroger and Safeway. More>>

3 dead

Fatal crash in Freehold

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A three-vehicle crash killed three people and critically hurt a fourth person in Freehold Township, New Jersey, Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The crash happened on the Kosloski Road overpass at Route 33 Business at about 3:45 p.m., according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. More>>

UFT sponsoring Sharpton rally Video included

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The fallout from the death of Eric Garner has sparked a battle between teachers and police. Now there's new controversy over the decision by the teachers' union to sponsor a major rally protesting the death of Garner. And it's building momentum. The Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to rally a crowd expected to number more than 15,000 people on Staten Island on Saturday. More>>

New York gives tuition break to veterans

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New York is encouraging veterans to go back to school and making it easier for the families of service members who relocate to the state. A new state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday will give veterans in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities even if they wouldn't otherwise qualify.
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NYPD: Driver calls Sikh man a terrorist, mows him down

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Police have arrested a 55-year-old New York man on charges he called a Sikh man a terrorist and mowed him down with his pickup truck. The encounter happened July 30 in Richmond Hill, Queens.
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Owl enters 10th story apartment, kills canary

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An owl flew into a 10th story apartment in Coeur d'Alene, apparently opened a bird cage and killed one of two canaries inside, the residents said. More>>

Solar panels leading to exploding birds

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Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a bird problem. It's an exploding bird problem to be exact.The birds are known as streamers because when they fly through the Brightsource Energy plant's concentrated sun rays, they burst into flames. More>>

NJ weighs gambling outside Atlantic City Video included

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Momentum to shift some gambling away from Atlantic City increased Tuesday as a state senator introduced plans for a constitutional amendment that would put slot machines at New Jersey's four horse racing tracks, a business group increased its planning for an anticipated full-blown casino at the Meadowlands sports complex and the state gave final approval for the Showboat to shut down. More>>

Garner chokehold death to grand jury Video included

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The Staten Island District Attorney says he's asking a grand jury to consider charges in the death of a man placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer. D.A. Daniel Donovan announced Tuesday that an extra grand jury will be impaneled to hear evidence next month in the July 17 death of Eric Garner. Amateur video shows the 43-year-old gasping "I can't breathe" as an officer places him in a chokehold. More>>

Highly contagious virus kills 15 dogs

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The Lowell, Mass. Police Department is warning all area dog owners of a potential outbreak of canine parvovirus (CPV) in the area.  The highly contagious viral infection impacts dogs' intestinal tracts and is transmitted when a dog comes into contact with the feces or vomit of an infected dog. More>>

De Blasio not reimbursing city Video included

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Mayor Bill de Blasio won't be reimbursing the city for personal travels that involve his security detail. "We have followed the conflict of interest board guidelines. I am following their guidelines to the letter," said de Blasio. The mayor has been heavily criticized for not paying the city back for travel expenses. Attention around the issue started last week when de Blasio was spotted not paying for a subway ride to Barclays Center while on official business. More>>

Skateboarder attacks ranger at Philly's Love Park Video included

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Philadelphia Police say they have arrested two people in connection with the beating of a city park ranger that was caught on tape by an onlooker. More>>

$21,000 falls off armored truck after casino pickup

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Nearly $21,000 is missing after the cash fell from the roof of an armored truck that had picked it up from a soon-to-be-closed Atlantic City casino. More>>

Massive hail storm dumps on Mexico City Video included

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An intense hail storm rained on Mexico City causing floods. The storm began late Sunday with heavy rain and quickly turned into a massive hail storm. Residents scrambled to get indoors as the rocks pummeled to the ground. More>>

Redskins show solidarity with Ferguson protest

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The Hands up, don't shoot protest has made its way to the NFL. The Washington Redskins secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward. More>>

Woman shoots grandson; thought he was an intruder

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A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. More>>

Meadowlands proposal includes casinos, hotels Video included

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Casinos, hotels, a convention center and a monorail could be on the horizon at New Jersey's Meadowlands. That's the plan business leaders laid out Tuesday to transform the area into a multi-venue entertainment district. They also point to the restarting of the American Dream megamall project and the transformation of Meadowlands Racetrack as signs that the complex is on the rebound.
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Teen says he got herpes from wrestling

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It started with a headache, turned into a rash, and then came a stay at the hospital. Hear about the dangerous virus a high school wrestler caught on the mats.

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Cheetah and dog become friends

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The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is home to quite the purr-fect pair!  Ruuxa, a cheetah cub has been spending a lot of time with his puppy pal, Raina.
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Man shows up for jail in T-shirt with mug shot

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A Maine man who served a 48-hour sentence for drunken driving wore something special for his jail booking photo: a T-shirt featuring his mug shot.  Nineteen-year-old Bobby Burt, of Pittsfield, had the mug shot from his June arrest printed on the orange shirt, along with the words, "Sponsored by Bud Light and Somerset County Sheriff." More>>

Driver critical in crash into NJ creek Video included

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A truck driver from upstate New York is in critical condition after he was thrown into a creek when his tractor-trailer crashed through a guardrail and caught fire on the New Jersey Turnpike. Three New Jersey State Troopers rescued Lawrence Scherf, 66, of Vails Gate from Overpeck Creek in Ridgefield. Scherf was transferred to St. Barnabas Hospital with burns to his body. More>>

101-year-old works same job for 73 years

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Herman "Hy" Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won't quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job. More>>

City council speaker on HPV diagnosis Video included

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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is expected to undergo a biopsy on Tuesday after revealing she was diagnosed with high-risk Human papillomavirus or HPV. The most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States has many strains; a high-risk strain can lead to genital warts or cervical cancer. "Most sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives," said Dr. Roshini Raj.  More>>

Security beefed up at Yankee Stadium

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Security is being beefed up at Yankee Stadium this week. It is all part of Major League Baseball's safety plan. Ticketholders going to Tuesday night's game against the Houston Astros will notice metal detectors in place at some of the gates. They'll be asked to remove cellphones and large metal objects from their pockets before walking through them. More>>

Thrift shops warned about drawstring kids' clothes

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New York's attorney general has told 46 thrift shops to stop selling children's garments with drawstrings, clothing prohibited in New York since 2003. The letters follow a survey showing many thrift shops continued selling clothes considered a safety hazard because drawstrings can snag on cribs playground equipment and vehicle doors.

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Travel and hotel for dogs and owners Video included

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Lots of people love their pet so much they hate to be apart even on vacation. So one New York City hotel is offering to put up you and your pooch. The Out Hotel in Hell's Kitchen will soon be offering two dog house suites. For $349 a night you can check in with your pet. Your pup will have its own doggy door leading to a private courtyard fixed up with a dog house and fake fire hydrant.
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Protests planned

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The Sultan of Brunei owns the Beverly Hills Hotel in California, where a human rights group staged a boycott and protests this summer. The same group is telling the sultan that if he buys the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, he can expect the same here. Joshua Rahlan of Human Rights Campaign is urging New Yorkers to make it clear to sultan that he should take is business elsewhere. More>>

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Manhattan building fire

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The New York Police Department says a body has been found at the scene of a fire that ravaged an apartment building in northern Manhattan. Fire Department officials say the blaze started at about 5:45 p.m. Monday in a six-story apartment building on West 136 Street in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. It went up to four alarms. More>>

The militarization of America's police Video included

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Images of heavily militarized police in Ferguson, Missouri, make the small Midwestern town look more like a war zone than a suburb. Now some are asking if this type of protection is making the problem worse. Military-style vehicles, and police who are equipped like soldiers in a war are now familiar sights as the disturbances in Ferguson continue and the divide between a mostly white police department and a predominantly African-African community widens.
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Obama sends Holder

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The U.S. Department of Justice has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to the death of Michael Brown, from an independent autopsy to dozens of FBI agents combing Ferguson, Missouri, for witnesses to the shooting of the unarmed black teen by a white police officer. The goal, legal observers say, is to ensure that the truth about the killing is revealed.
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The younger generation is choosing extended, meaningful travel experiences over standard vacations. They are redefining what travel looks like. Dylan Driscoll, 22, just got back from the trip of a lifetime. After graduating from college, he booked an open-ended trip to Europe. He was gone for 35 days and went to 12 countries. More>>

Luxury shoe designer Ruthie Davis Video included

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When it comes to the luxury shoe industry, a new kid is in town and her name is Ruthie Davis. Ruthie is the only American female luxury shoe designer in the industry. Her shoes are sold in more than 35 countries and worn by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and other stars. Plus major national magazines Lucky, Cosmo, Elle and Glamour have all taken notice. More>>

West Coast's Habit Burger Grill now in NJ Video included

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It's not hard to find a good burger these days. But America's favorite burger was thousands of miles away -- until now. West coast burger chain the Habit Burger Grill opened its doors in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, just a month after Consumer Reports ranked it the best fast-food burger in the country and much to the delight of burger enthusiasts who were eager to taste what the buzz was all about. More>>

Cuomo asks feds to review LI flood damage Video included

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is asking for a federal assessment of the flood damage in Suffolk County to see if property owners are eligible for disaster loans and other aid. The Town of Islip had 13.5 inches of rain on August 13, a one-day record. The record-breaking rainfall damaged an estimated 400 Long Island homes. Moffit Boulevard was one of hardest hit streets in Islip.
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Revel Casino still seeking buyer

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Revel Casino Hotel still hopes to auction off the property but needs to close to stop big losses, a lawyer for the resort said. Attorney John Cunningham said in bankruptcy court Monday that the casino is losing more than $1 million every week.
The casino wanted to close on Monday, but state regulators denied the request and told Revel to stay open until Labor Day weekend.
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Pope Francis hopes to visit U.S. in 2015

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Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak at the... More>>

Ex-Army psychiatrist to be NYC's veterans head

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A retired brigadier general who was the Army's highest-ranking psychiatrist has been named New York City's veterans affairs' commissioner. She said she'll use her expertise on post-traumatic stress disorder to serve the city's 200,000 veterans.


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Report: Subway fare-beating arrests soar Video included

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A news report finds arrests for a familiar, small-time New York City crime - subway fare-beating - have shot up by nearly 70 percent in the last five years. More>>

Gov. Christie dances on stage at Hamptons party Video included

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie busted out his best dance moves at a party in the Hamptons.  Christie was seen at the Apollo benefit at Ronald Perelman's East Hampton estate over the weekend.  The governor, who was a guest of Jon Bon Jovi, was egged on by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as he gyrated his hips in front of the crowd. More>>

Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai Video included

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A heavily tattooed German man whose face is embellished with horn implants and more than 100 piercings said Sunday he was refused entry to Dubai without reason, forcing him to skip a planned appearance at a nightclub.  His look may have been a step too far for the Gulf's most liberal city, where a carefully cultivated reputation for tolerance and cutting-edge cosmopolitanism occasionally clashes with the region's conservative Islamic values. More>>

National Guard sent to Ferguson after more rioting Video included

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Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

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Woman allegedly stole wine to see jailed boyfriend

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A Texas woman allegedly stole a bottle of $3.99 wine to get arrested and see her jailed boyfriend.  Alicia Walicke of Cedar Park was charged with misdemeanor theft and freed on $5,000 bond.  Police say Walicke stole a bottle of wine from a gas station. More>>

Derek Jeter corn maze Video included

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As far as corny Derek Jeter tributes go, this one will be tough to beat.  A farm in central New Jersey carved an image of the New York Yankees captain and a thank you message to him into its five-acre corn maze. The VonThun Farm in South Brunswick is about 55 miles south of Yankee Stadium. More>>

NYC's Met opera reaches deals with 2 unions

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New York's Metropolitan Opera has reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions while negotiations continue with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout. More>>

3 men accused of causing trouble on PATH train

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Three Brooklyn men are accused of disrupting service on a PATH train. More>>

Off-duty state trooper arrested on DWI after crash

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A Connecticut state trooper has been accused of driving under the influence after a crash in Ellington. More>>

15 shot in NYC within 8 hours, 2 dead

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Fifteen people were shot in a rash of weekend violence in New York City.  The violence left two people dead and 13 others injured within a span of just 8 hours. More>>

Robbery at Westchester mall Video included

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A brazen robbery at one of the tri-state area's ritziest malls took place in front of dozens of shocked shoppers on Sunday. It all happened at The Westchester in White Plains. Three men entered the store, broke the cases with hammers, and grabbed luxury timepieces before running from an armed security guard. More>>

Female veterans face growing challenges at home

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As more female veterans return from serving our country, the Department of Veteran's Affairs is making some new accommodations to insure they receive adequate healthcare. Former Marine Lucy Turek knows the challenges of being a woman serving her country. “It's hard enough having been in the military service and oftentimes being pushed aside or not treated equally” Turek said. She didn't realize she would also face challenges receiving healthcare. More>>

Venus and Jupiter to make closest approach in 14 years

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A cosmic occurrence more than a decade in the making will take place on Monday. The planets Jupiter and Venus will appear to meet up in the early morning sky. The two brightest planets as seen from Earth will be less than one degree apart. This will make them hard to separate with the naked eye. This is the closest, most visible pairing of planets since 2000. More>>

2 men shot to death outside NYC food store Video included

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Two men have been killed in an early morning shooting outside a Harlem food store. More>>

Suspects arrested in kidnapping of 2 Amish girls

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More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday. More>>

4th man arrested in NY cabbie slaying

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A fourth man has been arrested in the carjacking and killing of a New York City cab driver. More>>

US airstrikes helping Kurdish, Iraqi forces retake Mosul dam from Islamic State

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The U.S. military increased its air attack Sunday on Islamic State near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam -- launching 14 strikes as part of a joint military effort to retake the critical dam from the militant group, U.S. officials said. More>>

NY med students honor people who donated bodies

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A New York medical school is honoring individuals who donated their bodies for the education and training of future health care professionals. More>>

Attica uprising whistleblower still pushing full disclosure

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The whistleblower who spurred a major state investigation of the 1971 Attica prison uprising is still on the case four decades later. More>>

Police search for suspect after 3 shot in Harlem

Police are searching for a suspect in a shooting that wounded three men at a Manhattan park. More>>

Abused Egyptian dogs look for new home in America Video included

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The long journey is finally over for a trio of puppies who traveled half way around the world for a second chance at life. And it was all made possible, thanks to a New Jersey rescue group. Venus, Flora and Pizza arrived on an Egypt Air flight from Cairo at JFK airport on Saturday. All of the dogs were rescued overseas. More>>

Revel casino will close a week earlier than announced

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An Atlantic City casino is closing a week earlier than planned. The embattled $2.4 billion dollar Revel Casino hotel is shutting its doors the beginning of September, on Sept. 1st. The closure will put more than 3000 people out of work. More>>

24th annual Sand Sculpting Contest at Coney Island

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It was quite a scene on Coney Island over the weekend. Dozens of artists broke out their pails and shovels for the 24th annual Sand Sculpting contest. More than 70 professional and amateur sculptors hit the beach looking to take home top honors. Some sculpted your traditional sand castles while others took a more modern approach like a sand version of Coney Island's new Thunderbolt roller coaster. More>>

National Roller Coaster Day Video included

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Saturday was the day set aside for the thrill-seekers among us. Amusement parks across the country held special events in honor of National Roller Coaster Day! Six Flags in Jackson, New Jersey was one of them. More>>

Bridge-gate scandal costs NJ taxpayers millions

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New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for more than $6.5 million to the law firm Gov. Chris Christie hired to represent his office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.  More>>

Garner's mother speaks in solidarity with Michael Brown's mother

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At a meeting featuring members of the National Action Network, the mother of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after an apparent chokehold by an NYPD officer said “Stay strong along with us. The more we are together. We'll get what we want."  More>>

Man shot in head, walks to hospital

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A man who was shot in the head, managed to walk himself to a hospital in Westchester on Friday evening. According to police, the 24-year-old man was shot in the head at around 10 p.m on Friday. He ended up crashing his car into a house before walking to Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital. More>>

Kayak found in search for man in Long Island lake

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Police have recovered a kayak in their search for a kayaker reported missing in Lake Ronkonkoma (rahn-KAHN'-kuh-muh) on Long Island. More>>

NJ teacher charged with sexual contact with girl

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A former band teacher at a southern New Jersey high school has been charged with having sexual contact with a female student. More>>

Police: NY woman stole 800 Lego sets worth $60,000

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A New York woman is charged with stealing 800 Lego sets worth almost $60,000 and trying to sell them on eBay. More>>

3 stabbed, 1 critically, in NYC subway altercation

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Police say an intoxicated straphanger stabbed three other men on a subway train pulling into New York's Grand Central Terminal. More>>

Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

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A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 15, 2014 Video included

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This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Kellan Lutz, Annie Thorisdottor, National Roller Coaster Day, DJ Paola Shea, Ben Daitz and Ratha Chaupoly.


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Boston champ Meb Keflezighi to run NYC Marathon

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Three-time Olympian and Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will run this November's TCS New York City Marathon, a race he won in 2009, New York Road Runners announced recently. Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon, will run as Team for Kids ambassador, raising money for the NYRR Team for Kids charity running team as well as his own charity, the MEB Foundation. More>>

Jacques d'Amboise: pied piper of dance Video included

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Jacques d'Amboise, 80, is the founder of the National Dance Institute. He started teaching in 1975. NDI takes on 4th and 5th graders in New York City schools, instilling art, discipline, teamwork and wonder in more than 2 million students along the way. Each school year culminates in an elaborate performance. More>>

Music and social activism Video included

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Music inspires us in in so many ways and has moved millions of people to pitch in and help in times of trouble. More than 50 years ago, artists were putting their careers and their lives on the line in the fight for civil rights. Actor and singer Harry Belafonte organized the musicians for the historic march on Washington. Sammy Davis Jr. helped fund the Civil Rights movement. More>>

Protests in Ferguson, Mo.

Police identify cop; allege Michael Brown robbed store Video included

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Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed. More>>

Scope of Ebola outbreak may be greater than statistics show: WHO

The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be far greater than the current statistics indicate, officials from the World Health Organization said Friday. More>>

Drug smuggling submarine found in Guyana

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Authorities in the South American country of Guyana have discovered a rudimentary submarine they believe was going to be used to ferry drugs across the Atlantic, police said Friday.  The submarine is 65 feet (20 meters) long, 12 feet (4 meters) wide and seven feet (two meters) deep, and it was powered by a huge diesel engine, according to anti-narcotics unit director James Singh. More>>

Grandmother poisoned with toxic chemical in iced tea

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Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station.  The 67-year-old grandmother took one sip before spitting it out and exclaiming to her husband: "I think I just drank acid."In fact, the tea was laced with a highly toxic industrial cleaning solution. More>>

Name of officer in Ferguson killing released

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Officials in Missouri released the name on Friday of the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen on Saturday.  Officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department, has been on administrative leave since the shooting. More>>

2 deaths overshadow end of Chess Olympiad

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A major international chess tournament in northern Norway has ended on a grim note, with one player dying in the middle of a game and another found dead in a hotel room.  Organizers say a 67-year-old member of the Seychelles team collapsed and died during the final round Thursday of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsoe. More>>

Police bust 13-year-old for drunk driving

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Police say an officer making a traffic stop in eastern Wisconsin found an intoxicated driver behind the wheel — and she was just 13 years old.  They say five other juveniles, 14 and under, were along for the ride.Authorities say the officer stopped the vehicle in Manitowoc shortly before midnight Wednesday because its headlights were off.
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Aftermath of Michael Brown's death

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The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the intervention. More>>

Burger King tosses Satisfries Video included

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Not even a year ago, Burger King rolled out its lower-fat and lower-calorie Satisfries. But clearly the customers weren't satisfied because this week BK did away with the lighter choice to the disappointment of, well, not many. It's not the first time the public has failed to bite on a healthier fast food option. In the mid-1990s, Taco Bell rolled out the short-lived Border light tacos. And even before that, McDonald's offered a McLean Deluxe burger.
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How to donate

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Operation Backpack, a program by Volunteers of America, is in full swing. The group is asking generous people to get involved and help children living in New York homeless and domestic violence shelters be outfitted for school. You can still donate money. The group is no longer asking for donations of supplies and bags. More>>

Specks returned from space may be alien visitors

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There may be itsy-bitsy aliens among us.Scientists say seven microscopic particles collected by NASA's comet-chasing spacecraft, Stardust, appear to have originated outside our solar system. If confirmed, this would be the world's first sampling of contemporary interstellar dust. More>>

Brooklyn school aide charged with punching autistic boy

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An aide at a Brooklyn school has been charged with assaulting an autistic student in the school cafeteria. Milton Parker, 58,  is accused of punching Anatoly Veltman, 11 on Aug. 7 after the boy spilled water on the floor. According to court papers, Parker ordered Anatoly to clean up the spill and then punched the boy in the face when he apparently did not understand. More>>

The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: NAFTA Video included

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NAFTA is 20 years old. Back then it promised us it would create jobs for all of us and stop the wave of illegal immigration from Mexico. So what happened to those jobs and why are the immigrants still coming? More>>

Family of child stabbed to sue NYC

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The family of a 6-year-old boy stabbed to death in a Brooklyn elevator has notified the city that it is planning a $281 million lawsuit. Prince Joshua "P.J." Avitto was killed in the  Boulevard Houses in East New York on June 1. P.J.'s friend, Mikayla Capers, 7, was stabbed 16 times but survived. More>>

Flooding remains in parts of Long Island Video included

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The cleanup has begun in some parts of Long Island while others continue to deal with flooding from heavy rain fall that began late Tuesday and intensified on Wednesday. Cars remain stranded after rain pounded the area. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Islip. The National Weather Service said the rain was the largest event on record for New York State in a 24-hour period.

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See Marvel's heroes live in Brooklyn Video included

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Superheroes are invading New York. Their home base is Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The show is called Marvel Universe LIVE!" Brought to you by the producers of the Ringling Bros. and Disney on Ice, this interactive arena spectacular offers a unique opportunity to see two dozen
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NYC community outreach to fight crime Video included

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New York City has what are called hot zones -- areas that account for a disproportionate number of shootings. Central Harlem is one. Now city officials and community leaders plan to stop the violence with more than police patrols. Mayor Bill de Blasio and city officials are taking new steps to prevent violence in the most troubled areas identified by the NYPD. The mayor said police are a key component, but law enforcement can't do it alone.
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Spa for kids in Brooklyn Video included

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Manicures, pedicures, and facials. Oh my! But the clientele here are not your average spa-goers. Most are under 12. A Kid's Dream opened its doors in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, in July. It was dreamed up by former teacher Sharon Doldron. Doldron and her team have thought of everything. There's Nick Jr. Instead of reality TV, coloring books instead of gossip magazines, and mini robes and slippers are on their way. More>>

Bieber pleads guilty in Florida drag race

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Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest charges seven months after his arrest in Miami Beach following what police initially called an illegal street drag race. The 20-year-old pop star's plea deal with prosecutors detailed at a Wednesday hearing includes a 12-hour anger management course, a $50,000 charitable contribution and court fines. The deal allows Bieber to avoid a driving under the influence conviction. More>>

Texas homeowner boasts world's largest backyard pool

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It's often said that everything is bigger in Texas and now one man is boasting the world's biggest residential swimming pool.  That's right, this isn't some resort. It's a man's back yard pool. More>>

Dog elected mayor in Minnesota

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A small Minnesota village has a new mayor.  Duke, the dog is Cormorant's newest mayor.  The 12 people who live there elected the 7-year-old dog as its leader.  Duke may not understand politics too well but he's been doing a great job guarding the town. More>>

Shaming New Yorkers who don't scoop dog poop Video included

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Shame can be a powerful motivator. Some New Yorkers hope it will be enough to get people to clean up after their dogs. His owner says Snoopy doesn't think he's a dog. But just like both man and beast, sometimes Snoopy poops. When he does drop something requiring scooping, his owner vows she picks it up. She says the other people in her Castle Hill, the Bronx, housing complex do the same for their dogs. More>>

Death of Robin Williams

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Unfortunately, depression still carries a strong stigma, preventing many people from getting the treatment they desperately need. But maybe, in some way, the death of actor Robin Williams might change that. The hope is the public will become more aware that depression is a mental illness. There are signs to look for. Most importantly, it can be treated. More>>

Operation Safe Cycle in NYC Video included

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The NYPD begins a two-week crackdown on Wednesday of bicycle riders not following the rules of the road. Operation Safe Cycle will focus on the following: failure to stop at a red light, disobey a traffic signal or sign, riding the wrong direction against traffic, riding on the sidewalk, and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Cops will also focus on motorists who obstruct bicycle lanes. More>>

The Donut Burger Video included

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It is a little bit of sweet mixed with a little bit of salty. It sounds like the perfect snack. But it's actually a meal: the Donut Burger. Fox 5 has introduced you to some of New York's most indulgent dishes: there was the chocolate chip cookie shot and the rib that was as big as my face. Well, neither can top the Donut Burger from the Burger Bistro in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
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Official: Actor committed suicide

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Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams' personal assistant found the actor Monday in a bedroom at his Tiburon home. The actor also had superficial cuts on his wrist, and a pocketknife was found nearby.
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Mayor: NYC will learn from 2004 RNC 'mistakes'

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Brooklyn's final pitch to hold the 2016 Democratic national convention was centered on New York City's robust mass transit system -- and a pledge to learn "from the mistakes" from the last time the city hosted a presidential convention. The Republicans gathered in New York in 2004 to re-nominate President George W. Bush, choosing to meet in deep-blue Manhattan less than three years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
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Report: German artists hoisted white flags over Brooklyn Bridge Video included

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The theft of huge U.S flags from atop the Brooklyn Bridge and their replacement with faded, almost-white American flags was apparently an elaborate artistic demonstration, according to the New York Times. Two German artists reached out to the Times to confess their stunt and provided videos and photos to the newspaper to prove their claim. More>>

Whales in New York Harbor Video included

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The waters around New York City are a lot more crowded these days with sea life. Whale watchers are getting an eyeful. Artie Raslich snapped a whale of a photograph from the deck of the American Princess.  Gotham Whale counted just five whales in 2011. This summer, they've already seen 49.
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10-year-old makes blankets for the homeless

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A ten-year-old girl is creating warmth one stitch at a time.  Briley Turnham only learned to crochet a year ago. Now, she is using her skills for a heartwarming idea.  She's crocheting blankets for homeless people in her community. More>>

Teen dies after being run over while sunbathing in driveway

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Prayers, hugs, tears and togetherness, that's how Ron Hamblin's family is coping with the news that his 15-year-old granddaugher, Marli Hamblin, died after a tragic accident.  According to police, Marlin Hamblin was lying on a blanket, sunbathing in her driveway listening to music on her headphones, when her older sister backed out of the garage and accidentally run her over. More>>

Is the ice bucket challenge just 'slackivism'? Video included

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If you're like most social media users, it is very likely videos of the ice bucket challenge have taken over your feeds in recent days. But while the videos are showing up all over, and celebrities like Ethel Kennedy are jumping on board, it seems plenty of people still have no idea what the videos are about.
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Police use tear gas on crowd outside St. Louis

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A black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer had his hands raised when the officer approached with his weapon drawn and fired repeatedly, according to two men who said they witnessed the shooting that sparked two nights of unrest in suburban St. Louis. The FBI opened an investigation Monday into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who police said was shot multiple times Saturday after being confronted by an officer.
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Public advocate: NYPD cops should wear cameras Video included

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In the aftermath of the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner at the hands of police, an incident that has created a major rift between officers and the community, Public Advocate Letitia James says it is time for NYPD patrol officers to wear cameras on their uniforms. James is calling for a pilot program to outfit 15 percent of NYPD officers with cameras in precincts with the highest crime rates and complaints about police misconduct. More>>

FBI: Americans fighting in Syria hard to track

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FBI Director James Comey says it's difficult for federal authorities to track how many Americans are trying to go to Syria to join the civil war there.  Comey spoke Monday at an event in Dallas.   He talked about so-called homegrown terrorists who use the Internet to connect with others interested in "jihad." More>>

US Postal Service loses $2B this spring

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The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.  The loss for the spring quarter, which ended June 30, was significantly higher than the $740 million loss for the same three-month period last year.
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VIDEO: Grandson surprises grandfather with puppy after wife of 63 years dies

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There's not much that can heal a husband grieving the loss of his wife of 63 years, but one grandson is aiming to help in a touching surprise.YouTube user Davy Vanhaesendonck's decided to give his grieving grandfather a puppy. More>>

Game of Thrones actor dies days after starting filming

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Authorities say actor J.J. Murphy has died days after starting his new role on the HBO series "Game of Thrones."  No cause of death was given.
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Police arrest man who wins doughnut-eating contest

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A North Carolina man celebrated out-eating some police officers, only to find out that he couldn't outrun them.  The Camden County Sheriff's Office had been looking for 24-year-old Bradley Herbert Hardison in connection with two break-ins. More>>

Video: Dust devil in Brooklyn

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What looked almost like a mini-tornado startled people in Brooklyn when the phenomenon known as a "dust devil" suddenly formed on a baseball field.  Michael Gambale posted the video to YouTube (warning: explicit language in video).  It happened at McCarren Park on Sunday. More>>

Brooklyn possible host for Democratic National Convention Video included

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New York City- Brooklyn specifically- is among the cities in the early running to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Democratic National Committee leaders along with local leaders toured the Barclays Center on Monday. They're also taking a closer look at hotels and transportation options for the roughly 50,000 visitors for the convention. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Sen. Charles Schumer were expected to host the DNC members. More>>

100 NY families to get restitution in schools case

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About 100 Chinese immigrant families are getting thousands of dollars in restitution after a fraud investigation at three English-language schools in Brooklyn. Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is presenting about $25,000 in checks to the families on Monday. Some 35 teachers also are getting restitution, totaling about $26,000.

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Iconic Jersey Shore relics to be auctioned Video included

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Decades worth of Jersey Shore memories are on the auction block, including the historic carousel at Seaside Heights which survived Superstorm Sandy. It's now up for sale and that's not sitting well with those who want to keep it on the boardwalk. More>>

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  • Friday Night Live: August 22, 2014

    Friday Night Live: August 22, 2014

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:34:20 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this episode: Ace Frehley, Big Sean, Week End Trends, and Chef Luca Manfé of MasterChef.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this episode: Ace Frehley, Big Sean, Week End Trends, and Chef Luca Manfé of MasterChef.
  • Berg'n: new beer and food hall in Brooklyn

    Berg'n: new beer and food hall in Brooklyn

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:00:35 GMT
    The guys behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are at it again with a new food and booze venue called Berg'n, a new beer hall in Crown Heights. The place doesn't officially open until August 27, 2014, but owners Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are giving it a test run for special guests, family, and the press.
    The guys behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are at it again with a new food and booze venue called Berg'n, a new beer hall in Crown Heights. The place doesn't officially open until August 27, 2014, but owners Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are giving it a test run for special guests, family, and the press.
  • Giving your college-bound kids their space

    Giving your college-bound kids their space

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:31:50 GMT
    Going off to college is an exciting time for the entire family, especially for the upcoming freshman. But with technology, parents can be in touch all the time. What's too much and what's just enough? Freshman move-in day seems to be harder on the parents than the students at Stony Brook University.
    Going off to college is an exciting time for the entire family, especially for the upcoming freshman. But with technology, parents can be in touch all the time. What's too much and what's just enough? Freshman move-in day seems to be harder on the parents than the students at Stony Brook University.
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