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Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits

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Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.  As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road. More>>

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Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays Video included

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One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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$1M Powerball ticket sold in NJ set to expire

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State lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a northern New Jersey convenience store last year will soon expire. More>>

Princeton worker told to choose medical pot or job

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A Princeton University employee says he has been told to choose between medical marijuana and his job. More>>

Joan Rivers on life support

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Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.

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Dispute over reclining seat on another flight

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A Delta Air Lines flight from La Guardia Airport to West Palm Beach, Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville because of a dispute between passengers over a reclining seat. Delta reportedly says the flight was diverted Monday night when a woman got into an argument with a passenger behind her when the woman was trying to recline her seat while the other passenger was trying to sleep on the tray table.
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Man guilty in $1M car insurance fraud case

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Video of his crash made a splash on the Internet in 2009, and now a Texas man faces a long stretch in the clink for driving his Bugatti Veyron into the drink. More>>

Video shows second American journalist beheaded by ISIS

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An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group. Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. More>>

Radioactive boars in German forests

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Radioactive wild boars are reportedly roaming the forests of Germany, some giving off such high levels of radiation that they're unfit for human consumption nearly three decades after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine. More>>

Justin Bieber charged with assault

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Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has been charged with dangerous driving and assault after a collision between a minivan and an ATV led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police say Tuesday that the incident happened Friday afternoon near Bieber's hometown of Stratford and that he was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29. More>>

$2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years Video included

Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Revel Entertainment) Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Revel Entertainment)
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Revel Casino Hotel closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market. The 5:25 a.m. casino shutdown followed the closure of its hotel on Monday. By mid-September, four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos will have closed, but none will be a costlier failure than Revel.
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Long Island beaches reopen to bathing

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Health officials say six Long Island beaches that were closed for one day have reopened to bathing. The Nassau County beaches were closed Monday due to storm water runoff that could negatively impact bacterial levels. The beaches were: Laurel Hollow Beach, Morgan Beach, North Hempstead Beach Park, Sea Cliff Village Beach, Tappen Beach and Theodore Roosevelt Beach.

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High school football player dies Video included

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A 16-year-old high school football player from Staten Island is dead after collapsing during practice Monday, officials said. The teen's father says Miles Kirkland-Thomas collapsed Monday morning during practice for Curtis High School. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Bill Clinton to appear in New Haven for fundraiser

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Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a rally in New Haven to raise money for Democrats running in elections across the country. Clinton is set to appear at the event at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Tuesday. He'll be joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who are seeking re-election in November.

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G train service restored after Sandy repairs

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New York City subway riders are getting back service on the G train between Brooklyn and Queens. The return of service comes as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reopens a tunnel Tuesday that was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The Greenpoint tunnel has been closed for five weeks for repairs. Shuttle buses were provided between G stops in Queens and Brooklyn during that time. 
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Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

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Public officials and safety advocates worry there will be more drivers high on pot and a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize marijuana laws. It's not clear, though, whether those concerns are merited. Researchers are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking. 
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Speed cameras in LI school zones Video included

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Reminder for drivers that as children head back to school in Nassau County so too, will the speed cameras in school zones. Officials say speed cams will be fully operational at 25 locations this week. That will more than double eventually. More>>

Super-heroes for child battling cancer

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Diagnosed two years ago with stage IV cancer and being fed these days through a tube in his nose, Prestun Seibel was too sick to talk us. But, like most soon to be 5-year-olds, Prestun still found it in him to tell his mom and dad what he wants for his birthday in a few weeks. More>>

Is Leandra Lumbreras the oldest person ever? Video included

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A woman in Mexico celebrated a mighty big birthday. Leandra Lumbreras claims to be 127 years-old. She's believed to be the world's oldest person... Ever. More>>

Ceremonies mark 75 years since World War II began

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Ceremonies were being held all around the world to mark the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. Yet, the world of today differs far greatly from the depression ravaged world of the 1930s.
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Hope's Land of Candy

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Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it. More>>

Subway bedbug infestations on the rise Video included

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It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs. More>>

As homes get "smarter" so do hackers

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Be it a TV or even a refrigerator, more and more home appliances with internet capabilities are easily available and easy to be hacked.
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West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings Video included

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The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
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Revel Casino Hotel starts closing in Atlantic City

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Atlantic City's newest casino and its costliest failure has begun its two-day shutdown. More>>

Man to face murder charges in mother's slaying

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Murder charges are pending against a northern New Jersey man who allegedly stabbed and beat his mother to death. More>>

Homeowner interrupting burglary is fatally stabbed

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Police in New York City say an intruder stabbed a couple who interrupted a burglary at their home, killing the man and injuring his wife. More>>

New MTA bus routes take effect

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The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs.  More>>

Slice of royal wedding cake sells for over $100,000 Video included

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A private collector now owns a slice of Prince Charles' and Princess Diana's wedding cake. The 33 year-old slice, still in its original wax paper and presentation box was bought in an online auction for $100,375. More>>

NASA releases new images of strong solar storms Video included

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It was a busy week on the surface of the sun. New images from NASA show the sun releasing some explosive flares. Scientists say the sun is going through an 11-year cycle, which at its peak is called a solar storm maximum. More>>

Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

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Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound. More>>

3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area Video included

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Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down. More>>

Why is Atlantic City collapsing?

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For decades, making some quick cash was the main drive behind so many who took the ride down the parkway to Atlantic City. But with so much to choose from nowadays, it looks like Atlantic City is in a lot of trouble. More>>

'Wrong-way' bikers, ATVs force Van Wyck to grind to a halt

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There was a wild scene on the Van Wyck Expressway on Sunday. A large group of dirt bikers and ATV riders were driving recklessly near Hillside Avenue. Police say many of the bikers were going the wrong way on the road bringing traffic to a stop. More>>

6 rescued from sinking boat off NJ

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Six people were saved as their boat was sinking in waters near the New Jersey coast.  More>>

Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

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A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund. More>>

Celebrity chef Todd English charged with DWI in NY

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Celebrity chef Todd English has been arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated in New York. More>>

Pregnant NY woman shot to death; fetus dies

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A homicide squad in New York is investigating the death of a pregnant woman found with multiple gunshot wounds inside her car. Her fetus didn't survive, either. More>>

Showboat closing after 27 years in Atlantic City

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The show is ending for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. More>>

Teen crashes Lamborghini during test drive, dies

A New York teen taking a test drive of a family friend's Lamborghini has died after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 29, 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: Electric Zoo Festival, Beth Shak, Richard Albrecht, Kathy Wakile, and Moses Laboy .


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Poker champion Beth Shak Video included

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A good poker face can go a long way. Professional poker player Beth Shak has made millions. The Philadelphia native honed her skills online before playing in a live setting. Now she ranks among the top poker players in the world.She has cashed out at over a dozen tournaments; earning as much as several hundred thousand dollars with each win. More>>

Cocktails with Moses Laboy Video included

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Mixologist Moses Laboy came to Friday Night Live to mix up some cocktails to get us started on the holiday weekend. Born and raised in Spanish Harlem, Laboy has mixed drinks at Red Rooster, Los Americanos, Le Colonial NYC, and elsewhere. He has served drinks to President Obama and President Clinton. More>>

Business is good at Coney Island Video included

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From the brand-new Thunderbolt roller coaster to the world-famous boardwalk, tourists and business owners alike say Coney Island had a great ride of its own this summer. Toms Coney Island's general manager Vasilios Tourlokas says the mild summer impacted his boardwalk business in the best way possible: a 10 to 15 percent increase. More>>

ME: Cops' restraint of man factor in death

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The death of a drugged, emotionally disturbed man restrained by police near St. Patrick's Cathedral has been ruled a homicide. The medical examiner's office cited "physical restraint by police" Friday as a factor in Ronald Singleton's July 13 death. More>>

Labor Day dishes by Chef Jason Tilmann Video included

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If you're looking to beef up your Labor Day barbecue with something different, Chef Jason Tilmann, the executive chef at Strand Bistro in Midtown Manhattan, has some ideas and tips. Chef Tilmann demonstrated several dishes. More>>

O'Neill Theater: where stars were born Video included

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It's a running joke that if you mention the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center to nearly anyone in Hollywood they're going to know exactly what you're talking about because odds are they might have gotten their first big break there. Would you believe some Hollywood's biggest stars -- Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Angela Bassett -- got their start in a big red barn in the middle of nowhere.
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Cameron promises tough action

Britain raises terror threat level Video included

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Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida. Cameron's remarks came just moments after authorities raised Britain's terror threat level to severe, the second-highest level. The decision was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent.
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Taxi hits and kills woman in Manhattan Video included

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A taxicab slammed into a woman on the Upper East Side, killing her, police said. The cab, driven by a 30-year-old man, made a left turn onto East 79 Street from Madison Avenue and hit the woman, who was trying to cross the street, the NYPD said. More>>

NYC Denny's features $300 breakfast Video included

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Diner chain Denny's is opening it's first New York City location, complete with a big-city "deal".   How does a $300 breakfast sound?    The Denny's is located at the corner of Nassau and Spruce in Lower Manhattan's Financial District.  Along with its normal food you can get at just about any location in the rest of the country, this location will offer a Grand Slam breakfast with a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon champagne. More>>

Love for Lennon

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My Thoughts of Lennon...Reflecting on Lennon and what his life has meant to us is astounding.From the moment we laid eyes on him we were in love with his little face, his little toes, fingers, fingernails, everything was so tiny. We were in awe that God could create something so intricate and tiny, yet so beautiful. Lennon had fight in him as I watched him gasp so hard to make a cry in the delivery room only to let out two small grunts. Lennon didn't know his lungs were too small, he didn't k... More>>

FDNY academy takes steps to curb MRSA outbreak

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The Fire Department of New York is taking steps to prevent infection after more than a dozen probationary firefighters were diagnosed with the drug-resistant staph infection called MRSA. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said a specialized cleaning company will disinfect showers and other high-risk areas at the fire academy at Randall's Island over the Labor Day weekend.
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Some Showboat workers get new jobs within company

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More than 470 of the 2,000-plus workers at Atlantic City's Showboat Casino Hotel have found new jobs with other casinos owned by its parent company. The Showboat is shutting down Sunday afternoon after 27 years on the Boardwalk.
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Girl's lemonade stand raises money for vet's service dog

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When an eight-year-old South Carolina girl heard about a local veteran who was having trouble getting service training for his dog, she opened a lemonade stand to help raise money. More>>

Feral cat forces elementary school closure

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You've heard of snow days and weather days, but kids at one Maryland elementary school were sent home Friday because of something very different: a feral cat. More>>

NJ girl accidentally kills gun instructor Video included

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A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use a fully automatic Uzi. Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said. More>>

Victim's family feels sorry for girl who shot him

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The ex-wife of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl learning to use an Uzi said Friday that her family plans to write the child a letter to comfort her.  Instructor Charles Vacca was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger.
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NASA creates rocket using 3-D printer

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NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and created using 3-D printing. More>>

Computer expert: Passwords should be at least 24 characters

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Here are two simple rules to follow when developing hacker-proof passwords: More>>

Cops: Women hid stolen watches from Las Vegas casino patrons in private parts

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Three women are under arrest in Las Vegas for allegedly getting two men drunk, trying to steal their thousand dollar watches and then smuggling them inside their bodies.Police say that Bryanna Warren, Trinity Kennard and Charmella Triggs plotted the robbery on Aug. 17, 2014.They say Warren and Triggs met a tourist from India at a Encore Hotel-Casio bar around 3:30 a.m.Cops say the two women flirted with him and he told them he was staying at the hotel with a friend.After separating for around... More>>

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

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If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.Sixteen months after the attack killed three people and injured more than 260, including Costello, he married D'Agostino, the nurse who helped him recover.  More>>

Security stepped up for Electric Zoo Festival Video included

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Festival goers to one of the most popular events of the summer in New York City will see major changes this weekend.  The Electric Zoo festival featuring headliner David Guetta takes place Saturday and Sunday on Randall's Island. Organizers are expecting 45,000 people, daily. Last year's party was cut short after the deaths of  Olivia Rotundo, 20, of Providence, R.I. and Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y.  More>>

Obama: 'We don't have a strategy' Video included

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President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before convening a meeting of his national security advisers to discuss a range of Pentagon options for confronting the Islamic State group.
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USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

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The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than 1,200 live specimens of the large snails, all of them traced back to someone in Georgia who was selling them illegally.

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Obama in Westchester for Democratic fundraisers

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President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections. Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island. The New York fundraisers will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.

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Arrest made in attack of mother, children

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The NYPD arrested a suspect in the attempted sexual assault of a mother in front of her three children.  Police say they busted Pedro Vargas, 48, of Yonkers on Thursday.  Chilling surveillance video released by cops showed a  man pretending to be a livery cab driver, pulling the woman out of a car, elbowing her five-year-old child in the face and tossing her three-year-old child onto a sidewalk in Queens. More>>

Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns Video included

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch. More>>

Revel closing, but property fight goes on

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A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state's attempt to seize his late parents' house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino. Charlie Birnbaum says the house in the shadow of the failed casino was his father's livelihood. He says he is attached to the home, even though his mother was killed there in 1998.
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Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks

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Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as "Russian volunteers." The Kremlin has repeatedly denied arming and supporting the separatists who have been fighting Ukrainian troops for four months.
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Broadway preview: 'It's Only a Play' Video included

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Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham, and Megan Mullally are just some of the names heading back to Broadway. Legendary playwright and four-time tony winner Terrence McNally leads the all-star cast in the new Broadway play appropriately titled It's Only a Play. More>>

Missing NJ man found dead in Israeli forest Video included

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The body of a missing New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week has been found. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., had been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest and the two became separated, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
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Bergen County sheriff delays deployment of military vehicles

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A northern New Jersey sheriff has delayed deployment of armored vehicles that are being acquired through a federal military surplus program. In a statement, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino announced Thursday he is taking the action after the U.S. attorney general and state attorney general decided to review the program in the wake of police response to civil unrest that followed a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. More>>

Humpback whale spotted near Queens

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A photographer with the Wildlife Conservation Society photographed a humpback whale feeding on small fish a few miles off New York City on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The WCS, which runs an aquarium and several zoos in New York, released the photo, taken by Julie Larsen Maher, of the whale breaching the surface of the water about six miles from the Rockaways. More>>

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

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For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have photographed these "sailing rocks" being blown... More>>

Dangerous rip currents at NJ, NY beaches

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The rip current risk remains high along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. Some beaches were open to the public but closed to swimmers. The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory and Rip Current Statement for the area beaches because of the effects of Hurricane Cristobal, which is expected to track south and east of the Jersey shore through Thursday. More>>

Mass jobless filing for laid-off casino workers

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One of the region's largest mass-filings for unemployment and other benefits will begin next week for newly laid-off Atlantic City casino workers in an outreach effort so large it had to book part of the city's... More>>

Flight returns, 2 women facing charges

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Two Canadian women are facing charges after authorities say they drank their duty free alcohol in the flight's bathroom, triggered the fire alarm with a cigarette and got into a fight each other, forcing a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba to return to Toronto under a military escort. More>>

RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts

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A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles. More>>

Sister of Boston bomb suspect arrested Video included

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The NYPD arrested Ailina Tsarnaeva, the sister of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for allegedly threatening to bomb a New York City woman, a police official confirmed. Tsarnaeva, of North Bergen, N.J., is accused of calling a woman Monday and warning her to stay away from her and her boyfriend.
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Gun tourism grows in popularity

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Prosecutors in Arizona say they will not file charges in the death of a firearms instructor who was showing a vacationing 9-year-old New Jersey girl how to fire a fully automatic Uzi machine gun. The gun recoiled and Charles Vacca was shot in the head. Shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become popular attractions in Hawaii and Las Vegas. They draw bachelor parties, newlyweds and tourists from countries that bar citizens from many types of guns.
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9-month-old boy brought back to life 3 times

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A nine-month-old boy is defying the odds after being born with half of a heart and suffering cardiac arrest three times within his first weeks of life. More>>

Poll shows most New Yorkers support broken windows policy Video included

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A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found overwhelming opposition to the way the arrest of Eric Garner was handled while the majority support the broken windows policy, which cracks down on low-level crimes to prevent bigger ones from occurring. Garner's death has brought the policy into the spotlight. The Staten Island man had been selling untaxed cigarettes when he was arrested. A police officer placed him in a chokehold and Garner died.

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Flight diverted to Boston due to unruly passenger

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Police in Massachusetts say a man from France has been arrested after causing a disturbance on a Miami-to-Paris flight.  A spokesman for the state police says American Airlines Flight 62 was diverted to Boston's Logan International Airport on Wednesday night after a passenger became unruly.
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Times Square named as target

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A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and Times Square.
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FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

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The FBI says it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several American financial institutions. The FBI is reportedly investigating an incident in which Russian hackers may have retaliated against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions against their country.The attack led to the loss of sensitive data.
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Six Flags Great Adventure plans new roller coaster

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New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure plans to build a new roller coaster for 2015.  The theme park announced on Thursday Looping Dragon will join the park's other thrill rides. The park says 24 riders sitting in face-off seats will pitch forward and backward pendulum-style until the ride completes a full revolution seven stories in the air. Riders will be suspended upside down and then the ride will reverse direction.

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Rocket from Wallops Island seen in NJ

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NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets. NASA says a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket was launched at 5 a.m. Thursday from the agency's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The new deployment method uses small rocket motors to eject sub-payloads from a rocket's main payload. Thursday's test included releasing vapor traces in space.
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Hurricane Cristobal to move toward north Atlantic

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Hurricane Cristobal is expected to move rapidly toward the north Atlantic, staying away from Bermuda and passing south of Nova Scotia. The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Thursday are near 75 mph (120 kph) with no significant change in strength forecast over the next two days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Cristobal is centered about 285 miles (460 kilometers) northwest of Bermuda and is moving northeast near 29 mph (46 kph).
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New stands let US Open fans see stars practice

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U.S. Open fans can't seem to get enough of practice.  That's right, practice. In a new feature at Flushing Meadows this year, elevated stands loom over five practice courts and allow fans to see stars like Roger Federer and Serena Williams groove their strokes, tinker with strategy and sometimes bicker with coaches.
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Chilling surveillance video of woman, children attacked Video included

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A man pretending to be a livery cab driver attempted to sexually assault a mother in front of her three children. Chilling surveillance video shows the man attacking the mother, elbowing one of the children in the face and throwing the other out of the car and onto a sidewalk before taking off. More>>

Superstorm Sandy

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When Superstorm Sandy destroyed Maureen Childs' Staten Island home, she turned to New York City's Build it Back program for help. She says what she got back was heartache. At a news conference Wednesday, Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, highlighted what he called failures in a program designed to help victims of Sandy get back on their feet.
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Pranna to end 'boozy brunch' after viral video Video included

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Video posted on YouTube showing young women and men who appear to be stumbling and drunk coming out of the restaurant Pranna in the flatiron district is why angry residents packed into a community meeting to complain Wednesday night. Neighbors say problems have been happening on Saturdays and Sundays during a so-called bottomless brunch, where patrons can drink as many drinks as they want in a two-hour period. More>>

NYC's secret access for celebrities Video included

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A little bit of money, power and fame can unlock a whole world of hidden passageways and detours allowing stars to come and go discreetly. Seth Weisser has perfected private shopping inside his Soho vintage boutique What Goes Around Comes Around. Celebs slip in through the side door and descend into the vault. But the upper floor isn't too shabby either, featuring hundreds of rare Chanel and Hermes handbags. More>>

Study: Fewer painkiller deaths in states with medical marijuana Video included

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A study is published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that in the 13 states that passed laws between 1999 and 2010 allowing medical marijuana, the number of people who died from overdosing on prescription painkillers fell by 25 percent. The study suggests that patients are smoking marijuana to treat pain instead of taking prescription pain killers. But Dr. Robert Glatter of Lenox Hill Hospital said the study is flawed.
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GIRLTALK #takeover

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The Boys and Girls Club of Newark seems like the last place you'd expect to find the daughter of hip hop royalty. But when it comes to inspiring young girls, Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev. Run of Run DMC, believes in the old adage "each one, teach one." While it may seem like she had a silver spoon in her mouth, she knows the importance of giving back.
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NYSE rings bell for pediatric cancer awareness Video included

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On Wednesday, the world famous New York Stock Exchange closing bell rang in honor of pediatric cancer awareness. The Loccisano family says their beloved Frankie heard the bell all the way up in heaven. Frankie's grandmother says she is convinced of it. Camille Loccisano, Frankie's mother, is the executive director of Frankie's Mission, a nonprofit pediatric cancer foundation named in her son's honor.
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Metro-North safety practices faulted

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The Metro-North Railroad has sacrificed safety for on-time performance, according to a report released Wednesday by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority panel. The report echoes an assessment conducted this year by the Federal Railroad Administration, which investigated after a string of Metro-North accidents including a December 2013 derailment that killed four riders in the Bronx. More>>

U.S. marshals in Queens shootout

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An armed fugitive wanted for nearly two decades on drug charges in the South was wounded during a shootout with deputy U.S. marshals who tracked him down in New York City, federal authorities said Wednesday. More>>

Conn. police dog memorial unveiled

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Connecticut officials have unveiled a memorial honoring state police dogs for their courage and sacrifice in serving the public.
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and other government and police leaders celebrated the new memorial outside state police headquarters in Middletown on Wednesday.
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Guns found near Conn. playground

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Hamden police say they're trying to determine who hid two handguns near a playground at a child care center - a discovery that scared local parents. Police say a .22-caliber handgun and a 9 mm handgun were found hidden near the Keefe Center Playground as officers worked what they called a "crime suppression detail" on Sunday.
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'Cops' crew member killed in Omaha police shooting

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A crew member with "Cops" was killed when Omaha police opened fire on a robbery suspect who also died, the production company behind the television show said Wednesday.  nPolice say the shooting happened Tuesday night after officers interrupted a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in midtown Omaha.
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Rapper Joe Budden arrested Video included

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Rapper Joe Budden was arrested by the NYPD on Wednesday in connection with the robbery of his ex-girlfriend's cell phone earlier this month. Police had been looking for the New Jersey resident since Aug. 18 after a heated argument with the woman inside his car in Washington Heights. After he was arrested on Wednesday, Budden apparently Tweeted several times from jail.

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Parents turned to Google to save baby

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They were told by multiple doctors that there was no way to save their baby. That's when they took matters into their own hands, and it ended up being the right choice.

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Soldier who killed herself at Va. Army base was from Yonkers

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The Army has identified the soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head.  Fort Lee officials on Wednesday say it was 33-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker of Yonkers

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Attractive players in tennis, help or hurt? Video included

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The U.S. Open is underway in Queens and there's no denying that many of the players, both men and women, are in great physical shape and know how to play that up. Women are particularly promoted in the industry as attractive, fashionable and fiercely competitive. Does that help the game and draw more people in? More>>

Police: Plane stowaway arrested at Phoenix airport

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A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket and sentenced to jail for returning to a Los Angeles airport in violation of her probation was arrested Tuesday after being recognized loitering at a Phoenix airport, police said. More>>

Cuomo orders investigation into Time Warner outage

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Time Warner Cable suffered a nationwide outage primarily impacting its Internet service on Wednesday morning. More than 11 million customers were affected.  Several hours later, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered an investigation into the outage. "I have directed the New York State Department of Public Service to investigate this outage as part of its review of Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner," said Cuomo. More>>

School sign warns that teachers are armed

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One Texas school district has unveiled a sign on school grounds warning that its teachers are armed.“Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students," the sign reads. More>>

Zara baby shirt looks like concentration camp uniforms

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Fashion chain Zara has apologized for a baby's pajama top that many people claimed looked like the outfit Jewish prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps.  The shirt featured white and blue stripes and six-pointed yellow star on the front. More>>

Freed journalist addresses media Video included

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A U.S. journalist said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many "brave, determined and big-hearted" people were behind efforts to secure his release from a Syrian extremist group. Peter Theo Curtis, who was freed Sunday after 22 months in captivity, wore sandals and a gray T shirt in his first public appearance. He returned to the United States Tuesday night.

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Man kills wife, wounds self at NJ hospital

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Authorities say a man fatally shot his wife and wounded himself at a hospital in southern New Jersey. Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin says the shooting happened Wednesday at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. The man was being treated for his injuries.

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Hunt for forklift robber

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Police on Long Island are asking for the public's help in finding a forklift thief.  The bright yellow vehicle went missing Monday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. from its parking spot near a building in Riverhead. One or more people used a flatbed tow truck with a white cab to remove the Caterpillar forklift.
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Landmarks to light up for StandUp2Cancer telethon

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More than a dozen landmarks across the U.S. and Canada will light up to promote next week's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon. Organizers say the buildings that will be illuminated starting Friday include Rockefeller Center, Toronto's CN tower and the Wrigley Building in Chicago. The hourlong cancer fund-raiser will air Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. on 31 U.S. broadcast and cable networks including FOX.

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Owner says Showboat will definitely close Sunday

Its owner says Atlantic City's Showboat Casino Hotel will definitely shut down on Sunday.  A spokeswoman for Caesars Entertainment tells The Associated Press that despite expressions of interest from potential purchasers, the casino will be closed at 4 p.m. Sunday. Showboat is one of three Atlantic City casinos closing in the next few weeks.
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Digital currency ATM in Greenwich Village Video included

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The first ATM for BitCoin users in New York City is up and running in a store in Greenwich Village. The controversial, virtual currency is exchanged using a 'wallet' app on mobile devices. The ATM accepts cash but only returns virtual currency to the app. At the ATM in Flat 128, a store that sells UK-designed items, the fee for store owner Liz Dubois is less than that for a credit card transaction.
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Cristobal to churn surf along Jersey shore

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Swimmers and lifeguards are facing a high risk for rip currents along New Jersey beaches. The National Weather Service says Hurricane Cristobal is predicted to pass well to the southeast of the New Jersey coast on Wednesday night. Long period swells will spread out from the storm, churning up the surf along Jersey shore beaches.
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NJ store clerk accused of kissing customer

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Police say a convenience store clerk in New Jersey hugged and kissed her against her will. More>>

American fighting with ISIS killed in Syria Video included

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A U.S. official says an American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State. Investigators were aware that Douglas McAuthur McCain was in the country to fight with militants. His body has yet to be recovered and there is an ongoing investigation about the circumstances of his death. It's not clear when he went to Syria. More>>

Union says city too dangerous to host convention Video included

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One of New York City's police unions says it is opposed to the city's bid for Brooklyn to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, saying that crime is on the rise and criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio's public safety policies.The Sergeants Benevolent Association, which has 13,000 members, says the city was "lurching backwards to the bad old days of high crime." More>>

Do you have a soul mate? Video included

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Fox 5 found that romance is almost completely alive and well in Harlem. The notion of one a soul mate, your better half, the one and only is thriving. Maybe have Cinderella or rather reality television to thank for this notion.Sadly, new research shows if you believe your partner is your soul mate your expectations may be to high when times get tough. More>>

Passing on your online accounts after you die Video included

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Your Facebook page or email could soon be passed on in a will just like physical property. Delaware is the first state to allow heirs access to their loved ones' digital legacies. Pedram Tabibi, a social media attorney, says in many cases this can be vital information, like banking and health data. He says current terms and conditions for websites such as Apple, Amazon, and Google won't let an account get passed onto someone else. More>>

Benefits and limitations of urgent care Video included

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Time is free but it's priceless and yet always seems to elude us. Nowadays working 9 to 5 is unheard of, so it's no surprise that medical care has gone the same route with urgent care clinics. Once derided as doc-in-a-box medicine, walk-in clinics are now popping up everywhere. They have mushroomed into an estimated $14.5 billion industry. More>>

Fighting street harassment Video included

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New York City women are tired of hearing vile things yelled at them as they walk down the street. Many women are going public about street harassment and catcalling. Some even post picture of their offenders on social media. Founded in 2005, Hollaback! is an anti-harassment organization giving women a platform to do just that. More>>

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NYC homelessness and panhandling Video included

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Homeless people still sleep under the Manhattan Bridge, but others who used to camp out near its base have been displaced by police and are now calling Park Avenue South home. Park Avenue South sits in one of the trendiest parts of Manhattan, with businesses, restaurants, hotels, and swank lofts. It's also the street corner home base of Tommy Lanfranchi and his domestic partner Nicole Kilroy, who've been in a methadone program for 10 years.
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Beheaded goat found in Westchester

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The carcasses of beheaded birds, goat, and other animals were found in bags dumped on the side of a road in Westchester County, the local SPCA said. The bags were found Monday at the intersection of Route 129 and Underhill Avenue in Yorktown.
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12-year-old's lemonade stand battled by neighbor Video included

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A 61-year-old man has tried to get a 12-year-old kid's lemonade stand shut down, but the city sided with the boy, and now business is booming. More>>

DA: Teacher sent photo of genitals to student

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Prosecutors say a New York City high school teacher used Snapchat to send a photo of his genitals to a 16-year-old student.
Brooklyn Tech teacher Sean Shaynak pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including dissemination of indecent material to a minor and harassment.
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Miley Cyrus' date wanted by Oregon police Video included

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The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.  Court records show 22-year-old Jesse Helt was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespass in 2010, when he was 18 years old.
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Man pinned by 6,000-pound boulder in yard, dies

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 Police in New Hampshire say a man who tried to dig around a 6,000-pound boulder in his yard became pinned under the rock and died.  Police said 47-year-old Paul Comeau Jr. had been working on extricating the boulder over several months in his yard. More>>

Cease-fire deal reached between Hamas, Israel

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Israeli officials confirmed Tuesday that a cease-fire deal between Hamas and Israel was reached to end the seven-week Gaza war, which has killed over 2,200 people. Hamas officials said the deal calls for an "open-ended" cease-fire, and an Israeli agreement to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow relief supplies and construction materials into the war-battered territory.
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Marine dad surprises daughter at football game

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What began with a youth football game lead to tears of joy Sunday for a young Michigan cheerleader. Her military dad came home early, giving her an emotional surprise. More>>

Air conditioning stolen from daycare

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The old saying goes that thieves will steal anything that's not tied down. Well, cement didn't stop some dedicated air conditioning thieves at a daycare center.
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Apple iPhone 5 battery replacement Video included

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Apple is offering to replace the battery on some iPhone 5 cell phones purchased between Sept. 2012 and Jan. 2013. According to the website: "Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently ..(the phones) fall within a limited serial number range." To find the serial number, go to Settings then General and then About.  More>>

British diplomats apologize for tweets marking 1814 burning of White House

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British diplomats in Washington are apologizing for Twitter posts that made light of the 200th anniversary of their troops torching the White House in the War of 1812.  The apologies were prompted after the British Embassy posted a picture Sunday of Patrick Davis, deputy British ambassador to the United States, with a caption saying he was participating in "the anniversary of burning of the White House with a BBQ.” More>>

Should school start later? Video included

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that school start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. for middle and high school students.  This recommendation is based on biology.  Pediatricians say adolescents can have trouble falling asleep before 11 p.m.  Therefore in order for teens to get a full eight hours of sleep the school day should start later.
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Joan Rivers suffers cardiac arrest Video included

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Hollywood icon Joan Rivers, 81, is reportedly on a slow road to recovery after she went into cardiac arrest at an Upper East Side doctor's office last week. While some reports indicate she is doing better, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement on Tuesday saying Joan Rivers is on life support "at this time." Doctors were expected to slowly remove Rivers from a medically-induced coma on Tuesday to asses her brain functionality.

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  • Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:06:51 GMT
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • $1M Powerball ticket sold in NJ set to expire

    $1M Powerball ticket sold in NJ set to expire

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:23:45 GMT
    State lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a northern New Jersey convenience store last year will soon expire.
    State lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a northern New Jersey convenience store last year will soon expire.
  • Princeton worker told to choose medical pot or job

    Princeton worker told to choose medical pot or job

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:19:48 GMT
    A Princeton University employee says he has been told to choose between medical marijuana and his job.
    A Princeton University employee says he has been told to choose between medical marijuana and his job.
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