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Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island, Tuesday afternoon thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games. "We received a phone call from a gentleman who stated he had just shot his mother and his brother," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said. "Unfortunately, this is a terrible national problem for law enforcement."
A drug called the N-Bomb, 25-Eye or Smiles is one of the top five most prevalent drugs facing youth today, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Right now this synthetic mix is mostly on the West Coast, but addiction specialists in our area are anticipating it will be here soon.N-Bomb is a hallucinogen likened to a dangerous combination of MDMA and LSD. It is administered through a nasal spray, a liquid, and a powder, said Pamela Capaci, the executive director of Prevention Links,... More>>
A British family faced a dilemma when their car burst into flames in the middle of a safari park's lion enclosure. More>>
An NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments, and one said they had to take a jiggle test so their boss could see how firm their bodies were. The state Supreme Court lawsuit is the third filed this year against a National Football League team by cheerleader... More>>
Renting out someone's apartment is an easy way to get an inexpensive place to stay if you're a tourist, and cheaper and more convenient than most hotels. But now the government is stepping in and trying to get a handle on a booming business that may not be playing by the rules. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is squaring off in court with multi-million dollar Internet company Airbnb. More>>
The Cliffs at Long Island City is a new gym in Queens with a focus on rock climbing. You'll find rope climbing (or top climbing) over 50 feet high, boldering (which is done on shorter walls un-roped over gymnastic pads), traditional rappelling, and even Aussie-style rappelling (going down the wall face first), and a fitness center, according to owner Mike Woffert, an expert climber.
The new Tavern on the Green is all about the details. From the sheep's head on the fireplace (an ode to Sheep Meadow across the way) to the gold leaf trim in the dining room, everything is a reminder that you're sitting in Central Park. Owner Jim Caiola and his life partner spent the last two years and $20 million redoing the inside of the iconic restaurant after it went bankrupt in 2009.The old-fashioned Crystal Room is gone but now there is a more modern-looking glass wall.
An undercover narcotics police officer was shot during a shootout with a suspect in a parking lot in Bergen County, N.J., Tuesday afternoon, according to a source. The shooting happened at about 1:45 p.m. at a Walmart and Marshalls shopping center in Garfield. The cop was hot in the hip and ankle, and was taken into surgery at Hackensack University Hospital, the source said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City's horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years. A campaign pledge to take on the horses during his first week as mayor was eclipsed by other issues.
New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has asked the state for help because the city is running out of cash and won't be able to make its $1.7 million payroll this week. More>>
The recent case of an Alabama pastor who was prohibited from feeding the homeless has renewed scrutiny on cities that have made this charitable act an illegal one. Pastor Rick Wood recently was ordered by Birmingham, Ala., police to stop handing out hotdogs and bottled water to the homeless in a city park. More>>
An ambitious project to build a floating pool in the East River has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in funding. More>>
Don't expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon.A product called "Palcohol" gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau said that the approvals were issued in error. More>>
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation has announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa. More>>
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2013 re-election campaign owes more in legal fees than it has on hand, meaning it will need to resume fundraising to pay lawyers. More>>
The first ever Cat Cafe in America is opening in New York City. It's only going to be around for 3 days as a stunt by a pet food company. More>>
Crews brought in construction equipment and put up a fence Monday in Rockaway Beach. Even that is considered a major sign of progress to many people here, but even so completion of the new boardwalk is years away. It could take just as long for all of the damaged homes to finally get repaired.
McDonald's reported a lower profit for the first quarter as the world's biggest hamburger chain saw global sales remain weak.The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company said global sales edged up 0.5 percent at established restaurants. In the U.S., the figure fell 1.7 percent as customer traffic declined.
This is the one that didn't get away. A pair of Florida fishermen reportedly pulled in an 11-foot, 805 pound shark from the Gulf of Mexico.The story went viral after someone spotted the fishermen at a gas station. The shark was in the back of a pickup truck.
A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children. More>>
Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles. The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation, is to use the tax system to push people to ditch junk food. More>>
A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work. Texas EquuSearch had been ordered in February to stop using unmanned aircraft systems, commonly referred to as drones, in its searches.
Police are questioning five people after a man was punched and two women were robbed in Central Park. More>>
Jason Padgett’s world is bursting with mathematical patterns. He is one of a few people in the world who can draw approximations of fractals, the repeating geometric patterns that are building blocks of everything in the known universe, by hand. Tree leaves outside his window are evidence of Pythagoras’ Theorem. It's a different life from 12 years ago when Padgett had dropped out of a Tacoma, Wash. community college.
Millions of couples struggle to get pregnant and become parents. About a year ago, a surrogacy company in California called Conceptual Options started noticing a pattern of couples coming for help. They are younger, professional, heterosexual, highly educated, and in high-earning careers who were looking for a surrogate to have a baby because the mother-to-be didn't want to go through physically being pregnant. More>>
Fifty years after the 1964 World's Fair, the 13-story central icon for that celebration of "peace through understanding" remains the largest replica of our planet ever constructed. Queens Museum archives manager Louise Weinberg enjoys the steel replica of the shell of planet earth outside her office but prefers parks commissioner, power broker, and then World's Fair president Robert Moses' 900,000-structure replica of New York City. More>>
A Long Island schoolteacher is accused of slamming her car into a parked minivan and then driving away while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, according to Suffolk County Police. With a description of the car that drove away, police drove around the area of the collision and found it in the parking lot of Center Moriches High School, police said. More>>
Defendant Siale Angilau was listening to a witness describe gang initiation rituals on Monday when authorities said he grabbed a pen, rushed toward the witness and lunged at him. A U.S. marshal opened fire on Angilau — a 25-year-old "Tongan Crip" gang member known on the street as "C-Down" — shooting him several times in front of shocked jurors, lawyers and courtroom watchers. He died hours later.
The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership. A Boy Scouts attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it no longer could host troops under the Boy Scouts name. The church has stood by Geoff McGrath, 49, a Seattle software engineer and Eagle Scout, after his membership in the organization was revoked last month.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Broadway's "Of Mice and Men." But in the end both of them blew me away. The show is a must-see this Broadway season, especially if you've always been fond of the novel. I haven't been able to shake the memory of George and Lenny since I first read "Of Mice and Men" in English class. I'd describe Franco and O'Dowd's performances the same way: unforgettable.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon. One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon. One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib.
A brush fire burned in Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan Monday evening. Video from SkyFoxHD showed that smoke from the fire wafted over the Henry Hudson Parkway. The FDNY responded to the one-alarm fire and got it under control.
New York City FC has hired one of America's most decorated soccer stars: Claudio Reyna, a former captain of the United States men's national soccer team, to be director of operations. It's the 20th franchise in Major League Soccer. It is the first in New York City and second in the metropolitan area after the Red Bulls, who play a few miles away in Harrison, N.J. NYCFC, which is co-owned by the New York Yankees, will start playing games in 2015 at Yankee Stadium. More>>
The White House has responded to a petition with more than 250,000 signatures asking for the deportation of Justin Bieber with a "no comment." Someone started the petition in January after his latest string of run-ins with neighbors and police. More>>
A 49-year-old sky diver from Brooklyn died after crashing into the backyard of a home in New Jersey. According to officials, Arkady Shenker wore a specialized parachute during the jump. Shenker was known to be an experienced skydiver who had more than 300 jumps under his belt. More>>
Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly. Nina Davuluri posted a statement on the Miss America Organization's Facebook page saying she contacted Central York High School to ask officials to rethink the three-day in-school suspension issued to 18-year-old Patrick Farves. More>>
A train carrying the Easter Bunny in northwestern New Jersey has ignited several small brush fires. More>>
Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs." More>>
Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen."Doesn't even remember the flight," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said.
A 73-year-old Connecticut man will be appearing before a state judge after being charged with shooting his neighbor three times during an argument on Easter morning. More>>
An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee of Nashport in central Ohio died April 12. She was 92. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.
"Just Do It" has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but now parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York's Common Core standardized English tests. More>>
Finnish officials say eight people died when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed to the ground and caught fire. Det. Supt. Petri Kangas said three people survived the accident Sunday after they parachuted from the aircraft.
Realty TV star Kim Kardashian probably wished she did have one before she walked down the aisle with Kris Humphries. We might never have known about Tiger Woods' cheating ways if he had one. And figure skater Johnny Weir is insisting on one as part of his post-nuptial agreement. What is it? A digital privacy clause.
When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me.
Police say 4-year-old half siblings have died in a fire at a home in New York City, and the twin of one of the children has survived. More>>
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. More>>
Pope Francis celebrated Easter Sunday with a Mass in Vatican city. A crowd of more than 100,000 tourists, Romans and pilgrims attended the Mass. Faithful followers read passages and prayers aloud in a variety of languages. More>>
A woman was shot and killed inside her Ozone Park home and her husband is now under arrest. Authorities say retired NYPD officer Kevin Canty shot and killed his wife in front of their two young children in Queens Saturday morning. More>>
Auto fans you may already know this.... The 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center. More>>
A Michigan mom found a Xanax pill inside of an Easter egg that her daughter brought home from school. Amber Pruchniewski says her 4-year-old daughter brought home several plastic eggs from an Easter egg hunt at Huron Park Elementary School in Roseville.
A meteor sighting in Russia was caught on dashcam video.You can see the fireball streaking through the sky in the northwestern part of the country on Saturday.The bright blue trail appears to break up and explode before hitting the ground. Star gazers saw a similar fireball light the sky in Russia’s Yakutia region last month. A Russian astronomer says Saturday morning’s object was likely part of the "Lyrid meteor shower" which reaches its peak next week.
Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container. More>>
The escalating debate over carriage horses in New York City has gotten personal. Dozens of protestors gathered outside actor Liam Neeson's Upper West Side condo on Saturday to take the issue right to his doorstep. Standing in a straight line outside the actors condo, demonstrators held signs criticizing Liam Neeson's position that city carriage horses should keep working. More>>
Police officials in New York City have changed the way officers respond to fires.They’re now required to take the stairs when they enter structures that are burning.This follows the death of an officer earlier this month.Officer Dennis Guerra was overcome by smoke and carbon dioxide as he got off the elevator on the 13th floor of a Brooklyn building on April 6th. He died three days later. More>>
Bergen County Police Officer Daniel Breslin is fighting for his life at New Jersey's Hackensack Hospital. Officials say Officer Breslin was hit from behind by another vehicle on Route 46 west in Lodi around 2am Saturday morning. Officer Breslin had stopped parallel to another officer's vehicle because that officer was having problems with his radio.Without warning, cops say a Ford Fusion then slammed into Officer Breslin's vehicle. More>>
An American drone strike has killed nine suspected Al Qaeda militants and inadvertently killed and wounded some civilians. The raid targeted a car carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in the al-Bayda province. More>>
A man in his 60s was killed by an oncoming train in midtown Manhattan after jumping on the tracks to grab his personal belongings that fell.
Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt. More>>
The family of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy whose fatal shooting by police last year sparked days of protests has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against New York City. More>>
Queens wants to be known as New York City's beer capital. Queens Beer Week kicked off on Friday to celebrate the borough's crafty breweries and the more than 60 venues that serve their beer. Dan Bronson of Crescent and Vine in Astoria is the bearded brains behind the inaugural Queens Beer Week. He organized it all. The nine-day celebration of beers brewed in Queens. More>>
Tobacco trade publications suggest that flavored cigars are driving the recent growth in cigar consumption. These products are much less expensive than cigarettes.Cigarette use among teenagers is down. But a study from Rutgers University says cigar use is up in part because of the popularity of flavored cigars. The FDA has banned flavoring in cigarettes, except for menthol, but that's not the case for cigars. More>>
Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
The NYPD has arrested and charged a suspect in the shooting of a teenaged bystander as well as another man in Brooklyn. Police on Friday charged Kareem Potomont, 21, with two counts of attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm, and reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting that took place near a bus stop on Flatbush Avenue on Monday, April 14. More>>
The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew members were also arrested, a prosecutor said.The disaster three days ago left more than 270 people missing and at least 29 people dead.
The dark web just got easier to navigate thanks to a Google clone that helps lead people to the illegal things they want to buy. It's not the first time someone has tried to make the dark web searchable. Essentially what we're seeing is cybercrime becoming more organized, which creates a whole new set of complications for law enforcement. For some of us Internet searches are harmless. Maybe you like the latest cute cat clip.
Another week and another credit card hacking at a major retailer. This time it was Michael's craft store. Consumers are uneasy because current credit card technology is antiquated. "The fact is you cannot protect your credit cards, you can't every time you give it out it is vulnerable to fraud," says Robert Siciliano, McAfee identity theft expert.
Jessica Spitz, 18, is training for one of the biggest days of her life. The Commack, Long Island, High School senior will be competing in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in the 100-yard dash and the shot put. From the moment Jessica joined Special Olympics last year, she was hooked. More>>
While a thousand people streamed into a courtyard at St. Lucy Parish in the Bronx to watch a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ, next door a steady trickle of believers quietly collected water from that church's grotto, taking the liquid home to heal, cure, and bless. More>>
It's been nearly a year and a half since Superstorm Sandy tore through the Queens Library Arverne branch in the Rockaways. Now it is back in business.Sandy left behind 4 feet of water. A massive renovation -- gutting, cleaning, repainting, rewiring -- was needed to get everything back up to speed. The library, which reopened March 18, is a vital part of the community.
Basil plants grow on a New Jersey farm, but the facility could be turned into a five-acre medical marijuana greenhouse with only 48 hours' notice. The hoses from the state-of-the-art Dutch hydroponic system are watering flowers now, but with a few minor adjustments could just as easily grow marijuana plants for medicinal cannabis. The only reason it's not happening now is because the company is publicly traded and subject to federal law.
PERRY, Ga. (AP) — An ex-radiology technician accused of filing inaccurate mammogram results at a Georgia hospital has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and a charge of computer forgery.Prosecutors have said 33-year-old Rachael Michelle Rapraeger, of Macon, entered nearly 1,300 negative mammogram results at Perry Hospital between Jan. 22, 2009 and April 1, 2010 that hadn't been reviewed by a radiologist.Her attorney, Floyd Buford, has said Rapraeger was overwhelmed and began ente... More>>
The future is here when it comes to vehicles. The auto industry has packed nearly 1,000 automobiles into the Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side for the 2014 NY Auto Show. Among the 'must-sees' is a hydrogen-powered vehicle and a prototype with cameras that allow you to see the ground underneath as you drive over it. More>>
From the Holy Land to the streets of New York City, Christians have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions. Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City on Friday along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering." In NYC, Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio lead followers across the Brooklyn Bridge.
A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties.The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.
A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against the state's Motor Vehicle Commission, claiming the agency rejected her application for a license plate proclaiming she's an Atheist. Shannon Morgan filed the suit in federal court, saying the rejection of a plate reading "8THEIST" is a violation of her First Amendment rights. The Maurice River Township woman claims plates reading "BAPTIST" have been approved.
The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at Stevens Institute of Technology. The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine. Symptoms include swollen salivary glands, fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite.
A New York City taxi driver has been arrested on charges he stole $28,000 in tolls by "piggybacking" on vehicles through E-Z Pass lanes while crossing the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. More>>
Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area are looking for a man who robbed a bank wearing a t-shirt that read "I Have Issues." Hayward Police Department Sgt. Eric Melendez said Thursday that the suspect, described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s, held up the US Bank branch on Tuesday. More>>
The Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies reportedly awarded contracts to a license plate-tracking company to provide access to license-plate recognition databases or technology used to collect plate information. Bloomberg News reported thatthe IRS and other government agencies awarded about $415,000 in contracts to Livermore, Calif.-based Vigilant Solutions before the Department of Homeland Security dropped a plan for similar work after privacy concerns were raised. In June 201... More>>
From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an... More>>
Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
To say the 6 feet 5 inch Baloji has a presence would be an understatement. The Belgian artist commands the stage with his mix of hip hop, funk, and rap. The 34-year-old rocked out Webster Hall back in January. Now he's back in New York City kicking off a month-long tour. "It's one of the most inspiring cities on Earth so it's always great to be here," Baloji says. More>>
New York has never known a Central Park without that rhythmic click-clacking. But if Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way, he'll put those hooves out to pasture, replacing them with a different noise-maker. Actually, excluding its horn the electric carriage makes little noise at all. It runs on lithium-ion batteries, has a variable-speed a/c motor, and is relatively silent, says Jason Wenig.
Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced at a Clinton Foundation event in New York that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are "very excited" to be having their first child later this year.
Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison. More>>
A spokesman for a pro-Russian official whose name was on flyers telling Jews in one restive Ukrainian city to register denied that their organization had any role in the leaflets -- and accused pro-Ukrainian groups of orchestrating the controversy. The leaflets were first reported in Israel's Ynet News.
Transit officials and the union representing about 34,000 city subway and bus workers reached a tentative contract deal that would include raises and new benefits but require higher health insurance payments, both sides and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. More>>
A dance party for kids and tweens looks like a rave or perhaps a wild night at the club. But actually, many of the people at this party probably just learned how to tie their shoes. Twin brothers Tyler and Tristin recently had a FUZIPOP party in Manhattan to celebrate their 10th birthday. Never heard of a FUZIPOP party? More>>
Florida police are looking for three men who shot a Marine in the face and then stole his car. Ralph Tackett, 49, heard a crash outside of his Jacksonville, Fla. home and drove down his driveway to see what happened. The suspects then approached him and asked for a tire.
A soldier from Fort Drum in northern New York has died from wounds suffered in combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced. Spc. Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, of Cuero, Texas, was wounded during a firefight with insurgents in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province on April 12, 2014, the Pentagon said. The military flew him to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he died three days later. More>>
A memo from NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton instructs police officers to use discretion when ticketing elderly and disabled pedestrians for jaywalking. This comes after an 84-year-old jaywalker was injured during his arrest on the Upper West Side in January. The memo which was was dated April 15 reads in part: "Use discretion when elderly or handicapped persons are observed jaywalking.... If pedestrian actions are not causing a safety risk... warn and admonish the violator instead."
These days, when you check out of a grocery store, your toughest choice might be cash or credit. But in a few years, there may be no need to carry dollar bills, credit cards, or stacks of cash. It might sound like the stuff of science fiction but futurist and social scientist Heather Schlegel says it's not. More>>
The Vice President of the United States has joined the photo sharing site Instagram. VP Joseph Biden posted an artsy picture of himself blurred in the background as he reads at his desk with a pair of black Ray Ban sunglasses placed in the foreground. Biden also posted his first selfie with President Barack Obama from the back of a limousine. The photo had about 3,600 likes in about 30 minutes. "Found a friend to join my first selfie on Instagram" read the caption. More>>
Employees at a southern New Jersey deli say they feared for their lives when a man walked in and brandished a samurai sword. It happened at American Deli in Lower Township.
Police say they found an unregistered assault rifle and three large-capacity magazines in the home of a Milford man accused of shooting a squirrel. James Toigo has been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, reckless endangerment, breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and possessing large-capacity magazines. More>>
Basil Paterson, the father of former New York Governor David Paterson, died Wednesday night at the age of 87. The trailblazing Democratic politician from Harlem served in the state Senate, as deputy mayor of New York City, as secretary of state of New York and was appointed by the New York Senate as a commissioner of the Port Authority of NY and NJ. In 1970, he ran for lieutenant governor, the second black nominee of a major party for statewide office in New York. More>>
Once again, Portland officials are preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because a young person urinated into a city reservoir. Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said 38 million gallons will be discarded because a 19-year-old was caught in the act on Wednesday. More>>
A recently exonerated New York man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers contributing to an online fund for him. About 70 people gave a total of more than $3,400 to the campaign for Jonathan Fleming by Wednesday. Fleming was released last week after a judge dismissed the 1989 case, with Brooklyn prosecutors' assent.
Federal authorities say seven Long Island restaurants have agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million in back wages to 363 waiters and kitchen workers. The U.S. Labor Department says the restaurants - six in Suffolk and one in Nassau - were accused of paying workers below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. They also were accused of paying employees off the books, failing to pay time and a half for overtime and other violations. More>>
An Indian court says it won't rule before July 1 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge. The New York Police Department says Manny Encarnacion was arrested in March after Indian authorities discovered three bullets he had accidentally packed in his luggage. He is out on bail but has been barred from leaving India until the case is resolved.
The New York City medical examiner has ruled that the death of a baby found in a teenager's shopping bag was a homicide. More>>
In competitive job markets like Silicon Valley, companies are doing everything they can to entice the best and brightest -- offering freebies that have become the stuff of legend.Employee perks like free food at lavish cafeterias, laundry and even yoga are not unheard of. But the taxman could soon crack down. The IRS reportedly is looking at these perks and seeing if these companies need to start paying up for the free stuff they offer employees. More>>
Chelsea Clinton says she might run for office someday - if she becomes dissatisfied with the job her elected representatives are doing. More>>
A southern New Jersey woman is in custody on charges she tried to kill her three children by driving her car into the Delaware River. More>>
Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.
At least one prospective juror in New Jersey could take a bite out of crime. Cumberland County has summoned IV Griner to jury duty. The only problem is IV is a 5-year-old German Shepherd. More>>
Customs officers in Germany reportedly caught an elderly man trying to smuggle a huge amount of euros by taping wads of them to his genitals.It happened last week as the man crossed back into Germany from Luxemburg.The small country of Luxemburg is considered a tax haven.The man and woman underwent a body search and money was also found in the woman’s clothes.Officers say the cash taped to the man's genitals was in four bundles.Travelers carrying large amounts of cash across the border are su... More>>
A missing child in Nebraska was reportedly found alive and well...inside of a claw crane game at a local bowling alley.It happened in Lincoln, Neb. on Monday. The boy's frantic mother reported him missing on Monday afternoon.The boy apparently left the apartment and went across the street to the bowling alley before working himself into the Bear Claw game.People alerted the staff, who called the vending machine company to get the boy out.The child was reportedly fine, according to a local rep... More>>
Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students. More>>
This guy packs more than pepperoni. Police say a masked robber is in the hospital after a pizza delivery man shot at a gang of would-be thieves. Police tell local media outlets that the delivery man brought a pizza to a house around 10:30 p.m. Monday and was met in the front hallway by a man wearing a mask and hoodie. More>>
13 smartphone manufacturers or carriers have agreed to add kill switches to their devices made after July 2015. The agreement comes after a major rise in smartphone thefts across the country. Smartphone robberies are the number one property theft in America and 20 percent of robberies in New York City. More>>
An atheist group has sparked outrage with a sign at the Wisconsin Capitol that reads, “Nobody died for our ‘sins,’ Jesus Christ is a myth.” More>>
A whale that was found dead earlier this week in New York harbor has been transported to the Caven Point Marine Terminal in Jersey City. The United States Army Corps of Engineers successfully extracted the 60 ton giant from the water around on Wednesday. More>>
A 107-year-old clock tower atop Meriden's City Hall could be removed as city officials grapple with a $350,000 renovation cost. Weather has caused the tower's exterior to rot. More>>
The hunt is on for the person who has set fires at three churches in three days in Brooklyn during Holy Week. Police say the first fire was started at 2:45 a.m. Saturday at The Greater New Beginnings Church in East Flatbush. They say newspapers were lit inside the doorway of the church. More>>
A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. More>>
We met YEVVO's 26-year-old co-founder and CEO, Ben Rubin, on a rainy day in Madison Square Park. Among the four of us (Ben, me, my photographer, and the representative from Ben's PR firm), we had four smartphones and the free app Rubin created."What if you were going live during this interview and then somebody [online] started asking questions and then [that somebody] actually helped to create the content?" Rubin asked. More>>
New York City is exploring ways to curb the speed of taxis. The Taxi and Limousine Commission this week issued a request for information on "anti speeding vehicle technologies." The measures include devices that can intervene when drivers exceed posted speeds and "advisory systems" that can sound alarms when reckless driving is detected.
Police in Boston arrested a man in connection with two unattended backpacks found at the Boston Marathon finish line on Tuesday. Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered at about 7 p.m., a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon and killed three people. Both backpacks were detonated after being inspected by a robot sent in by the Boston PD bomb squad.
Temperatures are below average for the remainder of the week. The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds made a return. More>>
Volunteers are working to help save one of the only stadiums still in existence where black professional baseball teams once played. Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson was once home to the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and other Negro League teams. Eleven members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame played there, including Larry Doby. More>>
If you've heard about the Heartbleed bug, maybe you've already changed all your passwords and online security information. But Android users may still be at risk. Lance Ulanoff, senior editor of the online tech site Mashable, explains: "For the most part, Heartbleed has really been about the services that you access, and not local devices so the encryption on the device may have the same vulnerability." More>>
The Heartbleed security flaw is no joke. Websites, social networks, services, networking equipment, and web-enabled hardware may all be vulnerable. Here are some steps to take right now: Use the LastPass Heartbleed checker to see if websites you use are vulnerable and/or if they have installed security patches. Check the website of the company that made your home router in case it has been compromised. Make sure to download any software updates and security patches. Change your passwords. More>>
A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department's Intelligence Division.
Google is making its wearable computing device, Google Glass, available to the American public on Tuesday, April 15. Glass began selling at 9 a.m. for $1,500 plus tax. You can also purchase prescription glass frames or sunglass shades. You must be over 18 and live in the United States. The one day sale is part of Google's Glass Explorer program which began in 2012. More>>
Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.No one seems to notice the small knot of hair at the base of the lieutenant's helmet.
The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings was marked with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony Tuesday morning, the first tribute in a day dedicated to honoring the three people who died, the more than 260 people who were injured and those who rushed to help them. More>>
"Mix-up" is a word best left out of sentences involving another word: pregnancy. But the two are making headlines together following a report that a woman in Rome became pregnant with twins after undergoing fertility treatment—except the embryos she was implanted with weren't those of her and her partner.
Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California. James Manning was taken into custody after police say they received a call from an auto dealership in Redding on Friday reporting the vehicle was stolen. The 2001 Mitsubishi's GPS indicated it was parked in front of the Tuolumne County courthouse. More>>
Technology has reduced how we get a date to swiping right for "yes" and left for "no." But presumably once on that date you still need to charm your guest if you hope to see him or her again or if you'd like for the night to continue. "Once you're in the game, the old rules still apply," says dating coach Chris Luna. He recommends a different flirting tactic depending on the person, their partner for the evening, and the circumstances of the date. More>>
A lunar eclipse known as a red moon or "blood moon" was visible in the Tristate area on Tuesday. It started early in the morning and was the first of four such lunar eclipses over the next year and a half. The moon turns red during this type of eclipse because the sunlight is refracted, similar to the way it is bent during a sunset. More>>
A white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader could face hate crime charges on top of first-degree murder charges after a shooting rampage in Overland Park, Kansas, that left three dead. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, was arrested Sunday in an elementary school parking lot a short time after the shootings. He is also known by the name Frazier Glenn Miller. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which compiles information about hate groups, said it has a dossier on Cross. More>>
Today's U.S. standard dateline: 4/14/14, the fourth month, the 14th day, the year 2014. Today's U.S. standard dateline backward: 4/14/14. It's the same. Actually, every dateline starting this past Sunday through next Saturday is reversible. And if you don't think that's cool, don't tell astro-numerologist Lloyd Strayhorn. More>>
Let's face it: we all practically worship our phones, so it's no surprise more people are turning to their devices for a little spiritual and religious guidance. Not quite prepared for the Passover Seder? Well, you guessed it: there's an app for that. No, it won't cook the matzo ball soup for you but it will help you prepare the festive meal. More>>
The Pulitzers, journalism's highest honor, are given out each year by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of journalists and others. Each award carries a $10,000 prize except for the public service award, which is a gold medal. The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, and the judges' comments. More>>
A 6-year-old got the birthday surprise of a lifetime when he found out he would be a Navy SEAL for a day. Mason Rudder has already endured 10 surgeries for a rare genetic disorder that affects his range of motion, but that hasn’t stopped him from dreaming of becoming an elite Navy SEAL one day. Navy SEAL Jared Ogden spent a day training Mason.
The Phoenix Fire Department can't account for hundreds of keys for lock boxes that allow firefighters to enter thousands of businesses and other locations when they're closed to battle blazes. Deputy Chief David Carter on Monday blamed poor record keeping over the past 15 years for the missing 850 keys but said there's no indication they have been used for criminal purposes. More>>
Entertainer Flavor Flav has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a Las Vegas domestic violence case in a move that will avoid a trial and possible jail time. The 55-year-old rapper and reality TV star acknowledged Monday in Clark County District Court that he wielded a kitchen knife during an October 2012 argument at home with his longtime girlfriend's 17-year-old son.
The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage has police desperately seeking answers from the mother and other family members about how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade with no one noticing. Megan Huntsman, 39, is accused of killing her babies after giving birth to the children between 1996 and 2006, investigators said. More>>
Authorities say two runners died near the finish line of a half marathon in Raleigh.Race organizers said the mens' deaths in the 13.1-mile race Sunday morning appear to be from natural causes. More than 12,000 runners took part in either the half marathon or the full marathon. More>>
A man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life. Sixty-two-year-old Edmond Aviv mostly ignored honking horns and people who stopped by to talk with him.
Male students and staff at a high school in western France — 527 people in total — were asked to give DNA samples beginning Monday as police search for the assailant who raped a teenage girl. More>>
A passenger bus slammed into a broken-down truck and burst into flames, killing at least 36 people Sunday in southern Mexico, the Veracruz state government reported. Both state and federal officials said that four people survived the crash, which occurred shortly after midnight in the southeastern state of Veracruz. More>>
A judge has temporarily adjourned the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius after the athlete started to sob while testifying about the moments before he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who had accused the double-amputee runner of tailoring his account of events to fit the evidence, asked Pistorius on Monday what exactly he said as he moved toward the bathroom where he shot Steenkamp. More>>
A handgun reported stolen in New York City more than 40 years ago has been recovered in West Virginia during a traffic stop. Gary Police Chief S.P. McKinney cited the male driver last week for not wearing a seat belt and discovered that he had a loaded .357 Magnum in the vehicle.
Senator Charles Schumer is calling for New York City to host a homecoming parade for troops returning from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Parades down Broadway in lower Manhattan used to be a semi-regular event in the city from the 1920s until the 1960s. More>>
Christians in our area, and around the world are celebrating the start of holy week, with Palm Sunday. Over in Israel, thousands of Christians participated in a procession retracing Jesus Christ’s path from the Mount of Olives to the old city of Jerusalem.
The New York World's Fair of 1964 introduced 51 million visitors to a range of technological innovations and predictions during its run. Many of those items, like personal computers, have become quite common now. More>>
Apple, North. Not the fruit. Not the direction. But baby names. Or how about Fragrant. It's not like she's named cologne. Baby names can be unusual, or just normal, like Bob, Jim, and John. That's my dad's name. It's pretty common.Some people are actually naming their kids after "Game of Thrones" characters, such as Khaleesi. More>>
President Barack Obama on Friday announced the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and named his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as her successor. The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for Obama's health care law. More>>
The public address announcer of the Dallas Mavericks has been suspended for two games due to Tweets criticizing the NBA's officiating. Sean Heath sent out multiple Tweets following Dallas' 122-120 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on April 1 that were critical of a pivotal call in the game. More>>
Reno, Nev., police say they've arrested a nightclub guard accused of killing a man who posted negative comments on social media about the lounge's security. Authorities say they arrested 24-year-old Stefen Johnson on suspicion of second-degree murder Thursday, four months after the man died. More>>
Federal authorities say a North Carolina prison inmate used a smuggled mobile phone to keep in touch with kidnappers holding the father of a prosecutor who helped send him away for life. More>>
A lesson plan asking students to draw a “possible parallel” between late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., right, and convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is an “absolute disgrace,” the widow of the fallen officer says.
We have no statistic to show you how often Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives late or how late he arrives. His tardiness probably bothers journalists on deadline a lot more than the average New Yorker. After all, if a news conference, starts 15, 20, 45 minutes late how much does that really impact the fate of the city? But a hundred days in we can say it seems like the mayor is late a lot.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to duck during a speech she was giving in Las Vegas when a woman threw a shoe at her. Clinton was not struck by the flying object. She even joked about it after asking: "is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil?" The woman who threw the shoe was taken into federal custody on Thursday at the Mandalay Bay resort where Clinton was giving her speech to about 1,000 members of the recycling trade industry. More>>
Maybe you need to watch the TV show "Hoarders Buried Alive" to motivate to do your spring cleaning. But interior designer Guillaume Gentet says you should be inspired by how you will feel when it is over. Before you even open your closet he suggests opening the windows and start cleaning. Next hit the floors. Next: time to pare down your wardrobe. Rule of thumb: if you haven't worn it in two years' time to toss or give clothes in good condition to charity. More>>
The California Highway Patrol says the drivers of a FedEx delivery truck and a charter bus carrying high school students on a college visit are among the 10 people who were killed in a fiery crash on a Northern California interstate. In addition to both drivers, the patrol says three adult chaperones and five teenage students were killed in the crash on Interstate 5 near Orland. More>>
Mayor Bill de Blasio marked his first 100 days in office with an impassioned recounting of his populist values meant to re-energize his grassroots base and place his agenda within the framework of New York City's activist history. De Blasio, the first Democratic mayor of the nation's largest city in a generation, delivered his address Thursday at Manhattan's Cooper Union, the same site where Abraham Lincoln gave an 1860 speech.
If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. A team of caffeine-fueled cadets is spending long days this week in a computer lab trying to fend off threats cooked up by experts at the National Security Agency.
A sewage treatment plant near Seattle is advertising its availability as a wedding venue. The Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center says on Facebook it has a full catering kitchen, audio-video equipment, dance floor and ample parking.You could even hold the wedding outside. More>>
Some New York City food inspectors might be wearing Google Glass during restaurant visits under a new City Council proposal. A yearlong pilot program would require 10 percent of the 160 city health inspectors to wear video devices. More>>
A Southern California city has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance. The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.
Two of Nevada’s top elected leaders are riding to the rescue of a rancher whose decades-long range war with the federal government has reached a boiling point in recent days. More>>
Some high schoolers got a pre-prom soaking when they went for a group photo. It happened in Pierce, Neb. 22 students went to a classmate's home for a photo session in the dresses and suits. The large group of students caused the bridge to tip over, plunging them all into the four-foot deep pond. More>>
CenturyLink technicians are scrambling to get 911 emergency phone service restored in Washington state after the service went out early Thursday morning. Spokeswoman Kerry Zimmer says the problem began about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Sheridan, Ore., and Oregon was affected for a time. More>>
An Australian official says a search crew hunting for the missing Malaysian jet has located a new possible underwater signal. The search agency coordinating the search off Australia's west coast says an Australian navy aircraft on Thursday picked up a signal in the same area a ship first heard sounds consistent with an aircraft's black boxes earlier this week. More>>