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The Mayor has made up his mind on horse-drawn carriages in the city. Officials at City Hall have been debating on a ban for a while, but Mayor De-Blasio has confirmed he will make a push to ban the multi-million-dollar a year industry forever. More>>
Investigators searching for Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people on board have reportedly spotted an object in the waters around feared crash site that may be a piece of debris from the plane, while officials are looking at video footage to determine the identities of two people who boarded the jet with fake passports.. More>>
With the weather getting nicer and more people out on the streets, the NYPD is cracking down on illegal and unlicensed bikers. However, legal motorcycle riders are hoping they're not stigmatized in the process. Videos are constantly being posted on line showing bikers in close calls with pedestrians and cars on crowded city streets. The NYPD wants it to stop and says special patrols in Harlem and Washington Heights resulted in 3 arrests and the confiscation of 8 dirt bikes. More>>
There is a push now to ban e-cigarette marketing campaigns targeted at children. Senator Charles Schumer says companies are marketing their battery-powered nicotine devices directly to children by adding flavors such as vanilla, bubble gum, or cotton candy to the products. More>>
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's signature proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for universal prekindergarten appears to be on life support. More>>
A man convicted in the violent sexual assault of a northern New Jersey woman has been sentenced to 21 years in prison. More>>
With New York state about to take bids for its first non-Indian casinos, tribes looking to hold their ground have been upgrading their existing casinos and exploring new ones. More>>
Officials say the U.S. Justice Department is looking into a possible sex scandal at a federal lockup in New York City. More>>
It's time to turn your clocks forward 1 hour. Daylight Saving Time (or Daylight Savings Time) started today. Daylight Saving Time (sometimes called Daylight Savings Time) began at 2 a.m.
A warning for people who use Windows XP. On April 8th, Microsoft will stop updating the operating system. That means no more security patches and no more customer support.
A small town in upstate New York is feeling blue... After a waterfall suddenly changed color. Some of the ice on a waterfall in Wolcott has turned a beautiful shade of blue. Dozens of people are now visiting the falls to take pictures.But others are concerned about why this is happening. More>>
Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service official who has declined to answer questions at congressional hearings, citing the Fifth Amendment, gave an interview to the Justice Department. The hearing Wednesday sparked a heated exchange between the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Representative Darrell Issa, and Representative Elijah Cummings. Later, Cummings said those actions undermined the integrity of the committee. More>>
A lemur in London showed off his picture taking skills. He snatched a camera right out of the hand of a zoo worker and started snapping away!
Nearly 25 years after a Northern California woman was found strangled to death under a quilt in her car, authorities on Friday announced the arrest of her husband and his brother on murder charges. The arrests came just weeks after prosecutors in Santa Clara County released new details in hopes of finally solving the case, including photos of the large, colorful quilt that covered Cathy Zimmer's body when she was found March 10, 1989. More>>
A Long Island man has been arraigned on charges he killed his 71-year-old uncle and buried the body in the woods. More>>
Singer Courtney Love hadn't been born and tweeting was just for birds when The New York Times won a landmark libel case at the Supreme Court. More>>
A man for who entered an unlocked northern New Jersey home and raped two young girls in their bedrooms has been sentenced to 28 years in state prison. More>>
When you peel back the layers of a New York City street, you never never know what you're going to find. There's a lot to discover near South Street Seaport right in the middle of Fulton Street. Alyssa Loorya is president of Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants. Over the last 5 years they've unearthed pieces of a puzzle: cracked 19th Century bowls, rusty belt buckles, a chamber pot, even buttons from British troops who fought George Washington at the Battle of Brooklyn. More>>
The veteran stage, film and TV performer best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1960s re-creation of "The Honeymooners" has died. Sheila MacRae was 92.MacRae's granddaughter, Allison Mullavey, on Friday told The Associated Press that the actress died Thursday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. A singer, dancer and actress, she was married to "Oklahoma" star Gordon MacRae for 26 years.
The bullet proof glass desk is one of the more "normal" things in David Boyle's Williamsburg, Brooklyn, home, which he shares with high school sweetheart, Janet. So what's it like living in a shipping container? Janet says it's very open and bright, warm in winter but cool in summer. And some might say cool from the outside too. It's made of six shipping containers. But why?
The definition of art seems to get looser and looser with every Kanye West interview. Like West's metaphors, modern art can be so out there that I often have a hard time connecting with it. Jerry Saltz, New York magazine's resident art critic, agreed to enlighten me by walking me through some of the city's finest contemporary galleries. At our first stop was Gagosian Gallery.
Four correction officers were arraigned Friday on charges they beat a jail inmate last year and then faked incident reports to cover up the assault, authorities said. Officers Michael Dorsainvil, Christopher Huggins, Mark Anglin and Ronald Donnelley pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in criminal court in the Bronx after a grand jury returned a 19-count indictment charging them in inmate Carl Williams' beating on Rikers Island. More>>
Authorities on Long Island have busted a counterfeit goods operation, but we're not talking counterfeit clothes on Canal Street. These are items you put on and in your body. Even the district attorney said the items looked so real, they could have fooled her. On the outside, a certain Long Island building in Oceanside may look as plain as day. Inside, investigators say, was an elaborate counterfeiting operation. More>>
The Citi Bike program is a successful one, exceeding expectations with 98,000 yearly memberships and all customers logging 6.7 million miles. But Citi Bike is not making a profit. Initially funded with $40 million from Citibank, the company running Citi Bike may have to raise rates to cover costs. Right now, $95 pays for a yearly membership of an unlimited number of 45-minute rides. NYC Bike Share says it no plans to raise rates now.
A former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says in legal papers that a "real and substantial threat" of self-incrimination exists if she gives state lawmakers records they have requested from her as they look into a political payback scandal involving Christie's office.In a court filing made public Friday, Bridget Anne Kelly's lawyers say federal authorities have requested interviews with Kelly, her parents, her ex-husband and former in-laws. The lawyers say none of them has been willing... More>>
Surgery to remove the prostate saves lives compared to "watchful waiting" for some men whose cancers were found because they were causing symptoms, long-term results from a Scandinavian study suggest. However, U.S. men should not assume that immediate treatment is best, doctors warn, because the study was done before PSA testing became common, and a newer study found the opposite. More>>
"Fifty Shades of Grey" became a phenomenon that no one could have seen coming. When the books came out, people either mocked the SM series or loved it for spicing up their love lives. Whatever your stance, it became universally clear that "Fifty Shades" was ripe for a parody. Six writers turned the three E.L. James books into a seven-person ensemble show called "50 Shades! The Musical" and it stays true to the original text by keeping things racy.
Last weekend, a conference was held at New York University called Circuits of Influence: U.S., Israel and Palestine. It was sponsored by the American Studies Association of NYU. The ASA has sparked outrage for support of an anti-Israel boycott movement.Herb London, vice president of the American Jewish Conference, says the ASA's event shut out Israeli supporters. More>>
Carmen Berra, wife of New York Yankees great Yogi Berra, has died. She was 85.The Yankees confirmed that she died Thursday night in New Jersey's Essex County. The team didn't say how she died. The couple was married in January 1949 and had recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.Berra, a catcher, was a 10-time World Series champion with the Yankees and later served as the team's manager.
Kristin Davis, the former madam who ran for New York City comptroller, has pleaded guilty to illegally selling prescription pills, the U.S. attorney announced.Federal agents had arrested Davis, 38, back in August 2013. She entered her plea in federal court in Manhattan Friday, admitting to selling sleeping pills and muscle relaxants."Kristin Davis now stands convicted of illegally selling hundreds of highly-addictive and dangerous prescription pills in exchange for cash," U.S. Attorney Preet ... More>>
JetBlue Airways has announced that it will begin offering daily flights between Connecticut's Bradley International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport outside Washington. The airline will have two daily flights beginning on June 19. More>>
The NYPD is putting the "broken windows" theory to work: by tackling smaller crimes, you prevent greater crimes from happening. It's an approach embraced by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. Since the beginning of the year through March 2, arrests of panhandlers in the New York City subway system has tripled compared to the same period last year. There were 274 panhandling arrests compared to 90 last year, according to police. More>>
At least 16 people have developed the measles in northern Manhattan and the Bronx, the NYC Health Department announced on Friday. Seven of the patients are adults and nine are children. Four of those with the measles required hospitalization. The highly contagious viral infection is characterized by a rash, high fever, cough, red eyes and running nose. The symptoms can last up to six days. The virus can spread easily through the air. More>>
A Greek doctor was convicted of breaking anti-racism laws for putting up a "Jews not welcome" sign outside his office and given a 16-month suspended sentence Friday. Costas Kastaniotis, 57, was also convicted of weapons possession and ordered to pay a 2,500 euro ($3,470) fine by a court in the northern city of Thessaloniki. More>>
Carlos Salamanca fled Venezuela's political turmoil in January with his wife, two teenage children and $8,000.Two months into his journey to the U.S., he and his wife spend most nights in a car.Unlike early waves of Venezuelan immigrants who left with abundant savings after the late President Hugo Chavez came to power, these days Miami's large Venezuelan community is filled increasingly with those from the middle class. More>>
You know what they say about "no good deed." A Colorado man is facing late fees, collection agency charges and legal bills totaling more than $800 and it all stems from his $40 purchase of Girl Scout Cookies. More>>
Just over two months ago, semi-retired education official Carmen Farina, 70, became the head of the New York City school system. She knew it would be grueling. "At my age you wouldn't do this job unless you thought you had something to offer," Farina said during Good Day New York.Critics have been tough on Farina particularly after a comment she made during a snow storm last month. More>>
Police in upstate New York say a would-be thief being chased on foot picked the wrong getaway route when he ran to a hotel where law enforcement officers were attending a conference. More>>
A 75-year-old New York woman found her fortune in a cookie. Emma Duvoll won $2 million in a recent Powerball drawing after playing the numbers found in her fortune cookie.
The NYPD blocked off the subway entrance to West Broadway and Franklin St. on Friday morning after a person was struck by a subway car. The northbound 1 and 2 trains were running express only between Chambers St. and 14th St. as a result. Service was resumed with delays at about 7:15 a.m. It is not clear why the person was hit by a subway. More>>
A 17-year-old father has charged with manslaughter in the death last year of his infant daughter in Connecticut. More>>
A Massachusetts sheriff is seeking a criminal complaint against former NFL star Aaron Hernandez after a recent jail scuffle with another inmate. More>>
An off-duty New York City firefighter who police say was driving drunk has been arrested after striking two women, one of whom was pregnant. More>>
A fast-moving four-alarm fire killed four people in Jersey City on Thursday. More than two dozen residents were displaced and four bodies were pulled from the rubble from the fire, which broke out at about 1 a.m. at 28 Grant Ave., said fire officials. More>>
Three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston is trading in Heisenberg's black bowler hat for Lyndon B. Johnson's black-rimmed glasses. Friends and fans of the "Breaking Bad" star came out to the Neil Simon Theatre to see Cranston's Broadway debut Thursday in "All the Way." More>>
After dealing with headaches moving from New York City to the suburbs, Alison Bernstein created Suburban Jungle. It's like a matchmaking service. Her business' goal is to introduce you to your perfect home in one of 500 towns within commuting distance to New York City. Suburban Jungle breaks down those communities, honing in on the personality of the town and making sure it's a match for yours.
Only 39 percent of registered New York City voters believe Mayor Bill de Blasio's has done a "good" or "excellent" job during his first two months in City Hall, according to a poll released Thursday. More than half of the voters polled rated his performance "fair" or "poor," according to the Marist College/The Wall Street Journal/WNBC poll.
Cops are searching for a thug responsible for a so-called knockout attack on the Bowery early Sunday. The attacker approached a 23-year-old man from behind, punched him in the face, and then ran away, the NYPD said. The attack happened at about 2:25 a.m. on March 2, 2014, in front of 227 Bowery in Lower Manhattan.
American Atheists on Thursday asked an appeals court in New York to remove the "miracle cross" from the 9/11 Museum, where it was placed two years ago. The steel beams were discovered in the devastation at Ground Zero. Eric Baxster of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said that the cross is part of the story of 9/11 and that museums don't censor history. More>>
The rumors were true: Adam Lambert and Queen are going on tour this summer in the United States. "I've never played the Madison Square Garden before and to be asked by these two gentlemen to share the stage with them feels incredible," Lambert said Thursday, gesturing at original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. It's a full circle moment for Lambert. He auditioned for Season 8 of "American Idol" with a Queen song ("Bohemian Rhapsody").
The NYPD apparently is on a major crackdown on double parking called Operation Move Along. If you think you are safe idling a minute or two in the road, think again -- you may get slapped with a huge fine. How much? $115. Police periodically step up enforcement of the double parking law to discourage drivers from getting too complacent about the behavior, which is both dangerous and inconvenient to other drivers. More>>
A New York state assemblyman from a family of Brooklyn politicians was convicted Thursday of charges he was caught in a sting operation accepting bribes from a carnival promoter and two undercover FBI agents posing as out-of-town real estate investors. A jury found William Boyland Jr. guilty on extortion and multiple conspiracy counts at a federal trial in Brooklyn. A judge revoked his bail and jailed him after the verdict was read, prosecutors said. More>>
Being retired hasn't stopped Mariano Rivera from picking up one more save. A crumbling and long-vacant church on Thursday became the new home of a ministry led by the wife of the New York Yankees legend, following a $3 million restoration project funded by his foundation. For years, Rivera had been crediting God for his skills on the field, where he tallied a record 652 saves before retiring last season. More>>
Police are searching for a man who has been urinating on people near the University of Florida campus. The Gainesville Sun reports the victims told police they were standing with their backs turned to the man when they felt themselves being urinated upon. More>>
Researchers have revived a giant virus more than 30,000 years old, recovered from the permafrost of northeast Siberia. The virus poses no threat to people. Although it is considered a giant when compared to other viruses, it is microscopic and infects amoebas. The one from Siberia is a new kind of giant virus, joining a group that was first discovered 10 years ago. More>>
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino launched his campaign for governor by appealing for votes in the Bronx. Astorino stood on the steps of the Bronx courthouse Thursday morning and criticized incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo's leadership. He says New Yorkers are fleeing the state in search of a better business climate and lower taxes. More>>
President Barack Obama says a referendum for Ukraine's Crimea region to separate and become part of Russia would violate international law. Local government officials in Crimea on Thursday set a March 16 for the referendum vote. Obama told reporters at the White House that would also violate the Ukrainian constitution.
The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions including making the essay optional and there would be no penalties for wrong answers. The new exam will be rolled out in 2016, so this year's ninth graders will be the first to take it, in their junior year. The new SAT will continue to test reading, writing and math skills, with an emphasis on analysis. Scoring will return to a 1,600-point scale last used in 2004, with a separate score for the optional essay. More>>
From the Supremes to the Jackson Five, nothing gets me moving like the infectious music of Motown. That's exactly what happened when I hit the gym with the cast of Broadway's "Motown: The Musical." The soul of Motown is alive and well on Broadway. "Motown: The Musical" flashes back to Detroit's glory days. More>>
Russia will face sanctions over its military incursion in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula unless it withdraws its troops or engages in credible talks to defuse the situation, European leaders said Thursday. "We need to send a very clear message to the Russian government that what has happened is unacceptable and should have consequences," British Prime Minister David Cameron said as he arrived at an emergency meeting of the bloc's 28 leaders in Brussels. More>>
An apparently scorned wife allegedly put a classified ad in a newspaper as revenge against a cheating husband and his pregnant mistress.The post offers Patrick Brown and Shara Cormier congratulations on the news they are expecting a baby together.It's author - if it is legit - is Brown’s wife Timeshia.It reads: ‘I would like to say congratulations to Shara Cormier and Patrick Brown. They are expecting a baby. Hope you both are really in love and I hope it works out. Always, Patrick’s wife, Ti... More>>
Authorities say a Canadian man is hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after he jumped from a moving Amtrak train as it traveled in upstate New York. More>>
Mount Vernon in-bounded the ball. The whistle blew. And Mahopac's season ended. But fans, players, and elected officials from the two communities continued taking shots. witter shows that later that night some white Mahopac students tweeted the following about black Mount Vernon players:"That's why you shouldn't let monkeys out of their cages. #mountvernonzoo" and "Tough loss boys but at least we can talk to our dads about it #vernon." More>>
Ex-NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has a new job advising clients of a commercial real estate firm on how to protect themselves from terrorism, crime and other threats. Kelly will head Cushman & Wakefield Inc.'s risk management services division. More>>
A Brooklyn rabbi and teacher at a girls' seminary has been arrested on a child pornography distribution charge. Samuel Waldman, 52, was arrested at his Brooklyn residence. A criminal complaint in federal court in Manhattan charged Waldman with distributing child pornography over the Internet in November by enabling others to download multiple videos depicting children in sexual acts, including girls ages 4 to 11.
Gaby and Alec Brownstein were going to elope. They planned a party to celebrate beforehand but when the guests arrived, Alec announced that they were getting married that very night. It was a complete surprise. They hadn't told anyone in advance except their wedding planner. Surprise weddings might be the next trend. More>>
The thoughts of life on a hamster wheel seems boring but not for two Brooklyn artists who are spending 10 days living like this as part of an art exhibit. Alex Schweder gave us the grand tour of the 25-foot wheel he's called home since Friday. Scheweder's partner Ward Shelley is living up on top of the wheel in the performance art project they call "in orbit."
A second American baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment — in this instance, four hours after birth.Doctors revealed the case Wednesday at an AIDS conference in Boston. The girl was born in suburban Los Angeles last April, a month after researchers announced the first case from Mississippi.
Go on Facebook or Instagram and you can find hundreds of guns to buy, from assault rifles like the AR-15, the weapon used to murder little kids in Newtown, to gun accessories like 30-shot clips illegal in New York and Connecticut. Some pages include sales come-ons for illegal actions like not doing a background check. Facebook was for some gun sellers a virtual black market. More>>
New York City health officials are warning consumers and food handlers about a bacterial contamination that has been traced to Asian fish markets in Flushing in Queens, Sunset Park in Brooklyn, and Chinatown in Lower Manhattan. At least 30 people have contracted a bacterial infection after handling live or raw fish and seafood from those markets. The infection is caused by the M. marinum bacteria, which can be transferred from contaminated seafood through a cut in human skin. More>>
Nicky Perry is the owner of Tea and Sympathy on Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan. She opened the place when she couldn't find a good cup of tea in New York City. "When people come in here they say it's like being in England I say no, you are in England," Perry says. "The tea we use is very high quality, everything comes through England. And it's made properly." More>>
Airborne viruses like the flu spread easily in densely populated areas. Now researchers in Liverpool, England, have created a similar airborne virus, only this is digital and it exposes flaws and attacks Wi-Fi networks.Whether it's a public square, a favorite coffee shop, or a router at home, Wi-Fi networks are all around us. New research shows they may be vulnerable. The researchers in the U.K. have created a new virus called Chameleon that can attack weak points in Wi-Fi.Professor Alan Mars... More>>
A New York City jury has convicted a law school graduate of first-degree murder in connection to the death of his girlfriend inside their home. The Queens district attorney's office announced the verdict against Jason Bohn, 35, on Wednesday. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced April 2 for the June 2012 death of Danielle Thomas, 27. Bohn's lawyer had said his client suffered "extreme emotional disturbance." More>>
From Union Square to the Upper East Side, Christians stopped on street corners across the city getting the sign of the cross on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday is usually observed during a church service, but some busy New Yorkers just don't have the time so they got their ashes "to go."
The state Department of Transportation has fined CSX Railroad $10,000 for failing to report two oil train derailments within an hour of the accidents as required by state law.A Feb. 25 derailment in Kingston involved empty rail cars that had been off-loaded of crude oil. A Feb. 28 derailment at the Selkirk train yard near Albany involved a train fully loaded with crude oil.The cars remained upright and there were no spills in either incident.Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said Wedn... More>>
New York City first lady Chirlane McCray will lobby for her husband's pre-kindergarten plan in Albany next week. McCray revealed the trip to The Associated Press on Wednesday during her first extensive interview since her husband Bill de Blasio took office in Albany. De Blasio wants to fund his proposal by raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers.
New Jersey officials have completed buyouts of eight homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy in South River as its program to buy and demolish storm-prone properties continues. So far, the state has funding for 424 buyouts statewide. More>>
An asteroid is headed this way. But even though it will come closer than the moon, astronomers say it will pose no danger. The newly discovered asteroid, called 2014 DX110, will hurtle between the moon and Earth on Wednesday. DX110 will pass an estimated 217,000 miles from Earth.That's approximately nine-tenths of the distance between the moon and Earth. More>>
A biker paralyzed when he was hit by an SUV driver fleeing a motorcycle melee says he doesn't blame the driver for his injuries. Edwin Mieses says he cannot judge what may have been going through driver Alexian Lien's mind. The Sept. 29 encounter began when the SUV and a bike bumped on a Manhattan highway. Investigators say Lein hit the gas as other bikers converged and ran over Mieses. More>>
A vacationer at a Colorado ski resort left a harsh letter for a couple whose baby wouldn’t stop crying.The anonymous letter reads in part, “Babies don’t ski. No reason to bring them to a ski resort. I never brought my babies to a place like this.”The letter has gone viral after the mother's brother shared it on his blog.
A northern New Jersey honor student who says her parents kicked her out of the house when she turned 18 is now suing them, asking a court to make them support her and pay for her college. A judge ruled against immediately forcing Rachel Canning's parents to pay her $650 weekly child support and pay for her remaining year of high school tuition, as she requested in a lawsuit filed last week. More>>
A survey of 42,000 women across the European Union suggests that about one in 10 have been the victims of sexual violence, and half of them reported being raped. Described as the largest of its kind, the survey released Wednesday by the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights is the most ambitious effort yet to gauge the extent of sexual violence and harassment experienced by the 187 million women in the bloc's 28 nations. More>>
Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to bring about the end of the horse carriage ride around New York City, citing inhumane treatment of the animals. But the people who work in the business driving the carriages and caring for the horses, say the mayor should take a look inside a stable and his opinion might change. Even Hollywood heavyweight Liam Neeson, who is a supporter of the horse carriage industry, is imploring the mayor to take a look. More>>
Police have arrested a Tampa man after his neighbors reported that he was having sex with a dog.According to Tampa Police, officers were flagged down by the man's neighbors on N. Marks Street Tuesday afternoon."When officers arrived on scene, they were greeted by a small crowd of residents who were disturbed by their neighbor's activity with the dog," a police spokeswoman explained.
Investigators are trying to determine what triggered a gas leak and explosion that rocked a town home complex in Mercer County, N.J., Tuesday afternoon, killing one person and injuring several others. It happened in a densely populated Heritage Crossing community on Crockett Lane in Ewing. The blast ignited a fire that tore through several units. More>>
The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories — half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday. After a review of about 9,000 studies, WHO's expert panel says dropping sugar intake to that level will combat obesity and cavities.
A New York man came home to an empty apartment after a clean up crew went into the wrong apartment and threw out almost all of his belongings."My initial reaction was shock," Nilay Shroff says. Shroff lives in apartment 2D of a building on E. 74th St. on the Upper East Side. She says he went to work at 8 a.m. and came home at 7 p.m. with groceries in hand to find everything gone. More>>
A German court has ruled that a prospective Berlin police recruit's breast implants cannot legally be used as grounds to keep her off the force. The woman applied in 2012 to join the Berlin police force, but was rejected after authorities said her breast implants would prevent her from wearing a protective vest or riot gear. They argued the implants would mean the protective gear put so much pressure on her chest that there was a risk of fibrosis or other health problems. More>>
The merriment of Mardi Gras ended and the solemn season of Lent began Wednesday. New Orleans police swept through Bourbon Street at midnight in the city's annual ritual of letting Carnival revelers know the party is over -- until next year. Christians receive ashes placed on their forehead in the form a cross as a symbol of penance on Wednesday. Lent ends on Easter Sunday. More>>
President Barack Obama is making a stop in Connecticut to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage. The Democrat is scheduled to appear Wednesday at Central Connecticut State University for an afternoon address. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has been outspoken about his support for eventually increasing both the state and federal minimum wages to $10.10 an hour, is scheduled to be on hand for the public event. More>>
Authorities are investigating the crash of a single-engine plane at Atlantic City International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says the Piper Cherokee PA28 developed an engine problem soon after taking off from the airport on Tuesday afternoon. The pilot, who was the only person aboard, was trying to return when the plane went down on airport property and clipped a fence.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says he'll ride late-night subways to get a first-hand look at the quality-of-life problems straphangers face. Bratton says he wants to stop small problems from becoming major issues. He'll reportedly be joined by "broken windows" criminologist George Kelling.
Lea Michele's solo career is off to a solid start. Her debut album hit No. 1 on iTunes in its first day. The New Jersey native returned to her home state to show her fans some love. So how does it feel to have all these fans chanting her name? "I was really nervous because I thought no one would show up today I thought it would only be my family so it really means a lot to me," she said.
Lea Michele's solo career is off to a solid start. Her debut album hit No. 1 on iTunes in its first day. The New Jersey native returned to her home state to show her fans some love. So how does it feel to have all these fans chanting her name? "I was really nervous because I thought no one would show up today I thought it would only be my family so it really means a lot to me," she said.
It's March and Central Park is still in a deep freeze, but if you need a little silver lining during this drab and dreary winter, then consider this: the extreme cold temperatures could be cutting into the populations of some of our areas peskiest creepy crawlers. The stink bug is one of the less welcome residents of the tri-state area. Not only is the invasive species a nuisance, but it can seriously damage crops and plants.
Police say a transgender teen who said he was beaten and sexually assaulted in a California high school bathroom has recanted the story. Hercules police spokeswoman Detective Connie Van Putten says detectives interviewed the student Tuesday and determined nothing had happened to him.
At Otafuku on East 9th Street in the East Village, the specialty is a kind of Japanese street food called takoyaki, which translates to grilled octopus balls. "We were the pioneers of bringing Japanese street food to New York City," says Sakura Yagi, manager of Otafuku. And for dessert there's metetai, a doughy crepe with sweet fillings. More>>
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged his support of charter schools to thousands of students, parents and teachers who came for a rally on the steps of the state Capitol in Albany Tuesday. The governor's strong support of charter schools comes as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to close three charter schools in Harlem. The parents who came here say they are very concerned about the future of charter schools in New York City.
A driver facing criminal charges over a 24-minute lap around Manhattan told police he was a "car fanatic" who wanted to break unofficial records for circling the island, but he said that the viral video of the stunt was sped up, making it appear he was driving faster than he was, court documents released Tuesday show. Adam Tang, 32, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to reckless endangerment, rebuffing a plea offer that would entail two months in jail.
Russia successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Tuesday, Fox News confirmed. The Strategic Rocket Forces launched an RS-12M Topol missile from a region near the Caspian Sea, successfully hitting its target in Kazakhstan. Defense officials told Fox News the test was "not unexpected" and that "START treaty notification occurred." Russia is required under the START treaty to notify the U.S. of such tests. More>>
New Jersey gambling regulators have fined two Atlantic City casinos a total of $26,500 for a series of violations including allowing underage patrons to gamble and drink, and filming a marriage proposal and broadcasting it on video monitors on the casino floor without letting authorities know in advance.The state Division of Gaming Enforcement revealed the fines Tuesday. More>>
A well-connected Long Island businessman has been released from a hospital eight days after being shot in the head. North Shore University Hospital spokeswoman Michelle Pinto said Gary Melius was released on Tuesday.Melius's spokesman said he had eye surgery on Saturday. His attorney did not immediately comment. More>>
Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti has given Connecticut's transportation commissioner a preliminary 100-day improvement plan. Giulietti told Commissioner James Redeker on Monday the first priority is to rebuild a culture of safety. He said Metro-North's priorities are to operate safely, communicate better and restore performance.
Mayor Bill de Blasio headed to Albany on Tuesday to push for a tax on New York City's rich to pay for universal pre-kindergarten and middle school after-school programs. At the same time, a pro-charter school, anti-de Blasio rally was planned to coincide with the mayor's Albany lobbying. Students, parents and staff want to save three charter schools on the chopping block. More>>
Gov. Chris Christie drew applause by bashing the federal flood insurance program at a town hall in a community hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. The governor is also complaining about the federal bureaucracy that he says is delaying the distribution of storm relief grants to affected residents. The Republican has returned to GOP-friendly Ocean County for another community meeting focused on storm recovery.
Teresa and Joe Giudice, stars of the reality TV series "Real Housewives of New Jersey", pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Newark federal court to mortgage and bankruptcy fraud charges. Under their plea agreement, Teresa Giudice would spend less than two years in prison, while Joe Giudice would spend a minimum of three years behind bars. More>>
It's Fat Tuesday, and also National Pancake Day! What better way to celebrate the last day before the beginning of lent then with free pancakes. IHOP is offering a free short stack of its buttermilk pancakes, and in return, they hope you'll make a donation to one of their charities.
Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets of Kiev, Ukarine Tuesday where nearly 100 anti-government protesters were gunned down by police last month, and promised beseeching crowds that American aid is on the way. Earlier in the day, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine has seen an unconstitutional coup and armed seizure of power. He said that fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych is the only legitimate leader of Ukraine. More>>
It's soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Press reports that the City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person." City Attorney Catherine Mish recommended repealing the language, saying the wording is "unconstitutional in terms of being vague" and "simply unenforceable."
A humanist advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit to remove a cross-shaped World War I memorial in Prince George's County, alleging the display violates the First Amendment. The American Humanist Association says it does not object to the fact that the Bladensburg Cross memorializes soldiers,but rather the placement of the Christian symbol on property owned by a government agency.
An Indiana mother got a big surprise when she went to the emergency room with sharp abdominal pains. She left with a baby boy. Mandy Bachelor thought she needed an appendectomy so, after working a full eight hour shift at an assembly plant on her feet, she headed to the hospital. More>>
Snow footprints helped police on Long Island collar two suspected burglars. Nassau County police say they found a door ajar at the Park Stationary & Smoke Shop in Massapequa Park after responding to a burglary alarm there at 4:30 a.m. Monday. They noticed fresh footprints in the snow leading away from the store. Police say the tracks led to the front lawn of a house some distance away where they observed two men leaving the premises.
Facebook is reportedly in talks to buy Titan Aerospace. The company has designed a solar-powered drone that can stay airborne for up to five years. Techcrunch cited an unnamed source putting the price of the deal at $60 million. More>>
A redevelopment plan of the former Domino Sugar refinery in Brooklyn has moved forward after the city struck a deal to include more affordable housing units in the project. The developer has reportedly agreed to set aside about 700 units for low- and moderate-income housing. Originally, 660 affordable units out of 2,300 were planned. More>>
The New York portion of the Palisades Interstate Parkway the road is drivable. But when your car hits the New Jersey side, prepare for a jolt. Potholes are so bad that some refuse drive here. And officials say there is not much they can do about it. In a season of bad potholes, the 11-mile stretch of the Palisades from the George Washington Bridge to the New York border has the distinction of being among the worst. More>>
Misty Copeland has overcome adversity and improbable odds to become one of the top ballerinas in the world. Her new book chronicles an inspiring success story that is only just beginning.She says these are the things she has heard: "You don't have the body for this, you should do something else. You don't have the right skin color for this, this isn't going to be easy for you."Copeland is proving her critics wrong for all the right reasons. She is appearing in her first lead role in a full-le... More>>
The government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending, the Interior Department said Monday. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the 16-day shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine for local economies across the country.
David Paterson, New York's 55th governor and the first African-American and legally blind person to hold that office, now has a permanent presence in the Capitol's Hall of Governors.Paterson's official portrait was unveiled Sunday afternoon at an event attended by a host of former and current state leaders. Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced Paterson at the event, hailing his leadership through a time of fiscal catastrophe.
The schizophrenic killer of a New York City psychotherapist is being retried in a meat-cleaver attack that turned an office into a bloodbath. Opening statements began Monday in David Tarloff's murder trial. It is prosecutors' third attempt to convict him in Kathryn Faughey's 2008 death. Tarloff has admitted he killed Faughey while aiming to rob her officemate. Tarloff's defense argues he was too psychotic to be held criminally responsible.
Jean-Jacques Bernat opened Provence en Boite, a French patisserie, on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, in an area that's become known as little France. His place is filled with delectable French treats, like pain au chocolat and brioche French toast. The best-seller is the croissant. Bernat says he has had the same secret recipe for over 40 years. More>>
Two people were killed and another was wounded when shots rang out on a Newark street. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said the shooting occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Monday in the area of Irvine Turner Boulevard and Spruce Street. Murray said a male victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while a female victim died a short time later at a hospital.
Many of us think of our smartphones as keeping us safe, but they could be making us targets for criminals. Now a new federal law is being proposed that would make sure smartphone theft is a crime that does not pay. St. Louis University volleyball star Megan Boken was shot and killed for her smartphone in 2012. Her family members joined New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Rep. Jose Serrano, and Police Commissioner William Bratton.
The MTA is shutting down nighttime service at Manhattan stations for the N, Q, and R subway lines so that crews can do "FASTRACK" work in tunnels, stations, and on tracks.For four straight nights beginning Monday, March 3, and ending Friday morning, March 7, 2014, N, Q, and R trains will not stop at stations in Manhattan. More>>
A federal lawsuit accuses the U.S. military of failing to upgrade the discharges of Vietnam veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder and seeks relief for them. More>>
A farmer in central Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter's excess.Greg Novak says he's invested hundreds of hours to build a 50-foot snowman named "Granddaddy" that he hopes will wake onlookers from their winter doldrums. And he admits it has some neighbors questioning his sanity. More>>
Connecticut is getting another area code. The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority said Monday that 959 will be assigned in the geographical area that uses the 860 area code. Remaining unassigned numbers in the 860 area code are expected to run out by the end of the year. More>>
Employees at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco will soon get to take their lunch break in 19th century relics. The high-tech giant is installing a pair of low-tech log cabins from the late 1800s to serve as dining rooms.The cabins were salvaged from ranches in Montana by a Marin County contractor and sold to the owner of an architectural firm helping to refurbish Twitter, Inc.'s headquarters. More>>
A federal trial in Manhattan will hear charges that Osama bin Laden's son-in-law conspired to kill Americans as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was introduced to prospective jurors Monday at the start of his trial. He is the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the 9/11 attacks. More>>
Ukraine's prime minister called on the West for political and economic support and said Crimea remained part of his country, but conceded there were "for today, no military options on the table." Pro-Russian soldiers seemed to further cement their control over the strategic region -- that also houses the Russian Black Sea Fleet -- by seizing a ferry terminal in the Ukrainian city of Kerch, intensifying fears that Moscow will send even more troops into the peninsula. More>>
Maple producers across New York are planning open houses the last two weekends in March, but so far the season is off to a slow start because of frigid weather. More>>
In China, at least 33 people are dead and more than 100 more injured after what's being described as a major terrorist attack. Authorities say several assailants with knives attacked people at a train station in the Yunnan province in southwestern China. More>>
Airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights Monday as the latest winter storm hit the U.S. East Coast. he hardest hit cities were Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore. On Sunday, airlines scrapped nearly 2,000 flights in Dallas, Chicago and Houston, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. There are more than 30,000 flights in the United States on a typical day. More>>
With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools — usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones — and what they describe as a natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground.While both state and federal water scientists disapprov... More>>
Gunmen abducted two children, their nanny and a driver while on the way to school Monday in a southern Philippine region notorious for ransom kidnappings by Islamic militants, military officials said.The driver and nanny were taking a 10-year-old boy and his 8-year-old cousin to school when about five men with M16 rifles in a jeep bumped their van and dragged the four away in Jolo town in Sulu province, marine Capt. Ryan Lacuesta said.The abduction alarmed school of... More>>
The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation has announced that Alternate Side Parking regulations will be suspended citywide Monday to facilitate snow removal. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the city. More>>
Jury selection is scheduled to start Monday for the New York trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law on charges he conspired to kill Americans as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. More>>
If you wait until the last minute to book a domestic flight hoping you'll get the cheapest price, new research proves that it won't happen. According to a new study, the best time to buy the lowest priced airline ticket is 54 days before the flight. CheapAir spent the last year analyzing over four million airline trips. They tracked ticket prices from 320 days before takeoff all the way up until the day before, calculating precisely which day each one hit its lowest point.
There is new outrage following Senator Harry Reid’s claims that most of the horror stories Americans are telling about their Obama care experience are simply false. This, as more than 6.2 million Americans had their insurance policies canceled. More>>
Every day more than 1,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrests.It’s a leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40,But an app called Pulsepoint is trying to change that.This is how it works: those trained in CPR are encouraged to download the app on their smart phone.Then, when a 911 call goes out for a victim of cardiac arrest....A simultaneous notification is sent out through the app, alerting anyone, within a quarter mile of the victim.An interactive map then guides the citi... More>>
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has added three more senior staff members to his administration. De Blasio, a Democrat, on Friday named Steve Banks as the head of the Human Resources Administration.
Meet the humanoid robot called Robothespian. He is designed to interact with people even through Skype. Created by England-based Engineered Arts, the Robothespian runs on algorithms and codes, or a form of artificial intelligence. Nicole Carey says he recognizes people, and sees your emotional state and more. Humanoid robots are the type of thing that are just the warm-up act for what is coming next in the world of A.I.
A Christian ministry's long-stalled plans to build Noah's Ark in the hills of Kentucky have been revived.Creation Museum founder Ken Ham announced Thursday that a municipal bond offering has raised enough money to begin construction on the Ark Encounter project, estimated to cost about $73 million.
Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag. Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard calls it a miracle that 78-year-old Walter Williams is alive. The coroner was called to Williams' home in Lexington, a community north of Jackson, where family members believed he had died. More>>
A Winchester resident reported seeing a mountain lion in town earlier this week, an animal that's officially extinct in the area. The resident told police the mysterious animal was spotted in the Dunster Lane, Pepper Hill Drive neighborhood on Tuesday.
A veterans group and Yale Law School students are accusing the U.S. Coast Guard of routinely violating its own procedures and regulations intended to protect service members from erroneous discharges for personality and adjustment disorders. The Vietnam Veterans of America released a report Thursday based on an analysis by the students who looked at a random sample of 265 discharges for the disorders from fiscal years 2001 through 2012.
The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting "Shame on you!" because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn't know what your rant is about. Behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look - head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy - is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier. More>>
The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder has been taken to the hospital as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work. A statement from the department says Holder is "resting comfortably and in good condition" at a Washington hospital after feeling the symptoms during a Thursday morning meeting with senior staff. More>>
Britain's Guardian newspaper says that the U.K.'s signals intelligence branch is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of Yahoo users' webcam videos, including a massive haul of intimate photographs.The newspaper said GCHQ has been scooping up the sensitive data by intercepting video chats such as the kind offered by Yahoo Messenger, an effort codenamed OPTIC NERVE. More>>
"Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look. Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers for the first time would know whether foods have added sugars. Also, serving sizes would be updated to make them more realistic under changes being proposed by the Obama administration. A serving of ice cream would double to a full cup, closer to what people actually eat. More>>
Cardiac surgeon and TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz is a grandfather for the first time. He Tweeted on Thursday morning that his daughter, TV host Daphne Oz, had given birth. "My daughter @DaphneOz delivered her first child! I'm holding my beautiful granddaughter now. Thank you for all the well-wishes and prayers!" It is the first child for Daphne Oz and husband John Jovanovic. More>>
A Mississippi woman says she waged a nearly three-week battle to get pictures of Bible Scripture printed, after the photo department at a national chain store insisted that her images of Gospel inspiration violated copyright laws.
A Florida restaurant chain is adding a surcharge to bills to help cover employee health insurance required under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Gator's Dockside is adding a 1% Affordable Care Act surcharge on bills at several of its locations. The added charge is broken out from sales taxes. More>>
Pope Francis has a mini-me.Daniele De Sanctis, 19 months, made a star turn as he showed off this year's must-have Carnival costume at the pope's general audience: white cassock and cape, white skullcap and even a miniature pectoral cross. Daniele wailed as he was hoisted up to receive a papal kiss as Francis drove by.
Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81. He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press Wednesday. Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC's "The Dating Game," which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade. More>>
Are there times when it's necessary if not morally and ethically right to rat, or "snitch," on somebody? Our question about snitching stems from the case of Knicks player Ray Felton. Some say his wife is a snitch for turning his gun in. Now he's facing charges. So was that the right thing to do? More>>
New York will become home to the "flawed heroes of Hell's Kitchen," as four of Marvel's characters will come to life in a live-action series that will be filmed principally in the state and streamed on Netflix. The announcement was made Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The Walt Disney Co., Marvel and Netflix Inc. The project, scheduled to start filming in the summer, will feature the characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer says for every extra penny charged for a small carton of public school milk, the Department of Education loses $1.5 million that could have been used to fund classroom supplies and school activities. That is why his office's audit of three milk companies possibly fixing prices on $134 million of milk contracts is so important. A plant in Jamaica, Queens, is where all the milk for 850,000 New York City public school kids is processed.
This year's Boston Marathon will have a "no bags" policy as part of stepped-up security following last year's deadly bombing. The Boston Athletic Association announced the policy changes Wednesday in advance of the April 21 marathon. Runners will not be allowed to bring bags. Bags will also not be allowed in certain areas near the start or finish line or along the course. More>>
Delta Air Lines is changing its frequent-flier program to favor passengers who buy the priciest tickets instead of those who fly the most miles. It's a bid to lure higher-spending business travelers, who often book flights on short notice and pay more than bargain-hunting leisure travelers. Beginning next year, Delta will base miles toward free flights on the amount that passengers spend on tickets.
Our galaxy is looking far more crowded. NASA has confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly discovered planets outside our solar system. Scientists have nearly doubled the number of planets discovered in the galaxy. The figure is now about 1,700. Twenty years ago, astronomers had not found any planets circling stars other than our sun. More>>
The death of a 10-year-old San Diego boy from a bacterial infection he reportedly got from his pet rat prompted his family to sue retailer Petco, saying they want to raise awareness among parents. Attorney John Gomez told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his firm filed the lawsuit Monday in San Diego County seeking an unspecified amount for the suffering endured by the Pankey family, whose son, Aidan, died June 12, 2013. More>>
Officials at Fort Carson in Colorado said Wednesday they are investigating reports that a soldier posted a photo on Instagram of herself deliberately avoiding saluting the flag, touching off a storm of criticism from a group representing families who lost loved ones. Base officials issued a statement Wednesday saying they are aware of a social media post allegedly made by Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey indicating she stayed in her car to avoid a flag ceremony.
While tiny houses have been attractive for those wanting to downsize for financial or environmental reasons, there's another population benefiting from the small-dwelling movement: the homeless. More>>
U.S. public television science correspondent Miles O'Brien said Tuesday his left arm was amputated above the elbow after an apparently minor injury in Asia put his life in jeopardy. In a blog post on his personal website Tuesday, which was verified by PBS, O'Brien recounted the Feb. 12 blow to his arm he suffered while on assignment and the medical emergency that followed. More>>
A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" gays, outing some Ugandans and raising fears of violence against those named just a day after the president enacted a severe anti-gay law. Many on the list "are scared and they need help," said Pepe Julian Onziema, a prominent Ugandan gay activist who was named in in the Red Pepper tabloid.
A teacher at an elementary school in Iran has invented a praying robot. The robot is complete with demonstrations and voice recordings of various prayers practiced throughout the country. More>>
A biblical booklet in a shirt pocket apparently helped a bus driver survive a shooting, and authorities were looking for three suspects, police say. The driver told police he was standing outside the bus early Monday morning when the men shot at him three times, with one bullet hitting his leg.
In the wake of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal, the NYU sports and society program has proposed a range of initiatives for youth athletics to combat intolerant behavior in sports. Work on the proposal began after Stephen Ross, the Dolphins' owner, approached NYU law dean Trevor Morrison in December to discuss ways to increase civility and respect in sports and society at large. More>>
A disease that resembles polio has appeared in at least 20 children in California within the past year. Each of the children suffered paralysis to one or more arms or legs, according to Stanford University researchers. Doctors are not sure if it's a virus or something else. Public health officials haven't identified any common causes connecting the cases. More>>
Bibles are being removed from hotel rooms at Iowa State University because of a complaint.The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent the school a letter saying it violated the separation of church and state at the public university to have the bibles.There are about 52 Gideons Bibles in the Hotel Memorial Union on the campus."I think choosing to leave hotel rooms just for people's stays and not for religious literature is the right way to go so you don't have this, ya know, both free speech an... More>>
Sleek, stylish and smooth on the road, smart cars might just be a little more intelligent than you think. Tech expert Seth Porges says car makers' ability to know exactly where you're going at what time of day is a potentially very lucrative side business for auto makers who might be looking to sell your private info for some big bucks. More>>
Police are investigating a shooting at the famous 127-room Oheka Castle in Huntington, Long Island. Cops are looking for a masked gunman, although no eyewitnesses to the shooting have come forward. Gary Melius, the property's owner, was shot in the head as he was getting into his car, according to officials. His daughter drove him to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. Police said they do not have a motive for the shooting. More>>
Some New York City parents are all bound together by a common tragedy: their sons and daughters were killed by vehicles on city streets. Amy Cohen lost her son, Sammy Cohen Eckstein, 12, in October when he was struck and killed by a van in Brooklyn. She was among those telling her story to members of the City Council on Monday. More>>
Hurricane Sandy destroyed the corner house on Topping Street in New Dorp Beach on Staten Island. Its elderly owners have moved away. The corner delicatessen and several houses in the middle of the block remain shuttered. The Chatis lived here. FEMA offered them $150,000, but the Chatis say they need double that to rebuild because of structural damage. They have spent two Thanksgivings, two Christmases and two New Years away from their home. More>>
While the weather outside has been frightful, clothing stores look delightful. Spring colors are starting to pop up, letting us know that the next season is just around the corner. But with temperatures still near the freezing mark this week, no one is ready to whip out a flowing dress with peep-toe shoes. Fashion designer Autumn Hawk agrees. "This polar vortex, I actually call it the cute outfit killer," Hawk says.
Taco Bell fast-food restaurants will soon be open for breakfast nationwide. You'll be able to fill up on the already buzz-generating Waffle Taco, which is exactly what it sounds like: a waffle V-folded around scrambled eggs, cheese, and either a sausage patty or bacon. If that's not enough, you can then drizzle sweet syrup over it.
Harold Ramis, best known as an actor in the films 'Ghostbusters' and 'Stripes,' as well as a director of movies such as 'Caddyshack,' has died at 69 from health struggles, his spokesman says.
A mother used social media to garner birthday wishes for her autistic son and got a lot more in return than she ever expected. Logan Pearson turned 12 on Monday but he got a huge surprise this weekend thanks to his mother and the kindness of strangers. More>>
Opposition protesters erected barricades across major thoroughfares on Monday, bringing traffic to a halt in parts of the Venezuelan capital in a continuation of the unrest that has roiled the country for nearly two weeks. The barricades of trash and other debris prompted the cancellation of some bus routes and made the morning commute a nightmare for many, but there were no reports of major violence as police began dismantling the roadblocks. More>>
Actor Alec Baldwin claims that he is leaving public life and New York City. The often media-embattled New York native wrote a 5,000 word essay published in New York Magazine titled "I Give Up.' The 55-year-old said being labeled a homophobic bigot after an altercation with a photographer last year was the last straw. More>>
Ukraine's acting government issued a warrant Monday for the arrest of President Viktor Yanukovych, last reportedly seen in the pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, accusing him of mass crimes against protesters who stood up for months against his rule.Calls are mounting in Ukraine to put Yanukovych on trial, after a tumultuous presidency. More>>
Former Fox 5 reporter Charles Leaf was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl at his home in Wyckoff, New Jersey. A jury found him guilty of all charges including child endangerment, possession of child pornography, and tampering with evidence. More>>