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Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold Video included

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

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Report: Facebook, Google want your kids Video included

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Kids already spend plenty of time on computers and smart phones. Now Google reportedly wants to get youngsters set up with their own Gmail and YouTube accounts. Some parents told us they aren't thrilled with the idea. Currently, Internet companies such as Google and Facebook do not offer their services to children under 13, but many youngsters and their parents find a workaround.
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How can authorities restore order?

Police, demonstrators face off in Ferguson Video included

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They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard — and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. After more than a week of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, law enforcement and political leaders are left struggling for answers to a frustrating question: What can we do to restore peace to the community?
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Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

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

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

Reward in probe of shooting of bald eagle in NJ

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

Militants claim they executed U.S. journalist James Foley

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A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine the video's authenticity and were attempting to confirm if he had been killed. Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire, went missing nearly two years ago in northern Syria.
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Salmonella risk in peanut, almond butters

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

Times Square to go gold for cancer research Video included

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

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Fatal crash in Freehold

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

UFT sponsoring Sharpton rally Video included

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

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

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Times Square characters want to be taken seriously and want their tips. The mostly immigrant workers are now called the Association of Artists United for a Smile and are fighting to protect their jobs, in light of a recent crackdown. Jorge Duran says he makes about $150 a day in tips dressing up as the Statue of Liberty. He says he stands around for hours, sweating inside a costume, and says it is annoying and unfair if he poses for a good picture and gets nothing. More>>

New York gives tuition break to veterans

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

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

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

Solar panels leading to exploding birds

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

NJ weighs gambling outside Atlantic City Video included

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

Garner chokehold death to grand jury

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

Highly contagious virus kills 15 dogs

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

De Blasio not reimbursing city Video included

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

Skateboarder attacks ranger at Philly's Love Park Video included

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

$21,000 falls off armored truck after casino pickup

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

Massive hail storm dumps on Mexico City Video included

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

Redskins show solidarity with Ferguson protest

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

Woman shoots grandson; thought he was an intruder

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

Meadowlands proposal includes casinos, hotels Video included

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

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

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Cheetah and dog become friends

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

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

Driver critical in crash into NJ creek Video included

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

Veteran refused entry into Six Flags because of shirt gets apology Video included

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A Marine veteran says he was denied entry into a Six Flags theme park in New Jersey after being told that the shirt he was wearing would offend people. Mario Alejandro, 33, had been given the shirt for Father's Day and he was attempting to take his family to Six Flags Great Adventure last weekend for a child's birthday party.
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101-year-old works same job for 73 years

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

City council speaker on HPV diagnosis Video included

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

Security beefed up at Yankee Stadium

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

Thrift shops warned about drawstring kids' clothes

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

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Travel and hotel for dogs and owners Video included

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

Sultan of Brunei wants the Plaza Hotel Video included

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

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Manhattan building fire

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

The militarization of America's police Video included

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

Justice Department investigating in Ferguson Video included

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The U.S. Department of Justice has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to the death of Michael Brown, from an independent autopsy to dozens of FBI agents combing Ferguson, Missouri, for witnesses to the shooting of the unarmed black teen by a white police officer. The goal, legal observers say, is to ensure that the truth about the killing is revealed.
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Traveling to enrich your life Video included

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The younger generation is choosing extended, meaningful travel experiences over standard vacations. They are redefining what travel looks like. Dylan Driscoll, 22, just got back from the trip of a lifetime. After graduating from college, he booked an open-ended trip to Europe. He was gone for 35 days and went to 12 countries. More>>

Luxury shoe designer Ruthie Davis Video included

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

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

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

Cuomo asks feds to review LI flood damage Video included

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

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

Pope Francis hopes to visit U.S. in 2015

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

Ex-Army psychiatrist to be NYC's veterans head

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


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Report: Subway fare-beating arrests soar Video included

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

Gov. Christie dances on stage at Hamptons party Video included

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

Man with many piercings denied entry to Dubai Video included

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

National Guard sent to Ferguson after more rioting Video included

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

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Woman allegedly stole wine to see jailed boyfriend

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

Derek Jeter corn maze Video included

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

NYC's Met opera reaches deals with 2 unions

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

3 men accused of causing trouble on PATH train

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

Off-duty state trooper arrested on DWI after crash

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

15 shot in NYC within 8 hours, 2 dead

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

Robbery at Westchester mall Video included

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

Female veterans face growing challenges at home

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

Venus and Jupiter to make closest approach in 14 years

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

2 men shot to death outside NYC food store Video included

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

Suspects arrested in kidnapping of 2 Amish girls

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

4th man arrested in NY cabbie slaying

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

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

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

NY med students honor people who donated bodies

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

Attica uprising whistleblower still pushing full disclosure

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

Police search for suspect after 3 shot in Harlem

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

Abused Egyptian dogs look for new home in America Video included

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

Revel casino will close a week earlier than announced

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

24th annual Sand Sculpting Contest at Coney Island

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

National Roller Coaster Day Video included

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

Bridge-gate scandal costs NJ taxpayers millions

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

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

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

Man shot in head, walks to hospital

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

Kayak found in search for man in Long Island lake

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

NJ teacher charged with sexual contact with girl

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

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

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

3 stabbed, 1 critically, in NYC subway altercation

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

Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

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

Friday Night Live: August 15, 2014 Video included

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


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Empire State Building says 'no'

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Step by step, little Sally Kabel is on her way to beating cancer. But it's no easy fight. This week has been particularly tough for the almost 2-year-old. Sally's dad, Matt Kabel never expected something else: that the iconic Empire State Building refusing to go gold for just one night to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
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Giant tortoises on display at Bronx Zoo

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Two giant Aldabra tortoises now call the Bronx Zoo their home. One tortoise weighs about 400 pounds and the other about 600, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Both are male. They can be seen in at the Zoo Center. Their habitat features a sandy substrate, vegetation, and a freshwater pool. More>>

LIRR union members approve contract

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Members of the unions representing most Long Island Rail Road workers have approved the four-year contract that was negotiated last month. More>>

Search for kayaker in Lake Ronkonkoma Video included

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Authorities on Friday recovered a kayak while searching for a kayaker who went missing in Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island since Thursday afternoon. Suffolk County Police said witnesses called 911 after they saw a distressed kayaker in the lake off Lake Shore Drive at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. They said the man was calling for help, but the good Samaritans lost sight of him.
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Boston champ Meb Keflezighi to run NYC Marathon

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

Jacques d'Amboise: pied piper of dance Video included

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

Music and social activism Video included

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

Cat survives 9-story fall in NYC Video included

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Eight lives to go and counting. Gizmo the cat is one lucky feline. He survived a fall from nine stories up in Manhattan and is now recovering from few minor scratches and a broken tooth. Gizmo's owner, Samuel Jacobs, said when he got home from running errands on Tuesday he realized his cat was missing. He frantically searched his 12th floor midtown apartment with no luck.
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Triplets born 12-weeks early Video included

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25-year-old Brooke Selley gave birth to her baby girls in October, a full 12 weeks early. More>>

Protests in Ferguson, Mo.

Police identify cop; allege Michael Brown robbed store Video included

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

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

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

Most Long Island beaches reopen to bathing

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Most beaches in Long Island have reopened to bathing after pounding rain caused elevated bacteria levels from storm runoff prompting their closure earlier this week.


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Drug smuggling submarine found in Guyana

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

Fire at base of Pulaski Skyway

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Firefighters on boats battled a fire at the base of the Pulaski Skyway in Newark. It is not clear what sparked the flames that appear to be engulfing the wooden buffer on the base of a bridge support. More>>

Judge asked to stop free NY college's tuition plan

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A storied New York college is facing off in court with students and faculty who want to stop it from charging undergraduate tuition for the first time in over a century. More>>

Sales tax-free week in Connecticut

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Connecticut shoppers will soon get a temporary reprieve on their state sale taxes. More>>

Grandmother poisoned with toxic chemical in iced tea

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

Name of officer in Ferguson killing released

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

Thousands protest in Times Square over Michael Brown shooting Video included

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Demonstrators rallied in New York City and other cities around the United States Thursday evening to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, and the subsequent police response to protests there.Rallies in that community turned tense and violent and heavily armed police officers clashed with protesters. More>>

2 deaths overshadow end of Chess Olympiad

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

Police bust 13-year-old for drunk driving

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

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Employees at a Texas Walmart made a startling discovery. A teenage boy was apparently living inside the store for several days.  The 14-year-old wasn't just hiding, he built two secret compounds inside the store, keeping himself out of sight for four days! More>>

Santa Claus and Rockettes stop traffic in NYC

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The calendar says August, but that didn't stop Santa Claus from visiting Midtown Manhattan and snarling a section of Sixth Avenue, much to the bafflement of tourists and the frustration of drivers forced to idle their vehicles. More>>

Missing Amish girls safe Video included

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Authorities say two missing Amish girls have turned up safe about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted from their family's roadside farm stand in northern New York. The girls were cold and wet but unharmed Thursday evening at a home in Richville, about 13 miles from where they disappeared. No other details about what happened to the girls were immediately available. More>>

Aftermath of Michael Brown's death

Missouri troopers take over Ferguson security Video included

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

Metropolitan Museum's clock winder Video included

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Twice a week for the last 40 years, Clare Vincent, 78, has wound the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of European clocks. "My late husband used to say: 'Your clocks are all old people and you have to know what's the matter and what they don't like very much,'" Vincent says. Vincent refers to each clock by the name of its maker. More>>

The Mall at Bay Plaza

Shopping mall opens in the Bronx Video included

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For residents in the Bronx starving for new shopping options, the opening of a new mall Thursday was a reason to let out a triumphant shout. The grand opening of the Mall at Bay Plaza brings nearly 780,000 square feet of retail space and more than 100 stores. It is the first fully enclosed fashion shopping mall in the borough in four decades.
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Burger King tosses Satisfries Video included

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

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Members of New York's congressional delegation are asking the Justice Department to formally investigate the police custody death of Eric Garner and the law enforcement strategy known as broken windows. The six Democrats say black and Latino communities are disproportionately affected by the tactic of going after smaller crimes to help stop bigger ones.
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How to donate

Operation Backpack Video included

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

Specks returned from space may be alien visitors

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

Christie vows to help casino workers find new jobs

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Gov. Chris Christie is vowing to do everything he can to help laid-off Atlantic City casino workers find new jobs. More>>

Superstorm Sandy

Bellevue Hospital gets FEMA aid for Sandy

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New York City's public hospital system will receive more than $117 million in federal aid for repairs to Bellevue Hospital for Superstorm-Sandy-related damages, New York's two U.S. senators said. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program will reimburse the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation for repairs made after the storm.
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NY teacher union won't endorse in governor's race

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New York's powerful teachers' union will sit out of this year's governor's race, announcing Thursday that it won't endorse Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his liberal primary challenger, Zephyr Teachout, or any of the other contenders. Despite a fierce debate about how to endorse in the race, members of New York State United Teachers organization decided its best move was not to back any candidate.
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Fight to keep The Subway Inn open Video included

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The family owners of the soon-to-be shuttered The Subway Inn on Manhattan's Upper East Side aren't going out without a fight. Developers plan on building luxury condos where the 77-year-old bar on Lexington Ave. and E. 60th St. stands.
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Cops: Man carved swastika in family's yard

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A N.J. man was arrested for allegedly carving a swastika into his neighbor's yard.  Police arrested Scott F. Cooney, 45, of Lakewood.  Cooney is charged with Bias Intimidation, Harassment and Criminal Mischief. More>>

New Jersey man removes Islamic group-linked flag

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A New Jersey man has taken down a black flag with Arabic letters he's been flying outside his home for 10 years after complaints arose on Twitter about its association with Islamic militants. More>>

8 arrested in Atlantic City casino heist

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Eight people, including a recently fired security guard, are under arrest in connection with the daring armed robbery of an Atlantic City casino. The July 21 heist of Caesars Atlantic City touched off a three-state manhunt. Izyiah Plummer and an accomplice brandished a gun and robbed former co-workers of two plastic boxes of cash with more than $180,000 inside.Five are charged in the heist and remain in jail. Three others are accused of receiving stolen property, said police.

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Brooklyn school aide charged with punching autistic boy

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

Cousin charged in slaying of woman, foster child

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Authorities have charged a cousin in the strangulation deaths of a New Jersey woman and her foster daughter after they say he was caught taking pornographic photos of the 10-year-old. Brian Farmer, 58, is held on $2.5 million bail. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office says Farmer was in Joan Colbert's, 62, apartment in Long Branch when he was caught photographing Veronica Roach on July 30. Authorities say Farmer killed Colbert and the girl and fled.
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Connecticut earthquake reported

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Some residents in southern Connecticut say they were awoken by their homes shaking, and the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a minor earthquake. The Geological Survey says a 2.7-magnitude quake was recorded in Deep River shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday. No injuries or damage have been reported. State police say they received several calls from people who said their homes shook briefly Thursday morning.
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The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: NAFTA Video included

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

Family of child stabbed to sue NYC

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

Woodstock 45th anniversary events set Video included

Events are being held this weekend in upstate New York where the original Woodstock festival was held 45 years ago. The activities range from a "Hippie Thanksgiving"at a restaurant in the town of Bethel to a Friday night showing of the Academy Award-winning "Woodstock" documentary. Some 400,000 people gathered on Max Yasgur's Sullivan County farm from Aug. 15-17, 1969, to hear such acts as The Who, the Grateful Dead, Santana and Jimi Hendrix.
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Flooding remains in parts of Long Island Video included

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

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Matchmaker connects moms with each other Video included

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It seems like there's a matchmaker out there for just about everyone. A unique matchmaker has paired more than 4,000 mothers. Renee Sullivan, the founder of Babybites Moms Groups, sets up new moms and even expectant ones with each other once a week.
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See Marvel's heroes live in Brooklyn Video included

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

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The beginning of August in Westchester County, N.Y., typically brings out the bats -- lots and lots of bats. That keeps the local health department busy. The Westchester County Health Department is asking resident to trap any bats they find in their homes because testing the mammals is the only way to know if you've been exposed to rabies. More>>

NYC community outreach to fight crime Video included

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

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

SUNY backs campus sex assault bill

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Studies show that 1 in 5 women in college will be a victim of sexual assault or an attempted assault. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York wants colleges held accountable and has bipartisan support on a bill in Congress to do just that. Now the state university of New York, the largest university system in the country, became the first university to back this bill.
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VIDEO: Coast Guard saves entangled sea turtle off NJ Video included

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The United States Coast Guard has released video showing a crew saving a huge sea turtle from a dangerous, tangled situation off the New Jersey coast. The video shows Coast Guard members and an official from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center untangling the leatherback turtle from fishing gear on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The Coast Guard estimates the turtle weighed about 800 pounds. More>>

Baby found dead in trash can Connecticut

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Police in Connecticut say they're investigating the death of a baby found in a trash can. East Hartford officers found the baby's body in a trash bin outside a home Tuesday night. More>>

Atlantic City casino revenue down 11% in July

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Atlantic City's casinos took in 11 percent less from gamblers in July than they did a year ago.Figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show the 11 casinos won $274 million in July, compared with $297.1 million in July 2013. That includes $10 million in Internet gambling revenue, which was up by about $500,000 from June. More>>

Bieber pleads guilty in Florida drag race

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

Texas homeowner boasts world's largest backyard pool

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

Dog elected mayor in Minnesota

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

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

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

Death of Robin Williams

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

Operation Safe Cycle in NYC Video included

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

The Donut Burger Video included

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

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

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

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

Whales in New York Harbor Video included

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

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

Teen dies after being run over while sunbathing in driveway

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

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

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

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

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

FBI: Americans fighting in Syria hard to track

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

US Postal Service loses $2B this spring

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

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

Game of Thrones actor dies days after starting filming

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

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

Video: Dust devil in Brooklyn

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

Brooklyn possible host for Democratic National Convention Video included

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

100 NY families to get restitution in schools case

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

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NY funeral for rabbi killed in Miami Video included

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Hundreds of mourners turned out at the Brooklyn funeral procession for an Orthodox rabbi who was shot as he walked to a Miami temple. Miami-Dade police have said Joseph Raksin, 60, was shot Saturday while he was in Florida visiting relatives. On Monday, a crowd surrounded the hearse on a blocked-off street as it pulled up outside the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights. Police are on the hunt for two suspects.
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Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

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A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.  Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday night were relatively quiet early Monday.
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Woman fends off attacker in Brooklyn Video included

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A woman was able to fend off her attacker inside an apartment building in Brooklyn and the incident was captured on security camera video. The suspect is seen approaching the woman, talking to her and when she keeps walking he pushes her to the ground, said police. The woman who is in her 30s is able to fend him off before he takes off down the stairs. More>>

Supermoon returns to night sky

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If you looked into the sky Sunday night, you probably saw the Supermoon. The full moon appeared 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when it is at its farthest point. And it was the closest approach the moon makes to the earth on its elliptical orbit. More>>

Cuomo signs 25 MPH NYC speed limit into law

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Cuomo signed a new law in Manhattan on Saturday that makes the speed limit 25 MPH. He was flanked by two traffic signs that read "speed limit 25." The current speed limit was 30. More>>

Movie fans may face order trouble as Disney battles with Amazon

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Movie fans hoping to pre-order some summer films from Amazon may have some trouble. Amazon has blocked some pre-orders of Disney movies, like Captain America: The Winter Solider and Muppets Most Wanted. The move comes in response to an ongoing contract dispute between the online retailer and Disney. If this sounds familiar, it's because Amazon used a similar tactic earlier this year in a continuing spat with Hachette book group. More>>

Facebook users concerned about Messaging app Video included

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There's a new Facebook storm brewing and it has to do with their Messenger app. Some users feel they're being force fed something they don't really need but Facebook says it's 'super convenient.' It's a messaging service through your Facebook account and some users complain that when they go to Facebook on their phones and mobile devices, they're blocked from logging on until they download the Messenger app. More>>

Obama braces America for sustained military involvement in Iraq Video included

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President Obama braced Americans on Saturday for a sustained military involvement in Iraq, saying the United States is prepared to continue with air strikes to protect U.S. diplomats and citizens and others under attack from the ISIL terror group. Meanwhile, US forces launched a fresh round of airstrikes against ISIL positions around the key Iraqi city of Irbil on Sunday. 

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Israel, Palestinians accept new 72-hour cease-fire offer

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Israel accepted an Egyptian proposal Sunday for a new 72-hour cease-fire with Gaza militants. The move clears the way for the resumption of indirect talks on a long-term cease-fire arrangement in Hamas-ruled Gaza after a month of heavy fighting. More>>

Strict drug safety measures at Mad Decent Block Party event in Brooklyn

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After a series of drug-related deaths at electronic dance music concerts across the country and in Canada, an unusual set of safety measures has been put in place for a similar outdoor show in Coney Island. More>>

JetBlue engine catches fire during take-off Video included

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A JetBlue flight enroute to JFK Airport was evacuated on Saturday night. Flight 704 from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico encountered a mechanical issue while taxiing before takeoff. According to a statement from the FAA, the left engine of the plane reportedly caught fire around 7:15 p.m. Saturday night. More>>

'Smokey The Bear' turns 70 Video included

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Smokey The Bear turned 70 years-old over the weekend. The advertising mascot was created back in 1944 to educate the public about the dangers of forest fires. His original slogan was "Smokey says care will prevent nine out of ten forest fires." Three years later, it changed to the better known "Remember, only YOU can prevent forest fires." More>>

7 year-old stabbing victim makes comeback Video included

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7-year-old Mikayla Capers acted like a typical little girl sitting at the National Action Network's weekly meeting in Harlem. She grinned, fidgeted and embraced relatives before being called on stage.  More>>

New York Navy combat vet gets belated WWII medals

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A Navy veteran who survived some of the World War II's biggest naval battles in Pacific has received some belated medals in time for his 92nd birthday. More>>

Naked in Times Square Video included

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The young women on the other end of the outburst "Hello! You're wrong! Go put on some clothes!" posed in the August evening air wearing only shoes, a thong and a smile."Where do you see naked girls out in the street, right?" says Ruby Torres. In Times Square, evidently, where Ruby and a rotating cast of 15 other girls collect tips for their manager, a man who says he learned the art of body painting as a child. More>>

Union president's aggressive rant on Common Core Video included

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Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, represents all 75,000 public school teachers in New York City. He made some pretty aggressive threats saying, he would punch people in the face and push them in the dirt if they were against Common Core. " More>>

Cardinal Dolan to host leaders after NYPD custody death Video included

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan is hosting a meeting of New York's most influential religious leaders in the wake of a man's death in police custody. Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Associated Press on Friday that Dolan will host the gathering later this month. De Blasio said there is "a tremendous need for healing at this moment."

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Pew: Split views on robots' employment benefits

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In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, people could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and the wealthy could live in walled cities with robots serving as labor. More>>

Rare white buffalo born in Wisconsin

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A rare albino buffalo was born on a Wisconsin farm.  The owners of the Armstrong Creek Bison Farm were shocked when the white newborn calf entered the world.
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Walmart shoppers get jury summons

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Getting a summons for jury duty is probably the last thing Walmart shoppers expected to get,but that's exactly what happened.  They were short of potential jurors, and while public summons are rare, they said there wasn't any other way around it. More>>

Are squeegee men back in New York City? Video included

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During his tenure as mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani referred to the men wiping down the windshields of drivers' vehicles at red lights and intersections as a "menace" to society. He made it part of his agenda to root them out. Decades later, those squeegee men-- who get their name from the scraping tool they use-- appear to have made a come back. Squeegees have been spotted at work near the Queensboro Bridge, Queens Plaza and Lincoln Tunnel. More>>

Israel, Hamas resume fire after 3-day truce Video included

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Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel on Friday, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock. Israel responded with a series of airstrikes that killed at least five Palestinians, including three children, Palestinian officials said. Two Israelis were wounded by rocket fire, police said.
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Tropical Storm Iselle makes landfall on Hawaii

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The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it strengthened and was on track to pass north of the islands. Tropical Storm Iselle's eye crossed onto the Big Island about 5 miles east of Pahala with winds at 60 mph. Iselle is the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years.
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Young cancer survivor donates birthday gifts

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A cancer survivor is donating her birthday gift to cancer patients in Phoenix. Baylee Nichols, 6, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia when she just a year old. After a bone marrow transplant from her brother and seven weeks in the ICU, the cancer went into remission. Nichols is turning 7 and her parents asked her what she wanted for her birthday. They were shocked at the answer.“For my birthday this year,” said Nichols. “I just wanted to donate toys to Phoenix Children's Hospital."
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Oklahoma school district moving to 4-day school week

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No school on Fridays! That's what's happening in Oklahoma, where a school district is cutting back on the number of school days. The cutback was done in an effort to attract the best teachers to Copan, Oklahoma in a competitive market. “If a teacher's got several offers, would you go to the one where you work five days a week or four days a week,” said Rick Ruckman, the superintendent of Copan. The decision will also save money.
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Mom saved from kidnapping by her sons

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A mother's sons saved her life after she was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend. Ivonne Phung says her sons jumped into action after she was pulled from her bed and out of her home by her ex-boyfriend.
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Former Marine reunites with his K-9

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A former Marine and his dog are reunited.  Marine Corps Corporal Matt Foster spent eight months in Afghanistan as an IED detection dog handler. His partner was a seven year old black Labrador named Mick who sniffed out the devices and saved many lives. More>>

McCain: Time to ease arms sales ban on Vietnam

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U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday in Vietnam that it's time for the United States to ease the ban on selling lethal arms to the communist country, saying it has progressed on human rights. More>>

Monkeys take 'selfies,' sparking copyright dispute

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Monkey see, monkey do. But when a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the copyright?  A series of self-portraits taken by Indonesian monkeys has sparked a copyright dispute between Wikipedia and a British wildlife photographer, who wasn't amused that the popular images are being used for free. More>>

10 romantic spots in New York City

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New York is known for many things such as its tall buildings, food and historical attractions like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. But something else New York can boast is the amount of romantic spots scattered across the five boroughs. You may have seen them in movies or TV shows. You may have not seen them on movies or TV shows and actually were there just yesterday!
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Nixon resignation 40 years later Video included

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The country is marking the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The first president in history to resign, Nixon made the televised announcement that he would be leaving the White House permanently on the evening of Aug. 8, 1974. The resignation took effect at Noon the following day. Nixon had denied any involvement in the Watergate scandal but taped phone conversations proved otherwise. More>>

More bedbugs found on N line Video included

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The bedbug problem on the subways appears to be worse than initially believed. A fourth subway car on the N line was found to have bedbugs this week. The discovery was made in the seat cushions where the conductor sits. In addition to riding with straphangers, the creepy crawlers were found in a conductor's home and in the lockers of two N crew workers. More>>

United Airlines app lets you scan passport Video included

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United Airlines is the first U.S. carrier allowing you to scan your passport so you can check in for your international flight using just your mobile phone. Much like making a mobile deposit with your bank, United's mobile app now lets you use your cellphone camera to take a snapshot of your passport.United has hired a third party called Jumio to collect all that vital data, which is what seems to have some concerned. More>>

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  • Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:37:52 GMT
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
  • Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

    Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:49:34 GMT
    Gov. Chris Christie of New JerseyGov. Chris Christie of New Jersey
    Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
    Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
  • Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:35:03 GMT
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
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