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Search for masked robbers in Caesars heist Video included

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The hunt is on in southern New Jersey for two suspects who made off with more than $180K from Caesars Atlantic City casino. The brazen robbers reportedly stole the cash from two plastic boxes on the casino floor. The robbery occurred on Monday at about 6 a.m. The masked robbers took off in a vehicle. The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is handling the investigation. More>>

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Long Island doctor gets 10 years in painkillers probe

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A New York physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin Harbor was convicted in October 2013 of conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Authorities have been cracking down on the powerful painkiller following a fatal shooting during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.
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Real estate heir charged for urinating on candy

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A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store.Authorities say 71-year-old Robert Durst was arrested Sunday after arguing with store employees. They say he was charged with criminal mischief after urinating on at least $100 worth of candy.His attorney, Chip Lewis, said in a statement Tuesday that they will address the allegations in court.In 2001, D... More>>

Affordable Care Act

Federal courts issue contradictory rulings on Obamacare subsidies

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President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people pay their premiums, saying financial aid can be paid only in states that have set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges.
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Jets eliminating paper season tickets

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The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders, while offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly. More>>

2 upper level GWB east lanes closed for repairs

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Workers have closed two upper level eastbound lanes on the George Washington Bridge for emergency repairs. The closures affect New York City bound motorists. Officials expect the lanes will remain closed until 3 p.m. Tuesday. Motorists heading into New York City should use the lower level or consider alternate Hudson River crossings.
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FAA bans all flights to Tel Aviv airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration has banned U.S. carriers from flying to Israel's main airport for 24 hours. The FAA made the announcement at about 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday. This comes after two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice following a rocket landing near the Ben-Gurion Airport earlier in the day. More>>

White flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

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Police responded to the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday for a major security breach at one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City. Two white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the span connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. It is not clear who raised the flags that had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes or why.  The American flags that are normally up at the bridge were removed. More>>

Rocket from Gaza strikes near Israel airport

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A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting at least two American airlines to cancel flights to Israel in a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after last week's attack on a Malaysian jet over Ukraine. It was the latest blow to Israel on a day when it announced that an Israeli soldier went missing following a deadly battle in the Palestinian territory. More>>

Funeral held for NJ cop killed in crash Video included

Thousands gathered in northern New Jersey on Tuesday to remember Police Officer Christopher Goodell.   SkyFox HD was over the funeral procession into St. Luke's Church in Ho-Ho-Kus. Mourners including police officers from across the state lined the driveway of the church as the service began for the Waldwick officer killed by a tractor-trailer last week.
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Man helping turtle is attacked by dog

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A Hamden man has been mauled by a dog while trying to help a turtle cross a local road. More>>

Polluted Gowanus Canal doesn't scare away neighborhood development Video included

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Every day, those who live and work in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn drive and bike and walk across their canal, growing a little more accustomed to but no less disgusted by its scent and appearance. Once the busiest canal in the United States, the Gowanus now bears the distinction as perhaps the most polluted body of water in the nation. No one knows exactly how polluted because few have summoned enough courage to dive into its murky depths to investigate.
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Fast and slow lanes on sidewalk tested

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Pedestrians walking along sidewalk in the nation's capital found themselves with a choice.  "No cellphones," said lettering on one side of the sidewalk.  "Cellphones," the other lane said.   "Walk at your own risk."  The walkway warnings, which ran about a block on Washington's 18th Street, weren't the work of city officials. Instead, they were put there by the brains behind a National Geographic.
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Wawona Packing Company

Fruit recall 2014 Video included

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Fruit packaged by the Wawona Packing Company out of Cutler, California and sold at stores across the country is being voluntarily recalled. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there is a possibility the recalled products may be contaminated with listeria. No illnesses have been linked to the recall. Certain lots of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots sold at Trader Joe's, Costco, Sam's Club and Fresh Direct could be contaminated with the dangerous food-borne pathogen. More>>

Parts of Central Park vandalized

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The NYPD says several structures in Central Park were damaged by vandals over the weekend. A gazebo at Wagner Cove near park lake was pushed off its foundation. A handrail at the Bow Bridge boating landing was broken and a bench was thrown in the water nearby. Vandals also threw a rock through the window of a kiosk near West 72nd St. Among other damage, irrigation hoses were torn up at Strawberry Fields and trash cans were toppled near Central Park West.
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Toddler safe after stroller falls onto tracks

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Authorities say a 2-year-old girl is safe after the stroller she was in rolled off a Queens subway platform onto the tracks. Fire Department officials say it happened at the Jamaica Center-Parsons Boulevard stop in Jamaica at 11:26 a.m. Monday. Witnesses say the mother had turned away briefly to put something in the trash when the strolled fell onto the empty tracks. More>>

Poll: It doesn't take money to be stylish

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A new Marist College poll finds most Americans say it doesn't take a lot of money to be stylish. The nationwide poll by the Hudson Valley college found 86 percent of respondents said it was possible to be stylish on a limited budget. The other 14 percent agreed with the statement that it's only possible to have good style with a lot of money. The poll also found that 68 percent of Americans think we focus too much on fashion.

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NY ranks among top 5 states for kids' health

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New York ranks among the top five states for children's health, according to the 25th edition of the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report released Tuesday looks at data from 1990 that show the major trends in child well-being, and recent trends that compare data from 2005 to 2012. New York showed improvement in all eight categories of health and education for children.
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reBar wedding venue owner gets 10-year sentence

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The owner of a popular Brooklyn restaurant that closed abruptly and left dozen of couples without a wedding venue has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Jason Stevens pleaded guilty last month to grand larceny and criminal tax fraud charges. He closed his restaurant, reBar, without warning in May. More>>

Medics who responded to deadly chokehold arrest suspended Video included

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Four emergency workers involved in the medical response to a man who died in police custody have been barred from responding to 911 calls. The hospital that employs the two EMTs and two paramedics has suspended them without pay pending the outcome of an investigation into Eric Garner's death.
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Repaving of Palisades Parkway begins Video included

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Crews have begun repaving along the Palisades Interstate Parkway. The last time such work was done on the road, which links New York state to the George Washington Bridge, was the mid-1990s. More>>

A look inside the exclusive Beautique Video included

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Beautique is Midtown Manhattan's new celebrity hangout with a touristy address and locals-only feel.The upscale restaurant gives way to a luxe lounge. Everyone here looks like a million bucks and has a bank account to match. It's no wonder celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio feel right at home. More>>

The present and the future of news and journalism Video included

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News isn't breaking -- it's already broken apart into something completely different than it once was. And all you need are these two reliable sources to verify that fact: the millennial generation and one a few before it.It's unclear what's scarier: how much news has changed or that someone knows Joel Waldman and not Murrow, Cronkite or Brokaw. Either way, with the emergence of everything from Twitter and Facebook and alternative news websites from Mashable to Gawker.
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NYPD arrest suspect in police assault

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A suspect has been arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer in Upper Manhattan. Police say the assault happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at The Clinton Houses at East 104th Street. They say the officer and her partner were patrolling the area when they came upon four people smoking marijuana.
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Pro-Russian rebels release MH17 black boxes Video included

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Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Early Tuesday, the rebels handed over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators in Donetsk.

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Seaside Heights carousel up for auction

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The 82-year-old carousel on the Seaside Heights boardwalk survived Superstorm Sandy and a devastating fire, but it may not survive changing economics. The company that owns the carousel is selling it to make room for new attractions. An auction is planned for fall, with the hope that a buyer will take the entire ride and prevent it from being broken up and sold off piecemeal.
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Central Park bike rental war Video included

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A bicycle rental war is being waged in Central Park by Columbus Circle. Bike and Roll is a Parks Department-sanctioned bike rental with rental booths in the park complete with helmets and bouncer-size security guards. Bike and Roll's president says his employees are being threatened and harassed by non-licensed illegal vendors in the park while they hawk to tourists. The individual vendors, who appeared to be trying to rent out bicycles using pedicab licenses, were not friendly to us, either. More>>

Protesters want NYPD Commissioner Bratton fired Video included

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A group of demonstrators is calling for the resignation of New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. The group, known as "New Yorkers Against Bratton," held a small protest Monday outside City Hall. Protesters said Bratton needs to be fired after the death of a Staten Island man in police custody. More>>

Beach fashion

Long-sleeved swimsuit is latest beach and pool fashion trend Video included

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You have lots of ways to look stylish on the beach, from a bikini to a tankini to a one piece. But the newest trend is long-sleeved swimsuits -- modesty takes precedence over a golden glow. The new beachwear is turning up on sites like ASOS and on luxury sites like Neiman Marcus. There are one piece versions and crop top versions.One of the pioneers of the trend is Dallas-based clothing company Cover. More>>

Train with MH17 plane crash bodies leaves rebel town Video included

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A refrigerated train carrying Malaysia Airlines victims' bodies pulled away Monday from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine, one small step forward in easing the agony of their grieving families. In an emotional inspection hours earlier, Dutch experts had called for a full forensic sweep of the Flight 17 crash site and told the armed separatists controlling the area that the train must be allowed to leave as soon as possible. More>>

Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts

Army veteran receives Medal of Honor for bloody Afghanistan battle

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President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. More>>

Wawa to close first store opened 50 years ago

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Wawa plans to close the first convenience store opened by the chain in the Philadelphia suburbs a half-century ago.  Susan Bratton, Wawa's regional real estate manager, says the old store is just too small.
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Former cop seeks kidney donor

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A family from Greensboro, Ga is reaching out to the community to help find a kidney donor. Former police officer Raleigh Callaway, 49, needs a kidney as he battles diabetes, hypertension and chronic disease. More>>

De Blasio family take in sights in Italy Video included

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The de Blasio family was off to Capri after on Tuesday, after a day spent in Rome during the start of their 10-day family vacation to Italy. The de Blasios visited the Vatican Tuesday morning. His son, Dante, was absent from the day's activities because he's "sleeping." The teen has been drawing lots of attention.

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Conn. woman arrested on I-684 on drug charges

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New York State police say a passenger in a car pulled over for speeding was found to be carrying 85 pills of the painkiller Oxycodone. After stopping the car on Interstate 684, police say a search revealed the passenger, Johannie Cruz of Waterbury, Connecticut, had marijuana and painkillers on her. More>>

Cleaning crew mistakes body for mannequin

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Two men cleaning out a vacant house mistook a dead body for a mannequin before they threw it out, investigators say. More>>

Original state troopers' graves get new markers

A gravestone has been dedicated at the previously unmarked burial plot of one of New York's original state troopers. Retired state police Sgt. Kevin Kailbourne of Wellsville has been leading an effort to mark the graves of every state trooper, including the originals. They were known as "campmen" because they were trained at a National Guard camp outside Syracuse after the law enforcement agency was created in 1917. More>>

Friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect convicted

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A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty Monday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Prosecutors say he agreed with a friend who removed Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room several days after the 2013 bombing. The backpack contained altered fireworks. More>>

Doctor's license revoked over prescriptions

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A central New Jersey physician who officials say engaged in a "grossly negligent pattern" of prescribing painkillers has had his medical license revoked. State officials announced the action Monday. Ali Mansour, whose practice was based in Somerset, is accused of prescribing excessive amounts of potentially addictive drugs, putting his patients at risk. They say he also continued to prescribe increasing dosages to patients, despite clear evidence that they were abusing drugs. More>>

Multi-billion dollar verdict in tobacco lawsuit

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A Florida jury has slammed a tobacco company with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict.  More>>

Call for pet owner medication options Video included

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says pet owners could save millions of dollars on prescriptions for their animals if they could buy the drugs at ordinary pharmacies. The Democrat says Sunday that he's working with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on legislation that would require veterinarians to write prescriptions to allow owners to buy the medication at a pharmacy or online. More>>

Mystery 66-yard crater appears in Siberia

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Russian scientists say they believe a 60-meter wide crater discovered recently in far northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region. More>>

McDonald's, KFC in China face new food scandal

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McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.  The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the supplier, Husi Food Co., Ltd.   The Shanghai office of China's food and drug agency said it was investigating and told customers to suspend use of the supplier's products. More>>

Armed bandits demand water in dry northern India

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Armed bandits are threatening villagers with death unless they deliver 35 buckets of water each day in northern India, where water is scarce thanks to an ongoing drought and a poor supply.  So far, 28 villages have been obeying the order, taking turns to deliver what the bandits are calling a daily "water tax," police said. More>>

4 arrested after New York churches are burglarized

State police say they've arrested four people in connection with a rash of burglaries at churches in two rural western New York counties.
Troopers and the sheriff's offices in neighboring Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties received reports of at least eight burglaries starting late last week. Police say the items stolen included cash, two safes and musical equipment. Most of the stolen items have been recovered.
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Lawmaker who faced DUI wants police car cameras

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For one New Jersey lawmaker, a bill requiring mounted video cameras in new police cars is personal. More>>

U.S. makes push for cease-fire between Israel, Hamas Video included

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East after the civilian death toll in the conflict sharply escalated over the weekend. Kerry left Washington early Monday for Cairo, where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012. More>>

Cop who choked man during fatal arrest loses badge

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The police officer seen in a video apparently putting a chokehold on the man who later died has had his gun and badge taken away pending the outcome of investigations into what happened.  The NYPD announced over the weekend that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran, has been placed on "modified assignment," pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs. Eric Garner, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital after officers tried to apprehend him. More>>

5 injured in hot air balloon crash Video included

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Five people were hurt after a hot air balloon crashed in a neighborhood in Massachusetts over the weekend. A witness took a cell phone video of the crash.Other witnesses say the balloon was attempting a landing in a residential area in Clinton when it hit power lines, causing an explosion. The five people on board survived, but suffered some bad burns. More>>

'One Giant Leap' Apollo 11's historic trip to the moon marks its 45th anniversary Video included

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The year was 1969. The turbulent time in America saw troops fighting in Vietnam, and a nation dealing with the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, killed in 1963, and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., both murdered in 1968. Then came that one small step. Forty-five years ago, 500 million people around the world witnessed American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins as they embarked on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. More>>

NYPD hunting for suspect in officer assault

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The NYPD is on the hunt for the man responsible for punching a female officer so hard he knocked her teeth out. The officer and her partner were patrolling the area around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when they stopped what appeared to be a normal pedestrian. The man suddenly turned around, punched the officer then fled the scene. More>>

Long Island youth charged with assaulting mother

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An 18-year-old Long Island man has been charged with assaulting his mother in a home where his brother was found dead. More>>

13 Israeli soldiers killed as Gaza ground offensive intensifies Video included

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Israeli military casualties spiked in the fighting, with 13 killed Sunday, raising the total number of dead soldiers to 18. Two civilians have also died in mortar and rocket attacks. Dozens of soldiers have been wounded since the start of the ground operation, according to Israeli hospitals.
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Family grieves over lone American killed on downed Malaysian jetliner Video included

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Ronald Schansman talks about the tragedy that took the life of his grandson, Quinn Lucas Schansman. The 19 year-old was the only American aboard doomed Malaysia Airlines flight 17. The plane was flying high over eastern Ukraine, a volatile region where Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government have been at war, when it was shot down with a surface-to-air missile on Thursday killing all 298 people on board. More>>

NY doctor cleared of fraud in billing

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A physician from central New York has been cleared of federal charges that he improperly billed federal benefit programs and private insurers $12 million for patient services. More>>

Cops: NY teen killed by machete during fight

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Police have arrested a New York man they say fatally struck a teenager in the neck with a machete during an argument. More>>

Archaeologists excavate NY Colonial battleground

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Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground in upstate New York that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of an infamous massacre and the location of the era's... More>>

Astronauts set for undersea mission

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Four astronauts are set to go on a special mission in the opposite direction of outer space. They will be living 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean in an underwater laboratory. The project, called NEEMO 18, will "test technologies and training techniques for use aboard the International Space Station and long-duration exploration missions," according to NASA. The project starts Monday, July 21, and lasts nine days. More>>

19th Century farmhouse in Greenwich Village could make way for condos Video included

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A former farmhouse that is about 200 years old, located in Greenwich Village, could be moved again to make way for luxury condos. In the 1940s, Margaret Wise Brown, the author of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon," lived in the house. In 1967, it was moved to Greenwich Village from East 71st Street and York Avenue to make way for a nursing home and to preserve this part of New York history. Now the owners want to sell it. More>>

Pilot lands plane on Sunrise Highway -- again

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For the second time this month, a pilot has had to land his troubled single-engine plane on the same highway in Suffolk County, police said. Frank Fierro took off from Lufker/Spadaro Airport in East Moriches Friday afternoon but very quickly had to make an emergency landing on Sunrise Highway at about 12:50 p.m. because of engine trouble, police said.
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Mayor de Blasio delays start of Italy vacation

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has postponed his much-discussed family vacation to Italy by a day. Mayoral press secretary Phil Walzak said de Blasio moved the nine-day trip's departure date from Friday to Saturday "to attend to city business." The mayor's announcement came shortly after he addressed the Thursday death of a Staten Island man in police custody. More>>

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle: 'America's Tall Ship' Video included

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The boatswain's pipe aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle rendered honors, Friday, not for Fox 5 but for some more dignified individual who'd just climbed aboard one of the very few active square riggers still in U.S. government service. Riveted together in Hamburg, Germany, for the German Navy, the Eagle earned its American citizenship when the United States seized it after World War II. More>>

Canadian tour bus rolls over in Adirondacks; teen killed

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Officials say a Canadian tour bus carrying more than 50 people has rolled over on the Northway in the Adirondacks, killing one and injuring others. New York state police spokeswoman Darcy Wells says the bus rolled over Friday morning between exits 29 and 30 in Essex County.The tour operator says the bus traveling from Quebec City to New York City. More>>

Learning to sail in New York City Video included

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Fox 5's Dari Alexander had always wanted to take a sailing lesson but didn't know you can do that right in Manhattan. She went to Manhattan Sailing School, based in North Cove. She learned the basics: hoisting, tacking, jibing, and boat safety. More>>

Police seek link between severed head, dismembered body

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An unidentified human head was found in the same Long Island neighborhood where severed arms were found just a week ago. More>>

Sex assault suspect beaten by young victim's father

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A Florida man who told police he walked in on a man sexually abusing his child administered some swift justice on the attacker.  Police found Raymond Frolander laying motionless on the floor with several knots on his face and bleeding from the mouth.
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Funeral for Jersey City police officer shot dead Video included

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More than a thousand police officers gathered in New Jersey's second-largest city to bury a police officer who was gunned down in the line of duty. Gov. Chris Christie was among the mourners who attended Friday's funeral in Jersey City for Officer Melvin Santiago. The 23-year-old rookie was killed Sunday in what authorities have called an ambush. His assailant was killed during a subsequent shootout. More>>

First cases of chikungunya mosquito virus reported in US Video included

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Health officials are reporting that for the first time, U.S. mosquitoes are spreading a virus that has been tearing through the Caribbean.  Two people in Florida have domestically acquired chikungunya infections, officials said.
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2 armed men rob passengers on Chicago train

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Chicago police are looking for two men who they say robbed multiple passengers at gunpoint on a Chicago Transit Authority train. More>>

Dog saves deaf boy's life in fire

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Rita Reith says Nick Lamb was home alone and sleeping without his hearing aids when the fire began Wednesday. More>>

Mosquito trap causes bomb scare at power plant

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A suspicious device at a southwest Wyoming power plant turned out not to be a bomb, but it might have hurt a mosquito or two.  Security guards spotted the object at the Jim Bridger Power Plant with wires connected to a small battery.  A bomb squad was called out to the coal-fired power plant. More>>

Problem affects 5,000 vaccine doses in Connecticut

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A Connecticut medical practice says a storage problem may have reduced the effectiveness of 5,000 doses of vaccines that were given to more than 3,800 patients in the state since last year and those people may have to get revaccinated.
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Victims of downed MH 17 from all walks of life

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 The nearly 300 people who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 included international passengers from all walks of life -- among them, a prominent AIDS researcher, a florist and a nun.Several passengers were traveling to Melbourne, Australia, for the 20th International AIDS conference, which starts Sunday.  More>>

NJ teacher faces prison for sex talk with students

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A teacher and former councilman in Camden County faces prison after admitting he engaged in inappropriate sexual communications with 17 male students. More>>

Teacher accused of using grade threat for sex

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A Stamford High School English teacher is accused of threatening to fail a student if he broke off their sexual relationship. Danielle Watkins of Norwalk turned herself in to police. She is charged with sexual assault, sale of marijuana and risk of injury to a minor. Police say the 18-year-old student came to them in June and described how the 32-year-old teacher had provided him with drugs and sex since last September. More>>

Connecticut man missing 6 years found on LI

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A Connecticut man reported missing six years ago has been reunited with his family after a police officer found him wandering on Long Island's East End. Police said Thursday that the officer bought Euripides Cruz lunch after finding him in Southampton on July 10. They say then, acting "on a hunch," the officer searched his name on the Internet. He found Cruz was reported missing from Waterbury, Connecticut, July 8, 2008.
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Starbucks employee warned to remove tattoo Video included

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A barista at a Starbucks in Michigan has been told by her employer to remove the heart-shaped tattoo on her hand or resign. Kayla, 27, who only gave her first name, told a media outlet in Michigan that she's had the tattoo for five years and even had it when she was hired. The coffee company says she has 30 days to remove the ink or leave, for good. The tattoo, located above her thumb, is no bigger than a penny. More>>

Tentative agreement reached to avoid LIRR strike Video included

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Long Island Rail Road workers were breathing a sigh of relief on Friday as a strike by LIRR workers was averted. Union negotiators and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reached a tentative contract agreement a day earlier. As many 300,000 commuters would have needed to find alternate transportation had a strike occurred.

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Bus slams into scaffolding

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Dozens of emergency responders were on the scene of a bus into a construction scaffold in midtown Manhattan. It is not clear why the bus slammed into the scaffold at W. 41 st. between 9th and 10th Avenues. SkyFoxHD was overhead where firefighters could be seen on top of the bus. W. 41st Street was closed between 9th and 10th Avenues. There was only one confirmed injury and it was believed to be minor. More>>

TWA flight 800 anniversary Video included

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18 years ago, TWA flight 800 crashed off Long Island, killing all 230 people on board. An official investigation blamed it on an explosion in a fuel tank



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A record number of Americans are now living with two or more generations of their family in the same house. A study by the pew research center says 57,000,000 Americans live in multi-generational homes. That's 18 percent of the population. More>>

Ceremony honors 9/11 survivor

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A ceremony was held at LaGuardia Airport to honor Lieutenant David Lim, who is retiring after 34 years on the job. Lieutenant Lim was on duty in the north tower of the World Trade Center when it collapsed on September 11th.

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Shooting victim, NBA athlete wants kids to have a fighting chance Video included

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Twenty year-old Brandon Ragnot is in college and has been an honors student since elementary school. But he has scars that are a daily reminder of a violent shooting that almost cost him his life. However, he is determined not to let this trauma slow him or anyone else down.  Meanwhile, Brooklyn born NBA star Sebastian Telfair, an NBA point guard from public housing in Coney Island, donates his time so kids from his neighborhood can get scholarships. He's hands on and loves it. More>>

NYPD: Brooklyn is dumping ground for Citi Bikes

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Brooklyn has become a dumping ground for many of the city's missing or stolen Citi-bikes. Cops have discovered more than 67 of the bright blue cruisers abandoned on the boroughs streets and sidewalks. More>>

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs

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In a letter to employees early Thursday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the tech giant will slash its workforce by as many as 18,000 jobs over the course of the next year, with the first round of 13,000 cuts coming within the next six months. More>>

Boutique truck, fashion on four wheels

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You've heard of food trucks, but what about a fashion truck? Two young women with dreams of making it big in retail, just couldn't afford to open up a brick and mortar shop. So they took their boutique on the road.  More>>

Three young cancer patients in viral photo project in remission

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Earlier this year we showed you a photo of three little girls that inspired people across the country. More>>

Ruling sparks debate on retroactive gay rights

Gay rights advocates are calling a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling a step forward for same-sex couples seeking rights and benefits for which they weren't legally entitled before state laws allowed them to marry. More>>

City seeks to shelter young migrants

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The mayor of Syracuse is asking President Barack Obama to speed along the approval process to provide a local shelter for young Central American migrants surging across the border. More>>

Measles alert issued after softball tournament

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Texas health officials say more than 30 people who traveled to a softball tournament in Kansas over the Fourth of July weekend may have been exposed to the measles virus. More>>

Teen claims Instagram removed photo due to her size

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An Ohio teenager whose Instagram photo was removed following user complaints wants to change the way social media considers body image.  Samm Newman, a 19-year-old student, said her Instagram account was removed after she posted an image of herself wearing a white bra and boy shorts — far more clothing than some celebrities and other, thinner users get away with, she said. More>>

Police: Arrested man ordered 5 pizzas to station

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Police in southern Kentucky say they got a surprise delivery after charging a man with shoplifting — five pizzas showed up at the station.Officers say 29-year-old Michael Harp asked to make a call on his cellphone Tuesday afternoon while being booked. More>>

SC man charged with hugging child to death

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A 26-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter more than a year after he hugged a 14-month-old child so tightly that the boy stopped breathing and died, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. More>>

New York proposes regulations for virtual currency

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 New York regulators have proposed establishing a framework for commerce in virtual currency that would apply to firms involved in receiving, transmitting and storing it, as well as retail conversions. The proposal by the Department of Financial Services would establish a so-called "BitLicense." Merchants and consumers who use the virtual currency Bitcoin and others solely to buy and sell goods and services wouldn't need a license. More>>

Lowe's workers fix Vietnam veteran's wheelchair

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Some big-hearted home improvement store employees stepped up to the plate to help a disabled war veteran on Staten Island recently. Michael Sulsona lost both of his legs in Vietnam. He said he has spent two years waiting for a new wheelchair from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Last week, while shopping at a Lowe's in Staten Island, Sulsona's wheelchair broke down.
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Jury awards shoplifter $510,000 for broken ankle

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A Brooklyn jury has awarded $510,000 to a man who sued the city for a broken ankle he suffered during an arrest for shoplifting. The jury awarded Kevin Jarman $510,000 on Wednesday for the injury. Jarman had filed the suit after pleading guilty to shoplifting at a Queens Pathmark in 2011.
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Memo: Gang members may seek revenge for cop killer's death Video included

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Police and other law enforcement officers paid tribute to Officer Melvin Santiago, 23, on Wednesday. The rookie Jersey City officer was shot and killed responding to a 911 burglary call from a drug store. Police then shot and killed the alleged gunman, Lawrence Campbell. Mayor Steven Fulop downplayed reports that members of the Bloods street gang have ordered retaliation against the men and women in blue. More>>

Twins are born 12 hours apart on different days

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The Muldowney twins will share plenty of things in life, but the same birthday isn't one of them. More>>

McEnroe, O'Neal's son charged with drug possession

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The son of tennis great John McEnroe and actress Tatum O'Neal has been charged with criminal possession of drugs. Authorities say Kevin McEnroe was arrested Tuesday night during an alleged drug sale in New York's East Village. He didn't enter a plea at his arraignment Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. Police say the 27 year old was in possession of cocaine and more than 30 pills. More>>

Doctor sues Scores strip club over credit card scheme

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The three evenings started innocently enough: The cardiologist says he and a woman who introduced herself as a nursing student went to dinner and, on one occasion, a concert at Madison Square Garden. They ended, he says, in a drug-induced blur. Dr. Zyad Younan alleges his companion, Karina Pascucci, and three other women drugged him into a semi-conscious state and charged more than $135,000 to his credit card at the behest of Scores.
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NJ seniors help make wine for retirement community Video included

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Many things get better with age like wine. And some seniors from New Jersey are putting their own spin on this concept by helping to make wine. This group of seniors includes former teachers, engineers, librarians and homemakers. Now well into retirement, they are keeping their spirits high by making wine. All live independently at the Harrogate Retirement Community in Lakewood. Many are in their 80s and 90s.
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Former Coast Guard chief to be Arctic diplomat

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A retired Coast Guard admiral was named Wednesday as the first U.S. special representative for Arctic issues, overseeing American policy in the icy region that is becoming a global focus for economic opportunities and security concerns. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said retired Adm. Robert J. Papp has broad foreign policy experience and a "passion" for the Arctic that makes him the ideal diplomat to advance U.S. inte... More>>

Suffolk County beaches bathing advisory

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The Suffolk County Health Department has issued a bathing advisory at 66 beaches in the county because of water runoff from heavy rainfall. Storm water runoff can cause bacterial spikes at beaches. A few rounds of tidal flushing usually cleans out these beaches. More>>

Rutgers University tuition, fee to rise

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Tuition and fees are going up at New Jersey's flagship university for the upcoming school year. The Rutgers University Board of Governors voted Wednesday to raise tuition by about 2 percent for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students and several state officials had appealed to the board to consider a tuition freeze on the heels of a 3.3 percent hike last year. More>>

Plane crash in New Jersey Video included

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A small plane crashed into a field in Somerset County, N.J. on Wednesday morning. It happened off of Sunnymeade Road in Hillsborogh Township before 11 a.m. Video from the scene showed the damaged plane flipped near a group of trees.
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NYPD: No reported terror threat for US Open

A top New York City police official said no terror threats have been reported for the upcoming US Open tennis tournament despite its being named as a potential target by an al-Qaeda group.  More>>

UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

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Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021.The ruler of the UAE's emirate of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said the mission wil... More>>

Mount Vernon baseball players learn life lessons Video included

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Maybe it's a thrilling chase on the base-paths or crack of a bat on a hot summer day. No matter why they love this game, for this collection of 11- and 12-year-old baseball players in Mount Vernon, N.Y., all the hard work on and off the field is paying off. These kids and their coaches will be playing a tournament during All-Star festivities in Minnesota as part of Major League Baseball's effort to revive baseball in inner cities. More>>

Meet the Gerber Baby, 87 years later

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The most famous face in baby food, the Gerber Baby, is now 87 years old -- and still smiling. She lives right here in Tampa and now had great-grandchildren of her own.
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3-year-old saves man from hot car

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There’s no age requirement to become a hero.  Thanks to a 3-year old, a Knoxville, Tenn. man lived to see another day after he was trapped in a hot car. More>>

Police looking for 'devil' robber

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Did the devil make him do it?  The New Jersey State Police are looking the public's help with identifying a person who robbed a Montague Twp. Dairy Queen wearing a horned devil mask. More>>

Princeton professor accused of stealing lawn signs Video included

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Police have charged a Princeton University professor with stealing lawn signs belonging to a computer repair business. More>>

Resident shows dilapidated conditions in NYCHA building Video included

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New York City says it is fixing up the exterior of the Castle Hill public housing development in the Bronx, but one resident showed Fox 5 that more help is needed on the inside. Gwendolyn Peeks, a retired health care worker on disability, peeled off the contact paper to show us the damaged wall. She tried to cover up the peeling plaster and paint to protect the youngest family member, Aidan, who is 21 months old. More>>

Reporter who spoke about black families suspended

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A white TV reporter who voiced his opinions about black families and relations with police while reporting on a fatal New Jersey police shooting says he's been suspended from his station and won't return. More>>

Historic LI wedding venue closing in October

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A popular wedding venue is set to close after a bankruptcy operating trustee determined the Long Island business "cannot continue to operate." More>>

Gun and ATV bust in Brooklyn

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Three Brooklyn men were arrested on Monday after police discovered weapons and fourteen ATVs and dirt bikes in a storage locker in Brooklyn.
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Art graduate's body found in duffel bag

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Philadelphia police say a woman found dead inside a duffel bag was a recent art school graduate looking for a place to live. More>>

Loaded handgun found in child's bag at day care

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Police say they've arrested the father of an 11-month-old girl after a day care worker found a loaded handgun in the child's bag. More>>

Connecticut rejects request to house illegal children

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Connecticut officials have rejected a federal request to temporarily house up to 2,000 immigrant children from Central America at a mostly-vacant facility built for developmentally disabled adults. More>>

Homeowners face feces fines Video included

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North Hills, a small village on the north shore of Long Island, is set to expand the so-called pooper scooper law to include a dog owner's property. The mayor said it is a health issue. If a dog decides to poop on public property in North Hills, its owner must quickly pick up the droppings. Mayor Marvin Natiss on Wednesday expects to expand that ordinance to require dog owners to pick up their animal's poop even if it's on the dog owner's property.
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Powerful storm hit tristate region Video included

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Powerful thunderstorms prompted the National Weather Service to issue several weather alerts for the New York City metropolitan area in effect through Wednesday morning. Many counties are under a Flash Flood Watch through 6 a.m. July 16. Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms moved across the area ahead of a cold front. More>>

FBI, local cops dig for clues at Camden site

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The FBI and other law enforcement authorities are conducting excavation work near some homes in southern New Jersey.
But they won't say why they are digging at the site on Erie Street in Camden.
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2015 FDNY calendar includes female firefighter Video included

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The 2015 FDNY Calendar of Heroes has something no prior calendar has had: a woman among the firefighter-models. Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran of the department, appears for March. She joins a dozen of her male colleagues posing for the annual souvenir. More>>

Wagering, revenue continue tumble at Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods

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Connecticut's two Indian casinos have again reported monthly drops in slot machine betting and revenue. The Mohegan Sun said Tuesday that total slot machine bets in June totaled $574.9 million, down 10 percent from June 2013. Foxwoods Resort Casino reported total wagering of $479.1 million in June, down 5 percent from the same month last year.
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Woman faces charges for theft of son's ashes

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Police say a woman arrested at the Mohegan Sun casino was taken into custody by Bridgeport authorities who said she was wanted for the theft of her son's ashes. More>>

Ex-Marine charged with punching cop at crash scene

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A U.S. Marine Corps veteran accused of attacking a Syracuse-area officer blames the attack on emotional trauma from his wartime service, but military officials say he never left the country while serving as a food service... More>>

Heartbroken father asks Reddit users to design photos of daughter

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A devastated father turned to social media when his daughter passed away to help him grieve. More>>

Woman's mugshot goes viral

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An Ohio woman's mugshot is making the rounds after she was arrested for refusing to leave a motel room over the weekend--- and it's not hard to see why. More>>

Aggressive Comcast customer service call

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It seems like Comcast really didn’t want to cancel this husband and wife’s subscription. AOL tech journalist Ryan Block was switching from Comcast to Astound and his wife, Veronica Belmont, called Comcast to break the news. According to Block’s recording of the conversation, Comcast wasn’t going to take the cancellation. The customer representative for Comcast would not stop repeating his questions to the point where Belmont became upset and gave Block the phone, according to Block's note. More>>

Lincoln Center to stream Pete Seeger memorial concert

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Lincoln Center in New York says it will offer a live stream from a weekend memorial concert for Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi. The free concert will be held Sunday at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park. More>>

Runner says he was hit by lightning in 100-mile race

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Canadian ultrarunner Adam Campbell said that he was over halfway through Colorado's Hardrock 100 endurance race when he and his pacer were knocked to the ground by an indirect lightning strike on one of the state's tallest mountains. Still, he said he kept running and finished the 100-mile race up and down 13 mountain passes in third place. More>>

Cancer patient has princess-themed birthday

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A little girl diagnosed with cancer had her birthday wish come true on Saturday. Emily Waseman, 9, from Beloit, Ohio is has been battling a brain tumor for the past two years. Waseman had eight operations according to WKBN in Ohio and on Saturday, Waseman celebrated her birthday as Princess Emily. Wishes Can Happen, an organization granting wishes to young people who have life-threatening illness, organized a princess-themed birthday party for Waseman. More>>

Deadly subway derailment in Moscow

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A subway train derailed Tuesday deep below Moscow's streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of the morning rush hour. At least 21 people were killed, Russian officials said, and 136 were hospitalized, many with serious injuries.  The Russian capital's airports and transit systems have been a prime target for terrorists over the past two decades, but multiple officials vigorously dismissed terrorism as a possible cause. More>>

MTV show features teens losing virginity

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With shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “The Real World,” MTV has become known for pushing the reality TV boundaries when it comes to shows that feature people talking openly about their sex lives. But their newest series, “Virgin Territory,” is taking things to an even more intimate level.The show follows 15 young adults, all between the ages of 18 to 23, who, for various reasons, are still virgins. During the course of the series, at least some of those featured will lose their virginity.“Som... More>>

Viral videos warn of leaving children in hot cars Video included

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The death of a 22-month-old boy left for eight hours in an overheated car in Georgia has prompted a string of videos warning parents not to leave children in vehicles. A You Tube video by a father of three from North Carolina shows the man dripping in sweat inside a car with the windows rolled up. In another viral video, a police officer in Louisiana sits in his overheated vehicle warning parents of the danger. More>>

Front yard piano concert by Minneapolis 8-year-old seen by thousands Video included

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A stranger trying to help a little boy have a special day made a mini-superstar after 8-year-old Dylan Spoering advertised he would give a free piano concert using a simple sign in his front yard. On the front porch of the blue house on the corner, something big happened. More>>

105-year-old woman to throw out first pitch

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At 105 years old, an California woman will throw the ceremonial first pitch when the Mets play at the Padres on Sunday. More>>

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  • Search for masked robbers in Caesars heist

    Search for masked robbers in Caesars heist

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:28:51 GMT
    The hunt is on in southern New Jersey for two suspects who made off with more than $180K from Caesars Atlantic City casino. The brazen robbers reportedly stole the cash from two plastic boxes on the casino floor. The robbery occurred on Monday at about 6 a.m. The masked robbers took off in a vehicle. The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is handling the investigation.
    The hunt is on in southern New Jersey for two suspects who made off with more than $180K from Caesars Atlantic City casino. The brazen robbers reportedly stole the cash from two plastic boxes on the casino floor. The robbery occurred on Monday at about 6 a.m. The masked robbers took off in a vehicle. The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is handling the investigation.
  • Long Island doctor gets 10 years in painkillers probe

    Long Island doctor gets 10 years in painkillers probe

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:23:37 GMT
    A New York physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin Harbor was convicted in October 2013 of conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Authorities have been cracking down on the powerful painkiller following a fatal shooting during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.
    A New York physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin Harbor was convicted in October 2013 of conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Authorities have been cracking down on the powerful painkiller following a fatal shooting during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.
  • Real estate heir charged for urinating on candy

    Real estate heir charged for urinating on candy

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:22:04 GMT
    A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store.Authorities say 71-year-old Robert Durst was arrested Sunday after arguing with store employees. They say he was charged with criminal mischief after urinating on at least $100 worth of candy.His attorney, Chip Lewis, said in a statement Tuesday that they will address the allegations in court.In 2001, D...
    A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store.Authorities say 71-year-old Robert Durst was arrested Sunday after arguing with store employees. They say he was charged with criminal mischief after urinating on at least $100 worth of candy.His attorney, Chip Lewis, said in a statement Tuesday that they will address the allegations in court.In 2001, D...
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