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Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children Video included

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When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise. More>>

The Big Idea

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More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
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Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

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The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000. More>>

Manhattan nursery school's sanitizing machine keeps air clean Video included

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All of us feel the same way about "cooties": Eww. At the Goddard School on the Upper West Side, a high-tech machine is keeping "cooties" out of the classroom. "This is the latest and then most effective sanitization method available today," says Bill Swan, the owner of the Goddard School. He purchased the ZONO Sanitech for his school about six months ago. The machine is the size of a double refrigerator and uses oxygen to kill viruses and bacteria. More>>

NYC's pickup basketball games moving indoors Video included

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Believe it or not this, some say New York's outdoor basketball courts are a dying entity. Even Rucker Park in Harlem -- where Dr. J and countless others honed their skills -- used to be standing room only all times of the day. Now there's plenty of room to stand on most days.Basketball programs like one at Chelsea Piers are gaining popularity. That means the place to hoop it up for many appears to be indoors. More>>

Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line Video included

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A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their five-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer.  Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway on June 1, 2014.  On May 19 he ended up having to have surgery on his liver, gallbladder, diaphragm and lymph nodes after doctors found out he had a large cancerous tumor growing inside of his liver. More>>

Tornado kills N.J. couple in Va. campground

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A New Jersey couple was killed after a tornado caused a tree to fall on their tent at a popular campground, according to Virginia State Police. Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega, of Jersey City, were killed Thursday morning as a fierce storm ripped through the campground, police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. More>>

Mom: 4-year-old banned from doughnut shop

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4-year-old Justin Otero is a curious guy, but his curiosity got him into some trouble at his local Connecticut doughnut shop. More>>

Ex-Sen. Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University

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Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year. The private university in New York City named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service. He'll teach an undergraduate course and give three public lectures on topics ranging from Judaism and public service to the Middle East. More>>

Dunkin' Donuts cashiers will try to 'upsell' you in the afternoon

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If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to "upsell" to afternoon customers. It's part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush.
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Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case Video included

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Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct. More>>

State ends hunt for snake in Lake Hopatcong

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A 16-foot-long exotic snake reportedly slithering around New Jersey's largest lake is apparently a suburban legend. Or the snake just isn't hungry. The state has stopped looking for the reptile after scientists failed to find any evidence of it in Lake Hopatcong and traps baited with chicken were left untouched. Three unconfirmed sightings this month of a snake, perhaps an anaconda as long as 16 feet, raised concerns among visitors and swimmers.
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Baldwin: Rather pay up than apologize over arrest

Actor Alec Baldwin is not apologizing over an incident that led to a disorderly conduct arrest in May. More>>

Police officer rescues toddler from Erie Canal

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A police officer is being credited with rescuing a 3-year-old boy from the Erie Canal in central New York. Police in the Seneca County village of Waterloo tell local media that they were called to a home Wednesday afternoon by a neighbor who noticed the 3-year-old and his 4-year-old brother unattended in her backyard. When officers arrived, the boys' father had caught up with his 4-year-old son but the younger boy was nowhere to be seen.
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Lawyers working to resolve LaBeouf's theater arrest

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Lawyers say they are trying to resolve Shia LaBeouf's disorderly conduct case stemming from an incident at a Broadway show last month. Prosecutors and LaBeouf's lawyer told a judge Thursday that they're exploring an agreement to resolve the case. LaBeouf was arrested after he allegedly disrupted a performance of "Cabaret" starring Alan Cumming. He is due back in court Sept. 10.
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Ailing firefighter gets 340 T-shirts from comrades

A Buffalo-area volunteer firefighter battling leukemia won't have to buy T-shirts any time soon. More>>

FAA ends ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv Video included

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The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv. The announcement was made late Wednesday night.The FAA had extended the ban on Thursday afternoon after its first ban went into effect 24 hours earlier.  The decision was made after a rocket launched into Israel from Gaza landed near the Ben Gurion Airport. United Airlines will be the first U.S. carrier to resume flights to Israel after a two-day hiatus caused by combat. More>>

New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. More>>

Bratton: 'not happy'

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The NYPD says they have identified the suspects for the major security breach that had white flags replace the American flags at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City, according to the New York Post. Police say they only know the suspects by nicknames, not their legitimate names. They are working on getting their names in order to bring the suspects in for questioning. The Post says nearly three dozen detectives were on the case.  More>>

Fire destroys stores on Long Island

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A fire started in a shoe repair store on Long Island and destroyed neighboring stores on Thursday morning. Firefighters were called to Willis Avenue and Goodrich Street in Williston Park around 2:30 a.m. They believe the fire started in a shoe repair store and spread to the surrounding stores. Stores included a dry cleaner and a bar. 13 fire departments responded to the blaze. The fire is not under control yet. No injuries were reported.  More>>

Funeral for man who died after NYPD choke hold arrest

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An overflow crowd packed a church on Wednesday night for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent choke hold. Eric Garner's relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing. A preacher opened the service at Brooklyn's Bethel Baptist Church with a mix of solemn prayer and an organ-backed gospel medley. More>>

Another video shows NYPD cop putting man in choke hold Video included

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The NYPD is investigating another apparent choke-hold incident during a recent arrest that was captured on video. The video shows a police officer putting a man in a choke hold and then punching him in the face in a subway station in Harlem, police said. A community activist said he received the new video but never had any intention of releasing it to the media.
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New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. More>>

Some StubHub accounts breached Video included

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Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split up the proceeds. More>>

Bloomberg flies to Israel in show of support Video included

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport. More>>

Two babies get herpes during ritual circumcision

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The New York City Department of Health has issued an alert after two babies were diagnosed with neonatal herpes this month after undergoing a ritual Jewish circumcision called metzitzah b'peh.  In this type of circumcision the mohel sucks blood directly from the infant's cut penis.  The infants need to be hospitalized and treated with intravenous acyclovir. More>>

Port Authority to plan for new bus terminal

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is discussing a new main bus terminal. The 64-year-old Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan has come under criticism from New Jersey lawmakers who say their constituents have to deal with long delays, substandard conditions and a lack of communication.
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Man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her

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A New Jersey man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask. More>>

NBA's Felton pleads guilty in gun case

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Former NY Knicks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Manhattan gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail. Last winter, after Felton's law student wife filed for divorce, her attorney brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was Felton's and she wanted it out of the house, authorities said. Felton's attorney said he never threatened anyone with the gun.
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Fortune 500 firm Sealed Air moving HQ to Charlotte

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North Carolina has convinced Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. to move nearly 1,300 jobs to the Charlotte area by relocating its New Jersey headquarters and consolidating management operations from several... More>>

Blaze engulfs commercial building in NJ

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A two-alarm fire broke out in a commercial building in New Jersey on Tuesday. The fire erupted on Bergen Boulevard and 12th Street in Palisades Park. SkyFoxHD was over the scene as heavy smoke poured out from the building. It is not clear what sparked the fire. No injuries were reported.

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Is NYC the most unhappy city in America? Video included

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When researchers in Canada and Harvard University examined the results of a survey that asked “In general, how satisfied are you with your life?” they found that New York City is the unhappiest city in the country. The data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Pittsburgh, Louisville, Milwaukee and Detroit round out the list. More>>

Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island Video included

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Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip. More>>

'Broken Windows' tactic questioned as chokehold victim laid to rest

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The recent death of a man from Staten Island while he was being arrested by NYPD officers is calling into question a police crackdown on petty offenses to discourage more serious crime. Critics say policing based on the so-called "broken windows" theory can needlessly put people at risk and fuel tensions in the city's minority communities.

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3 NYC boys get recording contract approval

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Three middle school students got permission from a Manhattan judge to sign a multi-year recording contract with Sony. The court's approval allows the heavy metal band, Unlocking the Truth, to record their first single Wednesday for The Cherry Group, a division of Sony. The Brooklyn boys had to get court approval because they are minors.

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Girl drowns off Coney Island

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A girl from Staten Island apparently drowned off Coney Island Beach Tuesday evening, police said. Good Samaritans pulled Takara McDuffy, 10, and a 9-year-old girl from the water near Stillwell Avenue at about 7 p.m., the NYPD said. Medics took McDuffy to Coney Island Hospital where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
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'Mortified': stage performers over share Video included

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Some might call Jenn Wehrung a performance artist. Others, more simply, a masochist. This Brooklynite shares her deepest innermost thoughts from 6th grade in a show perhaps best summed up by its name: "Mortified."Wehrung is 37, single, and claims to have $37 in her bank account.Financially poor maybe, the ensemble real-life characters of "Mortified" are all filthy rich in memories.
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New York adults gather for skipping club Video included

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Meet one fitness class that's spreading positivity and shedding pounds by skipping in a skipping club. Michelle Joni is the group's founder. She came up with the idea when she was heading to get a manicure and it was so cold she started skipping to stay warm. More>>

Toddler found 'unresponsive' in swimming pool on Long Island

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A toddler was listed in serious condition after being found in a pool, Suffolk County Police said Tuesday.Cops and medics responded to a home in Sayville at shortly after 10:30 a.m., when the 18-month-old girl was found in the in-ground pool, police said. Officers and medics performed CPR on the girl, police said. More>>

Federal authorities to monitor Newark police

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Newark police engaged in the excessive use of force, routinely stopped people on the street for no legitimate reason and regularly stole property from civilians, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded in a report released Tuesday that set the stage for federal monitoring of the police department that serves New Jersey's largest city. The report is the culmination of a three-year investigation begun months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint.
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Manhattan West Project

Skyline of West Side is changing Video included

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The Manhattan West Project is a $4.5 billion development that will change the skyline on the West Side. The five-acre site that will consist of office towers, a residential building, retail, a 5-star hotel, health and fitness facilities, rooftop gardens, restaurants, cafes, and a park is being built on top of active rail yards. Fox 5 got a look at the progress of the project. More>>

Anaconda sightings in Lake Hopatcong reported Video included

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Boaters in Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey are keeping an eye out for an unwanted visitor lurking underwater: a 14- or 15-foot-ong snake, possibly a green anaconda. Several people have seen the reptile, which has probably holed up in a drain pipe. Reptile specialists are also searching the lake for signs of the snake. So far no more sightings have been reported. More>>

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. More>>

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>>

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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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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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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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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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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