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  • Going to Super Bowl 48? What you need to know

    Going to Super Bowl 48? What you need to know

    Friday, January 31 2014 11:49 AM EST2014-01-31 16:49:36 GMT
    The wait is almost over for the biggest sporting event to hit the tristate area. Approximately 80,000 people will flock to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Sunday for Super Bowl 48. If you're one of the lucky fans catching the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks, here's what you need to know before heading out.
    The wait is almost over for the biggest sporting event to hit the tristate area. Approximately 80,000 people will flock to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Sunday for Super Bowl 48. If you're one of the lucky fans catching the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks, here's what you need to know before heading out.
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Officials described a sophisticated prostitution and drug ring in which 18 suspects sold sex and cocaine as a package deal.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the target market for the so-called PartyPacks were high-end clients in town for large events, such as the Super Bowl. Several of the alleged hookers were arrested just blocks from Super Bowl Boulevard. Hookers accepted payments with portable credit card swipers, Schneiderman said.

"Keep in mind that most johns pay cash," he said. "So that's a staggering number for an enterprise like this."

The ring was led by a middle-aged woman simply known as Beige. Her organization was broken down into groups like Butterfly and VIP and allegedly laundered money through legitimate businesses.

Authorities said the ring brought in more than $3 million in credit card charges during the last year alone. The 11-month investigation also included the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the NYPD.

Elected leaders have widely discussed and criticized sex trafficking in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

Lorie Cohen, the director of Sanctuary for Families, said it remains a major problem in New York.

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  • Landmarks to light up for StandUp2Cancer telethon

    Landmarks to light up for cancer telethon

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:16:32 GMT

    More than a dozen landmarks across the U.S. and Canada will light up to promote next week's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon. Organizers say the buildings that will be illuminated starting Friday include Rockefeller Center, Toronto's CN tower and the Wrigley Building in Chicago. The hourlong cancer fund-raiser will air Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. on 31 U.S. broadcast and cable networks including FOX.

    More than a dozen landmarks across the U.S. and Canada will light up to promote next week's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon. Organizers say the buildings that will be illuminated starting Friday include Rockefeller Center, Toronto's CN tower and the Wrigley Building in Chicago. The hourlong cancer fund-raiser will air Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. on 31 U.S. broadcast and cable networks including FOX.

  • Digital currency ATM in Greenwich Village

    Digital currency ATM in Greenwich Village

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:35:08 GMT
    The first ATM for BitCoin users in New York City is up and running in a store in Greenwich Village. The controversial, virtual currency is exchanged using a 'wallet' app on mobile devices. The ATM accepts cash but only returns virtual currency to the app. At the ATM in Flat 128, a store that sells UK-designed items, the fee for store owner Liz Dubois is less than that for a credit card transaction.
    The first ATM for BitCoin users in New York City is up and running in a store in Greenwich Village. The controversial, virtual currency is exchanged using a 'wallet' app on mobile devices. The ATM accepts cash but only returns virtual currency to the app. At the ATM in Flat 128, a store that sells UK-designed items, the fee for store owner Liz Dubois is less than that for a credit card transaction.
  • Time Warner Cable service restored

    Time Warner Cable service restored

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:53:05 GMT
    Time Warner Cable suffered a nationwide outage primarily impacting its Internet service on Wednesday morning. The problem occurred during routine maintenance of its Internet backbone, the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances, reported the Associated Press. Service was largely restored by 6 a.m., and updates continued to bring customers back online.
    Time Warner Cable suffered a nationwide outage primarily impacting its Internet service on Wednesday morning. The problem occurred during routine maintenance of its Internet backbone, the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances, reported the Associated Press. Service was largely restored by 6 a.m., and updates continued to bring customers back online.
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