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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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White flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge Video included

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The NYPD is investigating a major security breach at the Brooklyn Bridge, 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 bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. The flags had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appeared to have been removed.
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FAA bans all flights to Tel Aviv airport Video included

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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>>

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>>

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>>

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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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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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>>

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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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>>

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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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>>

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>>

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>>

Friday Night Live: July 18, 2014 Video included

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This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Angie Martinez, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Baruch Shemtov, and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of The Couples Kitchen.

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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>>

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>>

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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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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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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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>>

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>>

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>>

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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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>>

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>>

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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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>>

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>>

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>>

De Blasio headed to Italy despite LIRR strike threat Video included

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The unions representing workers for the Long Island Rail Road are set to strike beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday. On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife and children will head to Italy on a 10-day vacation. While the time off had been in the works for the First Family of New York City for some time, it was not clear until Monday that the LIRR would essentially be shut down due to striking workers. De Blasio says he's going overseas anyway. More>>

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