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NJ girl accidentally kills gun instructor Video included

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A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use a fully automatic Uzi. Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said. More>>

Victim's family feels sorry for girl who shot him

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The ex-wife of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl learning to use an Uzi said Friday that her family plans to write the child a letter to comfort her.  Instructor Charles Vacca was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger.
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NYC Denny's features $300 breakfast Video included

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Diner chain Denny's is opening it's first New York City location, complete with a big-city "deal".   How does a $300 breakfast sound?    The Denny's is located at the corner of Nassau and Spruce in Lower Manhattan's Financial District.  Along with its normal food you can get at just about any location in the rest of the country, this location will offer a Grand Slam breakfast with a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon champagne. More>>

Security stepped up for Electric Zoo Festival Video included

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Festival goers to one of the most popular events of the summer in New York City will see major changes this weekend.  The Electric Zoo festival featuring headliner David Guetta takes place Saturday and Sunday on Randall's Island. Organizers are expecting 45,000 people, daily. Last year's party was cut short after the deaths of  Olivia Rotundo, 20, of Providence, R.I. and Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y.  More>>

Joan Rivers remains in NYC hospital Video included

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Hollywood legend Joan Rivers, 81, remains in critical but stable condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. The comedian and TV host was undergoing an outpatient procedure at a clinic on the Upper East Side on Thursday when she went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement saying her mother was "resting comfortably."

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USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

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The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than 1,200 live specimens of the large snails, all of them traced back to someone in Georgia who was selling them illegally.

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Obama in Westchester for Democratic fundraisers

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President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections. Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island. The New York fundraisers will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.

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Arrest made in attack of mother, children

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The NYPD arrested a suspect in the attempted sexual assault of a mother in front of her three children.  Police say they busted Pedro Vargas, 48, of Yonkers on Thursday.  Chilling surveillance video released by cops showed a  man pretending to be a livery cab driver, pulling the woman out of a car, elbowing her five-year-old child in the face and tossing her three-year-old child onto a sidewalk in Queens. More>>

Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns Video included

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch. More>>

Revel closing, but property fight goes on

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A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state's attempt to seize his late parents' house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino. Charlie Birnbaum says the house in the shadow of the failed casino was his father's livelihood. He says he is attached to the home, even though his mother was killed there in 1998.
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Broadway preview: 'It's Only a Play' Video included

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Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham, and Megan Mullally are just some of the names heading back to Broadway. Legendary playwright and four-time tony winner Terrence McNally leads the all-star cast in the new Broadway play appropriately titled It's Only a Play. More>>

Missing NJ man found dead in Israeli forest Video included

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The body of a missing New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week has been found. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., had been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest and the two became separated, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
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Bergen County sheriff delays deployment of military vehicles

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A northern New Jersey sheriff has delayed deployment of armored vehicles that are being acquired through a federal military surplus program. In a statement, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino announced Thursday he is taking the action after the U.S. attorney general and state attorney general decided to review the program in the wake of police response to civil unrest that followed a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. More>>

Humpback whale spotted near Queens

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A photographer with the Wildlife Conservation Society photographed a humpback whale feeding on small fish a few miles off New York City on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The WCS, which runs an aquarium and several zoos in New York, released the photo, taken by Julie Larsen Maher, of the whale breaching the surface of the water about six miles from the Rockaways. More>>

Dangerous rip currents at NJ, NY beaches

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The rip current risk remains high along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. Some beaches were open to the public but closed to swimmers. The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory and Rip Current Statement for the area beaches because of the effects of Hurricane Cristobal, which is expected to track south and east of the Jersey shore through Thursday. More>>

Mass jobless filing for laid-off casino workers

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One of the region's largest mass-filings for unemployment and other benefits will begin next week for newly laid-off Atlantic City casino workers in an outreach effort so large it had to book part of the city's... More>>

RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts

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A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles. More>>

Sister of Boston bomb suspect arrested Video included

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The NYPD arrested Ailina Tsarnaeva, the sister of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for allegedly threatening to bomb a New York City woman, a police official confirmed. Tsarnaeva, of North Bergen, N.J., is accused of calling a woman Monday and warning her to stay away from her and her boyfriend.
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Poll shows most New Yorkers support broken windows policy Video included

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A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found overwhelming opposition to the way the arrest of Eric Garner was handled while the majority support the broken windows policy, which cracks down on low-level crimes to prevent bigger ones from occurring. Garner's death has brought the policy into the spotlight. The Staten Island man had been selling untaxed cigarettes when he was arrested. A police officer placed him in a chokehold and Garner died.

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Times Square named as target

Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack on US

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A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and Times Square.
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FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

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The FBI says it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several American financial institutions. The FBI is reportedly investigating an incident in which Russian hackers may have retaliated against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions against their country.The attack led to the loss of sensitive data.
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Six Flags Great Adventure plans new roller coaster

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New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure plans to build a new roller coaster for 2015.  The theme park announced on Thursday Looping Dragon will join the park's other thrill rides. The park says 24 riders sitting in face-off seats will pitch forward and backward pendulum-style until the ride completes a full revolution seven stories in the air. Riders will be suspended upside down and then the ride will reverse direction.

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Rocket from Wallops Island seen in NJ

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NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets. NASA says a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket was launched at 5 a.m. Thursday from the agency's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The new deployment method uses small rocket motors to eject sub-payloads from a rocket's main payload. Thursday's test included releasing vapor traces in space.
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Hurricane Cristobal to move toward north Atlantic

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Hurricane Cristobal is expected to move rapidly toward the north Atlantic, staying away from Bermuda and passing south of Nova Scotia. The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Thursday are near 75 mph (120 kph) with no significant change in strength forecast over the next two days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Cristobal is centered about 285 miles (460 kilometers) northwest of Bermuda and is moving northeast near 29 mph (46 kph).
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New stands let US Open fans see stars practice

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U.S. Open fans can't seem to get enough of practice.  That's right, practice. In a new feature at Flushing Meadows this year, elevated stands loom over five practice courts and allow fans to see stars like Roger Federer and Serena Williams groove their strokes, tinker with strategy and sometimes bicker with coaches.
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Chilling surveillance video of woman, children attacked Video included

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A man pretending to be a livery cab driver attempted to sexually assault a mother in front of her three children. Chilling surveillance video shows the man attacking the mother, elbowing one of the children in the face and throwing the other out of the car and onto a sidewalk before taking off. More>>

Superstorm Sandy

Grimm criticizes storm recovery program Video included

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When Superstorm Sandy destroyed Maureen Childs' Staten Island home, she turned to New York City's Build it Back program for help. She says what she got back was heartache. At a news conference Wednesday, Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, highlighted what he called failures in a program designed to help victims of Sandy get back on their feet.
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Pranna to end 'boozy brunch' after viral video Video included

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Video posted on YouTube showing young women and men who appear to be stumbling and drunk coming out of the restaurant Pranna in the flatiron district is why angry residents packed into a community meeting to complain Wednesday night. Neighbors say problems have been happening on Saturdays and Sundays during a so-called bottomless brunch, where patrons can drink as many drinks as they want in a two-hour period. More>>

NYC's secret access for celebrities Video included

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A little bit of money, power and fame can unlock a whole world of hidden passageways and detours allowing stars to come and go discreetly. Seth Weisser has perfected private shopping inside his Soho vintage boutique What Goes Around Comes Around. Celebs slip in through the side door and descend into the vault. But the upper floor isn't too shabby either, featuring hundreds of rare Chanel and Hermes handbags. More>>

GIRLTALK #takeover

Angela Simmons reaches out Video included

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The Boys and Girls Club of Newark seems like the last place you'd expect to find the daughter of hip hop royalty. But when it comes to inspiring young girls, Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev. Run of Run DMC, believes in the old adage "each one, teach one." While it may seem like she had a silver spoon in her mouth, she knows the importance of giving back.
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NYSE rings bell for pediatric cancer awareness Video included

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On Wednesday, the world famous New York Stock Exchange closing bell rang in honor of pediatric cancer awareness. The Loccisano family says their beloved Frankie heard the bell all the way up in heaven. Frankie's grandmother says she is convinced of it. Camille Loccisano, Frankie's mother, is the executive director of Frankie's Mission, a nonprofit pediatric cancer foundation named in her son's honor.
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Metro-North safety practices faulted

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The Metro-North Railroad has sacrificed safety for on-time performance, according to a report released Wednesday by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority panel. The report echoes an assessment conducted this year by the Federal Railroad Administration, which investigated after a string of Metro-North accidents including a December 2013 derailment that killed four riders in the Bronx. More>>

U.S. marshals in Queens shootout

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An armed fugitive wanted for nearly two decades on drug charges in the South was wounded during a shootout with deputy U.S. marshals who tracked him down in New York City, federal authorities said Wednesday. More>>

Conn. police dog memorial unveiled

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Connecticut officials have unveiled a memorial honoring state police dogs for their courage and sacrifice in serving the public.
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and other government and police leaders celebrated the new memorial outside state police headquarters in Middletown on Wednesday.
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Guns found near Conn. playground

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Hamden police say they're trying to determine who hid two handguns near a playground at a child care center - a discovery that scared local parents. Police say a .22-caliber handgun and a 9 mm handgun were found hidden near the Keefe Center Playground as officers worked what they called a "crime suppression detail" on Sunday.
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Rapper Joe Budden arrested Video included

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Rapper Joe Budden was arrested by the NYPD on Wednesday in connection with the robbery of his ex-girlfriend's cell phone earlier this month. Police had been looking for the New Jersey resident since Aug. 18 after a heated argument with the woman inside his car in Washington Heights. After he was arrested on Wednesday, Budden apparently Tweeted several times from jail.

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Soldier who killed herself at Va. Army base was from Yonkers

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The Army has identified the soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head.  Fort Lee officials on Wednesday say it was 33-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker of Yonkers

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Cuomo orders investigation into Time Warner outage

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Time Warner Cable suffered a nationwide outage primarily impacting its Internet service on Wednesday morning. More than 11 million customers were affected.  Several hours later, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered an investigation into the outage. "I have directed the New York State Department of Public Service to investigate this outage as part of its review of Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner," said Cuomo. More>>

Man kills wife, wounds self at NJ hospital

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Authorities say a man fatally shot his wife and wounded himself at a hospital in southern New Jersey. Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin says the shooting happened Wednesday at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. The man was being treated for his injuries.

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Hunt for forklift robber

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Police on Long Island are asking for the public's help in finding a forklift thief.  The bright yellow vehicle went missing Monday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. from its parking spot near a building in Riverhead. One or more people used a flatbed tow truck with a white cab to remove the Caterpillar forklift.
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Landmarks to light up for StandUp2Cancer telethon

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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.

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Owner says Showboat will definitely close Sunday

Its owner says Atlantic City's Showboat Casino Hotel will definitely shut down on Sunday.  A spokeswoman for Caesars Entertainment tells The Associated Press that despite expressions of interest from potential purchasers, the casino will be closed at 4 p.m. Sunday. Showboat is one of three Atlantic City casinos closing in the next few weeks.
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Digital currency ATM in Greenwich Village Video included

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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.
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Cristobal to churn surf along Jersey shore

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Swimmers and lifeguards are facing a high risk for rip currents along New Jersey beaches. The National Weather Service says Hurricane Cristobal is predicted to pass well to the southeast of the New Jersey coast on Wednesday night. Long period swells will spread out from the storm, churning up the surf along Jersey shore beaches.
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NJ store clerk accused of kissing customer

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Police say a convenience store clerk in New Jersey hugged and kissed her against her will. More>>

Woman bitten by rabid raccoon she thought was cat

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An 88-year-old Hamden woman was hospitalized after being attacked by a raccoon she mistook for her cat. Police say the woman, whose name has not been released, heard a sound at her sliding glass door Sunday and opened it to let her cat inside. Police say it appears the raccoon followed the feline into the home.
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Mayor: NYC will learn from 2004 RNC 'mistakes'

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

Union says city too dangerous to host convention Video included

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One of New York City's police unions says it is opposed to the city's bid for Brooklyn to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, saying that crime is on the rise and criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio's public safety policies.The Sergeants Benevolent Association, which has 13,000 members, says the city was "lurching backwards to the bad old days of high crime." More>>

Fighting street harassment Video included

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New York City women are tired of hearing vile things yelled at them as they walk down the street. Many women are going public about street harassment and catcalling. Some even post picture of their offenders on social media. Founded in 2005, Hollaback! is an anti-harassment organization giving women a platform to do just that. More>>

Street Stories

NYC homelessness and panhandling Video included

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Homeless people still sleep under the Manhattan Bridge, but others who used to camp out near its base have been displaced by police and are now calling Park Avenue South home. Park Avenue South sits in one of the trendiest parts of Manhattan, with businesses, restaurants, hotels, and swank lofts. It's also the street corner home base of Tommy Lanfranchi and his domestic partner Nicole Kilroy, who've been in a methadone program for 10 years.
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Beheaded goat found in Westchester

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The carcasses of beheaded birds, goat, and other animals were found in bags dumped on the side of a road in Westchester County, the local SPCA said. The bags were found Monday at the intersection of Route 129 and Underhill Avenue in Yorktown.
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DA: Teacher sent photo of genitals to student

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Prosecutors say a New York City high school teacher used Snapchat to send a photo of his genitals to a 16-year-old student.
Brooklyn Tech teacher Sean Shaynak pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including dissemination of indecent material to a minor and harassment.
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Potential buyer looks at Showboat Casino

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Caesars Entertainment is showing the soon-to-close Showboat Casino Hotel to "an interested party," but won't say who it is.Company spokesman Gary Thompson told The Associated Press that Caesars officials were showing the Showboat on Tuesday to a party that had expressed interest.
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Woman running for Seneca Nation presidency

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A Seneca Nation Council member is running to become the first female president of the western New York tribe. Darlene Miller announced her candidacy on Monday, saying she wants to unify the divided Seneca Nation and get back to traditional ways and values.
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FBI: Stolen gun used to kill violinist

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Federal authorities say two homeless men used a stolen gun to kill a New York City orchestra violinist after gaining entry to her western New York summer home by telling her they had run out of gas. More>>

Elderly woman stranded at Newark Liberty airport

Family members say an elderly woman was left all alone in her wheelchair at Newark-Liberty International Aiport. Alice Vaticano reportedly said that she was planning to fly on Southwest Airlines from Newark to Denver. Vaticano's daughter says a skycap promised to wheel her mother directly to her assigned gate, but instead left her alone in the airport. More>>

Teen sentenced for deadly crash

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A Queens teenager who admitted smoking marijuana and speeding before crashing into a tree in 2012, killing four of his friends on Long Island, was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.  The judge decided against a four-year youthful offender sentence for Joseph Beer, who was 17 at the time of the crash.
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New Jersey student missing after hike outside Jerusalem Video included

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Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., has been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
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NJ teens robbed of sneakers at knifepoint

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Police in northern New Jersey are searching for a man who robbed two teenagers of a pair of sneakers at knifepoint. More>>

Viral video of 'boozy brunch' aftermath Video included

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An all-you-can-drink brunch special at a restaurant in the Flatiron District appears to be leading to some serious drunken behavior. Video of drunk people vomiting, urinating and falling down as they leave Pranna on Madison Ave. and 28th St. has gone viral. In one incident, a woman walks into the middle of street apparently trying to hail a cab. She walks back to the sidewalk, falls down and lies on her side. More>>

Should school start later? Video included

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that school start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. for middle and high school students.  This recommendation is based on biology.  Pediatricians say adolescents can have trouble falling asleep before 11 p.m.  Therefore in order for teens to get a full eight hours of sleep the school day should start later.
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Actor Alec Baldwin snags stray ball at US Open

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Alec Baldwin took on a new role at the U.S. Open - the actor played a star athlete, snagging a stray ball that flew into the stands. Baldwin was sitting in the front row behind the baseline Monday night when an out-of-bounds shot from Maria Kirilenko sailed over Maria Sharapova and bounced into the seats. He flawlessly fielded the ball on one hop.

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NJ car dealer admits selling Sandy-flooded cars

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A used car dealer in New Jersey has admitted selling seven vehicles that sustained flood damage during Superstorm Sandy after a Motor Vehicle Commission office employee created clean titles for them. Jonathan Olin, 42, of Manalapan pleaded guilty to theft by deception and Jessie Dinome, 30, of Jackson pleaded guilty to tempering with public records. Olin operated D&D Auto Sales in Old Bridge.
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Bronx event will honor slain journalist James Foley

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An event will be held in the Bronx to honor slain journalist James Foley. The Sept. 6 event will be hosted by the Bronx Documentary Center and a program called RISC, which stands for Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues. Two of Foley's colleagues from the RISC course, Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza, will appear at a screening of their film, "First to Fall."
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Illusionist David Blaine performs for NYC inmates

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Sixty of the city's most dangerous criminals were reportedly treated to a magic show by daredevil magician David Blaine. From illusions to card tricks and even a rabbit yanked out of a hat, Blaine entertained the crowd at the Manhattan Detention Complex on July 26, reported the NY Post. Even members of the rival Bloods and Crips gang put their differences aside and served as assistants to Blaine during the one-hour performance for high security inmates at “The Tombs.” More>>

Le Dîner en Blanc, New York style Video included

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Like a sporting event, diners joined in the wave and flapped rally-napkins. Like a picnic, they packed their own meals and table settings. And like the guests of Jay Gatsby, they sipped champagne while wearing funny hats and fancy dresses, many of which looked as though they emerged from a vaudeville dress-up trunk. By now you've figured out the dress code.
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MTA: Subway went wrong way Video included

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The MTA is investigating how a subway train headed the wrong direction for several minutes before stopping in Manhattan. Back on August 11, an A train operator drove an express train uptown on a downtown track. The train was carrying passengers, but no one was hurt.
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American hiker missing in Israel Video included

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New Jersey politicians are calling for more help from both the U.S. and Israeli governments for a student who went missing during a hike in Jerusalem last week. More>>

Flight diverted after seat recline fight Video included

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Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space Sunday, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination. More>>

10-year-old piano prodigy Video included

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On his website, 10-year-old Huang Tiange refers to himself as "a famous Chinese music prodigy.""I started to play by 4," he said. By 5 he played and hosted a festival in Beijing, which he named after himself: The First Huang Tiange Festival. By 6, he wrote his first composition.And last year, he won two awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. More>>

Staten Island DA focus of attention over Garner probe Video included

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The eyes of the country and federal authorities are on Staten Island and the grand jury in the Eric Garner police chokehold case. Now some are questioning why the district attorney went on the radio after saying he would have no further comment. The video of Eric Garner being placed in an apparent police chokehold while being arrested was seen everywhere. More>>

NYPD: Russian tourist climbed Brooklyn Bridge Video included

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The man who was arrested by the NYPD after he climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take photos is being held on $5,000 bond after his arraignment Monday in Brooklyn. Police say they spotted Russian tourist Yaroslav Kolchin, 24, ascending a cable beam from the Brooklyn side of the bridge at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. The Manhattan resident reached the top of the tower and was seen taking photos with his smartphone as aviation and harbor units responded. More>>

Surge in breweries, distilleries in New York

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In 2011, New York state was home to five hard cider-makers. Now, it boasts 29. The significant increase is part of an overall uptick in the number of alcohol producers in the state, as more and more consumers turn to locally produced beer, wine and spirits. According to figures released Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, the total number of businesses producing alcoholic beverages in the state has more than doubled since 2011. More>>

U.S. Open tennis tournament begins in Queens

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The 15-day tournament of tennis known as the U.S. Open began Monday. The women's singles final is Sunday, Sept. 7; the men's singles final is= Monday, Sept. 8. This is the second consecutive year that the tournament is scheduled to end on a Monday. Each of the previous five years, from 2008 to 2012, rain pushed back the men's final from Sunday to Monday. The U.S. Tennis Association says the schedule will go back to a planned Sunday finish in 2015. More>>

2 charged with stealing used cooking oil Video included

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Police on Long Island say two people are charged with stealing about 650 gallons of used cooking oil from restaurants. More>>

High risk for rip currents along Jersey shore

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Swimmers are urged to use caution along the Jersey shore. A high risk for rip currents is in effect through Monday evening. The National Weather Service says a surf height of 3 to 5 feet along with the wind will combine to create dangerous swimming conditions. Swimmers are advised to listen to lifeguards and not swim at unguarded beaches. More>>

Stray bullet hits hotel guest

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Police say a suburban New York hotel guest's gun accidentally went off and sent a bullet through a wall, grazing a guest in an adjoining room. No one was seriously injured. More>>

Charter school opens in the Bronx Video included

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School is back in session for many charter school students and staff across New York City. Among the schools opening their doors on Monday was Boys Preparatory Elementary School in the Soundview section of The Bronx. The charter school, which shares space with Public School 107, was one of 17 new charter schools that were temporarily blocked from opening earlier this year.
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Man impersonating cop rapes store clerk

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A man impersonating a cop walked into a store in New Jersey Saturday afternoon and raped an employee. According to officials, the suspect entered the store on the 800 block of South Broad Street in Trenton at around 1 p.m. and identified himself as a police officer. He had a black radio and a handgun. The unsuspecting clerk was then grabbed and forced into a bathroom where the suspect sexually assaulted her. More>>

Police: 5 suspects wanted in Central Park bias attack Video included

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Police are looking for five suspects in a Central Park pellet attack they're investigating as a hate crime. More>>

2 kids among 5 dead in fiery crash

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Authorities say a car veered off a New York highway, struck a tree and burst into flames, killing all five people in the vehicle, including two children. More>>

Home, apartment consultants that do everything for you

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Companies like Lumen Home Designs have been emerging as a prime example of a new and growing niche that's becoming increasingly popular. The company is essentially a personal shopper, interior designer, furniture store and much more.
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LL Cool J helps 2,000 children at 2nd annual Back to School Giveaway

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Actor and hip-hop star LL Cool J returned to his hometown of Jamaica, Queens to help children in need get ready for the upcoming school year.
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NYC woman in critical condition after fall from roof

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A 23-year old woman is in critical condition after falling from the roof of an apartment building in Greenwich Village. It happened just after 1am on Saturday during a rooftop party. More>>

Hasidic village sues to block Orange County casino

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A Hasidic Jewish village has mounted a legal challenge seeking to halt a casino proposed for upstate New York. More>>

5th murder victim in 5 days in Newark

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Authorities say that a 57-year-old man was stabbed to death on a Newark street Saturday morning. More>>

Officials: Piece of jet fell onto Long Island yard

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Authorities are trying to figure out how if a metal part from a jet airliner fell out of the sky and landed in a Long Island yard. More>>

Thousands march in Staten Island to honor Eric Garner, Michael Brown Video included

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Thousands of protesters packed in cars and caravans, crossed over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner, the man who died last month after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 22, 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 episode: Ace Frehley, Big Sean, Week End Trends, and Chef Luca Manfé of MasterChef. More>>

Berg'n: new beer and food hall in Brooklyn Video included

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The guys behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are at it again with a new food and booze venue called Berg'n, a new beer hall in Crown Heights. The place doesn't officially open until August 27, 2014, but owners Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are giving it a test run for special guests, family, and the press. More>>

Giving your college-bound kids their space Video included

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Going off to college is an exciting time for the entire family, especially for the upcoming freshman. But with technology, parents can be in touch all the time. What's too much and what's just enough? Freshman move-in day seems to be harder on the parents than the students at Stony Brook University. More>>

Navy submarine group disbands in Groton ceremony

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A Navy submarine group based in Groton has been formally disbanded after 49 years. A ceremony Friday aboard the attack submarine USS Missouri marked the end of Submarine Group 2. More>>

Almost all NYC pre-K centers ready

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Nearly all 1,100 facilities providing services in the city's new universal pre-kindergarten program are ready to open on time after passing health and safety inspections. City officials said Friday they expect the eight remaining pre-K schools to remedy violations by Sept. 4's opening day. If they don't, affected children will be temporarily enrolled in other facilities.
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August 23, 2014

Staten Island march traffic and transit advisory

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The NYPD and the MTA have announced road and transit changes for Staten Island that will be in effect on Saturday, August 23, 2014, due to the scheduled rally in honor of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died during an arrest. More>>

Newark school enrollment problems Video included

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The school year in Newark is getting off to a rocky start. Classes start in less than two weeks and parents are still waiting in line for hours to find out where their kids are enrolled. The problem is being blamed on a glitch in the school's new online open enrollment system. To say mother of three Jennifer Caraballo is frustrated may be an understatement. She is one of hundreds of Newark parents desperately now trying to find a new school for her children. More>>

U.S. Open preview

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Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open. Nowadays, there seems to be a growing sense — or hope, maybe — among the best of the rest on the men's tennis tour that the quartet might be more vulnerable than ever. More>>

Mark David Chapman

John Lennon's killer denied parole again

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John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times. More>>

1990 arson-murder rap tossed, Queens man is set free

A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling that the case against him had been based on now-debunked arson science. More>>

Brooklyn Bridge flags back on US soil

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Police say the two American flags swiped from the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced with faded white ones are back on U.S. soil. NYPD spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves said Friday that the flags are in the United States. He did not know their exact location. Two German artists claimed responsibility earlier this month for the July 22 stunt. 
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Garner's family meets U.S. attorney

Staten Island stores worried about rally Video included

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Some Staten Island business owners say they are bracing for huge crowds on Saturday during a planned march for a man killed in an apparent chokehold during his arrest by NYPD officers. The Rev. Al Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally. More>>

Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team auditions Video included

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Out of over 500 hopefuls only a handful will join the Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team. The Nets held auditions this week at LIU Brooklyn. Adorable Bronx native Arielle was turned away last year but this time around she's made it through to the final round of the auditions. But even those who were on the team last year still have to try out. More>>

Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win' Video included

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Public Advocate Letitia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
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NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

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Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys. More>>

Cardinal, leaders meet about NYPD-community relations Video included

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan gathered religious and city leaders with the focus of how to ease tensions between police and the community in advance of this Saturday's march to protest the death of Eric Garner. Some of the leaders in this group are rarely photographed together, let alone seated at the same table. But they were brought together over concerns about possible protest violence by the cardinal, one of the most powerful figures in the city and who commands respect across the board. More>>

New York's daring Instagrammers Video included

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Pull out your smartphone on any given day, tap on Instagram and you'll find a lot of selfies. But while the rest of us clog our feeds with our best pouty faces, a group of photographers scales and then hangs off bridges and buildings in a contest to produce the most daring photograph in New York City. More>>

Ex-Army psychiatrist to be NYC's veterans head

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


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Report: Subway fare-beating arrests soar Video included

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

15 shot in NYC within 8 hours, 2 dead

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

24th annual Sand Sculpting Contest at Coney Island

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

Friday Night Live: August 15, 2014 Video included

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


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Boston champ Meb Keflezighi to run NYC Marathon

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

Jacques d'Amboise: pied piper of dance Video included

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

'Ice bucket challenge'

NY man with ALS gets support from friends and strangers

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When he was 31, Patrick Quinn, of Queens, received the life-changing news: he has ALS. It all started after a softball game in 2011. After two years of countless medical tests, the diagnosis was final. Since then, Quinn has watched his body change. His arms are much thinner. His biceps and triceps have atrophied. His hands have lost all muscle. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 8, 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: D.J. Kaz, MKTO, classic cars show, Mario Cantone, and Ariana Grinblat. More>>

Naked in Times Square Video included

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

Susan Sarandon's New York home burglarized

Susan Sarandon's Manhattan apartment was burglarized over the weekend, People reports. More>>

LL Cool J stays true to hip hop roots Video included

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EXCLUSIVE -- LL Cool J grew and evolved from a hip hop artist out of Hollis, Queens, to a Hollywood TV and movie star. But he always stayed true to hip hop culture. We'd see him backstage at concerts just hanging out with us, so when I heard he was back in New York for the summer I had to find out why. I tracked him down to a Midtown Manhattan recording studio for this exclusive interview. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 1, 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: an exclusive interview with superstar LL Cool J, a helicopter tour over New York City, dishing on celebrity relationships, and sexier breakfast with Chef Mark Bailey.
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Power problems at NY Aquarium

A sea lion in Sea Cliffs. A sea lion in Sea Cliffs.
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The New York Aquarium says it's had to close unexpectedly because of power issues. More>>

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