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Notes with swastikas and 'Uber' found in Brooklyn Video included

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The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is working to track down whoever posted dozens of stickers and fliers with swastikas and the word "Uber" in Brooklyn. The stickers and flyers filled with images of hate were placed outside a Jewish boys' school on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. A Shomrim safety patrol spotted the stickers on the sidewalk and in the gutters, police said. More>>

Bratton: Islamic State group threat expanding

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New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
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High-fiving strangers in NYC Video included

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Looking for a taxi cab is a common sight in the city. For some people, an outstretched arm is usually the sign for hailing a cab. A few other folks see it as something else.Meet Meir Kalmanson. He sees a hand in the air as an opportunity to lighten up a person's serious or frantic state. Meir decided to high-five his way down Fifth Avenue. The video of his rebellion of social norms has gone viral. More>>

Empire State Building Facebook review controversy Video included

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When it comes to visiting New York City landmarks, half the fun is reviewing them afterward on social media sites like Facebook. But some folks say the Empire State Building is reporting their reviews as spam.
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NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

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A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators. More>>

Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash Video included

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A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice." More>>

NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

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New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda. Investigators say some consumers who complained were falsely told the state has a "sugar tax." They say the markup of more than 16 percent violated state laws.
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Transgender teen escapes from custody

A transgender girl whose imprisonment without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates has escaped from custody in Connecticut. More>>

Suspect dead following police chase Video included

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At least one suspect is dead in a police-involved shooting in Rutherford, New Jersey.The shooting occurred at about 2:30 a.m. at Rutherford Ave. and Ridge Rd. following a chase. Investigators are piecing together what happened. One occupant of an SUV was shot and pronounced dead at a hospital. The other occupant was unharmed and was arrested. The preliminary investigation shows a state trooper and police officers from Lyndhurst and Rutherford were involved in the chase.

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Trump Plaza closes; mogul Donald Trump may step in

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A fourth Atlantic City casino has gone out of business.  Trump Plaza shut its doors at 6 a.m. Tuesday.  The casino at the center of the Boardwalk and the end of the Atlantic City Expressway has been declining for years, performing worse than any of the city's other casinos. Real estate mogul Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to say he left Atlantic City years ago but may return.
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Wedding reception at country club ends with brawl

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Police say they're investigating a large brawl that broke out at the end of a wedding reception held over the weekend at a suburban Buffalo country club. Officials tell local media that seven different police agencies were called in late Saturday to break up the fight at the Orchard Park Country Club. Officers say dozens of the approximately 200 guests were involved in the melee, which broke out after a member of the wedding party was tossed off the premises for inappropriate behavior.
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Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

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Law enforcement officials from coast to coast say street gangs are shying away from wearing their colors and are covering up or even altering their tattoos to avoid detection by police.  Hartford, Connecticut, Police Sgt. Johnmichael O'Hare says gone are the days when the Bloods wore red from head to toe. All you'll see now, he says, is maybe a red handkerchief sticking out of a back pocket.


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Police: Man damages 2 golf courses after breakup

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Authorities say a 23-year-old western New York man caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage at two Buffalo-area golf courses after being dumped by his girlfriend.  Police in the suburban town of Orchard Park say Austin Christopher used his pickup truck to tear up the ninth green at Harvest Hill Golf Course early Saturday morning.
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Smoking rates on the rise in New York City Video included

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For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.  Sixteen percent of adult New Yorkers smoked in 2013, up from 14 percent in 2010, which was the city's lowest recorded rate, according to the findings released by New York City's Department of Health. More>>

Enterovirus outbreak hits New York Video included

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The New York Health Department has confirmed that a viral-based severe respiratory illness has sickened several children in the state. New York is the latest state to confirm cases of sickness caused by enterovirus EV-D68. More than a dozen children are sick, officials said. The CDC has said this unusually severe outbreak has caused serious breathing problems. More>>

Report: health risks at some nail salons Video included

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One of the most surprising findings in a report from the New York City public advocate is that city officials have virtually no authority over how nail salons are run. The city can't enforce standards like they do with restaurants, so it's clearly a case of beauty buyer beware. We get our nails done without thinking too much about it.
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Car strikes toddler; driver arrested

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Police on Long Island say a 30-year-old driver has been arrested in connection with an accident that injured a 3-year-old girl being pushed in a stroller. Police say Scott Shea of Middle Island was driving a Jeep northbound on William Floyd Parkway, just south of Montauk Highway, when he struck the toddler at about 3:45 p.m. Monday. More>>

Lawsuit settlements reached in Metro-North crash

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Four of 28 people who sued the Metro-North Railroad in federal court after being injured in a train crash in Connecticut last year have settled with the commuter railroad. More>>

A history classroom in the real world Video included

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When Denis Belliveau is teaching kids about Marco Polo, he is in his element. He makes the explorer's journey come alive by taking students on a No. 7 train ride through Queens, New York's most diverse borough. He brings history alive for his students. Along the way the students stop in neighborhoods that mirror Polo's trip. I caught up with the class in Flushing, Queens, which easily resembles China.
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Etan Patz murder confession played in court Video included

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A judge allowed a confession tape to be played in court in connection with the case of Etan Patz, who vanished in 1979. On the tape, Pedro Hernandez described how he killed Patz. But his lawyers say Hernandez falsely confessed and doesn't understand his rights. Before Hernandez's videotaped confession was played, Patz's mother quickly left the courtroom unable to watch the video.
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Learning mindfulness in elementary school Video included

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Coping with stress and anxiety is on the curriculum at several Long Island schools. Students in elementary grades are learning meditation techniques. On most days, Mr. D's fourth grade class in Islip is like any other class. But once a week for 8 weeks, teachers like Kelly come in and teach students about mindfulness. Kelly is with Mission Be, a nonprofit organization bringing mindful education to public schools. More>>

NJ, NY officials meet about security Video included

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With new concerns about home grown terrorism becoming more urgent, city and state officials -- including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio -- met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to devise new strategies. NYPD counterterrorism police stood watch outside the Midtown Manhattan meeting where city, state and federal law enforcement officials coordinated their new security plans. More>>

Columbia makes Obama library's short list

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Chicago, New York and Honolulu are on the short list to host President Barack Obama's future presidential library.The Barack Obama Foundation says four of the 13 applications submitted earlier this year made the cut. New York's Columbia University and the University of Hawaii are being invited to submit more formal proposals to host the library.
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Cabs for women driven by women Video included

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Taxis come in yellow, green, black, and now... hot pink? They're called SheTaxis and they are from a cab service for women by women. (The cabs aren't actually pink, but drivers will carry pink pashminas.)The service is coming to New York this week. You could almost think of it as an all-female Uber.
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Feds inspect pump at Millstone nuclear complex

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Federal inspectors are at the Millstone nuclear power complex in Waterford to examine a critical backup water pump that failed routine tests in July and last week. More>>

Gillibrand: I don't know who made 'porky' comment Video included

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, without naming any names, claims in a new book that male colleagues made off-color remarks about her appearance – with one even allegedly squeezing her stomach and telling her: “Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.”  The 47-year-old Democratic New York senator discussed her new book, “Off the Sidelines,” in an interview with Good Day New York on Monday. More>>

Judge weighing video confession in Patz case

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A man charged with killing a boy who disappeared in 1979 speaks calmly about strangling the child in a confession video that's the focus of a hearing. The father of Etan Patz watched stoically as the video was played Monday. Etan's mother left the courtroom before the video began. Pedro Hernandez says he wanted to stop choking the child but could not. He says Etan was still alive when he put him in a bag. More>>

Costumed characters brawl in Times Square Video included

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Two costumed characters in Times Square and another man have been arrested after police say they got into a fist fight. Police say they were all charged with misdemeanor assault. It happened around 9 p.m. Saturday. The dispute started after the man allegedly began heckling the costumed characters dressed as Batman and Spider-Man. More>>

Hundreds suspended for dress code violation Video included

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Approximately 200 students have been suspended at Tottenville High School on Staten Island since the start of the school year. School officials say the students violated the strict dress code known as 'Dress for Success.'  Of the suspensions, 90 percent were of girls.  More>>

Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids Video included

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Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid?  Marriott is placing envelopes in 160,000 hotel rooms beginning this week to encourage guests to leave tips. More>>

R trains back in service Video included

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A subway tunnel connecting Brooklyn and lower Manhattan that was badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy has reopened. The R trains began running through the Montague Tunnel on Monday. Workers had been repairing damage in the tunnel caused by the October 2012 storm. It was scheduled to open next month.

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Miss New York crowned Miss America

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Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup. For her talent performance, Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic cup on the floor. That immediately touched off a furor on social media networks, where many were critical of her performance. But Kazantsev said she was inspired by the 2012 movie "Pitch Perfect." More>>

Schumer proposes ban on 10 flame retardants

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Senator Charles Schumer says a Duke University study has found flame retardants in upholstered furniture and children's products like toys, pajamas and pillows to be highly toxic. The chemicals have also been linked to developmental delays and rare cancers in firefighters as well as cancers and hormone disruption in children. More>>

Electricity goes out at Six Flags, guests left stranded

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It wasn't the amusement park thrill they were expecting. Some people at Great Adventure in New Jersey were left stranded on rides after a power outage. More>>

Stranded jet skiers rescued off Staten Island

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Two jet skiers stranded since Saturday night were rescued from small islands off of Staten Island Sunday morning, police sources said. The FDNY Marine division discovered the first jet skier on the West Bank Lighthouse island while patrolling the area after 8 a.m. Sunday, and took him to Staten Island University Hospital North. His friend, a man in his 40s, was also saved. More>>

2 inmates escape from youth detention center

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Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from a youth detention center in southern New Jersey. More>>

Miss America attempts to buff Atlantic City's image

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After months of bad news including casino closings and thousands of laid-off workers, Atlantic City is in for some positive publicity. More>>

Police: LI man wounded in home invasion

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Nassau County police say a man was shot and wounded in a home invasion in Westbury. More>>

Woman gives birth on George Washington Bridge Video included

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There was an unexpected rush delivery on the George Washington Bridge early Saturday. The Port Authority says a couple from Monroe, New York were in a Manhattan-bound taxi near the bridge's tolls when the mother went into labor around 6:30 am. More>>

3 plead guilty in $1.3M trading card theft

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Three former employees of a western New York trading card business have admitted stealing $1.3 million by taking advantage of a flaw in the computer software their employer used. More>>

Ceremony to mark 43 years since Attica prison riot

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Hundreds of personal items collected after the nation's deadliest prison riot will be returned to their owners and families as they mark the 43rd anniversary of the uprising. More>>

NY man admits helping mother's suicide

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A 29-year-old upstate New York man says strangling his mother to death was an assisted suicide. More>>

New Jersey gas prices stay stable

Motorists are seeing stable prices at the pumps in New Jersey. More>>

Silent Disco

Headphone dance party comes to Queens Video included

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No. No, it's not even like that. We're all dancing together to the same song. We're listening through these headphones. It's a dance party. With my headphones on, this D.J. sounds like he might assemble the greatest late-night playlist of all-time. With my headphones off, this party looks really weird.
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New York Fashion Week: weird and wonderful Video included

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Modern dancers, writhing half-naked in front of giant weather-themed video installations. Miley Cyrus, not twerking, but working — in a new gig making jewelry with children's beads. A guy mowing a fake indoor lawn in a suit, top hat and fishnet tights. We didn't need to tell you that Fashion Week isn't only about hemlines and tailoring, did we? Some weird or wonderful (and sometimes both) moments of New York Fashion Week... More>>

Serial killer dies in NY prison

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A former school hall monitor who admitted strangling eight prostitutes and stashing their corpses in his home in the 1990s has died at a prison in western New York. Prison officials said Kendall Francois, who was 43, died Thursday evening from apparent natural causes. He was an inmate at the maximum-security Wende Correctional Facility in Alden. More>>

Housing activists protest Airbnb Video included

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You've probably seen Airbnb commercials extolling the benefits of homeowners renting out their houses or apartments to out-of-town guests for a fee. Sharing is caring feel-good commercials.But housing activists say Airbnb is reducing available housing in New York City's increasingly expensive and shrinking housing market. They argue Airbnb is pushing thousands of apartments toward use as illegal hotels instead of affordable housing. More>>

Clothing for a cause Video included

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Like millions of Americans, John Williams has been out of work for months. He has finally landed an interview for a customer service position. To make sure he gets the job, he is making sure to look his best, thanks to Suited for Work.Suited for Work is a program under FEGS, a nonprofit that's been around for 80 years. Since its inception, Suited for Work has outfitted more than 8,000 men with brand-new suits donated by manufacturers. More>>

7 train to New Jersey? Video included

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The idea is grand: to take the 7 train and connect Queens to Manhattan to New Jersey. But as with all these massive projects, the chorus gets quiet when asked who will to pay for it. While business interests announced plans of an economic impact study, no one has even a ballpark number for a price tag.
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Homecoming Farm

Organic farm helps feed Long Island's hungry Video included

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Growing, snapping, picking, sorting, and a little time for laughs in between take place at Homecoming Farm in Amityville, New York. The real mission is to feed the tristate area's hungry. The farm-to-table approach has been in homecoming farm's DNA since 1875 when a group of Dominican sisters from Germany immigrated into Brooklyn and then founded the farm.
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HELMET VIDEO: Cyclist wipes out on taxi door Video included

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With a camera mounted to his helmet, a cyclist headed northbound on 4th Avenue in Manhattan. As he neared East 14th Street, the taxi door swung open and the cyclist slammed into the door and went down. But it's the aftermath where things got weird in an "Only in New York" kind of way as the blame game started. The cab driver was upset because he said his door was damaged.
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Atlantic City casino revenues down

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Atlantic City's casino revenue declined by 1.2 percent in August compared with a year ago as another gambling hall shut down at the end of the month. The 11 casinos operating during August won $294.4 million from gamblers, down from $298 million a year ago. The Showboat closed on Aug. 31 but had been slowly ramping down its operations during the month. More>>

Wedding forces rescheduling of college football game

You think fall weddings are inconvenient for college football fans? Imagine being a coach with a daughter who has her heart set on a Saturday in late September. More>>

Day care center worker who served bleach is fired

The New Jersey day care center where more than two dozen children and adults were accidentally served bleach-tainted water has reopened, and an employee has been fired. More>>

WARN notices go to 3,100 Taj Mahal casino workers

The owner of the Trump Taj Mahal casino has sent notices to more than 3,100 employees warning it could be shut down on Nov. 13. More>>

Death row inmate seeks kosher diet

One of two men convicted in the killings of a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 Connecticut home invasion is suing the state, claiming his rights are violated because he's being denied kosher food in prison. More>>

Woman sexually assaulted twice in 1 hour

New York City police are looking for two suspects in connection with separate sexual assaults on the same victim in the span of one hour. More>>

Man charged for dropping pants at LI school

A man has been charged with allegedly pulling his pants down in front of a boy's locker room at a Long Island middle school. More>>

Preserving the Yiddish language Video included

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We came to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research to hear Dr. Chava Lapin -- "Bubby" to her grandchildren -- and Rabbi Shimon Josef Meller speak some kosher Yiddish, and to save ourselves from klutzily shvitzing, kvetching and schmoozing in search of the language on the street. More>>

Kids drank bleach solution at NJ daycare Video included

More than two dozen children were rushed to a hospital after they were mistakenly served bleach-laced water at a New Jersey daycare center. More>>

9/11 anniversary commemorations Video included

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With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the hallowed site just hours after President Barack Obama promised to root out and destroy a new group of terrorists threatening the U.S.


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Australian designers at Fashion Week Video included

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Kylie, Kendall and Arianna Grande are in on it. And now we're letting you in on fashion's best kept secret: Australians are taking over. Bloggers and celebrities can't get enough of the edgy, unique designs coming from down under. Kate Anderson is head designer of Aussie label Finders Keepers, worn by Jessica Alba. Kate works with several designers under one parent company.
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New York City security in a post-9/11 world Video included

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The sounds of traffic and construction dominate the world trade center site these days -- nothing out of the ordinary. The sights of enhanced security have become commonplace too: NYPD officers actively watching the thousands of visitors who come to the 9/11 Memorial Museum and closely monitoring vehicles. Port Authority police are posted around the clock on the site that now houses a huge transportation hub. More>>

Dancing with Lil Buck Video included

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Born Charles Riley in Chicago and raised in Memphis, Lil Buck is an internationally acclaimed dancer who glides across the stage using moves that combine ballet with the popular street dance "jookin." Buck gained popularity after director Spike Jonze used his cell phone to record an interpretive performance of "The Dying Swan" by Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma.
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Connecticut police stop minorities at high rates

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New data released by the state of Connecticut show police statewide are stopping black and Hispanic drivers at disproportionately high rates compared with population statistics. The figures released Thursday show that about 14 percent of all police traffic stops from last October through May involved black drivers, when blacks comprise about 8 percent of the state's population.
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Charter school battle Video included

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Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School in the Bronx shares space with traditional public school P.S. 146. Next year, the charter school will get more space to add on high school classes. It is one of four charter schools Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration will find extra space for next year. More>>

Seeking help after years of 9/11 survivor guilt

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The roar of a plane above Lower Manhattan. The rise of a pristine tower where ruins once smoldered. News of terrorist attacks in far-off lands. For New Yorkers in or near the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the sights and sounds of everyday life can still -- even 13 years later -- trigger painful memories. Thousands of people continue to struggle with the effects of 9/11.
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Missing Connecticut girl found in Colorado

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A 14-year-old Connecticut girl missing since last month has been found in Colorado, and the man suspected of kidnapping her after months of online chatting is under arrest. Acting on a tip from the FBI, police in Longmont, Colorado said they got a found the girl in an apartment there on Wednesday afternoon.
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Mystic Aquarium releases seal pups in RI Video included

An animal rescue team from Mystic Aquarium released four harbor seal pups into the waters off Rhode Island. Two male and two female harbor seal pups, named Orion, Bullwinkle, Freya and Loki, were thin when they were found in Maine in May. Orion and Bullwinkle were also dehydrated. More>>

Catholic League bowing out of St. Patrick's parade

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The Catholic League says it will sit out next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York because parade organizers aren't letting an anti-abortion Catholic group march. More>>

Autistic man robbed of birthday money in park

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Stamford police say a 27-year-old autistic man was tricked and robbed of $100 he had received for his birthday by a man who pretended to befriend him at a local park. More>>

Cops: NY man hid drugs in anti-drug stuffed animal

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State police say they've arrested a 22-year-old New York man after he was found with marijuana, cocaine and LSD hidden inside a stuffed animal dressed in an anti-drug T-shirt. More>>

What you need to know before buying a MetroCard

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We've all been there. The train is coming into the station, and you grab your MetroCard and quickly try and swipe it at a turnstile. "Please Swipe Again". "Please Swipe Again". "Insufficient Fare". The last two words are killer. You think to yourself “I swear I had a balance on this card”. More>>

NYPD: Pedestrian struck and killed by bus

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The NYPD is investigating an accident in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a city bus in Queens. More>>

Christie signs bill overhauling alimony

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There will be no more permanent alimony in future divorces in New Jersey. More>>

Conn. remembers 9/11 with lowered flags, ceremony

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has directed that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff to remember the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. More>>

Developer offers $90M for Revel

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A Florida developer has offered $90 million for the Revel Casino Hotel that shut down last week, lawyers for the resort said Wednesday in court documents. The casino said in the bankruptcy court filing that Glenn Straub's Polo North Country Club, Inc., made the cash bid for the $2.4 billion resort. The casino also wants a judge to set an auction for Sept. 24 if any higher bids are received by Sept. 23.
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Questions about Joan Rivers' procedure Video included

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Fox 5 has learned that investigators from the state Health Department have been at clinic interviewing staff and checking records, looking for answers into what caused Joan Rivers' death. Rivers went to the Yorkville Endoscopy Center to find out why her voice was raspy and ended up in cardiac arrest, and later dying. More>>

Source: Ray Rice video sent to NFL

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A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée to an NFL executive five months ago, while league executives have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible."
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The Juilliard School Video included

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Walk into Juilliard and just hang out in the lobby; that's what we did when we started talking to Jiayan Sun. He is one talented pianist. Hang out in the lobby a little longer and meet Alex Nichollas, drawn all the way from Australia to be here or chat with Jasminn Johnson, from South Carolina, a 3rd year drama student. More>>

Ailing boy is a superhero Video included

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Strutting out of his chauffeured car, Prestun Seibel might be mistaken for a celebrity.But, get it straight. Prestun is no celebrity. Prestun is actually a real-life superhero. And such a big one, the 4-year-old even caught the attention of Captain America, who heard from others in the superhero community about Prestun's difficult battle with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that has spread from his abdomen to his head. More>>

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Carriage drivers along with their Teamster representatives applauded City Council Member Rafael Espinal outside City Hall as he publicly supported the horse carriage industry and its 300 union employees. Espinal heads the City Council committee that oversees the horse carriage industry. Any bill banning the horses from Central Park would normally have to go through his committee. More>>

Miss Rhode Island out of hospital after collapsing in Atlantic City

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Miss America Organization officials are hopeful Miss Rhode Island will be able to compete in Wednesday night's preliminary competition after she fainted on stage the previous night. More>>

Climate march planned ahead of UN summit

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New York labor unions and environmental groups are planning a march to draw attention to climate change two days before a United Nations summit on the issue. More>>

Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

Shia LaBeouf has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at a Broadway show. More>>

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' house for sale

A member of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast is putting her house on the market. More>>

Bronx fire

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A two alarm fire broke out in a residential building in the Williamsburg section of the Bronx on Wednesday. More>>

Mitt Romney to attend Christie birthday fundraiser

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The last Republican to run for president is coming to New Jersey to attend a fundraiser hosted by a Republican who is thinking about running for the White House. More>>

Couple caught having sex in public bathroom

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State police say they've charged two teenagers who were caught having sex in a men's restroom at the Empire State Convention Center in downtown Albany. More>>

PATH fares to increase on Oct. 1

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It's going to cost more to ride PATH trains between New Jersey and New York. More>>

Bay Ridge goes gold for cancer awareness Video included

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From the welcome sign to welcoming looking cakes to signs in cars and ribbons in windows, all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is going gold to raise awareness about kids with cancer. The nonprofit group Bay Ridge Cares came together to color the town gold -- day or night, it doesn't matter. More>>

Digital art at Transfer Gallery Video included

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The Transfer Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has an exhibit called "Language and Code" that features digital work from artists A. Bill Miller, New York's own Daniel Tempkin and his piece "Glitchometry," and others. The piece "Gridcycles" is an example of the art world firmly embracing the 21st Century through digital art. More>>

NYPD: Terror threat more complex than ever

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Air strikes in Iraq, ongoing unrest in Syria and the beheadings of two American journalists are casting a long shadow over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. While there is no specific threat against New York ahead of the Thursday commemoration, the rising power of disparate militant groups around the world presents the most complex terrorism danger since the twin towers were destroyed, New York intelligence officials said this week.
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NYC approves sensors to pinpoint gunfire Video included

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New York City's comptroller has approved a contract for rooftop sensor technology for the NYPD to help pinpoint and reduce gunfire. More>>

Junior's Restaurant staying in Downtown Brooklyn

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The restaurant owner of Brooklyn's most famous cheesecake has decided not to sell the building that houses Junior's Restaurant. Alan Rosen says he's had a change of heart and has taken the two-story building in Downtown Brooklyn off the market.

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New training for NYPD after chokehold Video included

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New York City police officers will get three days of annual training on how to properly use force following the chokehold death of an unarmed man this summer, police commissioner William Bratton said Monday. The initiative is part of an overall effort to repair community relations and change the culture of the department, Bratton said.
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Brooklyn show looks at mystique of 'killer heels' Video included

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A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum is exploring the mystique of high-heeled shoes. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" opens Wednesday and runs through February 15. Selections range from platform shoes dating to about 1600 to a contemporary - and lethal - 8-inch dagger stiletto. Numerous iterations of the shoe fill display cases: Some with triangle- and ball-shaped heels, others with twisted, trapezoidal and even furry heels.
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Brooklyn man fatally stabbed, 2nd man wounded

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A 23-year-old Brooklyn man is dead and a second man has been wounded in a stabbing in Bedford-Stuyvesant. More>>

Suspect wounded in NYC police shootout dies

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A 22-year-old wounded in a shootout with police in Brooklyn has died of his injuries six days later. More>>

Pediatric cancer awareness

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The defunct Parachute Jump on Coney Island's boardwalk shined gold Friday night. Once known as the "Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn," the 250-foot-tall amusement no longer offers rides but on this night it certainly did something special for kids. The Parachute Jump in Brooklyn is just the latest local landmark to support more funding for childhood cancer research. More>>

Bus, subway bed bug scares Video included

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Bed bug sightings appear to be up around town, including on subways and a bus. However, the MTA said the bus in question was not infested. B44 riders are grossed out. A bus traveling between Williamsburg and Sheepshead Bay was taken out of service Monday after a passenger saw what were believed to be bedbugs crawling on another rider.
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Joan Rivers dies Video included

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Joan Rivers is being remembered as a comedic legend and trailblazer. The New York native died on Thursday at the age of 81. Rivers was undergoing an outpatient throat procedure at a clinic on the Upper East Side on August 28 when she went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital. She had been moved from the ICU to a private room on Wednesday.

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NYPD to test body cameras Video included

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The NYPD is beginning a pilot program outfitting about 60 cops with body cameras. That is a tiny fraction of the 35,000-strong police force, but it has the potential to drastically change the way policing occurs in our city and encourage best behavior on both sides of the camera. Commissioner Bill Bratton said putting body cameras on officers in extraordinarily complex.
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NY soldier missing since WWII identified

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The remains of a soldier missing in action since World War II have been identified and will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, a Department of Defense office said Wednesday. Army Pfc. Bernard Gavrin, who was from Brooklyn, was 29 when he was reported missing on July 7, 1944, the Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office said. More>>

Back to school for NYC students Video included

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More than 1.1 million students in New York City went back to school on Thursday following the summer break.Mayor Bill de Blasio greeted some of them in all five boroughs including students and staff at Inner Force Tots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Among the changes this year, earlier start times to accommodate professional development and parent meetings. More>>

New York newspaper won't use Washington Redskins name

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One of the nation's largest newspapers says it will no longer use the name Redskins when writing about Washington's NFL team. More>>

311 callers to get NYPD callback

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New Yorkers who call 311 to report quality-of-life violations will get a call back from police asking if the problem was handled to their satisfaction. The NYPD reportedly issued an order last month making it clear the department believes a little customer service could go a long way to improve community relations.
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Michael Bloomberg returning to lead Bloomberg LP

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is returning to lead the financial data and news company he founded in 1981 but left to serve three terms in City Hall. Bloomberg LP said Wednesday current CEO Daniel Doctoroff will step down at the end of the year. More>>

Single dad and kids no longer in shelter Video included

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School starts Thursday New York City kids. For one formerly homeless family, it will be a very special day because it is the first time in four years they'll be starting out from their own apartment. In the spring, we interviewed security guard Ciprian Noel when he and his four children were staying at a shelter in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Now he couldn't be happier. More>>

Rep. Grimm's ex-girlfriend pleads guilty

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A Texas woman romantically linked to indicted U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges she lined up straw donors for his 2010 campaign but then denied through her lawyer that Grimm knew anything about it. Diana Durand entered the plea a day after Grimm appeared in the same Brooklyn courthouse to hear a judge set a December trial date for his tax evasion case.
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Report: Cops ordered to back off parade parties

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Junkyards that serve as illegal nightclubs and are jam-packed during the West Indian Day Parade were allegedly not as tightly policed after Mayor Bill de Blasio reportedly told law enforcement officers to back off. The NY Post reported on Wednesday that De Blasio issued the directive after NYC Councilman Jumaanee Williams asked that three of the illegal nightclubs closed last month be allowed to reopen for the festivities over Labor Day weekend.

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Man found beaten to death in Brooklyn apartment

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The NYPD is investigating the beating death of a 26-year-old man in his Brooklyn apartment.  Police say Anthony Freeman was found unconscious inside his Saint Marks Avenue apartment in the Brownsville section shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities say the victim had been beaten in the head with a blunt object. More>>

9 pre-K sites closed; dozens others delayed Video included

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Universal pre-K has been a priority for Mayor Bill de Blasio since he took office. But two days before the start of school, De Blasio announced that nine pre-K schools will stay closed and 36 others will be delayed due to safety concerns and slow construction. One of the centers is in Washington Heights where 265 students will have to go elsewhere. More>>

Times Square, 1 WTC go gold for childhood cancer awareness Video included

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Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research. More>>

Man arrested in Central Park bias attack

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Police say a man has been charged and arrested for his involvement in a Central Park hate-crime assault. According to the NYPD, 20-year-old Edward Fall, shot a 36-year-old female jogger with a pellet gun and was part of a group of people who the jogger said made anti-white statements against her. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 29, 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: Electric Zoo Festival, Beth Shak, Richard Albrecht, Kathy Wakile, and Moses Laboy .


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Recipes from 'Indulge'

Kathy Wakile's indulgent desserts Video included

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Kathy Wakile from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" (Bravo) has written a dessert cookbook called "Indulge" (St. Martin's Griffin), which drops Tuesday, September 2. She came to the set to make Strawberry Shortcake Puffs, Chocolate Tiramisu, and Pumpkin Spice Babycakes.
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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>>

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>>

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>>

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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'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>>

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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Simpson, McNamara win NYRR 5th Avenue Mile Video included

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Track star Jenny Simpson capped her standout season with another victory at the New York Road Runners 5th Avenue Mile on Sept. 13, 2014. This was Simpson's second win in a row at the race and her third overall. Oregon Track Club Elite runner Jordan McNamara won the pro men's race. More>>

Thousands participate in annual NYRR 5th Avenue Mile Video included

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Thousands of runners hit the concrete jungle on Saturday for the annual New York Road Runners 5th Avenue Mile. Olympians, world champions and runners of all ranks and abilities hammered out the mile-long course along Fifth Avenue starting at 80th Street and ending on 60th. More>>

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