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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>>

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>>

Sanitation men nearly throw away mayor's piano

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A piano donated by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop nearly ended up pushing up daises in a landfill instead of making music in a pedestrian plaza. Fulop gave the upright so residents could play tunes in a pedestrian plaza that opened on Monday.

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Fitbit responds to data selling accusations

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The maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices says it has never sold personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. San Francisco-based Fitbit said Friday that it has clarified its privacy policy to make it clear the company doesn't share information about its users. Schumer raised concerns about the company's privacy policy earlier this month and called for federal rules to allow consumers to protect their data. More>>

50,000 bees living in NYC ceiling

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A Queens woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees. Beekeepers reportedly removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli's ceiling this week after her neighbors in Queens alerted the building manager. Turkmenilli says she saw only a few bees buzzing around over the last few weeks and never realized how many had taken up residence right above her head.
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Congressman's ad includes Soviet medals

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A New Jersey congressman's office is red-faced over a Facebook ad about veteran benefits that featured Soviet military medals. Rep. Scott Garrett's spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that the office was sorry an initial review did not catch the use of the stock photo. Maggie Seidel says the ad was produced by an outside vendor and is no longer running. The ad asked people to like Garrett's page to learn what he's doing to support veterans' benefits.
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Torture video leads to kidnapping convictions

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A jury shown the videotaped torture of a kidnapping victim has convicted the two men who held a man captive for 17 hours at a Buffalo home because they thought he was a police informant. Authorities say the two men kidnapped a 25-year-old crack addict they accused of being a snitch. Video from Dawson's cellphone shows a gun being shoved into the victim's mouth and the victim being forced to lick his own blood off the boot of a captor.
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17,000 red light camera tickets dismissed Video included

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A technical glitch in a red light camera operating system means that some 17,000 motorists in New Jersey will not have to pay a fine for running red lights. Computer problems between May 28 and June 30 resulted in motorists not receiving notices of violations. New Jersey law requires that if a ticket hasn't been served within 90 days, it must be dismissed. 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>>

Chris Rock gets foul ball at Yankees game

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Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize -- a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
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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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Pediatric cancer awareness

World Trade Center to go gold Video included

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Like so many teenagers, Shelby Huff was hung up on getting abs until one day two years ago when she realized looking good was not as important as feeling good. She was doing sit-ups when suddenly she developed huge bruises on her legs. Shelby was diagnosed with a deadly bone marrow disease.
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Savion Glover, the master teacher Video included

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While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations. More>>

Manhattan fire hydrant earns more money than average American Video included

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One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ... More>>

Man sucker punched in knockout attack Video included

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The so-called 'knockout game' where a person punches another unsuspecting person has made its way to Hackensack, N.J. Police say an assailant attacked three people on the same day. Surveillance video shows the athletically built suspect punch a man in the face and stroll away. The man fell to the ground. Two other assaults took place within less than 15 minutes. More>>

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>>

Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

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Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed the boat's owner in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said. Hogan was reportedly a former NYPD captain.
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Chokehold attacker targeting victims in Central Park

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The NYPD is looking for a tall, violent thug who is attacking victims in Central Park and dragging them to the ground with chokeholds.The latest attack happened about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the 6' 5" attacker started a conversation with a 47-year-old man in the area of 74th St. and East Drive. He then put the victim in a chokehold, dropped him to the ground and stole his bag.
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Vandal splashes red substance at NYC museum Video included

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A vandal has splashed a red substance on a wall inside New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art. More>>

Zoo feeds roadkill to animals

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Roadkill is part of the menu when it's feeding time at a zoo in western New York. The Seneca Park Zoo has been feeding deer carcasses to its carnivores for years. The practice began after a zoo employee hit a deer on the way to work. The zoo gets the deer after they've been hit by vehicles on Rochester-area roadways. But it won't accept deer that have been dead for more than 10 hours. The zoo also accepts deer killed by bow hunters.

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Park Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

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The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts until the Park Service can develop an appropriate policy.  More>>

Palestinian banner unfurled on Manhattan Bridge Video included

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Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge got an eyeful when a giant flag banner in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge. The flag had the words "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" and was lowered from a part of the bridge near the Manhattan side Wednesday evening. Activists on the Brooklyn Bridge met its appearance with cheers. More>>

Atlantic City police get body cameras

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Atlantic City police officers have started wearing body cameras. About five officers a shift will be equipped with the devices, which record video and audio after an officer activates the device. The video is uploaded after the officer's shift ends.

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Marijuana supplier named Pot Playboy gets 27 years

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Prosecutors say a Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise. Jimmy Cournoyer had ties to organized crime and drug cartels. Authorities say proceeds financed a lifestyle that included a supermodel girlfriend and a super-expensive car, the Bugatti Veyron.
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Helmsley Building lights up in gold

Going gold for pediatric cancer research

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The Helmsley Building in Manhattan went gold Wednesday night in honor of children with cancer. The owners also plan to do the same in September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.Other city landmarks that will go gold next month include Times Square, the Coney Island Parachute jump, and all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. More>>

Bed bug infestation at money firm PIMCO, report says

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A big money management firm in New York City has been hit with a major infestation of bed bugs, according to Fox Business Network. Stock traders who do business with Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as PIMCO, told Fox Business' Charles Gasparino that hundreds of people have been relocated from one of the firm's buildings in New York City to an undisclosed upstate location after reports of widespread bed bug bites among executives and employees. More>>

Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

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Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake. 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>>

Designer clothes at giant thrift shop in NJ Video included

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Like most soon-to-be third graders, Sonja knows what she's looking for when it comes to back-to-school shopping. For kids trying to be fashionable -- and parents looking to keep it affordable -- there's the Ocean County Hunger Relief Warehouse in Toms River, New Jersey. It's basically a huge thrift shop.
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Snow leopard cubs on display at Bronx Zoo

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Two snow leopard cubs born at the Bronx Zoo in the spring are now on display in the Himalayan Highlands exhibit with their mother, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced. The male cubs were born May 6 to first-time parents, the WCS said. The Bronx Zoo participates in a cooperative breeding program with other zoos around the country to prevent inbreeding and make sure zoo animals are genetically viable.
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Serena Williams top seed at U.S. Open

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No surprise here: defending U.S. Open champion Serena Williams is the top seed at Flushing Meadows this year, the USTA announced. Williams is ranked No. 1 in the world right now. She has won the U.S. Open women's singles title five times, including the last two. More>>

Reward in probe of shooting of bald eagle in NJ

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Federal, state, and humane organizations are offering $7,500 in rewards in the case of the shooting of bald eagle in New Jersey. Someone shot a bald eagle in in Bridgeton City Park back in May, authorities said. The badly wounded bird was found May 20, 2014. Its wounds were so severe that it had to be euthanized. More>>

Utility worker pulled from truck and beaten

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Hartford police are searching for two men who pulled a utility company worker out of a dump truck and beat him up after a traffic accident. More>>

NJ requires students to get CPR lessons Video included

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New Jersey high school students will be required to have CPR training starting this year. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno signed a law Wednesday requiring the lesson for all public and charter school students in ninth through 12th grades. Guadagno is serving as acting governor with Gov. Chris Christie out of the state. It takes effect in the coming school year.

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NYC board: clerk traded information for crack

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A former clerk in the Staten Island District Attorney's office was fined $10,000 for offering confidential investigative information for crack. The city's Conflict of Interest Board said Rene Collins exchanged text messages with drug dealer Davon Bishop, offering to tip him off about investigations and upcoming arrests in exchange for two units of crack for her husband. More>>

Prayer service for Atlantic City casinos

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Hundreds of workers who will lose their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close in the next few weeks are looking for some divine intervention. Employees of Revel, the Showboat and Trump Plaza will hold a rally Wednesday night followed by a prayer service at a nearby church.
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Ultimate lemonade stand in Flatiron District Video included

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When 826 NYC, a nonprofit organization that fosters creative writing skills, asked children ages 9-12 to dream up the ultimate lemonade stand, the responses were huge. The winning project of  The Great Lemonation Imagination Collaboration was turned into a real lemonade stand complete with free lemonade in Manhattan's Flatiron District. The organization's members were also required to help run the stand that went up at Broadway and 23rd Street on Wednesday. More>>

Times Square characters: we don't work for free Video included

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Times Square characters want to be taken seriously and want their tips. The mostly immigrant workers are now called the Association of Artists United for a Smile and are fighting to protect their jobs, in light of a recent crackdown. Jorge Duran says he stands around for hours, sweating inside a costume, and says it is annoying and unfair if he poses for a good picture and gets nothing. More>>

Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold Video included

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The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause. More>>

Times Square to go gold for cancer research 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>>

Poll: Cuomo maintains big lead in NY gov race

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A new poll shows Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger in New York's gubernatorial race. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Cuomo a 56 to 28 percent lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. That's essentially unchanged from Quinnipiac's poll in May.
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Biden visit highlighting workforce development

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Vice President Joe Biden is visiting an East Hartford college to discuss workforce development issues.  The Democrat was scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion at Goodwin College on Wednesday. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is scheduled to join Biden for the event, which Malloy's office said will highlight the school's new Certified Production Technician program. It's a collaborative effort between small and large employers.

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Montclair-Boonton trains face delays

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Workers continue making repairs after a New Jersey Transit train derailed on the Montclair-Boonton line. NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder says passengers on that line are facing delays of up to 20 minutes in both directions on Wednesday because the railroad can only use one track. The train derailed between the Bay Street and Walnut Street stations in Montclair on Tuesday afternoon. No one was injury and passengers were safely transferred from the train.
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Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

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Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
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Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus. More>>

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Fatal crash in Freehold

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A three-vehicle crash killed three people and critically hurt a fourth person in Freehold Township, New Jersey, Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The crash happened on the Kosloski Road overpass at Route 33 Business at about 3:45 p.m., according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. More>>

UFT sponsoring Sharpton rally Video included

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The fallout from the death of Eric Garner has sparked a battle between teachers and police. Now there's new controversy over the decision by the teachers' union to sponsor a major rally protesting the death of Garner. And it's building momentum. The Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to rally a crowd expected to number more than 15,000 people on Staten Island on Saturday. More>>

New York gives tuition break to veterans

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New York is encouraging veterans to go back to school and making it easier for the families of service members who relocate to the state. A new state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday will give veterans in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities even if they wouldn't otherwise qualify.
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NYPD: Driver calls Sikh man a terrorist, mows him down

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Police have arrested a 55-year-old New York man on charges he called a Sikh man a terrorist and mowed him down with his pickup truck. The encounter happened July 30 in Richmond Hill, Queens.
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NJ weighs gambling outside Atlantic City Video included

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Momentum to shift some gambling away from Atlantic City increased Tuesday as a state senator introduced plans for a constitutional amendment that would put slot machines at New Jersey's four horse racing tracks, a business group increased its planning for an anticipated full-blown casino at the Meadowlands sports complex and the state gave final approval for the Showboat to shut down. More>>

Garner chokehold death to grand jury Video included

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The Staten Island District Attorney says he's asking a grand jury to consider charges in the death of a man placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer. D.A. Daniel Donovan announced Tuesday that an extra grand jury will be impaneled to hear evidence next month in the July 17 death of Eric Garner. Amateur video shows the 43-year-old gasping "I can't breathe" as an officer places him in a chokehold. More>>

De Blasio not reimbursing city Video included

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Mayor Bill de Blasio won't be reimbursing the city for personal travels that involve his security detail. "We have followed the conflict of interest board guidelines. I am following their guidelines to the letter," said de Blasio. The mayor has been heavily criticized for not paying the city back for travel expenses. Attention around the issue started last week when de Blasio was spotted not paying for a subway ride to Barclays Center while on official business. More>>

$21,000 falls off armored truck after casino pickup

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Nearly $21,000 is missing after the cash fell from the roof of an armored truck that had picked it up from a soon-to-be-closed Atlantic City casino. More>>

Meadowlands proposal includes casinos, hotels Video included

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Casinos, hotels, a convention center and a monorail could be on the horizon at New Jersey's Meadowlands. That's the plan business leaders laid out Tuesday to transform the area into a multi-venue entertainment district. They also point to the restarting of the American Dream megamall project and the transformation of Meadowlands Racetrack as signs that the complex is on the rebound.
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Driver critical in crash into NJ creek Video included

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A truck driver from upstate New York is in critical condition after he was thrown into a creek when his tractor-trailer crashed through a guardrail and caught fire on the New Jersey Turnpike. Three New Jersey State Troopers rescued Lawrence Scherf, 66, of Vails Gate from Overpeck Creek in Ridgefield. Scherf was transferred to St. Barnabas Hospital with burns to his body. More>>

101-year-old works same job for 73 years

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Herman "Hy" Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won't quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job. More>>

City council speaker on HPV diagnosis Video included

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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is expected to undergo a biopsy on Tuesday after revealing she was diagnosed with high-risk Human papillomavirus or HPV. The most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States has many strains; a high-risk strain can lead to genital warts or cervical cancer. "Most sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives," said Dr. Roshini Raj.  More>>

Security beefed up at Yankee Stadium

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Security is being beefed up at Yankee Stadium this week. It is all part of Major League Baseball's safety plan. Ticketholders going to Tuesday night's game against the Houston Astros will notice metal detectors in place at some of the gates. They'll be asked to remove cellphones and large metal objects from their pockets before walking through them. More>>

Thrift shops warned about drawstring kids' clothes

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New York's attorney general has told 46 thrift shops to stop selling children's garments with drawstrings, clothing prohibited in New York since 2003. The letters follow a survey showing many thrift shops continued selling clothes considered a safety hazard because drawstrings can snag on cribs playground equipment and vehicle doors.

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Travel and hotel for dogs and owners Video included

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Lots of people love their pet so much they hate to be apart even on vacation. So one New York City hotel is offering to put up you and your pooch. The Out Hotel in Hell's Kitchen will soon be offering two dog house suites. For $349 a night you can check in with your pet. Your pup will have its own doggy door leading to a private courtyard fixed up with a dog house and fake fire hydrant.
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Protests planned

Sultan of Brunei wants the Plaza Hotel Video included

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The Sultan of Brunei owns the Beverly Hills Hotel in California, where a human rights group staged a boycott and protests this summer. The same group is telling the sultan that if he buys the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, he can expect the same here. Joshua Rahlan of Human Rights Campaign is urging New Yorkers to make it clear to sultan that he should take is business elsewhere. More>>

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Manhattan building fire

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The New York Police Department says a body has been found at the scene of a fire that ravaged an apartment building in northern Manhattan. Fire Department officials say the blaze started at about 5:45 p.m. Monday in a six-story apartment building on West 136 Street in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. It went up to four alarms. More>>

Luxury shoe designer Ruthie Davis Video included

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When it comes to the luxury shoe industry, a new kid is in town and her name is Ruthie Davis. Ruthie is the only American female luxury shoe designer in the industry. Her shoes are sold in more than 35 countries and worn by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and other stars. Plus major national magazines Lucky, Cosmo, Elle and Glamour have all taken notice. More>>

West Coast's Habit Burger Grill now in NJ Video included

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It's not hard to find a good burger these days. But America's favorite burger was thousands of miles away -- until now. West coast burger chain the Habit Burger Grill opened its doors in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, just a month after Consumer Reports ranked it the best fast-food burger in the country and much to the delight of burger enthusiasts who were eager to taste what the buzz was all about. More>>

Cuomo asks feds to review LI flood damage Video included

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is asking for a federal assessment of the flood damage in Suffolk County to see if property owners are eligible for disaster loans and other aid. The Town of Islip had 13.5 inches of rain on August 13, a one-day record. The record-breaking rainfall damaged an estimated 400 Long Island homes. Moffit Boulevard was one of hardest hit streets in Islip.
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Revel Casino still seeking buyer

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Revel Casino Hotel still hopes to auction off the property but needs to close to stop big losses, a lawyer for the resort said. Attorney John Cunningham said in bankruptcy court Monday that the casino is losing more than $1 million every week.
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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>>

Gov. Christie dances on stage at Hamptons party Video included

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie busted out his best dance moves at a party in the Hamptons.  Christie was seen at the Apollo benefit at Ronald Perelman's East Hampton estate over the weekend.  The governor, who was a guest of Jon Bon Jovi, was egged on by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as he gyrated his hips in front of the crowd. More>>

Derek Jeter corn maze Video included

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As far as corny Derek Jeter tributes go, this one will be tough to beat.  A farm in central New Jersey carved an image of the New York Yankees captain and a thank you message to him into its five-acre corn maze. The VonThun Farm in South Brunswick is about 55 miles south of Yankee Stadium. More>>

NYC's Met opera reaches deals with 2 unions

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New York's Metropolitan Opera has reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions while negotiations continue with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout. More>>

3 men accused of causing trouble on PATH train

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Three Brooklyn men are accused of disrupting service on a PATH train. More>>

Off-duty state trooper arrested on DWI after crash

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A Connecticut state trooper has been accused of driving under the influence after a crash in Ellington. 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>>

Robbery at Westchester mall Video included

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A brazen robbery at one of the tri-state area's ritziest malls took place in front of dozens of shocked shoppers on Sunday. It all happened at The Westchester in White Plains. Three men entered the store, broke the cases with hammers, and grabbed luxury timepieces before running from an armed security guard. More>>

2 men shot to death outside NYC food store Video included

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Two men have been killed in an early morning shooting outside a Harlem food store. More>>

Suspects arrested in kidnapping of 2 Amish girls

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More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday. More>>

4th man arrested in NY cabbie slaying

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A fourth man has been arrested in the carjacking and killing of a New York City cab driver. More>>

NY med students honor people who donated bodies

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A New York medical school is honoring individuals who donated their bodies for the education and training of future health care professionals. More>>

Attica uprising whistleblower still pushing full disclosure

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The whistleblower who spurred a major state investigation of the 1971 Attica prison uprising is still on the case four decades later. More>>

Police search for suspect after 3 shot in Harlem

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Revel casino will close a week earlier than announced

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An Atlantic City casino is closing a week earlier than planned. The embattled $2.4 billion dollar Revel Casino hotel is shutting its doors the beginning of September, on Sept. 1st. The closure will put more than 3000 people out of work. 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>>

National Roller Coaster Day Video included

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Saturday was the day set aside for the thrill-seekers among us. Amusement parks across the country held special events in honor of National Roller Coaster Day! Six Flags in Jackson, New Jersey was one of them. More>>

Bridge-gate scandal costs NJ taxpayers millions

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New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for more than $6.5 million to the law firm Gov. Chris Christie hired to represent his office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.  More>>

Garner's mother speaks in solidarity with Michael Brown's mother

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At a meeting featuring members of the National Action Network, the mother of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after an apparent chokehold by an NYPD officer said “Stay strong along with us. The more we are together. We'll get what we want."  More>>

Man shot in head, walks to hospital

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A man who was shot in the head, managed to walk himself to a hospital in Westchester on Friday evening. According to police, the 24-year-old man was shot in the head at around 10 p.m on Friday. He ended up crashing his car into a house before walking to Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital. More>>

Kayak found in search for man in Long Island lake

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Police have recovered a kayak in their search for a kayaker reported missing in Lake Ronkonkoma (rahn-KAHN'-kuh-muh) on Long Island. More>>

NJ teacher charged with sexual contact with girl

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A former band teacher at a southern New Jersey high school has been charged with having sexual contact with a female student. More>>

Police: NY woman stole 800 Lego sets worth $60,000

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A New York woman is charged with stealing 800 Lego sets worth almost $60,000 and trying to sell them on eBay. More>>

3 stabbed, 1 critically, in NYC subway altercation

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Police say an intoxicated straphanger stabbed three other men on a subway train pulling into New York's Grand Central Terminal. 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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Empire State Building says 'no'

Coney's Parachute Jump to go gold for cancer research Video included

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Step by step, little Sally Kabel is on her way to beating cancer. But it's no easy fight. This week has been particularly tough for the almost 2-year-old. Sally's dad, Matt Kabel never expected something else: that the iconic Empire State Building refusing to go gold for just one night to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
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Giant tortoises on display at Bronx Zoo

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Two giant Aldabra tortoises now call the Bronx Zoo their home. One tortoise weighs about 400 pounds and the other about 600, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Both are male. They can be seen in at the Zoo Center. Their habitat features a sandy substrate, vegetation, and a freshwater pool. More>>

LIRR union members approve contract

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Members of the unions representing most Long Island Rail Road workers have approved the four-year contract that was negotiated last month. More>>

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>>

Triplets born 12-weeks early Video included

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25-year-old Brooke Selley gave birth to her baby girls in October, a full 12 weeks early. More>>

How to donate

Operation Backpack Video included

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Operation Backpack, a program by Volunteers of America, is in full swing. The group is asking generous people to get involved and help children living in New York homeless and domestic violence shelters be outfitted for school. You can still donate money. The group is no longer asking for donations of supplies and bags. More>>

Brooklyn school aide charged with punching autistic boy

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An aide at a Brooklyn school has been charged with assaulting an autistic student in the school cafeteria. Milton Parker, 58,  is accused of punching Anatoly Veltman, 11 on Aug. 7 after the boy spilled water on the floor. According to court papers, Parker ordered Anatoly to clean up the spill and then punched the boy in the face when he apparently did not understand. 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>>

Family of child stabbed to sue NYC

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The family of a 6-year-old boy stabbed to death in a Brooklyn elevator has notified the city that it is planning a $281 million lawsuit. Prince Joshua "P.J." Avitto was killed in the  Boulevard Houses in East New York on June 1. P.J.'s friend, Mikayla Capers, 7, was stabbed 16 times but survived. More>>

Flooding remains in parts of Long Island Video included

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The cleanup has begun in some parts of Long Island while others continue to deal with flooding from heavy rain fall that began late Tuesday and intensified on Wednesday. Cars remain stranded after rain pounded the area. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Islip. The National Weather Service said the rain was the largest event on record for New York State in a 24-hour period.

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See Marvel's heroes live in Brooklyn Video included

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Superheroes are invading New York. Their home base is Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The show is called Marvel Universe LIVE!" Brought to you by the producers of the Ringling Bros. and Disney on Ice, this interactive arena spectacular offers a unique opportunity to see two dozen
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NYC community outreach to fight crime Video included

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New York City has what are called hot zones -- areas that account for a disproportionate number of shootings. Central Harlem is one. Now city officials and community leaders plan to stop the violence with more than police patrols. Mayor Bill de Blasio and city officials are taking new steps to prevent violence in the most troubled areas identified by the NYPD. The mayor said police are a key component, but law enforcement can't do it alone.
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Spa for kids in Brooklyn Video included

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Manicures, pedicures, and facials. Oh my! But the clientele here are not your average spa-goers. Most are under 12. A Kid's Dream opened its doors in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, in July. It was dreamed up by former teacher Sharon Doldron. Doldron and her team have thought of everything. There's Nick Jr. Instead of reality TV, coloring books instead of gossip magazines, and mini robes and slippers are on their way. More>>

Shaming New Yorkers who don't scoop dog poop Video included

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Shame can be a powerful motivator. Some New Yorkers hope it will be enough to get people to clean up after their dogs. His owner says Snoopy doesn't think he's a dog. But just like both man and beast, sometimes Snoopy poops. When he does drop something requiring scooping, his owner vows she picks it up. She says the other people in her Castle Hill, the Bronx, housing complex do the same for their dogs. More>>

Operation Safe Cycle in NYC Video included

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The NYPD begins a two-week crackdown on Wednesday of bicycle riders not following the rules of the road. Operation Safe Cycle will focus on the following: failure to stop at a red light, disobey a traffic signal or sign, riding the wrong direction against traffic, riding on the sidewalk, and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Cops will also focus on motorists who obstruct bicycle lanes. More>>

The Donut Burger Video included

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It is a little bit of sweet mixed with a little bit of salty. It sounds like the perfect snack. But it's actually a meal: the Donut Burger. Fox 5 has introduced you to some of New York's most indulgent dishes: there was the chocolate chip cookie shot and the rib that was as big as my face. Well, neither can top the Donut Burger from the Burger Bistro in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
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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.
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Report: German artists hoisted white flags over Brooklyn Bridge Video included

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The theft of huge U.S flags from atop the Brooklyn Bridge and their replacement with faded, almost-white American flags was apparently an elaborate artistic demonstration, according to the New York Times. Two German artists reached out to the Times to confess their stunt and provided videos and photos to the newspaper to prove their claim. More>>

Whales in New York Harbor Video included

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The waters around New York City are a lot more crowded these days with sea life. Whale watchers are getting an eyeful. Artie Raslich snapped a whale of a photograph from the deck of the American Princess.  Gotham Whale counted just five whales in 2011. This summer, they've already seen 49.
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Is the ice bucket challenge just 'slackivism'? Video included

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If you're like most social media users, it is very likely videos of the ice bucket challenge have taken over your feeds in recent days. But while the videos are showing up all over, and celebrities like Ethel Kennedy are jumping on board, it seems plenty of people still have no idea what the videos are about.
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Public advocate: NYPD cops should wear cameras Video included

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In the aftermath of the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner at the hands of police, an incident that has created a major rift between officers and the community, Public Advocate Letitia James says it is time for NYPD patrol officers to wear cameras on their uniforms. James is calling for a pilot program to outfit 15 percent of NYPD officers with cameras in precincts with the highest crime rates and complaints about police misconduct. More>>

Video: Dust devil in Brooklyn

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What looked almost like a mini-tornado startled people in Brooklyn when the phenomenon known as a "dust devil" suddenly formed on a baseball field.  Michael Gambale posted the video to YouTube (warning: explicit language in video).  It happened at McCarren Park on Sunday. More>>

Brooklyn possible host for Democratic National Convention Video included

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New York City- Brooklyn specifically- is among the cities in the early running to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Democratic National Committee leaders along with local leaders toured the Barclays Center on Monday. They're also taking a closer look at hotels and transportation options for the roughly 50,000 visitors for the convention. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Sen. Charles Schumer were expected to host the DNC members. More>>

100 NY families to get restitution in schools case

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About 100 Chinese immigrant families are getting thousands of dollars in restitution after a fraud investigation at three English-language schools in Brooklyn. Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is presenting about $25,000 in checks to the families on Monday. Some 35 teachers also are getting restitution, totaling about $26,000.

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NY funeral for rabbi killed in Miami Video included

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Hundreds of mourners turned out at the Brooklyn funeral procession for an Orthodox rabbi who was shot as he walked to a Miami temple. Miami-Dade police have said Joseph Raksin, 60, was shot Saturday while he was in Florida visiting relatives. On Monday, a crowd surrounded the hearse on a blocked-off street as it pulled up outside the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights. Police are on the hunt for two suspects.
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Woman fends off attacker in Brooklyn Video included

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A woman was able to fend off her attacker inside an apartment building in Brooklyn and the incident was captured on security camera video. The suspect is seen approaching the woman, talking to her and when she keeps walking he pushes her to the ground, said police. The woman who is in her 30s is able to fend him off before he takes off down the stairs. More>>

Cuomo signs 25 MPH NYC speed limit into law

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Cuomo signed a new law in Manhattan on Saturday that makes the speed limit 25 MPH. He was flanked by two traffic signs that read "speed limit 25." The current speed limit was 30. More>>

Strict drug safety measures at Mad Decent Block Party event in Brooklyn

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After a series of drug-related deaths at electronic dance music concerts across the country and in Canada, an unusual set of safety measures has been put in place for a similar outdoor show in Coney Island. More>>

7 year-old stabbing victim makes comeback Video included

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7-year-old Mikayla Capers acted like a typical little girl sitting at the National Action Network's weekly meeting in Harlem. She grinned, fidgeted and embraced relatives before being called on stage.  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>>

Union president's aggressive rant on Common Core Video included

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Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, represents all 75,000 public school teachers in New York City. He made some pretty aggressive threats saying, he would punch people in the face and push them in the dirt if they were against Common Core. " More>>

Cardinal Dolan to host leaders after NYPD custody death Video included

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan is hosting a meeting of New York's most influential religious leaders in the wake of a man's death in police custody. Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Associated Press on Friday that Dolan will host the gathering later this month. De Blasio said there is "a tremendous need for healing at this moment."

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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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Iconic Jersey Shore relics to be auctioned Video included

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Decades worth of Jersey Shore memories are on the auction block, including the historic carousel at Seaside Heights which survived Superstorm Sandy. It's now up for sale and that's not sitting well with those who want to keep it on the boardwalk. More>>

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