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How Woman's SUV Ended Up on Tracks a Mystery

As other victims of Metro-North crash are remembered

(Newser) - The investigation into what caused Tuesday's deadly Metro-North crash in Valhalla, NY, is focusing on how a mother of three described by friends as "responsible" ended up in the crossing as a train hurtled toward her. Ellen Brody, 49, of Edgemont was the driver of the SUV; she... More »

Kerry Kennedy on Ambien During Car Crash

It was drugs, not seizure

(Newser) - Kerry Kennedy had the sedative Ambien in her system when she crashed her car last week in Westchester and tried to leave the scene, according to court documents filed yesterday. Toxicology tests found zolpidem, the generic name for the sedative Ambien, in a blood sample taken the day Kennedy swerved... More »

Mary Kennedy on Antidepressants, But Sober at Death

Autopsy finds 3 antidepressants in Kennedy's blood

(Newser) - Mary Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife who committed suicide in May , had three kinds of antidepressants in her system at the time of her death, but no alcohol, according to a toxicology report released yesterday. The medical examiner found Trazodone, Desmethylvenlafaxine, and Venlafaxine in Kennedy's... More »

'Lost, Alone' Mary Kennedy Hanged Herself

4 children were away when her body was found in barn

(Newser) - Robert Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife was a "lost, alone" woman who ended her life at the end of a noose in a suicide in her barn behind her Westchester home, reports the New York Daily News . The body of Mary Kennedy, 52, the mom of four children... More »

Birds Again Ground NY Plane

JetBlue flight forced to return to Westchester immediately after takeoff

(Newser) - It's a bird, it's a plane ... it's a collision. Or so went an aborted JetBlue flight taking off from New York's Westchester airport last night, reports the New York Post . Two geese plowed into the windshield of the cockpit of the West Palm Beach-bound flight, forcing... More »

Cops Hunt Truck Filmed Near Missing Student

Footage shows Lauren Spierer smiling before a night on the town

(Newser) - Investigators are poring over film footage of a missing college student from New York and searching for a truck spotted circling her apartment building before she vanished early this month. Lauren Spierer is seen smiling broadly on surveillance footage as she walks down the hall of her apartment building near... More »

Dog Splits Martha Stewart's Lip, She Rips Hospital Wallpaper

French bulldog Francesca 'didn't mean it,' she says

(Newser) - Martha Stewart's lip was split by her French bulldog Francesca when she bent down to "whisper goodbye"—and she ended up in a hospital where she criticized the "dated" wallpaper. "I must have startled her, because she bolted upright with such force that she hit me... More »

Cops: Con Man Scammed $140K From Online Dates

Posed as multimillionaire pal of George Bush

(Newser) - A New York lothario posing as a multimillionaire Navy commander and confidante of George Bush scammed close to $140,000 from women he met on online dating sites, according to Westchester authorities. After cultivating relationships with women met on sites like Match.com, Jesus Nasser asked for loans, explaining that... More »

Letterman: Wife Didn't Boot Me

Spokesman denies tabloid report

(Newser) - David Letterman yesterday denied a tabloid report that his wife has kicked him out of their Westchester home because of dalliances with staffers. "The National Enquirer has it wrong," Letterman's spokesman told the New York Daily News . The Enquirer, citing an unnamed CBS source, reported that Letterman had... More »

Woman Dies in Midair as Flight Diverts Too Late

(Newser) - An elderly woman suffered a heart attack and died today on an AirTran flight from New York to Palm Beach, Fla., WNYW-TV reports. The plane diverted to Philadelphia in an attempt to save the 80-year-old but was too late, BNO News adds. “There was a doctor on board who... More »

JPMorgan Spending $138M to Update Swank Jet Fleet

Two Gulfstreams and a new hangar are slated for purchase

(Newser) - JPMorgan Chase, recipient of $25 billion in taxpayer money, is about to be the proud owner of two new luxury private jets and a lavishly renovated Westchester County airport hangar, complete with roof garden, ABC News reports. The $138 million purchase, described as “completely tone deaf” by one watchdog,... More »

RFK Jr. Takes Green Dream to Reality TV

Bobby Kennedy Jr. will chronicle building his green home

(Newser) - The most prominent American political dynasty is branching out into reality TV. Environmentalist Bobby Kennedy Jr. and wife Mary are developing a 13-part series that will document the building of their dream green home, the New York Daily News reports. This Old House star Bob Vila will supervise construction of... More »

Choi Takes Lead at Barclays

(Newser) - K.J. Choi gave Tiger Woods a run for his money at the Barclays today, even though the new dad wasn't entered in the first round of the FedEx Cup. Choi, who's having his best year in golf, made a 5-under 66, giving him a two-shot lead over Rich Beem... More »

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