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Huge Graffiti Scrawled in Amazon's New Nabe

Seems Amazon enemies vandalized the place

(Newser) - Amazon-haters apparently broke into a building the company owns Saturday and left their mark: the word "Scamazon" written in big orange letters. Police say they spotted the graffiti written on floor-to-ceiling windows facing out over the East River in Long Island City, Queens, at about 5pm and had it... More »

College Athlete Was Disowned for Being Gay. Now, Good News

NCAA waives donations rule so Emily Scheck can accept money to help her pay school, living costs

(Newser) - When Grace Hausladen started a GoFundMe for her friend and Division I cross-country teammate Emily Scheck, it was for one reason: to raise money for tuition and living expenses at Buffalo's Canisius College after Scheck's family disowned her in August upon finding out she had a girlfriend. The... More »

Fans Wowed That Kelly Clarkson Didn't Lip-Sync

Singer brought her own band, with horn section, to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

(Newser) - John Legend headed onto Twitter to defend the majority of artists—including himself—who've lip-synced their way through performances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, per PopSugar . It's technical, he wrote , explaining that the floats performers ride on "don't have the capacity to handle the... More »

A Baffling Case, an Arrest, and Now a Mistrial

Jury deliberated for day and a half in case of slain NYC runner Karina Vetrano

(Newser) - The trial of a man accused of killing a woman who was sexually attacked while running near her family's New York City home ended in a hung jury late Tuesday. Judge Michael Aloise in Queens granted a mistrial after the jury sent him a note saying it was split... More »

Amazon Makes Its Picks, and a Young Politician Isn't Pleased

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks NYC gave away too much to lure the company

(Newser) - The insiders were correct : Amazon announced Tuesday that its new second headquarters will be split between a site in Queens and another in Crystal City, northern Virginia. Each will have about 25,000 employees. Nashville, meanwhile, will get an "operations center of excellence" with about 5,000 workers, reports... More »

On NYC Subway, a 'Tragic End to the Everyday Jostle'

Man who fled from Nazis in Austria dies after being pushed to ground by rushing fellow commuter

(Newser) - The New York Times calls Dr. Kurt Salzinger's death "a tragic end to the everyday jostle of straphangers," which the New York Post paints as "a daily underground hazard." His stepdaughter calls it "a complete disregard for the elderly," per the Times. Salzinger... More »

Driver in Crash That Killed Broadway Star's Child, Unborn Baby Kills Self

Dorothy Bruns was facing 15 years in jail

(Newser) - The woman charged with hitting and killing two young children in a Brooklyn crosswalk in March was found dead Tuesday in an apparent suicide, NBC New York reports. Dorothy Bruns, 44, was charged in May with crimes including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and assault and was facing 15 years behind... More »

Alec Baldwin on Arrest: It Wasn't Over Parking Space

Says reports have been 'clickbait' and 'egregiously misstated'

(Newser) - What's not in dispute: that Alec Baldwin was arrested Friday in New York City. What is in dispute: what he was arrested for. While initial reports noted that the 60-year-old actor had been hauled in by the NYPD after he allegedly punched a man in the face over a... More »

Dad Who Vanished in 1961 Might Never Have Left Home

Family suspects bones buried in basement belong to George Carroll

(Newser) - Throughout childhood, brothers Steven and Michael Carroll were told their father "went out and just never came back." It turns out he might never have left the family's Lake Grove, NY, home after all. Steven Carroll's adult sons were digging in the basement on the eve... More »

In Central Park, a Rare Brilliance Spotted

Mandarin duck, usually seen only in Asia, shows up out of the blue in NYC

(Newser) - If there's anywhere you'll see a punk rocker with a "multicolored mohawk," New York City would be the place. But the Mandarin duck that's been hanging out in Central Park since mid-October is another story entirely. The New York Times reports the creature with brilliantly... More »

After Clinton, Obama Packages, CNN HQ Is Evacuated

NYPD is on the case at Time Warner Center

(Newser) - First came a pipe bomb discovered Monday in George Soros' mailbox, then the announcement Wednesday of the Secret Service's interception of "two suspicious packages" meant for the offices of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (Clinton's package was said to contain a "functional explosive device"). Now... More »

Hospital Admits Abuse by Pediatrician

Rockefeller University Hospital in New York says the late Reginald Archibald molested boys

(Newser) - Rockefeller University Hospital in New York says multiple people experienced "inappropriate" behavior at the hands of a late doctor who treated children there for decades, inklings of which were known since 2004. An investigation that year, said to be in response to a single patient's claims, found that... More »

Nikki Haley Riffs on Trump, NYC Mayor at Charity Dinner

She also says political opponents shouldn't be deemed 'evil'

(Newser) - If anyone was looking for hints as to why Nikki Haley is leaving her UN ambassador post , they wouldn't have found it during her appearance at the annual Al Smith charity dinner Thursday night. What Haley did bring to the roast were plenty of jokes about herself and President... More »

The Win Was His. He Opted for 'True Sportsmanship'

High schooler praised for assisting blind race runner

(Newser) - Some cross-country coaches might hope to forget a race that saw a runner lose by a hair. For coach Jason Hyatt of New York's Cazenovia High School, the final stretch of Saturday's boys junior varsity race in Auburn "will be a memory I'll carry with me... More »

NYPD Hadn't Had This Type of Weekend in 25 Years

Nobody got shot—the first time since at least 1993

(Newser) - It's the city that doesn't sleep—and it just became, for one weekend, the city that doesn't shoot. The NYPD reports that by the time Monday rolled around, the last time someone in New York City limits had been shot was in Brooklyn on Thursday, meaning that... More »

FBI: Man's Belief in 'Sortition' Led to Suicide Plot

Authorities say Paul Rosenfeld planned to blow himself up on Nov. 6

(Newser) - An upstate New York man has been arrested after allegedly plotting to blow himself up on the National Mall on Election Day next month. US Attorney Geoffrey Berman calls it "a twisted plan to draw attention to his political ideology," per CBS New York . Paul Rosenfeld of Tappan... More »

Tragic End for Man Accused of Stealing Goldman Sachs Exec's Wine

Former personal assistant to David Solomon jumped to his death same day he was due in court

(Newser) - The former Goldman Sachs personal assistant accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of wine from his boss leaped to his death from a Manhattan hotel Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Nicolas De-Meyer had been scheduled to appear in federal court at 2:30pm that day on a criminal... More »

'Curse of the Worst Family Name' Lives On

Hitler's great-nephew describes broken engagement in interview

(Newser) - Hitler became Hiller, then Stuart-Houston. The name changes allowed Adolf Hitler's last living descendants on his father's side to keep a quiet life in New York, the New York Post reports via German newspaper Bild , which recently visited Hitler's three great-nephews on Long Island. Sons of Hitler'... More »

Limo in Horrific Crash Shouldn't Have Been on Road

It had failed inspection, and its driver was not properly licensed, governor says

(Newser) - The limousine involved in Saturday afternoon's horrific crash shouldn't have been on the road. It failed an inspection last month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. In addition, the driver, who died in the upstate New York crash along with his 17 passengers and two bystanders, was... More »

Worker Crushed In Accident Goes Unnoticed for a Day

Authorities say there are no signs of foul play

(Newser) - State police say a handyman's accidental death at an upstate New York printing company went unnoticed for a least a day before his body was found pinned under a hydraulic loading dock, the AP reports. Troopers say William Sethmann, of Deposit, was working as an independent contractor at the... More »

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