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Waldorf Astoria to Lose 65% of Its Hotel Rooms

...or almost 80%, based on how many are converted into private apartments

(Newser) - A classic New York City landmark is about to undergo a radical transformation. China's Anbang Insurance Group plans to close the Waldorf Astoria hotel next spring for a $1 billion renovation—lasting up to three years—that will see roughly two-thirds of its rooms converted into private apartments, reports... More »

Rainbow Flags, Victims' Images at Pride Parades

Marchers recognize pain of Orlando amid merriment

(Newser) - Rainbow flags were held high along with portraits of the dead as thousands of people marched Sunday in gay pride parades tempered by this month's massacre at a Florida gay nightclub, the AP reports. Crowds of onlookers stood a dozen deep along Fifth Avenue for New York City's... More »

Supreme Court: Bans on Assault Weapons Stay

SCOTUS declines to take up challenge

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday allowed bans on assault-style weapons like the one used in the Orlando shooting to remain in place in Connecticut and New York. Without comment, the court declined to hear a challenge to bans on semi-automatic weapons passed after the school attack in Newtown, Conn., reports... More »

NYC Corruption Probe Nabs 2 Bigwigs

Correction officers' union head, hedge fund founder arrested

(Newser) - The longtime head of the nation's largest municipal jail guard union was paid tens of thousands of dollars in cash, delivered in a luxury handbag, in exchange for steering $20 million in union money to a hedge fund in 2014, according to a criminal complaint. Norman Seabrook, the brash... More »

He Sat in Rikers for 5 Months; $2 Would Have Freed Him

Aitabdel Salem says he didn't know his bail had changed

(Newser) - Aitabdel Salem needed to hand over only $2 to bail himself out of Rikers Island, a fact he found out after a five-month stay. The 41-year-old Queens man was initially jailed on $25,000 bail for allegedly attacking an officer who arrested him on suspicion of theft at a retail... More »

Cops: Hubby Fatally Beat Man Trying to Rape His Wife

'Any husband would do the same thing,' says son

(Newser) - Relatives say a 61-year-old man initially charged with manslaughter was only protecting his wife from a would-be rapist when he fatally beat a man in a Bronx apartment building Monday. Mamadou Diallo was outside when 43-year-old Earl Nash got inside the building around 9:30pm and began knocking on doors... More »

Home Depot Worker's Anti-Trump Hat Spurs Racist Tirade

Krystal Lake's 'America Was Never Great' cap didn't go over well in Staten Island

(Newser) - A Staten Island college student says she's had racist statements and even death threats hurled at her online since she wore an anti-Trump hat to her job at Home Depot over the weekend, the Staten Island Advance reports. Krystal Lake, 22, donned the cap, which read "America Was... More »

'Blind Man' Getting Disability Caught Driving Around

John Caltabiano was collecting benefits

(Newser) - John Caltabiano was collecting disability benefits for a 2006 workplace accident that he said left him blind when investigators caught him on video reading, driving, and holding a door open for someone, ABC News reports. The 49-year-old New York man had said in his benefits application that he couldn't... More »

Guy Busted With DUI in Stolen Ambulance

That's not the only odd DUI charge this week

(Newser) - If you're bored on the University of Rochester campus after the bars let out, don't do as this student did: Police say 22-year-old Robert Cordaro Jr. hopped into a Rural Metro ambulance around 2:20am Thursday and drove a quarter of a mile until he crashed into a... More »

'Disturbed' Man Detained Near Taylor Swift's Home

Sources say 25-year-old stopped in NYC had also shown up near singer's RI residence

(Newser) - A "disheveled" man who sources say had previously been caught lurking near Taylor Swift's home in Rhode Island was detained Tuesday while hanging around outside of her Tribeca apartment in New York City and ringing her doorbell, police say, per Page Six . He's been identified as 25-year-old... More »

He Took One Puff of Synthetic Pot. It Killed Him

8K poisonings reported in US in 2015

(Newser) - It may be called fake weed, but Spice differs from the real stuff in at least two notable ways: Customary urine drug tests can't detect it, which the Guardian reports is leading more Americans to turn to it for an "undetectable" high—and that high can kill. Some... More »

Podiatrist, GF Tried to Off His Wife: Cops

And allegedly have a couple of insurance agents assaulted

(Newser) - Cops say "an exceptional citizen" led to the arrest of a podiatrist and his girlfriend in a murder-for-hire plot to kill the doctor's wife and beat up two insurance investigators, the Journal News reports. Police say father of three Ira Bernstein, 42, of Ramapo, NY, and Kelly Myzner... More »

Body Wearing 'Cement Shoes' Floats Ashore in NYC

The corpse had a Virgin Mary tattoo

(Newser) - Police are trying to identify the body of a man who washed ashore in New York City with his arms tied behind his back and his feet encased in concrete, the AP reports. At a news conference Tuesday in Queens, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that the body was... More »

This Stolen Hot Rod Is Worth So Much Money

Experts call it a 'freak'

(Newser) - It's known as a "freak" by experts, and now it's missing. The Journal News reports a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda worth nearly $1.5 million was boosted from a New York residence last week. The hot rod is worth so much because it's one of only 17... More »

Man Who Did 10 Years for Murder Gets Cleared of Crime

Paul Gatling was 'pressured to plead guilty'

(Newser) - A Virginia man who spent a decade in prison after pleading guilty to a New York City slaying over 50 years ago was cleared of the crime Monday, the AP reports. At the request of a prosecutor, a judge vacated the conviction of 81-year-old Paul Gatling for the 1963 shooting... More »

Thousands of New Yorkers Named in ISIS 'Hit List'

The list includes names and home and email addresses

(Newser) - Hackers affiliated with ISIS posted the names of thousands of New York City residents online Sunday with the message "We want them #Dead," NBC New York reports. According to Reuters , the list contains home and email addresses. The "hit list" includes up to 3,600 New Yorkers,... More »

'Textalyzer' Could Tell Cops Who Texts and Drives

NY considering device for cops at scene of accidents

(Newser) - When his son died following a car accident in New York state in 2011—he was a passenger in a vehicle that "drifted over the yellow line" and collided with another—Ben Lieberman was amazed that police didn't review the driver's cellphone records. The driver said he... More »

12-Year-Old Finishes Half-Marathon —by Mistake

LeeAdianez Rodriguez was only supposed to run a 5K

(Newser) - LeeAdianez Rodriguez, known as Lee to those close to her, was running late and just made it Sunday to the start of the 5K race she had signed up for in Rochester, NY, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. But at some point during her run, the 12-year-old started wondering why... More »

Cops: NY Mayor Stole 111 Road Signs

Suspect accused of lifting state signs to use in his own town

(Newser) - The mayor of an upstate New York town has been busted for pilfering 111 road signs from the New York State DOT and using them in his own town, CNYCentral.com and the AP report. Frank Moracco, 60, who serves as the mayor of the village of Frankfort, was arrested... More »

Ninja Burglar Linked to 200 Crimes Gets 25 Years

'His reign of terror is officially over'

(Newser) - A man nicknamed the Ninja Burglar who confessed to committing more than 100 break-ins over a decade accepted a plea deal with authorities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut on Thursday, the AP reports. Robert Costanzo pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary, according to Staten Island District Attorney... More »

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