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New York Heat Makes Horse Manure Spontaneously Combust

Gross

(Newser) - How hot is it in upstate New York? So hot that horse manure is bursting into flames, the AP reports. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it received multiple complaints July 5 about the smell and smoke emanating from a burning pile of horse manure at a property in... More »

Mayor Thanks Susan B. Anthony After Clinton's Nom

'Dear Susan B: We thought you might like to know...'

(Newser) - A letter of thanks has been left at the New York state grave of suffragette Susan B. Anthony following Hillary Clinton's historic nomination, New York Upstate reports. The sign was left by Lovely Warren, the current—and first female—mayor of Rochester, according to WHEC . Anthony, who was from... More »

Presidential Debate Host Backs Out Over Safety, Money

The debate was expected to cost Ohio's Wright State University more than $8M

(Newser) - Ohio's Wright State University was scheduled to host the first presidential debate of the general election Sept. 26—until it announced Tuesday it wouldn't be doing that. “This has been a very difficult decision to make but I am confident that it is the right one,”... More »

Cops: Trio Owes More Than $130K for Unpaid Tolls

One allegedly failed to pay the toll again while fleeing arrest

(Newser) - Authorities in New York and New Jersey have arrested a trio of scofflaws for allegedly racking up more than $130,000 in unpaid tolls and fines, the New York Daily News reports. Denise Simien was the most recent suspect to be nabbed. Authorities say she took the Holland Tunnel more... More »

33 Sickened in NYC Mass Overdose

Authorities issue fresh warning on synthetic pot

(Newser) - More than two dozen people were sickened in an apparent mass drug overdose on a New York City street corner, sparking warnings from police and health officials about the dangers of using K2, also known as synthetic marijuana. Calls started coming in Tuesday morning that numerous people appeared to be... More »

Aerosmith Guitarist Collapses During Concert

Joe Perry hospitalized during Hollywood Vampires gig

(Newser) - Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been taken to a hospital after he was forced to leave the stage while performing in New York City. Perry became ill around 9:30pm Sunday while performing with Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper in his side band, the Hollywood Vampires , at Ford Amphitheater in... More »

Police Arrest 74 During Black Lives Matter Protest in NY

Protests around the country Friday were largely peaceful

(Newser) - A Black Lives Matter protest led to mass arrests Friday night in Rochester, New York, USA Today reports. Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says 74 people were arrested when protesters blocked traffic around 10pm. According to NBC News , police thought the protest was going to end earlier in the evening; officers... More »

Macy's Must Stop Detaining Alleged Shoplifters, Forcing Confessions

The store is accused of locking shoppers up for hours, charging them to be released

(Newser) - A judge in New York ruled this week that Macy's has to stop detaining shoplifting suspects for hours on end, getting them to sign confessions without due process, and forcing them to pay money in order to be released, the New York Daily News reports. In his ruling, the... More »

Explorers Find Schooner That Sank in 1868 in Lake Ontario

The Royal Albert was carrying 285 tons of railroad iron when it went down

(Newser) - A retired engineer and two buddies took his boat out on Lake Ontario a few weeks ago, with a high-res side-scan sonar to see if they could find any shipwrecks. What they stumbled across, 400 feet below the surface: the remains of the Royal Albert schooner, which sank nearly 150... More »

Young Girls Keep Disappearing in the Bronx

Councilman reads 14 names from last 2 years

(Newser) - Girls seem to be vanishing without a trace in the Bronx. In what a New York City councilman describes as a "disturbing" trend, some 14 girls, aged 12 to 19—who are mostly black and Hispanic—have vanished in the borough in two years. "Every other week our... More »

Waldorf Astoria Losing Up to 75% of Its Hotel Rooms

Owners turning them 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 »

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