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Man Vows to Kill Wife, Employer Sends Her Home

That's when the state stepped in

(Newser) - New York's attorney general says a department store has agreed to change its policies to better accommodate domestic violence victims in an agreement that "stands as a model for other employers." Jodi Porter explains that she showed up to work at a Bon-Ton store in Williamsville, NY,... More »

Papa John's Franchisee Gets Jail for Dodging Overtime

NYC owner also to cough up more than $500K in back pay, damages, penalties

(Newser) - A Papa John's owner tried to make a buck off his employees' backs, and now he's paying big time. Abdul Jamil Khokhar, who owns nine of the chain's restaurants in the NYC area along with BMY Foods, has pleaded guilty to not paying the correct minimum wage... More »

NY Inmate Pleads Guilty in Escape

David Sweat admits to all charges in high-profile breakout in June

(Newser) - A convicted killer serving life behind bars when he staged a daring escape from a maximum-security prison has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for the breakout. In 35-year-old David Sweat's second court appearance since his capture in June, he no longer wore a sling, his head was shaved, and... More »

Frat Suing 'Rogue' Group Accused in Hazing Death

Zeta Beta Tau says SUNY Albany men had no authorization to use ZBT name

(Newser) - The seven men accused of the 2014 hazing of a SUNY Albany student that caused his death are already in trouble with the school and the police. Now they've got a new problem on their hands: a lawsuit set to be filed by the fraternity whose name they apparently... More »

Airline Plans to Offer $69 Flights to Europe

Norwegian Air wants to tap into lower fees at smaller US airports

(Newser) - It's hard to find a one-way ticket domestically for $69, but if the CEO of Norwegian Air has his way, a ticket for that much may soon be available between Europe and the US, NBC News reports. Bjorn Kjos' master plan is to connect flights from smaller coastal US... More »

Meet the Dudes Who Make $1K a Week Waiting in Lines

Robert Samuel charges $25 for the first hour and $10 every following half-hour

(Newser) - Robert Samuel is a professional time-killer. As the founder and CEO of Same Ole Line Dudes (or SOLD) in New York, he'll keep your place in line to ensure you get your hands on "iPhones, the latest Air Jordans, or the hottest Broadway tix in town." SOLD... More »

Mom Accused of Murdering Baby Had Another Baby Who Died

Jennifer Berry now being investigated for 2008 death of infant son

(Newser) - A 33-year-old Yonkers woman is being held without bail on murder and manslaughter charges after allegedly throwing her newborn daughter to her death out a seventh-story apartment window—and now prosecutors in Westchester are investigating the 2008 death of her infant son, the New York Times reports. "In light... More »

Whales Return to Long Island Sound After 2 Decades

Boaters are snapping pics of humpbacks and belugas, but NOAA issues warning

(Newser) - It's been more than 20 years since whales were spotted in the Long Island Sound—and even longer since the last humpback was spied—but that streak was broken this summer in what one maritime expert is calling "the year of the whale," the Hour reports. Boaters... More »

NY Couple Has Identical Triplets—Conceived Naturally

'We hit the genetic lottery,' says the proud dad

(Newser) - Most moms will boast that their child is one in a million. Kelli Fenley can say her three sons are literally that after the identical triplet boys were born in Mineola, NY, on July 1. Owen, Noah, and Miles each weighed less than three pounds at birth but are doing... More »

Judge: Yes, You Can Swear at Town When Paying Fine

Profanity-filled missive falls within First Amendment realm, judge rules

(Newser) - You'd figure a town called Liberty would be filled with advocates of free speech. But authorities in the upstate New York town weren't pleased when a 22-year-old man who had received a speeding ticket in 2012 mailed in his payment—along with the word "Tyranny" scrawled next... More »

Seamstress: I Helped Convicts 'to Save My Family'

Joyce Mitchell says prisoners knew where they lived

(Newser) - The former prison seamstress who helped two murderers escape in New York in June says she did so out of fear for her family. Richard Matt and David Sweat had discovered where her mother and older son lived, and Joyce Mitchell felt she was in too deep to refuse their... More »

Same-Sex Custody Battles Are Shaking Up Courts

Some say laws should evolve to protect 'de facto parents'

(Newser) - Same-sex couples aren't just making their mark on marriage, but also on breakups and the subsequent custody battles—so much so that they are "going to revolutionize the court system," a family lawyer tells the New York Post . The paper highlights one of several complicated cases in... More »

Inmates: NY Guards Killed Man, Threw Him Down Stairs

Samuel Harrell's family says a lawsuit is coming

(Newser) - Police say they're probing the death of a black inmate at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, NY, earlier this year, but inmates inside say the case is cut and dry: Samuel Harrell, 30, was murdered by a gang of correctional officers known as the "Beat Up Squad."... More »

NY Inmates: We Were Beaten After 2 Killers Escaped

Clinton Correctional inmates say they faced officers' wrath after June jailbreak

(Newser) - A daring escape from an upstate New York prison in June didn't go as planned for Richard Matt and David Sweat . But while those two men faced their personal consequences, inmates back at the Clinton Correctional Facility say they were facing their own repercussions for the jailbreak, per a... More »

Mom Drowns in Lake Erie Trying to Save 2 Girls

The girls, including her daughter, are OK

(Newser) - A Buffalo mom tried to save her 11-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old friend after they ran into trouble in the rough waves of Lake Erie, but she ended up drowning herself, WIVB reports. Evans police received a distress call from Wendt Beach just before 7pm yesterday, reports the Buffalo News ... More »

No Freedom for 2 Chimps Being Used for Research

Chimps Hercules, Leo are denied legal personhood rights

(Newser) - Two chimpanzees being used for mobility research at Stony Brook University in New York will not be released to a sanctuary because a state supreme court judge has dismissed the lawsuit seeking to grant them personhood. The reason comes down to legal precedent: A higher court ruled last year that... More »

Joyce Mitchell Pleads Guilty in NY Prison Escape

Prison seamstress admits charges in escape of Richard Matt, David Sweat

(Newser) - A New York prison employee has pleaded guilty to helping two killers escape last month. Joyce Mitchell, a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility, was jailed shortly after Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped on June 6. Matt was shot and killed three weeks later. Sweat was captured and... More »

'Chalk One Up for the 99%-ers' in NY

Fast-food workers win 'Fight for $15'

(Newser) - They fought for $15—and they won. In what advocates say is a huge victory for the "99%-ers," New York state's wage board has recommended that the minimum wage for fast-food workers be gradually hiked to $15 from the current $8.75 over the next few years,... More »

More Planes Hit by Lasers Over NJ, NY

20 planes have been targeted over the last week

(Newser) - Authorities appear no closer to figuring out the source of those mysterious lasers dazzling pilots over New Jersey and New York even as more incidents are recorded. After pilots reported lasers hitting at least 11 planes last week, nine more flights have been affected, including four last night. Two of... More »

Mayor: Our Seal Just Shows Some 'Friendly Wrestling'

New York town's depiction of white settler, Native American decried as racist

(Newser) - Some are calling the official seal of Whitesboro a ridiculously racist depiction that could've come straight from the set of Parks and Recreation , but the mayor of the upstate New York town doesn't think anything's amiss with showing a white settler grappling with a Native American. "... More »

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