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Woman Caused $350K in Damage at Ex's House: Cops

Ana Rockman charged in very expensive break-in at former husband's NY home

(Newser) - There are bitter breakups, and then there's the case of Ana Rockman: State police have charged the 61-year-old New York woman with causing more than $350,000 in damage to artwork, antiques, and other personal property at her ex-husband's home. Troopers say Rockman, of Long Island's Elmont,... More »

Shkreli, Wu-Tang, the American Dream—All in One Musical

'PharmaBro: An American Douchical' runs through June 18 in NYC

(Newser) - If they can stage off-Broadway musicals for Octomom and Jerry Springer , surely there's room under the spotlight for "Pharma Bro." In what Quartz calls "satire at its strangest," a Manhattan theater is staging PharmaBro: An American Douchical through June 18, poking fun at Martin "... More »

After 14 Years, a Wedding for Big Bang Theory Star, Partner

Jim Parsons tied the knot with Todd Spiewak at NYC's Rainbow Room

(Newser) - In November, Jim Parsons commemorated his 14-year anniversary with partner Todd Spiewak with a celebratory throwback picture . On Saturday, Spiewak, 40, and the 44-year-old star of The Big Bang Theory made their longtime union official, marrying at New York City's Rainbow Room, Page Six reports, with a confirmation from... More »

Lawyers Behind Famous Jingle Heading for 'Business Divorce'

Cellino of Cellino & Barnes is suing Barnes

(Newser) - The days of "calling 8" after suffering a personal injury may be over. WGRZ reports Cellino & Barnes, a Buffalo-area law firm known for its omnipresent ads and catchy jingle, may be breaking up after Ross Cellino filed suit against Stephen Barnes on Wednesday. The suit calls for the... More »

'Things Go Bump in the Night' at NY Governor's Mansion

Spooky thuds keep Gov. Andrew Cuomo awake at night

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn't afraid of ghosts, but spooky thuds still keep him awake at night when he stays at the governor's mansion in Albany, the AP reports. The Democrat told a Long Island crowd Thursday that during legislative sessions he spends evenings unsettled by unexplained... More »

7 Best States for Immigrants

California is the place to be

(Newser) - Making a life in a new country is never easy—but some US states make it easier than others. 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the best states for immigrants based on factors including median household income, poverty rates, unemployment, and the share of non-native residents. The top seven: More »

From 'Politicized Prisoner' to Inmate Hero

NPR details the story of Martin Sostre, whose prison activism is legendary

(Newser) - Reporter Joseph Shapiro first met Martin Sostre after New York's governor granted the inmate clemency in 1976. The prisoner's story sparked a lifelong interest in prison activism for Shapiro, who documents for NPR his search for the long-disappeared Sostre. Shapiro dives into the early life of the self-described... More »

Movie May Have Inspired Couple to Kill Son, Says DA

'Manchester by the Sea' cited by the district attorney

(Newser) - A New York couple has been charged with murdering their adopted son, and authorities say they may have gotten the idea from a film that just picked up two Oscars . (Note: The following reveals key parts of that film, Manchester by the Sea.) The district attorney says Ernest and... More »

'Fearless Girl' Has New Foe: the 'Charging Bull' Sculptor

Arturo Di Modica says newer bronze statue is messing up his creation's vibe

(Newser) - The sculptor of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue is accusing New York City of violating his legal rights by allowing the "Fearless Girl" statue to be installed facing the bronze beast without his permission. Attorney Norman Siegel tells the AP that Arturo Di Modica will explain at... More »

People 'Crying on Platform' After NYC Subway Accident

13-year-old girl killed while trying to retrieve her phone

(Newser) - They've said it before and, sadly, they have to say it again: No phone is worth risking your life for. New York City transit authorities urged riders to stay safe Sunday after a 13-year-old girl was killed while trying to retrieve a dropped phone from the track bed at... More »

Someone Just Paid $162K for This 'Remarkable' Tubman Pic

Most photos of the anti-slavery crusader show her as an elderly woman—not this one

(Newser) - A rare photograph of 19th-century abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman has been sold at a New York City auction for $162,500. Swann Galleries says the circa late-1860s image sold Thursday for a hammer price of $130,000, plus a $32,500 auctioneer fee, the AP reports. The... More »

Court Rules Against Man Who Brandished Finger Gun

Attempted first-degree robbery conviction stands for Charles Smith

(Newser) - Charles Smith's gun may have been fake, but a New York Court of Appeals ruling against him is very real. Per the Wall Street Journal , the court decided Tuesday to retain Smith's conviction of attempted first-degree robbery instead of reducing the charge, even though it was Smith's... More »

Woman From China Said to Be Mystery Buyer of Trump Childhood Home

Trump Birth House LLC spent $2.14M for the Jamaica Estates abode

(Newser) - Someone has agreed to hand over $2.14 million for President Trump's childhood home in Queens—and an unnamed neighbor tells the New York Times she's witnessed suited-up people pulling up to the Jamaica Estates home in black luxury SUVs and speaking Chinese since the secretive deal went... More »

4th Person Connected to Madoff Commits Suicide

Father of four jumped from NY hotel

(Newser) - A hedge fund manager who was duped in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme jumped from the 24th floor of a New York hotel on Monday, becoming the fourth person linked to Madoff to commit suicide, reports the New York Daily News . Police and witnesses say Charles Murphy, 56, jumped from... More »

Guy Who Killed Black Man With Sword Went to NYC to Kill: Cops

He turned himself in after one murder

(Newser) - A white US Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York, the "media capital of the world," randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street, and killed him with a sword, police said Wednesday. James... More »

10-Year-Old Found Dead Under 2 Feet of Snow

It was a freak accident

(Newser) - A boy doing what any kid does on a snow day—digging around in the snow—met a tragic end when the tunnel he had burrowed collapsed and suffocated him. The 10-year-old was playing on his grandparents' farm in upstate New York Wednesday when his father, who was clearing the... More »

Saga of Stradivarius Stolen in 1980 Ends on High Note

Roman Totenberg's family to hear stolen violin for first time in 37 years

(Newser) - After a meticulous restoration that took more than a year, a Stradivarius violin that was stolen from violinist Roman Totenberg and missing for decades is about to return to the stage. Violinist Mira Wang, who studied under Totenberg, will play the instrument at a private concert in New York on... More »

'Significant Settlement' for Innocent Men Jailed 32 Years

Cleared of arson in 2015, they'll each get $15.5M

(Newser) - After serving 32 years behind bars for arson and murders they didn't commit , Amaury Villalobos and William Vasquez are finally getting what one official calls "closure." The two men wrongly convicted following a 1980 fire that killed a mother and her five children in a Brooklyn townhouse... More »

Wall Street's Famous Bronze Bull Has 'Defiant' New Frenemy

'Fearless Girl' installed by investment firm in the name of corporate gender diversity

(Newser) - Wednesday is International Women's Day, as well as the International Women's Strike and "A Day Without a Woman," and one bronzed young lady isn't taking any bull when it comes to celebrating them. A New York City firm erected a statue of what Business Insider... More »

Cops: Vandals Didn't Topple Headstones at Jewish Cemetery

They blame neglect, erosion

(Newser) - The toppling of more than 40 headstones in a predominantly Jewish cemetery wasn't part of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, police say. Instead, the NYPD says the 42 headstones at Brooklyn's Washington Cemetery fell down by themselves because of a combination of factors, including neglect and... More »

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