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Secret Service Spotted Fire Atop Trump Tower

2 were injured by the rooftop blaze

(Newser) - New York City fire officials say a fire in Trump Tower's heating and air conditioning system injured two people and caused smoke to billow from the roof. The Fire Department of New York says the fire started around 7am Monday at the building that contains President Trump's home... More »

6 Lines From the Speech That 'Shocked' Hollywood

Tiffany Haddish delivered f-bombs, talked Skype sex

(Newser) - After beating out the competition, winners at Sunday's Golden Globes will face yet another challenge: topping what one film writer is calling "the best acceptance speech of all time," delivered Wednesday. Taking home the best supporting actress prize at the New York Film Critics Circle gala, Girls ... More »

Fire Reported at Clintons' Home in New York

Fire was reportedly inside building used by Secret Service

(Newser) - Firefighters responded to Bill and Hillary Clinton's home outside New York City after a small fire in a building on the property, the AP reports. New Castle Police say a call came in around 2:50pm Wednesday about a fire in Chappaqua. The fire was out by 3:15pm.... More »

Restaurant Mocked by NYT Is Now Gone for Good

Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, subject of much mockery, served its last meal on New Year's Eve

(Newser) - It started with a scathing New York Times review , followed by pushback from the celebrity chef in the hot seat, and now the saga is ending with a high-profile restaurant closure. The AP reports that Guy Fieri's Times Square eatery, Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, has closed down... More »

Hundreds Take Part in 'Horrible' New Year's Day Tradition

Freezing temps didn't stop Coney Island's Polar Plunge from happening

(Newser) - The sky was sunny and the water was freezing at Coney Island, where several hundred people, cheered on by hundreds more, ran into the ocean Monday to mark the start of 2018. While some dressed in dinosaur or penguin outfits, others wore nothing but underwear or bathing suits at the... More »

The Longest Current Playoff Drought in Major Sports Is Over

What's eluded Buffalo Bills for 17 years is now theirs: wild-card spot after 22-16 win against Miami

(Newser) - The Buffalo Bills already had the record for the most consecutive Super Bowl appearances , with nary a win. On Sunday, what SBNation calls "one of the NFL's longest-suffering franchises" broke its most recent record: the longest current playoff drought, not only in the NFL, but in any of... More »

Suspects in Family's Gruesome Murder Identified

James White and Justin Mann were arrested Saturday

(Newser) - Two men arrested early Saturday in the gruesome murder of a family in Troy, New York, have been identified as 38-year-old James White and 24-year-old Justin Mann, NBC News reports. According to the Albany Times Union , the men appeared in court Saturday on multiple counts of first and second-degree murder,... More »

2 Arrests in Grisly Quadruple Homicide in Upstate NY

Details are sparse, but police will release more info later Saturday

(Newser) - Police say two people have been arrested in the quadruple homicide that took the lives of two women and two children in their upstate New York apartment. Officials made the announcement early Saturday morning. The suspects' names, photos, and charges have not yet been released. Police say that information will... More »

Eric Garner's Daughter in Coma After Heart Attack

27-year-old activist is in grave condition, family says

(Newser) - Erica Garner, the 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner , spent Christmas Day fighting for her life after what family members say was an asthma-induced heart attack. The anti-police brutality activist is one of the six children of Garner, who died in 2014 after being placed in a banned chokehold by New... More »

Kayaker's Killer Released 6 Weeks After Her Conviction

Angelika Graswald set free from prison early for time served in kayaking death of Vincent Viafore

(Newser) - A New York woman sent to prison for causing the death of her fiance on the Hudson River got an early Christmas present: her release from jail not even two months after hearing her fate in court. Angelika Graswald had been sentenced in early November to 16 months to four... More »

Hunter's 'Stupid Mistake' Leads to Grisly Scene

And a malodorous one in Argyle, NY

(Newser) - The source of a stench that bedeviled the residents of Argyle, NY, this fall has been identified, and it's a grisly one. The Post-Star reports hundreds of pounds of rotting moose meat—including the animal's head—were the culprit. After tracing the smell to its source, the state... More »

'Murder Capital of America' Now as Deadly as Wyoming

NYC sees killings hit record low, perhaps in part due to community policing

(Newser) - Even after two terrorist attacks and a driver's deadly rampage through Times Square , New York City is on track to smash its modern-era low for homicides in a year. Through Dec. 17, the city of 8.5 million people, once America's murder capital, had recorded 278 killings. That... More »

Man Claims Father-in-Law Has Terrorized Him With a Toupee

Yes, that headline means what you think

(Newser) - A New York City man who says he has a fear of the Tasmanian Devil claims his father-in-law repeatedly scared him with a toupee that looks like the cartoon character. The New York Post reports Yunes Doleh was arrested in November for violating a restraining order filed by his son-in-law,... More »

NYC Bombing Suspect Came to US in 2011

Akayed Ullah carried bomb on 55-minute subway ride

(Newser) - The man accused of detonating a bomb in a subway corridor near Times Square Monday morning carried the device strapped to himself on a 55-minute subway ride from his Brooklyn home, law enforcement officials say. Akayed Ullah, who came to the US from Bangladesh in 2011, injured himself and three... More »

Suit: Doc Took Test on Phone During Woman's Surgery

Woman says doctor told her later that he was taking a language test

(Newser) - A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her, per the AP . The Journal News reports 70-year-old Mary Edwards of Port Chester filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court against Dr. Eric Fishman and... More »

Can We Really Blame a Dog for Freaking Out During Cats?

Service animal went after feline-dressed performer during Broadway play

(Newser) - A showing of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats almost went to the dogs this week, quite literally. Witnesses tell the New York Post that during a performance at New York City's Neil Simon Theatre, a service dog broke free from its owner during the opening number and rushed the... More »

Her Court Visit on Pot Charges Goes Comically Wrong

Woman is charged with smoking more pot while parked in the police chief's spot

(Newser) - If you're heading to court to answer a marijuana possession summons, it's not advisable to light up a joint in the parking lot. But if you just can't resist, it's even less advisable to do so while parked in the police chief's parking space. Such... More »

New Gate Would Block Perilous Gorge, but Many Don't Want It

2 Cornell students died after crossing through Ezra's Tunnel, but locals say Ithaca gorge is iconic

(Newser) - Cornell University students have long wandered through a nearly 200-year-old tunnel that one nature official describes as "one of the most dangerous places in the entire Finger Lakes region," mainly to get to a popular (but illegal) swimming hole. Now, after two student drownings in seven years, the... More »

Trumps to Ditch Their 'Epically Mismanaged' NYC Hotel

The Trump SoHo has had troubles from the start

(Newser) - A posh New York City hotel bears the Trump name—but the Trumps have apparently had it with the property, the New York Times reports. The Trump Organization has penned a deal that lets it out of its ties to Trump SoHo by the end of the year, bringing to... More »

He Makes a Decent Living as a D&D 'Dungeon Master'

'Wired' profiles New York City's Timm Woods

(Newser) - Like a lot of kids, Timm Woods developed an intense fascination with the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Unlike a lot of those kids, the 30-year-old Woods is now making a living at it as an adult. Wired profiles the Brooklyn resident and his unusual profession: that of a "... More »

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