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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 »

At Long-Dead Artist's Home, a 'Once-in-a-Century' Find

Art experts find unknown Thomas Cole murals, painted around 1836

(Newser) - Art experts working at the summer home and gallery of 19th-century American artist Thomas Cole simply wanted to figure out the original color of the walls. Instead, paint analyst Matthew Mosca uncovered an incredible find: previously unknown friezes on the original plaster of the Catskill, NY, farmhouse, hidden behind layers... More »

Captured Escapee Speaks: The Plan Was Mexico

David Sweat says he and Richard Matt parted ways 5 days ago

(Newser) - A day after New York prison escapee David Sweat was shot near the Canadian border by Sgt. Jay Cook , he's apparently talking to investigators to fill in the gaps in the breakout scheme he and dead escapee Richard Matt carried out. Per Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sweat revealed he and... More »

Hunt for Prison Escapees in NY Town a Dead End

Authorities in Willsboro come up empty in search for David Sweat, Richard Matt

(Newser) - "Please lock house and car doors tonight. Avoid walking around town if possible." That was part of the directive yesterday tweeted by the town of Willsboro, NY, to residents as the hunt continues for Richard Matt and David Sweat. The focus of the manhunt for the two convicts... More »

Hero Guide Dog Throws Self at Bus to Save Owner

Witness: Bigo tried to shield Audrey Stone from vehicle by taking impact himself

(Newser) - Here's hoping Bigo gets a well-deserved treat this week. The service dog was crossing the street with his owner, Audrey Stone, yesterday in Brewster, NY, when a mini school bus came toward Stone, who's legally blind, reports the Journal News . Bigo literally leapt into action, flinging himself toward... More »

Judge: NYC Buses Must Run 'Killing Jews' Ads

Pamela Geller's controversial group wins in court

(Newser) - Soon, you could see MTA buses in New York with the words "Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah" on the side. That's because a controversial pro-Israel group wants to run the ads—they show a man with a Palestinian keffiyeh covering his face alongside... More »

Judge: Lab Chimps Have Right to Fight for Freedom

First time in US history animals allowed to challenge detention via habeas corpus

(Newser) - The writ of habeas corpus lets prisoners appear in court to make their captors justify why they're being held. Until now in the US, those who've used this legal tactic have been human. But a New York judge yesterday ruled that the writ may be used by two... More »

Russian Wants London-to-NY Highway— Via Moscow

Putin pal says 13K-mile superhighway would cost 'trillions' but be totally worth it

(Newser) - London to New York? Skip flying the Atlantic and hop a 13,000-mile superhighway connecting the two via Moscow. That’s the plan a pal of Vladimir Putin's is proposing to create the first modern roadway from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Fox News reports. And while Russian Railways... More »

Man Trying to Save His Dog Falls Through Ice, Drowns

NYC's Garvin Brown did all he could to rescue his pup in late-night tragedy

(Newser) - Police say a 34-year-old New York City man drowned while trying to save his dog from a pond. The Ontario County Sheriff's Office tells local media that Garvin Brown of Brooklyn and his fiancee were renting a home in the Finger Lakes town of Naples, 40 miles southeast of... More »

Girl, 15, Hires CEO to Run Her Babysitting Company

Noa Mintz founded business as 6th-grader

(Newser) - The Baby-Sitters Club has nothing on Noa Mintz. The 15-year-old New York City girl started Nannies by Noa in August 2012, and the New York Post figures a "conservative estimate" of $375,000 in revenue (without specifying a timeframe). CNN Money notes that as an 8th-grader, Noa was devoting... More »

Guy With License Yanked 41 Times Busted Again

Jason Brown is not confidence-inspiring behind the wheel

(Newser) - The state of New York has suspended Jason Brown's driver's license an impressive 41 times in his 36 years, and it might not be done yet: Cops on Long Island pulled Brown over yesterday afternoon, reports Newsday , after observing him drive erratically; they say they found pot in... More »

NY Couple's Combined Age: 212

The husband is turning 108, the wife's 104

(Newser) - They take a lot of naps, they both need help to get around, and they don't leave the house except for doctor visits. But Duranord and Jeanne Veillard of Rockland County, NY, have retained their sense of humor over 82 years of marriage and are inseparable—which may explain... More »

Court: Not Disclosing HIV Before Sex Isn't a Felony

Terrance Williams' partner got sick, but appeals court says that's a misdemeanor

(Newser) - In 2011, New York prosecutors charged a 22-year-old Syracuse man who had neglected to tell his sexual partner he had HIV and subsequently infected him with a felony. But two lower courts ruled the charge should be switched to a misdemeanor, and yesterday the New York State Court of Appeals... More »

Millionaire Begins 3rd Trial for Wife's 9/11 Murder

Calvin Harris' two previous convictions were overturned

(Newser) - More than 13 years after his wife vanished on Sept. 11, 2001, wealthy upstate New York car dealer Calvin Harris will sit through his third trial for her murder. Though he was twice convicted of killing Michele Harris, who disappeared after leaving her waitressing job amid a bitter divorce, both... More »

6 Dead in NY Train-SUV Crash

Vehicle was stuck on tracks 20 miles north of NYC

(Newser) - A crowded commuter train slammed into a sport utility vehicle on the tracks at a suburban New York crossing and burst into flames last night, killing six people and seriously injuring nearly a dozen in the railroad's deadliest crash, authorities say. The collision involving a Metro-North Railroad train and... More »

4 Retailers Selling Misleading Herbal Supplements: NY AG

GNC, Walmart, Target, Walgreen accused of hawking possibly dangerous products

(Newser) - Consumers who've been popping herbal supplements may want to take note after the New York State attorney general announced yesterday that four retail giants are selling herbal items that may be mislabeled, crammed with fillers, and potentially dangerous, the Guardian reports. Eric Schneiderman sent cease-and-desist letters to Walmart, GNC,... More »

Warnings, Advice Pile Up as Northeast Blizzard Looms

United cancels all NYC, Philly, Boston flights

(Newser) - Thousands of flights in the Northeast have already been canceled for today and tomorrow as dire warnings about a coming blizzard pile up, and some 30 million people hunker down, reports NPR . Some 2,000 flights have been canceled for today, with another 1,800 nixed for tomorrow, FlightAware.com... More »

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