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Thousands of New Yorkers Named in ISIS 'Hit List'

The list includes names and home and email addresses

(Newser) - Hackers affiliated with ISIS posted the names of thousands of New York City residents online Sunday with the message "We want them #Dead," NBC New York reports. According to Reuters , the list contains home and email addresses. The "hit list" includes up to 3,600 New Yorkers,... More »

'Textalyzer' Could Tell Cops Who Texts and Drives

NY considering device for cops at scene of accidents

(Newser) - When his son died following a car accident in New York state in 2011—he was a passenger in a vehicle that "drifted over the yellow line" and collided with another—Ben Lieberman was amazed that police didn't review the driver's cellphone records. The driver said he... More »

12-Year-Old Finishes Half-Marathon —by Mistake

LeeAdianez Rodriguez was only supposed to run a 5K

(Newser) - LeeAdianez Rodriguez, known as Lee to those close to her, was running late and just made it Sunday to the start of the 5K race she had signed up for in Rochester, NY, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. But at some point during her run, the 12-year-old started wondering why... More »

Cops: NY Mayor Stole 111 Road Signs

Suspect accused of lifting state signs to use in his own town

(Newser) - The mayor of an upstate New York town has been busted for pilfering 111 road signs from the New York State DOT and using them in his own town, CNYCentral.com and the AP report. Frank Moracco, 60, who serves as the mayor of the village of Frankfort, was arrested... More »

Ninja Burglar Linked to 200 Crimes Gets 25 Years

'His reign of terror is officially over'

(Newser) - A man nicknamed the Ninja Burglar who confessed to committing more than 100 break-ins over a decade accepted a plea deal with authorities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut on Thursday, the AP reports. Robert Costanzo pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary, according to Staten Island District Attorney... More »

Clinton Ends Sanders' Streak, Takes New York

Winning margin was bigger than expected

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders had taken seven of the last eight states to vote prior to Tuesday, but Hillary Clinton pressed the reset button on Tuesday night: With more than 95% of the vote in, she has around 58% to 42%, giving her what the New York Times calls an "unexpectedly... More »

Trump Wins New York; Will He Get All Delegates?

Race called immediately

(Newser) - The least suspenseful part of the New York Republican primary is history: Donald Trump has won his home state over Ted Cruz and John Kasich in a rout, with the race called by CNN and AP as soon as polls closed at 9pm Eastern. Now the big question: How many... More »

Trump Calls Voting for Himself a 'Great Honor for New York'

He's expected to win easily in Tuesday's New York primary

(Newser) - At a synagogue just a few blocks from the tower that bears his name, Donald Trump cast a vote for himself for president of the United States of America, calling it an "easy decision," CNN reports. According to Politico , he also called voting for himself in Tuesday's... More »

No One Wanted to Hear Ted Cruz Speak at GOP Gala

A 'stunningly distracted' crowd preferred chatting and selfies

(Newser) - Ted "New York values" Cruz faced a tough crowd Thursday at the New York State Republican gala, BuzzFeed reports. According to NBC News , the crowd of 800 Republicans was "stunningly distracted" during his speech, which was "almost entirely ignored." Talking Points Memo is a bit gentler,... More »

Thieves Tunnel Through Bank Roof, Steal $280K

And they didn't even trigger an alarm

(Newser) - Thieves stole $280,000 in cash and valuables from a Brooklyn bank over the weekend. The most impressive part: They didn't even trigger an alarm. Police were only tipped off to the robbery at the HSBC branch in Borough Park when employees arrived on Monday and found a tunnel... More »

Trump: System 'Rigged' by GOP Insiders to Boost Cruz

Protester roughed up as Trump slams rival, RNC

(Newser) - A Donald Trump rally in Albany on Monday night involved a raucous crowd of more than 10,000, a lot of talk about "New York values," and at least one fight. Trump stopped speaking as protesters were ejected, saying "Send him back home to mom" in one... More »

Giuliani: I'm Voting Trump

The former NYC mayor has been advising the Trump campaign

(Newser) - Donald Trump can count on a vote from Rudy Giuliani, just not a formal endorsement. A rep for the former NYC mayor says Giuliani will vote for Trump in the state's April 19 primary, reports the Wall Street Journal , which adds, "Even without an official endorsement, Mr. Giuliani’... More »

Man Gets Into Police Chase While Uber Driver Naps

He had hired the driver to take him from Philly to New York

(Newser) - A Philadelphia Uber driver went down for a nap Saturday only to wake up in the middle of a police chase in New York, CBS New York reports. According to the Press & Sun-Bulletin , 20-year-old Juan Carlos hired 43-year-old Uber driver Corey Robinson to take him from Philadelphia to a... More »

New Sex Harassment Rules Defined for Cabbies

New York City aims to clarify do's and don'ts

(Newser) - New York City officials are updating harassment rules to spell out exactly what taxi and hire car drivers can't do—like make sexual suggestions, touch, be touched by, or ejaculate on passengers, the Independent reports. The goal is to clarify fairly broad rules so drivers and passengers know the... More »

Nurse Loses License for Taking Penis Pics of Patient

She took photos of unconscious patients without their knowledge

(Newser) - A New York nurse who took photos and videos of patients' private parts has surrendered her license. Kristen Johnson, 27, was arrested in May after an investigation found she took photos of an unconscious patient's penis and sent them to co-workers at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, reports the... More »

Mom Won't Treat Brain Tumor Until She Gives Birth

'The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him': New York woman

(Newser) - For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive rare brain cancer, it comes down to this: "The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him." Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma—deadly and fast-growing tumors known to reappear within eight to 12 weeks—after going to... More »

Diddy's New Gig: Charter School Founder

He founds school in Harlem

(Newser) - He's been a rapper, actor, singer, entrepreneur, record producer, and clothing designer. Now Sean "Diddy" Combs has taken on a new job as the founder of a charter school in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. Combs announced Monday that the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will open... More »

Man Goes on Trial for Wife's Murder, for 4th Time

The high-profile upstate New York case involves no body and no weapon

(Newser) - Michele Harris went missing on the morning of Sept. 12, 2001, at the age of 35, and hasn't been seen since. Her empty minivan, with her keys still in the ignition, was found at the end of her and her estranged husband's long driveway, but the mother of... More »

No One Knew Body in Coffin Wasn't Grandma— Except Little Kids

Adults thought Val-Jean McDonald's body looked odd but didn't say anything

(Newser) - With eight sons, more than 20 grandkids, and nearly two dozen great- and great-great-grandchildren, it wasn't surprising there were lots of attendees at Val-Jean McDonald's funeral after her death in December at the age of 81, the New York Times reports. What was surprising: Not a single adult... More »

Woman's Rikers Nightmare Ends in Plea Deal

Candie Hailey, 32, spent more than 2 years in solitary

(Newser) - Candie Hailey's horrific experience with Rikers Island—which included solitary confinement, suicide attempts, and smearing feces on herself—has finally ended in a plea deal, the AP reports. The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to non-criminal charges Monday for her behavior at Rikers, where she served 29 months awaiting a trial... More »

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