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Burglar Arrested After Getting Stuck in Pizzeria Vent: Cops

He was heard yelling for help early Friday morning

(Newser) - A man rescued from an oven vent at a western new York pizzeria is now facing burglary charges, the AP reports. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrived at Pontillo's Pizzeria in suburban Rochester at 3:45am Friday after someone reported a man yelling for help. They... More »

Tiffany on Poor Sales at Iconic Store: Blame Trump

Cites 'election-related activity' near flagship store

(Newser) - Having the president-elect as a neighbor isn't all sunshine and roses, according to Tiffany, which appears to partly blame Donald Trump for its poor US sales over the last three months. Tiffany actually saw a 1% boost in worldwide sales to $949.3 million in Q3—the company's... More »

Supporters Leave Thanksgiving Message Outside Clinton's Home

'We are thankful for Hillary, an American hero'

(Newser) - Despite losing the election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton still found something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, namely signs left by her supporters on a street corner near her New York home, CNN reports. "I was greeted by this heartwarming display on the corner of my street today,... More »

The NSA (Probably) Has a Base in This Creepy NYC Building

The Intercept reports that the AT&T Building is a key surveillance site

(Newser) - For decades, the NSA has operated a sophisticated intelligence-gathering operation out of the ominous AT&T Building in Manhattan, the Intercept reports. The windowless building, located at 33 Thomas St. in lower Manhattan, has long attracted attention from New Yorkers curious about its purpose. When the New York Times reported... More »

'Rare' Whale Spotted Near Statue of Liberty

Coast Guard issues warning to boaters

(Newser) - Planning to sail around the Statue of Liberty? Watch out for whales. The Coast Guard issued a warning to boaters saying as much after a whale was spotted near Liberty Island on Thursday, the AP reports. "We have no confirmation on what type of whale it is and we... More »

Trump Breaks Protocol, Ditches Press for Dinner

He finally emerged from Trump Tower Tuesday night

(Newser) - President-elect Donald Trump emerged from his New York skyscraper Tuesday night for the first time in days, moving about the nation's largest city without a pool of journalists on hand. The president-elect spent about two hours dining with family at the 21 Club, a restaurant a few blocks from... More »

3 Luxury Apartments Will No Longer Be Called 'Trump'

Residents signed petition to ditch Trump name

(Newser) - Three luxury apartment buildings in New York City are having their names changed because residents don't want to be associated with the next president of the United States. The gold letters spelling out "Trump Place" at 140, 160, and 180 Riverside Blvd. in Manhattan will be taken down... More »

Woman Arrested Once More Over Twin Sister's Death

Alexandria Duval was found in Albany on Friday

(Newser) - In June, Hawaii prosecutors said the crash that killed Anastasia Duval was no accident—but twin sister Alexandria, who was behind the wheel, saw her second-degree murder charge thrown out due to lack of evidence. Now Duval has been re-arrested in connection with the May 29 accident, in which their... More »

How the Night Went at Clinton's NYC Gathering

From excitement to cautious hope to despair

(Newser) - In 2008, after she lost her bid to become the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton assured female supporters they had still created "18 million cracks" in the "highest, hardest glass ceiling." That reference served as the backdrop for the NYC venue the Clinton camp hoped would... More »

Big Surprise for Strangers Who Helped Stranded Wheelchair Racer

Woman they assisted during NYC Marathon was Paralympic gold medalist Zou Lihong

(Newser) - In a New York minute, a Paralympic athlete's distressing experience turned into an inspiring one thanks to a smartphone app and the kindness of strangers. The New York Times reports on the plight of Zou Lihong, a Chinese wheelchair racer who beat US favorite Tatyana McFadden to win gold... More »

Grave of Susan B. Anthony Open Late for Voters

Gravesite hours extended on Tuesday so visitors can celebrate their vote

(Newser) - Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY, is extending its hours on Tuesday from its usual 5:30pm closing time to 9pm—not to let its permanent residents slip out and cast a ballot, but to allow voters to celebrate Election Day at the grave of Susan B. Anthony, the Democrat ... More »

Man at Jail to Pick Up Family Member Gets Himself Arrested

Rex Crooks was charged with aggravated DWI

(Newser) - A 52-year-old New York man was arrested Sunday after allegedly driving drunk to pick up a family member at jail, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports. Police say Rex Crooks showed up at jail to pick up the family member at 6pm Sunday—the family member wasn't being released... More »

There's a Story of Fraud Behind This Bank of America Tattoo

Gabriel Patterson pleads guilty to bank fraud

(Newser) - You'd think a man wouldn't soon forget all those times he stole from a bank, but Gabriel Patterson apparently wanted to remember his fraud forever—hence the tattoo of the Bank of America logo on the inside of his left elbow. Now he'll also have the memory... More »

Among MoMA's New Masterpieces: Emojis

Artist palette, clap, smiley face headed to the museum, people

(Newser) - An ear will now hang alongside masterpieces by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Monet in New York City. Don't worry, it's not Van Gogh's ear but rather the emoji version. Shigetaka Kurita's original set of 176 emojis created for Japanese cellphone users in 1999—which provided "... More »

Suit: Frat Brothers Played Game to See Who Assaulted Woman

Victim sues, describes horrifying gang rape at Ramapo College

(Newser) - As she lay unconscious in a bedroom, her two rapists played "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to determine which one would assault her first. That horrific claim appears in a lawsuit brought against New Jersey's Ramapo College by a student who was sexually assaulted in 2014. The victim, given the... More »

Beyonce's Dancer Leaves Odd Message, Disappears

Shirlene Quigley told friend to 'sub for me'

(Newser) - A professional dancer who's busted moves with Beyonce and Rihanna is missing after making an odd comment to a friend. According to her landlord, Shirlene Quigley, 32, seemed unwell while leaving her New Jersey home around 3pm Saturday, reports NBC New York . She was last seen boarding a bus... More »

NYPD Baffled by Case of Baby Thrown From Building in 1993

They hope a sketch will lead to tips

(Newser) - She was less than 24 hours old when police say she was thrown from the second floor of an apartment building, a red and white dish towel tied around her neck and her umbilical cord and placenta still attached. She died from strangulation and a superintendent found her body, in... More »

Couple Returns $10K Cash Found in Shopping Cart

'I'm just ever so grateful that there are people like that'

(Newser) - It's good to know 2016 hasn't killed good old American decency quite yet. The Auburn Citizen reports a couple who found nearly $10,000 in a shopping cart Monday in upstate New York returned the cash with absolutely no expectation of a reward. The cash—$9,800 in... More »

NYPD Fatally Shoots Schizophrenic Woman With Bat

Police say Black Lives Matter supporter was screaming at neighbors, lunged at officer

(Newser) - A supporter of Black Lives Matter with schizophrenia was shot dead by police in the Bronx on Tuesday after authorities say she swung a baseball bat at an officer. In the NYPD's telling, officers were responding to a complaint about a woman acting irrationally when they entered 66-year-old Deborah... More »

An Uber Headache? 2 Drivers Awarded Unemployment

Which means the NY Labor Department considers them employees

(Newser) - Uber has been fighting tooth and nail to keep its drivers classified as independent contractors rather than employees, with success . Now, a speed bump in New York: The state's Department of Labor in August and September ruled that two Uber drivers are eligible for unemployment payments, the New York ... More »

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