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Suspected Bank Robber Leaves Half His Haul Around City

Police say suspect left money in taxi, bus station bathroom

(Newser) - Authorities have captured a man who allegedly robbed a New York bank of almost $110,000—though he also allegedly left about $53,000 scattered around the city before he was caught. Police say Joseph Peeples III asked for a manager at a Chase Bank in Rochester Thursday morning and... More »

More Than 100 Hurt After Brooklyn Train Derails: Reports

No life-threatening injuries, though, in LIRR commuter train crash

(Newser) - The Wednesday morning commute left several people shook up but mostly OK on the Long Island Rail Road when a train derailed, ABC News reports. The train was slowly entering Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal at around 8:30am when it crashed either into the platform or a bumper, leading at... More »

NYPD Cops Get OK to Sport Turbans, Beards for Religion

Both Sikh and Muslim officers have pushed for policy change

(Newser) - The NYPD announced Wednesday it has revised policy so that police officers can now sport beards and turbans if called for by their religion, the New York Times reports. Per NBC New York , officers must get the green light before showing up for work with either, but once they get... More »

Student-Teacher Affair Allegedly Ends in Double Murder

Former lover charged with murders of ex-teacher Felicia Barahona and their son

(Newser) - A man who as a teenager had an affair and subsequent child with his high school science teacher is now accused of killing them both. A building superintendent alerted to a foul smell found Felicia Barahona, 36, strangled with an electrical cord in her Manhattan apartment on Monday, while Barahona'... More »

Furs Worth Millions Stolen From Posh NYC Shop

Owner Dennis Basso says it could be 'the largest fur heist' ever in the Big Apple

(Newser) - If you're going to pull off a Madison Avenue robbery on Christmas Eve, you might as well go as big as possible. That appeared to be the goal of what the New York Times calls "three discriminating speed shoppers" who broke into a Dennis Basso store in New... More »

Man Gets 155 Years for Crime 'Worse Than Homicide'

Torture of college students 'almost indescribable': prosecutor

(Newser) - A 27-year-old man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after two college students were lured to a Rochester, NY, home by two women, then tied up and beaten over 40 hours in a horrifying crime that could have come from the script of a Quentin Tarantino movie,... More »

Man Upset Cops Broke Into His Car to Save 'Frozen' Woman

Because she was a mannequin

(Newser) - Police in Hudson, New York, have a stern warning for citizens: "If you park your locked vehicle on the street on a sub-zero night with a life-size realistic mannequin seated in it...we will break your window." WRGB reports someone called 911 Friday morning after seeing a woman... More »

Couple Survives 48 Hours Lost in Blizzard on Mountain

They suffered hypothermia, frostbite, but survived

(Newser) - Madison Popolizio, 19, and boyfriend Blake Alois, 20, set out Sunday for what was supposed to be a day hike in New York's Adirondack Mountains. The weather forecast was "partly cloudy," Popolizio tells the Daily Gazette . Then fog rolled in so thick they could barely see their... More »

Boy Dies After City Workers Dump Snow on Him, Friend

'They moved an enormous amount of snow...to recover those boys'

(Newser) - A young New York boy is dead after workers inadvertently dumped a mountain of snow on him and his friend Tuesday, the Albany Times Union reports. Policy say the boys—13-year-old Joshua Demarest and 12-year-old Tyler Day—were playing in a snow pile on a private lot in Greenwich after... More »

Lawyer Sues to Stop Christmas Tunes Playing 16 Hours a Day

NYC attorney Nick Wilder says he can't take socialite Lisa Maria Falcone's display anymore

(Newser) - Nick Wilder says he enjoys a rousing rendition of holiday songs like "Jingle Bell Rock" as much as the next guy—but maybe just one rendition at a time, not around the clock every single day. That's the gist of the New York City attorney's suit he'... More »

Muslim Transit Worker Shoved Down Stairs at Grand Central

NYPD says hate crimes on the rise

(Newser) - A Muslim transit worker was called a "terrorist" and pushed down a flight of stairs in New York City on Monday, two days after police say a man threatened to slit the throat of a Muslim NYPD officer. Soha Salama, 45, suffered a twisted knee and swollen ankle. She... More »

Man Tells Hero Muslim Officer He'll Cut Her Throat: Cops

NYPD officer Aml Elsokary saved a baby from a burning building in 2014

(Newser) - The New York Police Department has arrested a man accused of harassing an off-duty Muslim police officer previously commended for heroism. The NYPD said Monday that 36-year-old Christopher Nelson has been arrested on charges of menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, the AP reports. Authorities say Officer Aml... More »

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 »

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