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Dog 'Saved My Life' in Subway Fall: Blind Man

Cecil Williams' dog Orlando jumped right in after man fainted

(Newser) - When a blind man fainted and tumbled onto subway tracks, his guide dog was there to protect him—and both survived being run over by a train. When Cecil Williams, 60, got lightheaded on the Manhattan platform, his black lab, Orlando, tried to keep him away from the tracks. But... More »

Slow Subway? NYC Riders Can Get a Late Note

City's MTA has handed out 250K over the last few years

(Newser) - The New York Times highlights an odd quirk of the city's subway system: Riders can get a late note upon request if the trains make them tardy. Or more precisely, they can get a "Subway Delay Verification" note. And while they're relatively unknown, the city's transportation... More »

NYC Mayoral Candidates Debate: Should Trains Run Over Kittens?

Joe Lhota says yes, Weiner says he would rescue them himself

(Newser) - Two New York subway lines were shut down for several hours this week because of a couple of kittens on the track . So New York magazine asks the city's prospective mayoral candidates the tough question: Should the trains have just run over them? Republican Joe Lhota (notably, the city'... More »

NYC Subway Shut Down for Hours by ... 2 Kittens

They're eventually rescued

(Newser) - The appearance of a pair of feline friends temporarily halted two New York City subway lines yesterday in Brooklyn, DNAinfo New York reports. When officials noticed the kittens shortly after 11am, they shut down the power running to the Q and B lines, and a boss unsuccessfully "tried to... More »

Man Electrocuted on NYC Subway Tracks

Friend couldn't save Matthew Zeno, 30

(Newser) - Those warnings about the third rail are no joke. After a night out, a man was walking along the subway tracks in Brooklyn when he "inadvertently made contact with the third rail and was electrocuted," per the NYPD as reported by Gothamist . The New York Daily News takes... More »

NSA: Spying Foiled Stock Exchange Bomb Plot

Agency defends itself in congressional hearing

(Newser) - The NSA's controversial spying activities have prevented more than 50 terror attacks since 9/11, the agency's director told the House Intelligence Committee today, including attempted bombings of the New York Stock Exchange and, as previously disclosed , the New York City Subway. Gen. Keith Alexander said he'd go... More »

Phone Spying Prevented NYC Subway Attack: Sources

When House intel chief said phone records foiled terrorist attack, this is what he meant

(Newser) - On Thursday, Rep. Mike Rogers defended the NSA's phone and Internet snooping program with the claim that, "Within the last few years, this program was used to stop a terrorist attack in the United States." Now we (likely) know which one he meant: The 2009 subway bombing... More »

NYPD Staging Fake Bio-Terror Subway Attack

Releasing harmless gas to track its movement

(Newser) - Don't worry: The gas the NYPD will be releasing into the New York City subway system in July is totally harmless. The "per fluorocarbons" will be released as part of a $3.4 million-dollar study looking at airflow in the subway system, with the aim of helping authorities... More »

NYPD Pepper-Sprayed My Babies: Mom

Marilyn Taylor sues over subway incident

(Newser) - New York police pepper-sprayed a woman and her family—including a five-month-old and two-year-old—after accusing her of trying to get on the subway without paying, a lawsuit picked up by the Courthouse News Service claims. Marilyn Taylor says she was getting on the subway with her four- and two-year-olds,... More »

Teen Killed Crossing Tracks on a Birthday Dare

Liam Armstrong was celebrating on the Upper West Side

(Newser) - Senseless tragedy in Manhattan, where a Long Island high school senior celebrating his 18th birthday tried to cross subway tracks on a dare and was killed by an oncoming train. Liam Armstrong was with two friends last night when they got on the wrong train. They realized their mistake, disembarked,... More »

Subway Worker Rescued in 'Quicksand' Ordeal

Meanwhile, 19 miners rescued in Poland

(Newser) - More than 140 rescue workers converged on a New York subway construction project last night after a worker became trapped in a 75-foot-deep tunnel, sunk up to his waist in what an FDNY source described as "cement-like" mud, the New York Post reports. After a host of failed rescue... More »

NYC Subway Fights Rats —With Sterilization

ContraPest makes female rats infertile, if they eat enough of it

(Newser) - The rats of New York's subways have outfoxed poisons and traps alike, but now the MTA is ready to try out a new tactic—sterilization. Subway officials outlined a plan yesterday to use a sterilization product called ContraPest, which make females infertile by targeting ovarian follicles, reports the New ... More »

NYC Subway Riders Given Bloody Metrocards

Union says MTA is taking wrong approach to deaths

(Newser) - The Transport Workers Union in New York City isn't happy with MTA measures to boost safety on the tracks—and it's making its point rather graphically. Union members are distributing "Grim Reaper" MetroCards that appear to be covered in blood, CBS New York reports. After 55 people... More »

152K Kids Have to Find Ride as NYC Bus Drivers Strike

And a third of those kids have special needs

(Newser) - It's a rough day to be a schoolkid in the Big Apple. Some 152,000 of them had to find an alternate way to get to class in the freezing rain this morning, amid a school-bus drivers strike, reports the NY Daily News . Schools issued MetroCards to affected students... More »

Subway-Pushing Suspect Fit for Trial: Judge

Erika Menendez 'thought it'd be cool' to shove man: police

(Newser) - Following a psychological evaluation , alleged New York subway pusher Erika Menendez has been cleared for trial, the New York Post reports. Menendez remains in the hospital, her attorney says. Her arraignment Jan. 29 for second-degree murder is likely also to address an outstanding reckless driving accusation. Meanwhile, the Post reveals... More »

2 Cops Shot on NYC Subway

As NYT takes a look at impact of subway deaths

(Newser) - More depressing news on the New York City subway last night, as two police officers were shot while stopping a man moving between cars on the Brooklyn-bound N-train, reports the New York Times . Two plainclothes cops asked the rider to leave the train with them, but, after initially appearing to... More »

Subway Killing Suspect Assaulted Officer in Hospital

Erika Menendez reportedly grew upset after seeing herself on news

(Newser) - Erika Menendez, the woman accused of pushing Sunando Sen to his death in the New York City subway, attacked a corrections officer Monday evening while in a hospital emergency room, reports the New York Times . Menendez had been brought to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, and the assault was... More »

Suspect in Subway Killing Had Attacked Twice Before

Erika Menendez spent years in and out of mental facilities: insiders

(Newser) - The woman suspected of fatally pushing Sunando Sen to his death on the New York subway had attacked before, the New York Times finds in a look at her history. Police say Erika Menendez, who has been undergoing mental health treatment in various forms for years, has been arrested three... More »

Woman Charged With Hate Crime in Fatal Subway Push

Erika Menendez 'told cops it was ... against Muslims'

(Newser) - A homeless woman detained for allegedly pushing a man to his death on New York's subway tracks will be charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime, the New York Times reports. The woman, 31-year-old Erika Menendez, "told the cops it was an act against Muslims" and mentioned... More »

2nd Man Pushed to His Death in NYC Subway

'Mumbling' woman flees after shoving man

(Newser) - For the second time this month, a man has been killed after being shoved onto New York City subway tracks. Last night's victim hasn't been identified, but several witnesses saw the incident, the New York Daily News reports: A young woman was mumbling as she wandered along a... More »

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