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ISIS Supporter Planned NYE Attack on Upstate NY Bar: Feds

Emanuel L. Lutchman was allegedly trying to 'prove himself' to ISIS in Syria

(Newser) - ISIS is finding supporters even in the far reaches of upstate New York. Federal authorities say a 25-year-old convicted robber was an ISIS sympathizer who planned to kill patrons at a Rochester restaurant/bar on New Year's Eve, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. Emanuel L. Lutchman was arrested and charged... More »

Police: Bronx Dad Murdered Infant for Crying

2-month-old was discarded in upstate New York

(Newser) - A New York man faces murder charges in the death of his infant son, the New York Times reports. Jose Feliciano, 51, told police that the 2-month-old was crying, so he smothered the baby, then choked him. "The guy is a piece of garbage," the superintendent at the... More »

New York Towns Talk of Seceding to Pennsylvania

They're jealous of the fracking possibilities

(Newser) - Plenty of people leave New York state, but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania. Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the Keystone State's border. Even though they don'... More »

4th-Graders' Plot: Kill Teacher Using Hand Sanitizer

Police call alleged plan 'idle chatter'

(Newser) - A trio of upstate New York fourth-graders allegedly wanted to kill their "mean" teacher, who they knew was allergic to hand sanitizer, the New York Daily News reports. She didn't allow its use in class, Fox News notes; that, apparently, helped lead to a plan. According to police,... More »

Girl, 15, Faces Charges in Crash That Kills 3 Teens

Underage driver may have been speeding

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl who took her father's SUV faces criminal charges after she got into an accident that left three of her friends dead in northeastern Pennsylvania, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . Police say the unidentified driver picked up a female friend and four male friends Saturday morning and drove... More »

NY Man Done Writing Out Entire Bible


(Newser) - It took him four years, but Phillip Patterson now has serious cause to throw around a couple of hallelujahs: The Upstate New York man yesterday finished his mammoth project of writing out the entire Bible by hand , reports the AP . "Every single curly-q, every single loop, it was all... More »

Don't Let Fracking Destroy My Home

Sean Lennon warns of the environmental dangers of fracking

(Newser) - In the 1970s, John Lennon and Yoko Ono bought a beautiful farm in an idyllic spot in Delaware County, NY. Now some gas companies intend to "tear through our wilderness" to make room for a hydraulic fracking pipeline, their son Sean writes in the New York Times . "Natural... More »

Scouts Stone Rabid Beaver to Death

Scoutmaster bitten 6 times in river attack

(Newser) - If they handed out merit badges for bravery during a beaver attack, the boys of Troop 32 would be first in line. One of the leaders of the upstate New York troop was swimming in the Delaware River when he was attacked by the rabid animal. "It came through... More »

As States Take Stock, Irene's Toll Hits 44

Upstate New York, Vermont still wrestling with flooding

(Newser) - The full measure of Hurricane Irene's fury came into focus today as the death toll passed 44, while Vermont contended with what its governor called the worst flooding in a century, and streams also raged out of control in rural, upstate New York. At the same time, nearly 5... More »

Hottest Ride to Summer Camp: Private Plane

Forget the station wagon—we've got a Cessna

(Newser) - More parents are going to luxurious extremes so their kids can rough it. Wealthy families are increasingly riding private jets to get to and from remote summer camps in Maine, New Hampshire, and upstate New York. Over the past weekend—a common date for camp visiting days—private jets clogged... More »

Man Moves Family Into Stranger's Lake House

... and then the real owner shows up and calls police

(Newser) - You can't go home again—especially if it was never really your house. An 18-year-old man, his 15-year-old girlfriend, and her family were found in a stranger's multi-million dollar lake house in upstate New York. Todd Blauvelt Jr. apparently convinced everyone that he inherited the house from his... More »

Next Up in County Jail? Advertising

This night in the pokey has been brought to you by...

(Newser) - Money's tight for many a local government these days, and Western New York's Erie County is looking to squeeze a buck or two out of an unlikely place: its jail. The county is selling jailhouse advertising to bail bondsmen and attorneys on high-def TVs outside its booking area and in... More »

Welcome to the Clintons' $11M Mansion

They've got stables, so that's exciting

(Newser) - Wondering what it’s like to be the Clintons? Click through the gallery for a partial tour of the $10.9 million mansion in New York state they’re said to be buying . Gawker points to the real estate listing , which has even more photos of the 7,000-square-foot house.... More »

Rivers Cuomo Injured in Weezer Bus Crash

Indie darlings were en route from Toronto to Boston

(Newser) - Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo suffered minor injuries this morning when a bus carrying the band from Toronto to Boston ran off the New York State Thruway about 40 miles west of Albany. Cuomo complained of rib pain and was taken to a local hospital after the tour bus slid on... More »

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