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Explosion at Suspected Drug Lab Kills NYC Firefighter

'We lost a hero today'

(Newser) - The FDNY suffered its first in-the-line-of-duty death in more than two years Tuesday when a suspected drug lab exploded in the Bronx, killing a battalion chief, the New York Daily News reports. According to WPIX , Michael Fahy was directing traffic away from a two-story house where someone had reported a... More »

NPR Editor's Scary Find: 'Hey, There's a Pressure Cooker'

Petra Mayer saw unexploded device in Chelsea

(Newser) - NPR editor Petra Mayer was visiting a friend in New York City on Saturday night and found herself in an unusual place: as part of a news story. As she explains in an essay , they were heading back to her friend's place when the radio reports began talking about... More »

Man Sought in NYC Bombing Taken Into Custody

Ahmad Kahn Rahami captured after shootout in Linden, NJ

(Newser) - The 28-year-old sought for questioning in this weekend's bombings and near-bombings in New York City and New Jersey is in custody, reports CNN . The network says Ahmad Khan Rahami—a naturalized US citizen born in Afghanistan—was captured after a shootout with police, and AP reports the same. Images... More »

FBI Looking for 28-Year-Old in Connection to NYC Bombing

Afghan native Ahmad Khan Rahami is wanted for questioning

(Newser) - Authorities have released their first "wanted" name in connection to Saturday night's Manhattan bombing. The FBI is looking for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is described as a naturalized US citizen born in Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, NJ, where five more devices were found... More »

NJ Men Made Off With Backpack, Then Found Bomb Inside

Devices could have 'killed and maimed many, many people'

(Newser) - A bomb squad robot was destroyed and another had its arm blown off when one of five bombs found in a backpack near a New Jersey train station blew up early Monday . The FBI says the other four devices found will be encased in blastproof material and taken to the... More »

5 Questioned After NYC 'Vehicle of Interest' Stopped

FBI suspects there is link to Manhattan blast

(Newser) - There may have been a breakthrough in the Manhattan bombing case: The FBI says it is questioning five people brought in late Sunday after authorities stopped a vehicle that had crossed the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Staten Island to Brooklyn. Law enforcement sources tell the New York Times that all or... More »

Cops Investigate Tumblr Post Claiming Credit for NYC Blast

Governor says there's no evidence of international terror links

(Newser) - The one piece of good news in the wake of Saturday night's explosion in Manhattan is that all 29 people who suffered injuries in the blast are out of the hospital. Beyond that, authorities are still struggling to figure out who planted the device that NYPD chief James O'... More »

NYC Blast 'Obviously an Act of Terrorism': Cuomo

But not linked to 'international terrorism,' says NY gov; 1K National Guard troops called in

(Newser) - "It depends on your definition of terrorism. A bomb exploding in New York is obviously an act of terrorism, but it's not linked to international terrorism," says Andrew Cuomo, via CNN . The New York governor says there's no evidence that an explosion that rocked a crowded... More »

After 'Intentional' NYC Blast, 2nd Device Recovered

Pressure cooker with wiring removed just blocks away

(Newser) - An explosion rocked a crowded Manhattan neighborhood and injured 29 people, and a suspicious device discovered blocks away was safely removed early Sunday. Mayor Bill de Blasio ruled out any terror connections but called the blast an "intentional act." De Blasio tried to calm any fears among nervous... More »

Explosion Rattles Manhattan, With 25 Injuries

It appeared to originate in a trash bin in the Chelsea neighborhood

(Newser) - An explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City Saturday night, with reports of multiple minor injuries. The New York Post reports that the explosion took place about 8:30pm in a dumpster outside a Manhattan building that provides services for the blind. (A witness told CNN that it... More »

Museumgoers Can Poop in This 18-Karat Gold Toilet

It's named 'America'

(Newser) - Consider it the No. 1 way to take a No. 2. New York's Guggenheim Museum on Friday swapped out a plain old porcelain toilet for a solid gold one in a private unisex washroom on its fourth floor and is allowing any paying visitor to use it, reports PIX... More »

Urban Rats Have a Deadly New Enemy

3 major US cities are using dry ice to combat their rodent problems

(Newser) - Rats have a deadly new enemy, and and isn't cats with tiny knives strapped to their paws. USA Today reports three major US cities are combating their rodent problem with dry ice. It works like this: Pieces of dry ice are dropped into rat burrows in city parks, then... More »

Man With Meat Cleaver Attacks Officers in NYC

The suspect was shot and taken to the hospital

(Newser) - Police say a man wielding a meat cleaver attacked two officers Thursday evening in New York City. CBS New York reports the incident took place around 5pm local time near Madison Square Garden. The officers were called to the scene over reports of a man with a meat clever. When... More »

Porn-Watching Homeless People Hog NYC WiFi Kiosks

At least according to critics

(Newser) - The web-browsing feature of New York City's 400 sidewalk WiFi kiosks will be disabled after critics complained that homeless people were monopolizing them and using them to watch porn, officials said Wednesday. The consortium that installed the LinkNYC kiosks said it will work with city officials to explore potential... More »

NYC Birders Excited About Mystery Bald Eagle

Young bird may be city's first native-born eagle in more than 100 years

(Newser) - Between seven to 10 bald eagles call Staten Island their home, but there may be one who can stake a special residency claim, per NBC New York . Although it's only circumstantial evidence so far, birders have recently spotted a young eagle with two adult birds and chowing down on... More »

Former NYC Mayor Says He Wasn't Aware He Hit Cyclist

David Dinkins is being sued for allegedly breaking a cyclist's ankle

(Newser) - Former New York City mayor David Dinkins says he was never aware he had struck a bicyclist with his car earlier this summer, the AP reports. Dinkins made the claim in response to a lawsuit filed Friday that says Dinkins left the scene after striking a bicycle deliveryman June 30.... More »

JetBlue Switcheroo Sends 5-Year-Olds to Wrong Cities

Mom Maribel Martinez is now suing the airline

(Newser) - A 5-year-old bound for Boston ended up in New York, and another bound for New York ended up in Boston last month when JetBlue mixed them up. Maribel Martinez says she was supposed to meet her son, Andy, at New York's JFK Airport after his flight from the Dominican... More »

Cops Want to Talk to This Man About Jogger's Murder

Karina Vetrano was sexually assaulted and strangled while running in NYC

(Newser) - With few leads in the brutal murder of a jogger earlier this month, the New York Police Department has released a sketch of a man it believes could provide a much-needed break in the case, the New York Daily News reports. According to WABC , the man in the sketch was... More »

Cops Nab Suspect in Queens Imam's Murder: Sources

Sources say gunman was arrested Sunday night after ramming cop car

(Newser) - The man suspected of gunning down an imam and his friend outside a Queens mosque has been arrested, sources tell the New York Daily News . Police would not confirm the suspect was in custody but the Daily News says he was busted Sunday night after he rammed an unmarked police... More »

'Gunshots' at Airport May Have Been Noise From Olympics Fans

Report of shots fired caused chaos at JFK

(Newser) - These are tense times, so it's no surprise that reports of shots fired at New York City's JFK Airport caused chaos Sunday night: Two terminals were evacuated, an NYPD anti-terror unit rushed to the airport, and flights were stopped on the ground or diverted after shots were reported... More »

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