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He Switched His Phone On. It Was Flooded With Messages

Father describes harrowing moment he learned of deaths of his 2 young children

(Newser) - The father of two young children who were killed by their nanny has described the harrowing moment he learned of their deaths just after his plane landed and how he said goodbye to them. Kevin Krim told jurors in the trial of Yoselyn Ortega on Tuesday that when he switched... More »

Only 'Houdini' Could Get Out of Downed Chopper Alive

Pilot Richard Vance reportedly says the emergency pontoons didn't inflate

(Newser) - There was basically no hope of survival for the five passengers on the helicopter that crashed in New York's East River on Sunday, says a helicopter crash lawyer. Gary C. Robb tells the Daily News , "You'd have to be Houdini to escape. There's no real prospect... More »

Report: Passenger Bag Maybe Played Role in Copter Crash

Pilot told investigators it may have hit the fuel shutoff switch

(Newser) - It will take some time before investigators can say for sure what caused a helicopter to crash into the East River Sunday evening, but CNN reports on one possible explanation. The pilot told investigators that a passenger's bag may have hit the emergency fuel shutoff button, according to a... More »

5 Passengers Die, Pilot Escapes in NYC Helicopter Crash

'It was a great tragedy that we had here'

(Newser) - A helicopter crashed into New York City's East River on Sunday night and flipped upside down in the water, killing five of the six people aboard, officials say. Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter shows the red helicopter land hard in the water and then capsize,... More »

Alabama Incensed Over 'Horrific' Smell of New York Poo

And the Big Apple backs down

(Newser) - New York's poo problem has become Alabama's poo problem, and that stinks for both of them. New York City, which produces about 1,200 tons of sewage daily, has been shipping some of it down to landfills around Birmingham that are producing a bit of a smell, the... More »

Good News for Chilly NYC Trees: Sweaters Stay

City's parks department reverses decision to take down crocheted sweaters in West Village

(Newser) - The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation says a cluster of trees in a Manhattan neighborhood can keep their crocheted sweaters, reports the AP . The department says it has reversed a prior decision to remove the trees' sweaters after residents of the West Village neighborhood told the New ... More »

NYC Must Pay $180K to Women Forced to Remove Hijabs

The Muslim women claimed their religious rights were violated

(Newser) - The city of New York has reached settlements with three Muslim women who filed complaints after their lawyers say they were forced to remove their hijabs following their arrests. The New York Daily News reports that the settlements were filed on Monday and total $180,000 in damages after the... More »

Woman Accused of Poisoning Look-Alike With Cheesecake

'A bizarre and twisted crime'

(Newser) - A Russian native was charged with poisoning a look-alike with a tranquilizer-laced cheesecake and then stealing her passport, cash, and other property after trying to make it look like a suicide attempt, authorities said Wednesday. "This is a bizarre and twisted crime that could have resulted in the death... More »

Busiest US Train Station to Start Looking for Suicide Vests

TSA testing suicide-vest detectors at Penn Station

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration will begin testing new suicide vest-detection technology at New York City's Penn Station starting Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer says. Schumer pushed for the technology to be tested in New York City after a Bangladeshi immigrant injured himself setting off a crude pipe bomb strapped to... More »

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Makes Headway in DC

Permit allows preliminary digging at abandoned lot

(Newser) - Elon Musk's dream of building a hyperloop that can move people between Washington, DC, and New York City in 29 minutes may be a small step closer to becoming a distant reality. A Nov. 29 permit issued by DC's Department of Transportation allows Musk's Boring Company to... More »

The Index Card Read, 'the Small Ones Will Know Terror'

Alleged bomb-making twins arrested in the Bronx

(Newser) - A former teacher and his twin face federal bomb-making charges after more than 32 pounds of explosives were found in their Bronx apartment, alongside documents suggesting they planned to kill. Christian and Tyler Toro, 27, were arrested in a Thursday raid in which police say they also found a diary... More »

Seeking a Budget-Friendly V-Day? Here's Where to Go

San Francisco, surprisingly

(Newser) - Flowers, chocolates, a candlelit dinner. Combined, they might make for a successful, if cliched Valentine's Day—but at a cost. US consumers celebrating V-Day will spend an average of $143.56 this year, $7 more than in 2017, per the National Retail Federation . Hoping for more bang for your... More »

'Unrepentant' Landlord Must Pay $6.7M Over Ruined Graffiti

Judge awards 5Pointz artists a big payday over warehouse art that was torn down

(Newser) - A judge awarded $6.7 million Monday to graffiti artists who sued after dozens of their works were destroyed on the walls of dilapidated warehouses torn down to make room for high-rise luxury residences. US District Judge Frederic Block in Brooklyn said 45 of the 49 paintings were recognized works... More »

Boy Who Lost His Life While Saving Friend Called Hero

11-year-old Anthony Perez fell through frozen pond in New York

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy is being called a hero after he died trying to save a friend from a frozen pond Tuesday in New York City. CBS New York reports 11-year-old Anthony Perez and a 12-year-old friend were walking in a park in Queens around 4pm when the friend ventured out... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities for Football Fanatics

Fans may be having the best time in Green Bay, apparently

(Newser) - Super Bowl Sunday is here, and across the nation fans are donning their jerseys, making chili, and checking their squares. Some cities may be more pumped than others, per WalletHub , which looked at nearly two dozen metrics across 240 metropolitan areas to see which cities rated the best for football... More »

Bar Takes a Stand Against Word 'Literally'

The Continental in New York City posts a tongue-in-cheek warning that causes a stir

(Newser) - A Manhattan bar that previously made waves for banning people in saggy pants will now figuratively kick you out for saying the word "literally." A sign posted this week at The Continental tells patrons that "literally" is "the most overused, annoying word in the English language... More »

DNA Match Solves High-Profile 1994 Rape Case

Columnist insisted NYC rape was a hoax

(Newser) - Some 23 years after a New York City rape victim was denounced as a hoaxer by a prominent newspaper columnist, police say they have solved the case with modern DNA-testing methods. After the woman was raped in Brooklyn's Prospect Park in 1994 while carrying groceries home, New York Daily ... More »

Police Official Sorry for 1994 Comments About Rape Victim

Deputy Commissioner John Miller admits he was wrong to tell reporters of doubts

(Newser) - A New York City police official apologized Friday to a rape victim he helped discredit almost 24 years ago. Deputy Commissioner John Miller said in a statement sent to the woman's lawyer that he was wrong to tell reporters that police doubted the woman's account of being raped... More »

Inside NYC's Billions-Dollar Salvo Against Oil

Says it'll divest $5B from its pension funds, and wants billions more from 5 key players

(Newser) - New York City is putting its money where its mouth is in a fight against "greed"-driven fossil fuel companies. In a move that the New York Times describes as designed to give Mayor Bill de Blasio chops as a climate-change leader (and one made in front of a... More »

Secret Service Spotted Fire Atop Trump Tower

2 were injured by the rooftop blaze

(Newser) - New York City fire officials say a fire in Trump Tower's heating and air conditioning system injured two people and caused smoke to billow from the roof. The Fire Department of New York says the fire started around 7am Monday at the building that contains President Trump's home... More »

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