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A Sister Cracks a Murder Case, a Shocking Discovery Follows

Kalimah Truesdale's memory of the police report seemed off for a reason

(Newser) - Kalimah Truesdale isn't a lawyer or a member of the NYPD. In fact, when she got the call informing her that her brother was being charged with murder, she was at her job at Home Depot. And yet she was "the one who cracked" the 2009 case, Robert... More »

Videos Show NY Judge Walking Alone for Hours Before Death

Authorities still trying to piece together what happened to Sheila Abdus-Salaam

(Newser) - Security cameras around Manhattan captured the final hours of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam's life as authorities continue trying to piece together what happened to the first African-American woman to sit on the New York Court of Appeals, the Los Angeles Times reports. Prior to the discovery of the videos, the... More »

Report: Alleged Stalker Asks Malia Obama to Marry Him

Secret Service agents believe the man has psychiatric issues

(Newser) - A 30-year-old man is facing possible charges for allegedly stalking and harassing Malia Obama, the New York Daily News reports. According to NBC New York , Jair Cardoso showed up at the New York City building where the 18-year-old daughter of the former president is interning three days in a row,... More »

16 Hurt in Penn Station Panic

Sound of police Taser caused stampede

(Newser) - There was panic at Penn Station Friday evening after police used a Taser on what they said was a belligerent suspect in the Amtrak waiting area. Passengers at the New York City station, which was already overcrowded due to a train stalled in a tunnel, thought they had heard gunshots... More »

'Fearless Girl' Has New Foe: the 'Charging Bull' Sculptor

Arturo Di Modica says newer bronze statue is messing up his creation's vibe

(Newser) - The sculptor of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue is accusing New York City of violating his legal rights by allowing the "Fearless Girl" statue to be installed facing the bronze beast without his permission. Attorney Norman Siegel tells the AP that Arturo Di Modica will explain at... More »

NYC Man Charged With Murder in Runner's Death

Karina Vetrano was attacked while out running last August

(Newser) - A man accused of the strangulation death of a New York City runner has been indicted on first-degree murder charges, the AP reports. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the 13-count indictment also charges Chanel Lewis with sexual abuse. Karina Vetrano was attacked while running near her home on Aug.... More »

People 'Crying on Platform' After NYC Subway Accident

13-year-old girl killed while trying to retrieve her phone

(Newser) - They've said it before and, sadly, they have to say it again: No phone is worth risking your life for. New York City transit authorities urged riders to stay safe Sunday after a 13-year-old girl was killed while trying to retrieve a dropped phone from the track bed at... More »

Rikers Island Jail—'the Worst Place on Earth'—Will Close

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces plan to close US' largest jail

(Newser) - The days appear to be numbered for America's largest jail, once described as "the worst place on Earth," WPIX reports. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that Rikers Island jail will be closed. "It will take many years," CNN quotes de Blasio... More »

NY EMT Dead After Being Run Over by Own Ambulance

Mother of 5 killed in the line of duty

(Newser) - An FDNY EMT was killed in the line of duty Thursday evening when she was hit and dragged for at least 15 feet by her own ambulance, police say. Yadira Arroyo, a 44-year-old mother of five, and colleague Monique Williams were on their way to a call about a pregnant... More »

First the Lamb, Now the Lion: Blizzard to Hit NYC

The region saw temps in the 60s, now braces for up to 18 inches of snow

(Newser) - The Northeast is bracing for winter's last hurrah—a blizzard expected to sweep the New York region starting Monday with what could be the season's biggest snowstorm dumping up to 18 inches on Central Park. The severe weather would arrive just a week after the region saw temperatures... More »

'Significant Settlement' for Innocent Men Jailed 32 Years

Cleared of arson in 2015, they'll each get $15.5M

(Newser) - After serving 32 years behind bars for arson and murders they didn't commit , Amaury Villalobos and William Vasquez are finally getting what one official calls "closure." The two men wrongly convicted following a 1980 fire that killed a mother and her five children in a Brooklyn townhouse... More »

Wall Street's Famous Bronze Bull Has 'Defiant' New Frenemy

'Fearless Girl' installed by investment firm in the name of corporate gender diversity

(Newser) - Wednesday is International Women's Day, as well as the International Women's Strike and "A Day Without a Woman," and one bronzed young lady isn't taking any bull when it comes to celebrating them. A New York City firm erected a statue of what Business Insider... More »

Cops: Vandals Didn't Topple Headstones at Jewish Cemetery

They blame neglect, erosion

(Newser) - The toppling of more than 40 headstones in a predominantly Jewish cemetery wasn't part of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, police say. Instead, the NYPD says the 42 headstones at Brooklyn's Washington Cemetery fell down by themselves because of a combination of factors, including neglect and... More »

Couple Together for 6 Decades Carry Out Suicide Pact: Cops

NYC musician Joyce Hope Suskind, photographer Olaf Ringdahl found by friend

(Newser) - They swore they'd never be apart, and after nearly 60 years together, a Manhattan couple kept that promise in the most heartbreaking way. A friend of 88-year-old Joyce Hope Suskind and her 86-year-old husband, Olaf Ringdahl, found the artistic pair dead Sunday in their Upper West Side apartment, the... More »

Post-Presidency Obama Lives It Up Broadway Style

Barack and Malia attend Arthur Miller's 'The Price' starring Danny DeVito

(Newser) - The Obamas just can't quit Broadway. Former President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Obama have caught a new revival of Arthur Miller's The Price, the AP reports They attended the play starring Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub, and Jessica Hecht at the American Airlines Theatre on... More »

Infant Who Survived 1920s Sideshow Incubator Dies at 96

Doctor says he kept thousands of babies alive on Coney Island midway

(Newser) - Lucille Conlin Horn weighed barely two pounds when she was born prematurely, a perilous size for any infant, especially in 1920. Doctors told her parents to hold off on a funeral for her twin sister who had died at birth, expecting Horn too would soon be gone. But her life... More »

Protecting Trump Tower Is Cheaper Than Expected

Cost was $24M from Election to Inauguration Day

(Newser) - Good news for taxpayers: Though the NYPD initially said it would need $35 million to protect then-President-elect Trump, his family, and Trump Tower between Election Day and Inauguration Day, it actually managed the feat for $24 million, according to a letter from police commissioner James P. O'Neill asking Congress... More »

Russia's Ambassador to UN Dies in NYC

Vitaly Churkin was 64; cause of death unknown

(Newser) - Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia's deputy UN ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told the AP that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia's UN mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where... More »

Woman Falls to Death at World Trade Center Oculus

Jenny Santos was reaching for sister's hat when she fell off escalator

(Newser) - A 29-year-old women fell from an escalator to her death while reaching for a hat early Saturday morning inside the World Trade Center Oculus, NBC New York reports. According to the New York Daily News , Santos and her twin sister were just reaching the upper level of the transit hub... More »

Whole Foods Introduces a 'Produce Butcher'

Slicing your own fruits and veggies is now a thing of the past

(Newser) - We put a man on the moon, yet somehow we're still cutting our own carrot sticks? Well not anymore! Fortune reports a new Whole Foods location in New York City's Bryant Park has a "produce butcher" on staff. The produce butcher will "cut, slice, dice, julienne,... More »

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