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Mom Accused of Murdering Baby Had Another Baby Who Died

Jennifer Berry now being investigated for 2008 death of infant son

(Newser) - A 33-year-old Yonkers woman is being held without bail on murder and manslaughter charges after allegedly throwing her newborn daughter to her death out a seventh-story apartment window—and now prosecutors in Westchester are investigating the 2008 death of her infant son, the New York Times reports. "In light... More »

The 4 Big Things the Pope Will Do in NYC Today

It's quite the list: Central Park, the UN, ground zero, Madison Square Garden

(Newser) - Pope Francis gets little rest today as he continues his US visit with high-profile events in New York City, including a stop at Ground Zero and a speech at the UN. The four big highlights:
  • Ground Zero: Francis will lead a prayer service at the site with leaders from the
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Pope Francis Arrives: 5 Unusual Details of His Visit

It's a big deal

(Newser) - Pope Francis sets foot on US soil at 4pm today (full schedule here ), and officials in DC, New York, and Philly are scrambling to ensure a smooth, safe stay. Here are five of the more unusual details of his visit:
  1. The visit has spurred one of the largest security
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Plucky 'Pizza Rat' Inspires Its Own Hashtag

This little guy is no quitter

(Newser) - Only in New York City: A new YouTube video shows a rat dutifully dragging its slice of cheese pizza down the stairs into a subway station, UPI reports. The rat sadly gives up on its prize, but Matt Little's video is still going viral and inspiring all kinds of... More »

Why Full-Time City Workers Are Homeless

Angelo Torres sleeps in a truck, works for New York City

(Newser) - Angelo Torres makes $33,662 a year cleaning up trash on a beach at Staten Island. Georgie Grier pulls in $33,600 as a New York City sanitation enforcement agent. Similar jobs, similar pay, same problem: They're among more than 300 full-time workers in the city who are homeless,... More »

NYC Mayor Wants Computer Science for All Students

Only 1% of public school students currently get tech training

(Newser) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants every student in the city to have a good shot at getting the jobs of the future. The mayor is preparing to announce an ambitious 10-year plan to make computer science education available in all the city's public schools, reports the New ... More »

New York First City to Put Salt Warning on Menus

They'll be required at chain restaurants on extra-salty meals

(Newser) - Salty fare from sandwiches to salads will soon come with a first-of-its-kind warning label at chain restaurants in New York City. The city Board of Health voted unanimously today to require chain eateries to put salt-shaker symbols on menus to denote dishes with more than the recommended daily limit of... More »

Want to Try This 16-Year-Old Chef's Food? That'll Be $160

Flynn McGarry's first NYC eatery opens Saturday

(Newser) - You probably wouldn't pay $160 to have any 16-year-old cook you dinner, but you might if the teen in the chef's hat is Flynn McGarry. The self-taught chef and recent high school graduate's first New York City restaurant, Eureka, opens Saturday, the New York Post reports. It... More »

Governor's Staffer Shot in Pre-Parade Violence in NYC

Carey Gabay, lawyer on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's staff, shot in head this morning

(Newser) - It's a festival celebrating Caribbean culture that New York City residents look forward to all year, but the early hours before today's West Indian Day Parade were rocked by violence during pre-celebrations—and a staffer for Gov. Andrew Cuomo was one of the victims. Cuomo says Carey Gabay,... More »

America's Top Travel Destination Is ... Queens

Lonely Planet gives the NYC borough No. 1 billing in rankings

(Newser) - The "place where tourists wound up only if they got on the wrong subway in Manhattan," as the New York Times puts it, has now ascended to the opposite end of the spectrum. Queens was anointed the top travel destination in the US in December by travel guide... More »

Subway Rider Asked to Move Bag Freaks Out

Not exactly a typical morning on the F train

(Newser) - There's at least one woman who apparently hasn't read the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority's courtesy rules : The NYPD says a woman pushed, scratched, and bit a subway rider who tried to sit in a seat that had her bag on it. The alleged subway rage occurred aboard... More »

3 Nabbed for 'Treasure Hunt' in NYC's Putrid Sewers

'God knows what they were looking for': NY police commissioner

(Newser) - It helps to have friends in high places to get you into low places—in this case, the fetid NYC sewer system. A worker for the city's Department of Environmental Protection and two fellow treasure-hunters were arrested on trespassing and other charges early Thursday after residents in a quiet... More »

Smelly NYC Subway Find: 'Odor'-Able Baby Skunks

Cops rescue little stinkers from subway station, puns ensue

(Newser) - "Skunks are native New Yorkers," says a Parks rep in the wake of a potentially smellier-than-usual subway rescue. "They’re a part of NYC wildlife." Two NYPD cops pulled two baby skunks out of a Bronx subway station, prompting all the stinky puns out there from... More »

'Easily Preventable' Outbreak Kills 4 in NYC

Legionnaires' disease found in 5 cooling towers

(Newser) - These are nervous times in the Bronx: An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed four people and sickened at least 71—and while officials believe the bacteria spread through a building cooling system, they haven't pinpointed which one because so many are infected. Five out of 17 building cooling... More »

Story That 'Haunted' New Yorkers Since 1964 Becomes a Movie

Kitty Genovese's gruesome killing to become feature film

(Newser) - A legendary New York City crime that once inspired soul-searching and public debate is finally coming to the big screen. Spoiler alert: It's called "37," after the number of witnesses who allegedly watched, listened, or did nothing while Queens resident Kitty Genovese was raped and fatally stabbed.... More »

Two Daughters Inherit $20M, Must Follow Some Rules

Real estate magnate Maurice Laboz offers money from the beyond

(Newser) - "Want my money while you're still young? Then you have to play by my rules." That's pretty much what deceased Manhattan real estate landlord Maurice Laboz has posthumously told his two daughters, the New York Post reports. According to his will, 17-year-old Victoria and 21-year-old Marlena... More »

What NYC Mourners Found at Paupers' Graves

After years of fighting, loved ones go to Hart Island

(Newser) - A few dozen mourners made history yesterday by riding a ferry to Hart Island in New York City. Their dead loved ones, buried in paupers' graves, had been legally inaccessible for years until a recent federal class-action lawsuit forced the city's Correction Department to let people visit, the New ... More »

Woman in Viral Catcall Video Sues Director

Shoshana Roberts says she's being victimized again

(Newser) - A woman who was the centerpiece of a video about street harassment in New York City has filed a lawsuit against its director and the organization that put it out. Shoshana Roberts filed her lawsuit in Manhattan, saying her performance and likeness were used for "advertising or trade without... More »

3-Month-Old Dies During First Day at NYC Daycare

Owner of unlicensed facility noticed Karl Towndrow's lips were blue

(Newser) - On Amber Scorah's first day back at work after maternity leave, she dropped her 3-month-old son off at the SoHo daycare that she and Lee Towndrow had chosen for him. Hours later, son Karl was dead. New York City's medical examiner's office yesterday performed an autopsy on... More »

Eric Garner's Family Settles With NYC

Garner's family sought $75M and got $5.9M

(Newser) - New York City has reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million, almost a year after the 43-year-old died in police custody . The family filed a notice of claim in October, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million.... More »

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