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Gunman Dead in NYC Firefight, 3 Officers Shot

They were reportedly trying to apprehend fugitive when he shot

(Newser) - A gunman is dead after a firefight inside a Greenwich Village smoke shop today, the New York Post reports. Two US Marshals and an NYPD detective, all of whom were working as part of a fugitive task force, were shot as they tried to apprehend a fugitive behind the counter... More »

NYPD Busts More Times Square Characters

Captain America, Naked Black Cowboy among those arrested for gouging tourists

(Newser) - You’re supposed to be helping the NYPD, Spider-Man and friends—not giving them grief. Junior Bishop, aka Spidey, was arrested this weekend in Times Square on charges involving drug possession and slugging a cop in the face, but he was soon joined by Captain America, the Naked Black Cowboy,... More »

1 in 25 New Yorkers Is a Millionaire

And city tops world for billionaire residents, study says

(Newser) - If you were to chuck everybody who wasn't a millionaire out of New York City, the city would still have a higher population than New Orleans, according to a new study. Researchers at Spear's magazine say 4.63% of the city's population have assets of $1 million... More »

NYPD Investigates 2nd Chokehold Incident

Ronald Johns held days before Eric Garner's death

(Newser) - A video has surfaced showing New York police holding a man in a chokehold just days before an unarmed Eric Garner died after police used the banned move on him, reports DNA Info . The video shows an officer holding Ronald Johns and punching him after Johns allegedly entered a subway... More »

Cops Still Baffled Over Brooklyn Bridge Flag Stunt

Police seeking 5 people seen on the span's footpath about 3am

(Newser) - Apparently, all you need to orchestrate a prank on the Brooklyn Bridge are aluminum roasting pans and some mad climbing skills. Police say a small group of intruders used the pans to cover floodlights on the bridge's two towers before they hoisted two bleached-white US flags overnight Monday, the... More »

2 White Flags Hoisted Atop Brooklyn Bridge

Cops investigating how someone breached security to replace American flags

(Newser) - The NYPD can say for sure that New York City is not surrendering, but no one’s sure yet how or why two white flags replaced American flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge this morning, reports the Wall Street Journal . After social media started pulsing with pictures of the... More »

Alien Believers Fly Swastika Over NYC Beaches

Work of alien-based religion of Raelism

(Newser) - Visitors to New York City beaches yesterday were pretty horrified when a plane flew by towing a banner with a swastika that noted, in symbols, that "swastika plus peace equals love." It also contained a swastika combined with a Star of David. The banner, which flew through Coney... More »

Family: Mom Who Dumped Baby 'Really Needs Help'

At court hearing, Dabbs rants against Jay-Z

(Newser) - The family of the 20-year-old woman accused of abandoning her baby at a New York City subway station on Monday had no idea she was even in New York. Frankea Dabbs has had a troubled life involving drugs and prostitution, relatives tell the New York Times , but she had promised... More »

Abandoned Baby's Mom Found at Starbucks

Woman pushed stroller onto platform, got back on NYC subway, say witnesses

(Newser) - A 20-year-old mother who allegedly abandoned her baby girl at one of New York City's busiest subway stations is in custody, says the NYPD. NBC New York reports that police were given the heads up by a citizen who saw the woman at a Starbucks around 12:30am today—... More »

FDNY 'Hero' Killed Seeking Victims 19 Floors Up

Gordon Ambelas got trapped in public-housing blaze

(Newser) - The Fire Department of New York is mourning the death of a lieutenant who became trapped while looking for victims in a public-housing high-rise blaze, the first to die in the line of duty in more than two years. Lt. Gordon Ambelas died yesterday after suffering multiple injuries while on... More »

Court Delivers Likely Final Word on NYC Soda Ban

Justices say city health board didn't have authority to impose size limit

(Newser) - Guzzlers prevailed today as New York's highest court refused to reinstate New York City's ban on the sale of big sodas , ruling that the city's health department overstepped its bounds when it approved the 16-ounce cap on sugary beverages. The court largely ignored the merits of the... More »

Wrongly Convicted Central Park 5 to Get $40M

NYC settlement adds up to $1 million per year in jail

(Newser) - Five New York City men wrongly convicted in their teens for the rape and beating of a jogger in Central Park are to receive around $1 million per year of imprisonment. The black and Hispanic "Central Park Five"—who were aged 14 to 16 when they were caught... More »

Cab Driver Dies in Freak Accident With Own SUV

It rolled backward on him; bystander jumped in empty vehicle to stop it

(Newser) - A livery driver was killed in New York City yesterday in a bizarre accident. The 58-year-old double-parked his Ford Expedition and was opening the door for his fare when he realized the SUV was rolling backward, reports the New York Daily News . The driver jumped back in partway and tried... More »

NYPD Arrests Suspect in Child's Stabbing Death

Daniel St. Hubert accused of killing boy, injuring girl

(Newser) - Police in New York City arrested a 27-year-old man tonight accused of fatally stabbing a 6-year-old boy and injuring his 7-year-old playmate over the weekend, reports Gothamist . Daniel St. Hubert is in custody, the arrest made soon after police publicly identified him as a suspect. As the Daily News explains,... More »

When Homeless Pal Dies, Woman Pays to Bury Him

Bank worker saved 'Smokey' from mass burial in Potter's Field

(Newser) - His name was Smokey, and Juanita Vega woke him up every day for 11 years. In return, he called her "sis" and gave her tchotchkes that he found—a sweet friendship between a homeless man and an employee at the New York City bank where he slept in the... More »

Man Randomly Stabs 2 Kids in NYC Elevator

And he's still at large

(Newser) - A 6-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl were on their way to grab Icees around 6pm yesterday when a man with a butcher knife brutally stabbed them both in the elevator of their Brooklyn housing project, according to police. The man pulled out the knife after telling the children to... More »

V. Stiviano Allegedly Beaten by Racists in New York

Bouncer says she was in the middle of a fight

(Newser) - A pair of white men shouting racial slurs assaulted former Donald Sterling paramour V. Stiviano outside a New York City hotel last night, Stiviano's lawyer tells Radar . "They were about 5'7" and they knew exactly who she was. They began to hit her and called her the... More »

Guy Says He's Jared Leto's Stylist, Tricks Top Shops

Also claims to work for Johnny Depp

(Newser) - A pricey New York menswear shop generally asks for ID when phone orders are picked up. If you're a celebrity's assistant, however, you can sometimes get by without getting carded. That was handy for a man who recently visited Carven after placing orders by phone with a stolen... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Florida in particular does not fare well

(Newser) - Head's up, Florida pedestrians. It just may save your life. A new study about the most dangerous cities for those who get around by foot finds that the top four are in Florida. The top 10 offenders, via Smart Growth America :
  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Miami, Fla.
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Details of NY Child-Porn Bust Just 'Shocking'

Among those arrested: a man who secretly filmed his son's friend, 9

(Newser) - More disturbing details are emerging about this week's huge child-porn bust in the New York City area, including these: a dad secretly filmed his son's friend, 9, when she changed to go swimming; a nurse had 19 videos of kids under 13 having sex with adults, authorities say.... More »

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