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NYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires Big Time

Feed flooded with pics of police brutality

(Newser) - A New York City Police Department campaign to get Twitter users to share photos of themselves with officers got a massive response—but not the kind the department had in mind. Instead of citizens posing with friendly cops, the #MyNYPD tag became the top trending hashtag on Twitter with thousands... More »

New York Says 64% of Airbnb Rentals Are Illegal

Attorney general intends to take action against room rental service

(Newser) - The majority of Airbnb offerings in New York City are illegal, the state's attorney general argues in an affidavit filed today, ahead of a court hearing with the start-up tomorrow. In January, the AG's office examined the site's more than 19,500 Big Apple offerings, and found... More »

How a NYC Cabbie Evaded $28K in Tolls

Police say he was a skilled tailgater

(Newser) - How would a cabbie manage to cross the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in New York City more than 3,000 times without paying a dime in tolls? Pretty easily, it turns out. Police say Rodolfo Sanchez figured out that if he tailgated the law-abiding, toll-paying car ahead of him closely... More »

Well-Meaning Mom Accidentally Steals Car

She thought she was moving one that belonged to her daughter's friend

(Newser) - It might be the strangest stolen-car caper of the year, not least because the car wasn't technically stolen. It helps when one set of keys works in two separate vehicles. Here's what happened, from Daily Intel and the New York Post :
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NYPD Ends Program to Spy on Local Muslims

'Demographics Unit' remains focus of 2 lawsuits

(Newser) - The NYPD is dropping a controversial undercover operation set up in the wake of 9/11 to spy on Muslims in the city, reports the New York Post . Under the Demographics Unit, later renamed the Zone Assessment Unit, plainclothes officers would infiltrate Muslim gathering places to learn what they could. The... More »

NYPD: Drunk Cop Plowed Through Police Stop

Fellow officers had to jump out of the way

(Newser) - An off-duty NYPD officer was charged with multiple offenses including drunk driving after nearly mowing down a bunch of on-duty officers at a traffic stop. Police say Shieed Haniff hit two cars, causing minor injuries for occupants in both vehicles, then sped through a police stop as officers jumped out... More »

NYPD-FDNY Charity Hockey Game Erupts in Brawl

Fight clears benches at annual match

(Newser) - The annual charity hockey game between New York City's cops and firefighters turned into an all-out, bench clearing brawl at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum yesterday. With the score tied at 3-3 in the second period, referees struggled to restore order as FDNY and NYPD officers traded punches, leaving... More »

How Ukraine Mess May Be Healthy for New York City

Penalties may mean fewer purchases by absentee Russian billionaires: Megan McArdle

(Newser) - It may not be the first thing to come to mind in regard to Russia's dispute with Ukraine, but the fallout could take a tangible hit on New York City real estate. The New York Times explains that rich foreigners—think Russia, China, and Brazil—account for about 40%... More »

Rikers Makes Changes After Vet 'Baked to Death'

Warden Rose Argo will be placed in charge of a facility that doesn't house mentally ill

(Newser) - Rikers Island is taking action over the headline-generating death of Jerome Murdough, the mentally ill homeless veteran who " basically baked to death " in a Rikers cell in February. New York City's Correction Department has removed the warden in charge of Rikers' mental health unit, saying it had... More »

UPS Sacks 250 Drivers After 90-Minute Protest

Public advocate calls on company to alter decision

(Newser) - UPS drivers left work for 90 minutes to protest the firing of a colleague—and found themselves in hot water not long afterward, the company tells the New York Daily News . Twenty were fired Monday, while 230 were told they had their jobs only until replacements were trained. A rep... More »

2 CNN Producers Nabbed Sneaking Into WTC Area

They were apparently testing site securit y

(Newser) - A pair of CNN producers quietly tried to make their way into the World Trade Center site in New York yesterday afternoon—but they were caught in the act. Yon Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Boals, 26, were trying to test the security of the area, the New York Post reports.... More »

Men Who Jumped From WTC Turn Themselves In

'Exhilarating' stunt exposed security flaw, they say

(Newser) - A group of daredevils suspected of parachuting from 1 World Trade Center into Manhattan last year have admitted that they did it—and it was great. The group turned themselves into police yesterday after investigators tracked them down, reports the New York Times . One of the men says the stunt... More »

8th Body Found in NYC Blast

Investigators still haven't zeroed in on where the leak occurred

(Newser) - Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear to search rubble for more victims of yesterday's gas explosion in East Harlem found an eighth body today. Meanwhile, investigators tried to pinpoint the leak and determine whether it had anything to do with the city's aging gas and water mains,... More »

Death Toll Hits 7 in Harlem Blast; 9 Still Missing

Search efforts continue; 7th body pulled from rubble this morning

(Newser) - The death toll is climbing and hit seven this morning after authorities say a suspected gas leak blew up two apartment buildings in Harlem yesterday, just minutes after a customer called to report the smell of gas. At least 63 are wounded, and more deaths could come as two survivors... More »

Gas Leak Blamed in Harlem Blast That Killed 2

Toll mounts as 2 buildings collapse

(Newser) - Two people are now dead after an explosion brought down two apartment buildings in East Harlem this morning, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is confirming that a gas leak is to blame. At least 18 more are injured. A utility company says a resident in a nearby building reported smelling... More »

NYC Sees Rash of Rare Infections Tied to Seafood

Outbreak tied to purchases made from Chinatown fish markets

(Newser) - Two things you never want to see linked: "outbreak" and "rare skin infection." Unfortunately, that's apparently the case in New York City, where some 30 people who bought seafood in Chinatown markets over the last six months have found themselves battling "Mycobacterium marinum." The... More »

Snow Pounds East Coast Yet Again

DC could see 12 inches; 2K flights canceled

(Newser) - It may be March, but the winter weather isn't over. The East Coast is once again getting pummeled by snow, with Washington, DC, and other mid-Atlantic cities expecting between six and 12 inches, AccuWeather reports. Ice, meanwhile, could reach to Charlotte, NC. Virginia, Tennessee, and Delaware are among states... More »

Fashion Designer Found Dead in Hudson River

Michele Savoia said to have fallen in water

(Newser) - Fashion designer Michele Savoia's body was found in the Hudson River yesterday; a friend says the designer slipped and fell into the river in the early hours of Thursday. The friend, Kevin James Dalton, says the 55-year-old designer had been partying before he began climbing the ramp to his... More »

Baby Delivered After Plow Kills Pregnant Woman

Brooklyn resident was struck this morning; infant in ICU

(Newser) - A pregnant woman who was loading groceries into the trunk of her car with her husband was struck and killed by a mini-snowplow in New York City this morning, and her baby boy was successfully delivered by emergency C-section, authorities said. Min Lin, 36, was hit at about 10:45... More »

3K Birds Saved in NY Cockfight Crackdown

'Operation Angry Birds' smashes NY ring

(Newser) - Some 3,000 birds were rescued and nine felony arrests were made in a huge cockfighting crackdown that officials in New York state called "Operation Angry Birds." In a New York City raid, at least 70 NYPD officers accompanied by state troopers raided a basement cockfighting operation as... More »

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