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Uber Admits Stiffing NYC Drivers

Company says drivers were underpaid for years

(Newser) - Uber has admitted it underpaid its New York City drivers tens of millions of dollars over the last 2.5 years. "We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed—plus interest—as quickly as possible," Uber exec Rachel Holt said Tuesday, per the AP... More »

Times Square Driver: I Tried to Get Help From Vet's Center

Richard Rojas says he can't remember mowing down tourists

(Newser) - A man accused of mowing down pedestrians in Times Square , killing a teenage Michigan tourist and injuring 22 others, says he had been trying to get psychiatric help. In a jailhouse interview on Saturday, Richard Rojas told the New York Post that he recently spoke to a mental health counselor... More »

Shkreli, Wu-Tang, the American Dream—All in One Musical

'PharmaBro: An American Douchical' runs through June 18 in NYC

(Newser) - If they can stage off-Broadway musicals for Octomom and Jerry Springer , surely there's room under the spotlight for "Pharma Bro." In what Quartz calls "satire at its strangest," a Manhattan theater is staging PharmaBro: An American Douchical through June 18, poking fun at Martin "... More »

Prosecutors: Times Square Driver Wanted to 'Kill Them All'

Richard Rojas charged with murder and attempted murder

(Newser) - A man charged with slamming his speeding car into pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring nearly two dozen people, said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor revealed Friday. Richard Rojas, 26, also said he had... More »

Woman Killed in Times Square Was 18-Year-Old Tourist

Alyssa Elsman and her sister were both hit by a car driving on the sidewalk

(Newser) - The 18-year-old woman killed when a car slammed into Times Square crowds Thursday in New York has been identified as Alyssa Elsman, the New York Post reports. Elsman, a Michigan native, was visiting New York with her family. According to the Detroit Free Press , Elsman graduated from Portage Central High... More »

Car Plows Into Pedestrians in Times Square; 1 Dead

26-year-old driver in custody, terrorism not suspected

(Newser) - One person was killed and 22 more were injured after a speeding car veered onto the sidewalk in New York City's Times Square on Thursday and plowed through a crowd of pedestrians before crashing and appearing to catch fire, reports Reuters . A man behind the wheel of the... More »

After 14 Years, a Wedding for Big Bang Theory Star, Partner

Jim Parsons tied the knot with Todd Spiewak at NYC's Rainbow Room

(Newser) - In November, Jim Parsons commemorated his 14-year anniversary with partner Todd Spiewak with a celebratory throwback picture . On Saturday, Spiewak, 40, and the 44-year-old star of The Big Bang Theory made their longtime union official, marrying at New York City's Rainbow Room, Page Six reports, with a confirmation from... More »

'Sean Spicer' Seen Cruising Through NYC on His Podium

That would be Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer

(Newser) - On Wednesday, she donned her press secretary suit to "I'm So Pretty" as she prepared to host this weekend's Saturday Night Live. On Friday, Melissa McCarthy went full-out Sean Spicer, "from the bushes to the streets" of New York City, riding her Segway-like podium right past... More »

Subway Rider Allegedly Picks Wrong Person to Rub Against

Osa Ayanru allegedly pushed privates onto plainclothes cop

(Newser) - NYPD Detective Jennifer Rosario was on the job, keeping an eye out for crime while riding a Harlem-bound subway in Manhattan on Wednesday, reports the New York Daily News . She just probably didn't imagine she'd be the victim. Police say the plainclothes officer felt something repeatedly touch her... More »

Trump Booed on First Trip to Hometown as President

Hundreds lined motorcade's Manhattan route

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters lined up Thursday along Manhattan's West Side Highway to jeer President Trump's motorcade as he made his first trip home to New York since his inauguration. Trump sped by just before 7pm on his way to attend a dinner with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull... More »

8-Year-Old Boy Killed by Falling Flower Box

The boy was climbing a window gate to get a basketball Thursday in Brooklyn

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy in Brooklyn was killed Thursday evening when a flower box fell on his head, the New York Daily News reports. According to WABC , Kevin Reilly was climbing a window gate to retrieve a basketball outside his home and grabbed the flower box. The 4-foot-long planter fell and... More »

Rarity Opens in NYC: a Swanky Public Restroom

Facility near Bryant Park gets $300K upgrade

(Newser) - In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music, and artwork, reports the AP . The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor, inspired by visits to the priciest hotels, is open to everyone, though it's... More »

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 »

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