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Damage Unknown as Joan Rivers Brought Out of Coma

Family threatening to sue NYC clinic Yorkville Endoscopy

(Newser) - As doctors bring Joan Rivers out of a medically induced coma, there's some concern the comedian could end up "either a vegetable or in a wheelchair," the New York Daily News reports. That news has her family considering a lawsuit. Whether or not Rivers, 81, has suffered... More »

New Flight Diverted as 2 Scuffle Over Reclining Seat

Woman reclined while other napped on tray table

(Newser) - Yet another plane has been diverted thanks to a squabble over a reclining seat. A Delta flight from New York City to Palm Beach, Fla., was grounded yesterday after two passengers argued over a reclining seat. A fellow passenger and witness tells News4Jax : "This woman who was sitting next... More »

Punishment for Brooklyn Bridge Climber: Cleaning It?

Judge sees jail time as inappropriate for accused tourist Yaroslav Kolchin

(Newser) - For a Russian tourist who's accused of climbing the Brooklyn Bridge, the punishment may fit the crime. Prosecutors suggested a deal involving 90 days in jail for Yaroslav Kolchin, but judge ShawnDya L. Simpson doesn't think that's a great idea. Instead, she suggested he be required to... More »

Joan Rivers 'Resting Comfortably': Daughter

'Keep her in your thoughts and prayers,' says Melissa

(Newser) - Joan Rivers is "resting comfortably" in the hospital with family, daughter Melissa announced late yesterday. But amid reports that the 81-year-old comedian has been placed in a medically induced coma , Melissa Rivers offered no further details about her mother, who reportedly stopped breathing during a routine throat procedure. "... More »

How New Yorkers Prep for 'Doomsday'

New Yorkers worry about natural disasters, terrorist threats

(Newser) - New Yorkers are preparing for "doomsday" in a way that doesn't involve guns, bunkers, or earmarked pages in Revelations, LiveScience reports. Survivalists at one group, NYC Preppers, are planning to safely flee the city in case of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. "They simply don't... More »

Top 10 US Cities for Culture

Seattle is No. 1, at least on a per-capita basis

(Newser) - How would Columbus, Ohio, outrank New York City in a list of the top cities for culture and recreation in the US? When the words "per capita" are involved. New York may have 2,693 places dedicated to those pursuits, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Central Park,... More »

Double-Decker Buses Crash in NYC; 13 Hurt

Three people seriously injured near Times Square

(Newser) - An accident involving two double-decker tour buses injured 13 people in Times Square this afternoon. Three people were seriously hurt, though none of the injuries were life-threatening. The accident occurred around 47th Street and Seventh Avenue, an area of Times Square generally teeming with tourists near the TKTS discount Broadway... More »

Amtrak Train Leaves Riders Behind in NYC

They get bags of Doritos as apology

(Newser) - Passengers taking the fast train to Washington, DC, from New York City on Saturday were apparently guided to the wrong platform—and by the time they realized what had happened, their train was gone. In other words, Amtrak's Acela Express 2253 somehow managed to depart from Penn Station around... More »

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 »

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