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DNA Match Solves High-Profile 1994 Rape Case

Columnist insisted NYC rape was a hoax

(Newser) - Some 23 years after a New York City rape victim was denounced as a hoaxer by a prominent newspaper columnist, police say they have solved the case with modern DNA-testing methods. After the woman was raped in Brooklyn's Prospect Park in 1994 while carrying groceries home, New York Daily ... More »

Police Official Sorry for 1994 Comments About Rape Victim

Deputy Commissioner John Miller admits he was wrong to tell reporters of doubts

(Newser) - A New York City police official apologized Friday to a rape victim he helped discredit almost 24 years ago. Deputy Commissioner John Miller said in a statement sent to the woman's lawyer that he was wrong to tell reporters that police doubted the woman's account of being raped... More »

Inside NYC's Billions-Dollar Salvo Against Oil

Says it'll divest $5B from its pension funds, and wants billions more from 5 key players

(Newser) - New York City is putting its money where its mouth is in a fight against "greed"-driven fossil fuel companies. In a move that the New York Times describes as designed to give Mayor Bill de Blasio chops as a climate-change leader (and one made in front of a... More »

Secret Service Spotted Fire Atop Trump Tower

2 were injured by the rooftop blaze

(Newser) - New York City fire officials say a fire in Trump Tower's heating and air conditioning system injured two people and caused smoke to billow from the roof. The Fire Department of New York says the fire started around 7am Monday at the building that contains President Trump's home... More »

NYC 'Not the Violent Nightmare We Once Read About'

Big Apple ends 2017 with fewest murders in at least 66 years

(Newser) - New York City had 290 murders last year, the fewest on record in the modern era, the AP reports. There also were fewer shootings, 789, and fewer overall crimes reported in 2017—a total of 96,517. Arrests also were down by more than 30,000 from 2016. Police say... More »

Senator Wants Army to Honor Soldier Who Died in NYC Fire

13th victim dies week after Bronx blaze

(Newser) - A 13th person has died from injuries suffered in one of New York City's deadliest fires in decades . Police say 27-year-old Holt Francis was critically injured in the Dec. 28 Bronx apartment building fire and died at a hospital on Thursday, the AP reports. They say the fire was... More »

6 Lines From the Speech That 'Shocked' Hollywood

Tiffany Haddish delivered f-bombs, talked Skype sex

(Newser) - After beating out the competition, winners at Sunday's Golden Globes will face yet another challenge: topping what one film writer is calling "the best acceptance speech of all time," delivered Wednesday. Taking home the best supporting actress prize at the New York Film Critics Circle gala, Girls ... More »

NYC Fights 'Disgusting' Acts With $50M Plan

Security bollards are designed to prevent ramming attacks

(Newser) - "When a vehicle plows into a group of innocent pedestrians, it's disgusting," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday, announcing a plan to install 1,500 new security bollards to protect pedestrians from vehicle ramming attacks like the one that killed eight people on Halloween... More »

Restaurant Mocked by NYT Is Now Gone for Good

Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, subject of much mockery, served its last meal on New Year's Eve

(Newser) - It started with a scathing New York Times review , followed by pushback from the celebrity chef in the hot seat, and now the saga is ending with a high-profile restaurant closure. The AP reports that Guy Fieri's Times Square eatery, Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, has closed down... More »

Officials: 3-Year-Old Playing With Stove Started NYC Fire

12 are dead, including a mother and baby found in a bathtub

(Newser) - Fire officials say New York City's deadliest fire in a quarter-century was caused by a 3-year-old boy playing with the burners on a kitchen stove. FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the boy, who had a history of playing with the stove, screamed to alert his mom to the fire... More »

Bitter Cold Is Breaking Records —and Windows

Sharks are freezing, too

(Newser) - Just how cold is it across much of North America? Sharks are freezing to death and windows are cracking. Weather.com notes daily record cold high temperatures were tied or set in 29 spots from the Midwest to the South and East on Thursday, including in Baltimore, Boston, and New... More »

'Unspeakable' Fire Was NYC's Deadliest Since 1990

At least 4 kids believed to be among 12 dead

(Newser) - A horrific fire that killed at least 12 people in the Bronx Thursday night is New York City's deadliest, excluding the 9/11 attacks, since 1990, when 87 people died in the Happy Land Social Club arson, authorities say. "Tonight in the Bronx we've seen the worst fire... More »

If You See This Sign in NYC, Ignore It

Cold War relics are starting to be removed from city's schools, but thousands remain

(Newser) - If you're a New Yorker who is soothed by the sight of fallout shelter signs on the city's buildings in the face of an increasingly bombastic North Korea, bad news. The Cold War relics—at one time denoting the city's 18,000 fallout shelters, which were intended... More »

Eric Garner's Daughter in Coma After Heart Attack

27-year-old activist is in grave condition, family says

(Newser) - Erica Garner, the 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner , spent Christmas Day fighting for her life after what family members say was an asthma-induced heart attack. The anti-police brutality activist is one of the six children of Garner, who died in 2014 after being placed in a banned chokehold by New... More »

'Murder Capital of America' Now as Deadly as Wyoming

NYC sees killings hit record low, perhaps in part due to community policing

(Newser) - Even after two terrorist attacks and a driver's deadly rampage through Times Square , New York City is on track to smash its modern-era low for homicides in a year. Through Dec. 17, the city of 8.5 million people, once America's murder capital, had recorded 278 killings. That... More »

Man Claims Father-in-Law Has Terrorized Him With a Toupee

Yes, that headline means what you think

(Newser) - A New York City man who says he has a fear of the Tasmanian Devil claims his father-in-law repeatedly scared him with a toupee that looks like the cartoon character. The New York Post reports Yunes Doleh was arrested in November for violating a restraining order filed by his son-in-law,... More »

He Brought Meds to Rohingya. His Next Role: NYC Bomb Suspect

Akayed Ullah visited refugee camps in September, was angered by Muslims 'living in hell'

(Newser) - Weeks before he would be accused of detonating a bomb in a New York subway corridor, Akayed Ullah was a "happy" religious man, so "loving and giving" that he traveled hundreds of miles, at one point sleeping under a tree, to deliver medicine to Rohingya refugees. That's... More »

Menorah Blamed for Fire That Killed Mom, 3 Kids

Father fighting for life after desperate rescue attempt

(Newser) - A fire that roared through a Brooklyn home on the sixth night of Hanukkah, killing a mother and her three young children, was touched off by the family's menorah, fire officials said. The fire department late Monday released a statement saying fire marshals determined the blaze to be accidental,... More »

NYC Bomb Suspect Told Trump He 'Failed' on Facebook

Per the five-count complaint filed against Akayed Ullah Tuesday

(Newser) - Before detonating a pipe bomb near Times Square Monday morning, Akayed Ullah reportedly took the time to update his Facebook status—and his message was about President Trump. The detail comes via the five-count federal complaint filed against him Tuesday (NPR posts the complaint in full here ), and USA ... More »

NYC Bombing Suspect Came to US in 2011

Akayed Ullah carried bomb on 55-minute subway ride

(Newser) - The man accused of detonating a bomb in a subway corridor near Times Square Monday morning carried the device strapped to himself on a 55-minute subway ride from his Brooklyn home, law enforcement officials say. Akayed Ullah, who came to the US from Bangladesh in 2011, injured himself and three... More »

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