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Police Investigating NYC Tortoise-Napping

The 95-pound Millennium was stolen from an environmental center

(Newser) - A tortoise-napper is on the loose in New York City. The Wall Street Journal reports a 95-pound tortoise named Millennium was stolen from the Alley Pound Environmental Center in Queens sometime between Sunday evening and Monday afternoon. The educational center isn't sure how the thief or thieves managed to... More »

'You Don't Have Any Money So Take Off Your Clothes'

Group allegedly robs, sexually assaults woman leaving church

(Newser) - Police say a New York City woman was robbed and sexually assaulted by five men after leaving church Tuesday night in Queens, WNBC reports. According to the New York Daily News , the 50-year-old victim was about half a block from the church on her way to the subway when two... More »

NYC's War on Rats Will Cost It $32M

Turns out the rodents can survive on just an ounce of food a day

(Newser) - New York City has announced a $32 million, multi-agency plan to reduce the rat population, which is estimated to number roughly 2 million and has included the likes of pizza rat . Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday the plan will target rats in the Grand Concourse area of the Bronx;... More »

'Endearing' Reason for Delays at JFK Airport

Dozens of migrating turtles

(Newser) - Bird strikes at New York City-area airports have been known to cause emergency landings, but a different type of creature kept some planes from even taking off this week, the AP reports. As part of their annual migration ritual, about 40 diamondback terrapin turtles emerged from Jamaica Bay Friday... More »

These 10 Cities Better Hope They Avoid a Hurricane

The damage would be brutal: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Florida may be the place to go for sunshine, but it's the place to escape if a hurricane hits. The state is home to a number of the US cities that are "vulnerable to the greatest damage" at the hands of a hurricane, reports 24/7 Wall St , which... More »

NYC Commuters' 'Summer of Hell' Begins Monday

'I'd rather have my teeth pulled,' commuter says of anticipated woes from repair project

(Newser) - A massive two-month repair project will launch Monday at the country's busiest train station, temporarily exacerbating the daily commuting struggle during what New York's governor has predicted will be a "summer of hell," per the AP . At Penn Station, crowds of commuters fume at frequent delays,... More »

Nightclub's 1985 Time Capsule Causes Evacuation in NYC

Letters to the future were stored, buried in WWII practice bomb

(Newser) - Back in 1985, the staff of famous New York City nightclub Danceteria (which was featured in Madonna's Desperately Seeking Susan, per CBS New York ) buried a time capsule that looked like a WWII bomb. "I kind of mentioned it as a joke back then," the former... More »

Killed NYPD Cop Was 'Fighter,' Mother of 3

Family, friends remember Miosotis Familia, who was fatally shot this week

(Newser) - "She was a fighter, she was tough—and that was the job for her," Miosotis Familia's nephew tells the New York Times . Family, friends, and coworkers are mourning the loss of the NYPD officer and Bronx native who was fatally shot early Wednesday only a few miles... More »

'He Never Argued With Me': Alleged Target of NYC Shooter

Dr. Kamran Ahmed says he's not sure why Henry Bello would have targeted him

(Newser) - A doctor who appears to have been the target of a former physician who started shooting at a hospital, killing one person and injuring six, says he has no idea why he would have been singled out. Dr. Kamran Ahmed tells the New York Post he wasn't the only... More »

NYPD Is Knocking Cellphones Out of People's Hands: Report

Abundance of cameras has made some cops in NYC jumpy

(Newser) - A civilian review panel tasked with investigating complaints against New York City cops has spotted a trend: NYPD officers knocking cellphones and other video recording devices out of the hands of concerned citizens. In a three-year analysis of complaints against city officers starting in 2014, the Civilian Complaint Review Board... More »

At Least 1 Dead in NYC Hospital Shooting

Shooter also apparently killed himself

(Newser) - At least one person was killed and multiple others injured Friday by a gunman inside New York City's Bronx Lebanon Hospital, the AP reports. The shooter, a doctor who used to work at the hospital, also apparently killed himself. A law enforcement official anonymously named Dr. Henry Bello as... More »

Central Park Five Finally Get Their Graduation Day

Honorary diplomas awarded to men wrongfully imprisoned in New York

(Newser) - Nearly three decades after their wrongful conviction for the rape of a jogger, three members of the Central Park Five walked onstage Monday in New York to receive their high-school diplomas. The New York Times reports Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, and Raymond Santana Jr. were presented with honorary diplomas from... More »

Dozens Hurt in New York Subway Derailment

2 cars went off the track and into a wall

(Newser) - Dozens of people were hurt Tuesday morning in New York when a subway derailed in Manhattan. The emergency brake was activated—it's not clear why—which caused two cars to veer off the tracks and into a wall, the New York Times reports. There was extensive damage, including to... More »

Man Murdered Following Consensual Threesome

A suspect has been arrested in New York City

(Newser) - Police arrested a suspect Monday in the murder of a 20-year-old man following a consensual threesome in New York City, the New York Post reports. Police say the victim, Manos Ikonomidis, had a threesome with an unnamed woman and a 21-year-old man. The woman got upset when one of the... More »

Drunk Man Jumps Out of Ambulance, Sues Medics

He says they should have stopped him

(Newser) - A New York City man who says the city didn't do enough to keep him from drunkenly jumping out of the back of a moving ambulance has filed a lawsuit, the AP reports. Yaugeni Kralkin says he was intoxicated last June when he was picked up by EMTs. According... More »

Film Gives Rare Snapshot of NYC in 1911

MoMA is making the film available online through mid-July

(Newser) - New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is giving online viewers a chance to time travel back to 1911 New York via a rare, nine-minute film available on its website until July 14. According to the museum, Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern filmed the black-and-white footage, depicting everyday life in... More »

NYC's Bike-Share Program Has First Fatality

Brooklyn banker collides with bus

(Newser) - New York's bike-share program just had an unwanted first: A 36-year old Citi Bike rider was killed Monday after colliding with a charter bus in Midtown Manhattan.The death of investment banker Dan Hanegby is the first fatality in the history of the city program, which has had more... More »

10 Cities With Worst Murder Clearance Rates

Just 17.5% of murders solved in Flint over a decade: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Police solved 61.5% of all reported murders in 2015—but that means 38.5% of homicides went unsolved. So where were people most likely to get away with murder? 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the metropolitan areas, using FBI crime data from 2005 to 2015. The worst 10, with... More »

Ballet Dancer Becomes NYC Subway Hero

He jumped down to save man pushed on tracks

(Newser) - Not all heroes wear tights—but New York City man Gray Davis does, in his job as a dancer with the American Ballet Theater. Davis, 31, sprang into action after a homeless man was pushed onto subway tracks on Saturday night, jumping onto the tracks and lifting the unconscious 58-year-old... More »

Newest Statue on Wall Street: 'Pissing Pug'

It's a response to 'Fearless Girl,' which was a response to 'Charging Bull'

(Newser) - For months, "Fearless Girl" has stood in defiance of a famous 11-foot bull statue in Manhattan. But its message of female empowerment was a bit dampened Monday. In protest of the 4-foot statue of a young girl, artist Alex Gardega erected a small statue of a dog urinating next... More »

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