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Long Island Gets Summer's Worth of Rain in a Day

Some locales saw 13 inches

(Newser) - A storm dumped an entire summer's worth of rain on parts of Long Island, stranding drivers in roads flooded with door-handle-high water today. The staggering total, over 13 inches, was recorded from last evening until this morning at an airport in the hamlet of Ronkonkoma in Islip. That was... More »

Pilot Lands on Highway for 2nd Time in 8 Days

Long Island man, 75, has engine trouble in same spot

(Newser) - Pilot Frank Fierro had to bring his small plane down on Long Island's Sunrise Highway in an emergency landing yesterday after he developed engine trouble, reports the Daily News . Which isn't that unusual, except for the fact that the same pilot had to bring the same plane down... More »

Surprise: Couple Finds 3-Foot Python in Couch

It was left behind by a former tenant

(Newser) - Loose change, the TV remote, your lost car keys—typical stuff found underneath the couch cushions. But a 3-foot-long python? That's what a Long Island couple discovered while cleaning. The Suffolk County SPCA says Peter Wang and his wife were sprucing up a basement apartment that had recently been... More »

Company Tried to Force Employees Into 'Onionhead' Religion: Suit

Employees allegedly fired for refusing to participate

(Newser) - What would you do if your employer told you to thank God for your job, say “I love you” to management, and attend meetings to discuss "divine plans"? If you work for New York health care firm United Health Programs of America, you go to the US... More »

East Hampton Home Sells for Record $147M

Activist-investor snaps up mansion

(Newser) - In the market for a modest little beach house on Long Island? Why don't you paw through your couch cushions and see if you come up with $147 million, because that's what you'd need for the East Hampton beach estate that just sold to hedge fund manager... More »

Billy Joel Surprises School, Attends Kids' Concert

It was a Billy Joel tribute, after all

(Newser) - Long Island's Billy Joel proved he’s still a class act after making a surprise appearance at a local elementary school. Joel showed up at Deasy Elementary just before showtime to listen to students perform his songs in a show called "River of Dreams: a Billy Joel Tribute.... More »

Hospital to Patients: We Maybe Exposed You to HIV

Bad instructions on insulin pen lead to warning letter

(Newser) - More than 4,000 people on Long Island are getting the most unwelcome kind of letter from a local hospital—a warning that they might have been inadvertently exposed to HIV. As ABC News explains, the risk is low, but it stems from improper use of an insulin pen. It... More »

Owner of Citizen Kane Castle Shot in Head

Long Island developer Gary Melius expected to recover

(Newser) - Long Island police have a high-profile shooting on their hands: Gary Melius, a well-connected developer, was shot in the head as he got into his Mercedes near the castle he calls home, reports the New York Post . Yes, castle. In fact, if you've seen Citizen Kane, you've seen... More »

One Dead in Mall Carbon Monoxide Leak

Long Island incident caused by piping problem: officials

(Newser) - A carbon monoxide leak in a Long Island mall has left a restaurant manager dead and 27 others sick. Police found themselves dizzy and nauseous after responding to a call last night about an injured worker at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station. Authorities evacuated three restaurants, News 12... More »

Man Wins $1M for Lottery Ticket Found in Gutter

Marvin Martinez, a landscaper, says 'this won't change us'

(Newser) - A Long Island man who discovered a lost lottery ticket has finally been awarded his prize: $1 million. Marvin Martinez, 27-year-old landscaper, says he was collecting leaves from a gutter last November when he spotted the "Win $1,000 a Week for Life" scratch card, WNBC-TV reports via the... More »

Feds Nab Man Suspected of Robbing 20 Banks

Luis Alomar captured on Long Island

(Newser) - The FBI has captured a man they believe is responsible for roughly 20 bank robberies along the East Coast. Luis Alomar, 37, was arrested at about 2:30 this morning in the Long Island community of Medford, Newsday reports. Police didn't give any details on the arrest, but did... More »

Clerk With Machete Chases Off Armed Robber

NY worker wouldn't back down despite warning shot

(Newser) - In a move police strongly recommend others don't try to emulate, a machete-wielding clerk chased a would-be armed robber out of a Long Island deli—even after the suspect fired a warning shot from his handgun. Surveillance video captured the clerk pulling out the machete after the masked man... More »

Cops Fired Bullet That Killed Hofstra Student

Police say Dalton Smith was using Andrea Rebello as human shield

(Newser) - The Hofstra University junior who died early Friday in a home invasion was killed by a bullet fired by police, reports the New York Daily News in a sad coda in the death of Andrea Rebello. Police say the fatal bullet was one of eight fired by a veteran cop... More »

Hofstra Student Dead in Home Invasion

Armed intruder also killed in botched robbery

(Newser) - A Hofstra University student who lived in an off-campus house with her twin sister is dead after an armed burglar broke into the house overnight, reports the Daily News . The gunman also was killed. The details of what happened were unclear this afternoon, but the gunshots apparently began after police... More »

NY Amnesty Event Nets ... 3 Gators?

(Newser) - New York's Long Island, perhaps more noted for nails-on-chalkboard accents than rampant reptiles, held an amnesty event for illegal cold-blooded critters yesterday and some surprising "pets" crawled out of the woodwork: Namely, three alligators. “I’m done with alligators,” said one guy who turned in 4-year-old... More »

Rich Defend Beach Homes ... but Put Beach at Risk

Environmentalists complain beach fortifications will increase erosion

(Newser) - In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many of the uber-rich who have multimillion-dollar beach homes in the tony town of Southampton, NY, are seeking to keep the ocean from their mansions. They've been spending big bucks ($50,000, in one case, and that could be on the low end)... More »

Almost 150K Still Without Power After Storm

But don't call it a 'blizzard'

(Newser) - The Northeast is still digging its way out from under the snow that winter storm don't-call-it-Nemo dumped on it, with almost 150,000 still without power, the AP reports. Most of those—126,000—are in Massachusetts, though that's a big improvement from the more than 400,000... More »

Hundreds of Cars Litter NY Freeway

Long Island Expressway is a snowed-in parking lot

(Newser) - The Long Island Expressway looks like a scene from the apocalypse today. Hundreds of drivers who braved the Northeast's historic snowstorm last night are either stuck there or have abandoned their cars altogether, the New York Times reports. "It’s terrible. It’s cold. I don’t know... More »

New Body May Be Work of Long Island Serial Killer

Woman's remains found near the water in Nassau County

(Newser) - Nassau County police are looking into the possibility that a body found buried near a suburban shoreline may have been another victim of the infamous Gilgo Beach serial killer, the New York Post reports. "Obviously, we're near the water, [Gilgo] bodies were found near the water—that's... More »

Bus Crashes Into NY Home, Killing Boy, 6

Brother, 7, also injured as both slept inside

(Newser) - A bus that was swerving to avoid a pedestrian jumped the curb and ran into a Long Island home last night, killing a 6-year-old boy who was sleeping inside the house. Police say the driver honked three times, but the pedestrian, who was crossing against the light, didn't get... More »

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