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He Wanted Ex to Give Him More Time With Son, Killed Them All

Police say James Shields Jr. murdered 3 people over trans-Atlantic custody dispute

(Newser) - On Monday, the friend who accompanied Linda Olthof from the Netherlands to New York couldn't get in touch with her and called Olthof's sister back home. Her sister Googled "New York" to see if anything was amiss there and quickly came across news of a murder-suicide. "... 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 »

Woman From China Said to Be Mystery Buyer of Trump Childhood Home

Trump Birth House LLC spent $2.14M for the Jamaica Estates abode

(Newser) - Someone has agreed to hand over $2.14 million for President Trump's childhood home in Queens—and an unnamed neighbor tells the New York Times she's witnessed suited-up people pulling up to the Jamaica Estates home in black luxury SUVs and speaking Chinese since the secretive deal went... More »

YouTube 'Fire Challenge' Burns 40% of Boy's Body

Youngsters have been taking part in dangerous online stunt for years

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy from Queens, NY, suffered third-degree burns on more than 40% of his body after trying to simulate a YouTube challenge in his bathtub Tuesday night, Gothamist reports. The horrifying-sounding "fire challenge" that the unnamed preteen tried goes basically like this, per CBS New York : Pour a... More »

Death Camp Guard Living in Queens Last US Nazi Case

No country will take Jakiw Palij

(Newser) - During some three decades with Justice Department, Eli Rosenbaum has earned a well-deserved reputation as a Nazi hunter. He has worked on 137 cases involving suspected Nazis, and in all but 30 of them, the accused lost citizenship or was deported. Now, CNN reports, just a single active case remains.... More »

NYC Tenants Allegedly Turned 3-Bedroom Into 10-Bedroom

And rented rooms out on Airbnb, landlord says

(Newser) - A New York landlord says he rented out a three-bedroom apartment to two men—and they turned it into a 10-bedroom apartment and started renting out the rooms on Airbnb. The kicker: So far, he hasn't been able to evict the two official tenants, Burak Firik and Dogan Kimilli,... More »

Queens Drug Bust Sparks Protest of 'Police Brutality'

Residents claim pattern of harassment by NYPD

(Newser) - Brooklyn isn't the only New York borough facing police brutality protests : About 50 residents of Jamaica, Queens, engaged in a three-hour standoff with police in riot gear last night after a violent drug bust outside a local housing project, the Daily News reports. Police say they saw Corey Crichlow,... More »

Thieves' Latest Target: Manhole Covers

More than 30 have gone missing in New York

(Newser) - A crime spree is tearing up the streets of New York—literally. More than 30 manhole covers have been stolen in Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx in recent weeks, the New York Times reports, which is pretty startling, given that usually only two or three go missing all year. It... More »

NY Bill: Business Signs Must Be in English

Lawmakers say English signs will bring in new customers

(Newser) - The teeming streets of Flushing, Queens, can feel like a different country. A booming Chinese population exists alongside a longtime Korean enclave. Sidewalks are jammed with shoppers browsing and haggling in stores offering everything from iPhones to herbal remedies to fragrant dumplings. But to some, the area can feel a... More »

Jealous Dad Kills Baby Who Preferred Mom: Cops

Faces up to 25 years for fatally punching 7-month-old

(Newser) - A Queens dad is charged with beating his infant son to death because the child "preferred his mother." Larry Green reportedly yelled "Toughen up" as he punched his 7-month-old, Xiah, in the chest. Xiah died soon after. "We're grieving right now," the child's grandfather tells... More »

FBI Terror Team Arrests 2 in Zazi Case

New Yorkers traveled to Pakistan with alleged al-Qaeda conspirator

(Newser) - The FBI’s terror task force arrested two New York men today in connection with the case against terror suspect Najibullah Zazi. Adis Medunjanin, 25, and Zarein Ahmedzay, 24, both went to Flushing High School with Zazi, and traveled to Pakistan with him in 2008. They’re expected to be... More »

NYC Terror Suspect May Have al-Qaeda Ties After All

Zazi admits possible run-ins in Pakistan

(Newser) - The man federal officials are questioning in Denver over a terror plot in New York might in fact have some ties to al-Qaeda, the Times reports. After first denying any connections, Najibullah Zazi has told officials he could have come into contact with extremists in his native Pakistan, and there... More »

Alleged Queens Terror Plot Eyed NYC Travel Hub: Source

Some suspect Madrid-style attack was planned

(Newser) - A major New York City transportation hub may have been the target of the suspected terror plot uncovered earlier this week in Queens, CNN reports. Sources close to the investigation say signs point to a potential attack on a large number of people in an area where security is minimal—... More »

Family of Swine Flu Victim Suing NYC for $40M

Says city didn't provide a safe workplace for assistant principal

(Newser) - The family of Mitchell Weiner, a Queens middle school assistant principal who died in May after contracting H1N1, is suing New York City for $40 million, arguing that it didn’t provide a safe workplace, the New York Daily News reports. They also contend that the city didn’t notify... More »

Swine Flu Suspected in Death of NYC Toddler

Mayor confirms 4 cases at Rikers Island

(Newser) - Swine flu may be responsible for the death of a 16-month-old boy from Queens, the New York Times reports. Jonathan Zamora Castillo died at 10:20 last night, just hours after being admitted with a high fever, Mayor Bloomberg said this morning. He also said that four cases have been... More »

NYC School Official Dies From Swine Flu

City faces new wave of crisis

(Newser) - An assistant principal in New York has become the sixth person to die from swine flu in the US, reports the New York Post. Mitchell Wiener, 55, fell ill more than week ago, but didn't seek medical help until his symptoms became severe, officials said. His school was shut last... More »

Cache of Madoff Evidence Found in Warehouse

Bernie 'sick' of house arrest in $7M Park Ave. apartment: source

(Newser) - Investigators are going over millions of documents found in a Queens warehouse that may shed light on Bernard Madoff’s alleged Ponzi scheme, the New York Daily News reports. The warehouse was used to store records from Madoff Investment Securities, spanning the firm’s decades-long history. More »

Teens Acting Out Ninja Turtles Get Lost in NY Sewer

Two of three will be charged with trespassing in Queens' nether regions

(Newser) - Ninja Turtles they ain’t: Three teenagers pretending to be the mutated heroes in a Queens sewer got lost and had to be rescued by firefighters yesterday, the New York Daily News reports. “These three idiots were playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and wanted to go into the sewers,... More »

Joel Movin' Out of Shea

Piano Man will play the last shows at iconic venue that first hosted the Beatles

(Newser) - His idols set a pop-cultural milestone by playing a concert there in 1965, and now Billy Joel will be the last musician to rock Shea Stadium, reports the New York Sun. Since the Beatles turned to sports venues to fit their legions of screaming fans, the home of the Mets... More »

50 Cent Home Engulfed in 'Suspicious' Fire

Queens home, which housed his son and ex despite eviction notices, burns down

(Newser) - The multimillion-dollar, lawsuit-entangled New York home from which rapper 50 Cent was attempting to evict his son and baby mama went up in “definitely suspicious” flames early this morning, Newsday reports. An eyewitness told Newsday that the 32-year-old’s ex, Shaniqua Tompkins, and 10-year-old son were among six in... More »

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