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Mayor: NYC will learn from 2004 RNC 'mistakes'

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Brooklyn's final pitch to hold the 2016 Democratic national convention was centered on New York City's robust mass transit system -- and a pledge to learn "from the mistakes" from the last time the city hosted a presidential convention. The Republicans gathered in New York in 2004 to re-nominate President George W. Bush, choosing to meet in deep-blue Manhattan less than three years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. More>>

Union says city too dangerous to host convention Video included

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One of New York City's police unions says it is opposed to the city's bid for Brooklyn to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, saying that crime is on the rise and criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio's public safety policies.The Sergeants Benevolent Association, which has 13,000 members, says the city was "lurching backwards to the bad old days of high crime." More>>

NJ girl accidentally kills gun instructor

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A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use a fully automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff's officials said. More>>

Fighting street harassment Video included

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New York City women are tired of hearing vile things yelled at them as they walk down the street. Many women are going public about street harassment and catcalling. Some even post picture of their offenders on social media. Founded in 2005, Hollaback! is an anti-harassment organization giving women a platform to do just that. More>>

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NYC homelessness and panhandling Video included

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Homeless people still sleep under the Manhattan Bridge, but others who used to camp out near its base have been displaced by police and are now calling Park Avenue South home. Park Avenue South sits in one of the trendiest parts of Manhattan, with businesses, restaurants, hotels, and swank lofts. It's also the street corner home base of Tommy Lanfranchi and his domestic partner Nicole Kilroy, who've been in a methadone program for 10 years.
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Beheaded goat found in Westchester

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The carcasses of beheaded birds, goat, and other animals were found in bags dumped on the side of a road in Westchester County, the local SPCA said. The bags were found Monday at the intersection of Route 129 and Underhill Avenue in Yorktown.
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DA: Teacher sent photo of genitals to student

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Prosecutors say a New York City high school teacher used Snapchat to send a photo of his genitals to a 16-year-old student.
Brooklyn Tech teacher Sean Shaynak pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including dissemination of indecent material to a minor and harassment.
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Potential buyer looks at Showboat Casino

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Caesars Entertainment is showing the soon-to-close Showboat Casino Hotel to "an interested party," but won't say who it is.Company spokesman Gary Thompson told The Associated Press that Caesars officials were showing the Showboat on Tuesday to a party that had expressed interest.
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Woman running for Seneca Nation presidency

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A Seneca Nation Council member is running to become the first female president of the western New York tribe. Darlene Miller announced her candidacy on Monday, saying she wants to unify the divided Seneca Nation and get back to traditional ways and values.
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FBI: Stolen gun used to kill violinist

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Federal authorities say two homeless men used a stolen gun to kill a New York City orchestra violinist after gaining entry to her western New York summer home by telling her they had run out of gas. More>>

Elderly woman stranded at Newark Liberty airport

Family members say an elderly woman was left all alone in her wheelchair at Newark-Liberty International Aiport. Alice Vaticano reportedly said that she was planning to fly on Southwest Airlines from Newark to Denver. Vaticano's daughter says a skycap promised to wheel her mother directly to her assigned gate, but instead left her alone in the airport. More>>

Teen sentenced for deadly crash

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A Queens teenager who admitted smoking marijuana and speeding before crashing into a tree in 2012, killing four of his friends on Long Island, was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.  The judge decided against a four-year youthful offender sentence for Joseph Beer, who was 17 at the time of the crash.
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New Jersey student missing after hike outside Jerusalem Video included

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Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., has been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
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NJ teens robbed of sneakers at knifepoint

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Police in northern New Jersey are searching for a man who robbed two teenagers of a pair of sneakers at knifepoint. More>>

Viral video of 'boozy brunch' aftermath Video included

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An all-you-can-drink brunch special at a restaurant in the Flatiron District appears to be leading to some serious drunken behavior. Video of drunk people vomiting, urinating and falling down as they leave Pranna on Madison Ave. and 28th St. has gone viral. In one incident, a woman walks into the middle of street apparently trying to hail a cab. She walks back to the sidewalk, falls down and lies on her side. More>>

Should school start later? Video included

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that school start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. for middle and high school students.  This recommendation is based on biology.  Pediatricians say adolescents can have trouble falling asleep before 11 p.m.  Therefore in order for teens to get a full eight hours of sleep the school day should start later.
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Actor Alec Baldwin snags stray ball at US Open

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Alec Baldwin took on a new role at the U.S. Open - the actor played a star athlete, snagging a stray ball that flew into the stands. Baldwin was sitting in the front row behind the baseline Monday night when an out-of-bounds shot from Maria Kirilenko sailed over Maria Sharapova and bounced into the seats. He flawlessly fielded the ball on one hop.

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NJ car dealer admits selling Sandy-flooded cars

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A used car dealer in New Jersey has admitted selling seven vehicles that sustained flood damage during Superstorm Sandy after a Motor Vehicle Commission office employee created clean titles for them. Jonathan Olin, 42, of Manalapan pleaded guilty to theft by deception and Jessie Dinome, 30, of Jackson pleaded guilty to tempering with public records. Olin operated D&D Auto Sales in Old Bridge.
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Bronx event will honor slain journalist James Foley

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An event will be held in the Bronx to honor slain journalist James Foley. The Sept. 6 event will be hosted by the Bronx Documentary Center and a program called RISC, which stands for Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues. Two of Foley's colleagues from the RISC course, Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza, will appear at a screening of their film, "First to Fall."
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Illusionist David Blaine performs for NYC inmates

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Sixty of the city's most dangerous criminals were reportedly treated to a magic show by daredevil magician David Blaine. From illusions to card tricks and even a rabbit yanked out of a hat, Blaine entertained the crowd at the Manhattan Detention Complex on July 26, reported the NY Post. Even members of the rival Bloods and Crips gang put their differences aside and served as assistants to Blaine during the one-hour performance for high security inmates at “The Tombs.” More>>

Le Dîner en Blanc, New York style Video included

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Like a sporting event, diners joined in the wave and flapped rally-napkins. Like a picnic, they packed their own meals and table settings. And like the guests of Jay Gatsby, they sipped champagne while wearing funny hats and fancy dresses, many of which looked as though they emerged from a vaudeville dress-up trunk. By now you've figured out the dress code.
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MTA: Subway went wrong way Video included

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The MTA is investigating how a subway train headed the wrong direction for several minutes before stopping in Manhattan. Back on August 11, an A train operator drove an express train uptown on a downtown track. The train was carrying passengers, but no one was hurt.
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American hiker missing in Israel Video included

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New Jersey politicians are calling for more help from both the U.S. and Israeli governments for a student who went missing during a hike in Jerusalem last week. More>>

Flight diverted after seat recline fight Video included

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Airline passengers have come to expect a tiny escape from the confined space of today's packed planes: the ability to recline their seat a few inches. When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space Sunday, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane, just halfway to its destination. More>>

Conn. woman bitten by raccoon she thought was cat

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An 88-year-old Hamden woman was hospitalized after being attacked by a raccoon she mistook for her cat. Police say the woman, whose name has not been released, heard a sound at her sliding glass door Sunday and opened it to let her cat inside. Police say it appears the raccoon followed the feline into the home.
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10-year-old piano prodigy Video included

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On his website, 10-year-old Huang Tiange refers to himself as "a famous Chinese music prodigy.""I started to play by 4," he said. By 5 he played and hosted a festival in Beijing, which he named after himself: The First Huang Tiange Festival. By 6, he wrote his first composition.And last year, he won two awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. More>>

Staten Island DA focus of attention over Garner probe Video included

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The eyes of the country and federal authorities are on Staten Island and the grand jury in the Eric Garner police chokehold case. Now some are questioning why the district attorney went on the radio after saying he would have no further comment. The video of Eric Garner being placed in an apparent police chokehold while being arrested was seen everywhere. More>>

NYPD: Russian tourist climbed Brooklyn Bridge Video included

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The man who was arrested by the NYPD after he climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take photos is being held on $5,000 bond after his arraignment Monday in Brooklyn. Police say they spotted Russian tourist Yaroslav Kolchin, 24, ascending a cable beam from the Brooklyn side of the bridge at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. The Manhattan resident reached the top of the tower and was seen taking photos with his smartphone as aviation and harbor units responded. More>>

Surge in breweries, distilleries in New York

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In 2011, New York state was home to five hard cider-makers. Now, it boasts 29. The significant increase is part of an overall uptick in the number of alcohol producers in the state, as more and more consumers turn to locally produced beer, wine and spirits. According to figures released Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, the total number of businesses producing alcoholic beverages in the state has more than doubled since 2011. More>>

U.S. Open tennis tournament begins in Queens

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The 15-day tournament of tennis known as the U.S. Open began Monday. The women's singles final is Sunday, Sept. 7; the men's singles final is= Monday, Sept. 8. This is the second consecutive year that the tournament is scheduled to end on a Monday. Each of the previous five years, from 2008 to 2012, rain pushed back the men's final from Sunday to Monday. The U.S. Tennis Association says the schedule will go back to a planned Sunday finish in 2015. More>>

2 charged with stealing used cooking oil Video included

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Police on Long Island say two people are charged with stealing about 650 gallons of used cooking oil from restaurants. More>>

High risk for rip currents along Jersey shore

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Swimmers are urged to use caution along the Jersey shore. A high risk for rip currents is in effect through Monday evening. The National Weather Service says a surf height of 3 to 5 feet along with the wind will combine to create dangerous swimming conditions. Swimmers are advised to listen to lifeguards and not swim at unguarded beaches. More>>

Stray bullet hits hotel guest

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Police say a suburban New York hotel guest's gun accidentally went off and sent a bullet through a wall, grazing a guest in an adjoining room. No one was seriously injured. More>>

Charter school opens in the Bronx Video included

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School is back in session for many charter school students and staff across New York City. Among the schools opening their doors on Monday was Boys Preparatory Elementary School in the Soundview section of The Bronx. The charter school, which shares space with Public School 107, was one of 17 new charter schools that were temporarily blocked from opening earlier this year.
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Man impersonating cop rapes store clerk

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A man impersonating a cop walked into a store in New Jersey Saturday afternoon and raped an employee. According to officials, the suspect entered the store on the 800 block of South Broad Street in Trenton at around 1 p.m. and identified himself as a police officer. He had a black radio and a handgun. The unsuspecting clerk was then grabbed and forced into a bathroom where the suspect sexually assaulted her. More>>

Police: 5 suspects wanted in Central Park bias attack Video included

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Police are looking for five suspects in a Central Park pellet attack they're investigating as a hate crime. More>>

2 kids among 5 dead in fiery crash

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Authorities say a car veered off a New York highway, struck a tree and burst into flames, killing all five people in the vehicle, including two children. More>>

Home, apartment consultants that do everything for you

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Companies like Lumen Home Designs have been emerging as a prime example of a new and growing niche that's becoming increasingly popular. The company is essentially a personal shopper, interior designer, furniture store and much more.
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LL Cool J helps 2,000 children at 2nd annual Back to School Giveaway

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Actor and hip-hop star LL Cool J returned to his hometown of Jamaica, Queens to help children in need get ready for the upcoming school year.
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NYC woman in critical condition after fall from roof

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A 23-year old woman is in critical condition after falling from the roof of an apartment building in Greenwich Village. It happened just after 1am on Saturday during a rooftop party. More>>

Hasidic village sues to block Orange County casino

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A Hasidic Jewish village has mounted a legal challenge seeking to halt a casino proposed for upstate New York. More>>

5th murder victim in 5 days in Newark

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Authorities say that a 57-year-old man was stabbed to death on a Newark street Saturday morning. More>>

Officials: Piece of jet fell onto Long Island yard

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Authorities are trying to figure out how if a metal part from a jet airliner fell out of the sky and landed in a Long Island yard. More>>

Thousands march in Staten Island to honor Eric Garner, Michael Brown Video included

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Thousands of protesters packed in cars and caravans, crossed over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner, the man who died last month after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 22, 2014 Video included

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This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this episode: Ace Frehley, Big Sean, Week End Trends, and Chef Luca Manfé of MasterChef. More>>

Berg'n: new beer and food hall in Brooklyn Video included

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The guys behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are at it again with a new food and booze venue called Berg'n, a new beer hall in Crown Heights. The place doesn't officially open until August 27, 2014, but owners Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are giving it a test run for special guests, family, and the press. More>>

Giving your college-bound kids their space Video included

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Going off to college is an exciting time for the entire family, especially for the upcoming freshman. But with technology, parents can be in touch all the time. What's too much and what's just enough? Freshman move-in day seems to be harder on the parents than the students at Stony Brook University. More>>

Navy submarine group disbands in Groton ceremony

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A Navy submarine group based in Groton has been formally disbanded after 49 years. A ceremony Friday aboard the attack submarine USS Missouri marked the end of Submarine Group 2. More>>

Almost all NYC pre-K centers ready

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Nearly all 1,100 facilities providing services in the city's new universal pre-kindergarten program are ready to open on time after passing health and safety inspections. City officials said Friday they expect the eight remaining pre-K schools to remedy violations by Sept. 4's opening day. If they don't, affected children will be temporarily enrolled in other facilities.
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August 23, 2014

Staten Island march traffic and transit advisory

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The NYPD and the MTA have announced road and transit changes for Staten Island that will be in effect on Saturday, August 23, 2014, due to the scheduled rally in honor of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died during an arrest. More>>

Newark school enrollment problems Video included

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The school year in Newark is getting off to a rocky start. Classes start in less than two weeks and parents are still waiting in line for hours to find out where their kids are enrolled. The problem is being blamed on a glitch in the school's new online open enrollment system. To say mother of three Jennifer Caraballo is frustrated may be an understatement. She is one of hundreds of Newark parents desperately now trying to find a new school for her children. More>>

U.S. Open preview

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Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open. Nowadays, there seems to be a growing sense — or hope, maybe — among the best of the rest on the men's tennis tour that the quartet might be more vulnerable than ever. More>>

Mark David Chapman

John Lennon's killer denied parole again

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John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said Friday. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times. More>>

1990 arson-murder rap tossed, Queens man is set free

A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling that the case against him had been based on now-debunked arson science. More>>

Sanitation men nearly throw away mayor's piano

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A piano donated by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop nearly ended up pushing up daises in a landfill instead of making music in a pedestrian plaza. Fulop gave the upright so residents could play tunes in a pedestrian plaza that opened on Monday.

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Fitbit responds to data selling accusations

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The maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices says it has never sold personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. San Francisco-based Fitbit said Friday that it has clarified its privacy policy to make it clear the company doesn't share information about its users. Schumer raised concerns about the company's privacy policy earlier this month and called for federal rules to allow consumers to protect their data. More>>

50,000 bees living in NYC ceiling

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A Queens woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees. Beekeepers reportedly removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli's ceiling this week after her neighbors in Queens alerted the building manager. Turkmenilli says she saw only a few bees buzzing around over the last few weeks and never realized how many had taken up residence right above her head.
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Congressman's ad includes Soviet medals

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A New Jersey congressman's office is red-faced over a Facebook ad about veteran benefits that featured Soviet military medals. Rep. Scott Garrett's spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that the office was sorry an initial review did not catch the use of the stock photo. Maggie Seidel says the ad was produced by an outside vendor and is no longer running. The ad asked people to like Garrett's page to learn what he's doing to support veterans' benefits.
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Torture video leads to kidnapping convictions

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A jury shown the videotaped torture of a kidnapping victim has convicted the two men who held a man captive for 17 hours at a Buffalo home because they thought he was a police informant. Authorities say the two men kidnapped a 25-year-old crack addict they accused of being a snitch. Video from Dawson's cellphone shows a gun being shoved into the victim's mouth and the victim being forced to lick his own blood off the boot of a captor.
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Brooklyn Bridge flags back on US soil

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Police say the two American flags swiped from the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced with faded white ones are back on U.S. soil. NYPD spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves said Friday that the flags are in the United States. He did not know their exact location. Two German artists claimed responsibility earlier this month for the July 22 stunt. 
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Garner's family meets U.S. attorney

Staten Island stores worried about rally Video included

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Some Staten Island business owners say they are bracing for huge crowds on Saturday during a planned march for a man killed in an apparent chokehold during his arrest by NYPD officers. The Rev. Al Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally. More>>

Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team auditions Video included

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Out of over 500 hopefuls only a handful will join the Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team. The Nets held auditions this week at LIU Brooklyn. Adorable Bronx native Arielle was turned away last year but this time around she's made it through to the final round of the auditions. But even those who were on the team last year still have to try out. More>>

Chris Rock gets foul ball at Yankees game

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Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium. Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize -- a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
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Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win' Video included

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Public Advocate Letitia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
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Pediatric cancer awareness

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Like so many teenagers, Shelby Huff was hung up on getting abs until one day two years ago when she realized looking good was not as important as feeling good. She was doing sit-ups when suddenly she developed huge bruises on her legs. Shelby was diagnosed with a deadly bone marrow disease.
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Savion Glover, the master teacher Video included

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While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations. More>>

Manhattan fire hydrant earns more money than average American Video included

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One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ... More>>

Man sucker punched in knockout attack Video included

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The so-called 'knockout game' where a person punches another unsuspecting person has made its way to Hackensack, N.J. Police say an assailant attacked three people on the same day. Surveillance video shows the athletically built suspect punch a man in the face and stroll away. The man fell to the ground. Two other assaults took place within less than 15 minutes. More>>

NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

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Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys. More>>

Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

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Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed the boat's owner in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said. Hogan was reportedly a former NYPD captain.
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Chokehold attacker targeting victims in Central Park

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The NYPD is looking for a tall, violent thug who is attacking victims in Central Park and dragging them to the ground with chokeholds.The latest attack happened about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the 6' 5" attacker started a conversation with a 47-year-old man in the area of 74th St. and East Drive. He then put the victim in a chokehold, dropped him to the ground and stole his bag.
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Vandal splashes red substance at NYC museum Video included

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A vandal has splashed a red substance on a wall inside New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art. More>>

Zoo feeds roadkill to animals

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Roadkill is part of the menu when it's feeding time at a zoo in western New York. The Seneca Park Zoo has been feeding deer carcasses to its carnivores for years. The practice began after a zoo employee hit a deer on the way to work. The zoo gets the deer after they've been hit by vehicles on Rochester-area roadways. But it won't accept deer that have been dead for more than 10 hours. The zoo also accepts deer killed by bow hunters.

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Park Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

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The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts until the Park Service can develop an appropriate policy.  More>>

Palestinian banner unfurled on Manhattan Bridge Video included

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Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge got an eyeful when a giant flag banner in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge. The flag had the words "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" and was lowered from a part of the bridge near the Manhattan side Wednesday evening. Activists on the Brooklyn Bridge met its appearance with cheers. More>>

Atlantic City police get body cameras

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Atlantic City police officers have started wearing body cameras. About five officers a shift will be equipped with the devices, which record video and audio after an officer activates the device. The video is uploaded after the officer's shift ends.

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Marijuana supplier named Pot Playboy gets 27 years

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Prosecutors say a Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise. Jimmy Cournoyer had ties to organized crime and drug cartels. Authorities say proceeds financed a lifestyle that included a supermodel girlfriend and a super-expensive car, the Bugatti Veyron.
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Helmsley Building lights up in gold

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The Helmsley Building in Manhattan went gold Wednesday night in honor of children with cancer. The owners also plan to do the same in September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.Other city landmarks that will go gold next month include Times Square, the Coney Island Parachute jump, and all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. More>>

Bed bug infestation at money firm PIMCO, report says

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A big money management firm in New York City has been hit with a major infestation of bed bugs, according to Fox Business Network. Stock traders who do business with Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as PIMCO, told Fox Business' Charles Gasparino that hundreds of people have been relocated from one of the firm's buildings in New York City to an undisclosed upstate location after reports of widespread bed bug bites among executives and employees. More>>

Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

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Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake. More>>

Cardinal, leaders meet about NYPD-community relations Video included

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan gathered religious and city leaders with the focus of how to ease tensions between police and the community in advance of this Saturday's march to protest the death of Eric Garner. Some of the leaders in this group are rarely photographed together, let alone seated at the same table. But they were brought together over concerns about possible protest violence by the cardinal, one of the most powerful figures in the city and who commands respect across the board. More>>

New York's daring Instagrammers Video included

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Pull out your smartphone on any given day, tap on Instagram and you'll find a lot of selfies. But while the rest of us clog our feeds with our best pouty faces, a group of photographers scales and then hangs off bridges and buildings in a contest to produce the most daring photograph in New York City. More>>

Designer clothes at giant thrift shop in NJ Video included

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Like most soon-to-be third graders, Sonja knows what she's looking for when it comes to back-to-school shopping. For kids trying to be fashionable -- and parents looking to keep it affordable -- there's the Ocean County Hunger Relief Warehouse in Toms River, New Jersey. It's basically a huge thrift shop.
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Snow leopard cubs on display at Bronx Zoo

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Two snow leopard cubs born at the Bronx Zoo in the spring are now on display in the Himalayan Highlands exhibit with their mother, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced. The male cubs were born May 6 to first-time parents, the WCS said. The Bronx Zoo participates in a cooperative breeding program with other zoos around the country to prevent inbreeding and make sure zoo animals are genetically viable.
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Serena Williams top seed at U.S. Open

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No surprise here: defending U.S. Open champion Serena Williams is the top seed at Flushing Meadows this year, the USTA announced. Williams is ranked No. 1 in the world right now. She has won the U.S. Open women's singles title five times, including the last two. More>>

Utility worker pulled from truck and beaten

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Hartford police are searching for two men who pulled a utility company worker out of a dump truck and beat him up after a traffic accident. More>>

NJ requires students to get CPR lessons Video included

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New Jersey high school students will be required to have CPR training starting this year. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno signed a law Wednesday requiring the lesson for all public and charter school students in ninth through 12th grades. Guadagno is serving as acting governor with Gov. Chris Christie out of the state. It takes effect in the coming school year.

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NYC board: clerk traded information for crack

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A former clerk in the Staten Island District Attorney's office was fined $10,000 for offering confidential investigative information for crack. The city's Conflict of Interest Board said Rene Collins exchanged text messages with drug dealer Davon Bishop, offering to tip him off about investigations and upcoming arrests in exchange for two units of crack for her husband. More>>

Prayer service for Atlantic City casinos

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Hundreds of workers who will lose their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close in the next few weeks are looking for some divine intervention. Employees of Revel, the Showboat and Trump Plaza will hold a rally Wednesday night followed by a prayer service at a nearby church.
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Ultimate lemonade stand in Flatiron District Video included

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When 826 NYC, a nonprofit organization that fosters creative writing skills, asked children ages 9-12 to dream up the ultimate lemonade stand, the responses were huge. The winning project of  The Great Lemonation Imagination Collaboration was turned into a real lemonade stand complete with free lemonade in Manhattan's Flatiron District. The organization's members were also required to help run the stand that went up at Broadway and 23rd Street on Wednesday. More>>

Poll: Cuomo maintains big lead in NY gov race

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A new poll shows Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger in New York's gubernatorial race. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Cuomo a 56 to 28 percent lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. That's essentially unchanged from Quinnipiac's poll in May.
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Biden visit highlighting workforce development

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Vice President Joe Biden is visiting an East Hartford college to discuss workforce development issues.  The Democrat was scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion at Goodwin College on Wednesday. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is scheduled to join Biden for the event, which Malloy's office said will highlight the school's new Certified Production Technician program. It's a collaborative effort between small and large employers.

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De Blasio not reimbursing city Video included

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Mayor Bill de Blasio won't be reimbursing the city for personal travels that involve his security detail. "We have followed the conflict of interest board guidelines. I am following their guidelines to the letter," said de Blasio. The mayor has been heavily criticized for not paying the city back for travel expenses. Attention around the issue started last week when de Blasio was spotted not paying for a subway ride to Barclays Center while on official business. More>>

Ex-Army psychiatrist to be NYC's veterans head

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A retired brigadier general who was the Army's highest-ranking psychiatrist has been named New York City's veterans affairs' commissioner. She said she'll use her expertise on post-traumatic stress disorder to serve the city's 200,000 veterans.


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Report: Subway fare-beating arrests soar Video included

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A news report finds arrests for a familiar, small-time New York City crime - subway fare-beating - have shot up by nearly 70 percent in the last five years. More>>

15 shot in NYC within 8 hours, 2 dead

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Fifteen people were shot in a rash of weekend violence in New York City.  The violence left two people dead and 13 others injured within a span of just 8 hours. More>>

24th annual Sand Sculpting Contest at Coney Island

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It was quite a scene on Coney Island over the weekend. Dozens of artists broke out their pails and shovels for the 24th annual Sand Sculpting contest. More than 70 professional and amateur sculptors hit the beach looking to take home top honors. Some sculpted your traditional sand castles while others took a more modern approach like a sand version of Coney Island's new Thunderbolt roller coaster. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 15, 2014 Video included

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This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Kellan Lutz, Annie Thorisdottor, National Roller Coaster Day, DJ Paola Shea, Ben Daitz and Ratha Chaupoly.


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Boston champ Meb Keflezighi to run NYC Marathon

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Three-time Olympian and Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will run this November's TCS New York City Marathon, a race he won in 2009, New York Road Runners announced recently. Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon, will run as Team for Kids ambassador, raising money for the NYRR Team for Kids charity running team as well as his own charity, the MEB Foundation. More>>

Jacques d'Amboise: pied piper of dance Video included

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Jacques d'Amboise, 80, is the founder of the National Dance Institute. He started teaching in 1975. NDI takes on 4th and 5th graders in New York City schools, instilling art, discipline, teamwork and wonder in more than 2 million students along the way. Each school year culminates in an elaborate performance. More>>

How to donate

Operation Backpack Video included

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Operation Backpack, a program by Volunteers of America, is in full swing. The group is asking generous people to get involved and help children living in New York homeless and domestic violence shelters be outfitted for school. You can still donate money. The group is no longer asking for donations of supplies and bags. More>>

Brooklyn school aide charged with punching autistic boy

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An aide at a Brooklyn school has been charged with assaulting an autistic student in the school cafeteria. Milton Parker, 58,  is accused of punching Anatoly Veltman, 11 on Aug. 7 after the boy spilled water on the floor. According to court papers, Parker ordered Anatoly to clean up the spill and then punched the boy in the face when he apparently did not understand. More>>

'Ice bucket challenge'

NY man with ALS gets support from friends and strangers

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When he was 31, Patrick Quinn, of Queens, received the life-changing news: he has ALS. It all started after a softball game in 2011. After two years of countless medical tests, the diagnosis was final. Since then, Quinn has watched his body change. His arms are much thinner. His biceps and triceps have atrophied. His hands have lost all muscle. More>>

Family of child stabbed to sue NYC

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The family of a 6-year-old boy stabbed to death in a Brooklyn elevator has notified the city that it is planning a $281 million lawsuit. Prince Joshua "P.J." Avitto was killed in the  Boulevard Houses in East New York on June 1. P.J.'s friend, Mikayla Capers, 7, was stabbed 16 times but survived. More>>

See Marvel's heroes live in Brooklyn Video included

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Superheroes are invading New York. Their home base is Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The show is called Marvel Universe LIVE!" Brought to you by the producers of the Ringling Bros. and Disney on Ice, this interactive arena spectacular offers a unique opportunity to see two dozen
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NYC community outreach to fight crime Video included

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New York City has what are called hot zones -- areas that account for a disproportionate number of shootings. Central Harlem is one. Now city officials and community leaders plan to stop the violence with more than police patrols. Mayor Bill de Blasio and city officials are taking new steps to prevent violence in the most troubled areas identified by the NYPD. The mayor said police are a key component, but law enforcement can't do it alone.
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Spa for kids in Brooklyn Video included

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Manicures, pedicures, and facials. Oh my! But the clientele here are not your average spa-goers. Most are under 12. A Kid's Dream opened its doors in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, in July. It was dreamed up by former teacher Sharon Doldron. Doldron and her team have thought of everything. There's Nick Jr. Instead of reality TV, coloring books instead of gossip magazines, and mini robes and slippers are on their way. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 8, 2014 Video included

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This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: D.J. Kaz, MKTO, classic cars show, Mario Cantone, and Ariana Grinblat. More>>

Naked in Times Square Video included

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The young women on the other end of the outburst "Hello! You're wrong! Go put on some clothes!" posed in the August evening air wearing only shoes, a thong and a smile."Where do you see naked girls out in the street, right?" says Ruby Torres. In Times Square, evidently, where Ruby and a rotating cast of 15 other girls collect tips for their manager, a man who says he learned the art of body painting as a child. More>>

Susan Sarandon's New York home burglarized

Susan Sarandon's Manhattan apartment was burglarized over the weekend, People reports. More>>

LL Cool J stays true to hip hop roots Video included

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EXCLUSIVE -- LL Cool J grew and evolved from a hip hop artist out of Hollis, Queens, to a Hollywood TV and movie star. But he always stayed true to hip hop culture. We'd see him backstage at concerts just hanging out with us, so when I heard he was back in New York for the summer I had to find out why. I tracked him down to a Midtown Manhattan recording studio for this exclusive interview. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 1, 2014 Video included

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This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: an exclusive interview with superstar LL Cool J, a helicopter tour over New York City, dishing on celebrity relationships, and sexier breakfast with Chef Mark Bailey.
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17,000 red light camera tickets dismissed Video included

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A technical glitch in a red light camera operating system means that some 17,000 motorists in New Jersey will not have to pay a fine for running red lights. Computer problems between May 28 and June 30 resulted in motorists not receiving notices of violations. New Jersey law requires that if a ticket hasn't been served within 90 days, it must be dismissed. More>>

Power problems at NY Aquarium

A sea lion in Sea Cliffs. A sea lion in Sea Cliffs.
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The New York Aquarium says it's had to close unexpectedly because of power issues. More>>

Iconic Jersey Shore relics to be auctioned Video included

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Decades worth of Jersey Shore memories are on the auction block, including the historic carousel at Seaside Heights which survived Superstorm Sandy. It's now up for sale and that's not sitting well with those who want to keep it on the boardwalk. More>>

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