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Doctor Dragged From Flight Settles With United

The Kentucky doctor dragged off an airplane in Chicago, in a startling incident captured in a viral video that sparked global headlines, has settled with United Airlines for an undisclosed amount. According to a statement from his attorney, Dr. David Dao "has reached an amicable settlement" with the airline "for the injuries he received in his April 9th ordeal." "Dr. Dao has become the unintended champion for the adoption of changes which will certainly help improve the lives of literally millions of travelers," said attorney Thomas Demetrio. News of the settlement follows an earlier announcement from United Airlines saying it planned to raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights. The company also said it will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the incident. United released a statement saying it was pleased there had been an "amicable resolution" to the incident.

Arkansas Executes 4th Inmate in 8 Days, Finishes Lethal Injection Schedule

Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the execution began at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the lethal injection said Williams' body jerked 15 times in quick succession, then the rate slowed for a final five movements. J.R. Davis, a spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson who did not witness the execution, called it "an involuntary muscular reaction" that he said was a widely known effect of the sedative midazolam, the first of three drugs administered. Williams' attorneys are calling for an investigation into the execution. Arkansas had scheduled eight executions over an 11-day period before one of its lethal injection drugs expires on Sunday.

Southwest Airlines Will Stop Overbooking Flights, CEO Says

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines plans to end the common industry practice of overbooking flights - an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public. Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers said they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't show up. Beth Harbin, a Southwest spokeswoman, added Thursday that with better forecasting tools and a new reservations system coming online next month the airline will no longer have a need to overbook flights. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said "I’ve made the decision and the company’s made the decision that we’ll cease to overbook going forward."

Trump to Sign Order Aimed at Expanding Offshore Drilling

Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Trump plans to sign an executive order that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump will order his interior secretary to review an Obama-era plan that dictates which locations are open to offshore drilling, with the goal of the new administration to expand operations. It's part of Trump's promise to unleash the nation's energy reserves in an effort to reduce reliance on foreign oil and to spur jobs, regardless of fierce opposition from environmental activists, who say offshore drilling harms whales, walruses and other wildlife and exacerbates global warming. The executive order will reverse part of a December effort by former President Obama to deem the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic as indefinitely off limits to oil and gas leasing.

AI Predicts Heart Attacks Better Than Doctors, Study Suggests

New research suggests that artificial intelligence may be better at determining which patients are at high risk for a heart attack than their doctor, NBC News reported. AI computer programs developed at the University of Nottingham in England were significantly more accurate at predicting which patients were at high risk. The program's algorithm analyzes more types of patient data over a longer time period. It also takes into account the interactions of certain medications that are now known to be associated with a heightened risk for heart disease. "You'll always need doctors and nurses. An AI algorithm won't be able to tell you that the patient was nervous because they had a big job interview in the afternoon...and thus their blood pressure was high on the day. What AI does allow is for doctors to become more efficient at their job," Dr. Stephen Weng, a research fellow at the University of Nottingham, told NBC News.

James Earl Jones to Receive Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement

Two-time Tony Award winner James Earl Jones will soon get a third — for lifetime achievement. The Tony Awards Administration Committee said that Jones will receive the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre on June 11 at the Tony Awards. Jones, the voice of Darth Vader and Mufasa from Disney's "The Lion King," has won Tonys for "The Great White Hope" and "Fences." His Broadway credits also include "On Golden Pond," ''Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," ''Driving Miss Daisy," ''The Best Man" and "The Gin Game."

Ellen DeGeneres Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Coming Out as Gay

With a headline of "Yep, I'm Gay" on the cover of Time magazine and the same declaration on her sitcom, Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out, capturing the hearts of supporters gay and straight amid a swirl of hate mail, death threats and, ultimately, dark times on and off the screen. The code-named "The Puppy Episode" of "Ellen" that aired April 30, 1997, was more than just a hit. It was one of those huge cultural "where were you" moments for anybody remotely interested in TV, or the advancement of LGBTQ people working in TV, or who were itching to come out of their closets at home at a still-perilous time. Variety summed it up this way: "Climaxing a season of swelling anticipation, Ellen Morgan (the bookstore-managing alter ego of Ellen DeGeneres) finally acknowledges her lesbianism tonight in an 'Ellen' hour that represents television's most-hyped coming out since Little Ricky came out of Lucy 44 years ago." The hype was real, fed by DeGeneres' personal desire to end her secret-keeping at age 38 and to bring her TV character along for the ride. The off-screen act came first in Time by slightly more than two weeks, but "Puppy" was months in the making under lock and key, something that failed to matter when the script leaked and the world then waited.

<![CDATA[Flower Shop Owner Accused of Stealing Plants From NJ Graves]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:32:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cemetery-generic722x406.jpg

A 59-year-old flower shop owner has been arrested for allegedly stealing plants and other items from graves at a New Jersey cemetery for months. 

Police say they'd been getting reports for some time of thefts at First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton Plains. Authorities replaced two of the missing plants in front of a mausoleum and installed surveillance cameras in the area last week. Two days later, police got a call that the plants were missing again. 

Detectives checked out the surveillance footage and saw a woman approach the mausoleum in a silver minivan, get out of the vehicle and take the plants. Authorities were able to identify the suspect as Lynda Wingate, a former police dispatcher and flower shop owner in nearby Riverdale. 

She was arrested on a charge of theft of moveable property and released pending an appearance in municipal court. Attorney information wasn't known.

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<![CDATA[Women's Sweaters Recalled Over Burn Hazard]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:20:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fatface+recall.jpg

Some popular women's sweaters are being recalled over concerns they could cause burns. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday two kinds of FatFace sweaters -- women's overhead and zip-up -- don't meet federal flammability standards for clothing. FatFace has received one report of injury so far. 

The style numbers for the recalled sweaters are 918043 and 918041. Customers can find the style numbers on the care label on the inside seam of the sweater. The sweaters were manufactured in China and sold online at www.fatface.com from September 2016 through January. They were also available in stores in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

Anyone who has one of the recalled sweaters is advised to stop wearing it immediately and contact the company for instructions on returning it for a full $75 refund. 

Customers with questions should call FatFace 1-800-585-0178 or email usproductqueries@fatface.com with "Product Recall" as the subject line.

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<![CDATA[14-Year-Old Conn. Girl Vanishes After Going to Carnival]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:13:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Monica+Da+Silva+missing.jpg

Police have canceled the Silver Alert for a 14-year-old Bristol girl who had been reported missing after leaving home to go to a carnival. 

Police said Monica Da Silva left home around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. She told her mother she was going to the local carnival on North Main Street, then left her Chestnut Street home.

The alert was canceled just after 8 a.m. 

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<![CDATA[Organic Dog Food Recalled After Samples Show Euthanasia Drug]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:46:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dog_722x406_2168813276.jpg Party Animal has issued a nationwide recall of its Cocolicious dog food after lab tests of some products showed traces of the euthanasia drug pentobarbital.
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<![CDATA[Same Hotel Room Is $190 for Homeless, $145 for Everyone Else]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:56:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/homeless+hotel+iteam.jpg

When New York City books a hotel room for a homeless family, the room rate is often higher than the price advertised to tourists and business travelers online, an I-Team investigation has found. And there's no bulk reservation discount for the city either. 

An I-Team investigation found the de Blasio administration often pays a premium for hotel reservations, even though the city reserves blocks of up to 70 rooms -- for months on end.

At the Par Central Motor Inn in Jamaica, the standard rate for a single walk-in guest is $145 a night. Although New York City routinely reserves more than half of the building, the hotel charges $190 a night for each homeless family. 

That amounts to a $45 premium tacked onto the bill –- just for being homeless. 

"You’ve uncovered a two-tier system," said New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. "A system for homeless hotel rooms and another rate, a cheaper rate, for everyone else. This makes absolutely no sense." 

When asked why the Par Central Motor Inn doesn’t offer a discount, given that the city books so many rooms, a man at the reception desk shrugged his shoulders and said, "No discount. Who’s going to give a discount?" 

The Par Central isn’t the only hotel where rooms for the homeless cost more than rooms for everyone else. 

The I-Team compared a sample of 171 hotel reservations booked by the NYC Department of Homeless Services with prices for the same rooms advertised to tourists and business travelers on websites like Hotels.com, Priceline.com, ChoiceHotels.com and Expedia. Two thirds of the time, the room rates offered online were cheaper than the rates the city paid to house homeless families. 

Stringer, who has been a persistent critic of City Hall homeless policy, said the I-Team analysis proves the de Blasio administration must do more to control costs. 

"The agencies should be doing exactly what you did in your reporting," Stringer said. "They should be walking in and saying, 'Wait a minute, we're getting ripped off here.'" 

Jaclyn Rothenberg, a City Hall spokeswoman, declined to explain why the de Blasio administration often pays more than the online room rates advertised to tourists and business travelers. In a statement to the I-Team, she suggested critics of City Hall are late to the issue. 

"The comptroller is behind the curve," Rothenberg said. "We announced as part of our plan that we will be ending the use of hotels by opening a smaller number of better shelters across the five boroughs." 

In February, Mayor de Blasio did announce a plan to stop using hotels and build a network of more traditional homeless shelters. But de Blasio’s plan doesn’t fully phase out hotels for another six years. 

Isaac McGinn, a spokesman for the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) said while the city waits for the new shelter facilities to come online, efforts are underway to control hotel costs. Specifically, last December, the city launched a search for vendors who can negotiate cheaper, flat-rate prices for 3,900 hotel rooms. McGinn said the city is currently evaluating proposals.

Meanwhile, the cost continues to increase. Earlier this month, Stringer issued an updated report detailing a surge in hotel expenditures from nearly $400,000 a night to more than $500,000 a night. 

According to the 2016 credit card records obtained by the I-Team, DHS spent more than $72 million on hotel bookings for the homeless in 2016. 

"We’re buying thousands of rooms per night. We should be getting a better deal than the average person because we’re filling up those hotels," said Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who has also been a persistent critic of de Blasio’s reliance on hotels to house the homeless. 

It is difficult to estimate exactly how much the city could have saved by reserving hotel rooms at online prices. But a few examples suggest the savings could add up. 

  • At one Howard Johnson in Queens, DHS booked blocks of rooms on 253 nights last year. At a rate of $179 a night, the bookings cost taxpayers $647,000. But the I-Team found cheaper rates that would have cost just more than $475,000, a savings of more than $170,000. 
  • At one Queens Comfort Inn, DHS booked a block of 70 rooms on 53 different nights last year. Taxpayers paid a room rate of $220 for each room, resulting in a cost of $816,000. But the I-Team found cheaper rates totaling about $754,000, a potential savings of nearly $62,000. 
  • At a Lower East Side Comfort Inn, DHS booked blocks of 44 to 47 rooms on 116 different nights last year. At a rate of $225 a night, that cost taxpayers almost $297,000. But the I-Team found cheaper rates totaling about $282,000, which would have saved more than $14,000. 

The I-Team reached out to the Howard Johnson, Queens Comfort and Lower East Side Comfort inns for comment. They did not immediately respond.

The potential savings would be even higher –- considering all the online rates identified by the I-Team include taxes. DHS does not pay sales or room tax when booking hotel reservations. 

Homeless residents who live in pricey hotel rooms told the I-Team they are disappointed the city isn’t getting better rates because the savings could pay for better services -– or more investments in long-term affordable housing. 

"If you were to book a convention at a hotel, you'd get a deal if you booked 20 rooms. So why wouldn't the city be doing that?" said Al, a homeless delivery professional who’s been living in a city-funded hotel room for a month. He's also a member of Picture the Homeless, a grassroots organization pushing de Blasio to make bigger investments in affordable housing rather than pay for hotels or even permanent shelters. 

"It doesn’t address the bigger issue of affordable permanent housing," he said using the hotels. 

Bella di Lisi, Michael Fuller, Casey Murphy, and Sophie Nieto-Munoz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Notorious 'Free Hugs' Man Is Allegedly Harassing Women Again]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:33:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/free+hugs+guy.jpg

The notorious "free hugs" sign-wielding man arrested in an attack on a Times Square tourist last year that became international news is allegedly harassing women on the street once again, an I-Team investigation has found. 

Jermaine Himmelstein was found mentally unfit to stand trial in the attack on a 22-year-old Canadian woman in the Crossroads of the World last May, prosecutors say, and the case against him was dismissed. Prior to that, he'd been arrested at least six times for allegedly striking or harassing women, and, according to one disturbed woman in Union Square, he's at it again.

The woman told NBC 4 New York this week that the 25-year-old Himmelstein was carrying his now infamous "free hugs" sign "and all of a sudden he started coming after us."

The woman, who was crying as she relayed the story, said Himmelstein said she "had a problem with him and that he was going to beat the bleep out of us." 

Himmelstein admitted following the woman several blocks and cursing at her, but he said it was just a threat.

"I was about to commit a crime, but I didn't do it because I was just harassing, making a threat to make everything better," Himmelstein told NBC 4 New York. "I don't want to commit a crime. I'm afraid I will, but I didn't want to commit." 

Himmelstein's record of violence against women dates back to at least 2013. Some of the arrests involved allegations he punched women, in some cases for refusing to give him hugs.

In one attack in Washington Square Park, he allegedly told the victim, "you're pissing me off, and I assault people when I'm mad." In a subway attack last year, the threat was, "You will respect me when I knock you out." 

At the time of his May 2016 arrest, Himmelstein shrugged off the charges, telling reporters he was "aggressively asking for tips." The punched tourist was left with a black eye, cuts and bruises, but was otherwise physically OK.  

Himmelstein spent six months at Rikers during the ensuing investigation, but city officials declined to say if he received mental health treatment there.

He told NBC 4 New York this week he is now getting "a little bit of help -- like, um, a hospital to keep my medication on me and I'm doing good."  

Himmelstein's parents, who live in East Harlem, have long contended their son has autism. His mother told the I-Team recently that while her son does take medication, he is currently out of it -- and when he goes off his meds, he returns to the "free hugs" routine that has kept him on cops' radar for years.

Himmelstein says he wants to stay on the path to reform.

"I just don't want to lay hands on nobody," he said. "I know I've been doing good for a while. I just don't want to commit no more crimes again." 

But the woman who said he approached her in Union Square says he's already committed another crime. 

"It's just not OK to follow people and yell at them and threaten them in public," she said. "It's not OK and we're very scared." 

The woman filed a complaint with police after the confrontation with Himmelstein. The NYPD said that, due to the nature of the incident, he couldn't be arrested until officers witness him do it again. 

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<![CDATA[Thousands Mourn FDNY Firefighter Billy Tolley]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:21:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FIREFIGHTER+TOLLEY+FUNERAL+LIVE+cityhall+feed+PT1+-+11525417_WN.jpg

Billy Tolley was remembered as an adoring father and husband, a passionate metal drummer and a dedicated firefighter at a Long Island funeral service attended by thousands on Thursday. 

The 14-year FDNY veteran, killed on the job while battling a fire in Queens last week, leaves behind a wife Marie and an eight-year-old daughter, Isabella, nicknamed Bella.

Firefighters from around the country began lining the street outside St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage in the morning, and a solemn procession to the church concluded with Tolley's casket being unloaded from an FDNY truck. 

Hundreds of family, friends and firefighters filled the church for the funeral service. Among the speakers were Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. 

Father Patrick Woods, presiding over the service, told mourners of the painful, touching conversation Marie had with Bella after Tolley died. 

"As courageous and as brave as any firefighter who rushed into a burning building, Marie, a loving mother carrying her own crushing grief, gently tells Bella that Billy has gone home to God," said Woods. 

"And Bella, as wise as any ancient philosopher, says, 'Mommy, Daddy's too young to die.' And Bella, as vulnerable as any innocent eight-year-old girl can be on the eve of her first Holy Communion, says, 'I have no daddy.'" 

"In the numbness of her pain, this is what Marie told Bella: 'You know, Bella, your daddy loved to help people. That's what firefighters do. They help people. And your daddy was a really good man at helping people,'" said Woods. 

Woods said when he asked Bella what she loved to do with her father, she replied, "I loved to play the drums with him and go for chocolate ice cream." 

Tolley played the drums in a death metal band he founded 25 years ago with his best friend Chris Pervelis, called Internal Bleeding. 

The pastor and the mayor both told of how Tolley, determined to make his daughter's first communion perfect, looked into getting a cake in the form of cross-shaped cupcakes, a story the bakery owner next to the firehouse related to News 4 last week. 

A member of Tolley's firehouse told of how excited Tolley would get about firefighting gadgets and contraptions, and described Tolley as the ultimate fire "buff" who always tried to recruit others to go with him to fire expos. He told of learning Tolley's side pursuit in music. 

"He tells me, 'Oh yeah, I'm a drummer in a band,'" said Jarrett Kotarski. "I'm like, 'Wow, like a cover band?' He's like, 'Nah, I do original stuff... it's kind of hard to explain, let me go get my CD.'"

"He pops in the Internal Bleeding CD, and uh, wow, to say the least," Kotarski said as peals of laughter broke out inside the church. "Billy was kind of a squared-away guy, always had his hair cut the right away, uniform proper, the guy drove a Honda Accord with his volley license plates, and yet he's this famous drummer in this insane metal band." 

Kotarski said Tolley was a proud father, happily putting up Bella's artwork on his locker and asking fellow company members to weigh in on Disney princess dresses.

"Billy, we're your brother and just like in the firehouse, we got you," he said in tears. "Bella's our little girl now, and we're gonna take good care of her for you." 

Addressing Bella, Kotaski joked, "You got lucky because you're going to have 40 overbearing and overprotective dads behind you now."

Tolley's older brother Robert also spoke movingly of growing up with Billy as "best friends," recalling how he wanted to be a firefighter even as a young boy. 

"The day he called me to let me know how his number had been called up by the department, up until that point, was the greatest day in his life," he said.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro vowed the FDNY family will "now and forever" be there for Tolley's family.

"We will never forget Billy. We will honor him, we will remember all the good he did, and we will watch over his family always." 

De Blasio said to Bella, "You'll never have to wonder about his character, what he believed in, how he used his life on Earth. You will know he was a hero and it will sustain you." 

Before Tolley became a firefighter with the FDNY, he worked as a volunteer firefighter on Long Island. He rushed to ground zero on Sept. 11 from Hicksville, and two years later, joined the FDNY. He also volunteered for Make A Wish, spending time with sick kids.

In the days following the tragedy, the loss has been acknowledged with bunting outside Tolley's firehouse, Ladder 135, and with moving tributes by those who knew him best.

"Bella and I and our entire family are trying to get through this together," Tolley's widow Marie said outside the firehouse Monday after the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Tower Foundation announced it would pay off the mortgage of her family home. "We want to thank you from the bottoms of our hearts."

"I know Billy would be so grateful and proud because he loved this job," Tolley said in tears.

The FDNY Foundation, which is affiliated with the department, has set up an educational fund for Isabella.

Tolley was the 1,147th FDNY firefighter to die in the line of duty.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused Tolley to fall to his death. Tolley was working on ventilating the burning building when he fell. Fire marshals said unattended incense left in a second-floor bedroom caused the fire. 

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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed to Death in Front of NYC Resturant: Cops]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:01:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC+TINY+CLEAN+AIRCHECK+0430-0500+-+04323329_WNBC_000000016036.jpg

A man was violently stabbed to death in front of an Upper West Side restaurant Thursday night, police say.

Shortly before 11 p.m., emergency responders were called to the scene at the corner of Broadway and 95th Street, where they found a man, 24-year-old Anthony Stewart, with stab wounds to his stomach, authorities said.

Paramedics took him to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

Stewart lived eight blocks away from where he was stabbed, police said. 

It was not immediately clear what prompted the stabbing. 

Nobody has been arrested. Detectives are investigating. 

<![CDATA[Man Is Shoved Down Flight of Stairs, Breaks His Neck: NYPD]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:01:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BK+suspect.jpg

A man suffered a broken neck and a fractured skull after two men beat him up and shoved him, sending him tumbling down a flight of stairs in Brooklyn, the NYPD says.

On April 9, shortly before 2 p.m., two men punched and kicked the victim following an argument in Coney Island, police said.

The two suspects then shoved the man down a set of stairs, authorities said.

The fall broke the man’s neck and fractured his skull, according to police. He also suffered internal bleeding and was knocked unconscious, officials said.

While the victim was knocked out, the pair took his cellphone.

The victim was taken to Maimonides Hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition, authorities said.

A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested April 20 and charged with robbery in connection with the assault, police said.

Officials are still looking for the other 20-something-year-old suspect (above). 

<![CDATA[NYC Boy Dies in Freak Flower Box Accident: Police]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:52:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/flower+box+falls+on+boy.jpg

A young boy died Thursday after a concrete flower box fell on him as he was playing in his front yard in Brooklyn, police said. 

Eight-year-old Kevin Reilly was trying to climb a gated window outside his home on Ryder Street in Marine Park on Thursday evening when he reached up and grabbed the flower box above the window, police said. 

The 4-foot long box came loose and crashed down onto the boy, pinning him underneath.  

Neighbors said they saw the boy's mother screaming for someone to call 911 as she tried to free her son. 

"She was trying to lift the piece, that stone, but she couldn't really lift it," Rahadul Kabir said. 

Neighbors rushed to help the boy, but it was too late. 

"There was a gentleman who went there who was trying to give CPR," Fatema Kabir said. "I saw some blood coming from his nose." 

Emergency responders found the boy unconscious at the home around 5:30 p.m., police said. He was rushed to Coney Island Hospital with head trauma and later pronounced dead.

"It's so tragic and horrible," neighbor Theresa Rhatigan said. "I just feel terrible for the family, for the parents. I can't imagine." 

Police said there is no criminality and that it was just a tragic accident. 

Neighbors said the family recently moved to the neighborhood and that Kevin was the middle child.

The yellow-painted flower box still sat next to toys in the family's front yard Thursday night. 

"Who would have thought a potted plant would be so dangerous?" Rhatigan said. "It's awful." 

<![CDATA[Parishioners Fight to Save Brooklyn Church]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:36:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Parishioners_Fight_to_Save_Brooklyn_Chuch.jpg

Brooklyn parishioners are fighting to save a century-old church in Brownsville that could soon be demolished. The plan is to convert the building into a community center, but church members say there's far too much history to part with. Erica Byfield reports.

<![CDATA[1 Dead in Newark Shooting, Police Say]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:59:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/newark+shooting10.jpg

One person was killed in a shooting in Newark on Thursday, police said.

Details about the shooting were scarce Thursday night, but police confirmed that one person was dead following a shooting on South Orange Avenue.

Police said an investigation into the shooting is in the early stages. There was a heavy police presence near the intersection of South Orange and St. Paul avenues on Thursday night.

<![CDATA[Businessmen Sentenced in Toxic Dumping at Long Island Sites]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:30:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/li+toxins.jpg

Two businessmen have been sentenced in a scheme to dump toxic materials at several sites in Suffolk County, including at a park, a veterans' housing development and a wetlands area in the same town, authoritie say. 

Thomas Datre Jr. was sentenced to a year in prison, and associate Christopher Grabe was sentenced to six months in jail and community service. 

The men previously pleaded guilty in the illegal dumping scheme.

Prosecutors have said testing found hazardous materials like the pesticide DDT, chlordane, arsenic, cobalt, lead, zinc and petroleum byproducts at all of the dump sites, including the six-acre Deer Park wetlands, adjacent to a creek in the Great South Bay watershed, a Brentwood park, a Central Islip lot and an Islandia neighborhood for war veterans. Asbestos was found at all sites but the veterans' home.

Datre's attorney, Kevin Kearon, said his client is apologetic.

"We don't believe anyone has been hurt," said Kearon. "The sites have been cleaned up and everyone will move forward."

But property owner Eric Petry said the consequences may not be immediately apparent. 

"Who knows what will happen," he said. "We were put in a situation where our lives were at risk, health was in trouble. Who knows if I'm going to develop a disease in the future, so having that in my mind everyday and not knowing the unknown is worrisome." 

The Clemente Park has been closed for three years since the toxic material was found, and reconstruction crews have started cleanup work. The town of Islip says it's working to get it reopened as soon as possible, hopefully by June. 

<![CDATA[Drivers Ignoring Bus Stop Signs Plague NY School District]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:37:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dangerous+bus+pass.jpg

School officials in one Long Island district plagued by drivers blowing past buses despite flashing stop signs, potentially endangering children, implemented a camera pilot program to assess the extent of the problem. 

They were shocked by the results. Over a three-month period, cameras installed on two of Bay Shore Schools' buses recorded a total of 389 violations -- an average of 6.6 violations per day. 

"In one day, we had four passes on the right hand side, the side where the children actually get on and off the bus," said Bay Shore Schools Superintendent Joseph Bond. "Somebody's gonna get hurt here." 

No children have been hit in the district because of one of the school bus drive-bys, but there are a slew of anecdotal "near misses."

The pilot program was implemented with American Traffic Solutions, an Arizona-based company that installed the cameras. Had all of the buses in the district's fleet been outfitted with cameras, school officials said the program might have revealed 100 violations on a daily basis. 

"To have 100 passes a day in a school district of this size -- only 8.8 square miles -- is really atrocious, and really bad," said Richard Gallagher, the school district's director of transportation. 

It's illegal in New York state to pass a stopped school bus when the stop arm pops out with the flashing sign, but Bond said current law says a law enforcement officer has to witness the violation in order to write a citation. 

Bond said he's so bothered by the pilot program findings that he plans to share the data with lawmakers in a push to get a bill passed that would allow citations to be written based on video evidence. Those citations would also carry a minimum $250 fine for first-time offenders. 

Bay Shore parents are also up in arms over drivers ignoring bus arm stop signs. They said they'd welcome anything that would make it safer for their children to get on and off school buses. 

"Besides letters and notifications, if there was a fee ... people would pay a little closer attention," parent Laurie Elliott said.

According to state data, an estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York school buses daily. 

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<![CDATA[How To Get Your Hands on a Free Ice Cream Cone Thursday]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:28:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/Web+Ice+Cream.jpg

In case you needed another excuse to eat ice cream, Carvel is giving it away for free Thursday. 

Customers visiting a Carvel location between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday will receive a free junior soft ice cream cone.

The freebie is in celebration of the annual Carvel Free Cone Day, which marks the beginning "official start of ice cream season," according to the company.

Ice cream lovers will be able to choose between chocolate, vanilla or Carvel's newest flavor, Cookie Butter.

While the ice cream may be the main event, Carvel Free Cone Day is also a fundraiser for the American Red Cross.

Carvel will offer a $1 coupon book while supplies last, with all proceeds going to the organization.

"Total contributions to support disaster relief efforts will exceed $150,000," a press release said.

You can find a Carvel location near you here

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<![CDATA[Wegman's Hash Browns Added to Recall After Golf Ball Reports]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:59:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hash+browns.png

The frozen hash brown recall that stemmed from concerns pieces of golf balls possibly found their way into the scrumptious breakfast items has been expanded to include Wegman's retail brand products. 

McCain Foods USA announced the expanded recall Wednesday. The original recall, announced April 21, included Roundy's and Harris Teeter Brand Hash Browns sold in nine states and Washington, D.C. The updated announcement extends the advisory to include 28-ounce bags of Wegman's frozen O'Brien Hash Browns. 

McCain says the Wegman's hash browns were distributed in stores in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; it has a manufacture date of Oct. 21, 2016. The company expanded the recall after getting two more consumer complaints about golf ball materials, specifically hard plastic or rubber pieces, in the food. 

No other Wegman's products are affected by the recall. The affected Harris Teeter and Roundy's hash browns were sold in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois and Wisconsin. 

No injuries have been reported, but the company says the golf ball pieces could pose a choking hazard or cause other injury to the mouth if ingested. 

Anyone with questions about the recall is asked to call McCain Foods USA, Inc. at 630-857-4533.

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<![CDATA[NJ Transit: Sorry You Were Late, Here's an Excuse Note]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:06:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/penn+station+crowd+2.png

Late to work because of delays on NJ Transit? There isn't much the rail agency can do, but at least you can get an excuse note for work.

Amid the recent sharp rise in derailments, breakdowns and delays, NJ Transit this week said it would offer customers excuse letters if a late train delayed their getting to work or another obligation. 

"If you have experienced delays that have compromised your work situation, please stop by one of our Customer Service offices and pick up a delay letter for your employer," NJT Executive Director Steve Santoro said in an open letter posted on the railroad's website. (Customers can also use the "Contact Us" form on the NJT website to ask for a tardy note.)

The concept is not a new one -- the MTA already offers delay notes for people who are late to work because of subway problems. 

The NJT letter follows a laundry list of incidents in recent weeks, including derailments in late March and early April and multiple instances of trains getting stuck in tunnels for prolonged periods. Customers have been told to expect all-day delays of at least 15 minutes indefinitely. 

Amtrak, which controls New York Penn Station, said Thursday it would launch a much-needed makeover to its tracks and other infrastructure beginning in May, resulting in summer-long disruptions for the hundreds of thousands of commuters who travel through the transit hub.

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<![CDATA[Whale Strandings, Deaths Alarm Federal Officials]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:54:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dead+whale+credit+theresa+rinaldi+reisch.jpg

New York holds the dubious lead of most fatal humpback whale strandings last year, and along with other deaths, the spike is alarming federal officials. 

Last year's stranding of a humpback in Moriches was one of just four mostly mysterious deaths that NOAA Marine Fisheries is investigating off Long Island. 

But New Jersey had several, and a total of 41 such deaths since the beginning of last year from Maine to North Carolina have led NOAA to declare a relatively rare Unusual Mortality Event. 

No common disease has been found so far, though half of the whale experts have been able to examine have suffered ship and boat strikes.

Although the Atlantic population of nearly 11,000 humpbacks is no longer listed as endangered, they are still protected by federal law. 

Photo Credit: Theresa Rinaldi Reisch]]>
<![CDATA[Hundreds of Bayonne HS Students Walk Out Over Layoffs]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:53:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/STUDENT+WALKOUT+BAYONNE+3+VIDEOS+COURTESY++-+01002123_WNBC_0000.jpg

Hundreds of students walked out of classes at Bayonne High School on Thursday morning to protest district-wide layoffs approved by the school board the night before.

An estimated 200 to 300 kids walked out around 9:15 a.m., a school official told News 4 New York. Video posted by the school's student government on Twitter shows massive crowds milling about, chanting and blocking an intersection. 

The school's principal and the town's mayor tried to quiet the crowds, apparently to no avail.

On Wednesday night, amid a budget crisis, the school board voted to eliminate 261 teaching positions and a number of support staff, NJ.com reported.

While the school board president promised that two-thirds of the teachers would be rehired, according to the report, it was not enough to stop the students from protesting Thursday. 

"I'm losing my math teacher, my history teacher and my gym teacher," said Sultan Ahman.

"We care about them. They are our mentors, we tell them about our problems," said Elmer Beltran. 

Mayor Jimmy Davis, surprised by both the protest and the layoffs, said state auditors are now examining the district's books. 

"It's ridiculous that our students had to come out here today to point the finger at us and say, 'What's going on with our education?'" he said. 

The layoffs are scheduled to go into effect after the school year. 

Photo Credit: Bayonne HS Student Government
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<![CDATA[19-Year-Old Man Dies After Stabbing at NYC Internet Cafe]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:25:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/man+stabbed+to+death+internet+cafe+queens.jpg

A 19-year-old man was stabbed to death in a Queens internet cafe, allegedly after an argument with a 51-year-old homeless man about hard drive space, according to police and published reports. 

The victim, Yangpu Fan, was taken to the hospital by private means after being stabbed in the stomach at K&D Internet Cafe on Main Street in Flushing around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. Police were called to the hospital; Fan ended up dying.

The suspect, 51-year-old Paul Kim, was taken into custody a short time later at the same cafe where he allegedly stabbed Fan. A knife was recovered at the scene. 

A cafe worker said Kim was at a computer when the victim's friends asked him if he could move to a different computer so they could sit together. He refused, the worker said, and the friends asked Fan to intervene. They argued, and that's when police say Kim pulled out a knife and stabbed Fan. 

Kim was still using a computer when cops took him into custody an hour after the stabbing, police said.

The worker said Kim is a regular at the cafe and that he always pays on time.

Charges are pending against the suspect. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Police Probe Briefly Shuts Down PATH to World Trade Center]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:04:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP080122019237.jpg

Some sort of police investigation briefly forced a total suspension of PATH service to World Trade Center Thursday morning, compounding headaches for commuters already grappling with the ongoing mess at New York's Penn Station.

Service initially had been running with delays, but the Port Authority shut it down around 9:45 a.m. Service was restored about 15 minutes later, and lingering delays were expected.

The nature of the police probe wasn't immediately clear, but photos posted to social media showed a heavy emergency presence on the World Trade Center-bound platform at Exchange Place in Jersey City. 

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<![CDATA[Port Authority Officers Save Man at Pub in Ireland]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:54:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/IRELAND+PAPD.jpg

Two Port Authority police officers who were vacationing in southeast Ireland saved a man after he went into cardiac arrest at a pub they were at.

Officers Matthew Thomas and Matthew Gilhooley were off duty and sitting at PF McCarthy’s Pub in Kenmare when a 71-year-old man collapsed from his chair, Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.

Thomas and Gilhooley ran over to the man and realize he was in cardiac arrest. The two began CPR on him and used a defibrillator to administer two shocks, Pentangelo said.

About 15 minutes after the officers performed CPR, the man regained a pulse and was able to breathe on his own. The officers stayed with the man until local police and an ambulance arrived, according to Pentangelo.

The man was taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment.

Thomas and Gilhooley have been members of the Port Authority Police Department for four years and are trained in life-saving techniques like CPR and use of a defibrillator.

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<![CDATA[FDNY Firefighter Billy Tolley Mourned]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:50:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/william+tolley+funeral+wife+daughter.jpg Thousands turned out at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, Long Island, to mourn FDNY firefighter William Tolley, who was killed while battling a fire in Queens last week.

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<![CDATA[Queens Middle School Teacher Sprained Student's Finger: NYPD]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:28:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handcuffs14.jpg

A middle school teacher in Queens is charged with assaulting one of his students after he allegedly sprained the student's finger, the NYPD says.

Ramiro Cruz, 52, was arrested Wednesday at IS 45 Joseph Pulitzer School in Jackson Heights and charged with assault, police said.

A 13-year-old boy said Cruz grabbed a piece of paper from his hand and twisted his arm, authorities said. The student suffered a swollen, sprained left middle finger.

Police said the student reported that the teacher was insulting him, and when the student went to write the insults on a piece of paper, the teacher allegedly grabbed the student and forcibly took the paper out of his hand. 

Cruz is set to return to court on July 21. 

A message has been left with the Department of Education. 

<![CDATA[Manhole 'Pop' Causes Carbon Monoxide Scare, Evacuation in BK]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:15:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/carbon+monoxide+bk.jpg

A manhole "popped" outside a women's shelter in Brooklyn early Thursday, sending smoke into the air and causing above-normal carbon monoxide levels that prompted a major evacuation in the area. 

Authorities say the manhole fire outside the shelter on Junius Street was under control by about 6:30 a.m., about two hours after officials got a call about smoke in the area. Nearly 150 people were displaced. 

Con Edison was ventilating the shelter after detecting higher-than-usual levels of carbon monoxide, officials said. It's expected to take officials a few days to fix the wires in the manhole and ensure carbon monoxide levels are safe. 

No injuries were reported. A heavy emergency presence was visible at the scene through the morning. 

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<![CDATA[Security Guard Stabbed Trying to Break Up Fight: NYPD]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:26:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC+11PM+AIRCHECK+M-Sun+-+23041721_WNBC_000000016016388.jpg

A security guard was stabbed as he was trying to break up a fight at Bay Plaza Mall in the Bronx last month, the NYPD says.

On March 13 shortly before midnight, two men got into a dispute at a gym inside the shopping center in Baychester, police said.

The security guard went over to help and waited for assistance to take the men outside to the parking lot, officials said.

Then as one of the men went in to stab another man the guard stepped in to help but was stabbed in the process, authorities said.

He was stabbed several times and then the suspects ran away, police said.

The security guard was taken to Jacobi Hospital to be treated, the NYPD said. He was later released and is still recovering at home, officials said.

The NYPD is looking for six men, seen on surveillance video (above). Police said the men are 18-25 years old.

<![CDATA[United Shares Report on Dragging Flap, Says Sorry for Rabbit]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:16:58 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/oscarmunozUNITEDCEO_1200x675.jpg United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat. United is also vowing to reduce, but not eliminate, overbooking — the selling of more tickets than there are seats on the plane. The airline made the promises Thursday as it released a report detailing mistakes that led to the April 9 incident on a United Express plane in Chicago.
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<![CDATA[8-Year-Old Boy Found Walking Alone on Subway Tracks: Cops]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:05:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/subway+generic+fast.jpg

An 8-year-old boy was spotted walking alone on subway tracks in Brooklyn after apparently abruptly leaving his school Tuesday, authorities say. 

Concerned straphangers called transit police, who helped get the boy off the southbound J tracks at Halsey Street early in the afternoon, police told NBC 4 New York. 

No one was hurt, but the boy was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

According to the Daily News, the child had been reported missing around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday after he didn't show up for a class. Cops got a call about him on the tracks about 20 minutes later, the paper reported.

<![CDATA[Wild NYC Brawl Sparks Backlash From Cops, Neighbors]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:58:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bar+brawl+web+-+01000619_WNBC_000000016010881.jpg

Authorities are investigating a wild brawl involving a huge crowd that started outside a Lower East Side bar over the weekend, one that got so out of control it migrated down the street, video shows. 

The NYPD and the State Liquor Authority are looking into the massive fight outside The DL bar at 95 Delancey St. late Sunday night. 

Surveillance video shows a group throwing punches and a woman getting knocked down during the fight. People start shoving and chasing each other, and the fight continues to move down the street.

The commander of the 7th Precinct says it got two 911 calls about the fight, but by the time officers showed up, the scene was clear. No one ever filed a formal complaint.

Police launched an investigation Monday after seeing the video. No one involved in the fight has been identified.

It's the second time a violent fight has broken out by the bar in about a year, according to neighborhood blog Bowery Boogie, which has characterized the business as problematic for the community.

"It is impossible for us to quantify how much this happens. Unless it's reported to us, there is no way to know," said Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman.

Hellman told DNAInfo of The DL, "They don't have the best interest of the community in mind," noting that the party the bar had thrown Saturday night -- where the brawl started -- had been strongly discouraged by his precinct. The bar initially agreed to cancel the event, then went ahead and threw the party without notifying the precinct.

"I'm upset to say the very least," he told DNAInfo. 

Hellman told News 4 the police precinct has actively been trying to work with bars in the area to increase security, and that a sergeant and five officers are specifically assigned to the six-block area known as Hell Square to prevent chaotic events like the Sunday brawl. 

The DL is already facing the possibility of having its liquor license revoked or canceled by the State Liquor Authority for yet another fight outside the club on Feb. 26. They face a hearing next month. 

A message has been left with the bar. 

Resident Robert Kemps said he's worried about what he sees. 

"This neighorhood has changed a lot over the last few years, and now that I'm a little older, I don't come out at night," he said. 

But Carl Dittebernt said despite the bar brawls, "when I first moved here, there were gun battles in the daytime, so this is an improvement." 

<![CDATA[LIRR Riders Narrowly Avoid Commute Hell After 'Track Defect']]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:05:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/penn+station+crowd+2.png

Another hellish commute for Long Island Rail Road riders appeared narrowly avoided Thursday morning after Amtrak apparently quickly fixed a "track defect" that had the MTA poised to cancel and divert trains through rush hour.

The LIRR had canceled or diverted several peak trains before 7:40 a.m. because of what transit sources described as a broken track tie, the same issue that caused the April 3 NJ Transit derailment, with Track 18. But shortly after announcing the service changes, the LIRR reinstated the canceled trains and later tweeted, "Track status upgraded by Amtrak. Not necessary for LIRR to cancel/divert rush hr trains." 

Residual delays were possible for riders in and out of Penn Station, though.

NJ Transit, meanwhile, told customers days ago to anticipate regular delays of around 15 minutes into and out of the transit hub for at least the next week amid ongoing Amtrak work and inspections following a series of derailments and other flaps that plunged riders into the depths of commuting despair.

On Thursday morning, Amtrak announced details of an aggressive plan to improve infrastructure and restore aging tracks and equipments. In a nutshell, Amtrak had planned to fix all existing problems on weekends over the next two years, but changed course. Officials said they could complete the work over just 100 days if they shut down some tracks through the summer.

PATH riders had their own problems, Thursday. Some sort of police investigation caused delays on trains to World Trade Center, then a complete suspension of service around 9:45 a.m. Service resumed in about 15 minutes with lingering delays; details on the police investigation weren't clear.

The roads weren't much better for commuters Thursday. Delays topped 60 minutes at the upper George Washington Bridge at one point because of a crash involving a tractor-trailer on the Cross Bronx Expressway. The crash cleared shortly before 6:30 a.m. but delays are still very heavy. The lower level was experiencing delays as well. Separately, back-ups were also reported at the Lincoln Tunnel as the morning rush got underway.

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<![CDATA[Man Robs Connecticut Bank Twice in as Many Days: Police]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:57:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/citgo+bank+robberies+1.jpg

Police are searching for a man they believed robbed the same Connecticut bank twice in just two days.

The robberies at a Chase bank on East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich were about a mile away from a Citgo gas station that police believe the man also robbed during a 48-hour crime spree.

“The guy walked in the door and he asked for the money,” gas attendant Elysha Ramin said.

Ramin was behind the register of the Citgo on Monday night when a man he described as calm came in with his face covered and showed what looked like a gun.

“He said he would not hurt me, so I give him the money as quickly as possible and then he left,” Ramin said.

The robbery took less than two minutes and the thief made off with less than $200, police said. 

About 12 hours later, on Tuesday morning, police believe the man walked into a Chase bank down the street and carried out another robbery. 

Police think the man robbed the same Chase bank again on Wednesday afternoon with the same mask and same MO. 

“Clearly this person has some level of desperation to commit three crimes of this nature one after the other,” Greenwich Police Captain Kraig Gray said.

Despite a search for the robber by a slew of law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and New York State Police, the robber managed to slip away. Now the search is on to catch him before he strikes again.

<![CDATA[Subway Taken Out of Service After Swastika Found on Seat]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:29:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/q-train-NY.jpg

A subway train was taken out of service in Manhattan Wednesday after someone reported a swastika scrawled in marker on a seat, the MTA said. 

The Q train was on the Upper East Side when a passenger told police officers about the swastika.

The MTA said the train was immediately taken out of service, which is routine in such situations to facilitate the investigation.

There are no suspects at this time. 

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<![CDATA[With Election on Horizon, Mayor de Blasio Releases Budget]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:45:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/RUSSO+DE+BLASIO1.jpg

Mayor de Blasio revealed the city's new budget Wednesday. The budget proposal calls for $85 billion in the coming year but it does include some belt-tightening.  With a mayoral election later this year, the budget includes voter-pleasing perks. Melissa Russo reports.