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Mom Pleads Not Guilty in 5-Year-Old Son's 1991 Murder

Mom Pleads Not Guilty in 5-Year-Old Son's 1991 Murder

A Florida woman charged in the death of her 5-year-old son, who was reported missing from a New Jersey carnival more than two decades ago, has pleaded not guilty.

Sep 16, 2014

NY Man to Be Sentenced in Fatal Girlfriend Stabbing

NY Man to Be Sentenced in Fatal Girlfriend Stabbing

A 61-year-old man who has already spent half his life in prison for knife attacks on women stabbed his girlfriend to death out of jealousy two years ago and fatally knifed a prostitute two decades...

Sep 15, 2014

Mom Who Dumped Newborn in Deli Trash Bin Gets 12 Years

Mom Who Dumped Newborn in Deli Trash Bin Gets 12 Years

A young mother who admitted strangling her newborn son and leaving his body in a recycling container outside a convenience store has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and deportation.

Sep 15, 2014

"I Was Just Choking Him": Confession Video in Patz Case

"I Was Just Choking Him": Confession Video in Patz Case

The videotaped confession of a man who said he killed a 6-year-old boy in 1979 will be key evidence as a judge determines whether it is fair game for the suspect's murder trial.

Sep 12, 2014

Man Gets 50 Years for Stabbing Ex-Wife 84 Times

Man Gets 50 Years for Stabbing Ex-Wife 84 Times

A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and then covering her face with a pig mask was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday for a crime the county's prosecutor called "despicable...

Sep 12, 2014

Bodega Shooting Suspect Apprehended in S.C: Cops

Bodega Shooting Suspect Apprehended in S.C: Cops

The suspect wanted in connection with the August shooting of a 37-year-old customer in a Bronx bodega has been been taken into custody in South Carolina, police say.

Sep 11, 2014

4 Indicted in Carjack Killing of Bronx Cab Driver

4 Indicted in Carjack Killing of Bronx Cab Driver

Four men in their 20s have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the carjack killing of a Bronx cab driver.

Sep 11, 2014

Mom on Trial in Autistic Son's Death in NYC Hotel

Mom on Trial in Autistic Son's Death in NYC Hotel

A multimillionaire mom killed her autistic 8-year-old son by forcing a toxic cocktail of painkillers and other drugs down his throat with a syringe in a luxury Manhattan hotel room, a prosecutor said as...

Sep 10, 2014

"Subway Vigilante" Bernie Goetz's Pot Case Dropped

"Subway Vigilante" Bernie Goetz's Pot Case Dropped

A low-level marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it.

Sep 10, 2014

Teen Pleads Guilty in Fatal Christmas Shootings

Teen Pleads Guilty in Fatal Christmas Shootings

A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting three other youths on a New Jersey street on Christmas night last year.

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Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida after crashing into a fountain at a traffic circle and flipping his car.

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

A group of expert hackers that attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader — one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals — turned against...

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused cop killer Lamont Pride told detectives the day after the shooting of Officer Peter Figoski that he was sorry for what happened and that he didn't want to kill a cop, according to police documents.

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.

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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

A mobster-turned-FBI-informant who is believed to have carried out a killing while helping the FBI track Mafiosos from Boston to Philadelphia was found dead in a New Jersey hotel last

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Federal prosecutors say they've broken up a mob-run ring that recruited women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to dance at Long Island and Queens strip clubs.

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

Epic bust marks "largest single day operation" against organized crime.

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