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Feb 23, 2015

NYC Jury: Palestinian Authorities to Blame for Israel Terror Attacks

NYC Jury: Palestinian Authorities to Blame for Israel Terror Attacks

The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority were the catalysts for a series of terrorist attacks in the early 2000s in Israel that killed or wounded several Americans, a Manhattan jury...

Feb 19, 2015

Court: Not Disclosing HIV Before Sex is a Misdemeanor

Court: Not Disclosing HIV Before Sex is a Misdemeanor

New York's highest court says an HIV-positive man who told a partner that they could safely have unprotected sex should face a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge, not a felony.

Feb 19, 2015

Pot, Child Porn Seized From Teacher's Home: Officials

Pot, Child Porn Seized From Teacher's Home: Officials

A 37-year-old New Jersey gym teacher and wrestling coach has been arrested for allegedly uploading child porn through a school computer, and authorities say they found a shotgun, silence and 40 pot plants at his...

Feb 18, 2015

Court Strikes Down Nassau Sex Offender Residency Law

Court Strikes Down Nassau Sex Offender Residency Law

New York state's highest court has struck down a Nassau County law that prevents all sex offenders from living near schools and places of worship, ruling that the state law targeting only the most dangerous sex...

Feb 18, 2015

Alleged Terrorist on Trial in NYC Eagerly Served Bin Laden: Prosecutor

Alleged Terrorist on Trial in NYC Eagerly Served Bin Laden: Prosecutor

A prosecutor is telling jurors in closing arguments at a New York terrorism trial that the defendant was a top aide to Osama bin Laden nearly a decade before deadly bombings at two U.S. embassies in Africa.

Feb 26, 2015

Woman Arrested in Hate Crime Misidentified as Suspect, Charges Dropped: NYPD

Woman Arrested in Hate Crime Misidentified as Suspect, Charges Dropped: NYPD

A New York City Department of Social Services worker who had been charged with assault as a hate crime after law enforcement sources said she allegedly grabbed a woman by the hair at a Manhattan subway station...

Feb 18, 2015

Court: NY Law Trumps Local Limits on Sex Offender Homes

Court: NY Law Trumps Local Limits on Sex Offender Homes

New York's highest court ruled Tuesday that state law determines where sex offenders can live, not the more than 100 municipal ordinances setting boundaries around parks, schools and other areas where children...

Feb 18, 2015

Teacher Accused of Sex With 6 Boys Indicted

Teacher Accused of Sex With 6 Boys Indicted

A northern New Jersey high school teacher who was accused of sexually assaulting three 15-year-old male students is now being accused of assaulting two more students, authorities say.

Feb 17, 2015

Election Needed to Replace Michael Grimm in Congress: Judge

Election Needed to Replace Michael Grimm in Congress: Judge

A federal judge says he's going to set a date for a special election to replace convicted former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm unless New York's governor does so by noon Friday.

Feb 17, 2015

Man, 22, Pleads Guilty in Cop Shooting

Man, 22, Pleads Guilty in Cop Shooting

A 22-year-old man from China who came to the U.S. several years ago and lived in Brooklyn has pleaded guilty in the August 2013 shooting of a veteran Long Island police officer responding to a home burglary.

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Documents
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 comment. Jonathan Dienst...

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 month. And now New...

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 star...

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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