<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:44:31 -0500 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:44:31 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[FBI Surrounds Protesters Occupying Oregon Refuge]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:55:33 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/oregonGetty-507448598.jpg

FBI agents have converged on the Oregon wildlife refuge where the last four followers of Ammon and Ryan Bundy remain holed up, the agency confirmed Wednesday night.

The FBI's Portland office said it has set up at barricades in front of and behind the area of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge where the remaining occupiers are camping, NBC News reported.

Negotiations were under way, and no shots have been fired, bureau said.
 



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<![CDATA[Stranger Punches, Harasses Man in Bias Attack in Brooklyn: Police]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:07:52 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bias+attack+flatbush.jpg

A man walked up to another man at a Brooklyn subway station and punched him in what police are calling a bias attack.

The attack happened just before 10 p.m. Friday when the 44-year-old victim was waiting at a platform at the Church Avenue subway station in Flatbush.

A stranger came up to the victim, punched him in the face and shouted anti-white statements at him, police said.

The suspect took off from the subway station, and the victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers 800-577-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Some Good News for Dementia: Rates Might be Going Down]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:52:42 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DEMENT_GettyImages-472947990.jpg

Researchers have found a small piece of good news for people at high risk of some kinds of dementia: it might be possible to delay it or even prevent it.

They found falling rates of vascular dementia in people who also happened to improve their heart health. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, support the idea that what's good for the heart is good for the head.

"Our study offers cautious hope that some cases of dementia might be preventable or at least delayed," Claudia Satizabal of the Boston University Schools of Medicine and colleagues wrote in their report.

They looked at more than 5,000 people who have been having their health tracked in minute detail as part of the Framingham Heart Study. The multi-generational study has been going on since 1948 and in 1971 children of the original volunteers signed up. Their memory has been tested since 1975.



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<![CDATA[Twitter User Growth Stalls in Fourth Quarter But Company Still Optimistic]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:31:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/222*120/503572706.jpg

Twitter shares fell in Wednesday after-hours trading as the company revealed that its user numbers had declined sequentially.

The company reported fourth quarter earnings of 16 cents per share on $710 million in revenue. Analysts had expected Twitter to report earnings of about 12 cents per share on $710 million in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.

Twitter said its monthly active users (MAUs) excluding SMS-only users were 305 million for the fourth quarter, down from 307 million in the previous quarter.

"We saw a decline in monthly active usage in Q4, but we've already seen January monthly actives bounce back to Q3 levels. We're confident that, with disciplined execution, this growth trend will continue over time," the company wrote in a shareholder letter.



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<![CDATA[Woman Crossing Street Struck, Killed by Truck in NYC]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:39:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_14588649.jpg

A 63-year-old woman was killed after she was hit by a Ford flatbed truck as she crossed a Manhattan street, police said.

The woman was crossing 165th Street in Washington Heights Wednesday night when she was hit by the truck, which was headed south on Broadway.

Emergency responders rushed the woman to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, but she didn’t survive her injuries. Her name has been withheld pending family notification.

The 42-year-old man who was driving the truck stayed at the scene and has not been charged.

The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the incident.
 

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<![CDATA[Suspect Menaces in Live TV News Report: NYPD]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:36:33 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/menacing+suspect+bk.jpg

Police are searching for a man who ambushed an NBC 4 New York reporter during a live news report outside Brooklyn Supreme Court Wednesday.

The reporter was stationed outside the courthouse just after noon speaking about the trial of NYPD officer Peter Liang when a man ran up to him, pointed an object that resembled a firearm and tapped him with it, shouting, "Give me all your money!" 

He continued to wave around the object behind the reporter, then ran off. 

The suspect is wanted for menacing. 

Anyone who recognizes the suspect pictured is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 



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<![CDATA[Robber Sprays Irritant in Sleeping Subway Rider's Face: NYPD]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:55:07 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/angel+garcia+subway.jpg

A man sleeping on the subway was sprayed in the face with an irritant and robbed of his cellphone in the Bronx early Sunday morning, and police say the robber has targeted at least one other sleeping subway rider recently. 

The 22-year-old victim fell asleep on the northbound 4 train when another man approached him at about 5 a.m. while the train was near Bedford Park Boulevard station, police said. 

The suspect sprayed the sleeping man in the face with an irritant and took his LG cellphone, then ran away, police said.

The victim was taken to Montefiore Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The suspect, 47-year-old Angel Garcia, was arrested Jan. 10 in a similar case, police said. He targeted a sleeping 37-year-old man on the 4 train and took his cellphone. 

Amid a spate of high-profile subway crimes, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton recently warned straphangers that "subways are not for sleeping," and said officers on subway patrols will wake snoozing riders. 

He said he realizes people are tired when they get off work, but sleeping on the subway puts them at a higher risk of sexual assault and pickpocketing. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at  800-577-TIPS. 

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<![CDATA[Cop Seizes Snow Shovel in Act of Kindness]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:13:47 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/167*120/21016driveway.jpg

Spotting an elderly man shoveling his driveway, Nassau County police officer Kyle Klein decided to serve and protect: He took control of the shovel to protect the homeowner from a possible heart attack.

The officer had just gone back on patrol Friday when he noticed 82-year-old Gerard Cote clearing a snow pile at the edge of his driveway in Farmingdale.

Hours earlier, Klein had helped resuscitate a Bethpage man who had suffered a heart attack while shoveling snow and had taken him to the hospital. Not wanting to see another man fall victim to the snowstorm, Klein volunteered to shovel Cote's driveway, an offer Cote couldn't refuse.

"He's always welcome back to shovel snow," Cote said later. 



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<![CDATA[Trump Makes Electability Pitch Since N.H. Victory]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:11:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TrumpSouthCarolina-AP_446723142501.jpg

Donald Trump is making his first pitch of electability after a landslide victory in New Hampshire.

Trump told nearly 5,000 people in South Carolina that he could win beyond the Palmetto State, NBC News reported.

"You're next," Trump said to the South Carolinians assembled, citing his large margin of victory in the Granite State and promising that a win here would propel him on to run the table.

He also didn’t miss the chance to swipe at Hillary Clinton for her loss to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom he called “wacky socialist guy Bernie” 



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<![CDATA[Arrest in Elevator Robbery, Stairwell Rape: NYPD]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:01:52 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/RAPE+SUSPECT+BRONX1.jpg

Police say they've arrested a suspect in an elevator robbery and rape inside a Bronx apartment building.

Raymond Jenkins, 22, of Brooklyn, is accused of grabbing a woman as she was walking out of an elevator in the University Heights building last Friday night and robbing and sexually assaulting her in a stairwell.  

He stole cash and two cellphones, police said. 

The woman was taken to a local hospital.

Jenkins was charged Wednesday with rape, robbery, assault, sex abuse and other charges. It's not immediately clear if he has an attorney. 

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<![CDATA[Police Investigating NYC Stabbing as Possible Hate Crime]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:39:22 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/possible+hate+crime+brooklyn.jpg

Detectives are investigating whether a man who was stabbed in Brooklyn on Wednesday morning was the victim of a hate crime, authorities say.

Authorities say that the 25-year-old victim was walking on Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights at about 11:30 a.m. when an attacker came up behind him and stabbed him in the back, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.

The victim ran to a nearby store and called 911 after the stabbing, authorities say. I medic who was just a few storefronts away heard the call on his radio and jumped in to help.

“I was in my shop when my radio came alive and said possible stab victim right here down at check cashing, so I ran down,” Shomrim volunteer Mendy Reitport, who's also a friend of the victim, said.

“I came into the shop where he was, spoke to him, asked him what happened. He showed me his back, where I saw the cut on his shirt, blood coming out,” Reitport said.

The young man was taken to Kings County Hospital and is recovering from a collapsed lung, Boyce said.

“The victim just got married 10 days ago. This is not something any young bride wants to hear,” Reitport said.

Boyce said that the man practiced Hasidic Judaism and was dressed in the religious sect’s traditional garb.

“We’re looking at it as a possible hate crime because he’s dressed in that fashion,” Boyce said.

Boyce said the attacker didn’t say anything to the man before stabbing him.

Nachman Rivkin, a friend of the victim, said he was a nice guy who would never have done anything to provoke his attacker.

“He never could have hurt a fly, could never imagine him doing anything to anyone to even provoke in the slightest manner,” Rivkin said.

Anyone with information about the attacker should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
 

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<![CDATA[Gunman Wounded After Killing 2 Women in Alabama]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:37:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/police+lights+%282%291.jpg

Police wounded a gunman in Alabama who fatally shot two women with whom he had business ties Wednesday morning, NBC News reported.

The victims were shot outside a law office and at an accounting firm, according to NBC affiliate WVTM. Two deputies caught up with Jimmy Cooper, who was armed with a handgun, as he ran down the street. He was shot in the leg and grazed in the arm.

Cooper, 57, will be charged with capital murder in the killings of Donny Miller and Linda Cole, the county prosecutor said.

Police would not give any other information, citing an ongoing investigation.

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<![CDATA[Forest Hills Residents Fear Development Will Ruin Restaurant Row]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:38:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/restaurant+row+forest+hills.jpg

Outdoor dining at a Queens neighborhood's restaurant row may be forced out by a new mixed-use development building, enraging residents.

The proposed development would be 12 stories tall and would replace a one-story building on 70th Road between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street in Forest Hills.

The new building would sit next to popular restaurants like Cabana, The Grill and Moca Asian Café. The street is known for restaurants with outdoor seating, the only strip where it is allowed in the neighborhood.

The proposed building would be a mix of residential and commercial space, authorities said. The developer would like to make the building 12 stories, but zoning only allows for seven stories.

The developer plans to lobby the community for approval of the full 12 stories Wednesday night at a neighborhood board meeting.

So far, neighborhood reaction has not been positive.

"It's a devastation for all of us," said Olig Kaz, owner of The Grill. "The amount of time and money I invested in this, basically my life savings here, now it's going to be all gone." 

Kaz said when he signed his lease two years ago, his landlord assured him no such development would happen. 

The landlord has not responded to call from NBC 4 New York. 

Outdoor seating is what drives business along Restaurant Row, and business owners are skeptical it will return after the development. 

"When scaffolds are up there, it completely kills the neighborhood," said Paul Singh, who owns Aged, next to the proposed development. 

"These monstrosities, maybe in the city it's good but not here," said a resident named Nico, who started a petition to stop the development. 

“Unfortunately, outside dining on Restaurant Row may soon become a thing of the past. Lurking in the background are the greedy fangs of a Manhattan real estate developer,” the petition posted to change.org says.

The decision will be based on the outcome of Wednesday's community board meeting. The restaurant owners have been told construction is a year out and the developer says plans are still fluid.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested in UES Robbery, Sex Abuse: NYPD]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:36:04 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Gregory+Anderson+UES+sexual+assault+suspect+1+copy.jpg

Police say they've arrested the man suspected of robbing and sexually assaulting a woman on the Upper East Side over the weekend. 

The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Gregory Anderson of Harlem, allegedly accosted the 36-year-old victim as she was crossing Second Avenue near East 94th Street at about 5 a.m. Saturday, then forced her down the block to rob and sexually assault her, police said. 

The woman fled to a nearby store, and the suspect followed her, according to police. He left when he couldn't locate her. 

Anderson has been charged with robbery and sex abuse. Attorney information wasn't immediately clear. 

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<![CDATA[Senate Votes to Block North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:38:21 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NorthKoreaBill-AP_993302026652.jpg

Senators backed a bill Wednesday to derail North Korea’s quest for a nuclear weapon, NBC News reported.

The bill would mandate sanctions against those involved in North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile development program, require a renewed focus on cyber-attacks by North Korea on the U.S. and target those responsible for human rights abuses committed by the country’s government.

The vote was 96 to 0.

The passage of the bill comes days after North Korea launched a long-range rocket and a month after the country claimed to test a hydrogen bomb.  



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<![CDATA[Congressional Black Caucus to Endorse Clinton]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:38:21 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/508448996-Hillary-Clinton-necn-Viewer-Question.jpg

The Congressional Black Caucus PAC will endorse Hillary Clinton on Thursday, NBC News has confirmed.

The group will help her campaign to win over minority voters in upcoming primary contests.

Clinton has a strong advantage over rival Bernie Sanders among black voters, and the endorsement could help her solidify support in states where the group plays a key role, like in the upcoming South Carolina Democratic primary.

South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn — an influential voice in the state — is still neutral, telling NBC News he will not endorse ahead of the state primary.  



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<![CDATA[Zika Found in Fetus With Birth Defects]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:26:06 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaLab-GettyImages-506977656.jpg

Doctors have found the Zika virus in the brain of a fetus with severe microcephaly, which may help experts understand the relationship between the virus and how it affects developing babies, NBC News reported.

A 25-year-old woman was volunteering in Natal, Brazil, and became pregnant. During her 13th week, she came down with a high fever, muscle aches and a rash.

Her first ultrasound looked normal. But after returning home to Europe, another ultrasound in her seventh month showed evidence of microcephaly. The woman terminated the pregnancy.

Researchers conducted an autopsy and found Zika in the brain. The fetus was small and had an abnormally small head, with an underdeveloped brain with scarring throughout.

The report’s publication has been rushed by the New England Journal of Medicine.  



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<![CDATA[Suit Says Principal Warned on Porn]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:35:55 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Deonte+Carraway+020816.jpg

Parents and teachers raised concerns about an elementary school volunteer and youth choir director accused of recording "vile sexual acts" between children on school grounds, but the principal took no action, claiming the teachers lacked proof, according to a lawsuit filed by the guardian of a victim.

The family that alerted police about possible sex abuse at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School last week is suing the school district and the suspect.

"This is a painful situation for the county to think a person that we entrusted would deliver everlasting harm to our young people, our babies," Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said at a news conference Wednesday evening.

The accused teacher's aide, 22-year-old Deonte Carraway, had children openly perform sexual acts in various parts of the school where the abuse should have been obvious, like the school auditorium and bathrooms, according to the lawsuit.

The civil complaint claims a 9-year-old boy was told by Carraway that he was part of a "club" in order to persuade him to participate. The boy was pulled out of his fourth-grade class by Carraway on multiple occasions, the suit says, and Carraway directed a fifth-grade girl to perform a sexual act on him while Carraway recorded the act with his cellphone and shared it with students using the Kik app. 

In January, the 9-year-old's uncle learned Carraway was using Kik to communicate with the boy and other students, according to the lawsuit. The uncle saw inappropriate pictures of students on the boy's phone. 

The complaint also says the uncle and the guardian who filed the suit told Principal Michelle Williams about the abuse Thursday and were told to return to the school in Glenarden, Maryland, for a meeting the next day.

They called police, instead, and Carraway was arrested Friday.

Williams was placed on leave Wednesday morning, Prince George's County Public Schools confirmed. PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell said that was done out of an "abundance of caution."

"When people say things to us, we don't necessarily have to wait until the entire answer is out," he said. "We can take proactive steps."

If anyone at the school had concerns about Carraway and failed to step forward, they could be criminally charged, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

"We have a very sacred obligation to the children of this community to protect them, to educate them, to do everything that we can to make sure that they have lives that are productive, and these kids in this case did not receive that protection," Alsobrooks said at Wednesday's news conference.

Police said they have identified 11 victims, including seven directly abused by Carraway. The lawsuit says there could be up to 30 victims. Authorities are investigating whether there are more victims.

A task force of several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, has interviewed 18 children and more than two dozen families, Prince George's County interim Police Chief Hank Stawinski said.

Since the allegations surfaced, the school district has provided counseling and psychological support for the victims and their families upon request and reviewed policies on abuse with teachers, Maxwell. A meeting with parents to outline additional measures that will be taken is scheduled for Thursday evening.

The district also created a safety hotline for parents and students to report incidents. The hotline, 301-618-8342, opens Thursday morning. 

Several letters to parents were posted Wednesday on the school's website, including one that tells parents how they can work to protect their child from abuse.

Carraway is charged with 10 counts of child pornography charges, one count of sex abuse of a minor and one count of second-degree sex offense. More charges are coming, Stawinski said.

Police, who are being assisted by the FBI, said they found about 40 videos showing victims ages 9-13 performing sex acts with each other or alone. Carraway can be seen in one video molesting a child, according to the documents. In other videos, he can be heard directing the victims.

Carraway, of Glenarden, has admitted being involved in producing child pornography, police said.

Detectives said videos also were created at the Glenarden Municipal Center, the Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center and in private homes.

Carraway also was the director of the Glenarden Voices of Youth Choir at the municipal center, police said. He was a paid assistant at the school during the 2014-15 school year.

Carraway is being held on $1 million bond.

The investigation could take months, police said.

Anyone aware of other possible victims should call Prince George's County police at 301-772-4930, or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.



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<![CDATA[Zika Will Spread Like Chikungunya: CDC]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:44:33 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking towards a virus in Puerto Rico to track how Zika may spread, NBC News reported.

The CDC says Zika is spreading the same way as chikungunya, a virus that’s also spread by mosquitos. Chukungunya, though,causes racking pain, so doctors paid attention to its spread.

The virus was first identified in the U.S. territory in May of 2014, but was spread in almost all of Puerto Rico by October. It has now spread in 45 countries with more than 1.7 million suspected cases reported. 

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the organization is expecting to see “a significant number of cases” in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.  



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<![CDATA[Subway Lines Resume After Person Struck at Canal Street]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:01:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Subway-Police-Generic.jpg

Service has resumed on the A, C and E lines after a person was struck by a train at Canal Street, causing delays on the lines through the evening rush. 

The lines were bypassing some stations and delayed in both directions. 

No further information was immediately available on the person struck. 



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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Decapitation of Grandmother in Okla. City]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:20:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/QuintonLaster-AP_956657136434.jpg

Police arrested a young man accused of shooting and decapitating his grandmother and her husband in Oklahoma City, police said Wednesday.

Police found Quinton Deshawn Laster outside the home of Sharon Reed and James Earl Reed when they went to do a welfare check on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

Police said three young children were in a covered garbage bag in the home that was being used as a daycare at the time of the murders, but they weren’t injured. They weren’t related to the victims, according to the victims’ relatives.

Laster, 20, was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder.  



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<![CDATA[Trump's Win Came Even as He Ignored New Hampshire's Famed Retail Politics]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:10:08 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509216262.jpg

The governors competing for the Republican presidential nomination all tried to outdo each other in time spent in New Hampshire, staking their campaigns on an electorate more moderate and less religious than in Iowa. But when the polls closed on the country's first primary, it was the candidate who barely stopped for a cup of coffee in the Granite State making the victory speech.

Businessman Donald Trump, who skipped much of the retail politics for which New Hampshire is known, the intimate meet-and-greets at diners, in living rooms and at town meetings, came out on top with 35 percent of the vote. He captured the lead when he announced he was running and held it throughout the race.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who finished second, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who finished fourth, both left New Hampshire for the next contest in South Carolina, while New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie, so often in New Hampshire that he was criticized for ignoring his own state’s problems, was dropping out.

“If you look at [Trump's] circumstances, you could say that spending time in the state doesn’t matter, and when he did come it was for very large rallies where there was no give-and-take between the candidate and the citizens,” said Linda Fowler, a professor of government at Dartmouth College. “On the other hand, John Kasich really did show that retail politics can still make a difference.”

Kasich began with 2 percent of the voters and ended up with 16 percent in a very crowded field, she said. The governor of a swing state who ran a campaign based on issues instead of insults, he was able to capitalize on his appeal to moderates unhappy with Trump and U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, exit polling showed.

The outspoken Christie, meanwhile, was overshadowed by the even more brash and controversial Trump, and he struggled to gain his footing with voters. He finished sixth in the Republican pack.

“We came here to say that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters, and that it will always matter in leading our nation,” Christie told supporters Tuesday night. “That message was heard by a lot of folks and it was stood for by a lot of folks here in New Hampshire, just not enough. Not enough tonight.”

Christie, who focused most of his resources on a strong showing in New Hampshire, returned to New Jersey on Wednesday to announce he was suspending his campaign.

Bush was pushing ahead to South Carolina after a fourth-place finish despite also failing to stir much excitement around his campaign. At the start of the year, his super PAC, Right to Rise, still had about half of the $118 million it raised last year.

The three governors had trouble differentiating themselves, and some Republicans worried that Christie had the least chance of winning the nomination, Fowler said. In the past, retail politics have been critical for candidates — Sen. John McCain in 2000 and 2008, for example — but at the same time, the field was much less crowded.

“Meeting voters doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to support you, when they had so many options to choose from,” she said.

New Hampshire’s voters famously demand a chance to see the candidates up close. The state makes a case for its first-in-the-country status by pointing to the scrutiny candidates get as they criss-cross the state for the small gatherings.

On the Democratic side, the primary winner, Sen. Bernie Sanders, swept the state with 60 percent of the vote to 38 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The two each made about 90 stops in the state, according to necn's candidate tracker.

Among the Republicans, in the hours before the polls closed, Christie was claiming to have topped Kasich in days on the ground in New Hampshire and town halls attended.

Kasich and Christie each spent about 70 days in New Hampshire to about 55 for Bush. During those visits, Kasich and Christie made 190 stops each at breakfasts, fundraisers, dinners and other events over the course of the campaign, while Bush made 111, according to the necn candidate tracker.

Trump, by contrast, had only 46 stops over 30 days, though his campaign intensified its ground game in the final days.

“We learned a lot about ground games in one week,” he joked after his win.

Fowler cautioned against drawing too much from Trump’s victory, relying as it did on his celebrity.

“It’s hard to generalize because his candidacy is breaking so many rules, not just the one about retail politics,” she said.

Meanwhile, by Wednesday, Carly Fiorina had also suspended her campaign. She had campaigned heavily in New Hampshire, making 149, stops but came in seventh, with only 4 percent of the vote. 



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<![CDATA[Airline Employees Accused of Running Guns Face Upgraded Charges]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:05:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/081611+guns+generic.jpg

Three men accused of trafficking guns from Atlanta into Brooklyn are being charged with aggravated enterprise corruption -- the first time the charge has been filed in New York State, authorities said Wednesday.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Four suspects had been arrested on charges accusing them of conspiring to sell 153 guns, nearly all of which were purchased in Georgia, on the streets of Brooklyn.

One suspect, a former Delta Air Lines employee, allegedly brought backpacks of guns and ammo aboard commercial flights nearly 20 times. A Delta ramp agent was charged with helping the smuggling operation.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson filed a 657-count superseding indictment against five men. The indictment upgrades the charges against three suspects.

The aggravated enterprise corruption charge was lodged against Mark Henry, 46, and Ernest Leneau 55, both of Canarsie, Brooklyn, and Eugene Harvey, 32, College Park, Georgia.

The aggravated enterprise corruption statute went into effect in 2013 and hasn't been used by law enforcement in the state until now, Thompson said.

Harvey was arraigned Monday in Brooklyn Supreme Court and ordered held without bail. Leneau was arraigned Wednesday and ordered held without bail. Henry is in custody and awaiting arraignment.

Henry, whose mother is a retired Delta employee, used her benefit of unlimited flights for life to shuttle between New York and Georgia, the indictment notes. Henry gave guns to Harvey, a ramp agent, who used his security access to smuggle the firearms aboard flights, according to the charges.

The firearms ranged from AK-47 assault weapons to 9 mm handguns, investigators said.

The indictment also charges Adrian Alleyne, 25, and Grayling Smith, 52, both of Brooklyn, with participating in the criminal enterprise. They are accused of dealing in firearms that were subsequently sold to undercover detectives.

Smith was being held on $700,000 bond and Alleyne is in custody, awaiting arraignment.

The firearms trafficking occurred between May and December of 2014, the indictment states.



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<![CDATA[Queens Mosque Instructor Arrested in Sex Abuse of Girl, 9: DA]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:10:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/queens+mosque+sex+abuse+arrest.jpg

A sex abuse prevention workshop conducted at a New York City public school prompted a 9-year-old girl to report an alleged case of sex abuse by her religious instructor, resulting in the arrest of the 46-year-old man, prosecutors said. 

The suspect, an after-school instructor at the Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque in East Elmhurst, Queens, is accused of groping the girl on two different occasions while she was attending the program between November 2015 and February 2016, the Queens District Attorney's office said. 

He allegedly said to her, "You are a good girl," as he touched her, prosecutors said.

When a sex abuse prevention workshop using puppets was held at the girl's school, the girl told the workshop instructor what allegedly happened. 

After investigation, authorities arrested the suspect on sex abuse and child endangerment charges. He was awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Officer Fires Shots at Suspects after Getaway Car Hits His Partner: Authorities]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:56:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/188*120/21016flee.jpg

A police officer was hit by a car that sped away as he questioned the occupants about an attempted theft on Long Island early Wednesday, prompting his partner to fire three shots at the vehicle, authorities say.

The two Suffolk County officers were responding to a store clerk's report about an attempted theft at a 76 Gas Station on Route 112 in Medford. As the officers were leaving the scene, a Dodge Charger described by the clerk as the suspect's car pulled into the gas station.

While the officers were speaking to the suspects, the car pulled away, striking an officer and their patrol car, investigators said.

The officer's partner fired three shots at the car. A bullet shattered a window, and flying glass hit one of the passengers.

The car was tracked down by other officers on Flores Lane in Middle Island. The driver, Sheldon Davis, 42, of Coram, was arrested on a drunk driving charge and a second suspect was also taken into custody

A third passenger fled and is still on the lam, authorities say.

The officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

There was no indication that Davis had obtained a lawyer who cold comment on the charges.



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<![CDATA[SATs to be Offered in Summer Starting Next Year]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:33:00 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SAT-AP_377374190109%281%29.jpg

College-bound students will have the option to take the SATs next year in August, as the standardized test will be offered over the summer, NBC News reported.

The College Board shared the news earlier this month when it rolled out test dates for 2017. It also revealed the elimination of the January SAT test date as of 2018.

The move comes after the Assessments for The College Boards added a September exam date before college applications are due.  



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<![CDATA[Tennessee Mom Says Hospital Performed Procedure On Wrong Baby]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:22:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/NateHarper.jpeg

A Tennessee mother is planning to sue after she says the hospital where she went into delivery accidentally performed a frenulectomy — an incision in the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth — on her 1-day-old son, NBC News reported.

Jennifer Melton, 31, of Hartsville, says a nurse encouraged the mother to put her baby in the nursery for a few hours so she could get some rest.

"The nurse brought our son back into the room, and she began to explain the care process for the procedure that [the doctor] had done while he was away," Melton told NBC News on Wednesday. "I was like, what are you talking about? What procedure?"

Melton said she panicked and demanded an explanation. The pediatrician explained to Melton that he did perform the procedure, and had asked for her baby "in error."

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<![CDATA[Tax Season: What Your CPA Needs From You]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:46:19 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/210*120/GettyImages-88160312.jpg

Nobody benefits from wasting an hour rifling through receipts and guessing about numbers with your Certified Public Accountant during tax time.

Your CPA needs the following four categories of information to prepare your taxes properly. Make sure to bring all the necessary forms and receipts and organize them so that they may be found quickly.

Identification and Basic Information 
For any new relationships, you will need to supply identification for you, your spouse, and all dependents claimed. Social Security cards are preferred, but other government-issued ID is usually acceptable. Check with your preparer before you visit.

Other basic information includes your address, your previous year’s tax form, and any information relating to a change in your tax status such as inheritance, marriage/divorce, and change in dependents. The IRS is cracking down on cases of divorced spouses filing separately but claiming the same child as a dependent, so make sure that situation is clarified if it applies to you.

Income Documents
Most taxable income will be summarized in standard IRS forms sent by payers – W-2 forms for traditional salaries, wages, bonuses, and tips; 1099 forms for self-employment, independent contracting, and most investment and interest income; and K-1 forms for personal taxes relating to ownership (S-corporations, partnerships, LLC’s, and trust/estate incomes).

Each income source owes you a corresponding form. There are many variations of the 1099 form related to specific sources; check the IRS website if you are missing a form and are not sure what type of form you should receive.

It is up to you to supply documents, such as bank statements, spreadsheets, or written summaries, for any income not covered by these forms. These sources include rental income, alimony, and self-employment income below the $600 limit that triggers a 1099-MISC.

Expense Documents
Expenses such as mortgage interest, larger charitable contributions, and student loan interest will be documented on a 1098 form. Many other potential deductions such as medical expenses, property taxes, moving expenses and childcare/daycare costs require verification through receipts, cancelled checks, statements, or spreadsheets.

Your CPA may be able to help you find extra deductions that make itemizing worthwhile or save money on your current itemizing, but he or she must know what types of expenses you have. Ask for a checklist of potential deductions in advance so you can research possibilities prior to your meeting. If your CPA doesn’t have a checklist, there are many available online.

Do your homework to consider all possible deductions, then organize and bring any documentation you think may be relevant.

Don’t forget to include documents relating to unusual or catastrophic claims such as theft and casualty losses and losses from natural disasters. If you deduct these losses, be sure you include any reimbursements toward your losses when tallying your income.

Health Insurance Information
If you purchased health insurance through the Marketplace, you will need to bring the 1095-A form issued by the exchange. It contains the insurance premium and subsidy information for you and your family members. Your CPA will use it to fill out other forms that may apply to your situation, such as the Premium Tax Credit form (Form 8962) and the Health Coverage Exemption form (Form 8965).

If you qualified for subsidies, it may be helpful to have the income estimate used to calculate your tax subsidy. Your tax preparer may need that estimate if your income differed greatly from the estimate and you end up with a large subsidy repayment to defend (or refund to claim).

You may also need to provide information on payment or refund methods. If you intend to use electronic payment methods, you will need information such as your account number and the bank’s routing number. That is not necessarily the number printed on your check – verify the correct information with your bank.

With proper preparation, nothing will go wasted during your tax preparation trip to the CPA – none of your time, your CPA’s time, or your money.

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<![CDATA[Eli Manning Explains His Viral Super Bowl Expression]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:30:42 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/eli-manniing-0210.jpg

Eli Manning says that he was thinking about what big brother Peyton's Denver Broncos would do next when TV cameras caught him with a less-than-impressed look on his face after the team scored a Super Bowl 50-clinching touchdown Sunday evening against the Carolina Panthers.

The Giants quarterback told a paparazzo in a video that was posted to TMZ Sports that when cameras captured the Manning family celebrating the final score but showed him with an expressionless gaze, he was thinking about whether the team would opt for a two-point conversion to go up by 15 points.

"I was just focused on whether they’d go for two and, uh, the defense had to step up and make some stops,” Eli Manning told the cameraman as he walked out of an airport. 

Peyton Manning chimed in on the moment on Monday, telling CBS News that his Super Bowl MVP sibling was analyzing the big game.

“Eli’s just like me. Eli is analyzing the game. He’s thinking about whether we were going to go for two. Whether it was going to be reviewed,” Peyton Manning said.

Peyton Manning tied his younger brother Sunday for two Super Bowl titles, leading many to wonder whether sibling rivalry had anything to do with Eli Manning's emotionless face.

In the video posted to TMZ Sports, Eli Manning said he thought the speculation was funny.

"It's all good stuff," he said. 



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<![CDATA[Phony Water Inspectors Rob NJ Home: Police]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:40:23 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/crime-tape-1186359959.jpg

Three men are wanted for a home invasion robbery in New Jersey after one of them gained entry to the home by pretending to be a water inspector, police said.

The first robber, wearing a “water inspector” shirt, came to the home on Henry Street near Frederick Street in Moonachie at about 10 p.m. Monday and claimed he needed to test the water, authorities said.

The robber was then invited in by the homeowner and went to the kitchen to test the faucet while talking on his phone.

Two more robbers then entered the house and held down the homeowner while the other stole things from the house.

Moonachie police ask anyone with information about the crime to call 201-641-9100.



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