<![CDATA[NBC New York - Local News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usTue, 21 Nov 2017 10:45:55 -0500Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:45:55 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NYC Subway Riders Freak Out as Rat Runs Wild on Train]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:06:44 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_426198219751.jpg

A subway rat caused a ruckus on a Queens-bound A train last week.

A video posted to YouTube shows a bunch of straphangers on the train scrambling to avoid the rodent as it runs wild on the subway. The video shows riders standing on seats trying to avoid the little guy as it scurries back and forth.

As the rat tries to find its way out, screams of fear are heard as the rodent gets closer to some straphangers while others are heard laughing.

The poster of the video said in the description that he was riding the train with his wife when he saw others jumping and standing on seats.

“It was a fun ride for 1 station,” the description read. “The rat was really scared of all these crazy people screaming. On the next stop rat jumped out of the train.”

By early Tuesday, the video had more than 200,000 views and 82 comments.

It was just a couple weeks ago when a subway rider recorded two rats having a tug-of-war over a tasty scrap. And more recently a rat was seen dragging an avocado across the tracks at the Greenpoint Avenue stop in Brooklyn. 

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<![CDATA[Fire Tears Through Homes in Weehawken]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:30:02 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/weehawken+fire.jpg

A raging blaze tore through what appeared to be several rowhouses in Weehawken Tuesday morning, spewing smoke through gaping holes in the shared roof as firefighters worked to douse the flames. 

It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was hurt in the blaze on Ridgley Place. It broke out around 9:30 a.m. and appeared to be mostly contained within an hour. 

Chopper 4 over the scene showed about a dozen firefighters standing on a rooftop, carefully moving around portions of it that appeared to have collapsed inward. Light smoke was still wafting out of the building. 

Early, footage posted to social media showed firefighters battling leaping flames.

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<![CDATA[5 Things You Need to Try at the Bryant Park Winter Village]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:58:34 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Woops+Macarons.jpg The Bryant Park Winter Village is officially open for the holiday season, and they have a ton of treats on display. Here's a list of five things you should check out while you're there. ]]> <![CDATA[Man Found Dead in NYC Shelter With Marking on His Head: Cops]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:53:04 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_1.jpg

An elderly man was found dead inside a Manhattan homeless shelter with some sort of marking on the back of his head, police say.

The man’s identity hasn’t been released, but officials say the 77-year-old was found unconscious and unresponsive inside his room at 315 Bowery, the site of the BRC.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and authorities said he was discovered with a marking on the back of his head. However, it is still unclear what type of marking authorities found.

A medical examiner will determine the man’s cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Naked Grandpa Found Stabbed 41 Times on His Kitchen Floor]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:56:17 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Patricia-Diacson-Robert-Girard.jpg

Dan Martino didn't notice anything strange about his neighbor Patricia Diacson's demeanor when he spoke to her at the grocery store where she worked last week.

"Same thing as always," Martino said. "'Hey Dan.' 'Hey Trish.' We see each other. It was very pleasant."

Only hours later, Diacson would murder her grandfather, 80-year-old Robert Girard, according to investigators. Officials say she stabbed Girard 41 times inside their Port Richmond home on the 2500 block of East Lehigh Avenue around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

"To learn about this is horrific," Martino said. "Shocking."

Girard was later found dead and naked on the kitchen floor of the house. Blood covered the first and second floors of the home.

"It just sent a chill down my spine because to be honest, she was the last person I would have suspected," Martino said.

Martino told NBC10 detectives used neighborhood surveillance cameras to identify Diacson as the suspect. She was the last person seen walking into the home before the stabbing.

Diacson turned herself in Monday and was charged in her grandfather's murder, according to officials. Police have not yet revealed a possible motive. Martino said he never heard any arguments or complaints between the two since living next to them.

A friend of Diacson's, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 she always remembered how much she smiled and how much time she spent with her family.

"It's sad. It really is," the friend said. "She was a good person. I'd never seen her do anything like this."

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<![CDATA[Some of the Best Buffalo Wings in the U.S. Are Here in NYC ]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:29:22 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/buffalo+wings2.jpg

You don’t have to travel very far to get some of the country’s best Buffalo wings.

Three of the top 25 wings are right here in New York City, according to The Daily Meal, a national food website.

Wogies, with locations in Greenwich Village and the Financial District, came in at No. 24 on The Daily Meal’s “America’s 25 Best Buffalo Wings” list. The food website says the heat level of the wings is “spot on.” “This classic sports bar serves classically delicious wings with no frills — they're crunchy, spicy, perfectly sauced, and addictive.”

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Next on the list is Daddy-O, a popular West Village bar. It sits at No. 21. The famous food website claims the eatery’s “little red wine vinegar, honey, and tomato sauce makes its way into the hot sauce-butter blend” is the perfect concoction.

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Bonnie’s Grill in Brooklyn ranks No. 4 on the list. The website notes its “flawless, Buffalo-style wing sauce.” “They're served steaming hot with just the right amount of sauce,” The Daily Meal says of the eatery.

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We must also mention the other New York and Connecticut eateries that made the list. Although a bit of haul, the trip is worth it. Gabriel’s Gate and Anchor Bar both in Buffalo land at No. 11 and No. 3 on the list, respectively. J Timothy’s Taverne in Plainville, Connecticut ranks No. 2 in the country.

Upstate New York’s Duff’s Famous Wings ranks as the best in the nation. Even former President Barack Obama has paid this eatery a visit.

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<![CDATA[Street Closures for Macy's Thanksgiving Parade ]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:24:39 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chelsea-5-crop.jpg

Millions of spectators are expected to line the streets Thursday to watch the 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and millions more are expected to watch it on NBC.

In order to accommodate the parade, many streets will be closed across Manhattan. The Department of Transportation released the following information:

Formation for the parade will begin at 8 a.m. at the following locations:

West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

West 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

Central Park West between West 77th and 86th streets

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and 77th Street and proceed on the following route:

South on Central Park West to Columbus Circle

South through E/S Columbus Circle to 59th Street

East on 59th Street to Sixth Avenue

South on Sixth Avenue to 34th Street

West on 34th Street to Seventh Avenue (dispersal area)

Additional closures are as follows:

Broadway between 34th and 38th streets - Midnight to 1 p.m.

Seventh Avenue from 34th to 42nd streets - 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

34th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues - 10 p.m. (Wed) to 5 p.m.

59th Street E/B between Seventh Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

59th Street W/B between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

35th Street between Fifth and Eighth avenues - 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.

36th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues - 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.

37th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.

38th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.

8th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets - 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Broadway between 38th and 59th streets - 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

33rd Street between Seventh and Tenth avenues - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

39th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

40th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Central Park 65th Street/66th Street Transverse Roads 7 a.m. until conclusion

Please note: From 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 59th streets

Eighth Avenue between 44th and 58th streets

Broadway between 49th and 57th streets

49th, 50th, and 57th streets between Sixth and Eighth avenues

    <![CDATA[Body of Missing NJ Diver Found 171 Feet Deep in Old NY Mine]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:41:12 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mine+missing.jpg

    The body of a 48-year-old scuba diver from Jersey City who had gone missing in a former Putnam County iron mine he frequented has been found nearly 200 feet underwater, authorities said Monday. 

    Robert Thomas' remains were found in the former Tilly Foster iron mine in Southeast shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, about 12 hours after he vanished while diving with two colleagues. Authorities say they used sonar and camera equipment to find his body at a depth of 171 feet. 

    An autopsy will be conducted to determine how Thomas died. Preliminary reports indicate he may have become entangled in wires or cables on the bottom of the flooded mine shaft, which has water ranging from 175 to 600 feet deep. The bottom is littered with wrecked cars and trucks, old mining equipment and other debris. 

    Thomas has been described as a very experienced technical diver who had gone diving in the former iron mine many times in the past.

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    <![CDATA[4 Rescued From Burning NJ Home That Hurt 4 Firefighters]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:30:37 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NEWARK+FIRE+RAW+FEED++-+05241518_WNBC_000000018737964.jpg

    Four people were rescued from inside a burning New Jersey home late Monday, officials say.

    Seventy firefighters battled the raging fire as it ripped through the three-story home in Newark. Officials said two adults and one child were taken to area hospitals, however, the extent of their injuries weren’t known. It also wasn’t clear if the fourth person who was rescued suffered any injuries.

    Four firefighters were also injured as they tried to tackle the blaze, which took about an hour and a half to get fully under control. The hurt firefighters suffered minor injuries, according to officials.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
    <![CDATA[How to Save Money on Airline Baggage Fees]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:11:08 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/air+travel.jpg

    Airline baggage fees can add up in a hurry. Here are some tips you can use when traveling to save money when you check your luggage.

    <![CDATA['Golden Girls' Cafe Closes Down After Less Than a Year]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:44:00 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Golden_girls16x9.jpg

    Apparently, there weren't enough friends.

    Rue La Rue Cafe, the "Golden Girls"-themed restaurant in northern Manhattan, has closed down, the restaurant's operator said on Facebook Monday afternoon.

    "We are going to process the lessons learned during the rehearsal period this last year and, hopefully, continue to provide this special experience to guests from around the world," operator Michael La Rue said in a statement.

    La Rue was a close friend of Rue McClanahan, one of the stars of the beloved NBC sitcom, which ran for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992.

    The cafe was on Broadway between 187th and 188th Streets in Washington Heights.

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    <![CDATA[Happening Today: Korea, Sanctuary Cities, AT&T, Charlie Rose]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:52:50 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms997.jpg

    Get the top headlines of the day in your morning briefing from NBC 4 New York, Monday through Friday. Sign up for our newsletter here.

    U.S. Announcing New North Korea Sanctions After Terror Designation

    The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation. North Korea joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration already has the authority to impose virtually any sanctions it wants on Kim Jong Un's government over its nuclear weapons development. As part of its "maximum pressure" campaign, President Trump said the Treasury Department would impose more sanctions on North Korea and "related persons" starting, without hinting who or what would be targeted. It is part of rolling effort to deprive Pyongyang of funds for its nuclear and missile programs and leave it internationally isolated.

    Judge Permanently Blocks Trump Sanctuary Cities Order

    A federal judge permanently blocked President Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick rejected the administration's argument that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress. The judge had previously made the same arguments in a ruling that put a temporary hold on the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The Trump administration has appealed that decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. An email to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice was not immediately returned.

    AT&T Deal for Time Warner “Illegal” and “Harmful” to Consumers, Justice Dept. Says

    The Justice Department sued to block AT&T's merger with Time Warner, calling it an "illegal" combination that harms consumers and stifles innovation, DOJ officials said. AT&T and Time Warner announced their $85 billion merger last year but the closing has been dragged out by the government's anti-trust review. It is the latest salvo in a drama more than one year in the making, CNBC reported. Earlier this month, reports circulated that the government had demanded AT&T sell Turner Broadcasting, operator of the CNN news network, or DirectTV as a condition of approval, though the government pushed back at those reports.

    Trump Asks Supreme Court for Full Enforcement of Travel Ban

    The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the latest travel ban to take full effect. A federal appeals court ruling last week allowed President Trump's newest version of the ban to partially take effect. That ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the administration to ban people from six mostly Muslim countries unless they have a "bona fide" relationship with someone in the U.S. Last month, a federal judge in Hawaii had blocked most of Trump's third travel ban just before it was due to take effect. A judge in Maryland separately blocked it to a lesser degree, saying Trump could bar people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen as long as they did not have "bona fide" relationships with people or organizations already in the U.S. The travel ban also applies to travelers from North Korea and to some Venezuelan government officials and their families, but the lawsuits did not challenge those restrictions.

    CBS Suspends Charlie Rose, PBS Halts His Show Following Allegations

    Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, with PBS halting distribution of his nightly interview show and CBS News suspending him following a Washington Post report with the accusations of eight women. The women, who all worked for Rose or tried to work for him, accused the veteran newsman of groping them, walking naked in front of them and telling one that he dreamed about her swimming nude. Rose, 75, said in a statement that he was "deeply embarrassed" and apologized for his behavior. Rose said that he has behaved insensitively at times "and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.

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    <![CDATA[NYC Ring Smuggled Enough Fentanyl to Kill 6M: Authorities]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:48:58 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fentanyl-bust-1120.jpg

    Sixteen people have been arrested after federal and local authorities said they uncovered a drugs-on-demand service that distributed cocaine, heroin and enough of the ultra-powerful opioid fentanyl to kill 6 million people throughout the tri-state area.

    Police and drug enforcement agents seized more than 25 pounds fentanyl, 13 pounds of heroin, 6 pounds of cocaine, various quantities of crack and more than $175,000 in drug proceeds while investigating the Bronx-based drug ring that in at least one instance packaged drugs in Papa Smurf-branded bags over the last six months.

    “This investigation helped shut down a multi-state narcotics operation that dealt in cocaine, heroin and deadly fentanyl,” said NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. “If these defendants thought they could hide behind a call-in drug delivery service they underestimated the reach of the Bronx District Attorney's Office and the DEA Strike Force.”

    Authorities said the drug ring smuggled drugs to New York City from Florida and other locales, then distributed them in the Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester County and New Jersey. At least two of the suspects sold cocaine to advertising and real estate professionals through the on-call delivery service, while others peddled drugs at the street level.

    Eleven of those who face charges were arrested in a takedown on Nov. 15 and have already been arraigned. Three other suspects were arrested in New Jersey and Florida and are awaiting extradition.

    One of the co-conspirators -- arrested on Nov. 7 -- even jumped out of a second story window at a Manhattan hotel room with more than $30,000 in an attempt to evade authorities during one drug deal. Police seized 22 pounds of fentanyl and five pounds of heroin in that instance.

    The case was investigated by DEA New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force, a team comprised of several federal and local law enforcement agencies.

    Photo Credit: Provided by the DEA]]>
    <![CDATA[Dos and Don'ts of Thanksgiving Air Travel]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:43:08 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Dos_and_Donts_of_Thanksgiving_Air_Travel.jpg

    The TSA went over some of the things travelers can-- and more importantly, cannot, bring with them on their Thanksgiving flights. Lori Bordonaro reports.

    <![CDATA[How the NYPD Will Keep the Thanksgiving Day Parade Safe]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:38:11 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/How_the_NYPD_Will_Keep_the_Thanksgiving_Day_Parade_Safe.jpg

    The NYPD discussed how it would keep the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade safe. Marc Santia reports.

    <![CDATA[Mail Delivery Problems in NYC Draw USPS Attention]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:37:39 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Mail_Delivery_Problems_in_NYC_Draw_USPS_Attention.jpg

    An I-Team investigation last week revealed that some mailmen don't have access to 2,600 buildings in the Bronx and Manhattan. Erica Byfield reports on how the USPS is hoping to remedy that oversight.

    <![CDATA[Bathroom Brouhaha at Brooklyn College]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:09:56 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bathroom_Brouhaha_at_Brooklyn_College.jpg

    A New York City police union is fuming over an alleged policy change that keeps them from using the bathrooms at Brooklyn College. Roseanne Colletti reports.

    <![CDATA[NYC White-Collar Drug Ring Moved 6M Fentanyl Doses: DA]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:02:44 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Smurf+Drug+Wrapper.jpg

    Members of a Bronx-based drug ring distributed millions of doses of fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine throughout New York City and delivered on demand to buyers in the advertising and real estate industries, law enforcement officials say.

    Authorities unveiled charges against 16 people on Monday. Of them, 11 were arrested on November 15 and the others were already in custody, officials say.

    In addition to the arrests, during the six-month probe investigators from the DEA, NYPD, New York State Police and U.S. Homeland Security seized 12 kilograms of fentanyl, 6 kilograms of heroin, 3 kilograms of cocaine and more than $175,000 in cash, the officials say.

    The state charges filed by the Bronx District Attorney’s office include possession and sale of a controlled substance, money laundering and conspiracy. Four of the individuals are charged with operating as a major trafficker and face life in prison if convicted.

    "This transnational drug trafficking crew made the Bronx an epicenter of fentanyl distribution," said DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt in a statement.  "Through coordinated enforcement on federal, state and local law enforcement levels, traffickers responsible for smuggling heroin, cocaine and six million fatal doses of fentanyl into our city have been arrested."

    "Deadly fentanyl coupled with recreational cocaine sales shows that this group was as versatile as it was vicious," Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said.  "They allegedly drove the narcotics up the eastern seaboard from Florida, bringing the attendant misery to the Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester County and New Jersey."

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    <![CDATA[Woman Hits 6 Cars, Flees, Then Shoplifts Dog Food: Cops]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:52:00 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+prescription+drugs+generic+shutterstock_298303490.jpg

    A New Jersey woman faces a laundry list of criminal charges after an escapade on Sunday that allegedly started with wrecked cars and ended with stolen dog food. 

    Hackettstown Police said officers responded Sunday morning just before 10 a.m. to a report of a driver that hit six parked cars on Peter Drive and then fled. 

    They found the purported driver, Linda Harris, 58, inside a nearby Quick Chek store. Police then determined that Harris had allegedly shoplifted six magazines and a can of dog food while inside the store. 

    A search of her person then turned up a various of alleged opioids.

    Harris was charged with possession of heroin, possession of Oxycodone without prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting, driving while under the influence, driving while under the influence in a school zone, reckless driving, possession of controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, failure to report a motor vehicle accident, failure to inspect and a cracked windshield.

    Attorney information was not immediately available. 

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    <![CDATA[America's No. 1 City for Retirement Might Shock You]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:21:39 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sunshine3.jpg

    When it comes to places we'd consider for retirement, most of us would consider the obvious factors: weather, taxes, health care, general crime, cost of living, etc. Of all the metro areas in all of America, many of us would look in parts of Florida, Arizona or California. But, according to a recent study by Bankrate, none of those are ranked the best, or even second best, metro areas for retirement. 

    What's No. 1? Pittsburgh. Not what you'd expect? Bankrate, which ranked the top 50 largest U.S. metro areas based on health care, taxes, crime, living costs, weather, public transportation, cultural amenities and other factors, says don't be surprised. 

    "Places that might offer seniors the best standard of living may look a lot different from our traditional sun-and-golf idea of retirement," the website said. 

    Pittsburgh has a very low cost of living and low crime rate; the weather stinks but health care and well-being are good and it has a large senior population, Bankrate said. 

    New York came in 18th on the list, propelled by the amount of things to do and public transit options. Hartford, Connecticut, was ranked 37th, and Buffalo, New York, came in 47th. Riverside, California, was last.

    Here's the full Top 10: 

    1. Pittsburgh
    2. Boston
    3. Los Angeles
    4. Denver
    5. Providence, Rhode Island
    6. Minneapolis
    7. Tampa-St. petersburg, Florida
    8. Phoenix
    9. Austin, Texas
    10. Dallas

    <![CDATA[NY Eatery Selling Three-Course Thanksgiving Meal on a Pizza]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:15:13 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Thanksgiving_Pizza_1280x720_1100008515581.jpg

    Looking to change up your traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year?

    At Krave It Sandwich Shop and Eatery in Bayside, New York, you can get a full three-course Thanksgiving meal on top of a cheese pizza.

    The pizza, named the ‘Cran-Slam’, is a traditional mozzarella pie topped with mashed sweet potato, marshmallows, stuffing and turkey. It’s then finished off with gravy and cranberry sauce swirl.

    The Cran-Slam is available by the slice for $5, or buy the whole pie for $40.

    It will be sold in-store for the week leading up to Thanksgiving.

    <![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Explosions Rock NY Cosmetics Plant]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:36:18 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/new+windsor+fire+jason+1.jpg This is the first look at images of a smoky fire after multiple explosions rocked a cosmetics manufacturing facility in New York's Orange County Monday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Cops Probe 2-Month-Old Girl's Death in Brooklyn]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:12:41 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NYPD+generic+NCB+USABELE.jpg

    Police are investigating how a baby mysteriously ended up dying after being found lying in vomit in Brooklyn, officials say.

    The 2-month-old baby girl was found dead inside her Crown Heights apartment Monday morning around 2:30, according to the NYPD. She was found unconscious and unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma, police said.

    A source said after Soaida Aquino was put to bed she vomited on herself.

    She was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead, authorities said. A medical examiner will determine her cause of death.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
    <![CDATA[PATH Briefly Suspended at 33rd Due to Signal Problems]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:02:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17191005875341.jpg

    PATH service was briefly suspended in and out of 33rd Street due to signal problems Monday morning, the agency said on its Twitter feed.

    PATH initially said service was operating with delays, before switching to the full suspension at about 8:25 a.m. Service resumed about 20 minutes later with residual delays.

    The PATH World Trade Center station in Manhattan was not affected.

    Photo Credit: AP/File]]>
    <![CDATA[Cops Arrest Man in Deadly Shooting at NJ Applebee's]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:23:24 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Noel-Powell-III.jpg

    Police arrested a man accused of shooting and killing a man inside a New Jersey Applebee's restaurant.

    Noel Powell III, 27, of Fountayne Lane, Lawrence Township, was arrested in Trenton, New Jersey around 2:30 p.m. Sunday by members of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. He is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

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    Police say Powell shot and killed Devin Smith, 23, of Lawrence Township, inside the Applebee's Grill + Bar restaurant along Brunswick Pike (U.S. Route 1) near the Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrenceville, New Jersey around 12:25 a.m. Tuesday. Powell approached Smith, who was seated and alone at the bar and shot him once in the head, according to investigators. Powell fled in a dark-colored SUV and Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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    While Powell is in custody, police have not yet revealed a possible motive in the murder or whether or not he knew the victim.

    Tuesday night, Smith's loved ones gathered at the Applebee's to honor him, leaving behind balloons and candles.

    "I just lost the father of my child," said Briana Anderson, the mother of Smith's 3-year-old daughter. "I'm trying to be strong for my daughter so she knows she's not alone through this whole process."

    Those who knew Smith described him as a man who was the life of the party with countless friends and no known enemies.

    "They were just always so happy and lively," said Lisa Trinh, one of Smith's friends. "I don't know who could've done it to him."

    Kavon Marshall, another friend of Smith's, arrived at the Applebee's late Tuesday night and delivered balloons, releasing some in the air. He considered Smith his little brother.

    "It just don't feel real," Marshall said. "I do miss him. I don't even know what kind of monster would do this."

    Photo Credit: Mercer County Prosecutor's Office
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    <![CDATA[Intruder Claims to Be Delivering Package, Shoots Man: NYPD]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:54:01 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ATTEMPTED+HOME+INVASION+SHOOTING+QUEENS+2+PICS+AND+VIDEO++-+010.jpg

    A man claiming to be delivering a package to a home in Queens tried to force his way inside when the homeowner came to the door before he fought back and ended up getting shot, police say.

    A 12-year-old child answered the door when the shooter rang the bell to a house on 197th Street in Hollis, according to the NYPD. The suspect then told the child he had a package, but when an older man came to the door he tried to push and shove his way inside.

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    The homeowner fought back, and the intruder ended up shooting him in the thigh, possibly with a BB gun, police said. Two other men emerged from behind a fence and the trio ran away. It wasn’t clear if the house was targeted or not.

    Newly released surveillance video from the scene shows the suspect with a package in his hand. The door opens and a struggle ensues and the homeowner is seen pushing the suspect back to the sidewalk. 

    The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released. He is expected to be OK, authorities said.

    Police said the faux delivery robbers are also thought to be involved in another similar robbery in Hollis, when a man with a package forced their way into a home when one of two teenage sisters answered the door. 

    Authorities are also investigating to see whether the men could be involved in a third home invasion where a man was kidnapped and then released.

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

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    <![CDATA[Car for Hire Crashes in Queens Intersection, Killing 1: NYPD]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:32:58 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+police+vg.jpg

    A speeding car for hire crashed with another vehicle in a Queens intersection, killing the driver of the other vehicle, police said. 

    No passengers were in the car, which had TLC license plates, when it crashed Saturday night, the NYPD said. It wasn't clear whether the car was a livery cab, taxi, Uber or another car service.

    The 21-year-old driver was traveling at a high rate of speed on 80th Street in Ozone Park when it crashed into a Volkswagen Passat sedan at the intersection with Sutter Avenue, police said. 

    The Volkswagen then crashed into two parked cars. 

    It's not clear which car had the right of way. 

    The driver of the Volkswagen, Xylique Lovelace-Loney, 18, of Queens, suffered severe trauma and was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital. 

    The driver of the car with TLC plates suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention. 

    No arrests have been made and the investigation was ongoing. 

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    <![CDATA[Group Blindfolds, Kidnaps Man in Terrifying NYC Robbery]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:20:14 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BUFFA+MAN+ABDUCTED+QNS+PKG+11P+-+00011217_WNBC_000000018719374.jpg

    A group of as many as half-a-dozen men kidnapped a Queens man outside of his home in a robbery Sunday morning, police say.

    The 28-year-old victim was parking his car outside his Rosedale house around 4 a.m. when four to six men got out of two vehicles that were waiting nearby, according to police.

    The men blindfolded the man, took his keys and stormed into his home, where they stole a wallet from a woman inside.

    But the ordeal wasn’t over. Police say the group then shoved the man into a car and drove off. They took him about 20 minutes away, to 88th Street, and left him.

    A man who gave his name as Rocky R. said he found the man with blood on his hands and face. He says he appeared to have been roughed up.

    “He was like, ‘I got kidnapped,’” Rocky said. “When I looked down I saw he had no shoes on.”

    The man was being treated for minor injuries to his hands. The woman at his home was not injured.

    Police said Sunday night that they were still trying to track down the kidnappers.

    <![CDATA[Shoplifter Dies as Jaguar Flips Into NJ Office, Flames Erupt]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:00:12 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SIEGAL+NJ+CAR+INTO+BUILDING+BROLL++-+00002820_WNBC_000000018718.jpg

    A man driving a stolen Jaguar who was being chased by police after trying to shoplift hundreds of dollars in over-the-counter medicine from a New Jersey Target died after he careened off the road, flipped over and crashed into a doctor's office Sunday afternoon, authorities say.

    The man, who has not been identified, was killed when the Jaguar, which had been reported stolen out of Irvington a week earlier, struck the office near Springfield Avenue and Victory Road in Springfield and went up in flames.

    Three police officers who tried to save the man from the burning vehicle were treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation. Nobody was inside the office at the time of the collision because it is closed on Sundays.

    Authorities say the pursuit was brief. It started after a store manager at the Target on Springfield Avenue in the Vauxhall section of Union Township told two cops around 4 p.m. Sunday that a man was trying to steal drugs. When officers tried to apprehend the man in the store parking lot, the suspect tried to bite one of them, then got into the Jaguar and sped away, authorities said Monday.

    It wasn't long before he failed to negotiate a turn and crashed. Witnesses described a harrowing scene.

    "I heard tires screeching and it was like a real boom," one witness said. 

    Photos posted to social media show what appears to be a white sedan lodged, upside-down, in a three-story building. Shattered glass and broken concrete litter the scene. 

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    <![CDATA[Happening Today: Manson, Opioids, Hyman, Russell Simmons]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:46:58 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms995.jpg

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    Killer and Cult Leader Charles Manson Dead at 83

    Charles Manson, the California drifter-turned-cult leader responsible for a string of murders that cast a dark pall over the summer of 1969, died in Kern County Hospital. He was 83. Debra Tate, the sister of actress Sharon Tate, one of Manson's most famous victims, received a call from Corcoran State Prison telling her Manson died at 8:13 p... While Manson died of natural causes, Tate knew he had been sick for a long time and was "expecting" this. Manson was recently taken to Bakersfield Hospital where he was being treated for intestinal bleeding since January. Surgery was recommended but it was later deemed too risky. He had been locked up since his arrest in December 1969 following his conviction for orchestrating the murders of Tate and six others. Some of his followers remain behind bars for their part in the killings.

    Zimbabwe's Mugabe Passes Deadline to Resign; Now Impeachment

    Longtime President Robert Mugabe ignored a midday deadline set by the ruling party to step down or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans stunned by his lack of resignation during a national address vowed more protests to make him leave. Opposition activists and the influential liberation war veterans association announced more demonstrations to pressure the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, to step down after 37 years in power. He also suggested that the military, even though it put Mugabe under house arrest days ago, was still beholden to him and compelled to protect him because he is officially their "commander in chief." Zimbabweans were astonished that Mugabe, flanked by the military in his national address remained defiant.

    Border Patrol Agent Killed, Another Injured in “Attack”

    Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend area for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was fatally injured responding to activity there. Border Patrol officials said the agents were on patrol in Culberson County in the Big Bend Sector of the Texas border. Agent Rogelio Martinez died as a result of injuries he and his partner sustained after responding to "activity" while on patrol on Interstate 10 near Van Horn, according to a statement from Border Patrol. It wasn't immediately clear when the incident occurred. Agent Martinez's partner radioed that he and his partner were injured and needed help. Agents reportedly responded and provided medical care and took the two agents to the hospital. Border Patrol spokesmen said they could not provide any details on what caused the agent's injuries or what led to them.

    Keystone XL Pipeline Faces Last Major Regulatory Hurdle

    A Nebraska regulator is set to decide whether to approve the proposed route of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state. The decision Monday could have a big impact on whether TransCanada Corp. decides to proceed with construction of the project, which was first proposed in 2008 but repeatedly delayed. The five-member Nebraska Public Service Commission vote is the last major regulatory hurdle for Keystone XL, which was approved earlier this year by President Trump in a reversal of the Obama administration's rejection in 2015. Landowners along the route and environmentalists have opposed the project. Some businesses and unions have supported it as a job creator. The commission will not be allowed to take into account an oil spill on the existing Keystone pipeline last week.

    True Cost of Opioid Epidemic Tops $500 Billion, White House Says

    The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The council said a 2016 private study estimated that prescription opioid overdoes, abuse and dependence in the U.S. in 2013 cost $78.5 billion. Most of that was attributed to health care and criminal justice spending, along with lost productivity. The council said its estimate is significantly larger because the epidemic has worsened, with overdose deaths doubling in the past decade, and that some previous studies didn't reflect the number of fatalities blamed on opioids, a powerful but addictive category of painkillers. The council also said previous studies focused exclusively on prescription opioids, while its study also factors in illicit opioids, including heroin.

    Model Accuses Russell Simmons of Sexual Misconduct While She Was a Minor

    Model Keri Claussen Khalighi has come forward to accuse Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct in 1991 when she was 17 years old. In a report in the Los Angeles Times, Khalighi says that Simmons coerced her to perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent in his New York apartment. She said the film producer and director Brett Ratner, who has also been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, was present. Khalighi said she asked Ratner, then a music video director and Simmons protege, for help. Simmons, now 60, has denied the allegations in a statement, which he also posted to his Twitter account. He says everything that occurred between himself and Khalighi was completely consensual and with her "full participation."

    Earle Hyman, Widely Known as Russell Huxtable in “The Cosby Show,” Dies

    Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who was widely known for playing Russell Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," has died. Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund, says Hyman died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 91. A North Carolina native, Hyman made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1943. He would go on to become a charter member of the American Shakespeare Theater. In 1980 Hyman received a Tony nomination for "The Lady From Dubuque." Hyman is best known, however, for "The Cosby Show" where he played the father to Bill Cosby's Cliff Huxtable, even though he was only 11 years his senior. He earned a guest performer Emmy nomination for the role in 1986.

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    <![CDATA[2 Seriously Hurt in NYC Apartment Fire: FDNY]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:16:09 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bronx-foxhurst-fire-11-19-2-crop.jpg

    A house fire in the Bronx early Sunday seriously injured two people, firefighters said. 

    A firefighter also suffered minor injuries, the FDNY said. 

    The fire broke out in the basement of a three-story apartment in the Foxhurst neighborhood, firefighters said. Video showed flames leaping from the top floor. 

    Neighbors said several families lived in the apartment, but all of the tenants were related. 

    An older person was seen on video receiving CPR on the sidewalk along Home Street. 

    The victims, a woman and a teenage girl, were taken to Jacobi and Lincoln hospitals. 

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    <![CDATA[Dangerous Winds Topple Trees, Toss Scaffolds in Tri-State]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:54:14 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/stringr-5a11d944d3426c970c1cdd42-2+-+00000705_WNBC_000000018718.jpg

    Winds with gusts of up to 50 mph tore through much of the tri-state Sunday, knocking down trees and sending scaffold on buildings swinging. 

    There were reports of the wind knocking trees down across the tri-state, including one in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx that smashed into parked cars. No one was injured. 

    In Teaneck, New Jersey, a tree fell on a man who was loading his truck, police said. The man had a possible broken femur but was expected to survive. The tree brought down power lines and power had to be cut to the area as the debris was cleared. 

    In SoHo, scaffolding fell into a street, injuring five people. It's unclear if winds were to blame, but over in Tribeca, a scaffold on a building swung violently in the wind. 

    The wind also caused delays at all three of the area's major airports. Inbound delays of 2 hours were reported at Newark Sunday night.  

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    <![CDATA[Woman Says Cuomo Ignored Sex Harassment By Appointee]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:38:52 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SEX+HARASSMENT+LAWSUIT+INVOLVING+CUOMO+WGRZ+-+00003904_WNBC_000.jpg

    An upstate New York woman struggling to find a place to live and a job after ending an abusive relationship said a state employee helped her, only to use it as an excuse to sexually harass and assault her, and the governor knew and did nothing to stop it, according to a lawsuit.

    The governor's office denies the allegations. 

    Lisa Marie Cater, of Buffalo, says in court papers filed Saturday in federal court that she wrote to the Empire State Development Corp. in the fall of 2015 seeking help, and then-Regional President William "Sam" Hoyt wrote her back directly saying he could help her find a job. He secured a position for her at the department of motor vehicles in Buffalo, she says. 

    She says he began to sexually harass and assault her; he turned up at her home uninvited where he kissed and groped her, according to her complaint. He constantly sent her sexually harassing text messages and emails, including a nude photo of himself asking: "Do I look tan?" 

    An attorney for Hoyt has denied Cater's allegations. 

    Cater says in court papers that Hoyt repeatedly reminded her that he could take her job away in a second if she complained or refused his advances. When she tried to tell him she couldn't handle the abuse anymore, he attacked her, grabbing and squeezing her crotch area, the court papers say.

    "You know this is what I want!" he said, according to the complaint.

    She says last fall, Hoyt offered her $50,000 in exchange for her silence, and she signed the agreement without a lawyer because she couldn't afford one.

    Cater says she tried to complain to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office about the abuse, but officials ignored or were "deliberately indifferent" toward her, charges the governor's office said were untrue. And at one point, Hoyt said he called Cuomo, and the governor wanted the allegations to "go away," the suit alleges.

    Alphonso David, Cuomo's counsel, said when Cater first reported the complaint in October 2016 it was immediately referred to the state Employee Relations Office for an investigation.

    "At the same time Mr. Hoyt was instructed to have no further interaction with the complainant and to cooperate fully with the investigation," he said.

    The case was referred to the Inspector General's office, later that October, but Cater didn't comply with attempts to interview her, David said. The matter was referred to a third agency, the State Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

    "The facts alleged in this complaint regarding Mr. Hoyt were not provided to state investigators and in many cases contradict the public allegations made in the last several weeks. The state launched three separate investigations into this matter, and any assertion to the contrary is patently and demonstrably false, and as such, we expect this matter to be summarily dismissed," David said.

    Two of the probes are still open. Amid the investigations, Hoyt resigned Oct. 30. It came out the next day in news reports that he'd been accused of sexual harassment and paid off his accuser. He was appointed to the job in 2011 by Cuomo and before that served in the state Assembly.

    His lawyer did not respond to a request by The Associated Press, but told the New York Post his client "denies the allegations in the complaint and will defend himself."

    The lawsuit says her civil rights were violated and seeks monetary damages and attorney's fees.

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