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Feb 5, 2019

New York City Sees Sharp Increase in Reported Hate Crimes

New York City Sees Sharp Increase in Reported Hate Crimes

New York City is seeing a sharp increase in reported hate crimes while shootings, robberies and other crimes are down.

Feb 5, 2019

NJ Man Caught Up in Massive Child Porn Sweep Pleads Guilty

NJ Man Caught Up in Massive Child Porn Sweep Pleads Guilty

A New Jersey man caught up in a statewide child pornography sweep that nabbed dozens of offenders has pleaded guilty.

Jan 31, 2019

Defense Lawyer: Government Witnesses Lied About El Chapo

Defense Lawyer: Government Witnesses Lied About El Chapo

A defense attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman assailed the federal case against the Mexican drug lord as "a fantasy," telling a U.S. jury Thursday that the prosecution relied on a parade of cooperating...

Jan 31, 2019

Cardi B Talks Offset Drama After NYC Strip Club Court Case

Cardi B Talks Offset Drama After NYC Strip Club Court Case

A judge extended a protective order against Cardi B in New York City court Thursday, about six weeks after she was first ordered to stay away from two sisters she's accused of attacking in a strip club fight in...

Jan 30, 2019

Prosecutor Calls Evidence Against El Chapo Overwhelming

Prosecutor Calls Evidence Against El Chapo Overwhelming

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was portrayed Wednesday in closing arguments at his U.S. trial as a ruthless Mexican drug lord who also became skilled at evading capture and escaping prison because he feared...

Jan 29, 2019

GW Bridge Co-Conspirator to Be Resentenced Next Month

GW Bridge Co-Conspirator to Be Resentenced Next Month

A former aide to former Gov. Chris Christie faces resentencing next month for his role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

Jan 29, 2019

NJ Man Pleads Guilty in Fentanyl-Laced Crack Cocaine Deaths

NJ Man Pleads Guilty in Fentanyl-Laced Crack Cocaine Deaths

A man who allegedly distributed fentanyl-laced crack cocaine that killed three people and sent numerous others to the hospital on a single day has admitted his role in the deaths.

Jan 28, 2019

El Chapo Cracks Smile as Actor Who Played Him Attends Trial

El Chapo Cracks Smile as Actor Who Played Him Attends Trial

The actor who played the notorious drug lord known as El Chapo on a Netflix series has made a cameo as a spectator at the alleged kingpin's U.S. trail.

Jan 25, 2019

Arrest Made in 1992 Case of Naked Woman Dead on NYC Rooftop

Arrest Made in 1992 Case of Naked Woman Dead on NYC Rooftop

A 56-year-old man was charged in connection with the 1992 murder of a woman whose naked body was found on a Brooklyn rooftop with gunshot wounds to her head, prosecutors said Friday.

Jan 25, 2019

Casey Anthony Attorney Joins Weinstein Team Amid Overhaul

Casey Anthony Attorney Joins Weinstein Team Amid Overhaul

A judge signed off Friday on changes to the legal team representing Harvey Weinstein in his rape and sexual assault case, allowing the film producer to swap out his bulldog New York City defense attorney for...

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Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

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

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

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

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to comment.
Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

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

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

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.
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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

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

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.
Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

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

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...
FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

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