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Nov 7, 2018

Jury Picked for NY Trial of Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo'

Jury Picked for NY Trial of Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo'

Jury selection at the U.S. trial for Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was completed Wednesday with Guzman waiting for word on whether he can hug his wife for the first time in nearly two years.

Nov 7, 2018

Craig Carton Found Guilty On All Counts in Ticket Scam Trial

Craig Carton Found Guilty On All Counts in Ticket Scam Trial

Craig Carton, the former morning sports talk show host who was arrested for allegedly carrying out a multimillion-dollar fake ticket scam, has been found guilty on all counts.

Nov 7, 2018

Girl Scouts Sue Boy Scouts Over Name Change

Girl Scouts Sue Boy Scouts Over Name Change

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday against the Boy Scouts of America for dropping the word "boy" from its flagship program in an effort to attract...

Nov 6, 2018

Failed NY Subway Bomber Convicted of Terrorism Charges

Failed NY Subway Bomber Convicted of Terrorism Charges

The man charged in a failed pipe bombing in the New York subway system has been convicted of terrorism charges.

Nov 6, 2018

Pipe Bomb Suspect Held Without Bail After NY Court Hearing

Pipe Bomb Suspect Held Without Bail After NY Court Hearing

The man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump made his first court appearance Tuesday in New York and has been ordered held without bail.

Nov 5, 2018

Uber Driver Arrested in 15-Year-Old NY Boy's Car Surf Death

Uber Driver Arrested in 15-Year-Old NY Boy's Car Surf Death

An Uber driver has been arrested on a manslaughter charge in the death of a 15-year-old passenger he allegedly let ride on the roof his vehicle on Long Island a month and a half ago, the Suffolk County district...

Nov 5, 2018

NYC Jogger's Mom Sobs, Grips Cross as Killing Is Detailed

NYC Jogger's Mom Sobs, Grips Cross as Killing Is Detailed

The mother of Karina Vetrano, the young woman strangled as she went for a run in a Queens park two years ago, sobbed and clutched a cross as the prosecutor described in detail how her daughter was killed.

Nov 2, 2018

Man Tied to 'Jeweler to the Stars' Found Guilty of Murder

Man Tied to 'Jeweler to the Stars' Found Guilty of Murder

A Manhattan jury found a famed jeweler's adopted son, who was accused of the brutal 2016 murder of a Hofstra grad after a night of partying, guilty on all counts Friday.

Nov 1, 2018

Shannan Gilbert 911 Tapes Must Be Turned Over in 20 Days

Shannan Gilbert 911 Tapes Must Be Turned Over in 20 Days

Did she have any connection to the 11 bodies that would be found? The contents of the 21-minute 911 call could lend insight into her last moments. Cops have fought to keep it secret.

Oct 29, 2018

Pipe Bomb Suspect Had List of Potential Targets: Source

Pipe Bomb Suspect Had List of Potential Targets: Source

The Florida man accused of sending packages containing explosive material to prominent Democrats and others who've been criticized by President Donald Trump had a list of more than 100 people to target, a senior...

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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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