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  • New, smaller Target opens in Herald Square on Friday

    MANHATTAN — Target sees its new smaller store in Manhattan as a symbol of where it’s headed. The store opening Friday, which is about one-third the size of its average store, will offer same-day delivery and a selection of products more tailored to the local market. The Herald Square store a block away from Macy’s is one of 12 mostly small-format stores opening this week in urban markets like Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Target opened its first-small-format store in […]

  • NY receives $19M in federal funds to fight addiction

    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state is getting $19 million in federal money to boost efforts to help those struggling with substance abuse. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Wednesday. His office says the money will help expand and enhance addiction treatment, with a special focus on medication-assisted treatment options and programs that help pregnant woman and new mothers dealing with substance abuse. The Democrat says addiction has torn too many families apart and that the state must do […]

  • Skinned sea otter carcass found on beach

    SAN SIMEON, Calif. — The skinned carcass of a sea otter was found on a California beach, and investigators are trying to determine how it died and who took the pelt. Federal and state wildlife officials said in a statement Wednesday that the young-adult female Southern sea otter was found on a beach in San Simeon on Sept. 26. Animals and insects had already scavenged it. Investigators made the discovery public in their search for information on who may be […]

  • Driver fatally drags man trying to buy jacket: police

    WOODSTOCK, Bronx — Police are looking for an SUV driver they say fatally dragged a man trying to buy an Armani jacket from him. The New York Police Department says 49-year-old Dennis Gandarilla met with the driver around noon Tuesday in the Bronx to buy the jacket. The driver then sped off at some point during the conversation, dragging Gandarilla for about four blocks before he was thrown to the ground. Gandarilla, who lived in the Bronx, was pronounced dead […]

  • Murphy, Guadagno clash over taxes in final NJ gubernatorial debate

    WAYNE, N.J. — New Jersey’s property taxes — the country’s highest — took center stage in the second and final debate gubernatorial debate on Wednesday night. Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno clashed in a televised debate at William Paterson University over what polls show is a big issue in the Nov. 7 contest. Murphy called Guadagno’s plan to cap a portion residents’ property taxes at 5 percent of income a “gimmick.” Guadagno said her plan could […]

  • Yankees defeat Astros 5-0 to take lead in ALCS

    NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series. Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009. The teams […]

  • Corporations to keep tax break lost by millions of Americans

    WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump’s sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it. The Republican proposal would eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a widely popular break used by some 44 million Americans, especially in high-tax, Democratic-leaning states like New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois. But corporations, which pay billions in local property levies and state income taxes, wouldn’t be affected. […]

  • Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney claims sexual abuse by team doctor for years

    Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested for years by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, abuse she said started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career. Maroney posted a lengthy statement on Twitter early Wednesday that detailed the allegations of abuse against Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent three decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics but now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child […]

  • Yankees take on Astros tonight in the Bronx; winner heads to Houston needing one win for World Series

    NEW YORK — With the AL Championship Series tied at two games apiece, Dallas Keuchel pitches for the Houston Astros against Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees this evening. Keuchel is 6-2 with a 1.09 ERA in eight career starts vs. the Yankees, including a pair of scoreless playoff outings. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner tossed seven shutout innings and struck out 10 to beat Tanaka 2-1 in Game 1 at Houston. The left-hander has never given […]

  • Florida candidate: Aliens took me aboard their ship at age 7

    MIAMI — A Florida candidate for Congress said Monday she stands by her claims she was abducted to an alien spaceship at age 7 but that the incident shouldn’t detract from what she’s done here on Earth since then. Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has claimed in past Spanish TV network appearances, most recently in 2011, that she was taken aboard a ship with three blonde creatures that resembled Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue. “I don’t exactly know what happened,” […]