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    West Point cadet, 18, dies after trying to save a swimmer

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — A West Point cadet has died after trying to save a swimmer caught in a rip current off a Long Island beach, officials said. U.S. Military Academy spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker confirmed on Friday Thomas Surdyke’s death. The 18-year-old cadet from Festus, Missouri, had been on life support after the June 24 rescue attempt. Southampton officials said witnesses told them Surdyke saw someone struggling in the water, rushed to help and went under himself. Officials say the […]

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    Woman on FBI’s ’10 Most Wanted’ list accused of killing pregnant mom arrested

    MILWAUKEE — The FBI says a Milwaukee woman added to its “10 Most Wanted Fugitives” list this week has been arrested in North Carolina. Twenty-four-year-old Shanika Minor is accused of fatally shooting Tamecca Perry and her unborn child last March in Milwaukee. FBI Special Agent Jennifer Walkowski says Minor was arrested Friday morning in Fayetteville. Walkowski did not immediately have details of the arrest. Authorities say Minor shot Perry, who was nine months pregnant, following a confrontation over loud music […]

  • COVINA, CA - MARCH 30:  Customers buy Mega Millions lottery tickets at Liquorland on March 30, 2012 in Covina, California The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a high of $640 million  before the drawing tonight.   (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Players have shot at $415 million Mega Millions prize

    FORT LEE, N.J. — Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing will give lottery players a shot at the 10th largest jackpot in U.S. history. Because no one has won a Mega Millions jackpot since March 8, the prize has steadily grown to an estimated $415 million. That makes it the largest jackpot since a $430 million Powerball prize won by a New Jersey family May 7. The record prize was a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot won in January by players in three […]

  • The Trump Taj Mahal casino resort is seen in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on May 8, 2016.
Atlantic City, the famous US gambling resort town and setting for hit TV series "Boardwalk Empire" is in the crosshairs of financial crisis, in a battle pitting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie against the mayor. The coastal resort, which fell on hard times owing to increased competition from other gambling centers across the United States, saw four of its 12 casinos close in 2014, contributing to a sharp fall in tax revenue.  / AFP / Jewel SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump Taj Mahal casino workers to go on strike after failing to reach deal

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City’s main casino workers union says it will go on strike Friday morning against the Trump Taj Mahal casino. Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union tells The Associated Press that it was unable to reach agreement on a new contract with the Taj Mahal, which is owned by billionaire investor Carl Icahn. The walkout involving about 950 union members could begin around 6 a.m.

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    Cowboy on horse who snarled traffic on New York bridge is arrested

    STATEN ISLAND — An 80-year-old man who gained national fame by riding his horse around the country saying he was a cowboy who wanted to help hungry children and who stopped traffic on the Outerbridge Crossing with those horses has been arrested, officials said. Tod “Doc” Mishler was taken into custody Thursday, three days after riding his horse across the Outerbridge Crossing linking New Jersey with Staten Island. Minutes before he was put into an unmarked police van, Mishler spoke exclusively to PIX11 […]

  • Relatives of 27-year-old flight officer Gulsen Bahadir, a victim of yesterdays attack on Istanbul Ataturk airport, mourn at her Turkish flag-draped coffin during her funeral ceremony in Istanbul, June 29, 2016, Turkey. (Defne Karadeniz/Getty Images)

    Istanbul airport attack: Death toll climbs to 42 in triple suicide bombing

    ISTANBUL — Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency says the death toll from Tuesday’s suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport has climbed to 42. Merve Yigit, 22, died in an area hospital Wednesday evening. She worked in catering at the airport. Turkish officials gave a timeline Wednesday about how the triple suicide attack unfolded. One of the attackers at the airport blew himself up outside, giving the other two the opportunity to get inside the building, Turkish Prime Minister Binali […]

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    Shark sighting on Deal, NJ beach comes day before 100th anniversary of Jersey Shore shark attacks

    DEAL, N.J. — Swimmers were ordered out of the ocean at a New Jersey beach after a report that a shark was spotted. Deal police say the 6- to 7-foot shark was seen about 100 yards off the Deal Casino on Thursday morning. Lifeguards on duty thought they spotted two sharks swimming in the ocean and was on high alert as they ordered all beachgoers out of the water, according to NJ.com. “We figured it was too much of a risk […]

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    Adnan Syed, heart of ‘Serial’ podcast, gets new trial

    BALTIMORE, Md. — A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial to a convicted murderer at the heart of the popular “Serial” podcast. Adnan Syed was found guilty in the 2000 slaying of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, who was 18 when she vanished. The case was the focus of Season 1 of NPR’s “Serial” podcast. WE WON A NEW TRIAL FOR ADNAN SYED!!! #FreeAdnan — Justin Brown (@CJBrownLaw) June 30, 2016 This is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates.

  • RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 02: Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in a lab at the Fiocruz Institute on June 2, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. Microcephaly is a birth defect linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus where infants are born with abnormally small heads. The Brazilian city of Recife and surrounding Pernambuco state remain the epicenter of the Zika virus outbreak, which has now spread to many countries in the Americas. A group of health experts recently called for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to be postponed or cancelled due to the Zika threat but the WHO (World Health Organization) rejected the proposal.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Official: 233 confirmed Zika cases in NYC, number will rise

    NEW YORK — A public health official says there are currently 233 confirmed Zika cases in New York City, a number that will likely rise in the coming months. Health Commissioner Mary Bassett says Wednesday more than half of the cases were detected in people who recently arrived from the Dominican Republic. She says another 20 were detected in people arriving from Puerto Rico and 14 others from those who had visited Guyana. Majority of people who tested positive for […]

  • 1st Brigade Combat Team Soldiers Return Home After Afghanistan Deployment

    Pentagon drops ban on transgender troops serving openly

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Transgender individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday. Saying ending the ban is the right thing to do, Ash said only a person’s qualifications should matter, and that there should be no other unrelated barriers to service. “The Defense Department and military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are […]

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