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    Mom charged in death of disabled daughter could inherit girl’s trust fund

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl’s trust fund — even if she’s convicted. Nicole Diggs and her now-husband have pleaded not guilty to charges of negligent homicide and child endangerment in the 2012 death of Alayah Savarese. Authorities say Alayah wasn’t regularly fed, didn’t receive proper medical treatment and suffered welts from neglect. […]

  • NYC’s huge West Indian Day Parade set to step off

    NEW YORK (AP) – Caribbean culture is set to get its annual spotlight in New York City, where theWest Indian Day Parade is one of the year’s biggest outdoor events – and political see-and-be-seen spots. The annual parade is set for Monday in Brooklyn. It echoes traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities and features dancers wearing elaborate, often feathered costumes. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is this year’s grand marshal, but expect plenty of other political faces in the lineup. The parade […]

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    Cops nab thief who swallowed stolen ring to hide it

    OREM, Utah (AP) — Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony theft after police said one of them swallowed a stolen ring in an attempt to hide it. Police say an X-ray clearly showed the ring inside the stomach of 25-year-old Christina Schlegel. Investigators say 29-year-old Bryan Ford had been examining a ring worth several thousand dollars at a Zales jewelry store on Friday night in Orem, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, when he allegedly left […]

  • Three Atlantic City casinos close leaving 8,000 workers without jobs

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Mardi Gras-themed casino shut down at 4 p.m. Sunday after 27 years on the Boardwalk. Owner Caesars Entertainment closed the still-profitable Showboat to reduce the number of casinos in Atlantic City, which has been struggling with plunging revenue and increased competition. Caesars still owns three other casinos in Atlantic City. The seaside gambling resort began the year with 12 casinos . But before summer is […]

  • Electric Zoo fest going smoothly: Organizers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of the Electric Zoo say fans have been taking advantage of new safety features at the New York electronic-music festival, but there haven’t been any major problems thus far. This year’s Electric Zoo is in its third and final day Sunday on Randall’s Island. Two festival-goers died last year of drug overdoses combined with overheating. This year, organizers added drug-sniffing dogs, peers watching for people feeling ill, a “cooling tunnel” and other measures. Spokesman Stefan […]

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    American Cancer Society: NY not doing enough to prevent smoking

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report from the American Cancer Society says New York state needs to do more to prevent smoking. The Cancer Action Network at the American Cancer Society analyzed the state’s efforts to combat cancer through screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and restrictions on tanning booths. While the state won high marks for breast and cervical cancer screening programs and restrictions on where people can smoke, the group says the state should reverse recent cuts in […]

  • Police investigate tot’s death after day care

    NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police are investigating the death of a 14-month-old girl after she was picked up from day care. Police said Saturday the parents of Daniella Okoye took her home in her car seat Friday and were told she was sleeping. Her father told investigators he didn’t notice Daniella was unconscious until they returned home. The parents called 911, and the girl was pronounced dead at a hospital. The medical examiner will determine how she […]

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    Feds: Plane with unconscious pilot goes into ocean

    CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard says the pilot of a small airplane lost consciousness while flying and the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast. Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says crews are searching for the plane. It crashed Saturday about 50 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island. Littlejohn says the Coast Guard in Portsmouth was notified about 2:40 p.m. that the plane failed to land in Manassas, Virginia, and continued into restricted air space […]

  • St. Louis officer retires after controversial video surfaces

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a suspended St. Louis County officer who had been assigned to patrols in Ferguson has retired amid a review of 2012 video in which the officer calls himself “a killer” and makes incendiary comments about religion and U.S. political leaders. Police spokesman Brian Schellman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Officer Dan Page’s last day was Monday. An internal review had been expected to start that day. The 35-year-veteran of the department is expected to […]

  • Report: Tracy Morgan’s rehabilitation may take months

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former “Saturday Night Live” actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead. Attorney Benedict Morelli tells The Star-Ledger newspaper that Morgan relies on a wheelchair and it may be months before he can fully walk again. Morelli says Morgan appears to be making progress, but it will be a month before he is assessed “cognitively.” Morgan broke […]

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