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  • New York Police Department (NYPD) rookie officer Peter Liang (C) arrives at a courtroom in Brooklyn, New York, on January 20, 2016. 
A trial opens on January 20 of officer Liang who is accused of manslaughter over the death of an unarmed black man. Akai Gurley was 28 years old when he was fatally shot in a dimly lit stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project on November 20, 2014.Gurley's death was one of a string of shootings by police of black men under questionable circumstances, which sparked angry and at times violent protests across America in 2014 and 2015.
 
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    Closing arguments today in trial of NYPD officer’s deadly stairwell shooting of Akai Gurley

    NEW YORK — The rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell says what happened was a deadly accident. Prosecutors call it manslaughter and say he acted recklessly and then did little to help the dying man. Jurors will start discussing their views of Officer Peter Liang’s actions as soon as Tuesday. Closing arguments are expected in the morning, and deliberations are likely to begin in the afternoon. Liang says he didn’t know anyone was in […]

  • Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson hits game-winning 3-pointer to beat the Denver Nuggets. (Getty Images)

    Johnson hits 3-pointer at buzzer, Nets beat Nuggets 105-104

    NEW YORK — Joe Johnson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Brooklyn Nets to a 105-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. Thaddeus Young scored 20 points, Markel Brown added a career-high 19 and Johnson finished with 12 points and eight assists for Brooklyn. Danilo Gallinari had 24 points and Kenneth Faried added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets. Faried’s runner with 0.9 seconds remaining had given the Nuggets a 104-102 lead. After Brooklyn called a timeout to advance […]

  • A  horse drawn carriage carrying tourists passes in front of a New York City taxi just outside of Central Park February 26, 2014 in New York. Hansen is a spokesperson for the carriage industry and advocates keeping the horses in the park. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a plan to eliminate the horse drawn carriages and replace them with replicas of vintage cars. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA        (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Despite defeat, Mayor Bill de Blasio vows to revive plan to limit carriage horses

    NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is insisting that will he try to revive a plan to limit carriage horses. The Teamsters union last week pulled out of a deal that would have restricted the horses to a portion of Central Park and also placed boundaries on where pedicabs can go. That prompted the City Council to pull the plug on the bill a day before it was slated to come to a vote, delivering de […]

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    Passengers record powerful Atlantic storm tossing NJ cruise ship [VIDEO]

    NEW YORK – A Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean, forcing passengers to stay in their cabins, but no injuries were reported. Royal Caribbean said in a statement Monday the ship Anthem of the Seas was damaged in some public areas and guest staterooms. Royal Caribbean didn’t describe the damages but says the ship’s safe to be at sea. The statement doesn’t say where or when the ship encountered the bad […]

  • 16th August 1966:  John Lennon (1940 - 1980) of the Beatles, after making a formal apology for his controversial statement that the group were 'more popular than Jesus'.  (Photo by Harry Benson/Express/Getty Images)

    Lock of Lennon’s hair expected to fetch $10K at auction

    DALLAS — A lock of hair snipped from the head of John Lennon as the Beatle prepared for a film role is expected to sell for $10,000 at a Dallas auction later this month. Heritage Auctions said in a news release Monday that the 4-inch lock was collected by a German hairdresser who trimmed Lennon’s hair before he started shooting “How I Won the War.” The dark comedy, released in 1967, follows the World War II misadventures of British troops […]

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    Construction crane safety plan goes into effect after deadly collapse

    NEW YORK — There will be new restrictions on crawler cranes in the wake of a construction accident that killed a man walking in Manhattan, authorities said. Mayor Bill de Blasio said those new rules, part of a four-point plan, will include doubled fines for not following proper safeguards during wind conditions. They go into effect Monday. There will be increased enforcement of pedestrian safety alongside crane sites, and neighboring buildings will get more notifications about crane activities, the mayor said. […]

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    Beyonce announces 2016 Formation World Tour

    SANTA CLARA, Calif.— Beyonce is working overtime this weekend: After releasing a new song Saturday and performing at the Super Bowl on Sunday, she’s announced a new stadium tour. The Grammy-winning singer announced her 2016 Formation World Tour in a commercial after she performed at the halftime show with Bruno Mars and Coldplay. The tour will kick off April 27 in Miami and the diva will perform shows in North America and Europe. The tour wraps on July 31 in […]

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    Mountain Dew freaks the Internet out with Puppymonkeybaby Super Bowl commercial

    NEW YORK — The world just met a frightening creature out of a nightmare called the Puppymonkeybaby. PepsiCo introduced the hybrid animal with an ad for its Mountain Dew Kickstart. The ad plays off the idea that Kickstart is “three awesome things combined” — “Dew,” juice and caffeine. Likewise, the ad features a dancing creature that is a mashup of a puppy, a monkey and a baby. Once you remember that Kickstart is marketed toward younger men, the ad might […]

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    Crane that collapsed, killing 1, is removed from NYC street

      NEW YORK — A construction crane has been removed from the New York City street where it collapsed, killing a pedestrian. The area in lower Manhattan was still blocked off Sunday morning, but the crumpled steel from the 565-foot-long crane is now gone. Work crews had sliced it up into dozens of pieces. They used other cranes to load the pieces onto flatbed trucks. Other workers have been concentrating on crushed water pipes and street repairs. Wall Street worker […]

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    Apple now accepting your banged-up iPhone

    NEW YORK— Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from people wanting to upgrade. Until now, Apple offered credit to iPhone owners only if the device had an intact screen and working buttons. It’s hoped that with more leeway, applicable only to iPhone 5 and later models, more people will be encouraged to upgrade to new iPhones. The changes, first reported on the tech blog 9to5Mac, were confirmed Friday by Apple spokesman Nick Leahy. […]

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