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  • Defensive end Mark Gastineau #99 of the New York Jets during training camp in 1988. (Photo by Caryn Levy/Getty Images)

    Former Jets star Mark Gastineau, 60, has dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease

    NEW YORK  — Former New York Jets sack-dancing star Mark Gastineau has been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, he told WOR Radio on Thursday. The illnesses result from years of playing football, the 60-year-old Gastineau said during a radio interview Thursday night with Pete McCarthy on 710 WOR Radio in New York. “It’s disturbing,” Gastineau said. “But it’s disturbing to the point where I want to get out and I want to help other youths and help other people coming […]

  • Malique Shelton, 16, was arrested on January 18, 2017 on murder charges, police say. (Photo: Nassau County PD)

    16-year-old facing murder charges in 2 Long Island slayings

    ROOSEVELT, N.Y.  — Police say a Long Island teen faces a pair of murder charges in connection with two fatal shootings. Malique Shelton, 16, was arrested on Wednesday night in the Nassau County hamlet of Roosevelt, police say. Police say investigators obtained evidence while processing Shelton that linked him to the November 2015 slaying of 33-year-old Gerber Hernandez and the June 2016 killing of 37-year-old Royston Hall. Police say the Roosevelt teen was also involved in a November 2016 armed […]

  • A NYPD car making its way through a busy Times Square. More security is being called upon military centers in NYC. (Photo: PIX11News/Ken Evseroff)

    Report: NYPD mental health training needs better implementation

    NEW YORK — A report says the New York Police Department has trained more than 5,000 police officers on how to handle mental health crisis calls but doesn’t have a way to dispatch those officers when the calls come in. Police handle about 400 mental crisis calls a day and developed a four-day training program in 2015 to help officers handle the calls. City officials praised the training program but said the department must do a better job implementing it. […]

  • A Brooklyn man will spend the rest of his life in prison after murdering a woman to cover up his check fraud scheme.(DanHenson1 / Getty Images)

    Full list: 330 drug sentences commuted by Obama in last major act as president

    WASHINGTON — In his last major act as president, Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes. The move brings Obama’s bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,715 people, more than any other president in U.S. history. During his presidency Obama freed 568 inmates serving life sentences. The final batch of commutations is the most any U.S. president has […]

  • A blurred police car in the background behind crime scene tape.

    Remains of missing New Jersey man found in North Carolina

    GREENSBORO, N.C  — Officials say the remains of a missing New Jersey man have been found in Greensboro, North Carolina. Greensboro police spokesman Susan C. Danielsen said in a news release Wednesday that the body of 24-year-old Bangaly Fofana, of East Orange, New Jersey, was discovered Monday behind a vacant building. Danielsen says the state Medical Examiners’ Office also determined the manner of death was homicide. Police say they are not releasing the cause of death at this time. Greensboro […]

  • HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 01:  Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush waves during the game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

    Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

    HOUSTON — A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says the 92-year-old was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath. Spokesman Jim McGrath says in an email to The Associated Press that Bush has responded well to treatments and that doctors are pleased with his progress. McGrath says the oldest living U.S. president was taken to the hospital on Saturday and he hopes that he can go home soon. Bush served as U.S. president from […]

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    3 earthquakes, 5.3 magnitude and greater, hit central Italy within an hour

    ROME — Three earthquakes hit central in the space of an hour Wednesday, with tremors felt in the capital. Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni said it seems there were no fatalities from the three strong earthquakes that rocked the same area of central Italy that was devastated by quakes last year. “Luckily it seems there were no deaths,” Gentiloni said. The first quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 hit the region north of Amatrice at about 10:25 a.m. (0925 GMT), according […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  A man walks out of a store with a plastic bags 
on May 05, 2016 in New York City.
New York's City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill that would require most stores to charge five cents per bag in an effort to cut down on plastic waste. New York's sanitation department estimates that every year 10 billion bags are thrown in the trash.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    NY state Senate votes to stop NYC’s plastic bag fee

    ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York state Senate has passed legislation intended to prevent New York City from implementing a fee on plastic bags. Starting next month retail stores in New York City will impose a fee of five cents or more on all single-use plastic shopping bags. Retailers will keep the revenue from the fee. Critics of the fee say it will place an unfair burden on low-income residents. Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat, says residents shouldn’t be […]

  • Balloons with the name of the missing Malaysia Airlines ill-fated flight MH370 are seen displayed during a memorial event in Kuala Lumpur on March 6, 2016.  
Families of those lost on MH370 are preparing mark the upcoming second anniversary of when the Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on March 8, 2014.  / AFP / MOHD RASFAN        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    After 3 years, MH370 search ends with no plane, few answers

    SYDNEY  — After nearly three years, the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has ended in futility. Crews have finally completed their deep-sea search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean without finding a single trace of the plane. The Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia said Tuesday that the search had officially been suspended after crews finished their fruitless sweep of the 120,000-square kilometer (46,000-square mile) search zone west of Australia. The end of the hunt raises the prospect that […]

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    Orlando releases chilling new photos of Pulse nightclub shooting aftermath

    Warning: Photos are graphic and may be considered disturbing to some.  ORLANDO, Fla. — New photos released by the city of Orlando show where officers breached one of Pulse nightclub’s walls to free people trapped inside during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The photos released Tuesday show large punctures to an exterior cinderblock wall of the nightclub. On the other side is a bathroom where patrons were trapped for more than three hours. Forty-nine people were killed […]