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    Hurricane Matthew grows to Category 3 storm

    ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Forecasters in Miami say Matthew has strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane in the Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center says Matthew now has top sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) and is now centered about 105 miles (170 kilometers) northeast of Punta Gallinas, Colombia. It says the storm is also about 495 miles (800 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaic and moving west-southwest at 12 mph (19 kph). Is Hurricane Matthew headed toward East Coast, New York […]

  • Firefighters respond to a blast that destroyed a Bronx home on Sept. 27, 2016. (Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice)

    Bronx house explosion that killed FDNY firefighter possibly caused by tampered gas main: NYPD

    BRONX, N.Y. — A house explosion in the Bronx that killed a fire battalion chief may have been caused by a tampered gas main. At a graduation for new police officers Thursday, New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill told Newsday the tampered gas main leaked then sparked, causing the Tuesday blast that killed Chief Michael Fahy. Authorities are looking into whether the building was used to grow marijuana. A Manhattan resident, Garivaldi Castillo, has been arrested on criminal possession of […]

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    Man suspected of killing parents, then 17 neighbors in China

    BEIJING — Chinese state media say a villager is suspected of killing his parents and then 17 neighbors in an attempt to cover up his crime. The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that a police investigation found that Yang Qingpei argued with his parents over money on Wednesday evening and killed them. Fearing he would be identified as the killer, he then murdered 17 neighbors, it said. Xinhua cited police in southwestern Yunnan province, where the village is located. […]

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    Tropical Storm Matthew strengthens into hurricane in the Caribbean

    Tropical Storm Matthew has strengthened into a hurricane as the storm continues its westward trek across the eastern Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center said Matthew — previously a tropical storm — now has top sustained winds of 75 mph as of Thursday afternoon. It is moving westward at 17 mph and is centered about 190 miles northeast of the island of Curacao. Matthew passed over the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday, causing at least one death. Officials in St. Vincent say […]

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    Lady Gaga will headline Super Bowl halftime show

    NEW YORK — It’s official: Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL and Pepsi announced Thursday that the pop star will take the stage Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA! @nfl @FOXTV @pepsi #PERFECTILLUSION #GAGASUPERBOWL pic.twitter.com/qR4O57451G — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2016 Gaga sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl this year in Santa Clara, California. Beyonce, Bruno […]

  • An emergency notification was sent to people's cellphones on Sept. 19, 2016, in the FBI's search for Ahmad Khan Rahami.

    FCC beefs up emergency cellphone alerts

    NEW YORK — The federal government is beefing up emergency cellphone alerts like the one used in New York to advertise a search for a bombing suspect earlier in September. The Federal Communications Commission approved a measure Thursday that will let messages be up to four times longer than the current 90-character limit. Cellphone companies will have to support Spanish messages under the new rules. The changes will also let officials target messages more narrowly and include links in messages. […]

  • Passengers rush to safety after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal Sept. 29, 2016. (Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)

    Photos and video: Dramatic images from New Jersey Transit train crash in Hoboken

    HOBOKEN, N.J. — A commuter train crashed into a station in Hoboken Thursday morning, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100. The New Jersey Transit train overran the end of the line and smashed into the station, collapsing a section of the roof onto the first car. The train wasn’t equipped with a technology that is designed to slow speeding trains. U.S. railroads are under government orders to install the system by the end of 2018. It happened during […]

  • State police surveying the crash scene of a fatal truck accident in Westport on September 28, 2016. 
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    Conn. state police: 1 killed in fiery crash along I-95 in Westport

    WESTPORT, Conn. – Connecticut State Police say one person was killed in a fiery accident involving a tanker truck and at least one other vehicle along Interstate 95 in Westport. The crash occurred around 6 p.m. Wednesday on the southbound side of I-95 between exits 17 and 18. The tanker truck reportedly veered off the highway, overturned and burst into flames after landing on its roof. A body was pulled from the vehicle just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday. No word […]

  • US President Barack Obama speaks at the Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the Omni Shoreham Hotel August 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Congress overrides Obama’s veto of bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia

    WASHINGTON — Congress has rejected a veto by President Barack Obama for the first time since he became president. The House voted 348-77 Wednesday to override his veto of legislation and allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom’s alleged backing of the attackers. The Senate had voted 97-1 to override his veto. The lawsuit legislation now becomes law despite elements that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put U.S. troops and interests at […]

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    Long Island driver gets prison in hit-and-run that killed man in wheelchair

    HAUPPAUGE, Long Island — A Long Island driver has been sentenced to 1 1/2 years to 4 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a crash that killed a man in a wheelchair last year. Newsday reports Suffolk County prosecutors say 36-year-old Christopher Bacayon was sentenced on Tuesday in the October 2015 crash in West Babylon that killed 40-year-old Michael Dora. Bacayon’s attorney couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Prosecutors say Bacayon, of West Babylon, […]