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    Oh deer! NYC campaign promotes living safely with wildlife

    NEW YORK — New York City wants its residents to get along with their neighbors — even the four-legged ones. A new awareness campaign has been launched to teach city dwellers how to live safely with some of the wild animals that make their homes in the five boroughs. That includes deer, raccoons and coyotes. WildlifeNYC is a collaboration between a number of city agencies. It includes ways for residents to report wild animal sightings as well as programs where […]

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    Posting ballot selfies: Personal choice or illegal act?

    TRENTON, N.J. — You probably already know who you’re voting for on Election Day. Now one more question: Is it OK to take a picture of your ballot? Laws nationwide are mixed on whether voters can legally take “ballot selfies.” Those are pictures of themselves in the act of voting or of their ballots. Federal judges have struck down bans on selfies in at least two states, and rules have changed in others. But in many states, taking a picture […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01:  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a World AIDS Day gathering in Harlem on December 1, 2015 in New York City. The event, at the historic Apollo Theater, brought together over 60 AIDS-service and community-based organizations and the NYC Department Of Health And Mental Hygiene to celebrate World Aids Day. Cuomo announced on Monday that New York State would increase spending on AIDS programs by $200 million, on top of the $2.5 billion annually to fight against the disease in New York. It is estimated that 1.5 million people died from HIV globally in 2013.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    New York state announces $21M for homeless housing

    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state has awarded more than $21 million to eight housing projects designed to serve previously homeless people. The projects announced Thursday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will create 265 residential units throughout the state, with more than half in New York City, Long Island and Erie and Oneida counties. The projects in Suffolk and Oneida counties will focus on serving homeless veterans and their families. Residents in all of the units will be matched […]

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    Father sentenced to 1,503 years in prison in daughter’s rape

    FRESNO, Calif. — A 41-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period. The Fresno Bee reports the man was sentenced Friday to the longest-known prison sentence in Fresno Superior Court history. The Associated Press is not naming the man to avoid identifying his daughter. The AP does not name sexual abuse victims. A jury in September found him guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including dozens […]

  • CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22:  The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game six of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    Cubs beat Dodgers 5-0 to reach 1st World Series since 1945

    CHICAGO — Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series. Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series. The drought ended when closer Aroldis Chapman got Yasiel Puig to ground into a […]

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    Brooklyn teen arrested after calling in bomb threats to Long Island school

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Police say a Brooklyn teenager faces charges after calling in a series of bomb threats to his Long Island high school. Tahmari Lowe, 17, was arraigned Saturday and pleaded not guilty to six counts of making a terroristic threat. Nassau County police say the last two of his calls to Uniondale High School came Friday morning, as police were investigating another threat that came in minutes earlier. The building was evacuated each time. No bombs were found. […]

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    Toddler dies in fire with his dog huddled at his side in Washington state

    SEATTLE — A toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, a spokesman for Spokane’s fire department said Saturday. The dog, a terrier mixed breed, also died in the fire that broke out at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, said the spokesman, Brian Schaeffer. Three other children and two adults escaped the blaze in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood, he said. The dog […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04:  Hello Kitty at New York Animal Care And Control on June 25, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

    Stray cat patrol: Feral felines deployed in NYC war on rats

    NEW YORK — Feral cats roam New York City’s concrete jungle, and some now have a practical purpose: They’re helping curb the rat population. Feral and stray cats that have been driven out of their urban habitats by construction activity, or multiplied to the point of becoming a nuisance, are being trapped by a group of volunteers, vaccinated, then spayed or neutered to keep them from breeding. The goal is to return them to their territories, but some end up […]

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    Police mistake doughnut glaze for meth, FL man sues over arrest

    ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida man arrested last year after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth is suing the city of Orlando and a drug-testing kit company. The Orlando Sentinel reports Daniel Rushing filed a lawsuit last week, claiming negligence by the city and the kit’s manufacturer. Rushing was arrested on drug charges last December when Orlando police officers spotted four tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine. Rushing […]

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    Police arrest 35 suspected members of Long Island gang days after another body found in Brentwood

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — Police have arrested 35 suspected members of a Long Island gang days after the skeletal remains of a young man were discovered. Authorities say the remains found this week in Brentwood were those of 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez. Suffolk County police say the teenager was a member of the MS-13 gang, which has links to El Salvador and Los Angeles. Four teenagers from Brentwood High School have been found dead this past month in a string of brutal […]