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  • Power largely restored across Puerto Rico after blackout

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s power company said Thursday that it has restored electricity to more than 80 percent of customers affected by an island-wide blackout that was caused by an excavator hitting a transmission line, but tens of thousands of families still remain without normal service seven months after hurricanes Maria and Irma. Officials said that power had been restored to more than 1.1 million of its clients following Wednesday’s blackout, and that they expected to restore […]

  • No criminal charges will be filed in Prince’s death

    MINNEAPOLIS — The prosecutor in the Minnesota county where Prince died said Thursday that no criminal charges will be filed in the musician’s death, effectively ending the state’s two-year investigation into how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz’s announcement on no criminal charges came just hours after documents revealed that a doctor who was accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince had agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation. Prosecutors […]

  • ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli arrives at low-security federal prison

    FORT DIX, N.J. — The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug has been placed in a low-security federal prison in New Jersey. Martin Shkreli was moved Tuesday from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center in New York to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix. According to its handbook , there are no bars, towers, or locks on rooms. Inmates must demonstrate a high degree of responsibility, and “the expectations are that each inmate will comply.” Shkreli, […]

  • FAA orders inspections after deadly jet engine explosion

    PHILADELPHIA — U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window. The Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine’s manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work. Pressure for the FAA to act grew after an engine on a […]

  • Parents respond after Upper West Side nanny is convicted of murdering their children

    NEW YORK — A once-trusted nanny who butchered two children in her care while their parents were away was convicted of murder by a jury that didn’t believe her claims she was too insane at the time of the crime to be held responsible. Jurors on Wednesday found Yoselyn Ortega knew what she was doing when she killed Lucia Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, in October 2012. Ortega expressed no reaction to the verdict, staring straight ahead as it […]

  • Upper West Side nanny who killed 2 children found guilty on all counts

    MANHATTAN — Jurors found an Upper West Side nanny guilty on all counts Wednesday for killing two children who were under her care. The decision was made during the second day of deliberations. As the foreman for the jurors read the verdict, Kevin Krim, the father of the two slaughtered children sat in the front row of the audience, kept his eyes closed and nodded his head at each guilty count. Following the verdict he hugged two alternate jurors, Chloe Beck […]

  • Mom killed after Southwest plane engine blew died of blunt trauma to head, neck, torso

    Philadelphia’s medical examiner says that a woman killed when she was partially blown out of a Southwest Airlines plane died of blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso. Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday evening that Jennifer Riordan’s death was ruled accidental. Riordan was killed and seven others were injured after the twin-engine 737 blew an engine at 30,000 feet Tuesday and got hit by shrapnel. Federal investigators are still trying to […]

  • Blown Southwest jet engine in deadly emergency landing showed ‘metal fatigue’: NTSB

    PHILADELPHIA — A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that set off a terrifying chain of events and left a businesswoman hanging half outside a shattered window showed evidence of “metal fatigue,” according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Passengers scrambled to save the woman from getting sucked out the window that had been smashed by debris. She later died, and seven others were injured. The pilots of the twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from […]

  • Free food pantries for students coming to NY college campuses

    SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Free food pantries are becoming nearly as common as the campus bookstore at a growing number of colleges. More than 570 campus food pantries nationwide are registered with the College and University Food Bank Alliance, which formed in 2012 and helps colleges set up food pantries and other hunger programs. New York recently required that they be established at all institutions in its state university system. “You can’t concentrate when you’re hungry; you’re irritable, you’re not focusing. […]

  • 3-year-old accidentally shoots pregnant mother: police

    MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — Police say a 3-year-old girl accidentally shot and wounded her pregnant mother in a car parked outside a northwestern Indiana thrift store. The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon in Merrillville as the girl, a 1-year-old boy and her mother waited in the car while the woman’s boyfriend was inside the store. Police say the man is the girl’s father and apparently left the loaded gun in the car. The woman is listed in critical but stable condition. Detective […]