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  • Move over Pizza Rat — meet Baby, the Spaghetti Rat

    After Pizza Rat took the internet by storm, Spaghetti Rat is now trying to take over the coveted title. A video of a little rat named Baby eating strands of spaghetti has surfaced on the internet. The video was filmed a year ago, but is now getting some attention. Baby is channeling its inner “Ratatouille,” Pixar’s animated movie featuring a rat who is a chef in Paris. Last month, Pizza Rat, the rat that was filmed dragging a slice of pizza down New York City […]

  • Crayola hints at new crayon color coming to iconic 24-count box

    NEW YORK — Crayola is saying goodbye to the dandelion crayon and welcoming a new color — but the company revealed few details at an event Friday, dubbed National Crayon Day, in Times Square. The new hue will be “part of the blue family” and this summer, fans will be asked to help name the color. More details will be revealed in May. Whatever the color, it will replace dandelion in the the 24-count box. It’s the first time Crayola has […]

  • Countdown continues: April the giraffe inches closer to giving birth at NY zoo

    HARPERSVILLE, N.Y. — April the Giraffe is inching closer to giving birth, and we could be just hours away. Zoo officials and the veterinarian kept a close eye on April through Wednesday evening, Animal Adventure Park wrote in its Thursday update. “Mammary development stays remains as filled udders, and will likely not get much Larger. Discharge continues to be present,” the post read. There’s still no active labor, but the zoo said April is close to giving birth, though days could also […]

  • Men allegedly yell ‘why the f*ck did you cut me off,’ attack sanitation workers in Brooklyn

    CYPRESS HILLS, Brooklyn — Two men are accused of attacking two sanitation workers for allegedly “cutting them off” while driving in Brooklyn Wednesday. The workers were driving on Highland Place about 5:40 p.m. when they stopped the garbage truck to collect trash, police said. Two other men in a white Chevrolet van then got out of their vehicle and approached them. One of the men allegedly yelled, “Why the f*ck did you cut me off,” and punched the 53-year-old worker in the face. The other […]

  • No more homework? Long Island school district seeks parents’ input

    PATCHOGUE, Long Island —  If there’s one guarantee about being a student, it’s that you’ll be doing homework after class lets out. But one school district is considering taking a pass on the tradition for good. Patchogue-Medford School District posted a survey online Wednesday asking parents about their child’s homework habits. The questionnaire is meant to help school officials decide whether they should limit after-school assignments — or eliminate them entirely. Among the 18 questions posed to parents are these queries: “What do you feel is […]

  • Crayola retires color Dandelion, will announce replacement Friday

    NEW YORK — Crayola is saying goodbye to the color Dandelion from its 24-count crayon box, the first time they ever dropped a color from that iconic set. But there’s good news — a new color will be joining the pack. The company will be announcing the new addition Friday morning in an event in Times Square on National Crayon Day. Right now, the 24-count box has red, yellow, blue, brown, orange, green, violet, black, carnation pink, yellow orange, blue green, […]

  • ‘Breaking Bad’ pop-up restaurant Los Pollos Hermanos coming to NYC

    NEW YORK — Some “Breaking Bad” fans will be able to get a taste of the show’s infamous Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant in New York City. The outdoor restaurant will be open on April 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and April 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 243 Pearl St. — an open parking lot — in Lower Manhattan, according to a news release. The pop-up is a partnership with Citizens Parking to promote the new season of […]

  • Mets’ Jeurys Familia suspended 15 games following domestic violence arrest

    NEW YORK — New York Mets player Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games without pay following his arrest in a domestic violence incident. Major League Baseball announced the suspension on Wednesday, citing its domestic violence policy. The Mets closer has agreed to not appeal the decision. Familia was arrested on Oct. 31 at his Fort Lee, New Jersey home involving his wife, Bianca Rivas. He allegedly caused a scratch to her chest and a bruise to her right cheek, according […]

  • Wild turkey smashes through windshield of N.J. family’s SUV in Indiana

    LA PORTE, Ind. — A New Jersey family’s road trip to a college in Indiana had a frightening detour when a 30-pound wild turkey smashed through their car’s windshield, police said. The Taraboczhia family, of Emerson, was driving on U.S. 20 in La Porte County, having just left the University of Notre Dame, when the scary collision happened. As they drove down the highway, the wild turkey came flying toward their rental SUV and smashed into the windshield, becoming impaled […]

  • April the giraffe close to giving birth, countdown to new calf begins, zoo says

    HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. — April the giraffe could be hours away from finally giving birth. Animal Adventure Park said Wednesday morning while it’s not confirming any “active labor,” April has some discharge that “would suggest the countdown to calf has begun.” April may give birth within hours or days, the zoo said. The veterinarian and officials are on call in case the calf comes earlier than expected. “Mammary development is on point,” the zoo said in a Facebook post, as the udder […]