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  • Pentagon says troops at US border to cost about $210 million

    WASHINGTON  — Using thousands of military troops to help secure the Southwest border will cost an estimated $210 million under current plans, the Pentagon told Congress on Tuesday, even as questions arose about the scope and duration of the controversial mission. The total includes $72 million for approximately 5,900 active-duty troops providing support to Customs and Border Protection, plus $138 million so far for 2,100 National Guard troops who have been performing a separate border mission since April, according to […]

  • Ultra-Orthodox schools in New York could face pressure under new rules

    NEW YORK  — Private and religious schools that don’t provide instruction substantially equivalent to New York state’s public schools will be threatened with loss of funding for textbooks, transportation and other services under new state Education Department rules released Tuesday. The guidelines released Tuesday apply to all private schools but could have the greatest impact on ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools, called yeshivas, that critics have accused of providing little or no instruction in secular subjects like English and math. “Although we […]

  • 2 children, 2 adults dead in fire at NJ mansion that was intentionally set ablaze: Monmouth Prosecutor

    COLTS NECK, N.J. — Two children and two adults were found dead Tuesday at a burning mansion that was intentionally set ablaze in an upscale town near the New Jersey shore, officials said. One of the owners of the home is a technology CEO with a relative whose house not far away also caught fire Tuesday, records show. Authorities said they were investigating whether there was a link. A man was found dead outside the burning mansion in Colts Neck, and […]

  • E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce; 32 people sickened in US

    NEW YORK — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The strain identified is different than the one linked to romaine earlier this year but appears similar to last year’s outbreak linked to […]

  • Puerto Rico seeks more funds from Congress post-Maria

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico  — Puerto Rico’s governor is imploring U.S. Congress to increase federal funding and approve several measures to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria. Ricardo Rossello released a letter Tuesday asking the U.S. to cover all costs linked to debris removal, declare the entire island a distressed area for tax break purposes and provide a tourism tax credit, among other things. He said the U.S. territory is still struggling more than a year after the Category […]

  • Jenrry Mejia released by Mets after 3 drug suspensions

    NEW YORK  — Pitcher Jenrry Mejia was released Tuesday by the New York Mets after serving three drug suspensions. The 29-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic was told in July by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred that he could return to the big leagues in 2019. Mejia was suspended for life on Feb. 12, 2016, after his third positive test for a banned steroid. The drug agreement allowed him to apply a year later for reinstatement that would be effective a […]

  • Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine seen in images released by prosecutors in racketeering, firearms case

    NEW YORK — Prosecutors on Tuesday released more than a dozen images in their case against Brooklyn-born rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, who was arrested on racketeering and firearm charges. Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was deemed a likely danger to the community and denied bail Monday after a prosecutor said there was evidence that he directed or participated in multiple acts of violence as part of a deadly gang. He is now being held in general population prison in Brooklyn, sources tell PIX11. […]

  • Christie portrait, most expensive in state history, unveiled

    PRINCETON, N.J. — Former Gov. Chris Christie will live on in New Jersey’s statehouse in one of his familiar poses. Christie unveiled his official portrait at a ceremony Monday night. It shows the two-term Republican standing behind a podium he used for news conferences. The Record reports the portrait cost $85,000 in taxpayer, making it the most expensive in state history and more costly than his three predecessors’ combined. At Monday’s unveiling, Christie said he chose the pose because being […]

  • Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine placed in Brooklyn general population prison on racketeering charges: sources

    NEW YORK — Brooklyn-born rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was arrested Monday on racketeering and firearm charges and is now being held in general population prison in Brooklyn, according to sources. Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was deemed a likely danger to the community and denied bail Monday after a prosecutor said there was evidence that he directed or participated in multiple acts of violence as part of a deadly gang. U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman concluded an hourlong hearing by citing “troubling” […]

  • Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine could get life in prison on racketeering, firearm charges

    NEW YORK  — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was deemed a likely danger to the community and denied bail Monday after a prosecutor said there was evidence that he directed or participated in multiple acts of violence as part of a deadly gang. U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman concluded an hourlong hearing by citing “troubling” corroborating evidence offered by a prosecutor to show that 6ix9ine directed or participated in multiple acts of violence over the last eight months. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael […]