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  • HUD official Lynne Patton, PIX11 reporter get stuck in NYCHA elevator

    UPPER WEST SIDE — On her second week rooming inside NYCHA complexes, Department of Urban Development official Lynne Patton got stuck in an elevator at the Frederick Douglass Houses. PIX11’s Monica Morales, who was also in the malfunctioning elevator, tweeted out a selfie with Patton, along with other reporters, smiling at the camera. About 10 minutes into the elevator stalling, NYCHA tweeted out that the FDNY were on scene. The group was let out about 5 minutes later. We have […]

  • Man pleads guilty in rape, murder and dismemberment of Pennsylvania teen

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim’s adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer. A jury outside Philadelphia will determine a sentence of either life in prison or death. Grace’s adoptive mother, Sara Packer, 44, is expected to testify against Sullivan during the penalty […]

  • NY court: Public allowed to see police body camera footage

    NEW YORK  — Police body camera footage is subject to public disclosure under New York law, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The Appellate Division panel rejected a police union’s argument that body camera footage constitutes a personnel record and is therefore covered by a state law keeping police personnel records secret. Body camera video “is more akin to arrest or stop reports, and not records primarily generated for disciplinary and promotional purposes,” the court said. “To hold otherwise would […]

  • Police: Tip that Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are investigating a tip that on the night “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman told The Associated Press Tuesday. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the person who lives in the building or was visiting someone there reported seeing the three together the night in question last […]

  • Payless files for bankruptcy, closing North American stores

    NEW YORK — Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America. The filing on Monday came a day after the shoe chain began holding going-out-of-business sales at its North American stores. The company, based in Topeka, Kansas, updated the number of stores it is closing to 2,500, up from the 2,100 it cited on Friday when it confirmed it was planning to liquidate its business. It reiterated that stores will […]

  • Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe has died at 92

    LOS ANGELES — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness. Newcombe, like Dodgers teammate Jackie Robinson, was signed by Branch Rickey from the Negro Leagues and went on to make a huge mark […]

  • Jussie Smollett cut from ‘Empire’ episodes amid attack controversy: reports

    As controversy surrounding Jussie Smollett’s assault continues, the ‘Empire’ actor is being cut from scenes, according to multiple media reports. Citing “well-placed sources,” Deadline reports the actor, who plays gay singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon, is being slashed from scenes that are in production this week. The reports come days after producers of the Fox television drama supported Smollett, saying his character was not being written off the show. On Sunday, Chicago police said they’re still seeking a follow-up interview with Smollett […]

  • NY Times reporter detained, expelled from Egypt upon arrival at airport

    CAIRO — Egyptian authorities have detained and expelled a New York Times journalist upon his arrival at Cairo international airport, the latest move in the country’s crackdown on free speech and the media. The newspaper reports Wednesday that security officials held former Cairo bureau chief David Kirkpatrick for seven hours without food or water after confiscating his mobile phone, before sending him back on a flight to London on Tuesday. Egypt under general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has launched an unprecedented assault […]

  • Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

    PARIS — Chanel’s iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. He was around 85 years old. Such was the enigma surrounding the German-born designer that even his age was a point of mystery for decades, with reports he had two birth certificates, one dated 1933 and the other 1938. Chanel said Lagerfeld died early Tuesday. Lagerfeld was […]

  • Protests slam Trump’s emergency declaration for border wall

    NEW YORK — Protesters converged in cities around the country Monday to decry President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall. Organized by the liberal group MoveOn and others, the demonstrations took the occasion of Presidents Day to assail Trump’s proclamation as undemocratic and anti-immigrant. “Trump is the national emergency!” chanted a group of hundreds lined up at the White House fence, where some held up large letters spelling out “stop power grab.” […]

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