Kimberly M. Aquilina Metro

Kimberly M. Aquilina

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Crane part crashes into Three World Trade Center

A crane pulley struck ThreeWorld Trade Center on Thursday night.Police and fire crews were called to the scene after a crane pulley assembly crashed into the 12th floor just before 8:30 p.m.Tishman Construction spokesman John Gallagher said in a statement that the wind caused the weighted ball to...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 8:33 AM

Burger business bad? Presidential election might be to blame, CEO says

Are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton messing with burger sales? Instead of "Where's the beef," Wendy's is asking, "Where's the money?"Same-store sales are in a slump and Wendy's CEO, Todd Penegor, said the election season is the reason."When a consumer is a little uncertain around their future and...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 6:06 AM

Brooklyn woman 'traumatized' after home ransacked by NYPD narcs: Complaint

An elderly Brooklyn woman said she was left "traumatized" by police officers who ransacked her apartment without a warrant last year.Lydia Pruitt, 65, said she was getting ready for a doctor's appointment at about 7 a.m. on May 14 when she heard loud noises.“I heard a ‘Boom!’ then another ‘Boom!’...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 4:37 AM

Olympic gymnast Alexa Moreno 'fat' by Internet troll standards

Mexican Olympic gymnastAlexa Moreno, weighing a mere 99 pounds, can't even escape the wrath of Internet trolls who called her "gorda" ("fat").After competingin the uneven bars, beam and vault and floor exercise routines, trollsscurried to their keyboards to body-shame the 22-year-old athlete....

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 5:43 AM

Staten Island 'T' for Trump replaced after being burned

A Donald Trump supporter has built a bigger, red-white-and-blue "T" for his Staten Island lawn after the first "T" was incinerated by vandals.Sam Pirozzoloand artistScott LoBaido, who calls himself a "patriot," got together after the first 12-foothomage to the Republican presidential candidate was...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 2:35 AM

Montgomery County man caught in Child Predator Section web

A Montgomery County man was arrested on Mondayafter allegedly using the internet to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy.Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office announced the arrest of Norristown residentCharles Edward Christmannon Tuesday at the...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 6:54 AM

Bill Nye The Science Guy, Questlove light up skyline for National Park Service centennial

A New York City first will take place at the end of August.Bill Nye the science guy, Questlove and New Yorkers are invited to join together in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday and control the color of the lights on the One World Trade Center spire to celebrate the National Park Service centennial....

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 1:33 AM

PHOTOS: US men's gymnastics team strips to their Speedos and the internet loves it

The U.S. Olympic men's gymnastics team wants you to love them for their bodies.Of course, winning would be great and the team is the front runner going into Mondaynight's finals after finishing second behind China in qualifying rounds, the Wall Street Journal reported, but the chiseled and flexible...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 11:38 PM

Boston PD veteran could avoid prison for fraud: Prosecutors

Officer Eddie B. Odney, a nine-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, is expected to plead guilty to access device fraud ata federal hearing on Monday. The 38-year-old can avoid prison time if the judge accepts his plea and the officerpermanently resigns from the force, the Boston Herald...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 7:15 PM

Murder-suicide note in home where bodies of parents, 3 children found: Police

Authorities have identified the family that was found dead on Saturdayin an apparent murder-suicide in their Pennsylvania home.TheBerks County District Attorney's Office identified thegunshot victimsasMark Short, 40, his wife, Megan, 33, and their children Lianna, 8, Mark Jr., 5, and Willow, 2,...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 6:25 PM

PHOTOS: Opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

Millions watched whileBrazil took the audience from the beginning of time through history to themodernday in the 2016 Summer Olympic opening ceremony. From the sea to slavery to industrial growth to Gisele Bündchen, Brazil shared its history with the world.As NBC's Matt Lauer reminded us, Brazil...

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 5:51 AM

VIDEOS: Olympic-sized oof! Olympic disasters of the past

Leading up to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, there have been some bumps in the road: a spike in crime in Brazil, a lack of security, a president facing impeachment, pollution andBrazil's economic strain to name a few. The world is waiting to see if Brazil can pull it off.Will Brazil's...

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 4:56 AM

Watch the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony here

The opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro will start Friday at 7 p.m. ET from Maracana Stadium, but those not in Terra do Brasil will have to wait— NBC is airing the ceremony on a delay.ET/CT users: Watch the stream here at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CTMT users: Watch the...

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 4:14 AM

What book is the most Brooklyn? Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize competition aims to find out

The Brooklyn Public Library is holding its second annual Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize competition. The longlist of authors was chosen by borough bookstores. The award is given to one fiction author and one nonfiction author who have lived in Brooklyn, portrayed the borough in their work or...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 6:52 AM

VIDEO: Two arrested for rumble at Wawa

Police in Philadelphia arrested two people they say were involved in the Wawabrouhahaon July 29 in Tacony.Barbara Bayona, 43, and Jonathan Rodriguez, 20, both from Ditman Street have been charged with riot, criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct for fighting...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 5:20 AM

'Blue Lives Matter' bill: Attacks on police would be a hate crime

New York State AssemblymanRonald Castorina (R-S.I.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would make assaulting a police officer a hate crime. The act, dubbed the "Blue Lives Matter" bill, would allow for heavier sentences than the law currently allowsfor violence against police.Hate crimes are acts...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 2:37 AM

Queens jogger beaten and raped, $20K reward offered after DNA found: Police

Police are increasing the reward to$20,000 for information leading to an arrest in the strangulation of a Queens woman who was beaten and raped before being killed while out jogging on the evening of Aug. 2.The reward increased after DNA— possibly from the killer — was recovered on Karina Vetrano's...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 12:25 AM

PHOTOS: Winnie-The-Pooh and friends are home again in the Big Apple

Moving fromHundred Acre Wood to the big city might get an "Oh bother" from Winnie-the-Pooh, but the original Pooh bear and his pals—Eeyore, Kanga, Piglet andTigger— are back where they belong after a year of conservation work, includingneck alignments, clavicle repairsand bottom fluffing.In the...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:03 AM

Princess of Denmark spreads joy with Lego delivery in Rio

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark delivered 5,000 boxes of Legobricks to municipal schools in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday as part of a campaign to promote Danish culture, sports, entertainment and tourismagainst the backdrop of the multi-national Summer Olympics in Brazil.”Legohas become one of...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 4:34 AM

SEPTA phasing in Silverliner V cars through November

Philadelphia-area commuters will have to wait a little longer for a normal commute.SEPTA announced on Wednesdaya slow return of Silverliner V cars starting around Labor Dayand a return to full service inOctober.About 10 of the 120 cars,which make up a third of the squadron of the rail cars,from...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 1:38 AM