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NYC launches new ad campaign to fight against fatbergs

New York City officials want the city’s sewer system to be fatberg free, and they need your help. Trouble is brewing in the city’s sewer system in the form of “fatbergs,” a portmanteau of the words “fat” and “iceberg” to describe deposits of grease, wipes and other debris that clog up sewers and...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:21pm

NYC transit activists race M14 bus to show need for dedicated bus lane

What’s the fastest way to get across Manhattan during morning rush hour: the M14 bus, or a brisk walk? Transportation Alternatives along with the NY League of Conservation Voters put the question to the test on Wednesday when a group of pedestrians set out to “race” the MTA bus, which has a...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 2:27pm

Man killed in subway tunnel may have gotten caught on 7 train

Officials are investigating after a 39-year-old man was killed Tuesday night when he was reportedly caught and dragged into a subway tunnel by a 7 train at Grand Central Terminal. Early reports of the incident said that the man’s clothing or strap of his bag became caught on the train as it left...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 12:52pm

NYC could get up to 4 inches of snow on Wednesday

A bout of wintry New York City weather could impact the Wednesday evening commute as up to 4 inches of snow could fall on the region, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters are warning that snow and a “light glaze” of ice could make for slippery, hazardous road conditions this...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 10:21am

Thousands expected for NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen's funeral

After hundreds of friends, family and fellow law enforcement officers paid their respects for fallen NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen at wakes on Monday and Tuesday, thousands are expected to gather Wednesday for his funeral. Det. Simonsen, a 19-year veteran of the police force, was killed last...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 10:17am

Overnight work on B, D lines means weeknight closures for 3 weeks: MTA

Overnight New York City subway closures begin this week for straphangers who rely on the B and D lines in a return of the MTA’s Fastrack maintenance and repair work, the transit authority announced.  To advance the ongoing MTA Subway Action Plan to fix the aged, in-crisis New York City subway...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:51pm

New York AG James files brief in lawsuit over MDC heating outage

Though not helming the lawsuit against the federal Department of Justice concerning a power outage in February that left more than 1,600 inmates at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center without heat, Attorney General Letitia James filed a "friend of the court" brief supporting the case on...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:49pm

Big thaw hits Harbin ice sculptures in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Ice and snow sculptures carved by nearly 10,000 artists in the city of Harbin have melted during a sudden warm spell, forcing the earliest closure of the main venue at China's biggest winter festival. Daytime temperatures have poked...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 4:00am

Trump's biggest 2020 challenger: The East Coast

Will the last East Coast politician to announce a 2020 presidential run please turn out the lights? With former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld announcing on Friday that he would launch what seemed unthinkable a few months ago — a GOP primary challenge to President Trump — the nation's incubator of...

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 5:05pm

Multiple police, civilians shot at manufacturing facility in Illinois

Police in Aurora, Illinois responded to reports of a shooting at manufacturing facility Friday afternoon.  A gunman opened fire inside the facility and multiple people were shot. The shooting took place at the Henry Pratt Company. Aurora is located just outside of Chicago. The FBI, ATF...

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 4:49pm

We've got this mountain of trash - why don't we ski down it?

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - What to do with the mountain of garbage a major metropolitan area produces is an age-old question. Copenhagen has come up with a brand-new answer: ski down the mountain. Well, not exactly. The waste is actually inside Copenhill, a waste-treatment plant 10...

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 1:00pm

'Tinder for cows' matches livestock in the mood for love

By Matthew Stock PETERSFIELD, England (Reuters) - A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Called "Tudder" - a mix of dating app Tinder and udder - it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like the look of....

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 4:00pm

Toronto police probe hurling of chair from high-rise balcony

By Tyler Choi TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto police said on Monday they are investigating an incident of a woman hurling a chair from the balcony of a high-rise condominium that was captured on a video that went viral. The video, captioned "Good morning," shows a woman with long, blond hair and...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 1:35pm

Indonesia police apologise for using snake in Papua interrogation

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police have apologised and pledged disciplinary action after officers draped a live snake around the neck of a suspect to persuade him to confess during an interrogation session in the easternmost area of Papua. A video circulated online shows a man...

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 7:00am

Saudi Arabia says has 'nothing to do' with Bezos-AMI dispute

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia had "absolutely nothing to do" with the National Enquirer's reporting on an extramarital relationship involving Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, the kingdom's minister of state for foreign affairs said. Bezos accused American Media Inc (AMI), the Enquirer's owner...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 9:51am

Activists to rally Friday afternoon against NYPD crackdown on cyclists

Bike activists will rally on Friday after an NYPD officer reportedly tackled a bike rider in Midtown, which was just one incident in a rash of police ticketing cyclists in the area. Cyclists, delivery workers and other transportation activists will gather in Midtown between 8th and 9th Avenues...

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 2:33pm

Amazon reconsidering HQ2 in Queens amid backlash: Report

The Amazon HQ2 in Queens deal may be off as the tech giant reconsiders coming to New York City amid a less-than-warm welcome from residents and politicians.  Ever since Amazon announced it would set up its second headquarters in Long Island City, it’s faced backlash from protestors and...

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 12:19pm

Cuomo tells lawmakers its either congestion pricing or 30 percent fare hike to fix MTA

The only solution to the MTA’s funding crisis is either a congestion pricing or a 30 percent fare hike, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told lawmakers on Thursday. Cuomo proposed a congestion pricing plan to the New York state legislature as the only “logical and realistic” option to fund the transit authority...

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 11:26am

A sneak peek at the Bronx stars of Animal Planet's The Zoo Season 3

If you’ve been to the Bronx Zoo, you know there’s tons of animals to see on its expansive campus. But when you watch the Animal Planet The Zoo TV show, which starts its third season this Sunday, you get to go behind those exhibit walls. From a kangaroo undergoing cryotherapy for its arthritis to...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 7:54pm

MTA inflating number of accessible subway stations says Manhattan borough pres

Out of all 472 New York City subway stations, 114 are currently accessible, according to the MTA, but a new report from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office says that already-small number is actually inflated. In January, Malaysia Goodson died after falling down subway station stairs...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:43pm