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Gettysburg man charged in alleged West Chester U. frat house rape

An off-campus frat house party at West Chester University turned into a nightmare for one young woman, who told cops she was raped.Police arrested a student at the school, 19-year-old Mauricio Sanjuan-Martinez, of Gettysburg Pa., and charged him with rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent...

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 6:21pm

Cops find an arsenal fit to battle zombies in Brooklyn traffic stop

Maybe he was getting ready for the zombie apocalypse.A routine traffic stop turned into a whole lot more for three Brooklyn cops the other day when they say they found the driver armed to the teeth.A Chevy Impala with overly tinted windows near Ralph Avenue and Bainbridge Street caught the eyes of...

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 5:25pm

Two ISIS-inspired Queens women planned WMD attack on NYC: Feds

The feds have arrested two Queens women who they say were radicalized by ISIS and hellbent on “making history” by detonating a mass-casualty bomb in New York City. "We are living … the last war, the big war before the end of day starts, in English they call it Armageddon, we are actually living in...

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 1:02am

Racist Orange Line rider beat MBTA worker at Forest Hills: cops

A deranged Orange Line passenger started beating a female MBTA employee and spewing racial hatred when she roused him at the Forest Hills station.Dion Stickter, 45, was charged with assault on a public employee and trespassing; the Boston man was due in West Roxbury District Court Thursday.The...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 8:41pm

Gov. Charlie Baker's plan for a haircut next Tuesday is all the buzz

Next Tuesday, everyone is going to be talking about Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s hair.That’s because he’s shaving it all off. Well, not exactly. He’s getting a military-style buzzcut and the reason we care is because its all for a good cause -- part of a $2.5 fundraising drive for the Dana-...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:53pm

Ahlam Ahmed, 18, determined to be NYC’s first female Muslim firefighter

A five-foot-tall New York City high school senior who weighs 105 pounds is hoping to become the FDNY’s first female Muslim firefighter.What Ahlam Ahmed may lack in brawn, she makes up for in determination.The Village Voice followed Ahmed, as she and some five dozen other young women held their own...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 6:55pm

NYPD road rage detective in viral video tirade moved from terror unit

New York City’s top cop has put his angriest officer, Patrick Cherry, on modified duty — and taken him off the prestigious FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.Cherry is the veteran detective caught on video berating an Uber driver in foul-mouthed, expletive-filled, xenophobic tirade.The video was posted...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 4:37am

Court shrink found baby-slay mom mentally stable six months ago: Report

The Lower East Side mom accused of suffocating her 20-month-old son in a Midtown burger joint was mentally disturbed and under court supervision for the past four years. Latisha Fisher, 35, was diagnosed to be paranoid-schizophrenic after she was arrested in 2011 on assault and weapons charges, and...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 5:16am

14-year-old Southbridge chess wiz, at U.S. tourney, wants you to play too

When you hear the words grandmaster, the thought of a 14-year-boy is probably not the first thing to come to mind.But that is exactly what you can call Southbridge chess wiz Samuel Sevian, who is in St. Louis this week -- one of 12 -- at the U.S. Chess Championship.Sevian is the youngest American...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 8:20pm

In two states, on same day, 5:45 p.m. meant Amtrak doom for two victims

In an eerie coincidence, two people were killed by Amtrak trains in two different states at the same time -- around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday.One death was just outside Trenton, N.J. and the other in Fairfield, Conn.In the Jersey incident, in Hamilton Township, a Washington to Boston train -- the...

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:27pm

Indiana governor looks to "clarify" law critics say legalizes LGBT bias

A growing national movement to boycott Indiana over a “religious freedom” law that opponents say makes discrimination against gays legal has the state’s Republican governor looking to “clarify” its intent.Thousands marched in Indianapolis Saturday waving “No Hate In Our State” banners as the...

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 5:06pm

Fire Island's gay resort Cherry Grove burns; Grove Hotel, Ice Palace hit

The heart of one of the country’s most popular and oldest LGBT resort towns -- Cherry Grove on Fire Island -- was consumed by flames early Friday morning, according to multiple reports. Two firefighters were injured battling the blaze that ravaged “the entire downtown business district” near Holly...

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 4:37pm

Kerry Kennedy gets Manton award, feted at NYC Council Irish celebration

Fresh off her role as grand marshal of the St. Pat’s for All parade earlier this month in Queens, Kerry Kennedy on Thursday will be feted by the New York City Council.Kennedy at 6 p.m. will get the Thomas J. Manton Irish Person of the Year Award as part of the New York City Council's Irish Heritage...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:15pm

Urban archaeologist Gil Shapiro holds epic stoop sale -- at Guernsey's

Not too shabby for a pack rat.In fact, most might say, pretty fabulous.Gil Shapiro is an urban archaeologist of international renown.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 4:50pm

VIRAL VIDEO: Piccolo Girl's 15 minutes extended by Jimmy Fallon

The piccolo girl’s “15 minutes” is in overtime.Her appearance on The Tonight Show, sitting in with The Roots, has now gotten nearly 1.2 million views.The #PiccoloGirl is Roxanne Chalifoux, a senior at Villanova, who has taken Twitter, Vine and Instagram by storm.The video and images of her tears as...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:31pm

Novella Williams, civil rights dynamo and Philly "treasure," dead at 87

Novella Williams, a longtime Philadelphia civic leader, civil rights activist, and mentor has died. She was 87.Williams was the founder of Citizens for Progress and many other community groups, and worked for years both on the national and local stage fighting the good fight for diversity, human...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 9:21pm

VIDEO: It’s Cardinal Dolan vs. Gov. Cuomo in school tax credit rift

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan stars in a new “substantial” TV ad buy that calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get an education tax credit passed for parents who send their kids to private school.And he and other bishops from around New York State plan a Palm Sunday Mass blitz this weekend with a letter...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 4:54pm

Bronx family of man fatally punched in parking dispute want justice

A Bronx contractor who cops say fatally punched his 68-year-old neighbor after accusing the victim of almost backing up into his two daughters is expected to be back in court Friday after a judge denied him bail.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 4:32am

NYC identifies remains of 9/11 victim Matthew David Yarnell

It was a poignant reminder that many families, more than 13 years after the 9/11 attacks of 2001, still have no closure.For one New Jersey family on Thursday came the news that the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office had, through new DNA analysis, identified the remains of Matthew David Yarnell...

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:28pm

Fed by winter winds, fire rips into eight homes in Woodhaven, Queens

More than 170 firefighters responded to a devastating wind-whipped fire that tore through a row of wood frame houses in Woodhaven, Queens, officials said Thursday morning.In all, the four-alarmer damaged eight homes and sent two kids and three adults to the hospital.Seven firefighters were also...

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 6:08am