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Passenger train derails in New York

NYT: A Metro-North passenger train has derailed in the Bronx area of New York City killing at least 4 people and injuring scores more. The NTSB has sent a team to the city to investigate what is being treated as an accident.

Follow all the updates and see more photos on BreakingNews.com

Photo: Derailed Metro-North train (Edwin Valero/Associated Press)

FBI arrests lawmakers in plot to rig NYC Mayor race

The New York Times: New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, a contractor and real estate developer who rose to become the first black president of the State Senate, and City Councilman Daniel J. Halloran III were arrested early Tuesday on charges of trying to fix this year’s mayoral race in New York City, according to federal prosecutors.

Photo: State Senator Malcolm A. Smith was arrested Tuesday morning in Addisleigh Park, Queens. (Robert Stolarik for The New York Times)

New York City’s Pattycake the gorilla dies

New York Daily News: Pattycake, the first gorilla born in New York City, who became a beloved favorite at the Bronx Zoo, has died. She was 40.

'Pattycake was perhaps the best known gorilla at the Bronx Zoo, and an institution in New York City,' said zoo director Jim Breheny. 'Millions of children in New York City grew up with Pattycake.'

Photo: Pattycake the gorilla (Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society/Julie Larsen Maher)

Photographer says was not within reach of man struck by subway train
Today Show: A New York Post freelance photographer at the center of controversy for taking pictures of a man shortly before he was fatally struck by a subway train defended himself on the Today Show Wednesday. He says there was no way he could have saved the man.
R. Umar Abbasi says the photos he took were very dark and lightened by the New York Post. He intended to use the flash to alert the subway driver there was a problem on the tracks.
"If I was in a reachable distance, I would’ve grabbed him and tried to pull him," Abbasi says of the victim.

Photographer says was not within reach of man struck by subway train

Today Show: A New York Post freelance photographer at the center of controversy for taking pictures of a man shortly before he was fatally struck by a subway train defended himself on the Today Show Wednesday. He says there was no way he could have saved the man.

R. Umar Abbasi says the photos he took were very dark and lightened by the New York Post. He intended to use the flash to alert the subway driver there was a problem on the tracks.

"If I was in a reachable distance, I would’ve grabbed him and tried to pull him," Abbasi says of the victim.

Statue of Liberty illuminated again for first time since Hurricane Sandy

The Statue of Liberty was illuminated Friday evening for the first time since it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The statue, one of the city’s top tourist attractions, has been closed because of damage resulting from the storm that hit New York Oct. 29, with no estimate on when it will reopen to visitors.
The monument, reports the Associated Press, was re-lit through temporary measures made possible by a donation of equipment and services from Musco Lighting to the National Park Foundation, which is the official charity of America’s national parks, according to a statement from the National Park Service.
 Another company, Natoli Construction, handled the lighting of the statue’s torch and crown.
More from the Associated Press.

(Source: Washington Post)

Commuters to NYC face snarls 1 week after Sandy

NBC New York: Commuters entering New York City are enduring long waits and crowded trains a week after Sandy ravaged the New Jersey and New York coastlines.

Trains are so crowded on the Long Island Rail Road that dozens of people have missed trains. Lines for the ferry in Jersey City have stretched to several hundred people. And NJ Transit shut down its North Jersey Coast Line after overcrowding.

Photo via Getty Images

New York mass transit to shut down in preparation for Sandy

NBC New York: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that subways, buses and commuter rails will begin shutting down at 7 p.m. Sunday. Bridges and tunnels will close on a “case by case basis.”

The announcement comes as Hurricane Sandy roars towards the Northeast US; it is expected to make landfall early Tuesday near the southern New Jersey coast.

Photo: Commuters exit the Canal St. A, C and E subway station which was boarded up with plywood to help prevent flooding on Oct. 27 in New York City. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

New York City bans sales of large sugary drinks

JUST IN: New York City’s Board of Health has approved a ban on sales of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. This is the first restriction of its kind in the U.S., The New York Times reports.

Photo: From left, Benjamin, 8, Alana, 10, and Sara Lesczynski, 8, of New York hold “Big Gulp” drinks while protesting the proposed “soda-ban” that New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has suggested in New York on July 9, 2012. (Andrew Burton / Reuters)

reuters:

Sixty-four percent of people surveyed in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll on sugary drinks think New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to regulate the sale of sugary drinks in large volumes gives the government too much control over a person’s decision about their own diets. [REUTERS]

(Reblogged from reuters)

The space shuttle Enterprise flew over New York City today on the back of a modified jumbo jet, part of its journey from the Smithsonian museum in Washington to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum in Manhattan. (Photo via davidandrako)

(Reblogged from davidandrako)
(Reblogged from joshsternberg)