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AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey Gas Prices Down Sharply

AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey Gas Prices Down Sharply
Motorists are seeing sharply lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.48, down 6 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.43. This marks the sixth straight week that pump prices have fallen in New Jersey. The national average price on Friday was $2.67, down 6 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying ...

Officials: 4th NYC Person With Legionnaires' Disease Dies

Officials: 4th NYC Person With Legionnaires' Disease DiesA New York City health official says there likely will be more cases of Legionnaires' disease over the coming days amid an outbreak that has sickened dozens. Dr. Jay Varma tells The Associated Press Saturday he believes people may have been infected before the city cleaned cooling towers where the disease-causing bacteria had been found. City officials say four people have died and 65 cases have been reported in the Bronx since July 10. The legionella bacteria were discovered at five buildings in the South Bronx. Varma, a deputy ...    Full Story »

NY's Medical Pot Distributors Reflect Industry's Evolution

NY's Medical Pot Distributors Reflect Industry's EvolutionAmerica's medical marijuana industry has come a long way from its beginnings 20 years ago. Entrepreneurs, physicians and well-heeled investors are now getting into the business as New York works toward becoming the latest state to authorize cannabis for conditions like cancer, epilepsy and AIDS. State health officials on Friday announced five companies that will grow and dispense the medication when the program begins next year. They include three organizations with experience in other states. Each one will operate one greenhouse ...    Full Story »

Saudi Arabia Asks NY Judge To Drop It From Sept. 11 Lawsuit (3 opinions)

Saudi Arabia Asks NY Judge To Drop It From Sept. 11 LawsuitAn attorney for Saudi Arabia says that nation had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks and should be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits brought by victims' families. Attorney Michael Kellogg made the argument Thursday during a hearing in New York. Saudi Arabia was dismissed nine years ago from the litigation but was restored as a defendant in 2013 by a federal appeals court in Manhattan. Kellogg says there are no facts showing Saudi Arabia knew of the attacks in advance or knowingly aided terrorists. The lawsuits were brought ...    Full Story »

Comptroller Says NYC Should Be Quicker To Fix Potholes (1 opinions)

Comptroller Says NYC Should Be Quicker To Fix PotholesComptroller Scott Stringer says New York City should be quicker to repair the potholes that have cost taxpayers $138 million in settlements over the last six years. Stringer released an analysis of pothole and trip-and-fall claims Thursday. He says filling potholes "remains an uphill battle." He said it took an average of 6.7 days for the Department of Transportation to complete a pothole work order in the first four months of fiscal year 2015. The transportation department responded that it has filled 370,000 potholes since the ...    Full Story »

Ex-NY Senate Leader, Son Plead Not Guilty To Latest Charges

Ex-NY Senate Leader, Son Plead Not Guilty To Latest ChargesA former New York state Senate leader and his son have pleaded not guilty to the latest charges against them in a corruption case. Dean Skelos and his 33-year-old son, Adam, entered the pleas Thursday at their arraignment in Manhattan federal court. They've been free on bail since their May arrests. Dean Skelos was the state's most powerful Republican before stepping down from the leadership position after his arrest on conspiracy and extortion charges. He retains his Senate seat. Prosecutors say he took official actions so his son ...    Full Story »

Treyger Applauds Rep. Meng and Congress for Reintroducing Bill to Provide FEMA Aid to Houses of Worship

Treyger Applauds Rep. Meng and Congress for Reintroducing Bill to Provide FEMA Aid to Houses of WorshipCouncil Member Mark Treyger, Chairman of the Committee on Recovery & Resiliency, strongly applauds members of Congress, including Rep. Grace Meng of Queens, for reintroducing the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act (H.R. 3066), which would allow houses of worship to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid. Current FEMA regulations exclude houses of worship from eligibility for disaster relief, even though there is no federal law specifically prohibiting congregations from receiving FEMA aid. In February, Council ...    Full Story »

Queens: MTA Worker Accused of Murder in Jewish Jeweler Hit-Run Death (5 opinions)

Queens: MTA Worker Accused of Murder in Jewish Jeweler Hit-Run DeathAn MTA train operator has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of jeweler-to-the-stars Aranbayev in Queens. The suspect, 46-year-old Charles Jordan, was taken into custody at his Valley Stream home Thursday morning after an auto body shop working on his damaged Dodge Magnum called police. NYPD detectives are searching the Jordan's house now. Police say Jordan got into a verbal dispute with Aranbayev after the victim was dropped off outside his Forest Hills home just after 11 p.m. on July 19. Apparently, Jordan was ...    Full Story »

IG Report: NYPD Body Cameras Should Record All Interactions

IG Report: NYPD Body Cameras Should Record All InteractionsBefore the NYPD moves forward with its body camera program for officers, the department's inspector general wants his own say on how the program should be expanded. In December, the NYPD outfitted 54 of its officers with body cameras in six precincts. In the first examination of this pilot program, the inspector general is urging One Police Plaza to broaden its standard for when officers should record interactions with the public. The inspector general's report suggests officers record all street encounters or all investigative ...    Full Story »

Police: Escapee Still Cooperating A Month After Capture (3 opinions)

Police: Escapee Still Cooperating A Month After CaptureThe New York state police major who led the manhunt for two killers who broke out of a prison said the surviving escapee is still cooperating with investigators a month after his capture. Maj. Charles Guess says Wednesday every interview with David Sweat so far has been fruitful and he expects more as the investigation continues. Sweat and Richard Matt broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York on June 6. Matt was shot and killed by searchers June 26. Sweat was shot and captured two days later. Sweat began giving ...    Full Story »

Excessive Heat Warning Remains For Parts Of New Jersey (2 opinions)

Excessive Heat Warning Remains For Parts Of New JerseyThunderstorms are expected to punctuate the hazy, hot and humid conditions that continue to blanket New Jersey. An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for Mercer, Gloucester, Camden and northwest Burlington counties. Forecasters say the heat and humidity will combine to make it feel like it is 100 degrees. Some thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected to cool things down a bit. They could also cause flooding in poor drainage areas. The National Weather Service says temperatures are likely to remain in ...    Full Story »

Court Nixes Release Of New York Chokehold Death Testimony

Court Nixes Release Of New York Chokehold Death TestimonyA New York appeals court says the public can't see the testimony a grand jury heard before declining to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. A state Supreme Court Appellate Division panel ruled Wednesday. A lower-court judge declined in March to release the testimony following Eric Garner's death, citing longstanding principles of grand jury secrecy. City Public Advocate Letitia James and legal groups say they'll keep fighting to make the information public. They say people need a clearer view of ...    Full Story »

De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Be Careful During Heat Wave

De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Be Careful During Heat WaveMayor Bill de Blasio is warning New Yorkers to take precautions during the heat wave that has gripped the nation’s largest city. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Thursday. De Blasio on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to hydrate and check on vulnerable neighbors like the elderly and those with medical conditions. He said that the city would open 500 cooling centers and extend public pools’ hours. He also urged New Yorkers to use their air conditioners in moderation for fear of putting a strain ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: Four Teens Robbed At Gunpoint In Marine Park (4 opinions)

Brooklyn: Four Teens Robbed At Gunpoint In Marine ParkThe NYPD is asking the public's assistance identifying the suspects wanted for robbery in Marine Park. Details are as follows: On Monday, July 27, 2015, at 10:40PM, the four victims, two 15-year-old males, a 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old male, where hanging out in Marine park when the three suspects, one armed with a gun, approached them and demanded their property. The victims complied and the suspects fled with two iPhones, a debit card, identification and an undetermined amount of money. There were no reported injuries. The ...    Full Story »

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Shot In Arm In Brooklyn

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Shot In Arm In BrooklynAn off-duty New York Police Department officer has been wounded in a shooting. It happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in Brooklyn. Police say the 33-year-old officer was shot in the right arm and suffered a graze wound to the torso. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He's listed in stable condition. Police say the shooting occurred during an armed robbery on Bradford Street in the East New York section. Further details were not immediately available. There have been no arrests. The investigation is ...    Full Story »

Feds Seek Meeting With Christie, Cuomo Over Rail Tunnels (1 opinions)

Feds Seek Meeting With Christie, Cuomo Over Rail TunnelsThe U.S. transportation secretary wants to meet with the governors of New Jersey and New York to discuss stalled plans for new Hudson River rail tunnels. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sent a letter Monday to Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York urging them to meet with him in the next two weeks to put together a strategy for building new crossings. The letter comes after a series of train delays for New Jersey Transit riders. Foxx is requesting the governors discuss their states' roles in a ...    Full Story »

NY Prison Worker Joyce Mitchell Pleads Guilty In Escape of Two Killers (2 opinions)

NY Prison Worker Joyce Mitchell Pleads Guilty In Escape of Two KillersA New York prison employee has pleaded guilty to helping two killers escape last month. Joyce Mitchell, a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility, was jailed shortly after Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped on June 6. Matt was shot and killed three weeks later. Sweat was captured and sent to another prison. Mitchell admitted providing hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch tool and a screwdriver to Matt. Authorities say she agreed to be their getaway driver but backed out at the last moment. Mitchell was in court Tuesday ...    Full Story »

Suspect Arrested By NYPD After Escaping From Police Precinct

Suspect Arrested By NYPD After Escaping From Police PrecinctPolice say a drug suspect who escaped from a New York City police station last week has been recaptured. Arthur Collins was arrested Monday and charged with escaping jail. Police say the 57-year-old took off from a stationhouse in Harlem Friday evening. He had been arrested earlier in the day after officers found him in a Madison Avenue apartment building without permission. They say he had cocaine, heroin, marijuana and a firearms silencer. Police say he escaped while the officers were processing his arrest. (AP)

Governor Cuomo Announces New LaGuardia Airport (1 opinions)

Governor Cuomo Announces New LaGuardia AirportGov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday introduced a plan to redesign and rebuild LaGuardia airport, replacing the cramped, outdated hub with a unified terminal that will have more than double the operational space for airliners. "Welcome to the new LaGuardia Airport," Cuomo said. "This is what New Yorkers deserve and have deserved for a long time. And now we're going to get it." He said the current airport is a collection of cramped terminals with high volume and low ceilings, and is "un-New York." "It's slow, it's dated, it has a terrible ...    Full Story »
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