July 28, 2021

New York

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2 teens charged with gang assault in viral beating of off-duty FDNY firefighter
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Two teen suspects were arrested Tuesday over their alleged role in the brutal beatdown of a 44-year-old off-duty FDNY firefighter in a Queens park, police said. The boys, ages 14 and 15, were turned over by their parents to police and subsequently charged with gang assault in the caught-on-video attack in Juniper Valley Park last Friday night, cops said. A third suspect remains on the loose. The unidentified juveniles are accused of ganging up on the victim, who was walking his dog, after he confronted a large unruly crowd of teens setting off fireworks and creating a ruckus in the park, according to the NYPD.
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Suspect wanted for threatening, robbing 11-year-old girl
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JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens (WABC) -- Police released surveillance photos of a suspected predator wanted in the attack of an 11-year-old girl on her way to the grocery in Queens. Authorities say the suspect grabbed the girl around 8:45 a.m. Sunday as she was walking near 86th Street and Northern Boulevard. That is when he allegedly grabbed her from behind by the neck, dragged her into an ally, put a metal object to her throat and made sexually threatening statements.
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Drivers Turn Highways Into Personal Parking Lots While Waiting To Pick Up Passengers From Tri-State Area Airports
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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Officials say drivers are parking on highways by airports while waiting for passengers to land.Not only is it dangerous, but it’s also illegal.Fast-moving cars and planes flying above are both normal sights along the 1&9 by Newark Airport, but what has also become normal is drivers making a gravel-and-dirt patch on the highway their temporary parking lot.Not far away, more people were doing the same thing. CBS2 saw 18 vehicles lining up and down the emergency lane.“This is convenient, cheap and free,” one driver said.It’s also illegal. As CBS2 started recording, some drivers started leaving. One person peeled off right as an 18-wheeler trailed behind at high speeds.“And if police came and ticketed you, would you be OK with that?” CBS2’s Cory James asked one driver.
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‘We Love You’: Athletes, Fans Offer Support To Simone Biles After She Withdrew From Olympics Gymnastics Team Final
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Former teammates are showing their support for Olympic gymnast Simone Biles after she pulled out of the team finals at the summer games; CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis reports.
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Jets, Giants Report To Training Camp
New York

Tuesday was report day for the Jets and the Giants with the first official practices taking place Wednesday.
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Queens man faces hate-crime charges in anti-Muslim attacks
New York

A Queens man faces hate crime charges after a string of recent anti-Muslim attacks. Naved Durrni, 30, surrendered to police Tuesday after seeing his face in the media, cops said. Durrni targeted two Muslim couples on June 20, and threatened a Muslim woman on Sunday, cops said. He first attacked a 31-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman as they walked near Liberty Ave. and Lefferts Blvd. in South Richmond Hill about 9:15 p.m. June 20, screaming epithets at them, cops said. Durrni punched the man in the back and tugged on the woman’s hijab before punching her in the arm, cops said.
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He's the Boss: Springsteen doesn't want a NJ rest stop named after him
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New Jersey is sprucing up highway rest stops by naming them after famous Garden State celebrities like Whitney Houston and Jon Bon Jovi, but there’s one glaring omission – The Boss.The revamped rest stops also include bathroom breaks devoted to “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini and Frank Sinatra. The names were approved for National New Jersey Day Tuesday and the Garden State Parkway areas will also include “Hard Rock Café-style exhibits.”
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De Blasio gets earful from Bronx business owners, street vendors
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Bronx business leaders beseeched Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday for help against rising crime and declining quality of life, including competition from illegal street vendors — who made their own pitch to Hizzoner.Directors of eight of the borough’s 11 Business Improvement Districts plus reps from the Bronx Chamber of Commerce met with de Blasio at Roberto Clemente Plaza in the South Bronx, according to Third Avenue BID head Michael Brady.
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U.S. Capitol Police Officers Describe Experiences During Jan. 6 Attack
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Police officers described the violent attacks and racial slurs they endured during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Their emotional testimony came during the start of Congressional hearings; CBS2's Dick Brennan reports.
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Two NYPD cops fired after department trial finds they had sex with teen; face no charges after girl stops cooperating with prosecutors
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Two cops were fired from the NYPD after having sex with a troubled teen who joined the department’s Explorer program — but dodged rape charges after the girl refused to cooperate with prosecutors. The disturbing case against officers Yaser Shohatee and Sanad Musallam was spelled out in a disciplinary trial judge’s March decision posted on the NYPD’s web site this week. “Both (officers) have been found guilty of shocking professional and sexual misconduct,” assistant deputy commissioner of trials Paul Gamble wrote in a bombshell 41-page ruling.
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Staten Island woman put up swastikas, anti-Semitic flyers: D.A.
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Prosecutors Tuesday accused a Staten Island woman of leaving swastika stickers and anti-Semitic flyers on private property around her neighborhood in the days after the 2020 presidential election. Gina Aversano, 49, affixed the Nazi symbol on a boulder at Wolfe’s Pond Park on Nov. 4, and on a van near Tysens Lane in New Dorp on Nov. 5, according to a criminal complaint. Sometime between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, she also glued a flyer reading “Antifa is a Jewish Communist Militia” on a sign at a Stop & Shop on Hylan Blvd., and on a parking meter on New Dorp Lane, prosecutors said.
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CDC Issues Updated Mask Guidance For Vaccinated Individuals
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The CDC says people who live in areas where the COVID spread is high or substantial should wear masks indoors. Those areas take up more than 60% of the country; CBS2's Jessica Layton reports.
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Man Gets Life Sentence for Killing NJ Woman Who Mistook His Car for Uber
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A South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the 2019 abduction and murder of a 21-year-old college student who mistook his car for her Uber ride.The jury took a little more than an hour to find Nathaniel Rowland guilty of killing Samantha Josephson of Robbinsville, New Jersey. He was arrested the day after the University of South Carolina student disappeared from Columbia’s Five Points entertainment district in March 2019.
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Man injured during explosion in New Jersey home
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PERTH AMBOY, New Jersey (WABC) -- A man is recovering after being severely burned when a gas explosion blew out his garage. The incident was reported around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning on Barry Avenue. The victim was airlifted to the hospital and two dogs also suffered injuries. One dog was treated by a vet for burns suffered in the explosion. NewsCopter 7 was over the scene where the house was boarded up after the blast.
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NYC airport hopes to attract travelers with latest renovations
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QUEENS, New York (WABC) -- With LaGuardia Airport rolling out its latest renovations, officials are hoping for smoother skies amid the latest turbulence posed by the Delta variant. At times it seems almost like business as usual -- planeloads of people boarding their flights out of town or visiting, like the Ringerings from Colorado. Though with urgent concerns over the COVID Delta variant, they were more than a little worried about traveling with their two unvaccinated kids.
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Officer among 4 arrested in attempted child luring case in NJ
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NEW JERSEY -- The Atlantic City Police Department has arrested four men, including a Pennsylvania police officer, on charges of attempted child luring. On July 22, police say the men were caught after an operation was carried out by a concerned citizens group affiliated with the Colorado Ped Patrol whose members pose as underage children on social media sites. "They would confront the individual and notify local law enforcement. The citizens provided the responding officers with screen shots of conversations and detailed information that was shared between the citizens and the suspects," Atlantic City police said in a press release.
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