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  • Gunman kills 1 at Empire State Building, 9 wounded

    COLLEEN LONG, TOM HAYS, Associated Press

    NEW YORK — A laid-off women's accessories designer shot a former coworker to death in front of the Empire State Building, causing a chaotic showdown with police Friday in front of one of the world's best-known landmarks. Police killed the suspect and at least nine others were wounded, some possibly by police gunfire, city officials said. Some of the wounded were grazed by bullets and others hit directly, but all were expected to survive, officials said. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Rebecca Cox talks to media while recounting w...

  • 2 killed, 9 wounded outside Empire State Building

    COLLEEN LONG TOM HAYS, Associated Press

    NEW YORK — A laid-off worker fatally shot an executive at his former company outside the Empire State Building on Friday, setting off a chaotic showdown with police in front of one of the world's best-known landmarks. Officers killed the gunman and at least nine others were wounded, some by stray police gunfire, authorities said. The gunshots rang out on the Fifth Avenue side of the building at around 9 a.m., when pedestrians on their way to work packed sidewalks and merchants were opening their shops. AP Photo/AP video In t... Full story

  • Man tells police he killed missing NYC boy in 1979

    COLLEEN LONG, TOM HAYS, Associated Press

    NEW YORK — In a potential break in one of the nation's most baffling missing-children cases, a former convenience-store employee has told police that he suffocated 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 and left the boy's body in a box in an alley, law enforcement officials said Thursday. If Pedro Hernandez's story checks out, it could solve the 33-year-old mystery of what happened to Etan, whose disappearance on his way to school helped give rise to the nation's missing-children movement and made him one of the first abducted y...

  • NYPD: Person implicated in Etan Patz death

    COLLEEN LONG, JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

    NEW YORK — A man has implicated himself in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose disappearance 33 years ago on his way to school helped launch a missing children's movement that put kids' faces on milk cartons, police said Thursday. Investigators were still going over details of the man's story. The development came just before the Friday anniversary of the boy's disappearance, when detectives traditionally receive a landslide of hoaxes and false leads related to the case. The man was picked up late Wednesday in Camden, N... Full story

  • Feds: Man arrested in plot to attack Federal Reserve

    COLLEEN LONG, TOM HAYS, Associated Press

    NEW YORK — A Bangladeshi man who came to the United States to wage jihad was arrested in an elaborate FBI sting on Wednesday after attempting to blow up a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan, authorities said. Before trying to carry out the alleged terrorism plot, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis went to a warehouse to help assemble a 1,000-pound bomb using inert material, according to a criminal complaint. He also asked an undercover agent to videotape him saying, "We will not stop until we a...

  • Prosecutors take on powerful NYC police union

    COLLEEN LONG, TOM HAYS - Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors took a shot at the nation's largest and arguably most powerful law enforcement union Friday, slapping criminal charges on 13 members after a lengthy probe into the longtime but under-the-table practice of making parking tickets disappear for friends and family. The charges against the New York Police Department officers, two sergeants and a lieutenant were announced just three days after the embarrassing arrests of five police officers in a separate gun-running sting. AP Photo/David Karp Police o...

  • Strauss-Kahn is released from NYC jail

    COLLEEN LONG, JENNIFER PELTZ - Associated Press

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from the custody of the city Department of Correction shortly after 5 p.m. and was handed over to the security firm managing his house arrest. The onetime French presidential candidate posted $1 million cash and $5 million bond Friday, and a judge signed off on an order clearing him to be released from the Rikers Island jail. AP Photo/John Minchillo William Taylor, attorney for former IMF Head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, speaks to the media outside New York Criminal Court, Friday in New York.... Full story

  • NYPD clears park of Occupy Wall St. protesters

    COLLEEN LONG, VERENA DOBNIK - Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Hundreds of police officers in riot gear raided Zuccotti Park early Tuesday, evicting dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters from what has become the epicenter of the worldwide movement protesting corporate greed and economic inequality. About 70 people were arrested, including some who chained themselves together, while officers cleared the park so that sanitation crews could clean it. AP Photo/John Minchillo An Occupy Wall Street protestor is arrested during a march on Broadway, Tuesday in New York, after p...

  • Lawyer: IMF chief denies NYC sex-assault charges

    ANGELA CHARLTON, COLLEEN LONG - Associated Press

    AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn attends the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington on April 16. The arrest of Strauss-Kahn early Sunday morning in connection with a sexual assault in a New York hotel risks throwing the French presidential race in disarray. He is seen as the strongest potential challenger to French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012 presidential elections. NEW YORK — Dominique Strauss-Kahn's reputation with women earned him the nickname "...

  • New York City East River chopper crash kills 1; 4 rescued

    COLLEEN LONG, DEEPTI HAJELA - Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) — A helicopter with five people aboard crashed into the East River on Tuesday afternoon after taking off from a launch pad on the riverbank, killing one passenger and injuring three others. New York Police Department divers pulled the victim, a woman, from about 50 feet of water about an hour after the Bell 206 helicopter went down around 3 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle New York City rescue personnel work near the scene after a helicopter with five people aboard crashed into t... Full story

  • New York City East River chopper crash kills 1; 4 rescued

    COLLEEN LONG, DEEPTI HAJELA - Associated Press

    NEW YORK AP Photo/Craig Ruttle New York City rescue personnel work near the scene after a helicopter with five people aboard crashed into the East River on Tuesday afternoon, after taking off from a launch pad on the riverbank, killing one passenger and injuring the others. The red mooring ball marks the crash site. — A helicopter with five people aboard crashed into the East River on Tuesday afternoon after taking off from a launch pad on the riverbank, killing one passenger and injuring three others. New York Police Departm...

  • Wall Street protest's success not easily measured

    COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) — The collection of people in tie-dyed T-shirts and star-spangled underwear have been cmped out in a granite plaza in lower Manhattan nearly two weeks — and show no signs of going away. They sleep on air mattresses, use Mac laptops and play drums. They go to the bathroom at the local McDonald's. A few times a day, they march down to Wall Street, yelling, "This is what democracy looks like!" It all has the feel of a classic street protest with one exception: It's unclear exactly what the demonstrators want. AP...

  • No promises as BP tests new cap

    COLLEEN LONG HARRY R. WEBER Associated Press Writers NEW ORLEANS

    After securing a new, tight-fitting cap on top of the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP prepared to begin tests today to see if it will hold and stop fresh oil from polluting the waters for the first time in nearly three months. The oil giant expects to know within 48 hours if the new cap, which was affixed Monday after almost three days of painstaking, around-the-clock work a mile below the Gulf's surface, can stanch the flow. The solution is only temporary, but it offers the best hope yet for cutting off the gush of bi... Full story

  • Bomb suspect did dry run days before

    COLLEEN LONG Associated Press Writer NEW YORK

    Days before the failed car bomb in Times Square, a Pakistani-American scouted the bustling district in the same vehicle and then, on a second trip, left a getaway car blocks from his chosen target, a law enforcement official has told The Associated Press. Faisal Shahzad, now in custody on terrorism and weapons charges, drove a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder to Times Square from Connecticut on April 28, apparently to figure out where would be the best place to leave it later, the official said Wednesday. He then returned April 30 to...

  • Attorney: JetBlue attendant in NYC flap resigned

    COLLEEN LONG,Associated Press Writer

    Attorney: JetBlue attendant in NYC flap resigned COLLEEN LONG,Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A flight attendant who captured America's attention when he told off a plane full of passengers and then slid down an emergency chute resigned from his job last week and wasn't fired, his lawyer said Sunday. Steven Slater left the job at JetBlue Airways Corp. on Wednesday, after he had been suspended following the on-board antics he was charged with committing last month, attorney Daniel J. Horwitz said. JetBlue had said S...