Cleveland resident Ariel Castro was charged on Wednesday with raping and kidnapping three women who were rescued on Monday after nearly a decade in captivity at his house.
Castro's two brothers Pedro and Onil, originally arrested in the case, were not charged, said prosecutor Victor Perez at a news conference.
The charges came as two of the newly freed victims, Amanda Berry, now 27,... » more
The teen pregnancy rate in the city saw a significant decrease in the last decade and the city's health department is hoping its new app will help keep those numbers keep going down.
Between 2001 and 2011, the rate of births for those between ages 15 and 19 in the city decreased from 98.7 pregnancies per 1,000 females to 69.2 pregnancies per 1,000 females, the health department said Wednesday.
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The biggest cruise ship ever to call New York City home was christened Wednesday, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Rockettes were on hand to celebrate the Norwegian Breakaway.
The 18-deck ship will dock at Pier 88 and make seven-day trips to Bermuda in the summer and the Bahamas and Florida in the winter. Bloomberg said Wednesday it will play a major part in... » more
A former New York state senator from Queens secretly recorded seven lawmakers as part of a political corruption probe, according to a court document unsealed Wednesday.
Shirley Huntley, 74, a Democrat who pleaded guilty in January to embezzling $87,700 from a nonprofit organization, recorded and photographed the officials on multiple occasions in the summer of 2012 after meeting with federal... » more
Shake Shack is finally set to open in Grand Central Terminal, as the former tenant of its space has cleared out and the burger joint should be open by the end of October, the MTA said Wednesday.
After more than two years and a handful of lawsuits, Mexican café Zocalo left the area on the lower level of GCT that Shake Shack is going to move into, clearing the way for the restaurant to open.
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They don't have Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson or Mark Texiera in the lineup, so the Yankees have called upon Groupon to go to bat for them.
As of Tuesday, the popular coupon site was listing tickets for weekday home games against the Indians and Mariners for $22, down from their $48 face value.
After 19 home games this season, the Yankees have an average attendance of... » more
Carrie Underwood is ready for some football.
For the 2013 NFL season, the six-time Grammy winner will sing the opening theme for Sunday Night Football on NBC, the network announced Tuesday. The 30-year-old replaces Faith Hill, who rocked the tune “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” for the past six years.
Underwood will debut on Sept. 8, when the Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys. “I... » more
Filmmakers Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock Tuesday welcomed the arrival of an all-documentary theater in downtown Manhattan.
The 73-seat documentary theater, expected to open in early 2015 and be the first of its kind in the U.S., will be housed in a landmark firehouse on Lafayette Street where the Downtown Community Television Center operates.
"We need truth now during these... » more
Eight people, including at least six elected officials, secretly taped by former state Sen. Shirley Huntley are part of ongoing law enforcement investigations, federal prosecutors said in Brooklyn Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein, who is set to sentence Huntley on Thursday, ordered unsealing of the names of all the individuals she recorded because of a media request. Weinstein stayed... » more
A homeless man was charged Tuesday for allegedly groping two 7-year-old girls in South Ozone Park last week, the Queens District Attorney's office said.
Lee Samuel, 25, who has no known address, was charged with a first-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child in one complaint, and forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child in the second.
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