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Rikers inmates hide shivs in rectums as body scanners sit idle

A gruesome video filmed on Rikers Island captured prisoners slashing an inmate in the face and back — and then stashing encased scalpels inside their rectums. Jail insiders say the footage of the unprovoked attack underscores the urgent need for airport-style body scanners in city jails. But in a frustrating twist, officials say six “ionizing” body scanners are collecting dust ...

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Legless subway toker lost $4M settlement, sues over stolen check

If you had her life, you’d smoke blunts on the subway too. A legless woman — who became an internet sensation last month after someone recorded her smoking what appeared to be marijuana on a Brooklyn M train — was run over by another train a dozen years ago. She has since lost her $ 4 million settlement with the ...

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DOJ tries to block judge's ban ruling with late night motion

Shortly after midnight, the Department of Justice slipped in an emergency motion challenging a Washington state court’s authority and decision to “second-guess” President Trump on his controversial travel ban. The after hours filing demands an emergency stay pending its appeal and claims that the public is at harm without the administration’s travel ban. A Seattle federal judge on Friday interrupted ...

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Head of program that aids sex abuse victims of priests steps down

The president and founder of a nonprofit dedicated to helping victims sexually abused by priests has resigned. Barbara Blaine announced she was stepping down 10 days after her group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, was hit with a lawsuit claiming that it routinely gets kickbacks for referring cases to lawyers seeking to sue the Catholic Church. ...

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Stasi: Trump, Conway, DeVos and the age of ignorance

Welcome to the Age of Ignorance. Last week, President The Donald celebrated Black History Month by giving a shout-out to another one of his “African-Americans over there.” That would be Frederick Douglass, who Trump said is an example of “someone who’s done an amazing job.” You bet. That whole thing he did with slavery? Really yuuge! What a super-classy guy ...

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President Trump defends Vladimir Putin as a ‘killer’

President Trump defended Russian leader Vladimir Putin as “a killer” and suggested that the United States is just as bad. Bill O’Reilly asked Trump to explain how he could respect the Russian president in a Fox News clip expected to air on Sunday. “But he’s a killer though. Putin’s a killer,” O’Reilly told Trump, referencing the Kremlin’s alleged penchant for ...

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Brooklyn man nabbed in slay of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano

They got him. Cops made a long-awaited arrest Saturday in the savage slaying of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, police sources said. The suspect — a Brooklyn man who was linked to the victim through DNA recovered from her body — was being questioned at the 106th Precinct stationhouse in Howard Beach after being picked up Saturday afternoon, sources said. Charges ...

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Yemeni eatery owner serves tour group fighting Trump with palates

The owner of a Yemeni restaurant in Brooklyn grew emotional Saturday as he welcomed a tour group focused on food from the nations included under President Trump’s travel ban. “It brings tears to my eyes to see all these people show us so much support,” said Abdul Erahim, 30, as he carried two plates of lamb shanks to a table ...

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U.S. Army vet fatally struck by hit-and-run driver in Queens

U.S. Army veteran Hassan Jones, after serving tours in Kuwait and Iraq, couldn’t survive an accident that erupted into a fight on the Grand Central Parkway. The 28-year-old Queens man died early Saturday after the fender-bender turned into a late-night fistfight. And then in a bizarre twist, a hit-and-run driver mowed Jones down — killing him. Jones was struck and ...

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Suspect nabbed in killing of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano

Detectives are grilling a man in the killing of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, police sources said Saturday. Vetrano, 30, was raped and strangled as she ran through Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach on Aug. 2. Her death sparked a massive manhunt for her killer as well as a push to have state authorities allow familial DNA testing. Police recovered ...

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