Actor Paul Walker, best known for his roles in the "Fast & Furious" action films, died from "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries" in a car accident, the Los Angeles County coroner said on Wednesday.
Walker, 40, was a passenger in a fiery one-car crash on Saturday in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The driver of the...Read more »
Service on Metro-North's Hudson Line will be almost fully restored for today's commute. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said more than 98% of service will be restored to the line by the morning rush hour.
Service in the area where the derailment occurred will be limited to a single track while crews repair two tracks, according to the MTA.
With service limited to one track for a mile, six trains...Read more »
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants its workers to drop what they’re doing and think of ways to do their jobs more safely.
The MTA Tuesday announced plans for a “safety stand-down” across its transit agencies that would require workers to temporarily halt operations and use the time to consider safety practices.
An MTA source said workers will “take a fresh look at what they...Read more »
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says he aims to win his fight for a new tax on top earners to fill a money pot for expanded pre-K programs — and intends to do so by April 1, when the new state fiscal year begins.
That’s especially interesting because for months, it has sounded highly unlikely that the governor and Legislature would agree to a new tax in what will be, for them, an election year....Read more »
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly yesterday announced a gun buyback on Staten Island Saturday.
The buyback program offers $200 for working handguns and assault rifles and $20 for rifles and shotguns -- no questions asked. Participants will get cash in the form of a bank card for up to three firearms.
The gun buyback event, funded by the NYPD and Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan's...Read more »
The teen accused of shooting a 20-year-old who refused to give up his coat and wounding a 14-year-old, who may be paralyzed for life, pleaded not guilty yesterday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Cory Dunton, 16, of the Bronx was charged with attempted murder, multiple counts of assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting last month at the Bryant Park skating...Read more »
Not too long ago MTA officials were upset over a 2008 federal law ordering railroads such as Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road to install a high-tech system that would automatically stop runaway trains.
They said the expense -- around $900 million -- would gobble up money better spent on big-ticket public-transit expansion projects. They said the commuter railroads already had strong...Read more »
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio charged forward yesterday with his plan to bring universal prekindergarten to New York City, naming six education experts to develop the program, and vowing he will win a fight in Albany to pay for it with higher taxes on the rich.
“I’m not ever going to be interested in bargaining against myself and this vision,” de Blasio said after reading to preschoolers at an...Read more »
Electronic cigarettes have boomed in popularity over the last couple of years, according to the city's health department, but plans to regulate the plastic sticks in the same fashion as their paper counterparts has set up a serious debate about the untested product.
The City Council's health committee is set to hold a hearing Wednesday on legislation that would regulate e-cigs the same way...Read more »
Time-pressed New Yorkers still want their food fast. But, increasingly, they want it fresher, better and healthier.
While the number of Burger Kings dropped from 92 in 2008 to 83 this year and Wendy’s went from 50 to 43 in the same period, salad joints are growing, according to a report issued by the Center for an Urban Future. Chop’t jumped from eight locations last year to 11 this year....Read more »