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Queens man charged in shooting of girlfriend

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A Queens man has been charged with shooting his 22-year-old girlfriend in the head, according to the borough's District Attorney.

The alleged shooter, 30-year-old Steven Diaz, initially told authorities that he and the woman, Amanda Rivera, had been the victims of a home invasion carried out by three masked robbers.

Diaz allegedly shot Rivera between 4:30 and 6:30 a.m. on Sunday with...

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SAC's Mathew Martoma found guilty of insider trading

Former hedge fund portfolio manager Mathew Martoma exits

(Credit: Mathew Martoma exits a New York federal court on Nov. 26, 2012. (Spencer Platt/Getty))

Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager at billionaire Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors hedge fund, was found guilty on Thursday of engaging in what prosecutors called the most lucrative insider trading scheme in U.S. history.

A federal jury in Manhattan found Martoma, 39, guilty on all three of the conspiracy and securities fraud charges that he faced, over a scheme that allowed...

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Janison: Stop-and-frisk controversy fading into history

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(Credit: NYPD shows three different simulated training scenarios of stop-question-frisk. (Charles Eckert))

Say goodbye to stop and frisk as a political flashpoint in New York City.

The issue was well on its way to dissipating before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that the city agreed to reform “overuse” of the NYPD tactic. This had a twofold purpose: to settle a widely watched federal lawsuit and to fulfill a campaign promise.

By official accounts, the “stop” numbers were dropping...

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De Blasio, stop-and-frisk foes in settlement deal

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(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Jan. 20, 2014. (Linda Rosier))

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a planned settlement Thursday with civil liberties lawyers who had sued the Bloomberg administration to challenge the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices as unconstitutional racial profiling.

Under the agreement, which requires federal court approval, the police department would take steps — as de Blasio promised in his campaign last year — to reform the practice....

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Queens man killed pair he believed were witches, says NYPD

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A Queens man who authorities said called 911 to say he beat his girlfriend and her daughter to death with a hammer because they were “witches” was arrested Wednesday.

Carlos Alberto Amarillo, 44, was awaiting arraignment Wednesday on charges of first and second degree murder in the deaths of Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter Lina Castaneda, 25, in East Elmhurst.

Amarillo told...

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Man nabbed in midtown attack of journalist

Randy Gener

(Credit: Friends and family held a vigil for Randy Gener, who was attacked last week. (Credit: Dan Rivoli))

A 24-year-old Queens man was awaiting arraignment last night in the midtown attack of a journalist who was left with severe head trauma.

Leighton Jennings was arrested at the Midtown North Precinct Tuesday night after being picked up in Queens, and charged with second degree assault for punching Randy Gener, 46, a gay, Filipino journalist and artist, police said.

Evidence did not support...

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Police release sketch of suspect in attack on journalist

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Police released a sketch Monday of the man wanted in a suspected hate crime assault on a gay journalist in midtown.

According to police, the attacker brutally beat Randy Gener on Jan. 17 at 3 a.m. near Seventh Avenue and West 54th Street. Gener had been walking home from a party, friends and police said.

Police believe the suspect, described as a male in his 20s, punched Gener, 46, in...

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Queens man confesses to killing girlfriend, 2 children: DA

Miguel Ramos and family

(Credit: Miguel Ramos is shown in this undated photo with Deisy Garcia, 21, and their children.)

A Queens man suspected in the slaying of his girlfriend and their two toddler daughters told police that he kissed both children and asked them for forgiveness before he stabbed them to death, a top prosecutor said Wednesday.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 29, who was captured without incident late Monday in Texas, gave a statement to police in which he...

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Suspect arrested in slaying of girlfriend, daughters in Queens: NYPD

Miguel Ramos and family

(Credit: Miguel Ramos is shown in this undated photo with Deisy Garcia, 21, and their children.)

The suspect wanted in a triple slaying of a mother and her two young daughters was arrested by U.S. Marshals late Monday night traveling between Houston and Austin, Texas, the NYPD said. An NYPD spokesman confirmed the arrest of Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 28, identified by law enforcement officials Monday as a suspect in the stabbing deaths of Deisy Garcia, 21, and her daughters, Daniela, 2, and Yoselin,...

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Dad sought in Queens triple homicide of mother, 2 children: NYPD

Miguel Ramos and family

(Credit: Miguel Ramos is shown in this undated photo with Deisy Garcia, 21, and their children.)

UPDATED 1/20/14, 7:10 PM: Detectives Monday were seeking the father of two toddler girls as the suspect in the slaying of his daughters and their mother Sunday night in a walkup apartment in South Jamaica, Queens. The suspect, Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 28, drives a white 2001 Chevrolet commerical van as well as a white 1995 Dodge sport utility vehicle, police said. Mejia-Ramos is believed by investigators...

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