A second man has been arrested in connection with a Saturday night clash between protesters and cops. Robert Murray, a 43-year-old union organizer, turned himself in at the Fifth Precinct station house on Thursday morning. The police had been looking for Murray since Monday evening, when they released a video that allegedly shows him and several other people attacking NYPD lieutenants Philip Chan and Patrick Sullivan on the Brooklyn Bridge during this weekend's Millions March. Twenty-nine-year-old Eric Linsker was arrested just a few hours after the incident, and the cops are still searching for six other suspects.
Not unlike that kid from your freshman year dorm, Nebraska and Oklahoma are no longer willing to just ignore the stoners who are always hanging out across the hall. On Thursday, the attorneys general of the Cornhusker and Sooner states sued Colorado in an effort to overturn part of their neighbor's recreational marijuana legislation. Not cool, guys.
George Stinney Jr. was vindicated Wednesday, 70 years after he was put to death for killing two little girls. He weighed just 95 pounds when he was electrocuted atop a book — placed in his execution chair to compensate for his short stature — in 1944.
In the week since Instagram announced its plan to delete inactive accounts and spam-bots, users have been anxiously wondering when the axe would drop and how bad the carnage would be. Well, today that axe fell with a resounding “everything you know is a lie.” Justin Bieber lost 3 million followers; Harry Styles, over 700,000; Bryan Boy, 255,000; Jen Selter, the Belfie Queen, 100,000 precious pieces of her identity. Kim Kardashian lost a cool million followers.
Three high-ranking militants close to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were taken out by American air strikes, officials have confirmed. Those killed include Haji Mutazz, Baghdadi's Iraq deputy, and his Iraq military leader Abd al Basit. The third man, slightly lower-ranking, is Radwan Talib, head of the large Iraqi city of Mosul.
Wednesday's announcement that Obama administration officials have brokered the release of an American citizen held in Cuba was heralded as a breakthrough in many corners of the world. But for one particular group of people, this development could mean the end of a long-held island refuge where they were able to escape the reach of American law.
The body of an unknown man was found in Times Square today after video captured him jumping from a balcony to his death on Tuesday. The Daily News reports the body was not found earlier because it was hidden behind the Ripley's Believe It or Not! sign.
The judge who was to decide whether to release the Eric Garner grand jury transcripts has removed himself from the proceedings, saying he wanted to avoid the potential appearance of a conflict of interest, the New York Times reports. Judge Stephen K. Rooney's wife is a chair on the board of the Richmond University Medical Center, the hospital whose EMTs first responded to the scene. Judge Rooney also oversaw the Garner grand jury and approved the first brief disclosure shortly after it decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death. A spokesman for the court system said Rooney's connection to the case hadn't previously been an issue because a judge's involvement with grand juries is limited (they swear jurors in), and the Staten Island District Attorney's first disclosure request was limited in scope. The next hearing regarding the transcripts will likely take place in January, when a new judge has been assigned.
Marissa Mayer is in trouble.
An excellent new New York Times Magazine cover story makes the case. Yahoo’s revenues are flat. Its raison d’être is a mystery. Its business plan is a hodgepodge. Its staff is queasy. Its shareholders are worried. And now, activist equity-holders are pushing for a merger with AOL, one that would presumably cost the company hundreds of jobs, potentially including Mayer’s.
Both girls suspected of luring a classmate into the woods and stabbing her 19 times in an effort to please the fictional character Slender Man were ruled competent for trial in court today. Morgan Geyser, 12, was found incompetent in August, but a state psychiatrist said she's improved through treatment. Her attorneys were expected to challenge the ruling, but announced that they were dropping their objection.