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Manhattan subway slashing spree was gang initiation — and one victim lost an eye, prosecutors say

NEW YORK — One of the victims of a subway stabbing spree lost his eye in the attack — and the teenage suspects staged the early morning rampage as a gang initiation, prosecutors said Sunday. The gruesome details emerged in weekend court appearances for two of the three teens arrested in the Friday attacks, which left five victims bloodied and battered in lower Manhattan. Taquarious Soto-Burgos, 19, Joseph Foster, 18, and a 16-year-old boy were charged with robbery and weapons possession in connection with the pre-dawn violence. A fourth suspect remained at large. “The People have information t...

Subpoenas issued to 4 Cuomo accusers as NY attorney general’s probe moves forward, report says

NEW YORK — A quartet of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s accusers have reportedly subpoenaed to provide sworn testimony in the state Attorney General’s probe of their sexual harassment charges, with one expected to appear this month. Former gubernatorial aide Charlotte Bennett, who accused Cuomo of sexual advances while the pair were alone inside his Albany office, is expected to testify under oath in the next two weeks, a spokeswoman for her lawyer confirmed Saturday. “Looking forward to this,” read a Saturday morning tweet from Bennett. Bennett has already engaged in more than four hours of preliminary q...

American, Swiss hikers die trying to scale Mount Everest

An American man climbing Mount Everest became one of the season’s first casualties when he died Wednesday night. Puwei Liu, identified only as a U.S. national, had reached the climbing feature named the Hillary Step, between South Col and the summit, but had to turn back due to snow blindness and exhaustion, according to Chhang Dawa of the expedition organizer, Seven Summit Treks, in Nepal. Sherpas helped Liu back to South Col, but were unable to save him. A Swiss climber, 41-year-old Abdul Waraich, also died after reaching the peak. “We sent two additional Sherpas with oxygen and food,” Dawa ...

Cuomo: Making someone ‘feel uncomfortable’ is not harassment

ALBANY — A defensive Gov. Andrew Cuomo came up with his own definition of sexual harassment on Thursday as he sparred with reporters and again flatly denied any wrongdoing. The scandal-scarred governor, accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by multiple women, attempted to play devil’s advocate when asked how his initial apology for making anyone uncomfortable jives with state laws that clearly say his intent is irrelevant. “Harassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable. That is not harassment,” he said during an appearance in the Bronx. “If I just made you feel uncomfortable, that ...

More than 40% of US adults can’t name an Asian American

A survey of 2,766 people in the U.S. found that 42% of those asked can not name one single prominent Asian American. Nonprofit group Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change said that “don’t know” was a common answer among those polled and that reply was shared pretty evenly between Black, white and Latino Americans. “The Foreigner” star Jackie Chan, who is from Hong Kong, was the second most common answer, barely edging out fellow martial arts movie star Bruce Lee, who has been dead since 1973. Actress Lucy Liu was the most mentioned female Asian American, being named by 5% or those survey...

CDC to drop indoor face mask recommendation for fully vaccinated people, source says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce Thursday that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face masks in most indoor settings, a source briefed on the matter told the New York Daily News. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, is set to elaborate on the new mask guidelines during a briefing with reporters at 2 p.m. Eastern time, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to preempt the announcement. Some specifics about the new guidelines were not immediately known, and the source cautioned that the CDC could still recommend continu...

‘American Idol’ contestant Caleb Kennedy, 16, leaves show after video shows him next to friend in KKK hood

“American Idol” finalist Caleb Kennedy is leaving the show after video surfaced that showed him sitting next to a friend who was wearing a white Ku Klux Klan-style hood. The 16-year-old country singer and Roebuck, South Carolina, native was one of the final five contestants on the ABC show. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse,” Kennedy said in a statement. “I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down.” The three-sec...

The most awkward moments on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Ellen DeGeneres announced the end of her daytime talk show on Wednesday. While the show will be remembered for its funny bits, charitable moments of giving and plenty more, the show’s 19-year run is also be marred by its awkward moments. Here’s a list of some of the most cringeworthy interviews: JUSTIN BIEBER In November 2015, Ellen had Justin Bieber on her show. On television, the two are typically seen as close friends, but on this episode, their conversation was more uncomfortable than friendly. Prior to Bieber’s appearance, a new paparazzi photo of him was released showing the then 21-year...

Dave Chappelle reveals he ‘used to buy weed’ off Idris Elba

Idris Elba just didn’t play a drug dealer on television — according to Dave Chappelle. The comedian says the Golden Globe Award-winning heartthrob sold him marijuana. During a marathon three-hour-plus interview with podcast superstar Joe Rogan, Chappelle discussed a variety of topics and shared some rarely known details about his celebrity friends. The Emmy and Grammy-winning funnyman used Elba as a perfect example of why one should treat service people with kindness — because you’ll never know where they’ll end up. “Idris Elba, the famous actor, used to be a security guard at [comedy club] Ca...

Gunman in Colorado birthday party shooting killed 6 people because he wasn’t invited, police say

The man suspected of fatally shooting six people before dying by suicide early Sunday morning at a Colorado Springs birthday party was identified by police as Teodoro Macias Jr. Macias, 28, was angry that his girlfriend did not invite him to the party and responded by killing her and five adult relatives, police said at a Tuesday press conference. “At the core of this horrendous act is domestic violence,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said, adding that Macias “displayed power and control issues” in the relationship. Macias was dating Sandra Ibarra for about a year before he killed ...

Hall of Famer Brett Favre still hasn’t paid Mississippi $600,000 he promised

Maybe it was intercepted. Mississippi’s state auditor said Brett Favre has only paid the state $500,000 of the $1.1 million he promised over a year ago. After it was revealed in May 2020 that Favre received $1.1 million in state welfare payments amid a $94 million embezzlement scandal, the Hall of Fame quarterback promised to send the money back. State Auditor Shad White’s report said Favre was paid for speeches that he never gave, but the 50-year-old New York Jets legend claimed the money was for public service announcements that he actually recorded. White’s office said Tuesday it’s still mi...

3 NYPD officers arrested in kickback and bribery scheme

NEW YORK — Bribery charges against a retired New York Police Department officer were the least of his sins. Ex-cop Robert Smith was busted Tuesday along with current NYPD officers Robert Hassett and Heather Busch on charges of collecting thousands of dollars in crooked payoffs for steering cars damaged in wrecks to a specific tow-trucking business. But Smith, in court documents, was outed as as a racist who feds say delivered heroin, spewed hate-filled rhetoric and randomly pointed his gun at Black passers-by just to enjoy the look on their faces. “Bro I point my gun out the window now at n---...

Colonial Pipeline shutdown prompts ‘panic buying,’ fuel shortages at gas stations across East Coast

Long lines began forming at gas stations across the East Coast this week as panicked drivers worry about supply shortages and higher prices following the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, a major U.S. fuel artery that was hit by a cyberattack over the weekend. Photos and videos shared on social media showed drivers lining up for gas in the Carolinas, Georgia and other states in the Southeast. Many stations have run out of gas entirely or only have premium. “It was unbelievable. When I was driving today, I thought it was a catastrophe coming!” Yasheeka Wiggins, of Marion, S.C., told CBS News. ...

NY man refused to snitch – and the suspect in his attack last year is now accused of his murder

NEW YORK – Shameek Harrison was old school to the end, refusing to snitch after he was stabbed in Brooklyn, only to be knifed to death six months later by the very same attacker, according to authorities. Harrison’s 24-year-old cousin said it would have made perfect sense for him to have helped put his nemesis behind bars. “That’s logical,” she said. “But we live in the ‘hood. So I’m sure you know about snitching. “Where we live at, cops aren’t really nice to us here, so we’re not really nice to them.” Police have been dealing for years with the no-snitch edict that rules in many city neighbor...

Gal Gadot says ‘Justice League’ director Joss Whedon threatened to make her career ‘miserable’

After Ray Fisher hinted at problems between “Justice League” director Joss Whedon, star Gal Gadot and “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, the actress confirmed clashes during movie reshoots. “He kind of threatened my career and said if I did something, he would make my career miserable,” Gadot told Israeli outlet N12 Saturday, expounding on what she previously classified as “issues.” “I just took care of it instead.” Fisher broke the seal on allegations of verbal abuse by Whedon, accusing him in July 2020 of “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior. In April, s...

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