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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Astoria
A New York state assemblyman from a family of Brooklyn politicians was convicted Thursday of charges he was caught in a sting operation accepting bribes from a carnival promoter and two undercover FBI agents posing as out-of-town real estate investors.
New York City police are looking for a suspect in connection with an attempted rape in Queens.
Two men made high-quality counterfeit tickets for the Super Bowl and other postseason NFL games and sold them online, authorities in New York said on Tuesday, five days before tens of thousands of fans pack into a stadium across the river in New Jersey for the game.
Wind gusts breathed life into controlled burns of logging slash that are typically extinguished by Oregon's wet winter, and more than a dozen fires around the state continued to smolder Saturday.
The Coast Guard says a helicopter crew rescued an injured surfer from the south jetty at the entrance of Grays Harbor Saturday afternoon.
High winds and a lack of rain combined to whip up a dozen small fires around Western Oregon, many in old logging slash that was burned in recent months and would have been doused by rain in a normal winter.
At the Jan. 1 inauguration ceremony for New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, the Rev. Frederick Lucas, pastor of the Brooklyn Community Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, invoked God's help to "let the plantation called New York City be the city of God."
Satirical star Stephen Colbert stepped away from his Comedy Central gig long enough Thursday evening to take a few pot shots at key politicos and leading public figures — including the frugality of Pope Francis.
From the briefing, it appears the Obama administration is backing away from an outline "framework" arms agreement reached in Geneva with the Russians that states any Syrian violations of chemical arms dismantlement would be met with a "Chapter 7" response under the U.N. Charter. That section authorizes the use of military force under the U.N. Security Council.
Tony Bennett doesn't think Amy Winehouse's life was tragic. He believes the singer who died at age 27 lived a complete life because she was able to achieve her goal: becoming a respected musician.
At 72, Al Pacino may be gray-haired and a little worn, but he remains, like a dancer, always on his toes, and still enamored of the "crazy, crazy, crazy thing" that is acting.
There's a chance the podium under the chandeliers in the gold-and-ivory-colored Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will go unused.
"Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett" (Harper Collins), by Tony Bennett
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.
Three small, silver spoons elegantly engraved with the words "Waldorf Astoria" have come full circle: Stolen eight decades ago by an employee of the famed hotel, they passed through two Brooklyn homes and another three in New Jersey.