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LL Cool J stays true to hip hop roots

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EXCLUSIVE -- LL Cool J grew and evolved from a hip hop artist out of Hollis, Queens, to a Hollywood TV and movie star. But he always stayed true to hip hop culture. We'd see him backstage at concerts just hanging out with us, so when I heard he was back in New York for the summer I had to find out why. I tracked him down to a Midtown Manhattan recording studio for this exclusive interview. More>>

Friday Night Live: August 1, 2014

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This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: an exclusive interview with superstar LL Cool J, a helicopter tour over New York City, dishing on celebrity relationships, and sexier breakfast with Chef Mark Bailey.
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Central Park underwear run Video included

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Raw athleticism streaked through Central Park Friday evening bared for a modest body of spectators. Two-hundred triathletes ran a skimpy 1.7-mile loop in their underwear to flesh out the opening festivities of New York City Triathlon weekend.Midriffs and tan lines rippled in the open air and a not-so-tighty finish saw the first male and the first female finishers undress the course in record time. More>>

NJ National Guard unit to deploy to Persian Gulf

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More citizen soldiers will be leaving New Jersey for the Middle East. Nearly 170 troops will depart the National Guard armory in Jersey City on Saturday for duty in the Persian Gulf. More>>

OCME: Police chokehold caused Eric Garner's death Video included

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The New York City medical examiner ruled Friday that a police officer's chokehold caused the death of a man whose videotaped arrest and final pleas of "I can't breathe!" sparked outrage and led to the announcement of a complete overhaul of use-of-force training for the nation's largest police force. More>>

'Ice bucket challenge'

NY man with ALS gets support from friends and strangers Video included

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When he was 31, Patrick Quinn, of Queens, received the life-changing news: he has ALS. It all started after a softball game in 2011. After two years of countless medical tests, the diagnosis was final. Since then, Quinn has watched his body change. His arms are much thinner. His biceps and triceps have atrophied. His hands have lost all muscle. More>>

'Get on Up' and James Brown's Harlem legacy Video included

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"Get on Up" is in theaters now. The film chronicles the career of James Brown, who had a special connection to Harlem and New York. Billy Mitchell is the in-house historian at the historic Apollo Theater. He says the Apollo was a second home to Brown, as it was here where he became an international superstar who appealed to all. But Brown's NYC legacy stretches even further.
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Dog found in abandoned home cleaned up and adopted Video included

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A 6-year-old Shih Tzu mix that was found in an abandoned home in Lindenhurst two weeks ago now has a new home with a new family. Ziggy has been has been cleaned up and has undergone physical therapy. Babylon town employees took three and a half hours to remove nearly four pounds of matted hair after they found him. Ziggy's fur was so matted and his nails so overgrown that he could barely walk. More>>

Massive emergency drill in New York City Video included

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The New York City Department of Health conducted a massive emergency preparedness drill at 30 facilities across the city on Friday. They tested the delivery of emergency medications in the event of a biological attack, such as anthrax, or other large-scale public health emergency in the city. The majority of the deliveries will take place to public school buildings.
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Thousands come out for Blake Shelton's free beach show in Atlantic City

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Country music star and "The Voice" coach Blake Shelton played a free concert on the beach in Atlantic City in front of more than 60,000 fans Thursday night, promoters said. He performed on a stage build on the beach near The Pier at Caesars. Fans that couldn't get into the beach area could hear and watch from the Boardwalk and from boats moored in the water nearby. More>>

Home owned by Trump holdout sells at auction

An Atlantic City-area real estate figure has bought at auction a property that earned its owner near-folk hero status for resisting decades of overtures from developers... More>>

Passaic recreation director arrested

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Authorities in northern New Jersey say a longtime recreation director has been charged with extorting sports teams who wanted to join city leagues. More>>

Manhattan fire

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A large fire was burning in Manhattan on Friday morning.The FDNY was called to 251 E. 35th St. around 11 a.m. It quickly went to two alarms.The building houses a Chinese Restaurant on the first floor and residential units on the upper floors.Thick black smoke was seen over the scene.This is a developing story and will be updated. More>>

Expert: 'Mini tornado' caused skydiver death

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A safety expert for a national skydiving association says a "mini tornado" caused the accident that killed a correction officer and injured his instructor during a tandem jump. More>>

8 things to do in August

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July came and went in the blink of an eye, or squint since the sun was so bright. As you dwell on the memories of 4th of July, weekends at the beach, nights at the ballpark and a good amount of warm weather, August is going to be another month to make more memories. Restaurant Week is still going on as well as SummerStage, but there is so much more happening in August. Here's a list of 8 things you can do in  New York throughout the month of August.

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Man arrested for road rage shooting

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An upstate man is under arrest after police say he opened fire on another driver on I-84.The New York State Police say that Masey Moshref, 26, of Wappinger Falls faces a slew of felony charges after the Wednesday evening incident.At approximately 6:28 p.m., police received a 911 call from a driver who said a man driving a green Honda Accord bearing California license plates pulled alongside of his vehicle and displayed a black handgun.The victim says the man fired one shot at his vehicle, str... More>>

Shooting at NJ Transit station

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Police were investigating a shooting at the NJ Transit train station in Elizabeth, N.J. on Friday morning.  It apparently happened around 4:30 a.m. The victim was shot in the leg in an apparent robbery.
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Blood, dead chickens found in NJ cemetery

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Police are trying to determine if a bloody scene at a New Jersey cemetery is tied to a religious or gang-related ceremony. More>>

Woman claims mayor exposed himself to her

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An administrative assistant at East Haven Town hall has filed a complaint against the mayor, alleging he exposed himself to her as part of a pattern of sexual harassment. More>>

Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended

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New York's Metropolitan Opera says labor talks with its unions have been extended for an additional 72 hours, averting a threatened midnight lockout. More>>

New York's smallest piece of private land Video included

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The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won. More>>

Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience Video included

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Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
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Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank Video included

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Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions. More>>

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki to run New York City Marathon

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Former No. 1-ranked tennis star Caroline Wozniacki plans to play a full tournament schedule this fall while fitting in time to train for the New York City Marathon. She said Thursday that she long had wanted to do a marathon and decided before Wimbledon that she could pull it off this year. More>>

Trench collapse traps workers

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Two construction workers were rescued from a collapsed trench outside a home in Rye, N.Y. on Thursday.  Firefighters from across Westchester County responded to the scene at 15 Bradford Ave. at about noon. More>>

5 annoying things about the New York City subway

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Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about the subway system.
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Woman plunges to death over cliff in Catskills

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Authorities say a 23-year-old woman trying to take a picture by the edge of a cliff in the Catskill Mountains died after falling more than 150 feet. More>>

US issues travel warning over Ebola Video included

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U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history.  The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
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U.S. attorney warns Cuomo over Moreland Commission Video included

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The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is reportedly warning Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he will investigate his administration for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering in connection with the Moreland anti-corruption commission. The NY Times reports the letter from Preet Bharara says, in part: "Some commissioners have been asked to issue public statements characterizing events and facts regarding the commission's operation." More>>

Summit at City Hall on police-community relations Video included

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Ways to improve the relationship between the NYPD and communities in New York City was at the center of a forum held Thursday at City Hall. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Rev. Al Sharpton, city officials and community leaders attended the round-table. Accusations of police brutality and the death of a man under arrest for selling un-taxed cigarettes on Staten Island prompted the discussion. More>>

Falling debris from Midtown building Video included

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Emergency personnel responded to falling debris from a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday morning. W. 57th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues is closed. SkyFoxHD was overhead where pieces of glass could be seen on the ground and a window shattered. Three people were hit by the falling glass at about 8:45 a.m. Two were taken to Roosevelt Hospital with minor injuries and the third refused medical treatment, according to police. More>>

Arrest in attack on teen in elevator Video included

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Police have arrested one of two suspects wanted in the brutal attack of a teenager inside her apartment building in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. The thugs were caught on security camera footage beating the 18-year-old at about 9:34 on Sunday night. The attackers are seen dragging the girl out of an elevator into the hallway and punching and kicking her. Tyler Hopping, 18, was arrested on Wednesday. More>>

Dad delivers baby into toilet

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A Connecticut father proudly helped deliver his own baby... into a toilet.
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Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

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Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition. More>>

Huge graduation party busted

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Authorities have arrested a 23-year-old central New York man who hosted a graduation party that got so big and rowdy that authorities called in a helicopter to help break it up. Gregory York was arrested Tuesday night and arraigned in Town of Manlius Court on criminal trespass charges. He's being held on $2,500 cash bail after his mother decided to press charges.

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8 fined $144,500 in Long Island cheating scandals

State records show two administrators and six educators were fined a total of $145,500 in connection with two separate cheating scandals in Glen Cove City schools on Long Island. More>>

FEMA chief questioned over Sandy claims

Hurricane Sandy damage in Mantoloking, N.J. Hurricane Sandy damage in Mantoloking, N.J.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked an independent watchdog to examine whether the flood-insurance program is shortchanging Superstorm Sandy victims. More>>

Teen pleads guilty in 1 World Trade Center climb

A teenager who made a surreptitious climb to the top of the 1 World Trade Center tower has pleaded guilty in an escapade that fanned concerns about security at the nation's tallest building. More>>

Healthy food pilot program launched in Connecticut

An online marketplace for farmers markets and a nonprofit Connecticut health insurance company are launching a new program to bring local, fresh food to Fairfield County residents. More>>

Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day Video included

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The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City. More>>

Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing Video included

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Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
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Newark police officer shot

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A Newark police officer was shot in the leg while trying to arrest an armed robbery suspect Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The officer, a 19-year veteran of the force assigned to the 5th Precinct, suffered a gunshot wound in his lower leg, according to the head of the police union.
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Animation genius of Chuck Jones on display at Museum of the Moving Image Video included

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Chuck Jones -- the genius artist, animator, and director who created Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny and many more -- is the subject of a new exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. "What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones" runs from July 19, 2014, through January 19, 2015. More>>

WTC shipwreck mystery solved Video included

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Archeologists say they've solved a mystery that started with the rebuilding at ground zero. During the excavation at the World Trade Center Site, workers uncovered part of an old ship. No one knew where it came from. Now after years of study, researchers believe the sloop dates back to 1773, built from wood harvested from Pennsylvania, the same kind used to build Independence Hall. More>>

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