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Valentina Allen of Howard Beach, Queens died of a congenital heart defect at the age of 2. (Credit: CBS2)

Community Rallies Around Parents After Queens Girl With Congenital Heart Defect Dies

The Queens community of Howard Beach had been rooting for little Valentina Allen’s recovery – but she didn’t make it, and now the neighborhood is rallying around her grieving parents.

05/27/2015

US actress Melissa McCarthy poses for photographs on the carpet as she arrives to attend the European premiere of the film 'Spy' in London on May 21, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N        (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)

Melissa McCarthy Slams Malls For Segregating Plus-Size Women, Clothing Stores

Actress Melissa McCarthy tells shopping malls — “People don’t stop at size 12!”

05/27/2015

FILE -- Gamblers play the slot machines at Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.  (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Hard Rock, Track Propose Long-Planned Casino At Meadowlands

Hard Rock International and the Meadowlands Racetrack are proposing a casino just outside New York City.

05/27/2015

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman proposes ethics reform legislation on steps of Tweed courthouse on May 27, 2015. (credit: Carol D'Auria/1010 WINS)

NY Attorney General To Submit Broad Ethics Reforms Bill

New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman soon plans to submit broad and detailed legislation aimed at ending public corruption in Albany.

05/27/2015

Chimp

NYC Judge Hears Arguments On The Rights Of 2 Chimpanzees

A New York City judge has heard arguments over the rights of two chimpanzees that advocates hope to free from Stony Brook University where they’re kept.

05/27/2015

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch discusses charges in the FIFA corruption scandal on May 27, 2015. (Credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Charges Against FIFA Officials Announced In Brooklyn Federal Court

Seven soccer officials were arrested and 14 indicted Wednesday in a U.S. corruption probe.

05/27/2015

FILE - Water comes to a boil on a gas stove. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Boil Water Advisory In Effect For Parts Of Westchester

Several Westchester communities will be under a boil water advisory until midnight.

05/27/2015

A thermostat (Credit: ClipArt.com)

As Temperatures Soar, Connecticut Utility Working To Prevent Power Outages

In an effort to boost reliability, Eversource Energy has been installing new equipment and checking substations and power lines.

05/27/2015

Rocky The Alligator

Nearly 6-Foot-Long Alligator Turned Over To Suffolk County SPCA

A nearly six-foot-long alligator was turned over the Suffolk County SPCA on Tuesday.

05/27/2015

Connecticut state Capitol in Hartford (file/Used with permission of the Connecticut General Assembly and the League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund, Inc.)

Clock Ticking For Connecticut Lawmakers To Strike Budget Deal

Republicans, the minority party in both chambers, have a plan that calls for no new taxes and are frustrated that none of their lawmakers have been invited to budget talks.

05/27/2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at police headquarters following the death of officer Brian Moore on May 4, 2015. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

De Blasio Meeting With State Lawmakers On Rent, Schools

The mayor’s visit comes at a critical time for lawmakers. The laws governing New York City’s rent rules, the tax break and the policy giving the mayor control of local schools are set to expire.

05/27/2015

Zev Oster keeps bees to pollinate blueberry plants at an old horse pasture in Montebello, and has been ticketed for it repeatedly. (Credit: CBS2)

Battle Brewing Over Bees And Blueberries In Rockland County

Zev Oster is using two hives of honeybees to pollinate a bunch of blueberry plants, but so far the only thing he’s harvested on the old horse pasture he bought in January are violations from the Village of Montebello.

05/26/2015

A surveillance image of a suspect running from the scene of one of several burglaries in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. (Credit: NYPD)

CBS2 Exclusive: Brooklyn Family Recalls Frightening Encounter With Burglar

The memory of a man breaking into her family’s home was enough to bring Jasmin Ceballos to tears.

05/26/2015

A vehicle plowed into a Pathmark store in Flushing, Queens on Tuesday, May 26. (Credit: NYPD 109th Precinct)

Vehicle Plows Into Queens Pathmark Store; 5 Injured

Five people were injured, one critically, when a vehicle slammed into a Pathmark store in Flushing, Queens.

05/26/2015