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Firefighters battle a motel blaze in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ on March 21, 2014. (credit: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

Prosecutor: Improperly Discarded Cigarette Sparked Fatal Jersey Shore Motel Fire

A cigarette is believed to have ignited a stuffed chair in the second-floor smoking area of the 25-unit Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach, according to authorities.

03/24/2014

Charla Nash seeks right to sue state, March 21, 2014. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Some Conn. State Lawmakers Have Doubts About Letting Chimp Attack Victim Sue

Some Connecticut lawmakers have expressed doubts about giving a woman mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009 the right to sue the state for $150 million.

03/22/2014

Charla Nash speaks with reporters on March 21, 2014. (Credit: Al Jones/1010 WINS)

Chimp Attack Victim Asks Again For Right To Sue State For $150M

A woman disfigured in a 2009 chimpanzee attack appealed Friday for permission to pursue a $150 million lawsuit against the state, appearing before lawmakers to argue that officials knew the animal was a threat and failed to take action.

03/21/2014

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Police: Teen Charged After Gaining Access To Top Of WTC

A 16-year-old boy bypassed security in the middle of the night and climbed a ladder to the spire of 1 World Trade Center where he apparently took pictures, authorities said Thursday.

03/20/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on signing the paid sick leave bill into law on March 20, 2014. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Mayor De Blasio Signs NYC Paid Sick Leave Bill Into Law

Combined with previous legislation, more than a half-million New Yorkers will now be entitled to take up to five sick days without fear of losing their job.

03/20/2014

The casket of George Amadeo is carried into St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church on East 117th Street in New York City on March 19, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Loved Ones Say Final Goodbyes To 3 East Harlem Explosion Victims

Friends and family said goodbye Wednesday to three of the eight victims killed in last week’s massive explosion in East Harlem.

03/19/2014

Firefighters remove debris from the site of an explosion in East Harlem on March 13, 2014. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Moment Of Silence Marks One Week Since Deadly East Harlem Blast

Community and religious leaders held a moment of silence at 9:31 a.m. Wednesday to mark the passing of one week since the explosion.

03/19/2014

Police on the scene of a stabbing on the Upper West Side on March 18, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Police: Son Charged In Upper West Side Stabbing Of Mother, Father

A man has been charged with murder and assault after a stabbing Tuesday morning on the Upper West Side that left his father dead and mother injured, police said.

03/18/2014

Peretz Sontag, 50, was found dead in his car in Harriman State Park on Sunday, March 23, 2014. (credit: Handout)

Volunteers, Police Search For Missing Rockland County Father

An extensive search is under way in Harriman State Park for a Rockland County father of seven missing since Friday. Police said Peretz Sontag, 50, was last seen leaving his Pomona home on Friday morning.

03/18/2014

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N.J. Lawmaker Seeks To Raise Gas Taxes To Pay For Roads, Bridges

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, a Democrat, says the state’s roads and bridges are in “terrible condition,” and the tax would bring in an extra $240 million a year, according to a report.

03/17/2014

Firefighters remove debris from the site of an explosion in East Harlem on March 13, 2014. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Autopsy Results Released For Victims In East Harlem Blast As Investigators Begin Tests At Site

The medical examiner said the seven victims died from either blunt trauma or smoke inhalation and classified their deaths as accidents. Results were still pending on the eighth victim.

03/17/2014

Aftermath of the fatal Metro-North Railroad derailment, as seen from Chopper 880 on Dec. 2, 2013. (credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

Federal Review: Metro-North ‘Routinely’ Put On-Time Performance Ahead Of Safety

“Metro-North must never compromise safety in the interests of the reliability of its train schedule or the efficiency in its railroad operations,” said the report released Friday.

03/14/2014

iremen watch as work crews remove debris from the smoking site of an explosion in East Harlem on March 13, 2014.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

8 Confirmed Dead In East Harlem Gas Explosion; Active Scene Remains

Eight people are now confirmed dead in the blast that also injured more than 60 others. Others are still believed to be missing.

03/13/2014

Firefighters respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse in East Harlem on March 12, 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

3 Dead, Several Missing After Explosion Levels Buildings In East Harlem

The explosion reduced the two, five-story buildings to rubble, shattered store windows for blocks and hurled glass, bricks and other debris throughout the neighborhood.

03/12/2014

Billowing smoke, cranes are seen near the scene of the East Harlem explosion at 116th Street and Park Avenue, March 12, 2014. (credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

East Harlem Neighborhood Gripped With Fear Following Explosion, Collapse Of 2 Buildings

An explosion that caused the collapse of two buildings in East Harlem Wednesday morning has shocked the neighborhood.

03/12/2014

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