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Ten injured as Southwest airplane skids to stop without front landing gear at LaGuardia

Ten people were injured Monday evening when a the front landing gear of a Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville collapsed as it touched down at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. The Boeing 737-700 skidded several hundred feet with its nose grinding into the runway before it slowed to a stop on a grassy median. According to Thomas Bosco, general manager of LaGuardia Airport, flight 345 from Nashville was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. Six of the passengers and four crew members were treated at the scene for unspecified injuries, and six of those were taken to the ... Read More

Giant explosion tears through Nyack College building, injuring 7

Seven people were injured Tuesday morning when giant explosion rocked a building on the Nyack College campus in Nyack, N.Y. Authorities investigating the blast suspect natural gas may be to blame. Seven people were in the building at the time of the explosion, fire officials confirmed. All of the occupants were injured by the explosion but it is believed that none of them received life-threating injuries. One person reportedly received neck and back injuries after being blown through a second-story window. The explosion extensively damaged a building known as the Sky Island Lodge, a two-story Tudor-style building that houses administrative ... Read More

Study: Pregnant women who get the flu at greater risk of having a child with bipolar disorder

A new warning for expectant women – a new study has found that pregnant women who get the flu have a four-time greater risk of having a child with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis in which people experience episodes of mania typically balanced with episodes of depression. The disorder is most commonly diagnosed in the teens and 20s. The study, conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, involved more than 900 U.S. children, 92 of whom had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After culling through the data, researchers discovered that mothers who ... Read More

Giant oil spill threatens NY and NJ shores in wake of Hurricane Sandy

A giant oil spill continues to threaten the New York and New Jersey shores after Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast on October 29, damaging several diesel fuel terminals and releasing an estimated 350,000 gallons of fuel into the water near New York City. Motiva, the owner of the fuel terminals, was reportedly coordinating with local agencies to conduct a thorough inspection and damage assessment of its diesel fuel terminals in Sewaren, New Jersey. The processed diesel fuel erupted into the Arthur Kill Waterway, the body of water separating New Jersey from Staten Island, New York, from four of Motiva’s vulnerable ... Read More

Fatal Bronx bus crash driver on trial for manslaughter

The driver involved in a horrific 2011 bus crash on a Bronx, New York, highway that left 15 people dead and several others injured is on trial facing manslaughter charges. A prosecutor told jurors that Ophadell Williams, 41, was a professional bus driver with years of experience and should have known better than to drive a busload of passengers while in a fatigued state. The March 12, 2011, crash happened on Interstate 95 at daybreak as Mr. Williams was driving a busload of passengers to Manhattan’s Chinatown from the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn. The bus crashed just feet ... Read More

Health effects of 9/11 continue for those exposed to toxic debris at crash sites

Health care professionals and researchers are continuing their efforts to assist those exposed to toxic debris in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Many first responders, other rescue personnel, clean-up workers and people who lived and worked in close proximity to the World Trade Center site in New York City are part of a WTC Health Registry, and are participating in ongoing studies and treatment programs to assess their health and treat illnesses related to the tragedy. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also participates in 9/11-related health and safety research initiatives that include those affected at ... Read More

JetBlue pilot suffers another psychotic meltdown, sleep deprivation concerns raised

A JetBlue captain who went on a crazed rampage during a flight from New York City to Las Vegas in March has suffered another psychotic episode in the mental hospital where he was admitted. The details of the pilot’s latest episode, which have not been released, prompted a federal judge in Texas to order that he stay under psychiatric observation for another 30 days. Crew members aboard the flight said that Captain Clayton Osbon, 49, showed up late and missed a crew briefing before the airplane took off. His behavior became strange shortly after takeoff, when he started making confused, ... Read More

Poor safety prompts closure of 26 discount bus companies

Federal safety regulators made one of the most sweeping crackdowns on the commercial passenger bus industry Thursday, ordering 26 New York City discount bus companies to shut down. Companies targeted in the crackdown offered steeply discounted fares between New York’s Chinatown and numerous destinations along the East Coast, including Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Connecticut casinos, Washington DC, Florida, and other places. These “Chinatown buses,” as they are commonly called, offer tickets priced 50 to 90 percent less than standard Greyhound fares, making them popular with students, retirees, and working-class immigrants. According to federal officials, the 26 shuttered companies were ... Read More

Fatal Bronx crash occurred on accident-prone parkway

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a tragic single-vehicle car crash that killed three generations of a Bronx family Sunday afternoon when the 2004 Honda Pilot SUV they were traveling in careened off the Bronx River Parkway and crashed into a ravine about 60 feet below. The horrific crash claimed the lives of Jacob Nunez, 85, and his wife Ana Julia Martinez, 81, both residents of the Dominican Republic; their daughters, Maria Gonzalez, 45, and Maria Nunez, 39, and three of their children, Jocelyn Gonzalez, 10, Niely Rosario, 7, and Marly Rosario, 3, both daughters of Nunez. The group ... Read More

Construction crane in deadly New York City collapse was due for inspection

A crane that malfunctioned in a New York City construction pit Tuesday night, killing one worker and injuring two others, was due to be inspected on Thursday, April 5, just two days after the fatal collapse. According to the New York Times, the 34-year-old crane, owned and operated by Yonkers Contracting, was supposed to have been inspected in January, but that inspection was never completed. The last full inspection of the crane was completed in July 2011. The crane had been excavating for a New York City subway extension project at West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues at ... Read More