1:44 AM EDT, Thu July 19, 2018
5 hours ago

Tourist to spend 15 days in jail for collecting conch shells in Florida

Life's a beach — until you go to jail. A Texas woman who vacationed in the Florida Keys will spend 15 days in jail and another six months on probation for taking 40 queen conchs from the ocean. Diana Fiscal-Gonzalez pleaded no contest while apologizing to a judge at her July 13 court date in Monroe...
6 hours ago

Dodgers acquire shortstop Manny Machado from Orioles for five prospects

The Manny Machado sweepstakes is officially over. The Orioles shortstop has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports. In return, Baltimore is receiving outfielder Yusniel Diaz, righthanders Dean Kremer and Zach Pop, third baseman Rylan Bannon and second baseman Breyvic...
6 hours ago

'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening says Apu criticism is 'tainted' because there are no other animated Indian characters on TV

Against all odds, the battle over Apu rages on. Slightly walking back his comments that “people love to pretend they’re offended,” “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening opened up about the criticism over his Indian Kwik-E-Mart owner, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. This time, Groening’s excuse for the stereotypical...
6 hours ago

'The Producers' Tony Award winner Gary Beach dies at 70

Gary Beach, who won a featured-actor Tony Award in 2001 for Mel Brooks’ musical “The Producers,” died Monday in Palm Springs, Calif., his agent confirmed Wednesday. No cause of death was given. Beach also scored Tony nominations for playing the candlestick Lumiere in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”...
7 hours ago

Google slapped with $5 billion fine by EU in antitrust case over Android system

BRUSSELS — European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company’s Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps. The European Union said Google’s practices restrict competition...
7 hours ago

Albanian group loses $130,000 from Councilman Mark Gjonaj

The City Council will not pay out $130,000 that Bronx Councilman Mark Gjonaj tried to give to a non-profit he has close ties to, Speaker Corey Johnson said Wednesday. The cash was set to go to the Albanian-American Community Association. Local media reports have repeatedly called Gjonaj the group’s...
7 hours ago

Panning the panel: Albany pay raise commission is a total mess

State legislators need a raise, having been stuck at $79,500 for 20 years. But instead of having the guts to pull the trigger themselves — an inflation-based hike would set salaries at $121,600 — pols created a commission in the state budget. A last-minute rush job, it’s full of holes. As we have...
7 hours ago

City Council passes bill to crack down on Airbnb

The City Council on Wednesday passed a controversial bill to crack down on Airbnb’s home rental business in the city. The legislation, which the mayor is expected to sign, will require the company to hand over all of its hosts names and addresses to an enforcement office - a move likely to expose...
8 hours ago

With a friend like him: Trump sells tiny Montenegro down the river

In an attempt to discredit the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked the President of the United States: “Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?” Trump answered: “I understand what you’re saying, I’ve asked the same question.” It should pain...
8 hours ago

Jude Law addresses the decision not to make Dumbledore 'explicitly gay' in 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel

Jude Law, who is set to play a young Albus Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, finally addressed the controversy that erupted after the film’s director said the beloved headmaster’s sexuality would not be “explicitly” acknowledged in the movie. The actor, 45, said that he’d spoken to “Harry...
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Trump's military parade will reportedly cost nearly as much as 'tremendously' pricey Korean military exercises he canceled

President Trump apparently prefers parading over practicing. The President’s controversial military parade is expected to cost nearly as much as the joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises he cancelled last month after calling them “tremendously expensive,” according to a report Wednesday. The...
8 hours ago

Train shooting that left MTA employee wounded was sparked by gang violence: cops

Investigators believe that the shooting on a crowded rush-hour No. 3 train that left an off-duty MTA employee wounded was sparked by gang violence, officials said Wednesday. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said that one of the three teens taken into custody following the 6:10 p.m. shooting...
9 hours ago

Charges dropped against other women arrested with Stormy Daniels in Ohio — Avenatti says officials vowing probe of sting

The Ohio strip club sting operation that led to Stormy Daniels’ arrest last week became a total bust Wednesday when prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against the other two women hauled off to jail. Officials said Miranda Panda and Brittany Walters will not face prosecution in the high-profile...
9 hours ago

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora says football is 'under attack'

In a bizarre press conference during ACC Media day, North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora said that the sport was “under attack” and that if it keeps changing in what he believes is a negative direction, that the United States is doomed. “I fear that the game will be pushed so far from what...
9 hours ago

Dirty business: City garbage hauler busted for rubbing up against woman on Midtown train

Police have arrested a dirty city sanitation employee who was caught grinding against a woman he didn’t know as he rode a Midtown train Wednesday morning, officials said. Cops grabbed Robert Silva, 38, as he rode a north-bound 5 train leaving the Grand Central-42nd St. station about 7:45 a.m. Police...