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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes in desert during test flight

nydailynews.com — Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket crashed during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert Friday afternoon, according to the spaceline. The world's first commercial rocket plane experienced an "in-flight anomaly," according to the spaceline's Twitter page. "Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time," they revealed.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @TomDurante: BREAKING: Virgin Galactic's #SpaceshipTwo crashes in Mojave Desert during test flight: nydn.us/1wOzyJB via @glowgow

Oct 31, 2014

The privatization of space is having a bad week: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes nydn.us/1zRMenD #SpaceShipTwo #IMissNASA

Oct 31, 2014

Bad week RT @NYDailyNews 1 dead, 1 injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight nydn.us/1zRMenD

Oct 31, 2014

RT @CElizRoberts: 1 dead, 1 injured after Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes in the Mojave Desert during test flight. nydn.us/1wOzyJB

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NY1 news anchors Pat Kiernan, Jamie Stelter and more don 'On the Town' garb for Halloween

nydailynews.com — Fleet Week came early for NY 1. Local news anchors Pat Kiernan, Roger Clark, Jamie Stelter and Stephanie Simon will don 1940s sailor garb from Broadway's "On the Town" - the revival of the 1944 show about Navy men touring the Big Apple while on leave - during a live commentary during the 41st annual Village Halloween Parade Friday at 8 p.m.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @PesceNic: LOVE! NY1 news anchors @PatKiernan @JamieStelter & @RogerClark41 don 'On the Town' garb for Halloween nydn.us/1sMeyxH

Oct 31, 2014

LOVE! NY1 news anchors @PatKiernan @JamieStelter & @RogerClark41 don 'On the Town' garb for Halloween nydn.us/1sMeyxH

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WATCH: Philadelphia Flyers prank players for Halloween with snake in a cooler

nydailynews.com — There's not much that can scare a hockey player. But Derek Settlemyre, the head equipment manager of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, found one thing that could make these tough guys cower in fear ... or at least make them jump and drop F-bombs.
Oct 31, 2014

WATCH: Flyers prank players for Halloween with snake in a cooler nydn.us/1q8Q1Ds

Oct 31, 2014

RT @aclayton33: WATCH: Philadelphia Flyers prank players for Halloween with snake in a cooler  nydn.us/1wQrw5q

Oct 31, 2014

WATCH: Philadelphia Flyers prank players for Halloween with snake in a cooler  nydn.us/1wQrw5q

In hot NY Senate races close to home, it's Hillary Clinton (robo)calling

nydailynews.com — Can you hear her now? All eyes are on Hillary Clinton's future, but she's focusing on the present with a pair of robocalls for candidates in hotly contested state Senate races -- including one in her own adopted Westchester district.
Oct 31, 2014

In hot NY Senate races close to home, it's Hillary Clinton robocalling nydn.us/1wQJ3KC

Oct 31, 2014

In contested New York state Senate races, it's Hillary Clinton (robo) calling nydn.us/1wQGjwZ

Daily News Taste Kitchen: Dunkin’ Donuts' new Croissant Donuts

nydailynews.com — Meet the Cro-NOT. Dunkin' Donuts' new hybrid pastry is inspired by the renowned Cronut - part croissant, part doughnut - but tastes more like an inbred child of DD's classic bow tie and glazed doughnuts.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @BradGerick: .@J_Settembre and I tested the new @DunkinDonuts Croissant Donut. nydn.us/1sS45kC She wrote, I took a little video. Bam. Here it is.

Oct 31, 2014

.@J_Settembre and I tested the new @DunkinDonuts Croissant Donut. nydn.us/1sS45kC She wrote, I took a little video. Bam. Here it is.

Massive drill bit, part of MTA's East Side Access project, nearly cuts into moving F train in Queens

nydailynews.com — A massive construction drill bit pierced the tunnel serving the F train and sliced the top and side of a train carrying 800 passengers in Queens on Thursday - but no one was injured as a result of the terrifying blunder.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @mattfleg: That's...not ideal. MT: @NYDailyNews: Drill bit blunder in @MTA's East Side Access project nearly cuts into F train nydn.us/1zQPFuG

Oct 31, 2014

RT @mattfleg: That's...not ideal. MT: @NYDailyNews: Drill bit blunder in @MTA's East Side Access project nearly cuts into F train nydn.us/1zQPFuG

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Marist Poll shows Gov. Cuomo maintaining wide lead over Republican Rob Astorino

nydailynews.com — Gov. Cuomo is on course to trounce Republican Rob Astorino in every region of the state Tuesday, a new poll of likely voters Friday showed. Cuomo has increased slightly his statewide lead over Astorino to 26 percentage points and is nearly doubling the Republican's showing, according to the NBC 4/The Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll released Friday.
Oct 31, 2014

Correction: Current Marist Poll has it Cuomo 56%, Astorino 30%, Hawkins 6% nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypol…

Oct 31, 2014

"Astorino has been unable to dent Cuomo’s image while Cuomo has successfully defined his opponent.” nydn.us/1wQoBJN

City to pay $2.25 million in homeless man’s Riker’s cell ‘baking death’

nydailynews.com — The city has agreed to pay the family of a homeless man who "baked to death" inside a sweltering Rikers Island jail cell $2.25 million in damages. City Controller Scott Stringer announced the settlement Friday while flanked by some of Jerome Murdough's kin.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @NYDailyNews: BREAKING: City to pay $2.25 million to the family of homeless man who "baked to death" inside Rikers Island jail cell nydn.us/1tpoqkO

Oct 31, 2014

RT @ZHaberman: NYC to pay $2.25 million in homeless man’s Riker’s cell ‘baking death’ nydn.us/1tpmI2N -via @csiemaszko @CaitlinNolan

Jon Stewart confirms he turned down NBC's offer to host ‘Meet the Press’

nydailynews.com — Jon Stewart confirmed that NBC tried to woo him to host "Meet the Press," saying the network was casting "as wide and as weird a net as they could" to find David Gregory's successor. "I felt like that was one of those situations, where someone says, 'We really like what you do.

IRS scam is back and it’s ripping off people for millions of dollars

nydailynews.com — If you get a nasty call from someone purporting to be an employee of the IRS, hang up the phone. The Internal Revenue Service issued a new warning Friday for an ongoing scam in which an official-sounding caller claiming to be a U.S.
Oct 31, 2014

I got a call from one of these scammers today, and they had me for a second. Be careful! IRS warns of phone scam: nydn.us/1wOMbUO

Beauty beat: Miley Cyrus latest celeb for MAC’s Viva Glam line, get your makeup PRIV'd for Halloween

nydailynews.com — Welcome to the Beauty Beat, a feature where we round up beauty news from across the city and beyond. From new products to promotions, launches and everything in between, we're here to keep you looking good. Viva Miley! The pugnacious pop star has been named the 2015 spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam line.

Haunted Halloween Road Trips: Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York

nydailynews.com — The wooden bridge is gone and no remnants of shattered pumpkin remain, but the legend of the Headless Horseman still lives on in the quiet village of Sleepy Hollow, New York. Our series of haunted Halloween road trip stories have, as the name implies, centered upon the scariest stretches of asphalt within 1-2 hours' drive of New York City.

Suspected Pennsylvania cop killer Eric Frein captured: report

nydailynews.com — His run is over. Suspected Pennsylvania cop killer Eric Frein has been captured, according to a local report. The 31-year-old accused in the Sept. 12 ambush shooting that killed a state trooper and wounded a second was captured Thursday afternoon after a near two-month run, 6ABC reported. THIS IS BREAKING NEWS.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ZHaberman: MANHUNT OVER: Suspected Pa. cop-killer Eric Frein is reportedly in custody nydn.us/1wK98Yc -@NYDailyNews @glowgow

Oct 30, 2014

Hardly a rugged mountain man MT @ZHaberman First photo of suspected cop-killer Eric Frein after 48 DAYS on the run nydn.us/1wK98Yc

Oct 30, 2014

RT @joekemp: PICTURED: Eric Frein in custody nearly seven weeks after ambush that killed Pa. state trooper: nydn.us/13nj2q2 pic.twitter.com/8jz13sp0KX

Oct 30, 2014

PICTURED: Eric Frein in custody nearly seven weeks after ambush that killed Pa. state trooper: nydn.us/13nj2q2 pic.twitter.com/8jz13sp0KX

Oct 30, 2014

@NYDailyNews: BREAKING: Suspected Pennsylvania cop killer Eric Frein captured: report. nydn.us/1wK9GNX More details to follow”

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2015 Ford F-150 wishes NYC a “Happy Haul-O-Ween” with 1,200-lb. pumpkin

nydailynews.com — It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Or at least just the biggest one we've ever seen. In honor of Halloween, and in celebration of its 3,300-pound hauling capacity, the 2015 Ford F-150 has been tasked with moving this massive gourd from a Michigan farm right to the heart of the Big Apple.

De Blasio Chief of Staff Laura Santucci taking leave to oversee NYC's 2016 Democratic National Convention bid

nydailynews.com — Mayor de Blasio apparently wants the 2016 Democratic National Convention in New York so badly, he's putting his top woman on the case. Chief of Staff Laura Santucci, a former special assistant in the White House Office of Political Affairs, will take a leave of absence next month to become the city's point woman in the push to beat out four other cities and capture the party's big party.
Oct 31, 2014

De Blasio Chief of Staff Laura Santucci taking leave to oversee NYC's 2016 Democratic National Convention bid nydn.us/1q9KHQd

Chicago Cubs fire manager Rick Renteria; Joe Maddon on deck?

nydailynews.com — CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs have fired manager Rick Renteria after one season to pursue former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. Team President Theo Epstein said Friday that Renteria deserved to come back next season as the Cubs continue their rebuilding effort.

Starbucks will offer mobile delivery option next year

nydailynews.com — After reporting disappointing quarterly sales Thursday, Starbucks said it will offer a delivery option on its mobile app in select areas of the U.S starting next year. The Seattle-based company declined to provide more details, but has been pushing to get people to use its app as a way to build customer loyalty.

NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks resigns after 28 years on force: sources

nydailynews.com — NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks has resigned, two sources told the Daily News. Banks, a 28-year veteran, was named on Tuesday as Commissioner Bill Bratton's choice to replace Rafael Pineiro, who is retiring Friday as First Deputy Commissioner, the NYPD's number two spot. But Banks put in his retirement papers Friday morning, the sources said.
Oct 31, 2014

"Banks believed the new position was just not as good as his old job.” nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-… #NYPD

NY Jets WR Eric Decker defends wife Jessie James over Twitter flap; Rex Ryan says angy fans 'comes with the territory'

nydailynews.com — Eric Decker and his wife Jessie James Decker are now quite aware of how displeased Jets fans are with the team's horrible 1-7 start to the season. The country music star received so much backlash from fans when coming to her husband's defense over an innocent Tweet about a prize giveaway that she deactivated her account from the social-media site.
Oct 31, 2014

Jets WR Eric Decker defends wife Jessie James over Twitter flap; Rex Ryan says angry fans 'comes with the territory'  nydn.us/1wOsVH3