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Mayor de Blasio named PETA’s Person of the Year for 2014 — NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) - Mayor Bill de Blasio was named PETA's Person of the Year for 2014 for his defense of circus animals, carriage horses and promotion of vegan eating in New York City.

Dow Jones soars 400 points, led by rally in tech sector — Posted 4:12 PM, December 18, 2014, by Associated Press, NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a second day. The Dow closed up 421 points, or 2.4 percent, to 17,778 Thursday, its largest gain since December 2011.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @PIX11News: Dow Jones soars 400 points, led by rally in tech sector

Jamaica High School taken off lockdown after report of intruders: police — JAMAICA, QUEENS (PIX11) - Jamaica High School was placed on a brief lockdown after intruders were believed to be inside the school. After reviewing surveillance footage, officials saw two 15-year-old students leaving the building. When they went back inside, one was wearing a ski mask.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @PIX11News: Jamaica High School taken off lockdown after report of intruders: police

Shop online today, avoid shipping and get it by Christmas Eve — Posted 12:48 PM, December 18, 2014, by Samantha Tata, NEW YORK (PIX11) - Procrastinators, rejoice. There's a shiny silver - or perhaps more appropriately, green - lining to waiting until a week before Christmas to start buying gifts.

Platform conductors will help control crowds at more stations — The MTA Chairman informed the board that the agency is preparing a response plan to address increasing ridership. Platform conductors are currently stationed at Times Square and Grand Central and they are also used along the commuter railroads. They signal to the train crew as riders are boarding.
Dec 18, 2014

Platform conductors will help #MTA control crowds at more #NYC stations. What else? via @pix11news

Can you locate the new MTA TripPlanner app — NEW YORK (PIX11) - MTA released "TripPlanner" devices on the neswest cell phones. However, it was not easy to find at first. Apple has listed it under the name "TPPlus" and you can find it by searching that term in the app store. An Android version is not included.

Judge wants to overhaul NY’s bail system — NEW YORK (PIX11) - The scales of justice are meant to be balanced. But when it comes to the bail system in New York State, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman that's far from the case. "I believe it can be summed up in two words: unsafe, unfair," said Lippman.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @Pretrial: “I believe [the bail system] can be summed up in two words: unsafe, unfair.” -NY Chief Judge Lippman. #pretrial

Warmer US-Cuba relations could make goods like cigars more available — NEW YORK (PIX11) - It's rare in New York City to see the picking and curing of the tobacco that makes the cigars that consistently, in blindfold tests with smoking experts, are rated best in the world. "The big difference is the land. Cuban soil is full of oils and minerals."
Dec 18, 2014

Pleased the new #Cuban situation lets me show more of my Cuba video on #PIX11 &social media. Here's #cubancigars…

WATCH: Breakout YouTube star Taylor Hatala breaks down the moves that made her go viral — NEW YORK (PIX11) - From singers who went viral, to pranksters on YouTube - they all served up some much-needed entertainment for us in 2014. In the case of 11-year-old Taylor Hatala, she wowed audiences with her sensational and effortless dance moves.

Mookie Wilson, Bill Buckner discuss infamous ’86 World Series play

Takeout, a booming business in New York — NEW YORK (PIX11) - More and more New Yorkers are turning to takeout for their meals. And it's delivery apps like Seamless and GrubHub that are fueling this takeout feeding frenzy. Takeout accounts for nearly half of Albert Asani's business. He's co-owner of Pazzo Pizza on Second Avenue.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @PIX11News: $11,000 a year in takeout? Apps fuel NYC's takeout love affair. @MarksPIX

SEE IT: Protests erupt in response to Fidel Castro’s visit to the United Nations in 1979 — NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) - Protesters and cops in riot gear flooded the streets of midtown during Fidel Castro's visit to the United Nations October 1979. Castro spoke to the General Assembly about the creation of a new international monetary system that would help developing nations.
Dec 17, 2014

SEE IT: Protests erupt in response to Fidel Castro’s visit to the United Nations in 1979. @WPIXArchives

Sony won’t release ‘The Interview’ — Posted 5:06 PM, December 17, 2014, by Associated Press, NEW YORK (AP) - Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @PIX11News: BREAKING: Sony cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview.'

SEE IT: New Yorkers in 1959 sound off to PIX11 about Fidel Castro — NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) - Fidel Castro's visit to the United States in April 1959 sparked a lot of conversation about the new Cuban leader, with New Yorkers whom WPIX interviewed split on whether he would be a force for liberty or nothing but trouble for the U.S.

Mother accused of burning her 2-year-old with scalding water, industrial strength bleach — Posted 2:32 PM, December 17, 2014, by Andrea Cavallier, INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A 25-year-old woman is facing child abuse charges after police says she poured scalding water and industrial strength bleach on her 2-year-old daughter. According to WDAF, the child was transported to Children's Mercy on Saturday, for second-degree burns on 12 percent of her body, including her face and back.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @PIX11News: A mother is accused of pouring scalding water and industrial strength bleach on her 2-year-old

Former NFL star Chad Johnson leaves massive tip because ‘Sundays are slow’ — Former NFL star and current Montreal Alouette player Chad Johnson made headlines Sunday after he tweeted about an act of kindness. Johnson left a $300 tip for a server on a $351.92 bill, simply because "Sundays are slow." In addition to the tip and the message, he also included "I LOVE YOU" at the bottom.
Dec 17, 2014

And today I share the uplifting story of the day! Enjoy (and share if someone else needs some GOOD)!

Man forcibly touches woman in Bronx train station: police — BRONX (PIX11) - Police are searching for a man who forcibly touched a woman at a Bronx train station Nov. 24. The 33-year-old victim boarded the northbound B train at the 125th Street Station when the suspect attempted to speak with her.

Tensions continue to flare between de Blasio, NYPD — (PIX11)- The already embattled relationship between the mayor and the NYPD is getting more tense, statements made by the SBA, the DEA (detectives endowment association) has made even Cardinal Dolan ask for peace. LIVE AT 7:05AM:

‘The Hobbit’ returns for final installment — LONDON (PIX11)- The finale for Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy - Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters today after an impressive overseas open. Internationally, the third act opened ahead of the two previous films, with $122.2 million dollars as of Sunday.
Dec 17, 2014

a look at the third and final Hobbit film. I sit down with the cast in London to talk about it. I have to...