RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (FOX 5 NY) - The partial government shutdown has now tied for the third longest on record. It's being felt from all angles. But when it comes to air travel safety, some worry about short- and long-term effects. Furloughed Washington Center air traffic controller Richard Santa is the eastern regional vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA).
- The driver of a car that struck several hiking boy scouts, killing one, has been charged with drunken driving, authorities said. Thomas Murphy, 59, of Holbrook, was driving a 2016 Mercedes in Manorville just before 2 p.m. Sunday when he plowed into several boy scouts and chaperones from Troop 161, according to Suffolk County police. Many of them were wearing bright red clothes.
- A stolen Chevy Trailblazer SUV speeding on the Meadowbrook State Parkway on Long Island crashed into a marsh Friday morning. Three teenagers were ejected from the SUV and died, New York State Police said. Many questions remain unanswered: Where were 10 people inside the stolen SUV going and why was a 15-year-old behind the wheel? Helicopters flew over the crash scene as investigators searched for bodies.