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Pair arrested for stealing multiple pocketbooks from area grocery stores

East Farmingdale, NY-  Police are reminding residents to be aware of their surroundings and to keep an eye on valuables after a homeless man and a West Babylon woman were arrested for allegedly stealing pocketbooks from several area grocery stores.  According to officials, Tarisha Smith, 25, of West Babylon, was operating a 2015 VW Jetta…

Virus Outbreak New York Housing Demonstration

Nationwide ban on evictions set to expire this weekend

BOSTON (AP) — The Biden administration will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday. The end of the moratorium comes as advocates and some lawmakers call for it to be extended in the face of rising coronavirus cases and the sluggish pace of distributing rental assistance. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers…

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Former cardinal charged with assaulting teenage boy

BOSTON (AP) — Court records show that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in the 1970s. Court documents obtained by The Boston Globe shows that McCarrick is charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14. McCarrick was defrocked…

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CDC expected to release new data about COVID-19 spread

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials are expected to release new data about the spread of COVID-19 on Friday that led to their decision to recommend that vaccinated people wear masks in some situations, a reversal of previous guidance. The report, to be released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, comes from a…

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Police chief whose contract was terminated gets $774K payout

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — A village in the Hamptons will pay its outgoing police chief more than $774,000 for unused sick and vacation time after village officials voted to end his contract. Newsday reported on Wednesday that Southampton Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings’ contract contained provisions that allowed for the large payout. Cummings has been…

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Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title

TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title. The American gymnastics superstar has withdrawn the all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being. The decision comes a day after Biles removed herself from the team final following one rotation because she felt she wasn’t mentally ready. Jade Carey, who finished ninth in…

Virus Outbreak Memorial Day

Officials continue to monitor beaches on the South Shore for Sharks

JONES BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — New York state parks department officials will use drones and helicopters to patrol Long Island’s beaches for sharks after a lifeguard said he was nipped by something in the water. The heightened shark monitoring will be in force at locations including Jones Beach and Robert Moses state parks. It will…