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Plane makes emergency landing on Fire Island

Plane makes emergency landing on Fire Island

Babylon, NY- A single engine plane made an emergency landing at a Fire Island beach. Suffolk County Police say on Friday afternoon, the plane with three passengers, landed just west of Kismet Beach around 3pm. Officials say one passenger was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury. The cause of…

FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) —  A panel of U.S. health advisers has endorsed booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration panel said Friday that the booster should be offered at least two months after immunization but didn’t suggest a firm time. The FDA isn’t bound by the vote but its…

US: States can order COVID shots for younger kids this week

US: States can order COVID shots for younger kids this week

East Farmingdale, NY- U.S. health officials are setting the stage for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to pre-order doses starting this week. In meetings scheduled over the next few weeks, federal officials plan to discuss making shots made by one manufacturer, Pfizer, available for kids ages 5 to 11.…

Resilient shoppers push retail sales up 0.7% in September

Resilient shoppers push retail sales up 0.7% in September

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans continued to spend at a solid clip in September even as they face sticker shock at the grocery stores and elsewhere and even as snarled global supply chains are limiting the flow of goods. Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in September from the month before, the U.S. Commerce…

Man rescued at Smith Point Beach

Man rescued at Smith Point Beach

Shirley, NY- A man was rescued from the rough water on Thursday night at Smith Point Beach. Suffolk County Police say Marine Bureau and Aviation Section officers were called to the scene at 6:34 p.m. Officials say Aviation Section officers used drop sticks to light up the water so the swimmer could swim to the…

US average mortgage rates jump; 30-year loan at 3.05%

US average mortgage rates jump; 30-year loan at 3.05%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term mortgage rates jumped this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan again breaching 3%. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for a 30-year mortgage rose to 3.05% from 2.99% last week. That is its highest level since April, when it peaked at 3.18%. The rate for a 15-year loan…

Bill Clinton in hospital for non-COVID-related infection

Bill Clinton in hospital for non-COVID-related infection

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for Bill Clinton says the former president is being treated in a Southern California hospital for a non-COVID-related infection. Spokesman Angel Ureña says Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening. Ureña says Clinton “is on the mend, in good spirits and is incredibly…

PD: Two injured in drive by shooting on Middle Country Road

PD: Two injured in drive by shooting on Middle Country Road

Coram, NY- Two people were injured Wednesday night in a drive-by shooting in Coram. Suffolk County Police say two men, ages 27 and 40 were traveling westbound on Middle Country Road by Winfield Davis Drive in a 2004 Volkswagen Touareg, when they were both struck by bullets shot from a passing vehicle. The shooting happened…

NYPD:  Off-duty officer shoots 2 women:  1 dead, 1 hurt.

NYPD: Off-duty officer shoots 2 women: 1 dead, 1 hurt.

NEW YORK (AP) — An off-duty New York City police officer is in custody after authorities say she shot two women, one of whom she was intimately involved with. The shooting Wednesday left one woman dead and the other injured. Assistant Chief Michael Kemper says patrol officers responded to 911 calls around 5 p.m. and…

Social Security checks getting big boost as inflation rises

Social Security checks getting big boost as inflation rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic. The benefits increase amounts to $92 a month for the average retired…

Winter heating bills set to jump as inflation hits home

Winter heating bills set to jump as inflation hits home

NEW YORK (AP) – With prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the U.S. government said Wednesday it expects households to see jumps of up to 54% for their heating bills from last winter. The sharpest increases are likely for homes that use propane, but others are also likely to see…