Articles by Jennifer Peltz

New York City House Fire Kills 5, Including Children

Investigators are scouring for clues about what sparked a fast-moving New York City house fire that killed five people, including two young boys and two teenage girls. The fire broke out Sunday afternoon, on a street full of single-family homes …

New Jersey Transit Train Stuck in Tunnel Three Hours, Stun Gun Sparks Stampede

A train with about 1,200 passengers became stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours on Friday, and the chaotic scene escalated to pandemonium when Amtrak police used a stun gun to subdue a …

Russian Cyberthief Pleads Guilty in $1.6M Heist of Broadway, Yankee Tickets

A Russian ringleader of a group that fraudulently bought some of the hottest tickets in music, sports and theater by sneaking into StubHub users’ accounts pleaded guilty this week in a scheme involving over $1 million worth of tickets. Vadim …

How Zoo Emergency Response Teams Handle Dangerous Animals

When a 400-pound gorilla grabbed a 3-year-old boy at the Cincinnati Zoo, the sharpshooter who killed the ape wasn’t from the police. Instead, the shooter was a specially trained zoo staffer on one of the many dangerous-animal emergency squads at …

NYC Plans to Issue Salt-Warning Fines as Lawsuit Continues

New York City plans to start enforcing a first-of-its-kind requirement for chain restaurants to use icons to warn patrons of salty foods after getting an appeals court’s go-ahead on May 26 to start issuing fines. But it’s not the final …

New York’s E-Prescribing Law Takes Effect This Month

The scribbled, cryptic doctor’s prescription is headed toward eradication in New York, where the nation’s toughest paperless-prescribing requirement takes effect this month. Instead of handing patients slips of paper, physicians soon must electronically send orders directly to pharmacies for everything …

NYC Flood Defense Barrier Remains Years Away

After ocean waters poured into lower Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy, experts began dreaming up a solution: a U-shaped barrier of earthen berms, walls and gates that would keep floods out and the nation’s financial capital dry. Now, more than three …

Snowy East Coast Digs Out After Massive Weekend Blizzard

Millions of Americans started digging themselves out Sunday after a mammoth blizzard with hurricane-force winds and record-setting snowfall brought much of the East Coast to an icy standstill. New York and Baltimore began lifting travel restrictions and hearty souls ventured …

Officials Eye Sky Security After Drone Crashes Into Empty Seats at U.S. Open

A drone crash during a U.S. Open match has tennis officials thinking about whether they can do more to safeguard the sprawling National Tennis Center from such hazards, a spokesman said. “Obviously, it’s something we are looking at” after an …

New York City to Pay $6.25M to Man Exonerated in 1989 Killing

New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the …