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Virginia Earthquake Felt as Far Away as New York, Toronto, and Washington D.C.

An earthquake epicentered in Virginia occurred Tuesday afternoon, with people in Washington, DC, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Toronto reporting they felt the tremors, as well.

Reports thus far indicate the quake registered a 5.9 on the Richter scale.

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Angry Mom Hires Plane to Fly Nasty Message Over Wall Street

At lunchtime on Tuesday, New Yorkers in Lower Manhattan were treated to an unusual sight — a small plane buzzing by the Standard and Poor’s building, towing a banner that read, “Thanks For The Downgrade: You Should All Be Fired.”

Commissioned by St. Louis banker and single mother Lucy Nobbe, who paid $895 to hire the pilot, the fly-by was a reaction to the US losing its longtime AAA credit rating last Friday.

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Amish Teen Leads Police on Ridiculous Horse and Buggy Chase

Police in Conewango, New York tried to pull 17-year old Lewis D. Hostetler over on Monday, after they noticed he was operating his horse and buggy with a open container of beer in hand.

At which point the Amish teen showed a great deal of faith in his horse and led the police on a rare medium-speed horse and buggy chase.

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Fan Who Gave Back Ball from Derek Jeter’s 3,000th Hit Could Face Between $5,000 and $13,000 in Taxes
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Returned Ball From Jeter’s 3K Hit Could Cost Fan Up To $13K

When Christian Lopez caught the home run that was Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit last week, he gave the historic ball to the Yankee's shortstop without asking for any money, even though it may have fetched over $100,000 on the open market.

The taxman isn't being so generous with Lopez.

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Derek Jeter Scores 3000th Hit, Fan Returns Ball [VIDEO]
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Derek Jeter Scores 3000th Hit, Fan Returns Ball [VIDEO]

Playing in front of a sold-out hometown crowd on Saturday, Derek Jeter sent his record-setting 3,000th hit deep into left-field, making him the 28th major leaguer and first New York Yankees player to reach the hitting milestone.

And who caught the potentially money-making ball? Christian Lopez, a 23-year-old fan whose girlfriend gave him tickets to the game as a birthday present.

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes in New York

New York legislators passed a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state on Friday night, with the state Senate approving the bill to a cheering room before 11 p.m.

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Teddy Bear Kidnappers Demand $10,000 in Gluten-Free Cupcakes

If Susannah Bortner wants her son’s stuffed animal returned, she’s going to have to make sure the kidnappers who took it are stuffed themselves.

The Brooklyn, New York woman’s two-year-old son lost his teddy bear wrapped in a blanket last month only to have the alleged kidnapper promise to return it in exchange for $10,000 worth of cupcakes. And not just any kind of cupcakes — gluten-free ones.

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Man Accused of Holding Up Convenience Store for 99 Cents
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Man Accused of Holding Up Convenience Store for 99 Cents

A New York man now faces a whopping $50,000 bail after police said he tried to rob a convenience store of 99 cents.

Christopher Tisley, a 34-year-old Brooklyn resident, sauntered into the store at about 3 a.m. on Saturday with a gun and ordered the clerk to hand over the change, according to police.

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Alec Baldwin Is Mulling a Run For Mayor of New York
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Alec Baldwin Is Mulling a Run For Mayor of New York

Before questionable Internet habits exposed the world to all of Anthony Weiner, the Congressman was considered the frontrunner in the upcoming 2013 New York City Mayoral race.

With Weiner's political future now very much in doubt, Alec Baldwin is let

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New York Man Rescued After God Told Him to Swim to Liberty Island
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New York Man Rescued After God Told Him to Swim to Liberty Island

A New York man was rescued this weekend after he tried to swim from New York harbor to Liberty Island, all because God told him to do it.

Witnesses say he stripped down to his swim trunks, dove into the cold water and began his 3/4-mile journey.

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Fire Station From ‘Ghostbusters’ Shutting Down
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Fire Station From ‘Ghostbusters’ Shutting Down

The New York City firehouse featured in the movie 'Ghostbusters' may soon be shut down due to budget cuts, according to the NY Post.

Ladder No. 8 in TriBeCa is among 20 New York fire stations Mayor Mike Bloomberg has put on the chopping block.

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Man Vandalizes Garage With Spray-Painted Marriage Proposal [VIDEO]
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Man Vandalizes Garage With Spray-Painted Marriage Proposal [VIDEO]

We've seen our fair share of wacky marriage proposals, but this one might take the cake.

UPI reports that New York-based couple Roger and Carolyn Mooyoung got the surprise of their life when they received a letter informing them that their Florida vacation home had been vandalized.

According to the letter, someone had spray painted a marriage proposal on their garage, to which the recipient, named Alison, responded to with a spray-painted "yes."

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