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MTA blames 'human error' after loose piece of rail from overnight repairs triggers Harlem train derailment – New York Daily News


A loose piece of rail sent part of a packed subway train jumping from the tracks and careening into a wall in Harlem on Tuesday — forcing hundreds to crawl out into the tunnel to safety and crippling service citywide. 

Thirty-four straphangers were treated for minor injuries — among them a little baby — after two cars of the Brooklyn-bound A train struck a piece of replacement rail that was stored on the tracks outside the 125th St. station about 9:45 a.m., authorities said.

“The train was peeled open like a can opener,” said Paul Navarro, track division chairman for the Transport Workers Union, after visiting the accident site.

Straphangers described a harrowing scene as the train came to a screeching halt, sending sparks flying into the air and smoke pouring into the darkened cars.

MTA boss is wrong about cause of A train derailment

Riders are seen evacuating an A train in Harlem at the 125th St. subway station on Tuesday.

Riders are seen evacuating an A train in Harlem at the 125th St. subway station on Tuesday.

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After being trapped for several minutes, panicked riders on the A train and a trailing D train broke windows on their subway cars and climbed out onto the tracks.

“I had to jump out,” said Emma Virani, 27, of Brooklyn, who was on the D train.

The derailment marked the latest in a series of subway accidents that have caused chaos underground and prompted calls for a full overhaul of the aging system. The City Council announced Tuesday that its Transportation Committee will hold an oversight hearing to “closely examine where the MTA has fallen short.”


Kelly Kopp, 48, said he heard what sounded like a “huge explosion” before the A train came to an abrupt stop.

Subway riders risked their lives walking in dark Brooklyn tunnel

“It was enough to scare the heck out of us and for me to think I could die in this train,” said Kopp, a photographer who was on his way downtown.

“As soon as the train stopped, people started screaming. And that was really terrifying because I thought some fire was going to start shooting through the train. And then people were throwing up, too, from the smoke.”

Gov. Cuomo introduced a bill last week that would give him control of the MTA board to address ongoing issues with the subway system. But neither Cuomo nor Mayor de Blasio showed up at the accident site.

Newly minted MTA Chairman Joe Lhota held a hastily convened news conference and said in a statement late Tuesday that “the cause appears to be human error, not a track defect.”

Man fatally struck by F train in Brooklyn

The preliminary investigation found that the morning mayhem was caused by “an improperly secured piece of replacement rail that was stored on the tracks,” according to Lhota and interim MTA executive director Ronnie Hakim.

Work on the track had taken place over night and the old rail and unused pieces of the replacement rail were secured correctly in the center of the track, according to TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, who was briefed on the derailment by union officials.

Lhota, on just his fifth day on the job, added that the smoke condition was caused by debris on the tracks that went up in flames.

Seventeen riders were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation and other minor ailments. The other half were treated at the scene, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

Gov. Cuomo brings back Joe Lhota to run the MTA

Tunnel workers inspect the train.

Tunnel workers inspect the train.

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Among those hospitalized was a baby boy named Yousef, who was covered in sweat and clad only in a diaper.

“There was a mother in distress. Her baby was hot and crying,” said FDNY Emergency Medical Technician Tuanika Brown who reached them at the 135th St. station.

Brown and her colleagues gave oxygen to the baby and his asthmatic mother before they were taken to Harlem Hospital for evaluation.

“The baby and her are doing fine,” Brown said.

MTA to replace train delay recordings with live announcements

Following the derailment, three other trains were stuck in tunnels between 110th St. and 135th St., trapping roughly 1,300 people. About 500 scrambled onto the pitch-black tracks, prompting a massive response from first responders, Nigro said.

About 200 firefighters and 100 cops rushed underground to shepherd them to safety. It took more than an hour for all of the riders to make it above ground, officials said.

“It’s a very dangerous thing to be on the tracks,” Nigro said.

Motorman Christopher Miller, 44, was being interviewed Tuesday by safety inspectors and underwent a drug and alcohol screening, according to officials.

MTA advisory system malfunctions during rush hour

The incident crippled the subway system during the morning rush hour — knocking out service on the B and C lines and large swaths of the A and D lines.

Service was fully restored on the C line by 5 p.m., but the A, B and D lines were all operating on a limited basis.

The MTA said the derailment caused signal, switch and track damage — and employees would be working through the night in a bid to restore normal service for the morning rush.

The out-of-control train left a trail of bent and twisted track parts, according to photos obtained by the Daily News. “It took down pieces of wall,” the TWU’s Navarro said.

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A section of a Harlem A train flew off tracks, officials and witnesses said.

A section of a Harlem A train flew off tracks, officials and witnesses said.

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Passenger Kirk James, 42, said the derailed A train came to a jarring halt while it was pulling into the 125th St. station.

Then the smell of smoke wafted into the car.

“People started panicking . . . we can’t open the doors. No one knows what to do,” said James, an NYU professor.

James eventually made it to the platform by walking to the front of the train. Along the way, he saw dazed riders on the tracks being aided by firefighters. “People are crying, people are grateful to be alive, but no one knows what just happened,” James said.

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NBA Free Agency 2017: Breaking down the best 3-and-D guys on the free-agent market – CBSSports.com


The term “3-and-D” is still relatively new to NBA lexicon, but it has been popularized to the point where draft prospects use it to describe themselves. As important as playmaking is, teams still want players who are content to play supporting roles, spacing the floor and playing solid defense. Shooting, of course, is highly valued, but it’s increasingly apparent that if you can’t at least hold your own on the other end of the floor, you might find yourself benched in the playoffs. 

With free agency just a few days away and executives looking for two-way role players, here’s a look at the market for 3-and-D guys:

The only point guard on his list, much of Hill’s value is derived from the fact that he can help his team in multiple ways without the ball in his hands. It’s not that Hill can’t create, but he has spent the vast majority of his career as a secondary playmaker, and he’s an excellent spot-up shooter and defender. He is long and strong enough to guard 2s and most 3s, and if he doesn’t return to Utah, it would be wise for the Spurs or the Timberwolves to clear cap space to try to sign him. 


Like Hill, Redick is a veteran who has contributed to winning teams for years and is finally in line for the big payday he deserves. If you look around the league, there aren’t a lot of guys like him — he is brilliant at using screens, never gets tired and, as well as being a 41.5 percent career 3-point shooter, he is a dogged defender who makes up for his lack of length by competing like crazy and limiting his mistakes. The Clippers should do everything they can to avoid losing him to Philadelphia or Brooklyn.


He isn’t the third star Washington needs, but the franchise is probably going to have to pay him like one. Porter went from a good to great 3-point shooter at the perfect time, making 43.4 percent of his 3s last year while remaining a versatile defender capable of playing either forward position. There are a couple of concerns — he is limited as a playmaker and his 3-point shooting drastically declined after the All-Star break — but those are mitigated by the fact that he just turned 24. 


There’s no one else on this list I’d categorize as a center, though Ibaka has played plenty of minutes at power forward. It’s time for that to change — in a smaller and more skilled NBA, his ability to space the floor and protect the rim has become much more valuable at the 5 spot. He’s not quite as springy as he used to be, but that combination of abilities is still worth paying for. Unless Toronto decides to blow it up, it should try to re-sign him and move Jonas Valanciunas.


Is KCP ready for a bigger role? His usage rate has not cleared 20 percent in his four years in Detroit, and teams offering him max money are likely hoping he can be more than a 3-and-D guy. Even if he’s not ready to do more on offense, he’s a disruptive defender (especially against 1s) who can get hot in a hurry. The problem is that his shooting is streaky — his 35 percent mark from deep was a career high and he has never been a particularly efficient player.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope


Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a restricted free agent.
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Ingles is all about efficiency, in terms of his percentages (44.1 percent from 3-point range, 60.4 percent true shooting percentage last season) and his decision-making. Any team that signs him will be excited about his ability to guard multiple positions, stretch the floor and move the ball. He is an absolutely perfect fit in Quin Snyder’s system, but Utah had better be ready to compete for his services on the open market. 


Out of the spotlight in Indiana, Miles is exactly the kind of role player that winning teams need. He made a career-high 41.3 percent of his 3s last year, and he’s a plus defender as long as he’s not being forced to battle with physical power forwards in the paint. In a league where two-way wings are at a premium, contenders should be trying to get him. 

C.J. Miles


C.J. Miles is an unrestricted free agent at 30 years old.
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I’m cheating a little bit by including Patterson on this list, as he’s more of an all-around glue guy than someone who fits the 3-and-D archetype. It’s unclear if anyone will pay him as a starter, but as a 37.2 percent 3-point shooter and a high-IQ player who can guard wings and bigs, he’s the kind of complementary piece who can help just about any team. His poor shooting in the postseason, however, did not do much for his value. 


CBS Sports’ Matt Moore called Green “one of the best values on the market’ because he can defend just about everybody and made 38.2 percent of his 3s last season. This might sound hyperbolic, but it would be disastrous for Memphis to lose him — he plays a crucial role on both ends of the floor. 


Ordinarily a 29.4 percent 3-point shooter wouldn’t make this list, but the hope is that he’ll be able to build on his 35.1 percent playoff mark. No one on this list is more athletic, which makes him particularly important to a San Antonio team that isn’t exactly full of elite athletes. 


Long one of the smartest defensive minds in the game, out of nowhere Mbah a Moute became a 39.1 percent 3-point shooter at 30 years old. Most of those looks were wide open because defenders had to help off him, but it’s not a stretch to say he found new life as an offensive player in Los Angeles. The question is whether that will travel.


Like Mbah a Moute, Tucker has never been considered much of a shooter, but teams who left him open in the corner were punished last season. He made 40 percent of his 3s in Toronto, and he immediately became the team’s toughest, most intense defender. Tucker plays much bigger than his listed height of 6-foot-6, and he’s especially adept at annoying star players. 


It still seems shortsighted and silly that the Pelicans waived Casspi (and lost his Bird rights) late in the season when he got injured, as his shooting range, hustle and versatility could really help them. Contenders like Cleveland, San Antonio and Houston should try to convince him to take a discount. 


After three underwhelming years in Chicago, Snell found his place in Jason Kidd’s system. In Milwaukee he made 40.6 percent of his 3s, giving the team 29 solid minutes on the wing each night and guarding 1s, 2s and 3s.  


Stop laughing! Lakers coach Luke Walton asked Young to guard the best perimeter player most nights, and the longtime gunner accepted the challenge. He still won’t be confused for a stopper, but he played well enough overall to decline his player option and test free agency. 


After being one of New York’s few above-average defenders, this journeyman should finally find a home on a multiyear deal this summer. He was unable to sustain the hot shooting he showed in Chicago in 2015-16, but he shot 3-pointers more frequently than ever before as a Knick. If the efficiency improves, he could be a steal. 


Note: Players who are known as playmakers (Andre Iguodala and Dion Waiters, for example) didn’t make the list, and neither did those who are good at 3s or D but not both (like Andre Roberson or Bojan Bogdanovic).

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Huge 'Petya' cyber attack spreading across the world in potential repeat of 'Wannacry' hack – The Independent


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Huge 'Petya' cyber attack spreading across the world in potential repeat of 'Wannacry' hack
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A huge cyber attack that initially hit Ukraine has spread across the world, causing major disruption. The hack was already the biggest in Ukraine's history but it has now affected other countries – including the UK, Spain and India – and may be
'Petya' ransomware attack strikes companies across Europe and USThe Guardian
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The Latest: Pennsylvania health company restoring network – ABC News


The Latest on a widespread cyberattack that is affecting companies and government systems (all times EDT):

6:20 p.m.

A Pennsylvania health care system says it is taking steps to restore its computer network after being hit by a ransomware attack that was carried out globally.

Heritage Valley Health System says the attack Tuesday affected its two hospitals west of Pittsburgh as well as satellite operations.

Patients reported on social media that some surgeries had to be rescheduled. A hospital spokeswoman would say only that operational changes had to be made.

A Wellsville, Ohio, woman was at one of Heritage Valley’s hospitals to have her gallbladder removed when she heard a voice over a loudspeaker directing staff to come to a command center.

Brenda Pisarsky told The Associated Press she noticed computer monitors were off and saw nurses scurrying around with stacks of paperwork.

She says she had already been prepped for surgery so doctors were able to go through with her operation. But she said she was told some other patients’ procedures had to be rescheduled.

———

5:15 p.m.

A series of tweets issued by Ukraine’s cyberpolice unit says the ransomware that has caused global havoc may have first spread through a rogue update to a piece of Ukrainian accounting software called MEDoc.

Several vendors — including Kaspersky Lab and Cisco — have already identified MEDoc as a likely vector for the initial infections. Ukraine’s cyberpolice said Tuesday that the rogue update occurred around 10:30 a.m. local time, seeding the infection to an undisclosed number of organizations across the country. Then, just as a few dropped matches can feed a forest fire, the ransomware spread rapidly from there.

In a lengthy statement posted to Facebook, MEDoc acknowledged having been hacked but said it was not responsible for having seeded the rogue program.

Ukraine’s cyberpolice unit acknowledged the company’s statement but stood by its analysis. It stressed that it was not attributing blame to the company.

———

4:45 p.m.

The German company whose email service was used to help coordinate payments linked to the latest surge of ransom software says it pulled the plug on the account before news of the outbreak became widely known.

In a blog post, the Posteo service said it blocked the email address “immediately” after learning that it was being used as a point of contact for the ransomware’s presumed creators. The post said the block happened around midday in Germany, well before reports began circulating about problems linked to its spread.

While the block prevented the hackers behind the ransomware release from capitalizing on the explosive infection rate, it may also strand victims with no obvious way of retrieving files scrambled by the rogue program.

Posteo, based in Berlin, did not return an email seeking further comment.

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4:30 p.m.

How the ransomware was first spread isn’t known for sure, but several experts singled out Ukrainian accounting software called MEDoc, which in a brief message posted to its website acknowledged having been hacked.

In a lengthier statement posted to Facebook, however, the company said that it was not responsible for having seeded the rogue program.

“We can say that the MEDoc system cannot infect your computer with viruses when it updates,” the company said.

———

3 p.m.

The head of a top Ukranian cybersecurity firm says it’s too early to say if his country was singled out as the prime target but that its institutions, long a target of Russian hackers, may have been compromised through attrition.

Victor Zhora, CEO of Infosafe IT in Kiev, says he believes the ransomware, which attacks Microsoft operating systems from Windows XP to Windows 10, was previously seeded and time-activated.

“It seems the virus is spreading all over Europe and I’m afraid it can harm the whole world,” he said. Zhora’s firm did triage on a well-coordinated attack blamed on pro-Russian hackers that tried to thwart the country’s May 2014 election.

Zhora said the current ransomware, which propagates across networks, demands $300 in Bitcoin. He says it’s too early for official confirmation of the targets in Ukraine but local media are reporting ATMs and some gasoline distribution to filling stations have been affected.

Cyberattacks blamed on pro-Russia hackers have twice taken down sizeable portions of Ukraine’s power grid.

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2:30 p.m.

Security experts say Tuesday’s cyberattack shares something in common with last month’s WannaCry attack: Both spread by using digital break-in tools purportedly created by the U.S. National Security Agency and recently leaked to the web.

Security vendors Bitdefender Labs and Kaspersky Labs say the NSA exploit, known as EternalBlue, is allowing the malware to spread inside an organization’s network. Other than that, the latest malware is different from WannaCry.

Organizations should be protected if they had installed a fix that Microsoft issued in March.

But Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at the security firm Veracode, says that’s only the case if 100 percent of computers were patched. He says that if one computer gets infected, the new malware has a backup mechanism to spread to patched computers within the network as well.

Wysopal says the attack seems to be hitting large industrial companies that “typically have a hard time patching all of their machines because so many systems simply cannot have down time.”

Organizations hit include the Russian oil company Rosneft and the Danish oil and shipping company AP Moller-Maersk.

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2:15 p.m.

A hospital and health care system based in western Pennsylvania says it is dealing with a widespread cyberattack.

A spokeswoman for Heritage Valley Health System says the attack Tuesday is affecting the organization’s entire health system and employees are working to ensure safe patient care continues.

Heritage Valley is a $480 million network that provides care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; parts of eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the cyberattack was related to the outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software that appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe Tuesday.

Also affected is New Jersey-based Merck, the second-largest drugmaker in the United States with extensive operations in the Philadelphia area.

Merck confirmed its computer network was “compromised” as part of the global attack.

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Previously datelined KIEV, Ukraine (all times local)

7:10 p.m.

The second-largest drugmaker in the United States is confirming it’s been affected by a cyberattack.

In a message sent using its verified Twitter account, Merck confirmed Tuesday that its computer network was “compromised” as part of a global attack.

Officials said the Kenilworth, New Jersey-based company was investigating the incident but provided no further details.

Merck has global locations including in Ukraine, where a new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software causing mass disruption across Europe appeared to be hitting especially hard.

Company and government officials reported serious intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices, where one senior official posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, “the whole network is down.”

Dutch-based transport company TNT Express, which was taken over last year by FedEx, also said Tuesday that it is suffering computer disruptions. Spokesman Cyrille Gibot says that “like many other companies and institutions around the world, we are experiencing interference with some of our systems within the TNT network. We are assessing the situation and are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible and we regret any inconvenience to our customers.” He declined further comment.

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5:45 p.m.

Ukraine’s prime minister says that a cyberattack affecting his country is “unprecedented,” but “vital systems haven’t been affected.”

A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman also said on Facebook that “our IT experts are doing their job and protecting critical infrastructure … The attack will be repelled and the perpetrators will be tracked down.”

Company and government officials reported serious intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices, where one senior official posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, “the whole network is down.” Russia’s Rosneft oil company also reported falling victim to hacking, as did Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk.

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4:35 p.m.

Hackers have caused widespread disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.

Company and government officials reported major disruption to the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices. Russia’s Rosneft energy company also reported falling victim to hacking, as did shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk, which said every branch of its business was affected.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko on Tuesday posted a picture of a darkened computer screen to Twitter, saying that the computer system at the government’s headquarters has been shut down.

There’s very little information about who might be behind the disruption, but technology experts who examined screenshots circulating on social media said it bears the hallmarks of ransomware, the name given to programs that hold data hostage by scrambling it until a payment is made.

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Royals trending up as Tigers struggle mightily coming into series – FOXSports.com


DETROIT — The outlook for the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers changed dramatically since they last met.

The clubs are heading in opposite directions as they open a three-game series at Comerica Park beginning Tuesday night.

When the Tigers took two of three from the Royals in late May, they had high hopes of staying in contention in the American League Central the rest of the way.

In the past three weeks, the Tigers have fallen on hard times. They lost 13 of 16 games before salvaging the finale of a three-game series in San Diego on Sunday. The 7-5 victory snapped an eight-game skid but still left Detroit nine games below .500 at 33-42.

General manager Al Avila isn’t quite in fire-sale mode, but he said this weekend that he would listen to offers as he tries to shed payroll. Manager Brad Ausmus seemingly has a tenuous hold on his job.

The Royals (37-37) dropped eight games below .500 earlier this month but have since turned things around. They won 11 of 13 before an 8-2 loss in the finale of a three-game series against Toronto on Sunday.

Detroit was on the verge of coming up winless on a road trip to Seattle and San Diego before Mikie Mahtook’s go-ahead, two-run single in the ninth inning against the Padres.

“Any time you have a long streak like that, it’s nice to get that win and get the monkey off your back,” Mahtook told the Detroit News. “But everybody in this clubhouse, no matter the score or the situation or what’s been going on, everybody has stayed positive, and we expect that we were going to come through this.”

The embattled Ausmus knows one victory needs to quickly morph into a long winning streak to save the season.

“We’ve dug ourselves a hole on this road trip, and we need to dig ourselves out from it,” he told the News. “It’s one step. We’ve got a lot of ground to make up.”

Detroit ace Justin Verlander, who has five no-decisions and a loss in his last six outings, will start the opener for Detroit. Verlander (4-4, 4.52 ERA) began with five perfect innings against the Mariners on Wednesday before a bunt single changed the momentum. He allowed three runs and four hits and didn’t finish out the sixth inning.

Verlander was a hard-luck loser to the Royals on May 30. He gave up one run in seven innings, but the Tigers were shut out 1-0. He is 22-10 with a 3.18 ERA against Kansas City in 42 career starts.

The Royals haven’t lost a series this month.

“Every good team focuses on winning a series because if you can win series you’re going to be in pretty good shape,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It’s always going to be two out of three or three out of four, so it’s important to have that mindset.”

Kansas City has not fared well against division opponents this season, going 9-18.

“We’ve got to take care of business in the division,” Royals right-hander Jason Hammel said. “We’re three months in, so it’s three months of baseball left, which is a long time to do a lot of things.

“All of September is usually within the division. Hopefully, we can crawl into it and do some damage within the division over the next couple of weeks and basically things will be in our own hands at the end of the year.”

Rookie left-hander Matt Strahm (2-4, 4.80 ERA) will make his third major league start Tuesday. He didn’t give up an earned run in his first start on June 15 against the Los Angeles Angels, but he didn’t last long in his second start. Strahm allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings in an 8-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on June 20.

Strahm tossed three scoreless innings of relief in two appearances during the Royals’ last series against the Tigers.

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Woman at heart of Brooklyn threesome slaying maintains she was raped – New York Daily News


The woman at the center of a fatal threesome in Brooklyn maintains she was raped and not a willing participant — as her boyfriend sits in jail on charges he killed one of the two men in the ménage à trois.

“She’s claiming that she was raped, that it was not consensual and that she said no over and over again,” Joseph Mure, the woman’s lawyer, told the Daily News.

“She’s not doing very well. She’s having a very difficult time. Obviously she is upset about everything that transpired.”

The woman’s boyfriend, Christopher Membreno, showed up with a posse at the Park Slope apartment building where the tryst took place early June 19 — after the woman called him and said she’d been raped, police said.

Brooklyn threesome killer: I threw my life away for ‘f—ing lie’

Manos Ikonomidis, 20, was killed in a threesome gone wrong in Park Slope, Brooklyn, police said.

Manos Ikonomidis, 20, was killed in a threesome gone wrong in Park Slope, Brooklyn, police said.

The 24-year-old Membreno chased down Manos Ikonomidis, 20, and stabbed him to death, cops said. He faces murder and other charges.

A third suspect in the knife attack remains outstanding, police said Monday.

In an exclusive jailhouse interview Saturday, Membreno told The News he was stunned to learn that police believe the threesome was consensual.

Police released security footage of a third, outstanding suspect, pictured, in the fatal stabbing.

Police released security footage of a third, outstanding suspect, pictured, in the fatal stabbing.

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“I threw my life away for a f—ing lie? My life is over because of a f—ing lie?” he asked.

Man charged in Brooklyn threesome revenge killing

Mure said his client is “distraught” after what he called a traumatic experience. “She has not been charged, and I’m hoping it stays that way,” he said.

Detectives believe that Membreno’s girlfriend, Ikonomidis and 21-year-old Jack Doherty were involved in a consensual threesome at Doherty’s pad before the killing.

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The rendezvous ended when Ikonomidis started filming the tryst, and the woman became upset, cops said.

Mure maintained that cops are still investigating whether the encounter was consensual.

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Google slapped with record $2.7 billion fine for breaking antitrust rules – CBS News


BRUSSELS — The European Union’s competition watchdog slapped a record $2.72 billion fine on internet giant Google Tuesday for breaching antitrust rules with its online shopping service.

European regulators said, “Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.”

It gave the Mountain View, California, company 90 days to stop or face fines of up to 5 percent of the average daily worldwide turnover of parent company Alphabet.

The European Commission, which polices EU competition rules, alleges Google elevates its shopping service even when other options might have better deals.

The Commission said Google “gave prominent placement in its search results only to its own comparison shopping service, whilst demoting rival services. It stifled competition on the merits in comparison shopping markets.”

Google maintains it’s just trying to package its search results in a way that makes it easier for consumers to find what they want.

“When you shop online, you want to find the products you’re looking for quickly and easily. And advertisers want to promote those same products. That’s why Google shows shopping ads, connecting our users with thousands of advertisers, large and small, in ways that are useful for both,” Kent Walker, senior vice president at Google, said in a statement.

“We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today,” Google said.

“We will review the Commission’s decision in detail as we consider an appeal, and we look forward to continuing to make our case,” he said.

The fine is the highest ever imposed in Europe for anti-competitive behavior.

But the penalty is likely to leave a bigger dent in Google’s pride and reputation than its finances: Alphabet has more than $92 billion in cash, including nearly $56 billion in accounts outside Europe.

© 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump's disdain for diplomacy is making the world more dangerous – The Guardian


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Trump's disdain for diplomacy is making the world more dangerous
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The confrontation prompted talk of nuclear war around the world. It came to nothing, for now at least. And Trump's claim to have scored a breakthrough strategic success by inducing China's to increase pressure on Pyongyang also proved illusory.
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The Latest: May calls for major investigation of cladding – Miami Herald


The Latest on the deadly tower block fire in London (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told her Cabinet that “a major national investigation” should take place into the use of cladding panels fitted onto buildings across the country.

Her comments on Tuesday came after tests showed that all samples of building materials submitted so far have failed fire safety tests. The samples came from 95 buildings in 32 areas around England.

The national testing was ordered after flammable cladding was blamed for the rapid spread of the June 14 inferno at west London’s Grenfell Tower, which claimed at least 79 lives.

The aluminum composite panels are widely used to help insulate buildings and improve their appearance.

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11:30 a.m.

British police have formally identified a 5-year-old boy as a victim in London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. An official says he died of smoke inhalation.

Scotland Yard on Tuesday named Isaac Paulous, releasing a statement from his family that read: “We will all miss our kind, energetic, generous little boy.”

At an inquest into four victims of the June 14 inferno at Grenfell Tower, which killed at least 79 people, Westminster Coroner’s Court officer Eric Sword said Paulous’ preliminary cause of death was “inhalation of fire fumes.”

The boy’s body was found on the building’s 13th floor and had to be identified through dental records.

Coroner Fiona Wilcox said Monday that 18 of the victims have so far been formally identified.

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Trending: Navya Naveli Nanda Spotted On Date With Male Friend – NDTV



New Delhi: 
Navya Naveli Nanda, the 19-year-old granddaughter of Amitabh Bachchan, went out with an unidentified male friend on Monday night and the pictures have gone viral. Navya, the daughter of Shweta Bachchan and businessman Nikhil Nanda, is Tuesday’s top trend – a circumstance she finds herself rarely in nowadays that the Internet’s attention is otherwise occupied by Sara Ali Khan and Jhanvi Kapoor. A blushing, giggling Navya was pictured getting into the passenger seat of a car driven by her companion, who hid behind his collar. The two were likely at a movie date and, from Navya’s somewhat sheepish reaction, they were unprepared for the cameras.

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Navya Naveli Nanda graduated from London’s Sevenoaks School, where Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan was a fellow student, last year and haunted social media charts for a while – pictures from her school-leaving day, videos of her dancing and suchlike trended with alarming regularity. So alarming, that her mother Shweta Bachchan Nanda wrote an open letter asking the media to give her daughter her ‘private life back.’ Most recently, aspiring actresses Sara and Jhanvi, daughters of Saif Ali Kapoor and Sridevi respectively, have replaced Navya in the public eye.

Navya Naveli Nanda is the eldest of Shweta and Nikhil’s two children – she has a brother named Agastya. Aryan Khan is currently studying film at the University of South California but it’s not clear what Navya is presently engaged in. No Bollywood ambition has been made public, despite her pedigree – the family of actors also includes grandmother Jaya, uncle Abhishek and aunt Aishwarya. Shweta Bachchan has written of concerns about acting as a career for Navya. “I will be worried if (Navya Naveli) plans to be an actor. I don’t think it is as easy as it looks. You have to work extremely hard, especially if you are a woman. And I wonder if she has in her to bear with all of it. Also, there is a lot of failure involved, which many people don’t see. The failure is personal, your acting skills, the way you look on screen is slashed out in open,” she told news agency PTI

(With PTI inputs)

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