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Coney Island's legendary Cyclone got stuck on its first ride of the season Sunday, forcing dozens of riders to be ushered down the historic wooden roller coaster.
The incident occurred around 11:45 a.m., when cars stopped near the Cyclone's 85-foot summit. No one was injured, officials said, and all riders were safely escorted down steps by park personnel.
"This was an isolated issue and it is quickly being resolved,"Angie Morris, a spokeswoman for the park, told Reuters.
The stranded riders were celebrating opening day at the amusement park. The first 100 people who entered were given a free ride on the 88-year-old roller coaster.
The Cyclone snafu happened shortly after a ceremony and inaugural ride with elected officials.
Morris said those who got stuck would be given another free ride when the roller coaster reopened later Sunday, though some may have been too scared to take her up on the offer.
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 14 hrs ago
There's a time and place to take selfies — concerts, sporting events, red carpets, space. The still-smoldering site of a deadly building explosion is not one of them.
A little more than 24 hours after an apparent gas explosion in New York City's East Village destroyed three buildings, injured 22 people and left two others missing, a group of smiling women were seen using a selfie stick to take a group photo with the blast site as a backdrop.
The tasteless photo op, captured by a passing New York City event photographer Friday night, was posted on an East Village blog — drawing immediate outrage.
"Absolutely disgusting," one commenter wrote.
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The Naked Cowboy almost lost the figurative horse he rode in on when a would-be car thief apparently tried to steal his car from a Times Square parking garage.
Robert Burck, the 44-year-old street performer better known as Naked Cowboy, was driving to work from Queens early Sunday when he had a "strong urge to use the restroom," according to Todd Rubenstein, executive director of Burck's Naked Cowboy Enterprises.
When Burck pulled into the parking garage, he parked next to the bathroom and ran in, leaving the engine running and his keys inside. An unidentified man then jumped into Burck's Cadillac Escalade "and began to drive off," Rubenstein explained in an email.
A parking attendant "saw this happening and darted across the parking garage, entering the passenger side of the vehicle and subdued the subject and stopped the vehicle safely."
Burck — who usually changes in the parking garage restroom before hitting the streets of Times Square with his guitar, boots and briefs — said he was in shock when he came out of the bathroom.
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Sen. Ted Cruz launched his candidacy for president on Monday, tweeting a 30-second video to his 394,000 Twitter followers just after midnight — hours before a formal announcement at Liberty University.
I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support! pic.twitter.com/0UTqaIoytP
But those looking to TedCruz.com for more information on the Texas Republican and his platform were out of luck. The domain — which was reserved by an Arizona lawyer before Cruz's political ascension— currently encourages visitors to support President Barack Obama and immigration reform.
Cruz's official campaign website, TedCruz.org, seemed to be working fine Monday morning.
Many, though, applauded Cruz for not using a teleprompter.
A class field trip to the state legislature to see how a bill becomes a law turned into a different kind of lesson for a group of New Hampshire fourth graders.
The students from Lincoln Akerman School in Hampton Falls, N.H., appeared before the state’s Environment and Agriculture Committee to propose a bill — H.B. 373 — that would have designated the red-tailed hawk as the New Hampshire state raptor. But somehow the debate turned to abortion and Planned Parenthood.
The bill came out of committee with a 10-8 “ought to pass” recommendation and headed to the House floor, where several legislators mocked it as a waste of time.
“We have little time to invest in this topic,” Rep. Christy Bartlett (D-Concord) said during her remarks opposing the bill. “The red-tailed hawk is a beautiful bird, but it’s ubiquitous. I’m not trying to be mean … but this is a prime example of being swayed against our better judgment. … We need your help to stay focused on issues of more importance this year.”
DeBlois also blasted Groen.
Groen, though, defended his comments.
A 17-year-old who lost control of his car is lucky to be alive after it came to rest on a railing above a river, police in New Hampshire say.11
The driver, Colin Malone of Nashua, N.H., was traveling on the Hudson Connector in Nashua at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when his Honda Accord struck a snow embankment, flew through the air and came to rest on the railing of the Sagamore Bridge. The rear part of the vehicle was suspended in the air above the Merrimack River.
Malone escaped the crash without injury, New Hampshire State Police said, but was issued a citation for failing “to keep his vehicle within the roadway markings.”
The New Hampshire Trooper’s Association posted photos of the teetering wreck on its Facebook page — which has become something of a hub for bad-driver shaming.
Last month, the group shared a photo of the scene of a one-vehicle crash in which acar wound up inverted in the snow on the side of the road.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ripped President Barack Obama on Sunday over the administration’s response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory.
“The president should get over it,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Get over it — get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President. It’s time we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem this tide of ISIS and Iranian movement throughout the region.”
Last week, Obama said that he is concerned about Netanyahu’s comments during the campaign opposing the creation of a Palestinian state.
“We continue to believe that a two-state solution is the only way for the long-term security of Israel,” Obama told the Huffington Post Friday. “Given his statements prior to the election, it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing that negotiations are possible.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was thrilled to bump into rapper Ludacris at the Georgia State Capitol on Thursday.
“I just came to see Ludacris,” Bush joked before a speech to state lawmakers, according to the Washington Post.
The likely Republican presidential candidate then tweeted a photo of his unlikely encounter with the hip-hop star, who earlier was recognized by the state House for his charitable work through the Ludacris Foundation — which has donated more than $1.5 million to youth programs across the country.
The rapper, though, didn’t exactly return the pleasantries.
When asked by reporters which Bush was his favorite, Luda — who ripped President George W. Bush as “mentally handicapped” in his 2008 song “Politics” — reportedly said, “The one outside.”
Massachusetts lab technicians who drove through a blizzard to fetch samples of newborn babies' blood for analysis are being hailed as heroes by the family of one sick baby.
Charlene Salvi’s baby, Juliana, was born in January with a severe milk allergy called galactosemia, Boston’s WCVB-TV reports. Juliana was screened for the rare genetic disorder at the hospital, but test results had yet to come in when her parents brought her home, and Juliana soon became ill.
“Unknowingly, we were feeding her milk, because she’s a baby,” Charlene Salvi told WCVB-TV. “Basically, it was poisoning her.”
According to the report, UPS had postponed deliveries due to the snow, so Melody Rush and other technicians with the New England Newborn Screening Program, drove through the blizzard to fetch newborns' blood for testing and analysis.
Juliana, now 8 weeks old, is doing well, her parents said.
Stephen A. Smith: 'What I dream is that for one election ... every black person in America vote Republican'
ESPN host Stephen A. Smith says that if every African-American voted Republican for one election, it would send a strong message to the GOP that their vote is important.
“What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” Smith said Tuesday during an appearance at Vanderbilt University, according to audio published by Breitbart.com.
During the 2012 presidential election, an overwhelming 93 percent of black voters supported President Barack Obama, while just 6 percent voted for Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
“Black folks in America are telling one party, 'We don’t give a damn about you,’” Smith said. “They’re telling the other party, ‘ You’ve got our vote.’ Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘ disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb, the other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest[s].”
Smith later apologized.