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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...

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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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Marlon Brando, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor Took Post-9/11 Road Trip Together
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Marlon Brando, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor Took Post-9/11 Road Trip Together

According to an article in this month's Vanity Fair, eccentric superstars Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando were in New York to see a concert performance by their good friend Michael Jackson when the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 occurred. Fearing more terrorism, Jackson moved his entire entourage, which included Taylor and Brando, to New Jersey the day after the World Trade Center towers fell.

At that point, with all flights cancelled, Jackson rented a car and headed West with Taylor and Brando in tow.

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Third Grader Brings Gun to School, Sells It for Three Dollars
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Third Grader Brings Gun to School, Sells It for Three Dollars

This week, a third grader sauntered home with a loaded Taurus 9mm gun in his backpack and showed it off to his mom.

As it turns out, he bought the weapon from a classmate for $3 at their elementary school in Queens, NY.

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Americans React to News That Osama bin Laden Is Dead [PHOTOS]
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Americans React to News That Osama bin Laden Is Dead [PHOTOS]

The world was brought to a standstill late Sunday evening when President Barack Obama confirmed that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden had been killed by U...

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Goose and Deer Become Friends at Graveyard [VIDEO]
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Goose and Deer Become Friends at Graveyard [VIDEO]

Interspecies relationships induce so many genuine "Awww!" moments, it's no wonder people have taken notice to the springtime friendship that's blossomed between a goose and deer at a Buffalo, NY cemetery.

Over the past week, the unusual pair has spent loads of quality time together. The mate-less goose nests in a large urn pot while the deer keeps an eye on his friend, making sure she's protected from predators.

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'Racist' Juror is 'Sentenced' to Indefinite Jury Duty
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“Racist” Juror Sentenced to Life (Well, For Now)

A Brooklyn woman called to serve jury duty in the death penalty trial of New York city mob boss Vincent Basciano may not have been being entirely honest when she wrote in her jury questionnaire that the people she least admired were "African-Americans, Hispanics and Haitians," and that police officers are "lazy."

It isn't uncommon for potential jurors to put offensive statements in their questionnaire in hopes that will get them disqualified from the trial, and Juror 799 was removed from the Basciano case.

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Dangerous Cobra still on the loose from the Bronx Zoo
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Dangerous Cobra Still on the Loose from New York’s Bronx Zoo

A highly poisonous Egyptian cobra got loose this weekend at New York's Bronx Zoo, sending guests, zoo neighbors and zookeepers alike into a nervous tizzy. The 20 inch-long snake forced the zoo to shut down and stay closed through Sunday.

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