EXCLUSIVE: TLC prepares for Taxi TV’s termination by testing tablets with Wi-Fi and valuable apps


Taxi TV, already on the brink of cancellation in the city, could give way to sleek tablets packed with apps — allowing passengers to make restaurant reservations or stream music from the backseat of a cab. Verifone, one of the companies that brought Taxi TV to cabs in 2007, shared with the Daily News a few of the changes that ...

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Suicide bomber kills 50, dozens wounded while dancing at Kurdish wedding in Turkey


A suspected suicide bomber transformed a Turkish wedding celebration into a scene of horror Saturday — killing at least 50 people and wounding dozens. Several bodies lined a street in the city of Gaziantep, near the border of Syria, where guests had been dancing moments before the bomber detonated his explosives. “The celebrations were coming to an end and there ...

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Trump campaign doubles spending, not ground game


Donald Trump’s campaign expenses more than doubled last month, even as the Republican presidential nominee held his payroll to about 70 employees, aired zero television advertisements and undertook no significant operational buildout across the country. Instead, about half of the campaign’s $18.5 million in spending was vacuumed up by Giles-Parscale, a web design and marketing firm new to national politics, ...

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Woman who survived massacre of five people in Alabama was in abusive relationship with suspect


The woman who escaped the brutal murders of five people at a rural Alabama house was hiding there from her abusive lover — who has now been charged with the bloodbath. Police on Sunday identified Laneta Lester, 24, as the only adult survivor of the massacre near Mobile. Lester escaped with the 3-month-old child of one victim, police said. Lester’s ...

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Minnesota man arrested in abduction and death of friend’s 5-year-old daughter


A man suspected of abducting a little girl was arrested Saturday afternoon after authorities found her body in a rural forest about 150 miles from her Minnesota home. The kidnapping sparked a frantic Amber Alert when the parents of Alayna Jeanne Ertl realized their 5-year-old daughter and the father’s friend staying at their Watkins home were both missing at 8 ...

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Iraq executes 36 men convicted in 2014 ISIS massacre of hundreds of soldiers


BAGHDAD — Iraq on Sunday executed 36 men convicted of taking part in the Islamic State group’s massacre of hundreds of soldiers in 2014, officials said. The men were hanged at the Nasiriyah prison in southern Iraq, according to provincial Gov. Yahya al-Nasiri. A Justice Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief ...

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A quarter-century after Crown Heights riots, the Brooklyn neighborhood battles to hold onto its territory


The story of Crown Heights is the story of New York City. Exactly 25 years ago, the neighborhood flared in riots that set blacks against Jews and laid bare decades of pent-up tensions between the two groups. Gavin Cato and Yankel Rosenbaum became sacrificial lambs of that chapter of our history. Seven-year-old Gavin, of Caribbean descent, was fatally struck on ...

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Execution halted for Texas man who didn’t pull trigger during fatal robbery


AUSTIN, Texas — A court halted the execution of a Texas man who was scheduled to die for a fatal 1996 robbery in which he wasn’t the person who pulled the trigger. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled 7-2 on Friday to put Jeffery Wood’s execution on hold. Wood, 43, was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday. The ...

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Stepmom of 9-year-old Queens girl found dead in bathtub being questioned by cops


Cops have located and are questioning the stepmother of the 9-year-old Queens girl whose bruised, naked body was found in a dry bathtub, police sources said Saturday. Stepmom Arjun Samdhi Pardas was the last person to see little Ashdeep Kaur alive, according to witnesses. Detectives were grilling Pardas at the 102nd Precinct stationhouse after locating her at an acquaintance’s home ...

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Lochte, swimmer pals face suspension in Olympic discipline probe over drunken Rio antics, lies


They’re still facing a medley of problems. The four U.S. swimmers caught up in a Brazilian brouhaha over their bathroom break at a Rio gas station will be the focus of a new International Olympic Committee disciplinary commission, the IOC said Saturday. The commission will have the power to issue sanctions on swimmers Ryan Lochte, 32; Jimmy Feigen, 26; Jack ...

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