Empire State Building sues Allen Henson for $1m over topless photoshoot

Court papers say Mr Henson took the pictures for commercial purposes

Kevin Cook, 25, handed his three-year-old phone over to the armed mugger the bemused thief gave it straight back

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The choosy Central Park mugger took one look at the three-year-old Windows phone and gave it back to his victim

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55-year-old miraculously escapes with only mild bruising to his left hand

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Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 charges of fraud and is serving a 150-year prison sentence.

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Alec Baldwin to testify against alleged stalker in New York court

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For the Hedbergs, a family from Sweden visiting New York, the sign at the head of the path that leads down to the ferries to Liberty Island – home to the Statute of Liberty – was more cause for bewilderment than disappointment.

'They saved my life': Sian Green thanks bystanders for help after New York taxi crash

24-year-old had part of her left leg amputated below the knee

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The famous skyscraper will form the centrepiece of a real estate investment trust that is being lined up for a listing

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