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4.4-Magnitude Quake Wakes Up Many Near Los Angeles

(LOS ANGELES) — Many residents near Los Angeles were woken up by a 4.4-magnitude earthquake on Monday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 6:25 a.m. local time, about 6 miles northwest of Westwood, Calif.

The tremor, which had a depth of 5.3 miles, was first reported to be a magnitude 4.7.

So far, there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

Free Agent battle between Gang Green and Big Blue

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With free agency is full swing in the NFL, an interesting dynamic has developed in the chase for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

“DRC” visited with the Jets on Saturday and then with the Giants on Sunday.  According to ESPN he will be taking a physical with Big Blue today.

The Giants added two players to their secondary over the weekend.  New York signed cornerback Walter Thurmond away from the Seahawks and added safety Quintin Demps.  Thurmond’s deal was worth one-year and $3.5-million.

Jackson to be introduced tomorrow

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It’s the beginning of another new era for the Knicks under owner James Dolan tomorrow.

While it hasn’t been officially announced by the team, it is widely known the organization will be introducing Phil Jackson in a role that will be running the front office tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.

Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as the head coach of the Bulls and Lakers, but has never been apart of a front office.

Guinness pulls parade sponsorship

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Guinness says they will not sponsor New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Makers of the Irish beer announced Sunday they are pulling their sponsorship, citing the parade’s longtime policy prohibiting LGBT groups from participating. In a statement released yesterday, Guinness said, “We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade.  As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation.”

Although gay groups are allowed to march, they are not permitted to carry signs identifying themselves as gay. Mayor Bill de Blasio has also boycotted the parade, which kicks off at 44th Street in Manhattan this morning at 11am.

Teen attacks younger brother

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A Long Island teenager is facing attempted murder charges in a knife attack on his little brother.

Police say 18-year-old Ruben Renderos of Williston Park told his 14-year-old brother he wanted to kill himself but would kill the brother first, so he wouldn’t be left lonely. The younger brother is in stable condition with wounds to the back, head and chest.

Ruben Renderos was arrested after he tried to run away.

St. Patrick’s Day parade marches up 5th Ave

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The annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade will begin Monday at 11 a.m. at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
The parade will continue along Fifth Avenue until 79th Street, where it ends.
Road closures will include Fifth Avenue between 42nd Street and 86th Street, and Madison Avenue between 63rd Street and 64th Street. The closures will be in effect between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council will not participate in the parade because LGBT groups are banned from participating.
While individual members may march on their own, there will be no City Council presence, banner or sergeant-at-arms, marking the first time the City Council has officially opted out of the annual event.
The Long Island Rail Road has scheduled 14 extra trains to accommodate travelers attending the parade.  There will be six extra westbound trains in the morning and eight extra afternoon eastbound trains, according to the LIRR website.  Alcohol will be prohibited on trains, stations and platforms NOW THRU 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to the website.

King says Malaysia should have focused more on pilots

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One U.S. congressman says Malaysia should have focused on a missing flight’s pilots from day one.

Republican Peter King of New York sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  He told ABC’s “This Week” Malaysia is not cooperating with international or U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.  On the other hand King feels this was not a terrorist act.  Malaysian authorities now say it’s likely someone deliberately steered Flight 370 off its course for Beijing.

The search area has expanded into central Asia and the Indian Ocean.  Peter King joins Jay Oliver on LI in the AM at 8:35.

Homeless school kids on the rise

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Long Island is dealing with an increase in the number of homeless school children.

“Newsday” reports that although Long Island’s economy is recovering, the number of homeless school kids in Nassau County has quadrupled since the start of the recession and the number of homeless school children in Suffolk County has more than doubled. In spite of the trend, federal funding for homeless kids and their families has been slashed.

Nassau County had more than three-thousand homeless students last year, up from just over 650 in 2007-2008. There were almost five-thousand homeless students in Suffolk County last year, up from just under two-thousand in 2007-2008.