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January 23rd, 2014
05:52 PM ET

FBI arrests reputed mobsters on charges straight out of 'Goodfellas'

(CNN) - They were "wiseguys" or "goodfellas," the federal government said Thursday of five reputed mobsters indicted in connection with a string of unsolved crimes, including the fabled 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport.

In an indictment that reads like the script of "Goodfellas," alleged mob captain Vincent Asaro, 78, and other alleged members of the Bonanno organized crime family are accused of murder, racketeering, armed robbery, arson and extortion.

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national lead

January 7th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Prosecutor: More than 100 NYC police, firefighters, and others indicted in PTSD scam

New York (CNN) - Though the former New York City police officers and firefighters were supposed to be fully disabled - some suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after the 9/11 terrorist attacks - photos in court documents released Tuesday painted a starkly different picture.

One man smiled behind shades and flipped the bird aboard a Sea-Doo personal watercraft. Another sat at the controls of a helicopter. A mixed martial arts instructor posed with arms crossed. They're seen riding motorcycles, hauling in massive sailfish, slugging softballs for the "NYPD Blues," taking jump shots, running half marathons and golfing, and even giving television news interviews while selling cannoli at Manhattan's famed San Genaro festival.

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December 3rd, 2013
05:58 PM ET

Sources: Train engineer said he was 'in a daze' before crash

(CNN) - Results from alcohol breath tests for the train engineer of the New York commuter train that derailed Sunday morning were negative, and both the brake and signal systems in the deadly Metro-North accident appeared to be working, National Transportation Safety Board representatives said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, while two law enforcement sources told CNN that engineer William Rockefeller reported being in a "daze" before the crash.

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