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American Airlines employees carrying $22K in cash busted for money laundering One of the attendants, Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano, 40, had just arrived at Miami International Airport from Chile early Monday when a Customs and Border Patrol agent conducted a routine check, according to an arrest report obtained by The Miami Herald.

Human trafficking blamed for deaths of 39 people in back of truck in UK The bodies - including at least one teenager - were found in Essex in the early hours packed into the back of the truck that is believed to have come from Bulgaria. The driver was arrested on suspicion of murder. The member of Parliament, Jackie Doyle-Price, quickly blamed the "sickening news" on human smuggling.

Before Sunrise, on Grand Street Starting your day in the dark can be tough during these early fall mornings, but photographer Jill Gewirtz took a couple great shots on Grand Street the other morning, just before sunrise. See more on her instagram @jillgewirtz.

Paralympian Marieke Vervoort dead from legal euthanasia in Belgium The Olympic champion, who had an incurable degenerative disease that left her wheelchair-bound in 2000, had previously revealed that she had signed the papers ready to end her life. That day came Tuesday, with the 40-year-old's home city of Diest announcing that she "responded to her choice on Tuesday evening," according to the BBC.

Mayor Announces Lower East Side Late Night Quality of Life Improvement Plan Mayor de Blasio and his minions yesterday came to Max Fish, the Orchard Street bar, to talk up his new "late night quality of life improvement plan." The plan, from the New York City Office of Nightlife, is focused on a six-block area between Ludlow and Orchard streets, between East Houston Street and Delancey Street.

Repairs coming soon to Washington Market Park playground The piles in the northernmost play area look like they have been attacked by beavers, but the Parks Department says they are getting ready to replace them soon…

5-Story Bugs Bunny Mural on Ludlow Street A new Bugs Bunny mural underway on the facade of 161 Ludlow Street, overlooking the vacant lot next door,. The artist - the city's own, Jerkface - began work on the portrait yesterday afternoon. He is apparently aiming for Friday completion. Jerkface is known for reinterpreting classic characters in the cartoon canon.

Police find 39 bodies in the back of a truck in Southern England The gruesome discovery was made at Waterglade Industrial Park in the town of Grays at about 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday, according to Essex Police. "We are in the process of identifying the victims, however, I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process," Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner said in a statement.

Harrison, N.J. The Next Hoboken? Steve Defontes spent years living in West Orange, N.J., and commuting to work in Lower Manhattan before he decided, last year, that he was ready for a change.

At 'Arcadia Earth,' Dazzle Illuminates Danger As you explore each room, you also hear a mellifluous voice-over uttering the relevant environmental facts and recommendations, just in case you're too busy taking and posting pictures to read the wall texts. The 13,000-square-foot exhibition, which was designed with social media in mind, requires a free iPhone app to experience fully.

The Roots of Activism in New York City And that is precisely what the permanent installation, "Activist New York," at the Museum of the City of New York, has chronicled: 350 years of social activism in New York City, including, among other movements, immigration, civil rights, the Young Lords, the Movement for Black Lives, women's rights and transactivism.

Art by the Numbers And the National Museum of Mathematics is counting on its latest exhibit, "Math Unfolded: An Exhibit of Mathematical Origami Art," to show math buffs and art fans alike how geometry, algorithms and math formulas can create exciting works of art through the science of origami.

NYPD Officer, Suspect Wounded In Shootout In Harlem Shots were fired around 2 a.m. inside a building near West 147th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard. The building is located across the from Precinct PSA 6. Details are thin, but police say the suspect did have a gun on him. The officer's injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

Underground Lives: The Sunless World of Immigrants in Queens The basements of Queens are the open secret of a literal underground economy, driven by a steady influx of immigrants and the need for affordable housing.

New York Weather: 10/23 CBS2 Wednesday Morning Headlines We should expect full sunshine today. Grab your shades! Starting off, temps are comfortable in the 50s, and we peak in the mid 60s by this afternoon. Expect a bit of a gusty breeze as high pressure butts up against last nights cold front, creating a stiff temperature gradient.

Declassified Documents Given To 9/11 Memorial, New Exhibit Stages Hunt For Osama Bin Laden "Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden" opens Nov. 15 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a multimedia account of the mission that ended with bin Laden's death in Pakistan in 2011.

After Cyclist Deaths, City Adjusts Traffic Lights to Slow Cars "As we are working to grow cycling in New York City, we want to make it safer and we also want to make it an enjoyable ride," said Polly Trottenberg, the city's transportation commissioner, who called the move "the next frontier" in the city's biking efforts.

Dutch playground forced to close because kids were too noisy An elementary-school playground in the Netherlands was forced to close because children were making too much noise while playing, a report said Tuesday. The school in Nijmegen will have until the end of October to ban children from the playground or they'll be fined, the BBC reported.

Hong Kong set to formally scrap extradition bill that sparked protests Carrie Lam announced last month that she would withdraw the bill following relentless opposition from residents of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory who feared criminals could be prosecuted in mainland China.

Democratic leaders anxious over lack of viable 2020 candidates: report Democratic Party leaders have reportedly been struck by anxiety as the 2020 election approaches - and some fear they have no viable candidate to back.

Sydney man pulls knife out of stomach, fatally stabs attacker A man pulled a blade out of his stomach after being stabbed - then fatally knifed the man who attacked him in a fight outside of an Australian bar, a report said Tuesday.

Navy midshipman accused of sexually assaulting sleeping classmates Nixon Keago, 24, allegedly entered the rooms of females in the academy and proceeded to take their clothes off and grope them without their consent, according to the Navy Times. It wasn't clear how many victims Keago allegedly attacked because the charging documents do not include names.

Man sends video of himself strangling cat to fiancée's ex An Indiana man was reportedly arrested for sending a video of himself strangling a cat to his fiancée's ex because he suspected the two were still romantically involved.

NYC Takes Aim At Rowdy Nightlife Scene On Lower East Side, Vows To Make Things Quieter For Residents Living There "It's going to mean quieter streets, less honking, fewer people who are partying… partying on the street as opposed to inside," the mayor claimed. "It's going to mean trash being picked up more frequently and there will be power washing so the streets will be clean in the morning when you walk out," de Blasio added.

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