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Woman in her 20s leaps to her death from the 150-foot Vessel sculpture at NYC's Hudson Yards

A woman leapt to her death from the top of the Vessel in Hudson Yards on Tuesday morning, marking the second suicide at the landmark this year.   Police said the woman, who was in her 20s, climbed the 150-foot sculpture and jumped just before 11.45am, landing on the concrete below.   She was pronounced dead at the scene.  A woman leapt to her death from the top of the Vessel in Hudson Yards on Tuesday morning Police have not revealed the identity of the woman pending notification of family members.  The incident was first reported by the New York Post, which published a photo of the woman's body covered in a white sheet.   This is the second time that the Vessel has been the site of a suicide since it became New York City's newest landmark in March 2019.  In February of this year a 19-year-old man from New Jersey jumped to his death in front of dozens of tourists.   Witnesses at the time said terrified screams broke through the crowd and some people began to cry.   It's unc

Now more than FIFTY countries ban flights from UK: International travel routes scrapped amid fears about mutant coronavirus strain... as Britons who are stuck abroad tell of their hell

Britons hoping for a Christmas or New Year getaway were facing more travel misery yesterday after the number of countries banning flights from the UK rose above 50. The Caribbean destinations of Jamaica, Grenada and the Dominican Republic were among the latest to shut their doors to UK travellers. It means around 53 countries across five continents have either banned inbound flights or cut all passenger air travel with the UK since Sunday over the discovery of the mutant coronavirus strain. Britons hoping for a Christmas or New Year getaway were facing more travel misery yesterday after the number of countries banning flights from the UK rose above 50 Cancelled inbound flights have left thousands of Britons abroad facing huge anxiety about whether they can get back in time to see loved ones at Christmas Some countries extended their bans while others warned of stricter measures for allowing in travellers from the UK. Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Cyprus, which are planning to li

It's very nearly Ely! Couple recreate picturesque cathedral... using 400,000 LEGO bricks

They started building with Lego to amuse their young son. But for Mike Addis and Catherine Weightman, it developed into a hobby of their own. Now, 26 years on, they have found a higher calling – building a detailed model of Ely Cathedral.  The couple used about 400,000 little plastic bricks to recreate the Cambridgeshire landmark, known as the ‘ship of the Fens’ because of the way it towers over the landscape. All lit up: The 4ft-high model has a main tower, an octagon and even stained glass The replica features stained glass windows, flying buttresses and the famous octagonal Lantern Tower Their snow-topped model is 12ft long and 4ft high. It faithfully includes features of the Romanesque cathedral, such as the stained glass windows, flying buttresses and famous octagonal Lantern Tower. Mr Addis, 62, a semi-retired economics teacher, said: ‘It was highly technical and required an awful lot of thought.  'There are lots of different angles to take into account. It was quite tricky a

Survivor 'villain' Jonny Fairplay is arrested on larceny charges with his MOM 'after stealing furniture and a $5,000 necklace' from his grandma

Notorious Survivor reality show 'bad guy' Jonny Fairplay has been charged with larceny along with his mother for allegedly stealing valuables from his own grandmother. Fairplay, born Jon Dalton, 46, and his mother, 68-year-old Patsy Hall, were served with a warrant by the police in Danville, Virginia, on Friday, charging each with grand larceny.   The pair were jailed after Fairplay's aunt filed a criminal complaint, accusing Hall of mentally abusing her mother, Jean Hauser Cooke, 86, and exploiting her dementia, as TMZ first reported. Scroll down for video  Reality TV' villain' Jonny Fairplay, 46 , and his mother, Patsy Hall, 68 , have been charged with grand larceny targeting his grandmother  Fairplay has been accused of stealing furniture and a necklace from his grandmother, Jean Hauser Cooke, 86 , who he claimed had died in 2003 while he appeared on Survivor  Cooke's daughter - Fairplay's aunt - filed a complaint, accusing Hall of mentally abusing the el

Two Muslim men say their civil rights were violated when they were kicked off Alaska Airlines flight for texting 'Peace be upon you' in Arabic

Two Muslim men say they had waited for nearly a year for an apology from Alaska Airlines for being publicly humiliated and having their civil rights violated when they were ejected from a flight for sending text messages in Arabic.  The two passengers, identified only by their first names as Abobakkr and Mohamed, spoke out about the February 2020 incident on Monday during a video press conference organized by the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations .   'Imagine being innocent, and then suddenly you became accused of being criminal,' said Abobakkr, as KIRO7 reported.  Two passengers, identified as Abobakkr and Mohamed , were flying first-class abroad an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco in February when they say they were deplaned for sending text messages in Arabic This screenshot shows Abobakkr's cellphone displaying the message that got him ejected from the flight A passenger on board the Alaska Airlines flight, who di

Man, 27, 'sexually assaults six-year-old girl in multi-million dollar apartment building in NYC's Gramercy Park after pretending to deliver packages'

A 27-year-old suspect pretending to be a deliveryman has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a young girl inside a high-end apartment building in New York City. Tashaun Walls, from The Bronx, was arrested last month on nine criminal counts, including attempted rape, predatory sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, unlawful imprisonment of a child and child endangerment. Walls is accused of preying on a six-year-old girl after she buzzed him into her family's apartment building at East 16th Street and Lexington Avenue in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan, where units cost a million dollars, at around 7.30pm on November 7.  Tashaun Walls, 27, has been charged with attempted rape, predatory sexual assault and other counts for allegedly attacking a six-year-old girl inside an apartment building in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan in November (stock photo of Gramercy Park) The New York City Police Department confirmed the incident to on Tuesday.   

Aussies are urged to cash in on $1,500 cash handout before the incentive ends – here’s how to find out if you’re eligible for the payment as Sydney cluster forces people to self-isolate

Thousands of Australians across the nation are eligible for the federal government's $1,500 coronavirus pandemic leave disaster payment. Aussies have been urged to cash in on the incentive before the scheme ends, with $18million given out so far during the pandemic. The one-off lump sum payment is available to eligible workers unable to earn an income because they've been ordered by health authorities to self-isolate for two weeks due to close contact with an infected case. Those who need to care for a loved one with COVID-19 are also eligible for the cash.  Australian have been encouraged to to cash in on the federal government's pandemic leave disaster payment. Pictured: queues at Centrelink in Flemington in Match The financial relief is available to workers aged 17 and older who don't have access to personal, care or pandemic sick leave. $16million of the funds has gone to Victorians, with residents from all states and territories except the Northern Territory eligib

Victoria records NO new community cases after fears infected teenager from Sydney spread the virus - as Australia holds its breath waiting for crucial NSW decision

Victoria has recorded no new community cases of Covid-19 after fears an infected teenager who visited Sydney could have spread the virus.  The 15-year-old girl visited several Covid-19 exposure sites on Sydney's Northern Beaches, including the Avalon RSL and bowling club, before driving home from NSW with her mother. They stopped at Gundagai's Oliver's Real Food before arriving in Melbourne either late on Thursday night or early Friday. The girl was tested on Sunday, with the results becoming public on Tuesday.  Victoria has now appeared to steer clear of further infections - with no community cases of coronavirus reported on Wednesday.  Victoria has recorded zero new community cases of Covid-19 after fears an infected teenager who visited Sydney could have spread the virus. Pictured: Passengers arriving from Sydney are tested for COVID-19 at Melbourne Airport on Sunday  The 15-year-old girl visited several Covid-19 exposure sites on Sydney's Northern Beaches, including

Covid testing sites are so stretched residents are PASSING OUT from the heat in huge queues after being forced to wait up to six hours - with some giving up and going home

Massive queues at Gold Coast COVID-19 testing sites have left elderly locals fainting after waiting for more than six hours in extreme heat. Residents waiting in line at the Robina Hospital coronavirus clinic were subject to searing heat with temperatures peaking at 31C in the coastal city on Tuesday.   Currumbin local Virginia Boniface spent more than seven hours waiting for a COVID test after coming into contact with Sydneysiders in the wake of the Northern Beaches outbreak. She told Gold Coast Bulletin while staff were helpful, the testing site needed improvements to look after patients in long and hot waiting lines. Residents are fainting and sunburnt in huge queues at Gold Coast COVID clinics. Pictured: Gold Coast University Hospital testing queue on Monday morning 'None of us knew it would be that long. There was a few who fainted, older people,' Ms Boniface said. The adverse conditions forced Ms Boniface to stock up on sunscreen and fluids from a nearby store, along with

'Brazen' convicted murderer, 59, is charged with kidnapping and killing nine-year-old Michaela Garecht in 1988 after cops match a palm print from the parking lot where she was snatched three decades on

More than three decades after nine-year-old Michaela Joy Garecht vanished without a trace after riding her scooter to a California market, a convicted killer has been charged with kidnapping and murder in the cold case.  Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley on Monday announced that the felony charges have been filed against David Misch, 59, in connection to Garecht's disappearance in November 1988 at the Rainbow Market parking lot in Hayward, California. The blond, blue-eyed girl's body was never recovered.  Scroll down for video  David Misch , 59, has been charged with murdering Michaela Joy Garecht , nine, who was last seen on November 19, 1988, at the Rainbow Market parking lot in Hayward, California On November 19, 1988, Michaela and her best friend rode their scooters to the store in Hayward to buy snacks days before Thanksgiving. It was their first trip there without teenage neighbors. They left their scooters outside, and officials allege that Misch moved a

Why wasn't THIS happening nine months ago? International airline crews are bundled into buses by cops to go into mandatory hotel quarantine - after bombshell revelation they were able to dodge security by choosing their own accommodation

International airline crews were bundled into buses by police on Tuesday before being taken to mandatory hotel quarantine. The strict new transportation protocol follows revelations thousands of airline crew were allowed to catch Ubers to hotels of their own choosing to quarantine in NSW.  Video showed masked air staff being loaded onto shuttles and driven to two new quarantine hotels in Mascot, in Sydney's inner south. Crews will remain at the hotels under guard until their return flights leave Australia. Australia's chief medical officer Professor Paul Kelly said quarantine for international crews has been tightened in NSW, which is trying to suppress a local outbreak centred on Sydney's northern beaches. Eight new local COVID-19 cases were recorded on Tuesday, taking the total cases linked to the northern beaches cluster to 90. Masked air staff were bundled into buses by police before being taken to mandatory hotel quarantine in Mascot, in Sydney's inner south Intern