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International: "Multiple injuries" in Lower Manhattan incident

Police in New York City are investigating reports that several people have been injured in an incident in lower Manhattan.

There were also unconfirmed reports that several cyclists had been run over by a vehicle.

One witness said a school bus had been damaged.

One person is in custody and police advised people to avoid the West Side Highway area of the city in lower Manhattan.

“A car just ran over 2 people and then crashed into a school bus,” one person on scene tweeted. 

There are also reports of shots being fired.

This is a developing story.

PM off to a week's vacation in New York

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is proceeding on a week's vacation in New York from today.

The Office of the Prime Minister issued the following statement today:

"Please be advised that the Prime Minister, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, will proceed on one week’s vacation starting today, May 18th 2017.

He leaves the country today for New York with his family to attend the graduation of his daughter, Sonel, which takes place on Saturday. Dr Rowley is expected to return on May 23rd 2017.

International: One dead, several injured as car hits pedestrians in Times Square

One person was killed and about a dozen were injured when a car struck pedestrians in New York’s Times Square on Thursday at about noon, according to the Fire Department.

The driver appeared to have been either drunk or on drugs, a law enforcement official said.

He has a history of DWI arrests, the official said.The conditions of the people injured were not known, a spokeswoman said.

A Police Department spokesman said the driver of the car had been taken into custody.

Internationally: Train kills teen retrieving phone from subway track

A 13-year-old girl was killed after she dropped her mobile phone on to New York subway tracks and was struck by a train while trying to recover it, the BBC reports.

The girl, identified as Diana Kadribasic, died on Sunday after she was hit by an R train at the 63rd Drive-Rego Park station.

Police said the train ploughed through the station as the girl was trying to climb back on to the platform.

She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she died, police said.

Commuter Stephen Topete told ABC New York that people were crying on the platform after the incident.

Internationally: Schools closed Tuesday as New York prepares for biggest storm this winter

New York City public schools are closed Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

A massive blizzard is expected to bring up to two feet of snow to the area. The snow should start late Monday night.

Mayor de Blasio is advising everyone remain off the roads Tuesday.

The New York City Emergency Management Department today issued a hazardous travel advisory.

“New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Trini woman murdered in New York

A 69-year-old Trinidadian woman has been murdered in New York.

The victim, identified by family members as Lila Ramsaran, formerly of Cunupia, Trinidad, was found stabbed to death in her Bronx, home Sunday night.

Police found her inside her house on Cranford Avenue near Hill Avenue in Wakefield. Police also found gas leaking at the house.

The woman lived alone. She had moved to the US 40 years ago, and she lived in a basement apartment and rented the upper two floors to two tenants.

No arrests have been made.

T&T national arrested in New York after shooting incident

A Trinidad and Tobago man living in New York appeared in federal court Friday afternoon on weapons and drug charges following a shooting incident on Wednesday night on Hyde Street in Burlington.

Quincy Alexander, 28, who lives in Brooklyn made an initial appearance and was assigned a federal public defender, but he was not arraigned and entered no plea. 

Alexander, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, was arrested on charges of illegal possession of two handguns and having 80 grams of crack cocaine, according to court records.

Suspicious package forces shutdown of 42nd street in Times Square

A report of a suspicious package led to the closure of 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues Wednesday morning, the latest sign the city's jitters have not eased from Saturday's bombing in Chelsea. 

Police confirmed the bomb squad was responding as a precaution. 

Photos on social media show both ends of the highly trafficked street closed to cars and pedestrians, and city officials said to expect traffic delays and road closures in the area as the investigation continued.

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