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FDNY Lieutenant Saves Child in Brooklyn Fire

New York City Fire Department(NEW YORK) -- Quick actions by a firefighter helped save a child from a fire in a Brooklyn apartment.

Firefighters were called to the scene of the fire on Thomas Boyland Street around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, and were told by numerous people on the street that there was still a child in the house.

After making his way to the second floor, Lt. Robert Whelan crawled to a small room in the back, past a bed, to find a child lying face down on the floor.

Whelan picked him the child, and transmitted the signal to confirm that he had found him.

“His face was next to my face, and I could hear him give a little cough -- through my mask," Lt. Whelan said about finding the boy.

After running out of the small room, Whelan quickly handed the boy to a firefighter at the top of the stairs and then followed them outside to where EMTs transported the boy to the hospital.

Lt. Whelan then returned to the second floor apartment to continue to fight the blaze.

“The training just takes over and you do your job, you do what you’re supposed to do," Lt. Whelan said. “And hopefully -- it’s in time.”

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House Ethics Committee Defers Rep. Grimm's Case to DOJ Again 

(WASHINGTON) -- The House Ethics Committee has once again deferred consideration of Rep. Michael Grimm's alleged violations of campaign finance law to the Department of Justice.

Grimm, R-N.Y., is alleged to have solicited and accepted prohibited campaign contributions, caused false information to be included in campaign finance reports and allegedly made a deal with a foreign national to collect campaign contributions in exchange for help getting a green card.

The committee had previously made a similar decision on Nov. 26, 2013, when it deferred action on the case.

The committee says it will make public statements at least annually regarding Grimm’s ethics referral.

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Rain, Snow Expected as Thanksgiving Travelers Hit the Road

(NEW YORK) -- More than 46 million people will be traveling this week for Thanksgiving, making it the most-traveled day in United States this year.

Several areas around the country, however, will see unsettled weather that could interrupt travel plans.

I-95 from D.C. to New York will begin to see rain as early as Wednesday morning, with showers arriving in Boston in the late morning.

As the cold air moves into the Northeast, rain will change to snow in the early afternoon for most major cities. There are possible accumulations in parts of the Northeast. Washington, D.C. could see 1 to 2 inches; Philadelphia 1 to 3, New York City 3-6 and Boston 3-6 inches as well.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for New York City from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 1 a.m. Thursday.

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State Board to Meet Dec. 17 on Casino Picks

(NEW YORK) -- Gamers are going to have to wait a bit longer to find out which part of the state will be approved for casinos.

At a State Gaming Commission meeting Monday, the executive director Robert Williams announced that the Gaming Facility Location Board is scheduled to meet on Dec. 17. At that meeting it's expected they will decide which applicants will be granted casino licenses, according to published reports.

The board has been meeting applicants, up to as recent as last Friday, to discuss the financial and employment history of applicants.

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Judge Says Confession Admissible in Etan Patz Case

(NEW YORK) -- A judge in New York ruled on Monday that a suspect’s confession can be used in a notorious missing child case.

When Pedro Hernandez goes on trial this January for the killing of Etan Patz, prosecutors now can use the confession he gave to police.  Hernandez admitted to choking the six-year-old to death in 1979.

The case appears to hinge on the confession, since no physical or scientific evidence has since emerged.  

Defense attorneys have said Hernandez lacked the mental capacity to waive his right to remain silent, but the judge said the confession was legally obtained.

Etan Patz was among the first missing children pictured on a milk carton. The day he vanished eventually became known as National Missing Children's Day.

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