At Pixel Academy in Brooklyn, kids design video games, build apps and learn computer programming.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
Sarah Broach's son Marlon would rather stick a fork in his eye than play soccer, but he can design one heck of a video game.
The Broach's are part of a number of families eager to give their kids an edge, and maybe even a shot at being tech's new kid millionaire, by having them learn computer coding -- the fundamentals of how to build websites, make apps and design video games.
NEW YORK Nearly 3 million New Yorkers' homes are now in evacuation zones that cover more than a third of the city's population, under new maps released Tuesday.
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, officials said last month, the number of zones would double and encompass about 600,000 more residents. Few storms are likely to require evacuating all six new zones, and the scheme is designed both to give officials more flexibility in ordering evacuations and give residents a better picture of their flooding risk.
The FBI and the New York City Police Department announced they are offering a reward of up to $65,000 for information related to the suspect or suspects involved in the 2008 bombing of the Times Square Armed Forces Recruiting Station.
Police also re-released surveillance footage showing a suspect riding a blue Ross bicycle to the scene and placing what is believed to be the bomb in front of the recruiting station. (Watch the video at left.)
In a press release, officials said: "Although the suspect appears to be working alone, he or she may have had a lookout or surveillance team of as many as five other individuals in Times Square at the time of the attack."
The bombing took place on March 6, 2008, and the bomb itself was contained in a metal ammunition box. It produced a sudden flash and billowing cloud of white smoke. When the smoke cleared, there was no serious damage, and there still is not any clear indication of a motive.
The blast left a gaping hole in the recruiting station's front window and shattered a glass door, twisting and blackening the building's metal frame.
According to officials, "the explosive device was built using an ammunition can commonly found on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was filled halfway with black powder and detonated using a time fuse. Although no one was wounded, the device could have caused significant casualties if people had been close to the blast."
There were similar attacks in 2005 on the British consulate and in 2007 on the Mexican consulate in New York.
In their press release, the FBI and the NYPD said they "will be using the hash tag #BikeBomber to disseminate information about the attacks and to solicit information. The photos and video are also being displayed on digital billboards throughout the northeast, including in Times Square."
NEW YORK – After being widely condemned for publishing a fashion spread featuring models posing as female writers who killed themselves, Vice Magazine has removed the "Last Words" photo essay from its website.
“The fashion spreads in VICE magazine are always unconventional and approached with an art editorial point-of-view rather than a typical fashion photo-editorial one," the magazine said in a statement to FOX411. "'Last Words' was created in this tradition and focused on the demise of a set of writers whose lives we very much wish weren’t cut tragically short, especially at their own hands.
WASHINGTON – Civil rights lawyers say they plan to ask a federal judge to declare the New York Police Department's spying programs directed at Muslims to be unconstitutional, and to order police to stop their surveillance and destroy any records in police files.
In a lawsuit being filed Tuesday, the lawyers say the spying has hindered residents from freely practicing their religion. It is the third significant legal action filed against the NYPD Muslim surveillance program since details of the spy program were revealed in a series of Associated Press reports in 2011 and 2012.
The lawsuit says Muslim religious leaders in New York have modified their sermons and other behavior to not draw additional police attention.
The NYPD did not immediately respond to a phone call and email asking for comment.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Federal authorities have fired and demoted U.S. probation officers in the monitoring of a man charged with raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her mother during a carjacking at a New York mall.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/17iG8yw ) the changes made at the federal probation office in Syracuse were detailed in a letter Monday from U.S. courts administrators to U.S. Dan Maffei.
The probation officers came under fire in March after authorities said David Renz quickly removed and reassembled an electronic bracelet so monitors didn't immediately realize he'd taken it off. Authorities say Renz then strangled and stabbed a woman in her car and raped the woman's daughter during an attack outside Syracuse.
Renz has pleaded not guilty.
He had been required to wear the monitor because of an earlier child pornography arrest.
Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com