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New Year's Eve terror attack foiled in New York

FBI says a man was plotting a machete attack at a restaurant. Credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A New Year's Eve terror attack has been foiled by police in New York state.

According to officials 25-year-old Emanuel Lutchman, who has been charged with attempting to provide material support to so-called Islamic State, was allegedly plotting a machete attack on diners at a restaurant in the city of Rochester in the name of ISIS.

FBI special agent Adam S. Cohen said in a statement: "The FBI thwarted Emanuel Lutchman's intent to kill civilians on New Year's Eve.

"The FBI remains concerned about people overseas who use the Internet to inspire people in the United States to commit acts of violence where they live."

Toys R Us closes flagship Times Square superstore

Shoppers stream past the Times Square store on Wednesday. Credit: Reuters

The massive Toys R Us store in Times Square, New York, closed its doors for the final time on Wednesday.

The store, which featured a 60-foot indoor Ferris wheel, a 20-foot animatronic T-Rex and a life-size Barbie dollhouse, closed after 14 years wowing shoppers in the heart of the US city.

The company decided not to renew its lease, which expires in January, because of the high cost of renting the space.

Toys R Us spokeswoman Elizabeth Gaerlan said the company is searching for another Manhattan flagship store and will try to find positions for those among the more than 350 employees who want to keep working for it.

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