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Hunt for 'serial cat killer' behind 25 violent deaths in NY

Animal protection investigators in a New York suburb are investigating the "violent" deaths of about 25 cats who were killed with blows to the head before being hung in plastic bags from trees.

Plastic bags containing the remains of about 25 cats hanging from a tree in a wooded area in Yonkers, New York, yesterday. Credit: AP

The bodies of the cats were found yesterday in a wooded area of Yonkers and appear to have been killed with blows to the head at various times over the past year, local animal welfare charity director Ernest Lungaro said today.

A baseball bat, two shovels and a metal pipe were found near the scene, though investigators have not yet confirmed whether they were the weapons used on the animals - some of which were killed only a few days before the grim discovery.

"Pretty disturbing, smashing their heads in and displaying them like that," Mr Lungaro said. "We have found, in the past, cases where cats were poisoned, but we've never seen anything where they're killing them this violently."

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NYC cops and firefighters brawl at charity hockey game

A charity ice hockey game between the New York Police Department and the city's firefighters erupted into a brawl this weekend.

Video footage on YouTube shows players throwing punches and grappling on the ice as the teams were tied 3-3 during the second period.

Warning: Video contains some graphic language from the crowd:

Eventually referees were able to break up the scuffle and the game continued, ending in a 8-5 win for the NYPD.

Bodies of 'eight missing' after NY blast recovered

The bodies of all eight people reported missing after a gas explosion destroyed two New York apartment buildings have been recovered, but workers are treating the scene as a rescue operation in case there are survivors in the rubble.

An excavator clears debris at the site of a building explosion in the Harlem section of New York Credit: Reuters

Fire commissioner Salvatore Cassano said no one else is known to be unaccounted for but workers will continue to scour the debris from the flattened buildings for victims.

He predicted detectives and fire marshals would soon gain access to the buildings' basements to begin the investigation into what caused the explosion.

"Right now we are in the process of removing the final amount of debris," Mr Cassano said. "We should be moving much more quickly now."

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NYFD confirms sixth death following gas explosion

The New York Fire Department has confirmed to Associated Press that a sixth person has died following a gas explosion at an apartment block in east Harlem yesterday.

Four dead and 74 injured in New York gas explosion

The death toll in the New York gas leak explosion has risen to four, officials confirmed.

New York City emergency responders work at the site of a building explosion and collapse in the Harlem. Credit: Reuters

Seventy four people were injured and others are missing after two buildings collapsed following a gas leak explosion in Harlem, NBC New York reported.

"This is a tragedy of the worst kind because there was no indication in time to save people," the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio said.

73 people in hospital, 2 critical, after NY gas explosion

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