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Freight Train Derailment Near Hicksville Station Disrupts LIRR Service

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A freight train toppled off the tracks in New Cassel, Long Island Tuesday afternoon, creating a mess for the evening commute.

As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, photos from the tracks near the Hicksville station showed what a huge cleanup job it would be – with a car full of debris lying completely on its side.

The New York & Atlantic Railway train derailed near the Hicksville Station around 1 p.m. Hours later, the derailment was creating delays for some Long Island Rail Road commuters in the afternoon rush.

And while area residents are used to hearing trains whiz by, the sound of the derailment was like nothing they had ever heard before.

“I just couldn’t believe it — the fact that train could turn over on the rail,” said witness Jeffrey Alvarez.

The residents along Broadway in New Cassel heard a loud screech and saw a big cloud of dust.

It was feeling like it was an earthquake, because I was sitting downstairs, and the next thing you know, I was like, ‘Is this an earthquake?’ And it was the train tracks,” said witness David Agular Zavala, 13.

David peeked through the fence in his backyard and could not believe his eyes. Two freight train cars had been tossed off the tracks like toys — one on its side, another one derailed yards away just west of the Hicksville station.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said they were the last two cars of a 16-car freight train hauling construction debris on the Ronkonkoma branch – the main line for the LIRR.

After a complete stand still for 40 minutes, passenger trains began moving through on a second track. But riders were warned of rush-hour cancellations and delays on the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson lines.

For the latest updates check the MTA website.

“The Ronkonkoma Line is always late,” one LIRR commuter said.

“Unfortunately, you don’t have any choice,” another said. “What are you going to do?”

With construction debris strewn on the tracks, crews were checking for track damage and trying to determine what went wrong. There were no injuries.

But getting the cars upright could take all night, Gusoff reported.

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Freight Train Derailment Near Hicksville Station Disrupts LIRR Service

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A freight train toppled off the tracks in New Cassel, Long Island Tuesday afternoon, creating a mess for the evening commute.

As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, photos from the tracks near the Hicksville station showed what a huge cleanup job it would be – with a car full of debris lying completely on its side.

The New York & Atlantic Railway train derailed near the Hicksville Station around 1 p.m. Hours later, the derailment was creating delays for some Long Island Rail Road commuters in the afternoon rush.

And while area residents are used to hearing trains whiz by, the sound of the derailment was like nothing they had ever heard before.

“I just couldn’t believe it — the fact that train could turn over on the rail,” said witness Jeffrey Alvarez.

The residents along Broadway in New Cassel heard a loud screech and saw a big cloud of dust.

It was feeling like it was an earthquake, because I was sitting downstairs, and the next thing you know, I was like, ‘Is this an earthquake?’ And it was the train tracks,” said witness David Agular Zavala, 13.

David peeked through the fence in his backyard and could not believe his eyes. Two freight train cars had been tossed off the tracks like toys — one on its side, another one derailed yards away just west of the Hicksville station.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said they were the last two cars of a 16-car freight train hauling construction debris on the Ronkonkoma branch – the main line for the LIRR.

After a complete stand still for 40 minutes, passenger trains began moving through on a second track. But riders were warned of rush-hour cancellations and delays on the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson lines.

For the latest updates check the MTA website.

“The Ronkonkoma Line is always late,” one LIRR commuter said.

“Unfortunately, you don’t have any choice,” another said. “What are you going to do?”

With construction debris strewn on the tracks, crews were checking for track damage and trying to determine what went wrong. There were no injuries.

But getting the cars upright could take all night, Gusoff reported.

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12 High School Seniors Chosen To Greet Pope Francis At East Harlem School

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Twelve lucky high school students selected to meet Pope Francis during his visit to New York City this month have been introduced.

They’re being called the education ambassadors to the pope.

The Catholic high school seniors in the New York Archdiocese will greet the pope when he stops by Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem on Sept. 25.

High School Students To Greet Pope Francis At East Harlem School

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Juliet Papa reports

Daniel Afrifa, who will represent Cardinal Hayes High School in the is Bronx, said the pope is an inspiration in everyday life.

“He’s just a revolutionary, he’s a breath of fresh air in the Catholic Church,” the 17-year-old said. “To have a pope who is more in tune with how society is moving, how the culture is changing, it’s very inspiring to see that an institution as old as the Catholic Church can still move with the times.”

Afrifa sees the pope as a unifier.

“He has a Twitter account, for God’s sake; he knows that in order for a message to even be considered it has to be delivered,” Afrifa said. “He’s appropriating these social media websites to actually convey his message to believers, non-believers, adults, teenagers, people who are saying for the first time in a long time that it’s cool to be religious, it’s cool to care about God.”

12 High School Seniors Chosen To Greet Pope Francis At East Harlem School

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Rich Lamb reports

Afrifa, who is the president of the National Honor Society at his school, said he’s brushing up on his Spanish ahead of the pope’s visit.

“Hopefully by the time I meet him I have a few Spanish phrases down pat,” he said.

Jennifer Lee, who will be representing Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, said she has been very taken by the pope’s message of helping the less fortunate.

“To simply put it, Jesus told us to love everyone and that’s what Pope Francis basically telling us,” she said.

Pope Francis will arrive at Kennedy Airport from Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24 and attend evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The next day, he will address the United Nations General Assembly, host an interfaith service at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, visit the school, take a motorcade through Central Park and celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden.

He will depart for Philadelphia on the morning of Sept. 26.

To see a complete schedule of the pope’s upcoming visit, click here.

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CBS News/New York Times Poll: Ben Carson Closing In On Trump For GOP Lead

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Donald Trump is still leading the pack for the Republican presidential nomination, but a candidate once considered a long shot is gaining ground fast, according to a new poll.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has moved into second place in the CBS News/New York Times poll. Trump is in first with 27 percent.

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Last month, Carson had just 6 percent in the survey of GOP primary voters nationally, which put him in a three-way tie for fifth place. While Trump’s lead has eroded in the past month from 11 percent to just 4 percent, he actually gained supporters — he was polling at 24 percent in August.

That signals that other GOP candidates are fading, most notably former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Bush was in second place at 13 percent last month. He now has 6 percent support, which puts him in a three-way tie for third with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Walker, meanwhile, has plummeted from 10 percent in August, which put him in third place, to just 2 percent, or 10th place.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s campaign is headed in the wrong direction as it tries to gain traction, according to the poll. His support has fallen from 3 percent last month to 1 percent, putting him in 12th place.

Former New York Gov. George Pataki is polling at less than 0.5 percent — down from 1 percent a month ago.

The poll’s margin of error is 6 percentage points.

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Police: Glove-Wearing Attacker Punches Woman In The Face, Tries To Steal Purse In The Bronx

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A glove-wearing attacker was seen on surveillance video punching a woman in the face and knocking her to the ground as he tried to steal her purse in the Bronx, police said Tuesday.

It happened shortly before 8 p.m. last Wednesday in Norwood.

Investigators said the 40-year-old woman was waiting in the vestibule of a building around East 201 Street and Briggs Avenue when the man walks up behind her.

He tries to take her purse, but when she resists, the man punches her in the face and throws her to the ground, police said. He tries to rip her bag away again before finally giving up and fleeing the scene empty-handed, police said.

He was last seen riding a bike on East 201st Street. The woman was taken to the hospital where she was treated for a facial fracture and cuts to her head, police said.

Police described the suspect as a bald black man between 5’8″ and 5’11” tall who was seen wearing white gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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