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MANHATTAN BEACH, Brooklyn — Two men who posed as utility workers in Brooklyn and robbed an 88-year-old woman are on the run, and police are asking the public's help locating them. 

The two individuals fled the scene in a dark-colored SUV, pictured here, driven by a third, unidentified individual. (NYPD)

On Thursday at about 3:40 p.m., two unknown men dressed as utility workers knocked on the door of a residence, located near Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn, police said.

When the 88-year-old woman answered the door, the individuals said they were there to check a utility issue inside her home.

After the victim allowed them to enter her home, the two individuals demanded money, taking $2,500 from her before fleeing in a dark-colored pick-up truck.

Police said the pick-up truck was parked nearby and being driven by a third, unidentified individual.

The victim did not sustain any physical injuries and refused medical attention.

Police said the first individual appeared to be in his 20s or 30s. He was last seen wearing a yellow construction vest and jeans.

The second individual appeared to be in his 30s or 40s. He was last seen wearing a tan jacket and dark-colored pants.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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At least 36 people have been confirmed dead as a result of Hurricane Michael, according to authorities.

The number rose Saturday after a local medical examiner confirmed the death of a woman in Bay County, Florida, bringing the death toll in Florida alone to 26.

Authorities did not offer additional details on the death.

Officials in four states — Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia — have each confirmed people died as a result of the storm.

The latest death toll comes 20 days after Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle and wrought havoc in a slew of Southern states that were battered by powerful winds and inundated with floodwater.

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MINEOLA, N.Y. — Two alleged MS-13 gang members have been charged with murder in separate killings of two teenagers who were hacked to death in New York.

Josue Figueroa-Velazquez and Kevin Lopez-Morales were arraigned on a grand jury indictment Friday in the deaths of 15-year-old Angel Soler and 19-year-old Josue Amaya Leonor on Long Island. Both pleaded not guilty.

Soler’s body was found last October and Leonor’s was found May 30. Prosecutors say both victims were killed because they were perceived to be enemies of MS-13.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas says the victims were lured to the woods by the defendants and other gang members and “ruthlessly” hacked to death.

An attorney for Lopez-Morales said he had no comment. An attorney for Figueroa-Velazquez did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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First-time mothers in the United States grew older on average over the past decade while total fertility rates declined, a new government report shows.

The average age of new mothers increased between 2007 and 2017, according to the data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, published Wednesday.

In that time period, new moms in rural areas grew older by 1.3 years, in suburban areas by 1.5 years and in urban areas by 1.8 years. First-time mothers in rural counties were younger, on average, than their counterparts in more urban regions for each of the years within the time span studied.

For example, first-time mothers in rural counties averaged 23.2 years of age in 2007 and 24.5 years in 2017. By comparison, the average age of suburban new moms was 24.3 years in 2007 and 25.8 years in 2017, while urban moms were 25.9 and 27.7 years old on average.

This general trend of older first-time moms held true across all races.

In particular, black women raised their average age for a first birth most: They gained 1.7 years in rural, 1.9 years in suburban and 2.4 years in urban regions over the time studied.

2007 stands as a recent peak in the US total fertility rate, which estimates the total number of lifetime births expected for every 1,000 women, according to the CDC. Since 2007, the US has been experiencing a decreasing total fertility rate across all levels of urbanization, with differences between rural and metro counties widening over the decade.

Between 2007 and 2017, total fertility rates fell 12% in rural counties, 16% in suburban counties and 18% in large urban counties. By 2017, the total fertility rate for rural counties was 1,950 births per 1,000 women, compared with 1,778 in suburban counties and 1,712 in urban counties.

All races showed a decline in total fertility rates across all regions during that period.

The largest declines were seen among Hispanic women, whose total fertility rate decreased 26% in rural, 29% in suburban and 30% in urban counties between 2007 and 2017.

“The differences in total fertility rates between rural and metro areas are consistent with previous research describing differences in childbearing behaviors,” the study authors wrote.

However, black women were the exception to the trend of rural-dwelling women giving birth to more children than women living in suburban and urban regions.

Black women showed a higher total fertility rate in rural counties during 2007, but in 2017, their fertility rate in suburbia rose above their rate in farming regions.

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A hack was detected earlier this month in a government computer system that works alongside HealthCare.gov, exposing the personal information of approximately 75,000 people, according to the agency in charge of the portal.

In a statement to CNN, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said the system that was exposed through the hack was the Direct Enrollment pathway, which allows agents and brokers to assist consumers with applications for coverage in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges, or FFE.

The statement detailed that the agent and broker accounts that were associated with the hack were “deactivated, and — out of an abundance of caution — the Direct Enrollment pathway for agents and brokers was disabled.”

“We are working to get this functionality that exchanges agents and brokers use back up within seven days,” a representative for CMS told CNN.

When asked if the source of the hacking had been identified and if the system was in a good place ahead of the sign-up season beginning in November for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the representative could not answer due to it being an active federal law enforcement investigation.

CMS began the initial investigation of “anomalous system activity in the Direct Enrollment pathway” on October 13, they said, and a breach was declared on October 16. CMS notified the public on Friday.

“I want to make clear to the public that HealthCare.gov and the Marketplace Call Center are still available, and open enrollment will not be negatively impacted,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in the statement. “We are working to identify the individuals potentially impacted as quickly as possible so that we can notify them and provide resources such as credit protection.”

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EAST MORICHES, N.Y. — A small airplane ended up on a Long Island road after authorities said it ran off the runway at a nearby airfield.

It happened around 12:30 p.m. Saturday by Lufker Airport in East Moriches. The Federal Aviation Administration says a Piper PA-28 landed and rolled off the runway onto the adjacent Montauk Highway, with two people aboard.

The plane crossed onto the Montauk Highway, struck a sign before coming to a stop, in front of 130 Montauk Highway, police said.

A wing and the propeller were damaged, according to police.

Lufker Airport is a small airfield, and Montauk Highway is a two-lane road through that part of eastern Long Island.

The single-engine plane’s tail number shows it’s owned by a Long Island flight school and aircraft rental company. A man who answered its phone declined to comment and hung up.

No injuries were reported, police said.

The FAA is investigating the incident.

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WAKEFIELD, the Bronx — Police are searching for the man who allegedly robbed a bank in the Bronx Friday afternoon.

Police are searching for the man wanted in a Bronx bank robbery.

The man entered a Capitol One Bank along White Plains Road in Wakefield shortly after 4 p.m. and handed a note to the bank teller, demanding money, said police.

The teller complied, and the individual fled the location, said cops.

According to police, the money was later recovered after a dye pack exploded.

The alleged robber is described to be about 60 years old with a medium build.

He was last seen wearing a wool hat, a tan jacket and sunglasses.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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STAMFORD, Conn. — An investigation into the discovery of a dead baby boy at a Connecticut garbage and recycling processing facility has been complicated by inconclusive autopsy results.

Workers at the Stamford plant found the newborn Tuesday as they were sorting recyclable material.

Police Capt. Richard Conklin tells the Stamford Advocate the state medical examiner was unable to determine how the baby died. He says the medical examiner is conducting more tests to determine if the baby was stillborn or died after birth.

Conklin says workers found the baby when a conveyer belt jammed and they began sorting through the recycling by hand to clear the jam.

The material brought to the facility that day originated in Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut; Somers and the Oyster Bay area of New York; and Andover, Massachusetts.

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NEW DELHI — Most of the casualties in a train disaster that killed dozens of people in northern India were migrant workers, a former state government official said Saturday.

R.C. Yadav, former chairman of Punjab state’s Workers Welfare Board, said that many of the 60 killed and dozens injured when a speeding train ran over a crowd celebrating the Hindu festival of Dussehra on Friday night had left their families in neighboring states to work in factories and shops in Punjab.

Most “of those killed are these poor workers,” Yadav said, adding that some earned as little as 7,000 rupees ($95) per month.

A local branch of the Indian National Congress party had organized the event at a clearing near the railway tracks on the outskirts of Amritsar.

Organizers erected a huge LED screen for the hundreds of people who gathered to watch the burning of the effigies of Ravana and other demons, said Yadav, who lives just a kilometer (half a mile) from the disaster site. As the fireworks started, the crowd moved backward onto the tracks for a better view when two trains crossed in opposite directions, giving people little opportunity to escape.

Police are investigating whether the organizers had a permit for the event and at what speed the train that ran over the crowd was traveling, said Amritsar’s police commissioner, S.S. Srivastava.

Navjot Kaur Siddhu, a local Congress party politician who was the chief guest at the religious function, said Friday that the celebrations take place in the area every year and railroad authorities are alerted to run the trains at slow speeds.

A large number of people live in the area with homes on both sides of the railroad track, she said.

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CALEDONIA, Mich. – A Michigan photographer snapped a special moment completely by accident. Matthew Dippel was shooting at Yosemite National Park when he photographed a proposal in progress, and now he wants to find the couple he captured.

He says he was shooting the beautiful landscape at the park, only to notice two people in his shot, one on bended knee. When he looked for the couple they were gone.

"Honestly I couldn't believe what was happening," says Dippel of the incident.

Dippel accidentally captured the proposal, saying it was a raw moment that he had to get.

"I didn't have a lot of time to act and I already had my settings ready to go and I just pointed my camera at them and snapped away," Dippel says.

Dippel says he rushed to find the couple, asking several people at the park that day if they knew the man and woman in the photo.

With no luck, he took his inquiry to the internet.

"I posted it in hopes to find them on everything and now on Twitter, it's gone viral in almost a day now," says Dippel.

Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them. I took this at Taft Point at Yosemite National Park, on October 6th, 2018. pic.twitter.com/Rdzy0QqFbY

— Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 17, 2018

But, thousands of likes and retweets later and still no "Yosemite Newlyweds" in sight. Dipple says he won't give up until he finds them.

He's hoping to share the "Will You?" photo with the couple that may soon say "I Do."

"I truly hope the photo finds you. I've got a pretty solid photo for you and I'd really like to share it with you cause it's a truly beautiful moment," says Dippel.

If you have any idea who the couple is you can reach out to Dippel through Twitter, linked here. If you don’t, he hopes just sharing the story through social media will eventually reach the pair.

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