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The front third of the tanker is grounded into Front Street. The city's waterfront was largely destroyed, which includes a number of businesses on the water.
The 168-foot tanker was moored about a mile away when Sandy's powerful force propelled it toward land.
No one was on the tanker and no one was hurt as a result of it running aground.
Sandy struck the East Coast on Monday night, leaving a trail of massive flooding, power outages and destruction. President Obama has issued disaster declarations for New York and New Jersey.
A "gay" penguin couple in a Madrid zoo has been given an egg of their own to care for after six springs of building nests together and being disappointed their nests were empty.
Inca and Rayas, the Gentoo penguins at Madrid's Faunia Park have been inseparable for six years, according to the U.K.'s Telegraph. This year, the zoo gave them an egg to take care of.
"We wanted them to have something to stay together for - so we got an egg," zookeeper Yolanda Martin told the Telegraph. "Otherwise they might have become depressed."
Martin said the attention the birds have attracted has been "lovely," though the penguins are not actually gay. They're more like the best of friends, living cooperatively because they're in the same enclosure.
Jurors in a New York court will see surveillance footage today of a man who allegedly dressed up as his dead mother for six years to cash her Social Security checks, even going as far as visiting the DMV for a new license in the get-up.
Thomas Prusik-Parkin is accused of collecting more than $115,000 on his mother Irene Prusik's government benefits and rent subsidies for six years following her death in 2003.
In what the Brooklyn district attorney's office called an "elaborate fraud," Parkin and an accomplice allegedly appropriated Social Security benefits, social service payments and a townhouse, all while Parkin was dressed as his deceased 77-year-old mother.
An accomplice, Mhilton Rimolo, posed at Prusik's nephew when the duo went out in costume.
"These defendants ran a multi-year campaign of fraud that was unparalleled in its scope and brazenness," Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement.
Parkin and Rimolo initiated the crime by doctoring Prusik's death certificate with a false Social Security Number and date of birth, which made it appear as though she were still alive, according to the indictment.
T-Mobile's chipper magenta-clad spokeswoman is getting a makeover. Carly is trading in her girly pink dresses for a leather bodysuit and a Ducati motorcycle.
A teaser ad released today shows Carly opening up closet filled with variations of her signature pink frock. Then, a series of close-ups show Carly zipping up a black leather suit, with magenta accents, of course.
Elevator doors open to reveal her in a full bodysuit with a black and pink motorcycle helmet propped on her hip and a matching motorcycle waiting for her.
"The makeover from the girl-next-door to an edgier, more tech-savvy and spirited Carly is synonymous with the evolution of the T-Mobile brand as we continue to push the envelope with device and service innovation to deliver amazing 4G experiences at an affordable price," T-Mobile senior vice president of brand, advertising and communications Peter DeLuca wrote in a blog post.
A guest at an Ohio wedding wound up in jail charged with assault and intoxicated disorderly conduct. It all began when she refused to stop slow dancing with the groom, which escalated into a brawl with the bride and an attack on an off-duty police officer.
Dan Kuack was patrolling the St. Clarence Church Pavilion in North Olmsted, Ohio, on Saturday when he heard a woman "yelling and screaming at two unknown males," according to the police report.
Kuack approached the group in the parking lot and found that the two men were trying to keep the woman, Brooke Burke, from driving off in her car because she was allegedly drunk. She was yelling because they'd taken her keys, the police report stated.
The police officer calmed Burke down and took her back into the reception hall.
At that point the bride, Margaret Burke, told Kuack that Brooke had tried to assault her earlier in the evening, according to the report.
Alex Reed, 17, of Warrenton, Ore., found the copper-colored urn engraved with, “William George Kennedy, 1870-1925″ wedged between rocks on the coast. The urn is dented in several places and the top is bent to the right.
Reed asked for help from the funeral home and a team of volunteers began to search for Kennedy’s descendents. Now, they think they may have found one of Kennedy’s great granddaughters in England who said the family has been missing the urn for years and is thrilled it has been found.
“We still have to make sure,” Reed told ABCNews.com today. “We don’t want to give this to someone that’s not an heir of the guy.”
Reed was relaxing with a friend on a jetty and taking photos on the rocks when he climbed over the rocks to the ocean side where the waves were crashing.
“When I turned to leave from the spot, I saw the urn and picked it up. I saw that it was from 1925 and put it in the car,” Reed said. “When I got back to my friend’s house, I realized it was an urn and I didn’t know what to do.”
Reed called the Hughes-Ransom Mortuary in Astoria, Ore. and asked if they could help. Funeral director Tom Preston told him to bring it in.
When Chuntera Napier 's son Gaquan Napier asked her if he could get a memorial tattoo for his 12-year-old brother Malik who died after being hit by a car, Napier was touched by the request.
"My son came to me and said, 'Mom, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace,'" she told ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSBTV. "It made me feel good to know that he wanted his brother on him."
When Gaquan Napier was asked why he wanted the tattoo, he said, "Because it represents my brother."
"What do I say to a child who wants to remember his brother? It's not like he was asking me, 'Can I get Sponge Bob?" Napier said. "He asked me [for] something that's in remembrance of his brother. How can I say no?"
Gaquan got a tattoo on his right arm of his brother's name and his former basketball jersey number. Napier also has memorial tattoos for her son on her right arm.
An Indiana mom has been criticized nationally for making her 14-year-old son wear a sign proclaiming, “I lie, I steal, I sell drug, I don’t follow the law.” But the woman, Dynesha Lax , said she resents the accusations that she is a bad mother.
“I’ve done therapy with my son. I’ve done positive reinforcement . I’ve done negative reinforcement. I’ve done mommy-and-me days. I’ve even called the police on him,” Lax said. “But everything seems to be taken lightly. Nobody is taking seriously that these are serious offenses.”
She said he has been acting up since a young age and that while none of her responses have worked, she refused to give up. “He’s already lying, stealing, trying to sell drugs. We’ve got three-and-a-half years until I don’t have control anymore,” Lax said. “I’m not going to let the streets have my son.”
Lax also has a 16-year-old son with a 3.9 GPA who plays football, basketball and runs track. She said he has never been in trouble or even to the principal’s office.
“Those are hard shoes to fill but we went through so much to let him know he doesn’t have to be the same,” Lax said. “But he has to follow the rules and follow the law.”
The parents of Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide after months of bullying at a Massachusetts high school in January 2010, settled a lawsuit with their daughter's school district for $225,000.
The settlement was reached over a year ago, but the details were only disclosed on Tuesday when a journalist won a court order to release the information that had previously been sealed, according to the Associated Press.
In July 2010, Prince 's parents, Jeremy Prince and Anne O'Brien, filed a complaint against the South Hadley Public School District with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination . They claimed that the school district did not do enough to protect their daughter from bullying.
Today, the baby dubbed " Baby Noel " by police and nurses is in stable condition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, but her identity remains a mystery.
"She's in really good condition. We're very fortunate with the timing, weather and the church finding the baby," Philadelphia Police spokesman Ray Evers told ABCNews.com. "We had a lot of things that fell into place. If it was any closer, the baby would have been thrown out with the trash. It was scary close."
Police are asking for the public's help in searching for the mother. The infant was found in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, and they have had no leads on who she may belong to.
"We don't have anything solid yet," Evers said. "We're looking for anyone that knew of a woman that was pregnant in the neighborhood and isn't anymore to give us a call."
The infant was found on Wednesday in a cardboard box in front of a church. The box was dangerously close to a pile of trash bags and a telephone pole.