National Christmas season sales increase roughly 4%: experts

Experts say this Christmas season shaped up as the best in three years, with falling gas prices and a better job market boosting sales nationally roughly 4%.

Kwanzaa ceremony in Lower Manhattan honored ancestors, called for protests against police brutality

Cyril Innis Jr. asked participants to call out the names of their ancestors during Friday’s ceremony at 290 Broadway. He also used the gathering to rally New Yorkers to keep up demonstrations against police abuse.

Christmas miracle came early for Brooklyn priest told he would never walk again

The Rev. John Murray slipped during a stroll along a Long Branch, New Jersey, boardwalk and shattered two vertebrae in 2010, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Four years later, the 66-year-old Brooklyn native has an easier time getting around than others living at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help assisted living unit in Sunset Park.