ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a former Cornell University student has been arrested after bomb-making materials and an AR-15 rifle were found in his apartment near the campus. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that 20-year-old Maximilien Reynolds was charged in federal court Friday with possessing a silencer and a destructive device. He was also charged with aiding and abetting the straw purchase of a rifle. Defense attorney Raymond Schlather says Reynolds is "quite ill."
NEW YORK (AP) - The Long Island Rail Road has suspended service on four of its branches because of a large fire at a recycling plant near the tracks east of the Jamaica station. Service is suspended in both directions on Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Oyster Bay, Hempstead branches because of the fire that started shortly after 1 p.m. Friday. The LIRR says it will run extra trains from Penn Station to Babylon during the evening commute.
(AP) - The rapid construction technique that was being used to build a pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed at least six people in Miami is drawing heightened attention. The process called Accelerated Bridge Construction, or ABC, is widely used. It involves assembling large sections of a span offsite, then moving the massive pieces into place. Some experts question why the span was installed in this project before the support tower was erected.
NEW YORK (AP) - Two New York City firefighters were among seven service members killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq. Fire department Lt. Christopher Raguso and fire marshal Christopher "Tripp" Zanetis were aboard a military helicopter that crashed in western Iraq on Thursday. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Friday the two "bravely wore two uniforms in their extraordinary lives of service" with the fire department and the U.S. armed forces.
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