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WRONG-WAY CRASH

Woman driving wrong way on NY roadway killed in crash

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a woman driving the wrong way on a New York roadway was killed when her car crashed head-on into another vehicle. The passenger in her car and the driver of the other vehicle were both injured.

The Journal News reports the woman was driving southbound on the northbound lanes of the Hutchinson River Parkway in Westchester County around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when her car crashed into another car going northbound.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and hasn't been identified. The car she was in had Connecticut license plates. A passenger was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Authorities say the driver of the northbound car had serious but not life-threatening injuries.

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ROBBERY SUSPECT OVERPOWERED

Police: Store employees on LI overpower man with gun

CENTEREACH, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a man who pointed a gun at the employees of a Long Island store was instead overpowered and held until authorities arrived.

Suffolk County police say the 45-year-old man went into the store on Middle Country Road in Centereach around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, displayed the shotgun and demanded money.

Authorities say the woman who is the store manager grabbed the shotgun while two other employees got the man down onto the ground.

Police took the man into custody and he was taken to the hospital for injuries he sustained during the struggle. No store workers were injured.

The man faces robbery and criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.

HOUSE PARTY-SHOOTING

3 men, 1 woman wounded in NYC house party shooting

NEW YORK (AP) - Police say three men and one woman have been wounded at an early morning shooting at a house party. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

Authorities say it happened shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. The circumstances were unclear, but police say the victims are a 29-year-old woman who was shot in the buttocks; a 42-year-old man shot in the buttocks; a 28-year-old man shot in the arm, and a 32-year-old man shot in the back.

All went to area hospitals. No arrests have been made.

TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE-OPENING

Tappan Zee project nears finish with opening of first span

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature public works project, a $4 billion bridge to be named after his father, is about to begin carrying commuters across the Hudson River in New York City suburbs.

One span of the future Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open Friday, signaling near-completion of a project to replace the 62-year-old Tappan Zee that has served as the poster child for America's crumbling infrastructure. The second span is scheduled for completion in the spring.

The 3-mile (4.8-kilometer)-long bridge linking Westchester County to the New York State Thruway will ultimately take more than 50 million vehicles a year across the river, from Manhattan commuters to truckers looking to skirt the traffic-choked city 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the south.

The $5 round-trip toll is frozen through 2020.

CAPITOL WATCH

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers are connecting with constituents

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In New York state government news, lawmakers are using the summer to connect with constituents back home, and a Senate task force takes aim at tick-borne illness in the face of what experts say is an especially bad year for the blood-sucking creatures.

A Senate task force plans to meet Aug. 29 in Albany to hear from medical authorities, tick experts and others involved in trying to prevent infections and fight the illnesses.

Republican Sen. Sue Serino chairs the task force. The Hudson Valley lawmaker noted that while tick-borne illness is nothing new downstate, it's now clear illnesses like Lyme disease is a statewide concern. A 74-year-old man died this summer in Saratoga County after contracting Powassan virus.

DAVID ORTIZ-WINE FESTIVAL

Ex-slugger Oritz has wine lineup, will headline NY festival

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has gone from swinging bats to selling vats ... of wine.

The retired ballplayer known as Big Papi launched a new line of cigars and wines earlier this year. On Sept. 8, he'll be the special guest at the annual Saratoga Wine and Food Festival held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Arias, Ortiz's wine portfolio, is named after his mother, Angela Rosa Arias, who died in a car crash in 2002. His wine lineup includes a merlot, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc.

The wines have Saratoga-area connections. Peter Ianniello (eye-an-EL'-oh), who grew up in nearby Mechanicville, produces the wines at his Mount Felix Vineyard and Winery in Havre de Grace, Maryland, while Mechanicville-based DeCrescente (dee-kree-SEHN'-tee) Distributing Co. is the wholesaler.

GEORGIA DISTRIBUTION CENTER

New $60M distribution center to add 200 jobs in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A furniture maker plans to invest $60 million in a new distribution center for coastal Georgia that is expected to bring 200 new jobs.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Safavieh will build its new facility at an industrial park near Savannah. The New York-based company manufactures furniture, rugs and other household goods. The new distribution center will expand operations Safavieh already has in the Savannah area. The governor called it "a significant investment" for the state.

Darius Yaraghi of Safavieh said in a news release the new facility with triple the company's warehouse capacity in the Savannah area and should be completed by the end of 2018.

CONSTITUTION PIPELINE

Court rules New York had power to deny key pipeline permit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's authority to block construction of a major natural gas pipeline by denying a key permit has been upheld by a federal court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the Constitution Pipeline company's argument that the state Department of Environmental Conservation was "arbitrary and capricious" in denying a water quality permit last year.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the 124-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to eastern New York in 2014, conditioned on state permits. But New York regulators said the project failed to meet standards to protect streams, wetlands and other water resources.

The project had all its permits in Pennsylvania and had already cleared trees there in preparation for construction.

The pipeline company, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Cos., says it remains committed to the project.

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