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Thruway bridge work underway in Onondaga County

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (AP) - Work is underway on a $15 million Thruway bridge replacement project in central New York.

The state Thruway Authority says Vine Street under the Thruway in Liverpool will be shut down for four weeks starting Monday while the work is going on. The bridges carry the Thruway over Vine Street and CSX Railroad tracks.

The project has been designed to minimize impacts to expressway traffic. It will be done in four stages to maintain two travel lanes in each direction throughout the project, slated for completion by the end of next year.

The Thruway Authority says the work is part of its Capital Program, which expects to invest approximately $494 million in 2017 for future infrastructure improvement projects.


Hiker on Mount Washington suffers medical emergency

SARGENT'S PURCHASE, N.H. (AP) - A New York man hiking on New Hampshire's Mount Washington has been hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency.

WMUR-TV reports 60-year-old Mark Winkler, of Pleasantville, New York, fell ill while hiking with a group on Mount Washington Sunday afternoon. Members of his group called 911.

First responders stabilized Winkler before transporting him to a helicopter. Winkler was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

No further information was available.



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.



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.


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 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.


Zoo gorilla dies of cancer, days after constipation surgery

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas has died after tests revealed she had late-stage ovarian cancer, four days after undergoing surgery for constipation.

The zoo said in a statement Sunday that surgeons who were determining the extent of Tiffany's cancer found that it had spread, prompting their decision not to awaken her from surgery.

The cancer was discovered earlier Sunday during follow-up tests stemming from her surgery Wednesday to clear stool from her colon.

Tiffany was born in 1968 at the Kansas City Zoo and has spent much of her time since then at the Topeka Zoo, aside from four years she lived at the Buffalo Zoo in New York in the 1980s.


This story has been corrected to show Tiffany was at the New York Zoo in the 1980s, not 1990s.

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