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IMPACT FROM CHARLEY IS MINOR IN MANHATTAN

Hurricane Charley spun quietly into the Atlantic Ocean early Sunday, leaving the city damp and windblown but causing no major flooding or power disruptions, officials said.

Rainfall was heaviest on Long Island and in Connecticut, where between 1 and 2 inches fell. Central Park got half an inch.

Consolidated Edison had extra crews standing by to guard against felled utility lines, especially in low-lying areas like Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens and those with overhead electricity systems like the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester.

However, Con Edison spokesman Chris Olert said there had been no disruptions in service.

LIL' KIM PREDICTS VICTORY IN THE COURTROOM

NEW YORK (AP) - Rapper Lil' Kim, whose perjury trial is set for early next year, said the charges against her are a "witch hunt against the hip-hop industry."

Prosecutors say she lied to a grand jury investigating a 2001 shooting allegedly involving members of her entourage. One man from a rival rap group was injured in the shooting.

Her former manager and co-defendant, Damion Butler, has been indicted for allegedly firing a weapon during the incident and is serving a prison term on unrelated weapons charges.

Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, is accused of telling the grand jury that Butler was not present during the 2001 shooting.

"I am completely innocent of the charges I have been accused of and am very confident that my co-defendants and I will win this case in the courtroom," she said in advance of a news conference today with her lawyer to discuss the case.

Lil' Kim won a Grammy Award for her part -- along with Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera and Pink -- in the hit remake of "Lady Marmalade" in 2001.

OFFICER IS WOUNDED BY OWN GUN IN SCUFFLE

HUNTINGTON STATION (AP) - A Suffolk County police officer was shot with his own gun Saturday after it was taken away from him by a man during a domestic disturbance at the Long Island home of the man's grandparents, authorities said.

The bullet lodged in Officer Michael Coscia's bulletproof vest, injuring his stomach, said Officer Heidi Cummings, a police spokeswoman. Coscia, 26, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Jerell Harris, 22, was charged with attempted murder, assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in the shooting.

The incident began when Harris' grandparents called police after he started "spitting and throwing things" inside their home, Cummings said. When police arrived at 1:45 p.m., Harris put his hands behind his back and appeared to surrender, Cummings said. But as the officers approached, he began to struggle with them and took Coscia's gun, Cummings said.

Harris fired two shots at Coscia and another at a second police officer, missing him, Cummings said.

GUNFIRE FOLLOWS PARTY; SIX ARE WOUNDED

NEW YORK (AP) - Six people were wounded after a man opened fire early Sunday outside a party in Harlem, police said.

The shooting began shortly after 1 a.m. as the party on West 133rd Street began to break up, police said.

Two women began to fight outside the building when a 41-year-old man on his way to a nearby store pulled out a gun and began shooting, police said.

The subject of the dispute was unclear, as was the motive.

The victims -- two women and four men ranging in age between 19 and 41 -- were taken to Harlem Hospital. One, a 23-year-old man, was in critical condition, and the rest were in stable condition, police said.

There were no arrests.

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