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Communion tainted possibly by virus

MASSAPEQUA PARK (AP) -- Health officials on Long Island said Monday that hundreds of people may have been exposed to hepatitis A while receiving Communion on Christmas Day.

The Nassau County Health Department said that anyone who received Communion at either the 10:30 a.m. or noon Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park on Dec. 25 may have been exposed.

A spokesman declined to provide details, citing privacy concerns. Health officials will offer vaccines at the church this week. A church spokesman did not comment.

Symptoms may include an abrupt onset of fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes).

The disease is rarely fatal and most people recover in a few weeks without any complications.

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Mother, twin babies hit by pickup truck

NEW YORK (AP) -- A mother and her twin 9-month-old babies were in a hospital Monday after being struck by a pickup truck that mounted a sidewalk during a chain reaction accident in Brooklyn.

Authorities said the accident occurred Sunday afternoon when a livery cab with three passengers struck the rear of a minivan that was double parked. They said the impact caused the van to strike the parked pickup truck.

The Daily News reported the mother was visiting from Baltimore. It said one of the baby boys was in critical condition. His twin and the mother were in stable condition.

The livery cab passengers and its driver also were taken to the hospital. They were in stable condition. Police charged the cab driver with aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving and imprudent speed.

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X-ray technician accused in molestation

NEW YORK (AP) -- An X-ray technician has been charged with molesting a patient at a New York City hospital.

Sylvester Chase was arraigned Monday on a sexual abuse charge. His lawyer calls the allegations baseless.

A court complaint said the woman reported she'd been abused while asleep during an X-ray Sunday at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. Defense lawyer John Russo questioned the reliability of the woman's account of events that allegedly transpired while she slept.

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