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Body found in creek ice near Seneca Lake

GENEVA (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a frozen creek.

Geneva police said Tuesday that a worker at a sewage treatment plant discovered the body around 8 a.m. Monday under a bridge spanning Marsh Creek, near where it flows into Seneca Lake 35 miles southeast of Rochester.

Authorities said they have identified the man as Timothy Northrup, 30, of Geneva.

Police said firefighters had to use a cutting tool to remove Northrup's partially submerged body from the surrounding ice.

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Ads both pro and con to air on spending cuts

ALBANY (AP) -- New Yorkers can expect a barrage of TV and radio commercials for and against spending cuts in Albany over the next several weeks.

Business-backed groups made the first move on Tuesday. They will air TV and radio campaigns to counter the expected ad blitzes from public worker unions defending current levels of spending and service.

The effort by the Committee to Save New York and the New York State Business Council supports Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's fiscal plan to cut spending to address a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes.

Those cuts will likely hit unionized workers in hospitals and health care, in schools and in the state work force.

The unions' past campaigns succeeded in hurting the popularity of other governors.

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Convicted senator loses leadership position

ALBANY (AP) -- New York State Sen. Kevin Parker, who was convicted of a misdemeanor in a confrontation with a newspaper photographer, has lost one of his leadership posts.

The Brooklyn Democrat was acquitted of felony assault in the 2009 scuffle with a New York Post photographer. A senator immediately loses his or her seat if convicted of a felony.

This week Parker lost the Democratic conference "whip" position he held last year to help round up votes on difficult issues. It carries a $14,500 stipend.

Parker will still get $9,000 for being the top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee.

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Firefighters stop blaze in 183-year-old church

NEW YORK (AP) -- Firefighters managed to save a historic church in lower Manhattan from destruction after a fire broke out in the 183-year-old structure's attic.

Firefighters were called to the Church of St. James the Apostle at about noon Monday and had to cut a hole in the roof to fight the blaze.

It was brought under control about 90 minutes later.

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