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Town sees 2 cases of cruelty in same week

ROCKVILLE CENTRE (AP) -- A Long Island mother and daughter have been charged with animal cruelty after officials rescued 15 starving and filthy dogs and cats from their home, the second such incident in the same town in a few days.

Animal control officers also removed the remains of more than two dozen decomposing animals from the Rockville Centre home of Faith Ross, 54, and Francesca Maselli, 24.

The women pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty at their arraignment Saturday and are being held at the Nassau County Jail.

Police officers were called to the scene Friday by the town building department, which was investigating a foul odor coming from the home.

The arrests followed a similar case on Wednesday, also in Rockville Centre, in which a disoriented 62-year-old woman was found barricaded in her Rockville Centre home with 22 pets, five of them dead.

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Slain journalist's ashes strewn in subway grate

NEW YORK (AP) -- Friends and family members of a slain Portuguese journalist have scattered his ashes down a Times Square subway grate.

A funeral was held in Newark, N.J., Saturday for 65-year-old Carlos Castro.

The New York Post and the Daily News reported that Castro's two sisters and a friend then brought Castro's ashes to Times Square and poured them down a subway grate. They said they were carrying out his wishes.

Authorities say Castro was castrated and killed in a Manhattan hotel room on Jan. 7.

Prosecutors say 21-year-old Renato Seabra has confessed to the slaying. Seabra is in custody at Bellevue Hospital.

Friends in New York said Castro and Seabra were a couple. But Seabra's mother told Portugal's TVIndependente television network that her son "was not Carlos Castro's lover."