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App store downloads hit 10 billion mark

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple says its app store has hit the 10 billion downloads mark.

The milestone, announced Saturday on Apple Inc.'s website, arrives as the company's hugely popular smart phone is likely to become even more popular with the addition next month of Verizon Wireless as a carrier.

The company has sold tens of millions of iPhones since the device launched in 2007 and continues to expand the use of apps with its iPad tablet computer. Its app store has drawn an army of software developers hoping to piggyback on the company's success. The store now boasts more than 350,000 different programs for the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

Apple said it would give the 10 billionth person to download an app a $10,000 gift card to its iTunes store, which now offers movies and TV shows along with digital music files. The winner is Gail Davis of Orpington, a London suburb, who downloaded a free game app called Paper Glider.

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Suspect's father shot during drug raid

NEW YORK (AP) -- A drug raid in the Bronx went awry Saturday when a police officer accidentally fired his gun and wounded the suspect's elderly father, authorities said.

The shooting involved an officer whose policeman father was killed in the line of duty nearly three decades ago.

Police officials said the shooting happened around 7 a.m. as a tactical squad entered an apartment to arrest Angelo Colon, 41, on a narcotics charge.

As the raid unfolded, one of the officers, Andrew McCormack, inadvertently discharged his weapon, striking the suspect's 76-year-old father in the stomach, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

McCormack's father, Joseph McCormack, was killed in 1983 when a mentally disturbed man who had barricaded himself in a Bronx home fired a shotgun blast that ricocheted off a tree and hit McCormack as he took cover in a neighboring yard. The shooter then was killed by officers returning fire.

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Former airport head spent big at strip club

ROCHESTER (AP) -- The former director of Rochester's airport rang up $4,000 in charges at a Manhattan strip club and tried to pass it off as a business expense, according to a review of records.

David Damelio resigned Jan. 3 from his job overseeing the Greater Rochester International Airport amid outrage over his expenses, which also included $17,000 worth of cigars.

The Democrat and Chronicle said a review released Friday by Monroe County officials revealed that Damelio used an airport credit card to pay for five lavish nights out at the Hustler Club in 2007 and 2008.

County Executive Maggie Brooks said the expenses were "inappropriate."

The county said Damelio's strip club bill was docked from his final paycheck.

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Nearly 100 cats found in filthy house

NEW YORK (AP) -- A grand jury has charged a Brooklyn couple with hoarding almost 100 neglected cats in a filthy, rotting loft.

Investigators said that when they found the animals, some were missing eyes and teeth. Others were dehydrated and infested with fleas.

The loft smelled from decomposing cat corpses. A handyman who had been inside told the Daily News that the whole block "smelled like a litter box."

Michael and Hazel Fiore were charged Friday under a state animal hoarding law.

Michael Fiore also faces felony animal cruelty charges.

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