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Man admits killing daughter, baby sitter

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- A man admitted in court Wednesday that he fatally shot his 9-year-old daughter and her baby sitter -- after telling the girl's mother over the phone what he was about to do.

Darrell Evans, 51, of Mount Vernon, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in exchange for a sentence of 40 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.

On Jan. 9, 2010, Evans called Joan Whitfield while she was at work at a hospital in New York City, prosecutors said. They argued, and Evans told Whitfield he was going to kill their daughter, Ayanna Evans, and her baby sitter, Lorna Williams, 42.

Whitfield called police, who went to the home where Evans emerged and surrendered, saying he had shot everyone.

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Snowmobilers can seek OK to use canal trail

ALBANY (AP) -- Snowmobiles may soon be allowed on parts of the 280-mile trail along most of upstate's canal system.

Officials said Wednesday that pilot projects were successful after the state Canal Corp. decided in 2009 to lift a snowmobile ban on the Canalway Trail.

Carmella Mantello, the corporation's executive director, said snowmobile clubs may now ask municipalities for resolutions supporting their applications for state permits to maintain and improve trails along the canals at the clubs' expense. They will have to show they have liability insurance.

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