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Officer's attorneys defend shooting death

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- The police officer who killed a 68-year-old man in his apartment was justified in shooting him and will testify before a grand jury, his attorneys said Monday.

The attorneys were responding to the disclosure last week that the policeman involved in the November shooting of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. was White Plains Officer Anthony Carelli.

No one has been charged. Chamberlain's son has demanded that Carelli stand trial for murder.

Police came to Chamberlain's apartment Nov. 19 after his medical alert pendant went off and the monitoring company summoned an ambulance. Chamberlain would not let police enter. Police said Chamberlain was shot after coming at them with a hatchet.


Budget item intended to make buses safer

ALBANY (AP) -- A little noticed item in New York's massive state budget could be a lifesaver.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature found $1 million to change the way buses are inspected in New York following a bloody year on the road.

The new program will change the custom of inspecting every bus several times a year to a performance-based system in which the companies with the worst safety records will see a greater share of inspections.

All companies will still get at least two inspections a year, even those with top safety records.