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Cuban actors in festival are presumed defectors

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a case of life imitating art, two Cuban actors have gone missing en route to their film's premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Javier Nunez Florian and Analin de la Rua de la Torre disappeared in Miami during a layover last week. The film, "Una Noche," premiered at Tribeca on Thursday.

Where the 20-year-old actors went remains unknown, but they are assumed to have defected. A third actor, Dariel Arrechada, continued on to Manhattan, where he has participated in the festival. He is scheduled to return to Cuba.

"Una Noche" is about teenagers struggling in poverty who decide to defect to the United States. Director Lucy Mulloy shot the film in Cuba.

The festival said in a statement that it has not had any contact with the actors. "Though we all miss them, and I miss them very much, I am confident they will do what is best for them," Arrechada said."



5 bandits invade home, pistol-whip man, son

ARDSLEY (AP) -- Police said Tuesday that five bandits entered a suburban house, pistol-whipped the owner and his son, and stole $10,000 before fleeing.

The robbery occurred at about 6 p.m. Monday in this Westchester County village.

The Journal News said the family's three children were doing homework when the bandits entered through a rear unlocked sliding door.

Two of the men displayed handguns and forced the father and the children -- ages 15, 10 and 8 -- upstairs. Police said the father and the 15-year-old son were ordered to open the family's home safe. They were pistol-whipped, and their mouths and hands were taped.

Police believe that the house was targeted. The homeowner runs a plumbing business.



1st president's volume may sell for millions

NEW YORK (AP) -- George Washington's personal copy of the Acts of Congress is heading to Christie's, and the presale estimate for the June 22 auction is $2 million to $3 million.

The 93-page leather-bound volume contains the U.S. Constitution and a draft of the Bill of Rights. It was printed in 1789 during the first president's initial year in office.

Washington made notations in the margin of the Constitution and bracketed passages pertaining to the president's duties. The title page contains his signature.



Faulty valve is blamed in 2010 ferry accident

NEW YORK (AP) -- A faulty valve caused a Staten Island ferry accident that injured several people and caused minor damage two years ago, National Transportation Safety Board investigators said Tuesday.

Investigators said the malfunction caused the pilot to lose control of one of the vessel's two propellers as it approached Staten Island on May 8, 2010. The vessel slammed into a pier when the pilot couldn't get the ferry to slow down. Of the 266 passengers and crew members on the ferry, three were seriously injured, and more than 40 reported minor injuries.