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Woman killed in fall while climbing rocks

GARDINER (AP) -- A New Jersey woman died over the weekend in a rock climbing accident in New York's Hudson Valley, authorities said Monday.

State police said Stephanie Prezant, 22, of Haworth, was climbing with three friends in the Trapps Cliff area in the Mohonk Preserve when she was killed in a fall at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

They said Prezant was descending to the cliff base when she fell about 20 feet and hit her head on rocks. She was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital, where she died.

The preserve is in Gardiner, 70 miles north of New York City.

State Police Capt. Joseph Tripodo said Monday that Prezant wasn't wearing a helmet and said the group was using harnesses and ropes. The investigation into how Prezant fell is continuing.


'Nestcam' offers peek at newborn herons

ITHACA (AP) -- Impossibly cute baby herons and their prehistoric-looking parents are in clear view on dual high-definition "nestcams" at Cornell University.

John Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, said Monday that the live-streaming video cameras are providing scientists with new insights into the behavior of great blue herons.

He said more than half a million people from 166 countries have watched the heron cam since March 27.

Four chicks covered with gray fluff have hatched. One sky-blue egg remained Monday in the nest of sticks high in a tree overlooking a pond in Cornell's Sapsucker Woods.

Clips of notable events are posted on the website, including an attack by horned owls.

The lab also has a high-definition nestcam at a red-tailed hawk nest on campus.

The site can be accessed at