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Transit officers aid choking infant

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says MTA police officers helped save the life of a 1-month-old infant who was choking at a Metro North train station.

Mother Aiesha Davidson was changing trains at the Croton-Harmon Station to travel to Manhattan early Sunday when her daughter, who'd been sleeping soundly, suddenly started making wheezing noises.

Officers Kieran Killilea and Paul Carufe jumped into action, clearing the baby's airway and giving Serenity five rapid back blows to stimulate breathing.

The MTA says the little girl responded by coughing up and breathing. The mother and baby were taken to Westchester Medical Center by ambulance for further evaluation.

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> BROOKLYN

Motorcyclist struck, killed by ambulance

NEW YORK (AP) -- A motorcyclist is dead after he was struck and killed by an ambulance in Brooklyn.

Police say 46-year-old Jesus Santiago was hit by the ambulance at 6:21 p.m. Saturday in Sunset Park. He was pronounced dead in Maimonides Hospital.

Police said no criminality was suspected.

The Daily News reports that Santiago lived in the Sunset Park neighborhood and worked as a doorman in Manhattan.

The News said he was returning from a barbecue when he was struck. He was married and had three children.

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> CLEVELAND

Coast Guard rescues 2 from leaking boat

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A U.S. Coast Guard crew has rescued two men from a boat that was taking on water in New York's Lake Ontario.

The Coast Guard got word of a 17-foot boat taking on water off Cleveland, Oswego County, near Ginna Nuclear Power Plant shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sodus Point rescued two men from the semi-submerged vessel. Their names were not released.

Both men were wearing life jackets, and there were no reported injuries.

The local police arrived and towed the leaking vessel to a nearby boat launch.

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> NEW YORK CITY

JFK bird control plan ruffles some feathers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Critics are crying foul over a plan to control bird populations near New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Under a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, staffers would be authorized to kill a half-dozen bird species within a five-mile radius of the airport.

The intent is to reduce the number of bird strikes on planes.

Environmentalists tell the Daily News that the measures need to be examined more carefully.

They say the plan conflicts with a multimillion-dollar federal effort to restore nearby wetland habitats for migratory birds.

Birds that could be killed under the plan include Canada geese, mute swans, double-crested cormorants, blackbirds, crows, rock pigeons and European starlings.

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand has proposed legislation that would bypass the environmental impact review process.