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Classmates save woman on subway

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Bronx woman pushed onto the subway tracks by a stranger was saved by schoolmates who heard a train coming.

Patricia Villa is recovering from the attack, which occurred earlier this week.

The Colombian immigrant, 49, who weighs about 90 pounds, told the New York Daily News on Saturday that she was waiting for a train at the Hunts Point Avenue station in the Bronx when someone grabbed her head and threw her off the platform.

She landed near the electrified third rail with blood gushing from her head and people screaming that a train was approaching.

Classmates from her English-as-a-second-language course jumped to the rescue, yanking her up by her left hand. Luckily, the train arrived on another track.

Police are still looking for the attacker, who fled after Tuesday's incident.

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Bill requires consent for youth piercings

ALBANY (AP) -- A New York State bill would require anyone younger than 18 who wants to get a body piercing to get signed parental permission.

However, the proposed legislation leaves out pierced ears.

The Republican sponsoring the bill, Sen. Joseph E. Robach of Greece, told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that parents are responsible for their children's health. The senator said having a law would help protect youngsters from infections or allergies resulting from piercings.

The Assembly passed the proposal earlier this week.

Under the bill, a parent or a guardian would have to sign a written consent in front of the person performing the piercing.

Currently, New York has no age restrictions on piercings, though it is illegal to give anyone younger than 18 a tattoo.

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Push renewed to ban horses from streets

NEW YORK (AP) -- A renewed push is under way in New York City to ban horse-drawn carriages after a horse was injured recently in an accident with an SUV.

Carriage rides through Central Park are a staple of city tourism, but for years now, State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, has been pushing for legislation to ban the industry.

He and other activists rallied outside the park Saturday.

They said city streets aren't safe for the sensitive animals.

But carriage owner Ian McKeever disagreed, saying the horses that clip-clop through the park are "the best-kept in the country."

Canadian tourist Fran Hill said carriages are part of New York's charm and should be allowed to continue operating.

Supporters of a ban said they have gathered more than 121,000 signatures of support.