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>Metropolitan Opera gets $30 million gift

NEW YORK (AP) -- A philanthropist has given $30 million to the Metropolitan Opera.

The gift from Ann Ziff is the largest in the institution's history.

Met general manager said the gift is sorely needed.

The Met is projecting a $4 million budget deficit this year.

The opera has been trying to expand its audience in recent years by beaming high-definition feeds of its live performances into movie theaters around the world.

Ziff's husband was the publishing executive William Ziff. Her mother was the soprano Harriet Henders, who performed at the Met in the late 1930s.

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>Man who reported being shot at arrested

ONEONTA -- The Delphi State College activated its emergency alert system after a man reported Friday night he was targeted by a gunman in a nearby McDonald's parking lot.

But about an hour later, the man was being held by University police for suspicion of making a false report. Erik M. Steingraber, 18, was later charged with first-degree falsely reporting an incident, a felony, and disorderly conduct, a violation, said Joel Smith, spokesman for college. Steingraber was not a student at the college, Smith said, adding he had no information on a possible motive.

Steingraber walked into the campus police station and told police a gunman took "warning shots" at him in the nearby McDonald's parking lot, Smith said. Delhi State College then issued a phone and e-mail alert to staff, students and faculty at 8:10 p.m.

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>Guilty plea entered in fatal beating of dog

NEW YORK (AP) -- A man who beat his girlfriend's Chihuahua to death on Staten Island has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Frank Coppola entered the plea Friday. He is scheduled to be formally sentenced in April.

His plea deal requires him to spend his weekends in jail for the next three months.

Besides the jail term, he will have to perform 100 hours of community service.

Authorities say Coppola killed the 5-pound dog last year.

He initially told a veterinarian the pooch injured himself running into a wall.

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>Crane hits building, causing evacuations

NEW YORK (AP) -- A listing crane struck the side of a 25-story building near Wall Street on Saturday, disrupting traffic and leading to the evacuations of nearby buildings.

There were no injuries reported after the crane hit a 23rd-story ledge of a building on Maiden Lane, three blocks from Wall Street, the Fire Department said.

It was unclear whether the lower Manhattan building was damaged. Some traffic was diverted, and streets were closed.

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