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>Legislature rejects Paterson's budget plan

ALBANY (AP) -- The Assembly and State Senate came together Saturday to challenge Gov. David A. Paterson's plan to force a settlement of the state budget that is nearly three months late.

In response, Paterson ordered a special session for today. The Legislature will have to consider parts of Paterson's plan rejected in Saturday's agreement between the Senate and Assembly.

They agreed to restore $600 million to school aid, twice what Paterson called for on Friday. They also rejected Paterson's plan to give greater autonomy to the public university systems, including the authority to raise tuition without Albany's approval.

The Legislature's action could block Paterson's plan to force the Legislature to vote for his budget plan Monday or shut down the government.

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>Census managers fired for forgery

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two U.S. Census Bureau managers in Brooklyn have been fired amid allegations that in order to meet a deadline, they were forging questionnaires to avoid sending workers to survey people in their homes.

Officials said about 10,000 household interviews in the borough would have to be redone to ensure that the count is accurate and complete.

Census Bureau Regional Director Tony Farthing told the New York Daily News that the forgery occurred during a recent weekend when the Northeast Brooklyn office was under pressure to meet a deadline.

He said that instead of surveying people in their homes, the managers "cheated" by copying information from phone books and Internet directories. The managers were turned in by colleagues.

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>Multiple deaths in house fire reported

FORT EDWARD (AP) -- Children were feared to be among the victims of a house fire that killed several people Saturday in a village north of Albany, authorities said.

The blaze happened about 6:05 a.m. in a single-family home in Fort Edward.

William Cook, a Fire Department spokesman, said several bodies had been recovered but declined to say how many. "Three occupants had made their way out and indicated there were other victims still inside the house," he told the Glens Falls Post-Star.

The three residents were identified as two adults and a small child. They were taken to Westchester County's burn center, Cook said.

Barbara Palazzo, who identified herself as a family member, told the Post-Star that seven children lived there. She said one child was carried out and another was not home.

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>Falling branch kills baby, injures mother

NEW YORK (AP) -- A 6-month-old baby was killed and her mother injured Saturday afternoon by a falling tree branch at the Central Park Zoo.

Police said Gianna Ricciutti, 33, of Union City, N.J., was posing with her baby in front of the sea lion exhibit and her husband was taking their picture when the branch fell.

The woman and infant were taken to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where the baby was pronounced dead. The mother was listed in stable condition.