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Student accused of bias in attack on Muslim

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police said Thursday they arrested a 12-year-old boy on hate crime charges for allegedly trying to rip the head scarf off a Muslim classmate during recess.

The boy was charged as a juvenile with assault as a hate crime. He is a sixth-grader at a Staten Island middle school.

Police and school officials said the boy has a history of harassing the girl, taunting her and threatening her on at least four separate occasions.

The police report said he asked, "Are you Muslim?" while trying to remove her scarf.

The girl suffered minor injuries. The case will be handled in Family Court. The boy also faces disciplinary charges at school.

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Cuomo names Perales secretary of state

ALBANY (AP) -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has nominated Cesar Perales to be New York's secretary of state.

Perales, an attorney and co-founder of the Latino Justice Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, was commissioner of the state Department of Social Services under then-Gov. Mario Cuomo, the current governor's father, and deputy mayor of New York City under David Dinkins.

The Department of State licenses and regulates occupations ranging from barbers to real estate brokers, handles registration of trademarks and files certificates of incorporation. It also administers the federally funded Community Services Block Grant program.

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