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>Police seek to quiz man in Russia about deaths

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police said Tuesday they want to talk to a man in Russia about the stabbing deaths of a woman and her adult daughter.

Deputy Inspector Kim Royster said police believe Nikolai Rakossi left New York on Sunday and arrived in Moscow on Monday.

The bodies of Tatyana Prikhodko, 56, and her daughter, Larisa, 27, were discovered Sunday, shortly before midnight, in their Brooklyn apartment. Both worked as hospital nurses. Rakossi has been identified as the mother's companion.

Police and the State Department are working with Russian authorities to determine Rakossi's whereabouts.

Police also were looking at the security camera at the apartment building where the mother lived.

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>Accused arms dealer claims threats by U.S.

NEW YORK (AP) -- A former Soviet military officer charged with trying to sell weapons to a terrorist group said U.S. agents warned he could face hunger, disease and rape in Thailand jails if he did not talk to them, according to court papers filed by lawyers seeking to have the case against him dismissed.

Viktor Bout made the claim in a court document filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan. His lawyers said bringing the charges in the United States, a place Bout had never visited, was unconstitutional.

The Russian government has complained that Bout's extradition last year from Thailand was unlawful and political. He has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and other charges that carry penalties up to a mandatory minimum 25 years in prison. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 11.

Authorities said Bout has supplied weapons that fueled civil wars in South America, the Middle East and Africa, with clients that include Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He was an inspiration for an arms dealer character played by Nicolas Cage in the 2005 film "Lord of War."

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>42 more cats removed from woman's home

WESTERLO (AP) -- Authorities said Tuesday they removed 42 cats from an Albany-area home where a woman had been keeping more than 100 felines.

Officials said they went to the house in the rural town of Westerlo, 10 miles southwest of Albany, after receiving a complaint last month of a large number of cats on the property.

Authorities told Albany media outlets they had given the 61-year-old woman who owns the property 30 days to clean up her home after 50 cats were removed last month and sent to local animal shelters.

The woman said she delivered another 25 cats to shelters Sunday.

Officials said a veterinarian determined some of the cats had been abused.

The woman hasn't been charged.

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>Cell phone images lead to surveillance arrest

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- A 24-year-old man has been charged with making video recordings of women from a stall in a ladies' room in a shopping mall.

The Westchester County district attorney said Milton Sisalima of White Plains was arraigned Tuesday on charges of unlawful surveillance.

Prosecutors said that on Feb. 20, security officers at the Galleria mall in White Plains noticed a man entering a ladies' room -- and not coming out.

The district attorney's office said Sisalima was found in a stall. It said he had images of women, taken in the restroom, on his cell phone.

If convicted, Sisalima could face up to four years in prison.

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