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Did salty cat swim from New Jersey?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Did a calico cat from New Jersey swim across New York Harbor?

The mystery surrounds a white, orange and black feline that arrived last weekend on Governors Island.

Security guards found the cat on the island's north shore. Its fur was salty, matted and caked with seaweed.

A Governors Island spokeswoman, Elizabeth Rapuano, told the Daily News that workers there have a theory: They think the cat managed to swim to safety after being swept up in torrential rains in New Jersey. That's over a mile away.

Rapuano welcomed any leads that would help find the owner.

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Dance teacher charged with abusing student

GLENS FALLS (AP) -- A dance teacher has been charged with sexually abusing one of his young students.

State Police said Timothy M. McGuire, 49, of Glens Falls, abused the boy for eight years, starting at age 6.

The owner of McGuire Dance Center was arraigned Wednesday on a felony charge of sexual conduct against a child and jailed on $25,000 bail.

Troopers are asking the parents of current and former students to talk with their children and notify authorities about any improper contact they might have had with McGuire.

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Man cleared of killing classmate at frat party

ROCHESTER (AP) -- A college student from New York City was acquitted of murder Thursday in the fatal stabbing of a drunken classmate who was pummeling him on a couch during a dispute over a girlfriend at a fraternity party.

After a nonjury trial, Monroe County Judge John DeMarco ruled that Daren Venable, 20, acted in self-defense because he made every effort to get away from Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr., 20, of suburban Rochester, and was justified in believing he might be killed.

Venable stabbed Bordeaux four times with a knife after Bordeaux punched him repeatedly Jan. 15 at the Delta Upsilon fraternity house on the University of Rochester campus.

Bordeaux was a scholarship-winning political science major who was on the school's track team and was to have started studying in Shanghai in February.

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1st-grader handcuffed after becoming upset

NEW YORK (AP) -- The mother of a special-education first-grader wants to know why her son was handcuffed when he became upset last week while decorating an Easter egg at his public school in Queens.

Jessica Anderson told the Daily News that Joseph, 7, became upset April 13 because his egg-painting didn't look the way he wanted. She said he was taken to the hospital wearing metal handcuffs even though she told the school she was on her way to get him.

Police told the newspaper that the boy was spitting, cursing and acting in a threatening manner.

Department of Education spokeswoman Marge Feinberg said school officials tried to defuse the situation but called for help when they became worried he would hurt himself or others.

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