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> NEW YORK CITY

Trump found failing to vote in primaries

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York City Board of Elections says Donald Trump didn't vote in any primary election for 21 years.

The board says the possible Republican presidential candidate voted in the party's 1989 primary for mayor, in which Rudy Giuliani beat businessman Ronald Lauder. He then didn't vote in another primary for 21 years and skipped the 2002 general election as well.

TV station NY1 was the first to report the information.

Trump told the station that it was wrong and said he had voted in every general election.

"You're going to pay a big price because you're wrong," he told the station. "I have records that I voted and so does the Board of Elections. I signed in at every election."

The real estate mogul has said he's weighing a presidential bid next year.

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> QUEENS

Home aide charged with bilking widow

NEW YORK (AP) -- A home aide is accused of stealing $800,000 from an elderly, bedridden widow.

Eighty-five-year-old Renee Fuld says she was betrayed by a woman she trusted for seven years.

Fuld told the Daily News the aide, Jackie Poluwaah moved friends and relatives into her Queens apartment -- rent free.

The 52-year-old aide is charged with grand larceny and stolen property in the check-writing scheme. She's being held at Rikers Island for a Tuesday court appearance. The newspaper said her lawyer declined to comment.

Authorities were alerted by bank employees who noticed the aide's twice-weekly visits -- often with $800 checks marked "laundry." Fuld also found $4,000 in bills for jewelry and clothing in the apartment.

Fuld has limited use of her hands and is hard of hearing.

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> NEW YORK CITY

$5,000 cab ride takes two to Los Angeles

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two friends who hired a New York City cab driver to drive them across the United States for $5,000 have arrived in Los Angeles.

John Belitsky of Leonia, N.J., and Dan Wuebben of Queens reached California on Friday after a six-day trip.

The cab made a pit stop in Las Vegas, where the friends won more than $2,000 at the craps and blackjack tables. They told the New York Post that they woke up cabbie Mohammed Alam "with a shower of $100 bills."

The pair told the newspaper the idea for the trip was hatched during a birthday party.

The two friends haven't yet said how they'll get back. The cab driver says a friend will help him make the drive home.

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> MIDDLE ISLAND

State to buy 99 acres for recreation, hiking

MIDDLE ISLAND (AP) -- New York officials say they have reached a $5 million agreement to purchase 99 wooded acres of land in the Long Island pine barrens.

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens made his first official visit to Suffolk County on Friday to announce the deal.

The Middle Island property is west of Cathedral Pines County Park, near the Carmans River.

The land will be set aside for hiking and other recreation.

Property owner Gene Smith says he and his wife are "relieved" to sell the land to the state. He says they'll use the money for a veterans service center in Copiague.