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Crash of car at bridge claims second victim

VERONA (AP) -- The State Police said Monday that a man has died of injuries suffered when a car crashed into metal beams blocking a closed bridge over the Erie Canal in Central New York, a wreck that also killed the driver.

Troopers said Ellie Dombrowski, 59, was driving a 1957 Austin-Healey convertible that hit a "bridge closed" sign, collided with a beam blocking one entrance, bounced repeatedly off a guardrail and then slammed into a beam at the other end of the span.

The accident happened in her hometown of Verona, 30 miles east of Syracuse.

Dombrowski was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday afternoon. Her passenger and the car's owner, H. Carlton Reames, 68, of Ava, was taken to a Syracuse hospital. He died Monday morning.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Killer in '82 case faces new murder charges

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- A man who served more than two decades in prison for a 1982 killing was pulled over for a traffic violation while driving a woman's sport utility vehicle and told police they could find her body in a suburban home, the Westchester County district attorney said Monday.

Reginald Powell, who pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges in the woman's death, "made reference to a body in a home in the Village of Mamaroneck" after he was stopped for an illegal left turn in Manhattan on Dec. 30, District Attorney Janet DiFiore said.

Mamaroneck police then found the body of Jennifer Katz, who apparently had been stabbed to death, in a closet of her home.

Katz, 49, owned the Toyota Highlander that Powell was driving, and Powell had four rings that belonged to her, the district attorney said.

Powell, 55, of White Plains, was arraigned on charges of first- and second-degree murder, burglary, grand larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of drugs.

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Private high schools lift price tag to $40,000

NEW YORK (AP) -- With $40,000, you could buy a new Lexus or a foreclosed house in a depressed community. Or you could pay for a year at one of the city's top private schools.

The Riverdale Country School will charge $40,450 for high school students in the fall, and other schools aren't far behind. The Hewitt School will charge $38,000. Added costs such as transportation and supplies will bring the total annual bill at several schools up to $40,000.

The figures were reported in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. According to the National Association of Independent Schools, the median tuition for a high school senior at the association's member schools in New York City was $35,475 in the 2010-11 school year.

The comparable national figure was $21,695. Tuition at some of the schools is more than a year at an Ivy League university. Princeton will charge $37,000 plus $865 in required additional fees next year. And 60 percent of Princeton's students receive financial aid, compared with 20 percent at the city's private schools.

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