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2nd fatal stabbing in a day prompts probe

ROCHESTER (AP) -- Rochester police said Monday they're investigating the second fatal stabbing in the city in less than 24 hours.

Authorities said Calvin Reid, 17, was found stabbed on a sidewalk around midnight Saturday. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No one has been arrested.

The earlier stabbing was around 1:50 a.m. Saturday, when Kenneth Coley, 31, was found injured at a Rochester home. He died a short time later in Strong.

Police said a 30-year-old woman was questioned at the scene but not charged.

The case will be presented to a grand jury for possible criminal charges.

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Man steals drugs, cash from CVS pharmacy

FARMINGVILLE (AP) -- Police are investigating the robbery of a pharmacy on Long Island by a man who made off with prescription drugs and cash.

It happened just after noon Sunday at a CVS Pharmacy on Horseblock Road in Farmingville.

Police said the man entered the store and asked an employee if they had certain prescription drugs. He left the store, then returned a short time later and handed over a threatening note demanding drugs.

Police did not say what kind of drugs were taken. There were no injuries.

Last Sunday, a robber walked into a neighborhood drugstore in Medford and shot four people to death before leaving with a backpack full of pills.

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Man poses as soldier to get better seat

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police said Monday a Long Island man is accused of posing as a soldier so he could be bumped to first class on a flight to Kennedy International Airport.

Port Authority police arrested Rock Diaz, 22, of Freeport, on charges of second-degree impersonation.

The New York Post reported that a customs official asked Diaz his rank and he gave an answer that didn't match the insignia on the camouflage fatigues he was wearing.

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Accused rabbi says suit lacks merit

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- The chief rabbi in a Hasidic village north of New York City said Monday that a recent lawsuit filed against him is without merit.

A resident of New Square who was badly burned in May had alleged Grand Rebbe David Twersky directed the attack. Plaintiff Aron Rottenberg claimed Twersky targeted him because he had begun praying at a synagogue other than the principal one in the insular village of 7,000 residents.

Village resident Shaul Spitzer, 18, has been indicted on charges of attempted murder in the attack. He has pleaded not guilty.

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