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Couple admits creating phony cancer charity

MINEOLA (AP) -- Prosecutors said Tuesday that a New York couple has admitted running a phony breast cancer charity, pocketing $500,000.

David Winston pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of grand larceny in a Nassau County courtroom. Under a plea deal, he faces up to 6 years in prison. His wife, Mindy, will get probation after pleading guilty to falsifying business records.

Attorneys for both defendants say they are "extremely remorseful."

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said the Great Neck couple ran the Coalition for Breast Cancer Cures, Inc. Prosecutors said they diverted more than $500,000 in donations for extravagant travel, shopping and personal expenses.

In June, Schneiderman announced a lawsuit against a separate Long Island-based breast cancer charity, accusing it of spending virtually none of $9.1 million raised for breast cancer.



Agency seeks proposals for meter fee program

NEW YORK (AP) -- The mad dash to feed the parking meter before it runs out may soon be over in New York City.

The Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it was seeking proposals for a pilot program that would allow motorists to pay meter fees using their cell phones.

The agency said the technology would eliminate the need to feed meters with change. The system also would alert motorists when a meter is about to run out.

To access the system, motorists would need to set up a credit or debit card account on their electronic devices.

Proposals for the pilot program for 300 selected meter spaces are due by Sept. 14.

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