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Housekeeper held on kidnapping charges

GREAT NECK (AP) -- A Nassau County judge has ordered a housekeeper held without bail on charges that she kidnapped her former employers' 5-month-old daughter, one of 13 children in the family.

Gloria Suarez, 55, was jailed Thursday on kidnapping, child endangerment and other charges.

Police said Suarez took the child Wednesday because the family has "so many children that they just don't have time for her," according to a statement the housekeeper gave to police that was included in court records.

Authorities said she planned to take the baby out of the county -- perhaps as far away as her native Uruguay.

Suarez was arrested within hours of taking the infant.

Yolanda Guerra, Suarez's court-appointed attorney, said the housekeeper denies the allegations.

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Man kills himself at New York State Fair

SYRACUSE (AP) -- A man committed suicide in a parking lot outside the New York State Fair where he had attended a concert with his wife on the opening day of the fair's 12-day run.

State Trooper Jack Keller said the 39-year-old Rochester man shot himself around 11:45 p.m. Thursday outside his vehicle in a lot near the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes.

Keller said the man had argued with his wife while walking to their vehicle after attending the Train and Maroon 5 concert that ended around 11:30 p.m.

He said the man shot himself in the head with a handgun. He was pronounced dead an hour later at a Syracuse hospital.

The man's name hasn't been released.

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Pension costs expected to hit cities hard

ALBANY (AP) -- An analysis by the Manhattan Institute says New York State's cities will be hit especially hard by rising public pension costs.

The institute's E.J. McMahon said cities that already have the most fiscally stressed governments will be hit with much higher employer contributions to public pensions because of declines in stocks and other investments.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the sole trustee of the massive state and local pension for public workers, ordered the rise in employer contributions to protect the pension fund.

Those contributions are higher for police and firefighters. City payrolls are dominated by police and firefighters and retirees from those jobs.

When the return on investments drops dramatically, employers must pay more into the pension system.

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Pataki has no plans for presidential run

ALBANY (AP) -- Former Gov. George Pataki won't seek the Republican nomination for president.

The former three-term governor had been considering a run for months and had been trying to build support in the important primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

He said Friday he will continue to speak publicly about the need to get the national debt under control.

It is the third time Pataki declined to run for president after publicly exploring the possibility.

It would have been a tough road for Pataki, who supports abortion rights and other progressive policies opposed by more conservative voters.

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