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Comptroller rejects contract over scandal

ALBANY (AP) -- New York's comptroller has spiked a $27 million contract with one of media giant Rupert Murdoch's companies because of the phone hacking scandal in Great Britain.

The Daily News reports that Thomas DiNapoli rejected last week a state Education Department contract with Wireless Generation, a News Corp. affiliate.

Wireless Generation was to get $27 million of the state's $700 million in federal Race to the Top money to develop software that would track test scores.

News Corp.'s British tabloid News of the World was shut down last month amid the phone hacking and police bribery scandal. Besides the scandal, DiNapoli's office also said there was an incomplete record about the company's qualifications.

Jonathan Burman, an Education Department spokesman, tells the Daily News that DiNapoli bowed to pressure from teachers' unions.

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Police kill woman after robbery attempt

WATERTOWN (AP) -- Police in Watertown say they shot and killed a woman who they believe was trying to rob a convenience store.

The Watertown Daily News reports a 911 call was made from the Stewart's shop about 11 p.m. Saturday.

Police Chief Joseph Goss tells the newspaper responding officers found a woman leaving the store with a gun and ordered her to drop the weapon.

Goss says when she refused, officers fired a "number of shots." The woman, whose name wasn't immediately released, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The chief said two clerks, a man and a woman, were held inside the store "against their will," but were not injured.

The shooting is under investigation.