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Woman mentioned suicide before shooting

WATERTOWN (AP) -- A woman killed by officers responding to a robbery may have wanted police to shoot her.

The Watertown Daily Times said Laura Pettey, 50, of Dexter, made suicidal comments after she walked into a convenience store at about 11 p.m. Saturday. She brandished what was later found to be a pellet pistol, pointing it at two employees.

She told the workers they should call police, then she let a female employee go. Two city police officers and a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy were nearby and immediately responded.

Pettey led a male employee into the parking lot at gunpoint. She was told repeatedly to drop the gun but pointed it at officers, who fired six shots. One round hit her in the chest.

The shooting is under investigation.



Family sues suspect in abducted boy's death

NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of an 8-year-old New York City boy who was abducted, killed and dismembered has sued the suspect in his death and the suspect's father for $100 million each.

Leiby Kletzky went missing July 11 while walking home from day camp in Brooklyn. Prosecutors said the boy was killed after he met suspect Levi Aron on a street and asked for help. Police said the boy's feet were later found in the freezer at Aron's apartment.

Aron has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and kidnapping.

Aron's father owned the building where his son lived. The two lawsuits say he should have known what was going on and could have stopped the killing.



Report prompts probe into 9/1 1 charities

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York officials have launched an investigation into charities that claim to serve 9/1 1 causes, probing whether they failed to follow state law and may have misspent millions intended to help and honor those affected by the terrorist attacks.

The announcement follow an investigation by the Associated Press that uncovered dozens of 9/1 1 charities that didn't disclose publicly how they raised and spent money, didn't keep promises to create memorials or contribute to 9/1 1 causes, or did more to help their creators than those affected by the terrorist attacks.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office said state lawyers are conducting a "broad review" of 9/1 1 charities to make certain that all documentation for charities related to the 2001 terrorist attacks is in order and that all rules on fundraising and public disclosure are being followed.



Irene hurts receipts for Broadway shows

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York may have been spared the worst of Hurricane Irene's wrath, but Broadway took a bath.

After the approaching hurricane prompted producers to cancel matinee and evening performances Saturday and Sunday, every show lost money because they were mostly limited to five or six performances.

According to the Broadway League, one of the hardest hit shows was "Billy Elliot: The Musical," which was able to stage only four performances last week. When its four weekend shows were rained out, it made only $358,485. The week before it pulled in $731,895 over its normal eight-show week.

The biggest casualties of Irene were "The Lion King," which dropped almost $710,000 from the previous week's total, and "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," which saw revenues fall by about $634,000. Both could offer only five performances.

The least hurt shows were "Master Class," which lost $106,000 from the previous week, and "Hair," which saw receipts dip $145,000.