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Police kill suspect in drugstore robbery

SEAFORD (AP) -- Police on Long Island say a man who robbed a pharmacy in Seaford was then shot and killed in a confrontation outside the store.

Nassau County police say it happened at a pharmacy on Merrick Road just before 2 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities said a man entered the pharmacy and announced a robbery, then exited with cash and drugs.

Three people then intervened as the man left the shop.

Police said the suspect was shot during the confrontation. A second person was also injured. The nature of the injury wasn't immediately clear.

The incident unfolded about 30 miles west of another pharmacy where four people were gunned down by a drug addict during a robbery in July.

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Gun-toting tourist wins lawmakers' sympathy

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some lawmakers are expressing sympathy for a Tennessee woman who was arrested for bringing her gun along on a visit to New York City.

Meredith Graves was arrested Dec. 22 after she tried to check her pistol with security officials on a visit to the 9/1 1 memorial at the World Trade Center.

New York's strict gun laws make it illegal for most out-of-state visitors to carry a concealed weapon, unless the firearm is also licensed in New York. But every year, tourists unaware of the law find themselves facing charges.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver tells the New York Post he wants to examine whether the law should be relaxed.

He says Graves clearly had "no criminal intent."

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb also said Graves deserves a break.

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Bus line ignores order to halt operations

NEW YORK (AP) -- A bus line plagued by safety violations was still on the road a day after federal authorities ordered it to shut down immediately.

The New York Post reports that Double Happyness Travel buses were running as usual from stops in Manhattan on Friday morning, the day after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered the company to cease operations.

A worker at a ticket counter in New York's Chinatown initially told the newspaper that the company intended to keep going while it fought the government agency in court.

But after a federal inspector showed up at about 10 a.m., the bus line abruptly halted service and issued refunds to waiting passengers.

Double Happyness runs buses to New York from Albany, Baltimore and Wilmington, Del.

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Office cleaners union reaches tentative deal

NEW YORK (AP) -- The union representing cleaning staffers at more than 1,500 New York City office buildings says its members won't strike after reaching a tentative deal for a new four-year contract.

Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union and the Realty Advisory Board announced the agreement Friday night.

The previous contract covering 22,000 office cleaners expired at midnight Saturday. The new contract would last until Dec. 31, 2015.

The union said the new contract provides a nearly 5.6 percent wage increase over the span of the contract and $1,100 in bonuses.

The Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations represents management. It says the cleaners are the nation's highest-paid, with an average salary topping $47,000 a year.

Building cleaners' unions in Hartford and New Haven, Conn., reached a deal Wednesday night.