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SPCA rescues dog found tied to tree

SCHENECTADY (AP) -- Animal welfare officials in upstate New York say a malnourished Great Dane was found tied to a tree in icy temperatures.

The Albany Times Union reports the abandoned dog was standing in ice and snow Friday evening on a bike path near the Mohawk River behind Schenectady Community College.

The Schenectady County SPCA says it received a tip and found the "gentle giant" shivering and dehydrated. The dog is recovering at an officer's home.

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76 students mistakenly get early acceptance

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dozens of applicants to Vassar College were mistakenly told they had gotten into the school when they checked a website set up for students applying for early decisions on admissions.

"We are terribly sorry about the confusion," President Catharine Hill said Sunday.

The Poughkeepsie school says 76 students logged onto the site after 4 p.m. Friday and saw letters saying they had been accepted when, in fact, they had not.

The school says it fixed the mistaken information by 4:30 p.m. and informed all the impacted applicants of the mistake by Friday evening. Another 46 students who logged on had been correctly told they were accepted.

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Man steals minivan with 3-year-old inside

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police are looking for a man who carjacked a minivan with a 3-year-old boy inside on a Bronx street. The child was later found unharmed.

The boy's mother jumped in front of the vehicle in an effort to stop it as the suspect drove away with her child.

Police say the child was unharmed when he was found about an hour after the carjacking Saturday afternoon in the borough's Fordham neighborhood.

Lucila Saaveda told police she'd parked the minivan in front of her flower shop and was walking around it to the passenger side when a man entered the car and drove away.

She suffered a broken leg when she jumped in front of the minivan, which was found blocks away.