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Skeleton found; is 5th discovered since 2000

MANORVILLE (AP) -- Another human skeleton has turned up in a wooded area on the eastern end of Long Island, in a town where at least four other sets of remains have been discovered in recent years.

The latest set of bones was discovered at around 6:30 p.m. Friday in a pine barrens in Manorville. A resident of the town, Matt Samuel, said he was walking through the area with his dog when he made the find.

Suffolk County Police said the undergrowth suggested the body had been dumped about five years ago. The body adds to a growing list of unsolved mysteries involving corpses found in the town. Between 2000 and 2003, four bodies were discovered in the town's forests.

Last spring, police searched a highway on a barrier island 45 miles to the west and turned up eight other corpses.

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Officials drop charges against protesters

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City prosecutors have been dropping criminal charges against many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last October in a demonstration that helped bring national attention to the movement.

Police hit 686 people with criminal charges after halting the march on the span.

The New York Times reported that 174 of those cases have been dismissed outright. Another 250 people have agreed to conditional dismissals.

A Manhattan judge dismissed 14 cases Friday at the request of prosecutors. Most of the prosecutions were abandoned due to a lack of evidence.

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Foiled forger arrested during burglary try

NESCONSET (AP) -- Police on Long Island have arrested a man on charges that he burglarized a doctor's office after he was caught trying to fill forged prescriptions at two local pharmacies.

Police said Andre Machate, 41, of St. James, was arrested Friday. Police said he attempted to get a prescription filled at a Smithtown CVS, but the pharmacist became suspicious.

Police said Machate then went to another CVS in Nesconset, but was arrested when he returned to pick up his prescription.

Detectives recovered the forged prescription and a prescription pad he had stolen from an office in November.