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Vendor in terror alert running for Congress

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Times Square vendor who alerted police to an attempted car bombing in 2010 is announcing his candidacy for Congress.

Duane Jackson said his brush with terrorism and celebrity taught him that it made sense to get involved. The 59-year-old Navy veteran plans to announce his candidacy this morning in Buchanan, Westchester County, north of New York City. The Democrat hopes to unseat freshman Republican Nan Hayworth in New York's 19th Congressional District.

On May 1, 2010, Jackson noticed a suspicious SUV abandoned by his cart strapped with explosives that were smoking but never detonated. He called police.

A self-proclaimed terrorist plotting to set off the bomb was sent to prison for life.

Jackson says he has years of experience working for the city in education and housing.

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Sewage plant protected in 'fracking' waste bill

HAUPPAUGE (AP) -- Two New York legislators are filing a bill that would keep their Long Island county from accepting hydraulic fracturing waste.

Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn and Deputy Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley say a sewage treatment plant in West Babylon should not become a dumping site for hydraulic fracturing -- or "fracking" -- in which chemicals are used to extract gas from within the earth.

The Suffolk plant was named as a potential site to process the waste in a draft environmental impact statement prepared by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.

Hahn says she's dumbfounded anyone could think an environmentally sensitive area like Long Island would be a good site.