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Woman falls to death; suspect charged

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say a woman who plunged to her death from a New York City high-rise made a chilling 911 call shortly before her fall, in which another woman could be heard saying, "You're not going to leave here alive." A suspect has been charged.

Sienna Edwards, 20, died Thursday after falling 14 stories from the balcony of an apartment in the Bronx.

Police believe she fell while trying to escape a group of women who were threatening to kill her, after apparently mistaking her for someone else.

Edwards' boyfriend told reporters she had gone to the home as a favor for a male acquaintance, who needed help delivering birthday presents to his 3-year-old daughter.

Late Friday, police arrested the 3-year-old's mother, Kenya Edmonds, on murder and manslaughter charges.



'Occupy' protesters want charges dropped

NEW YORK (AP) -- People arrested during the police crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street encampment last fall in Manhattan have asked a judge to dismiss trespassing charges, on the grounds that the demonstrators had a legal right to be in the privately owned plaza.

Police cleared out the Occupy encampment in Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15 at the request of the plaza's owner, Brookfield Properties.

An attorney for two protesters argued Friday that the company lacked the authority to close the park because of a previous legal agreement requiring it to be open to the public 24 hours per day.

A prosecutor argued that the company still had the power to close the park temporarily while police dismantled tents and tables.



Mats found to kill 99% of invasive clams

LAKE GEORGE (AP) -- An environmental task force says an invasive Asian clam has been found in more areas of Lake George, but officials have developed a technique for killing the intruder.

The report released last week says more than 1,400 mats placed on the lake bottom for 45 days last year smothered about 99 percent of the clams. The treatment cost $630,000.

Scientists say the outbreak likely started when someone dumped some of the golden, thumbnail-sized clams from a bait bucket or aquarium four years ago. Their excretions feed algal blooms and have clouded waters. This year's matting will begin in late April.