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Man again eats, sleeps at rap mogul's home

EAST HAMPTON (AP) -- A New York man has been arrested for a second time on charges he broke into Sean "Diddy" Combs' East Hampton mansion, where he apparently ate food, drank liquor and slept in one of the rap mogul's bedrooms, according to an arrest report issued Friday.

Quamine Taylor, 30, of Queens, was arrested April 1 at the home. He is in the Suffolk County Jail on trespassing and petit larceny charges.

The arrest report said Taylor entered the home through an unlocked basement door at 1:10 a.m. He then "ate food, drank soda and liquor and went to sleep in a bedroom upstairs."

The police report notes that Taylor had been arrested at the home in June 2001.

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Chip-eating hero is Web sensation

NEW YORK (AP) -- He's got chips; he's not afraid to use them.

A subway superhero turned Internet sensation is shrugging off his role in breaking up a Manhattan subway train fight.

Charles Sonder has been widely known as "Snackman" since a passenger's video of the March incident went viral.

Sonder stepped in between a man and woman exchanging kicks and punches. Without a word, he stood there eating his cheddar Pringles. The fight stopped.

The New York Times said the 200-pound architect was a wrestling champ in his Rhode Island high school days.

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Three workers rescued after scaffold collapses

NEW YORK -- Three workers dangling more than 150 feet above a Manhattan street after the scaffold they were standing on suddenly collapsed were saved by police and firefighters on Friday, officials said.

Detectives James Coll and his partner Shawn Soler pulled off the rescue with the help of FDNY firefighters, officials said.

The detectives fastened a rope to the roof of the 20-story Manhattan House condominium. Coll said he used the rope to rappel down to the stranded men outside a 17th floor window around 10:19 a.m. When he reached the scaffold -- which had shifted to a 75-degree angle -- one frightened worker told him he was losing his grip. Coll fastened the distraught worker's safety harness to his own.

As part of the two-pronged rescue, firefighters rushed to a 17th floor apartment closest to the structure. Firefighters pulled Coll and one worker through the bathroom window. The two other workers were pulled in through the bedroom window, officials said.

-- Newsday

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Would-be bank robber armed with plunger

UTICA (AP) -- Police say a 49-year-old man tried to rob a Utica bank while armed with a toilet plunger.

Lawrence Deptola went into city bank Thursday afternoon and threatened a teller with the plunger, police said.

Officers responded after two other banks had previously called authorities about a suspicious man entering their buildings. Deptola was arrested after a foot chase and charged with attempted robbery.