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Firefighter dies in warehouse blaze

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police said Monday a firefighter died while battling a warehouse fire in Brooklyn.

Officials said the blaze broke out on the second floor of a building at about 1 p.m. Monday. The critically injured firefighter was taken to Woodhull Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A second firefighter was taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition. Four other firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Officials said 168 firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire, which was declared under control just before 4 p.m. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.


Searchers find body of boater lost since fall

SODUS (AP) -- Searchers have recovered the body of a man whose fishing boat capsized last fall in Lake Ontario's Sodus Bay in Central New York.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Monday the body of Alan Shultz, 66, of Sodus Point was found along the south shore of Sodus Bay on Saturday morning.

Shultz was fishing with David Schueler, 48, of Williamson, last October when their 16-foot aluminum boat capsized in Sodus Bay, about 50 miles northwest of Syracuse.

Police said the two men clung to the boat, but Shultz drifted away after half an hour. Schueler held on for more than four hours until another fisherman spotted him and pulled him to safety. He was treated for hypothermia.

Neither man was wearing a life jacket.


Trial begins in death of abused girl, 4

NEW YORK (AP) -- The mother and grandmother of a 4-year-old found starved, battered and drugged went on trial Monday in the girl's death last year.

Carlotta Brett-Pierce and her mother, Loretta Brett, have pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter, respectively, in the death last year of Marychella Pierce. The girl was found dead tied to a bed and weighed 18 pounds, nearly half the weight of an average 4-year-old. They say she died from battered child syndrome.

Brett-Pierce's attorney has said the woman was a good mother. Brett's attorney said the grandmother was a caregiver and had tried to raise the children in the home, and didn't know about the abuse.

Marchella had been born premature with underdeveloped lungs and had serious trouble breathing. She had a breathing tube in her throat and was allowed home for the first time from the hospital in February 2011, when she weighed 26 pounds. By the time of her death, she had wasted away. She had been tied to her bed for days, beaten and had up to 30 adult doses of Benadryl and 60 doses of Claritin in her system, prosecutors said.