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Driver gets prison in DWI crash fatal to 2

TROY (AP) -- A Schaghticoke man has been sentenced to prison for the deaths of his son and his son's girlfriend in a drunken driving wreck last summer.

Philip Dobert, 52, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of vehicular homicide. He was sentenced Friday to from 7 to 21 years in prison.

Dobert was charged after Kyle Dobert, 20, and Alisha Schoonmaker, 20, were killed when he lost control of his car and hit a utility pole on July 22. The crash happened in his Rensselaer County hometown, near Albany.

The Times Union of Albany reported they had just visited the grave of Aaron Dobert, 24, another of Dobert's sons, who was partying with friends when he fell into a gorge and died last May.


Clark notes to be used as New Year's confetti

NEW YORK (AP) -- Messages written by Dick Clark's fans will be part of the confetti that's showered on Times Square next New Year's Eve.

People can share their memories of Clark on square-inch pieces of confetti at the Times Square Visitor Center & Museum.

The messages will be displayed at the center's Confetti Wishing Wall until New Year's Eve.

Tributes also can be submitted online.

Visitors to the center can leave flowers and mementoes beneath a photo montage of Clark's life.

The longtime host of "American Bandstand" and the New Year's Eve ball-drop ceremony died Wednesday.


Pollster's call helps track ailing diabetic

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City woman is thankful she answered a pollster's phone call. It saved her life.

Bobby Berlin, of Manhattan, was going into diabetic shock when she answered the call from a Marist College student conducting a poll on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

According to WNBC-TV, the student sensed something was wrong and called his supervisor, Daniela Carter, to the phone.

Carter asked if everything was OK. When Berlin said no, she kept her on the phone and called 911.

The address Berlin gave turned out to be wrong but emergency responders were able to track down her apartment from Berlin's phone number.

The incident occurred Monday night.