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Activist airs worry for 3 who aided him

NEW YORK (AP) -- The mentor for a blind Chinese activist who arrived in New York over the weekend says he's very troubled about three people now at the mercy of Chinese authorities for helping him.

New York University law professor Jerome Cohen expressed the concerns of Chen Guangcheng to the Associated Press on Monday.

After Chen fled his village, his nephew was arrested and charged with intent to commit homicide -- for stabbing and wounding attackers beating up the young man's parents.

Chen is asking Chinese authorities to release the nephew.

Cohen told the AP the dissident is "seriously troubled" because he cannot protect others who protected him: a woman who drove his getaway van and a scholar who cared for Chen and who Cohen says is now under house arrest.

Chen escaped house arrest in China and was given sanctuary inside the U.S. Embassy, setting off a diplomatic skirmish that ended with his leaving China.

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Pickup driver sought in fatal hit and run

WATERLOO (AP) -- State police are looking for the driver of a pickup truck that might have been involved in a probable hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a Waterloo man.

They said Stephen Hilyer, 30, was found lying on a road just after midnight Monday in this Finger Lakes town.

There are few details about how Hilyer was killed, but troopers said he was likely hit by one vehicle while walking on or alongside State Route 5 and 20.

They're looking for the dark-colored pickup truck, which they said might be a Ford.

The vehicle involved would have front-end damage.

Waterloo is 40 miles southeast of Rochester.

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Watercraft hits chain of anchor, killing boy

MATTITUCK (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy has died while riding a personal watercraft in Peconic Bay on Long Island.

His grandfather said Dominic Trionfo of Middle Island got too close to his family's boat and crashed into the anchor chain on Sunday.

The family told Newsday it was his first time driving a personal watercraft. He had recently received his boating license.

In 2005, New York increased the minimum age for operating a personal watercraft to 14. Before that, children as young as 10 could legally do so.