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Trooper shifted course right before fatal crash

HASTINGS (AP) -- State police said Monday a trooper who died early Saturday after a car crash north of Syracuse turned around right before the crash, possibly to stop a vehicle.

Trooper Amanda S. Anna died at a hospital from severe head injuries after the accident in Hastings. Her patrol car overturned on a storm-slicked road just before 11:30 p.m. Friday. She had been heading west but a tracking system showed she turned to the east just before the crash.

Police are asking for help from anyone driving on County Route 37 in Hastings around the time of the crash or anyone else with information.

Anna, 31, a six-year veteran from Liverpool, was the mother of a 4-year-old son.

A funeral will be held Friday in North Syracuse Baptist Church.



Escaped dissident from China to speak

NEW YORK (AP) -- A blind Chinese activist who was the focus of a nearly monthlong diplomatic standoff has a speaking engagement in New York City this week. Chen Guangcheng will speak Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan. His mentor, New York University law professor Jerome Cohen, also will participate in the event.

Cohen advised Chen while he was in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he was given sanctuary after his daring escape following seven years of prison and house arrest.

Chen gained recognition for crusading for the disabled and for farmers' rights and fighting against forced abortions in his rural community.

Since his arrival from China this month, Chen has stayed in faculty housing with his wife and children. Chen also has received medical treatment for his foot. Cohen has said the dissident suffered three broken bones while fleeing from his village.