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Facebook post leads to burglary ring

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fourteen gang members who boasted of their burglary skills on Facebook have been busted.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday that members of a gang called the "Brower Boys" were arrested in a yearlong burglary spree in Brooklyn.

They said the suspects, ages 15 to 19, climbed fire escapes and slipped in through open windows. They stole from residents, then sold their stolen goods to the neighborhood shops.

Most of the break-ins occurred when the residents weren't home. Prosecutors said that in one case two apartment residents were tied up and threatened, and a woman was sexually assaulted.

Detectives were able to track their next break-ins through

Facebook. The bandits posted it was "Break-in Day on the Avenue" and made other references to their crimes.



Boy dies after fall from parade float

BAINBRIDGE (AP) -- A 9-year-old boy has died from injuries suffered when he fell from a float during this upstate village's Memorial Day parade.

Police in Bainbridge, Chenango County, said the boy was on a flatbed trailer during Monday's parade when it stopped, then lurched forward, causing him to fall off and hit his head on the pavement.

Officials said the boy later died in a Binghamton-area hospital.

Police did not release the boy's name at his family's request.

Authorities said they were trying to determine if the boy was standing or sitting on a chair when he fell from the float.

No tickets or charges have been issued in connection with the boy's death.



11,500 without power after severe storms

ALBANY (AP) -- More than 11,000 homes and businesses were still without power Wednesday in parts of upstate after severe thunderstorms rolled across the region, knocking down trees and utility lines.

Bands of storms brought heavy rains and high winds that knocked out power to more than 20,000 utility customers Tuesday afternoon from the Finger Lakes region to the Vermont and Massachusetts borders.

Three upstate utilities reported 11,500 customers still lacked power Wednesday. NYSEG had more than 4,000 customers without power in Seneca and Cayuga counties.

National Grid reported more than 4,500 outages, most of them in neighboring Washington and Warren counties.

The storms blew down trees at several locations in Saratoga Springs, knocking out power to a large section of the city.