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Iconic bridge damaged by Irene is replaced

LAKE PLACID (AP) -- One of the most well-traveled and iconic bridges in the Adirondack High Peaks has been replaced as trail crews continue to repair backcountry trail damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

The bridge across Marcy Dam, in a popular hiking region near Lake Placid, has been a favorite photo spot for generations of hikers. It was destroyed by Irene's floodwaters last August, but Sunday, trail crews completed a new one at a less-scenic spot downstream.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation tells the Associated Press that four trails remain closed in the High Peaks.


Two skydivers die; faulty chutes blamed

PLATTEKILL (AP) -- Two men have died in a skydiving accident in New York's Ulster County.

The Journal News reported Sunday that the accident happened Friday afternoon in Plattekill, about 70 miles north of New York City.

Authorities say David Winokur, 42, of Chappaqua, and instructor Alexander Chulsky, 25, of Brooklyn, died in the dive. Witnesses said their parachutes malfunctioned.


Accord is reached on child porn bill

ALBANY (AP) -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and leaders of the Senate and Assembly say they've reached agreement on legislation making all viewing of child pornography online illegal.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Martin Golden, a retired police officer, after the Court of Appeals upheld a challenge to the state's child pornography law last month.

The legislation passed the Senate on May 15. Assemblyman Joe Lentol, co-sponsor, says the bill is expected to pass the Assembly this week.