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Speed boat strikes yacht, killing man

WEST ISLIP (AP) -- A high-performance catamaran, billed by its manufacturer as being capable of "tear-duct-draining" speed, crashed into the side of a motor yacht off Long Island's southern coast Saturday in a wreck that cost a man his life.

Rescuers searched nine hours off the waters of the Great South Bay before finding the body of Christopher Mannino, 39, a boater who was flung from the vessel struck by the speedboat, a 25-foot Skater. Four others with Mannino were uninjured.

Suffolk County Police said the man piloting the speedboat, Brian Andreski, 26, was charged with boating while intoxicated.

The Coast Guard said the crash happened about a half-hour before sunrise. Authorities said the Skater capsized after striking the other craft, a 38-foot Hatteras.

Andreski and a passenger were thrown into the water. They were later hospitalized with minor injuries. The Hatteras, a sport fishing yacht made in 1967, was badly damaged and began to sink.

The other four people were uninjured.


Washington book sells for $10 million

NEW YORK (AP) -- A book once owned by George Washington containing his annotated copy of the U.S. Constitution has sold for nearly $10 million at a New York auction.

A spokesman for Christie's auction house said it's a new world record for a historical document.

Christie's said the bidder was a representative of the nonprofit educational organization that operates the museum at Mount Vernon, Washington's Virginia home.

The 223-year-old book has "President of the United States" on the cover and also contains a copy of the Bill of Rights. Washington added brackets and notes that highlighted key passages about the responsibility of the president.

It sold for $9.8 million Friday to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union. The book will be returned to the library at Mount Vernon.


Site of brawl faces loss of liquor license

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York State officials said Saturday a nightclub that was the site of a bottle-hurling brawl after a dispute between the entourages of singers Drake and Chris Brown could lose its liquor license.

The New York Post reported the State Liquor Authority filed 14 charges on Friday against New York City's W.i.P. nightclub.

The agency said the Manhattan club has been cited for numerous fights, excessive noise and using unlicensed or unprofessional guards, including one accused of selling marijuana to an undercover investigator.

Liquor Authority spokesman William Crowley said the club is in danger of having its license yanked.

Club representatives were unavailable to comment.

The club earned notoriety earlier this month, when Brown and Drake were involved in a fight that featured patrons hurling bottles of liquor.


Footage shows theft at Bergdorf Goodman

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NYPD is investigating after thieves busted through the glass door of a swanky Manhattan store and made off with jewelry reportedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Police said the break-in at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue happened shortly after 3 a.m. Friday.

Security footage showed two men approaching the store's entrance. One broke through the door while the other stood over him, blocking the view ofpassers-by.

A police spokeswoman said the thief headed for jewelry display cabinets, bashed them open with a hammer and snatched the gems.

The New York Post reported that the jewelry was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The police had no estimate Saturday of the dollar value of the thieves' haul.