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ACCIDENT-TWO KILLED

Police: Mother, son die in upstate NY car crash

SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) - New York State Police say a mother and her 30-year-old son have been killed after the car they were driving went off the shoulder of a road, got airborne and slammed into a tree.

Troopers say in a statement Friday that Mervyn Albert of Schenectady was driving a 2005 Mazda too fast in the town of Saratoga when he lost control, ran off north shoulder and hit the tree.

Troopers say the accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m.

They say 56-year-old mom Angeli Persaud was in the passenger seat. The two family members were pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.

Saratoga is 25 miles north of Albany.

FAST TRADING-LAWSUIT

Providence, RI sues firms over stock trades

Providence, R.I. is suing dozens of Wall Street banks and other financial companies over high-frequency trading.

The suit says stock exchanges, investment banks and others defrauded investors by manipulating market data in favor of split-second stock-trading firms.

The suit's defendants include the Nasdaq Stock Market and the New York Stock Exchange; major banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup; and trading firms including Chopper Trading and Jump Trading.

The lawsuit comes amid heightened government scrutiny into whether advantages in computer hardware and placement enable some to get millisecond timing advances on trades.

The federal complaint was filed Friday in New York on behalf of investors who traded stocks in the U.S. since April 18, 2009.

FLU SEASON

Second wave of milder flu hitting Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) - A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast.

Months ago, the flu season seemed to be winding down. But health officials on Friday reported widespread flu-like illnesses in six states. Rhode Island is the latest to join the list which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and New York.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the flu season started in December and peaked by mid-January, and most of the illnesses were swine flu.

But, as happens some years, there's a second wave of a milder flu strain.

DETROIT BANKRUPTCY

Judge interviews experts in Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has concluded interviews with candidates seeking to serve as an expert adviser in the Detroit bankruptcy case.

Judge Steven Rhodes said he wants a set of fresh, experienced eyes to offer opinions as Detroit tries to emerge from bankruptcy this year. Former New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch was among those questioned Friday by Rhodes in court.

Rhodes said during the proceedings that he expected to decide later Friday or by Monday, but a court spokesman said in a statement after the interviews that no timetable for a decision has been determined.

The 80-year-old Ravitch has had a long career in public service and has been outspoken about financial risks faced by states and local governments. He tells The Associated Press that many promises no longer are affordable.

TOLL EVASION

Toll violators could face registration suspensions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Motorists who repeatedly speed through New York state toll booths without a working E-ZPass would see their vehicle registrations suspended under legislation being considered by lawmakers.

State Sen. David Carlucci says Friday that his proposal would allow toll officials to suspend the registration of anyone who racks up five toll violations within 18 months.

Under current law, toll evaders are contacted by a collection agency and only face the loss of their registration if they've committed multiple violations within the same locality.

Carlucci says he hopes lawmakers approve his proposal when they return to Albany later this month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the idea.

Scofflaws ran up $35 million in unpaid tolls and fines on the New York Thruway between 2007 and 2011.

CLINTON DOCUMENTS

Clinton sought GOP support for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bill Clinton's advisers estimated in 1993 that they would need at least 8 moderate Republicans in the Senate and more than 15 moderate Republicans in the House to pass their ill-fated health care reform bill.

Newly released documents from the Clinton White House show how the president's team tried to build support for health care reform.

A strategy memo says the plan would require support from enough conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans without alienating too many liberal Democrats.

It identifies several lawmakers as "swing votes," including current House members like Democrats Charles Rangel of New York and Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Republican Fred Upton of Michigan.

Clinton's plan never cleared a House committee.

The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents from Clinton's administration.

ROCHESTER MAYOR HOSPITALIZED

Rochester mayor released from hospital

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has been released from the hospital after a severe bout with the flu.

Local media report that Warren was released Friday from Strong Memorial Hospital, where she was admitted late Wednesday suffering from the flu and dehydration. A statement from city hall says she is resting comfortably at home with her family.

Warren is a Democrat who took office this year.

MUSIC-MILEY CYRUS

Cyrus ill, postpones US tour, resumes in August

NEW YORK (AP) - Miley Cyrus is postponing her U.S. tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August.

Cyrus' representative tells The Associated Press on Friday that the singer will resume the U.S. tour Aug. 1 in Uniondale, N.Y. The new dates will include seven rescheduled shows and two additional stops.

The European leg of the tour is still scheduled to kick off May 2 in Amsterdam.

Cyrus' rep says the singer suffered from a sinus infection last week during her "Bangerz" tour and had "an extreme allergic reaction" to the antibiotic cephalexin on Tuesday. Cyrus canceled several shows this week as a result.

Existing tickets for the 21-year-old singer's U.S. tour will be honored at the new date.

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