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Police hold woman in subway death

NEW YORK — A 31-year-old woman was being held by the police on Saturday in the death of a man who was pushed onto the tracks of a Queens subway station and crushed by an oncoming train. The woman, ­Erica Menendez of the Bronx, is being charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Menendez was taken into custody by the police early Saturday ­morning and made comments implicating herself in the crime when questioned by detectives, according to the Police Department. A law enforcement official said that Menendez had “told the cops it was an act against Muslims,” and cited the Sept. 11 attacks. The victim, Sunando Sen, a native of India, was peering out over the tracks when a woman approached him from behind and shoved him onto the tracks, police said. (New York Times)

Bush moved out
of intensive care

HOUSTON — A spokesman said former President George H.W. Bush’s condition continues to improve and that he was moved Saturday out of intensive care and into a regular hospital room. He was described as alert and in good spirits. Bush was hospitalized Nov. 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough. He was moved to intensive care at Houston’s Methodist Hospital on Dec. 23 after he developed a fever. Bush is the nation’s olding living president by a few months. (AP)

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3 youths charged
in fatal carjacking

DURHAM — Two teenagers and a 12-year-old girl have been charged in the shooting death of a North Carolina man during a carjacking. Investigators said the three approached 35-year-old Johnny Danilo Villatoro of Durham on Friday night and asked him for a ride before carjacking and shooting him. Authorities found Villatoro lying in the street, and he later died at a hospital. Police said the 12-year-old suspect accidentally shot herself in the stomach and leg while inside Villatoro’s car. She was being treated for injuries not life-threatening and was expected to survive. Authorities said she and two other suspects, ages 14 and 16, are being charged with murder. (AP)

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