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Man freed from jail suffers heart attack


NEW YORK — A New York City man whose murder conviction was overturned after 23 years in prison suffered a heart attack on his second day of freedom. David Ranta’s lawyer told The New York Times that the former inmate had a serious heart attack Friday . Ranta left jail Thursday after a judge threw out his conviction in the 1990 killing of a Brooklyn rabbi. Prosecutors had recently concluded Ranta’s prosecution in the death of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger was flawed.

Judge tosses out transit ID checks

NEW YORK — A federal judge has invalidated a New York City transit system rule that allowed police officers to demand identification documents from anyone riding the subway. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by two vintage train aficionados who were stopped by the police while taking photographs at a station in Queens. Both men had been cited for ‘‘unauthorized photography.’’ That citation was later dismissed.


Inmate is suspect in official’s death


DENVER — Colorado investigators said for the first time that a former inmate who was killed in a gunfight with Texas officers is a suspect in the death of Colorado’s state prison chief. The evidence gathered in Texas after the death of Evan Spencer Ebel provides a ‘‘strong, strong lead’’ in the slaying of Colorado Department of Correction director Tom Clements, who was killed at his front door, an El Paso County sheriff’s spokesman said Saturday.