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NEW YORK — The scene: a Manhattan art-house theater. The cause: a campaign against the gas drilling process known as fracking that's being led by more than 100 celebrities, including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo and Mario Batali. Outside, demonstrators in hazmat suits circle the theater. Inside, actress Scarlett Johansson attends a benefit screening of "Gasland," the documentary film that has become the movement's manifesto. Johansson tells The Associated Press that her "Avengers" co-star Ruffalo introduced her to the cause, and that she found the film "incredibly shocking." By Jennifer Peltz and Kevin Begos.
NY GAS DRILLING
ALBANY, N.Y. — A critical bloc in New York's Senate is calling for up to a 2-year delay in hydraulic fracturing for natural gas until an independent health review known as the Geisinger study is completed. The Independent Democratic Conference, which shares control of the Senate with Republicans, said the Geisinger study and two other reviews on drinking water must be completed before Gov. Andrew Cuomo settles the 5-year-old debate. By Michael Gormley.
NEW YORK — A Russian man who operates a fetish website where prosecutors say a New York police officer met others interested in killing and cooking women told a jury on Tuesday that users enjoy talking about gruesome topics including sexual asphyxiation, sex with dead bodies and cannibalism. But Sergey Merenkov also said members like Officer Gilberto Valle also know how to draw the line between fantasy and reality. The chats, he said, are role play and photos of women being tortured are the work of "models, not real women." By Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister.
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EXPECTANT PARENTS KILLED
NEW YORK — The suspected driver who fled the scene of a grisly crash that killed a pregnant woman, her husband and ultimately the child they were expecting said Tuesday that he planned to surrender, though police continued searching for him and said they would arrest him if they found him. Julio Acevedo, 44, told the Daily News of New York that he was speeding away from a gunman who was trying to shoot at him early Sunday when the accident with a hired car happened in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. By Colleen Long.
NEW YORK — More than 50,000 homeless people a night — a modern record — are now in homeless shelters in the city, a spiking statistic that reflects the largest raw-number increase in homelessness last year among the nation's cities, according to a new report. The city's top homelessness official says there are some hopeful trends, and that advocates' complaints are off-base or don't acknowledge steps officials have taken to improve the lives and prospects of homeless people. By Jennifer Peltz.
WASHINGTON — Airline passengers will be able to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes beginning next month under a policy change announced Tuesday by the head of the Transportation Security Administration. The new policy conforms U.S. security standards to international standards, and allows TSA to concentrate its energies on more serious safety threats, the agency said in a statement. By Joan Lowy.
WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices jumped in January, a sign the housing market is gaining momentum as it nears the spring selling season. The cities with the biggest gains were Phoenix, Los Angeles, Riverside, Calif., New York, and Atlanta. By AP Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber.
NEW YORK — Home decor and food guru Martha Stewart testified in court on Tuesday that she did nothing wrong when she signed an agreement to open shops within most of J.C. Penney's stores across the country. Stewart testified in New York state court in a trial over whether the company she founded breached its contract to sell cookware, bedding and other items exclusively at Macy's when she inked the deal with Penney. By AP Retail Writer Anne D'Innocenzio.
WORKING FORM HOME
NEW YORK— Yahoo's leaked edict under CEO Marissa Mayer that calls remote workers back to the office lit the Twitterverse on fire, angering advocates of telecommuting and other programs intended to balance work and home life.
— FRESHDIRECT-LAWSUIT: A coalition of residents took their fight to court over FreshDirect's move to the Bronx.
— PFIZER-CELEBREX PATENT: Pfizer painkiller gets longer patent protection
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
NEW YORK— Actress Amanda Peet is hoping to make her professional debut as a playwright next season with a drama that may attract Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker. By Mark Kennedy.
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL:
NEW YORK— The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival will feature everything from Will Forte's dramatic film debut to a tale of arctic cowboys herding reindeer.
NEW YORK — The New York Public Library's archive is so massive that some of the material has never been seen except on request. Beginning Friday, the library presents a selection of those hidden gems, a group of works showcasing the extraordinary printmaking skills of American impressionist artist Mary Cassatt. "Daring Methods: The Prints of Mary Cassatt" includes 88 prints donated to the library in 1900 by Samuel Putnam Avery, a Manhattan art dealer who developed a close working relationship with the artist. By Ula Ilnytzky.
WASHINGTON — Hip-hop artists including rappers Nas and Somalia-born K'naan will take center stage in an unexpected place next year: as part of next season at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The center, a memorial to President John F. Kennedy, announced Tuesday that its 2013-2014 season would include the weeklong festival "One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide." By Brett Zongker.
OPERA REVIEW-FRANCESCA DA RIMINI
NEW YORK— Mark Delavan knocked over a table and swung his ax. "Francesca da Rimini" is not subtle.
NEW YORK — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Big East football schools will get almost all of a $110 million pot in a deal that will allow seven departing basketball schools to keep the name Big East and start playing in their own conference next season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the separation agreement has not yet been finalized. That is likely to happen by the end of the week. By AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.
NEW YORK — Rick Nash snapped a third-period tie and then added an insurance goal as the New York Rangers held on to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third win in a row.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists, linemate Eric Staal added three assists and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Tuesday night.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Radek Martinek scored the tiebreaking goal eight minutes into the third period and the New York Islanders handed Montreal its first regulation loss in nearly a month with a 6-3 victory Tuesday night.
NEWARK, N.J. — Nate Thompson scored twice and Martin St. Louis and rookie Alexander Killorn each had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. By Tom Canavan.
BKC--CANISIUS-BARONS BOUNCE BACK
BUFFALO, N.Y. — One year after Jim Baron was fired at Rhode Island, the coach and his point guard son have teamed up at Canisius to breathe new life into a struggling program. A year removed from a 5-25 finish, The Golden Griffins (18-12, 11-7 Metro Atlantic Conference) are enjoying their first winning season in 12 years, and the fourth seed entering the conference tournament at Springfield, Mass., this weekend. By John Wawrow.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse's Brandon Triche and James Southerland have one thing on their minds — a win over DePaul on their Senior Night. It would do wonders for a team in a funk. By John Kekis.
ST JOHN'S-NOTRE DAME
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jerian Grant had 21 points and eight assists, Eric Atkins added 15 points and No. 24 Notre Dame held St. John's to 18 percent shooting in the second half in a 66-40 victory Tuesday night.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jamil Wilson scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including the late 3-pointer that put No. 15 Marquette ahead for good, and the Golden Eagles rallied for a 60-54 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night.
TAMPA, Fla. — Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla says he is fine after getting hit by a pitch in the back of the neck during the sixth inning of the Braves' 2-0 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
JUPITER, Fla.— New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano wore a heart monitor while pitching and reported no problems or discomfort during his first spring training outing. By Jon Santucci.
— TEIXEIRA: Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira out of WBC with sore right forearm
— SKIDMORE-LOCKDOWN: Skidmore campus locked down after threat
— TEEN SWEPT AWAY: Father of NY teen swept to sea returns to Hawaii
— MINIMUM WAGE-NY: Assembly to pass $9 minimum wage, goes to Senate
— SCHOOL OFFICER-GUNSHOT: Officer accidentally fires shot in NY high school
— MUSICIAN-SCAM: Prison sentence in scam against NY oil air
— DOMINICAN BOY: Dominican boy undergoes procedure at NYC hospital
— SCHOOL OFFICER-GUNSHOT: Officer accidentally fires shot in NY high school
— NYC TAILOR-TAX FRAUD: NYC tailor to celebs pleads guilty to tax fraud
— WEST BABYLON-FIRE FATAL: Police ID woman killed in LI apartment fire
— KISSINGER HOSPITALIZED: Kissinger at NYC hospital for observation
— RESERVOIR- SNOWMOBILERS KILLED: 2 snowmobilers die in accident on NY reservoir
— FATAL HIT-AND-RUN: Rochester police seek driver in fatal hit-and-run
— ABANDONED HOME-CATS: 50 cats found inside abandoned Buffalo-area house
— WIFE SHOT-FIRE: Cops: NY man shot wife, himself, set house on fire
— TROOPER STABBED: Man accused of stabbing NY trooper arrested
— FATAL ACCIDENT: Pedestrian hit, killed by trailer in upstate NY
— DANCE SCHOOL-SEX CHARGES: Ex-dance teacher admits abusing boy in upstate NY
— COURT CLERK CHARGED: Ex-central NY court clerk accused of $122K theft
— BOLDT CASTLE PROJECT: Agency to spend $800K to fix historic NY tower
— PAROLEE CHASE: Upstate NY parolee back in jail after police chase
— HISTORIC LANDMARK-YADDO: NY artists' retreat is National Historic Landmark
— RED LIGHT CAMERAS-TIMING: NY city: Some red light camera tix may be dropped
— WOMEN'S EQUALITY-EXHIBIT: Women's equality exhibit open at Capitol in Albany
— EDUCATION PARADE: NY school marching bands to lead rally in Albany
— BROOKHAVEN HIGHWAY VOTE: NY town holds highway vote month after blizzard
— STUDENT LETTERS-LAWMAKERS: NY school probes students' Albany letter campaign
— DRONE REPORT INVESTIGATED: FAA investigating report of drone spotted near NYC
— MEADOBROOK FATAL ACCIDENT: 2 NYers killed on the Meadowbrook Parkway
— TRAIN FATAL: Man killed by Metro-North train identified
— WATER SUPPLY-DRUGS: Report: Unused drugs end up in LI water supply
— STARVING DOG: Once-starving dog gets home with LI rescuer
— MANHOLE ACCIDENT: Man falls inside open manhole in NYC
— FIREFIGHTERS-PARADE BAN: Firefighter group banned from Savannah parade
— YONKERS CORRUPTION CASE: Former NY pol begins 6-year prison sentence