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—ICE CREAM TRUCK RIVALS
—TEHATER-JEKYLL AND HYDE-CLOSING
NEW YORK — Hurricane evacuation would encompass 640,000 more city residents and the number of zones would double so officials could tailor evacuation orders better to the dynamics of a particular storm, under new plans. Details won't be released until June, but the changes could mean neighborhoods around the city might newly be told to clear out ahead of future storms, even as the city grapples with findings that nearly two-thirds of people shrugged off orders to leave before Superstorm Sandy. By Jennifer Peltz.
— SUPERSTORM SANDY-CRANE: NYC workers to replace Sandy-damaged crane's boom
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — A 27-year-old upstate New York man has been charged with starting a fire that swept through a second-floor apartment, killing a man and three young children and critically injuring a fourth child, police said Friday. Schenectady police Lt. Mark McCracken said Robert Butler of Saratoga Springs was arraigned in Schenectady City Court on a first-degree arson charge and was sent to the county jail without bail. McCracken said Butler was known to the family.
NYC SCHOOL CHANCELLOR-EMAILS
NEW YORK —Emails between New York City officials and publishing executive Cathie Black show how hard they worked to secure celebrity support for Black's unpopular appointment to head the city's public school system. The 78 pages of emails from November 2010 were released late Thursday after the city lost a legal battle to keep them private. The emails show that Black sought Oprah Winfrey's endorsement and tried to help the talk-show queen frame her support. Black also courted Caroline Kennedy, who apparently did not answer her email. By Karen Matthews.
PLANE CRASH-HUDSON RIVER
GERMANTOWN, N.Y. — Police divers found the tail section of what is believed to be a World War II-era amphibious airplane whose pilot is presumed to have died when the aircraft plunged into the Hudson River, authorities said Friday. The Friday morning discovery came about 19 hours after the plane, believed to be a twin-engine Grumman G44A Widgeon, crashed near the river's east bank in Columbia County, 40 miles south of Albany.
NEW YORK— For the second time in two months, federal prosecutors have revealed that a New York state lawmaker snared in a criminal probe tried to earn lenient treatment by secretly recording other elected officials for the FBI. In court papers filed Friday, prosecutors said former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, a Queens Democrat, made numerous recordings of her meetings over several months last year after she was herself caught on an incriminating wiretap. By David B. Caruso.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— A solar-powered airplane left Northern California on Friday for the first leg of a planned cross-country trip that its co-pilot described as a "milestone" in aviation history. The Solar Impulse — considered the world's most-advanced sun-powered plane — left Moffett Field in Mountain View just after dawn. Its creators said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across America. By Haven Daley.
FOOD AND FARM-LOCAL ARTISAN BOOZE
GARDINER, N.Y. — Brian Lee and Ralph Erenzo cook up hand-crafted whiskey, vodka and gin in a stretch of New York's Hudson Valley patchworked with apple orchards and corn fields. They don't have to look far for ingredients. The owners of Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner try to acquire raw materials as close to home as possible. The process is sometimes referred to as "grain to glass" — the beer-and-whiskey version of the foodie slogan "farm to table." By Michael Hill.
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— CHEESE RECALL: Mozzarella product recalled in NY, NJ over soy
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy showed in April that it's healthier than many had feared, adding a solid 165,000 jobs and driving the unemployment rate down a notch to a four-year low of 7.5 percent. Not only that, but many more people were hired in February and March than previously thought, the Labor Department said Friday. The job gains came despite a global slowdown, Social Security tax increases and federal spending cuts that some had feared would be a drag on the economy. By AP Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan has checked into a rehab and will not face a probation violation for leaving another treatment facility after a few minutes, a prosecutor said Friday. Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White said he has received confirmation that Lohan has checked in to a rehab facility and he is satisfied with her location. He declined to say where Lohan is receiving treatment, but a source close to the actress who was not authorized to speak publicly said she has checked in to the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. By AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney.
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NEW YORK — Magnificent playing by the orchestra inspired conducting by Fabio Luisi and a rapturous performance of the "Immolation Scene" by Katarina Dalayman brought the Metropolitan Opera's latest "Ring" cycle to a thrilling conclusion. By Mike Silverman.
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THEATER-DRAMA CRITICS' CIRCLE
NEW YORK— The New York Drama Critics' Circle has voted "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" as best play and "Matilda: The Musical" as best musical. The circle on Friday also handed out special citations to the New York City Center's "Encore!" concert series, to the Soho Rep for a stellar season and to John Lee Beatty for career excellence in scenic design. By AP Drama Writer Mark Kennedy.
TEHATER-JEKYLL AND HYDE-CLOSING
NEW YORK— The revival of "Jekyll & Hyde" won't last nearly as long as the original on Broadway. Producers said Friday the show starring former "American Idol" contestant Constantine Maroulis and singer Deborah Cox will play its final show May 12. It had initially been scheduled to run through June 30. By AP Drama Writer Mark Kennedy.
BOSTON — The New York Knicks visit the Boston Celtics for Game 6 of their first-round playoff series. A Celtics win would make them the fourth team in NBA history to rally from an 0-3 deficit to force a seventh game, and they are hoping to become the first NBA team ever to advance after falling behind 0-3. By Jimmy Golen. 7 p.m. ET. AP Photos.
NEW YORK — Time for the Nets' biggest game in Brooklyn. They have brought their first-round playoff series against Chicago to a Game 7, a victory away from equaling the biggest comeback in NBA history. And they've brought it back home, where Barclays Center has to be more than a beautiful, $1 billion building. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney.
NEW YORK — CC Sabathia (4-2) and the AL East champion Yankees hosts A.J. Griffin (2-2) and the AL West champion Oakland Athletics in the teams' first meeting of the season. By Howie Rumberg. 7 p.m.
ATLANTA — Mike Minor and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves try to end a two-game slide as the New York Mets visit Turner Field. Shaun Marcum starts for New York, which has dropped six of its last seven. By George Henry. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON —Want to find out more about the 27-year-old Washington Capitals rookie? The one who took the never-give-up, roundabout route to the NHL? The one who delivered a spot-on pass that traveled some 80 feet to set up the winning goal, then blocked a shot with his right cheek and kept on playing in the Game 1 playoff win over the New York Rangers? You know, the one who's Michigan-born-and-red? Even though his last name surely implies he's a European import? The one who says he's never had a sip of alcohol? By AP Sports Writer Joseph White.
DEERFIELD, Ill.— Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng made it clear Friday on Twitter that the illness that kept him out of a playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets was far more serious than the flu. He missed the Bulls' loss in Game 6 on Thursday with what coach Tom Thibodeau said were flu-like symptoms. In one of a series of tweets from the hospital, Deng wrote: "It really upsets me that everyone thinks I would miss a game" because of the flu. By AP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman.
—BBN--METS-COWGILL: Mets option Cowgill, call up Brown
—GLF--WOMEN'S OPEN-INKSTER: Inkster gets exemption to US Women's Open
— HKN--PENGUINS-CROSBY: Crosby to return for Game 2 against Islanders
—EMPLOYEE TATTOOS: NYC brokerage rewards employees who get tattooed
—SUPERSTORM-AMTRAK: Amtrak gets $30M to pay for Sandy recovery costs
—COMPTROLLER-ENTERGY: Entergy shareholders nix DiNapoli proposal
—AMBASSADOR PLOT: Prosecutors ask 25 years in Saudi ambassador plot
—INSIDER TRADING-ARREST: Trial date set for SAC Capital portfolio manager
—ICE CREAM TRUCK RIVALS: NY city pulls ice cream permit over rivalry charge
—SOLAR PLANE-GLANCE: Solar plane leaves Calif. On cross-country trip
— KNIFE ATTACK-SHOOTING: Police ID knife-wielding NY man killed by officer
— PRIEST SCAMMED-ARREST: Police: NY woman scammed $300K from priest, others
— FIRE-FIVE INJURED: 2 adults, 3 children injured in NY house fire
— DORM FIRE: 2 students injured in fire at NY college dorm room
— TRACTOR FATALITY: Man killed in tractor accident in western NY
— REMAINS FOUND: Unidentified human remains found in Mohawk Valley
— COLD CASE ARREST: Police: Western NY man accused of 2007 killing
— CELLPHONE VIDEO-140 MPH: Prison time for upstate NY man in 140 mph crash
— BUFFALO SHOOTING-SENTENCING: Man faces sentencing for shooting NY bus driver
— HUDSON VALLEY-MOOSE: Moose in Hudson Valley tranquilized, taken north
— ADIRONDACK ROAD-REPAIRS: Slope repairs to Rte. 73 in Adirondacks postponed
— THRUWAY CHASE: NY man pleads guilty in 40-mile chase in Dec.
— GORGE-TEEN RESCUED: Teen rescued after falling into western NY gorge
— BAR EXAM: NY board says 73 pct. passed bar exam on 1st try
— SEPT 11 MUSEUM-BLOOMBERG LOAN: Bloomberg gives $15M loan to Sept. 11 Museum
— BODY ON BEACH: ME: Brooklyn girl, 14, found on beach was killed
— DOG TATTOOS: Pampered NYC pooches getting temporary tattoos
— CAR-VERBAL DISPUTE: NY driver accused of running down man
— SUBWAY-COPS-RULING: MTA must pay 2 officers $5.8M in 2002 case
— GIRLS-SEXUAL ASSAULT: NYPD: Two 7-year-old girls sexually assaulted
— GIRL-ATTEMPTED RAPE: Suspect sought in attempted NYC rape of girl, 13