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NATION IN BRIEF: NY woman is 7th person killed in Northeast storm

NY woman is 7th person killed in Northeast storm

BRADLEY, N.Y. — The rainstorms that caused flooding up and down the East Coast in recent days have claimed another life — this time in New York.

State police said they have recovered the body of a 55-year-old woman whose car had been swept off the road Friday by rising floodwaters near the town of Claryville in the Catskill Mountains.

Searchers found Nancy Lavelle’s body Saturday in the Neversink Reservoir in Bradley, about 80 miles northwest of New York City.

Her car had been discovered the day before, upside down in a remote part of the Neversink River about 10 miles upstream.

NC farmer: 600 pounds of trout stolen from pond

CANTON, N.C. — A North Carolina trout farmer thought something was fishy when one of her ponds wasn’t fishy enough.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Sunburst Trout Farm owner Sally Eason and her husband noticed Thursday that the pond had virtually no fish in it. Thieves had made off with 600 pounds of trout.

Eason said the thieves baited the water so the fish would come to the surface, scooped up the fish and got them into a getaway car. She said the farm had been locked, and there were no signs anyone broke in.

Eason said she told local fish markets to be on the lookout for anyone trying to unload a huge amount of fish.

Parents sue NYC over handling of son’s brain

NEW YORK — A Staten Island couple are suing New York City after learning that their dead son’s brain was on display at a city morgue.

Jesse Shipley was 17 when he died in a car crash in 2005.

Andre and Korisha Shipley said they had no idea his brain was removed during an autopsy until some of the teen’s classmates at Port Richmond High School spotted it floating in a jar on a field trip.

After the incident, the city returned the brain and the family disinterred their son from a cemetery so they could bury him with the missing organ.

A city doctor said the brain had been kept for additional tests related to the autopsy.

‘Burly bandit’ pleads guilty to 11 robberies

PORTLAND, Maine — A Greyhound bus driver the FBI nicknamed the ‘‘burly bandit’’ stole more than $100,000 in a string of bank robberies in the Northeast and spent most of it on strip clubs, restaurants, sports memorabilia and other items before he was arrested in July, prosecutors say.

Robert Ferguson, 47, of Lowell, Mass., pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to 11 bank robberies in a crime spree that began in April in Buffalo, N.Y., and ended with his arrest in Maine. Several of the robberies took place in communities on his bus route, prosecutors said.

Richard DesLauriers, the head of the FBI’s Boston office, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II and other law enforcement officials credited assistance from the public in nabbing Ferguson.

Hose falls from plane onto Calif. house

SAN DIEGO — Military officials said a refueling hose fell from a large cargo plane and landed on a house in a San Diego County neighborhood. Nobody was injured.

Maj. Jay Delarosa of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar said investigators will try to determine how the heavy-duty retractable rubber hose became detached from a C-130J Hercules late Saturday morning.

The house in Carmel Mountain just north of the Marine base sustained roof damage. It’s unclear whether anyone was inside at the time.

Rutgers honors late student at homecoming

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers University paid a public tribute at a football game to a student who committed suicide last week after his sexual encounter was secretly streamed online.

Most in the crowd bowed their heads after a public address announcer requested a moment of silence for 18-year-old freshman Tyler Clementi before the start of Saturday’s homecoming game against Tulane.

Clementi’s name was shown on the stadium’s huge scoreboard, and the crowd applauded politely after the observation ended.