Regional Briefs – November 30, 2016

Suit: Guards Forced Juvenile Inmates to Fight Each Other

BRIDGETON, N.J. – A lawsuit claims that inmates of a now-closed juvenile jail were forced to fight each other for the guards’ enjoyment, The Associated Press reported. Edward Scanlon says he suffered “physical and physiological abuse” during the three days he stayed there as a 15-year-old in 2012.

Woman Escapes Exploding Home in the Nick of Time

PINE ISLAND, N.Y. – A woman trapped in a house that exploded Tuesday afternoon managed to escape just before it was totally destroyed, WABC reported. The woman scrambled to safety, minutes before the house burst into flames and was totally destroyed.

Cuomo Signs Bill to Prevent Killing of Mute Swans

ALBANY – NYC’s population of about 2,200 mute swans are now a protected species for the next two years under a bill signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday night, The Associated Press reported. The state had wanted to destroy them by shooting or gassing them, saying they are not native to NYC.

Highway Near West Point Closes 2nd Time This Month

CORNWALL, N.Y. – The scenic highway that traverses a Hudson Valley mountain near the U.S. Military Academy was shut down on Tuesday for the second time this month, The Associated Press reported. The closure could last for three days because heavy rains may cause rock slides and slippery conditions.

All Cars in New York Must Now Pass Window Tint Test

ALBANY – State autoshops that conduct inspections must now measure window tint before approving vehicles for operation, according to a new law signed Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Windows must let in at least 70 percent of light.

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