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ALBANY — Slices, hooks and other errant shots are a common hazard on the links and a golfer can’t expect to get a warning shout of “Fore!” every time a ball comes his way, New York’s top court ruled Tuesday in dismissing a personal injury lawsuit.

Dr. Anoop Kapoor and Dr. Azad Anand were playing on a nine-hole Long Island course in October 2002 when Dr. Anand was hit in the head while looking for his ball on a fairway, blinding him in one eye. The seven judges on the state Court of Appeals, siding with lower courts, said Dr. Kapoor’s failure to yell in advance of his errant shot from the rough did not amount to intentional or reckless conduct.

The court cited a judge’s finding that Dr. Anand was not in the foreseeable zone of danger and, as a golfer, consented to the inherent risks of the sport.

They also broadly outlined the test under New York case law for determining when another golfer crosses the line and could be sued.


Muslim woman reports attack near mosque

COLUMBUS — A 20-year-old Somali immigrant reported being attacked with pepper spray outside an Ohio mosque and that the attacker told her to leave the country, a Muslim group said.

Columbus police Sgt. Richard Weiner said officers interviewed the woman Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, the FBI said it will likely open a civil rights investigation. FBI spokesman Mike Brooks said the results would be turned over to prosecutors for possible charges.

The Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said a mosque security camera recorded the assault Monday.

The group says someone followed the woman to the mosque, harassed her and then attacked her with pepper spray. CAIR says the attacker also threatened to kill her and told her to leave the country.

From wire dispatches and staff reports