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CARMEL — Boaters rescued a 6-year-old girl from a small reservoir north of New York City late Monday afternoon after finding her clinging to the floating corpse of a family friend who had taken her to the pretty lake to cool off.

Investigators were still trying to piece together exactly what happened to the child and her caregiver, identified by authorities as Pamela Kaner, 59, of Brewster.

No swimming or wading is allowed in Lake Gleneida, which is part of New York City’s water supply system, but the girl told police that Ms. Kaner brought her into the water and was holding her before something went wrong.

An autopsy is planned to see if Ms. Kaner drowned or suffered some other medical emergency.

A group of people in a rowboat heard the girl crying for help around 5 p.m. and found her holding on to Ms. Kaner’s body, floating some distance from shore, Carmel Police Chief Michael R. Johnson said. The lake is about 730 yards across at its widest point — about 14 times the width of an American football field.


Commuter train on pace for deadliest year

LOS ANGELES — A Southern California commuter train line is on pace to have the deadliest year in its 22-year history.

The Los Angeles Times reported that six people have been struck and killed by Los Angeles County Blue Line trains this year, including four who committed suicide.

A record 10 people died in 1999.

This year’s deaths were among 22 accidents reported along the 22-mile line from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles. The line handles 26 million riders a year and is one of the busiest light rails in the nation.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority member Zev Yaroslavsky said the number of suicides is a record. He also said the line could see a record number of deaths by year’s end, and he’s urging an investigation to help reduce the toll.


Man in wife’s shootingconfused about charge

AKRON — A man suspected of the mercy killing of his wife, who was shot in a hospital’s intensive care unit, seemed perplexed at the charge when he stood before a judge Tuesday, asking whether his wife was indeed dead.

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