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An airport official says Mr. North was in his 70s.

The plane was a replica of an RAF SE5a. The airport official said Mr. North had the parts of the replica plane shipped from England and assembled the plane made largely of fabric and wood struts himself.

NEW JERSEY

Roller coaster submerged by Sandy may stay put

SEASIDE HEIGHTS — The remains of a roller coaster that was knocked off a New Jersey amusement pier by Superstorm Sandy and partially submerged in the Atlantic Ocean might be left there for people to gawk at.

Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers told WNBC-TV in New York that officials have not made a decision on whether to tear down the coaster. But the mayor says he’s working with the Coast Guard to see if the coaster is stable enough to leave it alone because he believes it would make “a great tourist attraction.”

NEW YORK

Garment salesman held in 3 merchant deaths

NEW YORK — A garment salesman was held without bail Thursday while awaiting a court appearance on charges he systematically killed three shopkeepers as they worked alone in their New York City clothing stores.

Salvatore Perrone, 63, of Staten Island, was held after his initial Brooklyn court appearance on murder charges.

He was arrested Wednesday in the suspected serial killings that scores of New York City detectives were investigating.

A pharmacy worker recognized him as the balding man shown in surveillance footage leaving the scene of the most recent shooting, Nov. 16, with a duffel bag, police said.

Another shopkeeper came forward and said Mr. Perrone had come into his store and questioned him about whether he worked alone and when he closed, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

NEW YORK

Stolen trailer with 350 Christmas trees found

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