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Thousands of onlookers crowded behind barricades on the streets that surrounded Rockefeller Center. A video screen was provided for those who did not have a direct line of sight of the tree, which was illuminated with more than 30,000 lights and topped by a Swarovski brand star.

“It makes me want to sing and dance,” said Zuri Young, who came several hours early with her boyfriend to watch the lighting for the first time.

The tree came from the Mount Olive, N.J., home of Joe Balku, who lost power and other trees during the storm at his residence about an hour outside of Manhattan.

Bus plows into home, kills 6-year-old boy

HEMPSTEAD — A transit bus hit a pedestrian and then slammed into a suburban New York City house, killing a 6-year-old boy who was inside the home.

Police say the Nassau Inter County Express bus plowed into the multifamily home in Hempstead on Long Island around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Six-year-old David Granados was pronounced dead at a hospital, and police say his 7-year-old brother suffered minor injuries. The boys had been in the home’s front bedroom.

Police say 8 of 11 bus passengers suffered minor injuries.

The unidentified pedestrian suffered several broken bones.

Police say a preliminary investigation indicates no apparent criminality. Inspector Kenneth Lack, a department spokesman, says it appears the pedestrian disregarded several attempts by the bus driver to alert him, including honking his horn before the accident.

MISSISSIPPI

Abortion clinic asks judge to block law

JACKSON — Attorneys for Mississippi’s only abortion clinic are again asking a federal judge to block a state law that could close the facility.

In court papers Wednesday, attorneys say despite repeated attempts, Jackson Women’s Health Organization has been unable to obtain privileges for most of its physicians to admit patients to a local hospital.

A state law that took effect in July requires such privileges.

The law’s supporters say it’s designed for patients’ safety. The clinic, however, calls the requirement “medically unnecessary.”

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