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Monday, July 28, 2014 - Updated: 10:25 AM

Groups urge Sew York to ban poisons that kill wildlife

NEW YORK (AP) -- Six groups are petitioning New York State to ban a rat poison that is killing wildlife that feed on the tainted rodents.

The wildlife and conservation groups say the rat poisonings have killed animals from more than 30 species.

The petition seeks to ban what are known as second-generation anticoagulants.

The groups cite necropsy reports prepared by the agency they're petitioning, the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

A lawyer for one of the groups, the Center for Biological Diversity, tells The New York Times the pesticides caused or contributed to the deaths of a long list of birds and animals between 1989 and 2013.

The Parks Department says the current citywide protocol is to suspend rodenticides during the nesting period of breeding red-tailed hawks in or near a park.

New York City man dies while trapped in elevator accident

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police say a man has died after becoming trapped between an elevator shaft wall and the elevator car.

Police say it happened at 3:55 a.m. Monday at 680 Tinton Ave. in the Bronx.

Officers who responded to the scene discovered the victim unconscious and unresponsive. He was trapped between the 18th and 19th floors. He was extracted and pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

The investigation into how the man became trapped is continuing.

Police say he was in his twenties but his name was withheld pending family notification.

New Rochelle settles over wheelchair evacuations

NEW ROCHELLE (AP) -- New Rochelle administrators have admitted the district broke federal law by not evacuating two students in wheelchairs during a 2013 emergency.

According to the Journal News, the school won't pay any fines but will change its protocols under a settlement announced by the U.S. attorney's office.

Federal attorneys brought the lawsuit last Wednesday on behalf of the two high school students. The suit said the children remained in the building while other students were evacuated after firefighters responded to a call for smoke in an electrical service room.

The district said the students remained with their aides in what it considered a safe place.

The federal government says the district failed under the law to treat the two the same as other students in the school.

     

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