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Friday, April 05, 2013 - Updated: 4:10 PM

Mayor: Fight crime by being more like NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says places that want to reduce gun violence might want to emulate the Big Apple.

Bloomberg met Thursday with the parents of Hadiya Pendleton. The 15-year-old Chicago girl was killed by a stray bullet days after performing at President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities. The men charged in her death are ages 19 and 20.

A 2011 survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 2.3 percent of high school students in New York City reported having carried a gun at least once in the past 30 days.

That rate was far below the national average of 5.1 percent.

Bloomberg says strong penalties for illegal gun possession and proactive policing make youths reluctant to carry guns.

NYC 'zombie' finds LI cat in Times Square

NEW YORK (AP) -- A worker who dresses as a zombie found a cat in Times Square that went missing from his Long Island owner's home two years ago.

Disaster the cat was spotted early Saturday morning by haunted house promoter Jeremy Zelkowitz. He said Thursday he found the scared black and white cat crossing 42nd Street in Manhattan.

Zelkowitz dropped Disaster off at a nearby animal hospital, where staff scanned a microchip that had been implanted in the cat. The chip identified his last owner as New York City police officer Jimmy Helliesen .

Helliesen adopted Disaster two years ago, but just after six months of living with him on Long Island the cat fled. Helliesen didn't know how Disaster ended up in Manhattan, saying his journey must have been "quite an adventure."

Cornell wrestler charged with rape

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) -- A 22-year-old Cornell University wrestler has been charged after a woman said she woke up to find him raping her, and the woman's partner later took a photo that led to his arrest.

Peter Mesko, of Honesdale, Pa., was charged Tuesday with first-degree rape. Mesko was freed on $5,000 bail, to appear in court Friday. Police didn't know if he has a lawyer.

The Ithaca Journal reports that court papers say the women were sleeping early Saturday when one awoke to find a stranger on top of her. The women fought him off and ran upstairs.


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