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The fire was small , but its location at the World Trade towers drew crews ready for action. MARK LENNIHAN / AP, File
The fire was small , but its location at the World Trade towers drew crews ready for action. MARK LENNIHAN / AP, File
Posted: June 03, 2012

Cabbie, tourist die in N.Y. crash

NEW YORK - A three-way wreck on a rain-slick highway Saturday killed a taxi driver and a Utah woman who was taking her grandson to see the city sights, and the boy was hospitalized after being rescued from the crushed cab.

Suzanne Nicholson and her grandson Gabriel Larsen, 11, were taking the taxi from John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens to Manhattan, a trip arranged to celebrate his recent birthday, said her husband, Dewayne Nicholson.

Traveling west on the Long Island Expressway around 12:30 a.m., the taxi hit the back of a sports car, rolled into the highway's right lane, then was crushed by a garbage truck that couldn't stop in time, police said. The impact killed cab driver Mohamed Hussain, 46, of Queens, and Nicholson, 60. - AP

Obama urges action on bills

WASHINGTON - President Obama wants Congress to act on bills he says will accelerate the economy. He said the country has responsibilities that are "bigger than an election."

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said Congress could pass legislation to help states prevent more layoffs, put construction workers on the job, and help small-business owners hire workers.

His remarks follow the latest jobs report showing only 69,000 jobs added in May.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said Democrats are promoting "gimmicks" and unless Congress and Obama act, Americans will deal with a tax increase of nearly $500 billion that could push the nation back into recession. - AP

Fla. man held in infant son's death

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida man is being held without bond in the death of his 1-month-old son, who was found in the trunk of a car.

Janus Saintil was being held Saturday at the Broward County jail on charges of murder, kidnapping and other counts.

The Broward Sheriff's Office says Saintil kidnapped the baby's mother, another woman, and a man on Thursday. He allegedly left the adults in Port St. Lucie and returned to Broward County with the baby.

The baby's body was found Friday after Saintil parked the car next to a police officer. Coral Springs Police Lt. Joe McHugh identified the baby as Saintil's son, Josiah Saintil. - AP

Small fire burns at Trade Center

NEW YORK - Firefighters responded to the 89th floor of One World Trade Center on Saturday to help construction workers put out a smoldering fire in some wooden decking.

The fire was a small one and never progressed to the point where it posed a threat to life or property, but its location on the site of the Sept. 11 attacks made it anything but routine.

The New York City Fire Department said it got the call for help at 7:15 a.m. Workers at the unfinished tower used fire extinguishers to put out the burning plywood themselves, but firefighters were still on the scene wetting down the area an hour later.

A Port Authority official said there were no injuries or structural damage. - AP

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