Fire in Storage Room

Disrupts N.Y. Subways

NEW YORK -- A three-alarm fire in a subway storage room in Manhattan disrupted the morning commute for tens of thousands straphangers and injured 13 firefighters.

The fire, which began shortly after 8 a.m., burned for a little over three hours and spread to another room, forcing the evacuation of the Greenwich Village station. Fire officials said it appeared the cause was electrical.

Transit authorities rerouted seven lines, creating track congestion from the Bronx to Brooklyn. Normal subway service resumed by early afternoon.

* TAUNTON, Mass. -- Crews started building a rock dam to replace a decrepit wooden one that nearly collapsed and swamped this town of 50,000 earlier this week. The new dam was expected to be finished in hours, and the old Whittenton Pond Dam, only a few feet upstream, will be detonated Saturday, ahead of a nighttime storm that was forecast to bring another 1 to 3 inches of rain.

* NEW YORK -- Undercover police officer Bryan Conroy, 27, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide for the fatal shooting of unarmed African immigrant Ousmane Zongo, 43, after a chase in a warehouse two years ago. Jurors acquitted Conroy of second-degree manslaughter.

* MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Cheered only by their teammates, rival football teams from Mount Vernon and New Rochelle high schools competed Friday morning in front of two dozen police and an otherwise empty stadium -- a precaution sparked by the schools' worry that violence might occur. New Rochelle won, 40-16.

* MIAMI -- Alexander Gil-Rodriguez and Luis Manuel Taboada-Cabrera, who allegedly packed a speedboat with Cubans and sent the craft through the Florida Straits, where it sank, killing Julian Villasuso, 6, were charged with conspiring to bring illegal immigrants to the United States, officials said.

* POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- Child-welfare authorities seized a newborn from a hospital and placed the baby in a foster home because his father is a convicted sex offender. A judge granted the mother supervised visitation rights but prohibited visits from the father.

* NEW YORK -- Steve West of Medford, Ore., and three family members won $340 million in the multi-state Powerball lottery, the second-largest jackpot, ABC News Radio reported. "I'm told by everybody else that this is a life-changing situation," West said, "and I didn't plan on wanting to change that much."

* MIAMI -- A 93-year-old Florida motorist hit a pedestrian, killing him and severing his leg, and then kept driving three miles to a toll bridge with the corpse stuck in his windshield, police said. A tollbooth attendant called authorities in St. Petersburg, and police reported that Ralph Thomas Parker "did not realize he had been involved in a crash."

* SAN FRANCISCO -- Lashuan Harris, 23, who was seen dropping her young sons into San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder. The body Taronta Greeley, 2, was recovered, but the other two boys, Treyshun Harris, 6, and Joshoa Greeley, 16 months, were missing and presumed dead, authorities said.

* ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri inmate whose effort to get an abortion went to the Supreme Court had the procedure Thursday in St. Louis, after the courts ruled that the state must give her transportation.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports