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1 killed, 32 injured in Long Island pileup

SHIRLEY -- A traffic pileup on a major road left one person dead and 32 people injured on Long Island, with dozens of vehicles scattered over several hundred yards and some catching on fire.

Police said the chaos on the eastbound Long Island Expressway in Shirley happened shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Aerial shots from News12 Long Island showed at least one tractor- trailer and several cars apparently damaged by fire. The roadway was closed between exits 65 and 69. Authorities expected the eastbound section to be closed for hours, probably through the night.

Several hours later, a tractor-trailer could be seen smoldering. A nearby car was burned so badly it was impossible to see what kind of vehicle it had been, with its tires incinerated.

Cars faced in all directions, some with minor damage and others wrecked.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the chaos on the isolated stretch of road in the rural part of eastern Long Island.


Weather delays removal of suspected tsunami debris

FORKS -- Stormy weather is keeping crews looking for tsunami debris away from a dock that washed ashore on a remote beach on the coast.

David Workman, a spokesman for the state Marine Debris Task Force, said high wind and tides are making it hard to reach the site on the Olympic Peninsula.

He said a team hopes to arrive on Thursday.

Workman said it has not been confirmed that the dock is debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. It appears to be similar to a Japanese dock that washed ashore in June at Newport, Ore. It was cut up and removed.

The Coast Guard spotted the latest dock on Tuesday on a wilderness beach of Olympic National Park.


Indiana man pleads guilty to vandalism in mosque

TOLEDO -- A former Marine from Indiana admitted on Wednesday that he broke into a mosque in Ohio and set fire to a prayer rug because he wanted revenge for the killings of American troops overseas. …