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1 dead, many injured in bus crash

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, N.J. — New Jersey State Police said one person has died and several have been injured in a bus crash involving Adirondack Trailways on a New Jersey highway.

Police said officers responded to the crash on I-80 just before 8 p.m. Thursday. They said a bus and multiple vehicles were involved. According to WABC-TV, the deceased was ejected from one of the vehicles.

Authorities said two of the injured are in serious condition and one critical. A Morristown Medical Center spokeswoman said the hospital received 20 patients from the crash and many were treated and released.

The state Department of Transportation tweeted that all express lanes were closed on the highway. Local lanes were closed in one direction but are now reopened.

Adirondack Trailways has routes from Buffalo-Montreal-Albany-New York City including stops locally in Glens Falls, Lake George and Saratoga Springs.

It is unknown at this time where the bus departed from.

Boats break loose amid ice jams

TROY — An unoccupied Hudson River cruise ship that broke loose from its moorings amid rising water and ice jams has been freed from beneath a rail bridge in Albany.

The four-deck Captain J.P. III cruise ship and six other vessels drifted downriver from Troy toward Albany early Friday, temporarily closing five vehicle bridges during morning rush hour.

The 300-foot cruise vessel was stuck for hours beneath a railroad bridge connecting Albany and Rensselaer, prompting Amtrak to reduce speeds over the span. Two Coast Guard ice-breaking cutters and two commercial tug boats worked to pull it free.

The Coast Guard said the ship was freed around 3:30 p.m. and towed back north to Troy. The ship reached its destination shortly before 5 p.m. The Coast Guard said all other vessels that drifted downriver were also secured by Friday afternoon.

Transgender discrimination banned

ALBANY — New York state added gender identity and gender expression to the state’s anti-discrimination law Friday, making it illegal to deny people a job, housing, education or public accommodations because they are transgender.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law in Manhattan at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Center. He also signed legislation prohibiting conversion therapy for minors, in which a therapist tries to change a young person’s sexual orientation.

Both bills passed last week after being blocked for years in the state Senate by Republican lawmakers. That changed when Democrats won control of the chamber in November.

The anti-discrimination bill adds gender identity and gender expression to the existing law banning discrimination based on gender, age, religion, race or sexual orientation.

“This, my friends, is New York at its best,” Cuomo said to an audience of supporters as he prepared to sign the measure.

Cuomo issued an executive order in 2015 adding gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination rules. Supporters wanted the change made in statute, since Cuomo’s executive order could be rescinded by a future governor while the entire Legislature must vote to repeal a statute.

“These laws will literally save lives, and their passage would not have been possible without the tireless work of advocates and allies across New York over the last decade,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Cuomo had also used his executive authority to prohibit insurers from covering any therapy involving conversion therapy for minors. The new statute goes further by fully outlawing it for young people. The practice has already been condemned by leading psychiatric and psychological associations.

New York is the 15th state to ban conversion therapy for minors. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.

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