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Hillary Clinton gets a Senate challenge

ALBANY -- A former Green Party member who advocates an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq says that he will challenge the incumbent, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for the 2006 Democratic nomination for Senate. Steven Greenfield, 44, a saxophone player who has a degree in economics, switched to the Democratic Party last month so he could challenge Clinton. He says he probably will need 15,000 signatures statewide to get on next September's ballot. ''She's in favor of the war and in favor of continuing the occupation," Greenfield said in a telephone interview from New Paltz. The Clinton camp had no comment. (AP)

Man killed in subway after push onto tracks

NEW YORK -- A 22-year-old man was killed yesterday after police said he was pushed in front of a subway in Queens. The man, Edison Guzman, was arguing with another man on the 52d Street platform of the 7 line in the Sunnyside section of Queens, police said. Guzman was thrown onto the tracks as the northbound train approached the station at 5 a.m., police said. Richie Molina, 19, of Brooklyn, was arrested, police said. (AP)

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Wisconsin senator touts 'cheeseheads'

The time has come for a ''cheesehead" in the White House, although Senator Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, does not know if he's the one to take that mantle. He put his chances of seeking for the nomination in 2008 at ''probably higher" than one in 100. ''I do think one thing we can all agree on is that this country is overdue for a cheesehead president. We've never had one," he told ABC's ''This Week." (AP)

FLORIDA

A new tropical storm s likely to weaken

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Delta gained strength in the Atlantic yesterday, but was expected to weaken before reaching the Canary Islands, forecasters said. Delta, the 25th named storm of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, had top sustained wind near 70 miles per hour, 4 miles per hours shy of hurricane strength, the National Hurricane Center said. The six-month Atlantic season officially ends Wednesday, but tropical storms and hurricanes can develop in December. (AP)

TEXAS

Six dogs are reported to fatally maul woman

THORNDALE-- A pack of six dogs mauled a 76-year-old woman to death on Saturday as she worked in her yard, authorities said. The woman, Lillian Loraine Stiles, was riding on a lawn mower in her front yard when she was confronted by the dogs, described as pitbull-rottweiler mixed breeds, officials said. (AP)

NEW JERSEY

Escape of prisoner stirs new proposals

BRIDGETON -- The escape of a prisoner from a halfway house earlier this month has prompted Department of Corrections Commissioner Devon Brown to propose measures that include reducing payment to the facilities' contractors ''whenever negligence results in a threat to public safety." Brown's statement was part of a directive the department issued to New Jersey's 21 halfway facilities in the wake of the Nov. 3 escape of prisoner Cameron Rogers from the Kintock House in Bridgeton. (AP)

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