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Pills fall from woman in jail holding cell

ALBANY -- Authorities say 38-year-old Andrea Amanatides of Albany was waiting in an Albany County Jail holding cell, when a pill fell onto the floor.  Video shows her adjusting herself, but then more pills fall.  She tries to kick them out of the way.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says the pills came from a condom that Amanatides had hidden inside her. Authorities say the woman was waiting to be processed after she was sentenced to jail for a probation violation.

She allegedly had four bags of heroin and more than 250 prescription pills hidden in a condom inside her.

"This is a person that's familiar with the operation of the facility.  This is a person who knows also the inner workings of the facility as far as the inmates go, so she knows if she has these pills, it gives her bartering power," said Sheriff Apple.

Trees down after storm in Menands

Trees down after storm in Menands

Jen Mess sent this picture to NewsChannel 13’s Facebook page of a tree down in Menands during Tuesday’s storm.

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Scientists discover world’s oldest forest at Gilboa Dam

GILBOA - Scientists say it was like discovering the botanical equivalent of dinosaur footprints. They're talking about the floor of the world's oldest forest, discovered during repair of the Gilboa Dam.

It dates back roughly 385 million years.

Previously scientists thought the area was just a stagnant swamp with only one type of tree growing. Thanks to this discovery that's no longer the case.

“Now we know that there were at least three trees growing, other plants," paleontologist Linda Vanaller Hernick explained. "This area was near a coastal area and it was also disturbed by a lot of high and low water.”

That means an ocean wasn't far away from where countless homes and roads now stand. The discovery is being highlighted in Thursday's issue of the journal "Nature."

People can see some of the fossilized trees and other artifacts at the New York State Museum.

Billboards link obesity with cheese in school

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An organization that promotes a vegan diet is using billboards showing fat bellies and thighs to make a case against cheese on school lunch menus.          

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says cheese products play a big role in the epidemic of childhood obesity. The group wants the Albany city school district to cut cheese from its lunch menu, which is loaded with the stuff.          

Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee wrote in a letter to school board President Daniel Egan that one in three students in New York are overweight or obese.          

The billboards went up on Tuesday. One shows a man's potbelly and says "Your abs on cheese." Another shows a woman's cellulite-dimpled thigh and says "Your thighs on cheese."

Americans desire time travel, mind reading powers

	Americans desire time travel, mind reading powers

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) - Being able to fly would be nice, so would invisibility. But given a chance to pick one superpower, more Americans say they would want to travel through time or read other people's minds.

Time travel and mind reading tied for first place in a Marist College poll released Tuesday. Both superpowers received 28 percent of the votes out of five choices. Flying came in third followed by the ability to teleport and invisibility.

Pollsters surveyed 1,020 people across the country Nov. 15 through Nov. 18. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.


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