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POSTED September 9, 2013 10:13 p.m.

NYC MAN DIES AFTER PUNCHED IN POSSIBLE BIAS ATTACK: NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a 62-year-old New York City man has died less than a week after he was assaulted by a man who threatened to "punch the first white man" he saw.

Jeffrey Babbitt died Monday. Police say the attack happened Wednesday in Union Square Park in Manhattan. After Babbitt was struck, he fell backward and hit his head.

Officials say 31-year-old Lashawn Marten punched the man and then attacked two other men who tried to help Babbitt.

Babbitt is white. Marten is black.

The New York Police Department's hate crimes unit is investigating. Marten is being held on an assault charge, but upgraded charges are possible.

MAN IN COLO. ACCUSED OF DRUNKEN HORSEBACK RIDE: BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — University of Colorado police have arrested a man suspected of going on a drunken horseback ride through the city of Boulder.

Witnesses saw the rider and horse occasionally wandering into traffic near the school Monday afternoon. Police pulled over the rider and gave him a sobriety test, and he was arrested on suspicion of riding under the influence.

The man's name hasn't been released. Police say he had a small dog in his backpack and beer in one of his saddlebags.

The horse and the dog have been impounded.

NEW WIFE CHARGED WITH MURDER IN DEATH OF HUSBAND: MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A newlywed wife was charged Monday with killing her husband by pushing him off a cliff in Glacier National Park during an argument just a week after they got married.

Charging documents suggest Jordan Linn Graham, 22, was having second thoughts about getting married around the time the body of her husband, Cody Lee Johnson, 25, of Kalispell, was discovered.

Graham told an FBI agent that she and her husband had been arguing July 7 as they walked in the Loop Trail area of the park.

At one point, she turned to walk away, but Johnson grabbed her arm, she said. She turned around, removed his hand from her arm and "due to her anger, she pushed Johnson with both hands in the back, and as a result, he fell face first off the cliff," an affidavit states.

Johnson was reported missing July 8 when he failed to show up for work. Graham later reported that she had spotted his body.

 

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