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In Israel: King, Paterson run to shelter as Iron Dome blocks Hamas rockets

Former Gov. David Paterson, left, is shown on

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On a solidarity trip to Israel, Rep. Peter King said he and former New York Gov. David A. Paterson Tuesday had to scramble to a shelter in the town of Ashkelon near Gaza when sirens warned of incoming Hamas rockets.

But Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, underwritten by U.S. funds, identified and exploded the rockets, King said, creating loud thuds and puffs of smoke in the clear blue...

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C.D. 4: Blakeman goes to Washington... to raise money

Republican businessman and lawyer Bruce Blakeman heads to Washington tomorrow to raise money as he continues to try to make the case that he can run a competitive campaign against Democrat Kathleen Rice.Blakeman will appear at the Capitol Hill Club, a Republican bastion near the U.S. Capitol, at a hour-long fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. It's hosted by former Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S....

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