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1. Heating assistance programs could run out of funds - More than 60,000 Long Island households - and 1.5 million statewide - that cannot pay heating bills this winter would lose government help if Congress doesn't restore $1.8 billion in funding in the next three weeks, state officials and federal lawmakers say. By Michael Amon

2. Routine police stop in Long Beach turns into melee - Long Beach City police needed help from Nassau officers to quell an unexpected confrontation with a large group that resulted in five arrests and minor injuries to at least two officers, police said Wednesday. By Bill Mason

3. Northport woman killed when car flips over in Manorville - A woman was killed when the car she was driving went out of control on a Manorville road Wednesday and flipped over several times before coming to rest in the opposite lane of traffic, police said. By Bill Mason

4. New voting system linked to Altschuler-Bishop miscount - The election night miscount of 1st Congressional District votes stemmed from mistakes in almost 40 percent of election districts, including one in Mount Sinai in which poll workers underreported 985 votes, according to a Newsday examination of unofficial election returns. By Reid J. Epstein

5. Roosevelt Field Mall to reopen after fire - Roosevelt Field officials said they will reopen the mall Thursday at 10 a.m. after a small fire and smoke closed it Wednesday. By John Valenti and Yamiche Alcindor


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