State news in brief

Woman climbs over fence at lion exhibit

NEW YORK (AP) — Zoo officials say a woman reportedly climbed over a safety barrier at the lion exhibit at a New York City zoo.

The Bronx Zoo says in a statement that staff received a report that an individual climbed over the visitor barrier at the African lion exhibit on Saturday.

The woman is seen in a social media video waving to the lion from across a moat that separates the animals from visitors.

Another video shows the woman climbing over the wooden safety barrier before stopping at the edge of the moat.

The zoo says this was a “serious violation and unlawful trespass.” The Bronx Zoo says they have a “zero tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers.”

West Point to honor female 4-star general

WEST POINT (AP) — The first woman to become a four-star general in the U.S. military will be honored with an award at West Point.

Retired Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody will receive the Thayer Award on Oct. 10 at a ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy.

The award is presented by West Point’s Association of Graduates to those whose service in the national interest reflects the academy’s motto of “Duty, Honor, Country.” Past recipients include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bob Hope and Tom Brokaw and Robert Mueller. Last year’s recipient was Leon Panetta.

Before her retirement in 2012, Dunwoody led and ran Army Materiel Command, the largest global logistics command in the Army.

2 swimmers missing of Rockaway Beach

NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue crews are searching for two swimmers missing in the surf off Rockaway Beach in Queens.

Fire officials say they received a call of three people in the rough water near Beach 96th Street Tuesday afternoon.

A 15-year-old was immediately rescued by civilians. Police say two other teens, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, are reported to be still missing.

Police divers were pulled out of the water due to rough and dangerous conditions. They’ll resume their search when conditions become safe.

By Kerry Minor

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