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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) This is the last World Cup for three of the game's best players, including Rochester native Abby Wambach.

German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer and Japan's Homare Sawa both say they plan to retire from their national teams following this World Cup, and U.S. forward Abby Wambach says this will be her last World Cup.

Germany faces England in the third-place match on Saturday in Edmonton, while the United States plays Japan in the final Sunday at Vancouver's BC Place.

Hamlin Bridge To Close For A Year Monday

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The 1,700 drivers on the west side of Monroe County who cross Sandy Creek in Hamlin on Route 19 every day will see a detour beginning Monday.

The state DOT is replacing the 55-year old bridge.

In a statement to WXXI, NYS DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said a short traffic detour will help crews finish the project efficiently.

“We strive to keep traffic impacts to a minimum and  -- in this case -- determined that a short detour during construction is the most efficient way to progress.”

Construction could take a year.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management to enhance monitoring of celebrations and events on Saturday, July 4 in light of the recent terror warning issued by the FBI and  and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Cuomo urged New Yorkers to be alert and aware of any potential suspicious activity during the holiday weekend.

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York prosecutor says compliance with a state law to combat school bullying, harassment or intimidation is a "disaster."

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas recently reviewed statewide reporting of the so-called "Dignity Act."

She noted 58 percent of all schools failed to report even one incident of bullying. And 82 percent had no incidents of cyberbullying.

She says the numbers reflect "serious problems" with the reporting.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is declining to report his outside income on a state disclosure form, citing federal charges that he collected nearly $4 million in kickbacks.

The Manhattan Democrat wrote on the disclosure forms that it would be "inappropriate" to detail his legal work or his non-governmental income in light of the charges. Silver says he will be exonerated.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police are seeking the public's help in locating the owner of a backpack an escaped murderer was carrying when he was shot and wounded by a trooper near the Canadian border.

Police on Friday say 35-year-old David Sweat had a red and black TYR brand backpack. Officials have said Sweat was carrying maps, tools, Pop Tarts and other items in the backpack when he was caught June 28.

Troopers say the backpack is believed to have been stolen from a camp in neighboring Franklin or Clinton County.

RIT Professor Wins National Award

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RIT associate professor of chemistry Lea Vacca Michel has won a national award for inspiring women in the fields of science and technology.

Michel is director of an RIT program called WISE - for Women in Science.

The success of the program made her one of 100 women to win the national INSIGHT Into Diversity award, from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, for encouraging young women to consider STEM careers.

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County Executive Maggie Brooks announced Ontario Beach Park is open for the season.

From now until the end of summer, if you call the Ontario Beach hotline (585-753-5887) after 9:00am, a recorded message will give you beach conditions, water temperature, and whether or not the beach is open that day.

Lifeguards are on duty from 11:00am-7:00pm, and people are invited to swim if the conditions allow it.

The American Red Cross anticipates a blood shortage this holiday season.

Spokeswoman Cara Noble says there are plenty of reasons donations drop off in the summer months: Not only do high schools and colleges with regular drives shut down, people go on vacation. She says more than 40 percent of blood and platelet donors will be away over the holiday.

"Right now we're asking eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment right now so we can help prevent summer shortages. Patients don't get a summer holiday or a vacation from needing blood or platelets."

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

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