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Iran’s foreign minister says President Donald Trump’s aim “is to bring us to our knees to talk” — but national security adviser John Bolton and U.S. allies in the Mideast want “regime change” and the “disintegration of Iran.”

Mohammad Javad Zarif said he doubts Trump wants conflict, but what he called “the B team” of Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Saudi and Abu Dhabi crown princes is trying to push Iran into measures that would be a pretext for “crazy” and “adventurous” actions.

He told the Asia Society Wednesday that “it’s not a crisis yet, but it’s a dangerous situation, adding: “Accidents, plotted accidents are possible.”

Zarif warned if the U.S. tries to prevent Iran from selling oil, it must be prepared “for the consequences.”

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A prosecutor says a college philosophy teacher accused of entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan with gasoline cans, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also booked a hotel just 20 minutes from the Vatican.

Police said previously that Marc Lamparello had booked a flight to Rome for the next day.

Assistant District Attorney David Stuart said Wednesday that Lamparello was “planning to burn down St. Patrick’s Cathedral” when he was arrested last week. The prosecutor made no further remarks about the Rome plans.

Lamparello made his initial court appearance from a hospital. The judge ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

The New York incident happened just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

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New York City has agreed to pay $1 million to a toxicologist who says she was forced from her job in 2015 after raising questions about a type of DNA testing.

Marina Stajic advocated for more transparency about “low copy number” DNA testing, used when only tiny amounts of DNA can be collected.

Many prosecutors and forensic experts hailed the method but critics called it unreliable.

Stajic was a longtime director of the office’s Forensic Toxicology Laboratory.

She also served on a state forensic science commission. Her lawsuit said that she voted to require the medical examiner’s office to make public an internal study on the validity of the technique. The vote did not pass.

The city’s Law Department says the settlement was “in the best interest of the city.”

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A defense attorney says fake German heiress Anna Sorokin was merely “buying time” and intended to pay back the friends and banks she’s accused of swindling.

Attorney Todd Spodek told a Manhattan jury in his closing argument Tuesday that Sorokin had ambitious business plans and never intended to commit a crime.

He said Sorokin led an unethical and unorthodox lifestyle but was “enabled every step of the way by a system that favors people with money.”

Prosecutors say Sorokin bilked people and businesses out of $275,000 over a 10-month period.

They say she peddled bogus bank statements in applying for a $22 million loan to fund a private arts club.

Deliberations are expected later Tuesday.

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Authorities say a man is facing murder charges in connection with the death of a woman found nearly decapitated in a Brooklyn apartment.

The New York Police Department announced the arrest of Jerry Brown, 34, of Brooklyn, early Sunday.

He also faces an attempted murder charge in connection with another woman who was also at the apartment and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Emergency responders went to a Brooklyn building early Saturday after the surviving woman asked a passing driver to take her to the hospital and he instead called 911.

Police found the dead woman, identified as Savannah Rivera, 20, inside the apartment. A 4-year-old girl was in another room, but was unharmed.

Brown was at a hospital in police custody. There was no information on any attorney for him.

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A wealthy heiress has pleaded guilty to charges implicating her in a sex-trafficking conspiracy case against an upstate New York self-help group.

Clare Bronfman entered the plea on Friday in federal court in Brooklyn.

The plea means the 40-year-old Bronfman will avoid going to trial early next month with Keith Raniere. He’s known as the spiritual leader of the group called NXIVM (NEHK’-see-uhm).

Prosecutors say Bronfman was bankrolling Raniere’s group at a time when he had a secret harem of sex slaves who were branded with his initials.

Sentencing is set for July 25.

Bronfman is a daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr.

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The Latest on a man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick’s in New York City (all times local):

1 p.m.

Police say a man arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had booked a flight to Italy and had also been arrested at a New Jersey cathedral a few days ago.

Deputy New York Police Commissioner John Miller says 37-year-old Marc Lamparello is facing charges including attempted arson and reckless endangerment for after his arrest Wednesday night at the New York City landmark. It happened just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Lamparello remains in police custody.

Police say Lamparello, of Hasbrouck Heights, was confronted by a cathedral security officer when he entered the church and was told he couldn’t bring the items inside.

The security officer notified officers from the counterterrorism bureau who were standing outside.

It isn’t immediately clear whether Lamparello has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.

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The New York Police Department says a New Jersey man is in custody after he entered St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, just days after the Notre Dame cathedral fire in Paris.

Deputy Commissioner John Miller says cathedral security notified officers from the counter-terrorism bureau who were standing outside on Wednesday night.

The New Jersey man said his car ran out of gas and that he was trying to cut through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue. Police determined the vehicle was not out of gas.

The man was being held at a police station on Thursday while prosecutors worked to determine the charges against him.

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A New Jersey man was arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, the New York Police Department said, just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

The unidentified 37-year-old man had pulled up Wednesday night in a minivan outside the landmark cathedral on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, walked around the area, then returned to his vehicle at 7:55 p.m. and retrieved the gasoline and lighter fluid, said NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller.

“As he enters the cathedral he’s confronted by a cathedral security officer who asks him where he’s going and informs him he can’t proceed into the cathedral carrying these things,” said Miller. “At that point some gasoline apparently spills out onto the floor as he’s turned around.”

Security then notified officers from the counter-terrorism bureau who were standing outside, Miller said. The officers caught up to the man and arrested him after he was questioned.

“His basic story was he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue. That his car had run out of gas,” Miller said. “We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas and at that point he was taken into custody.”

“It’s hard to say exactly what his intentions were, but I think the totality of circumstances of an individual walking into an iconic location like St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something that we would have great concern over,” Miller said. “His story is not consistent.”

Miller said the suspect is known to police, who are currently looking into his background.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built in 1878 and has installed a sprinkler-like system during recent renovations. Its wooden roof is also coated with fire retardant.

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Just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, a New Jersey man was arrested Wednesday night after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, according to the New York Police Department.

The unidentified 37-year-old man had pulled up in a minivan outside the landmark cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, walked around the area, then returned to his vehicle at 7:55 p.m. and retrieved the gasoline and lighter fluid, said NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller.

“As he enters the cathedral he’s confronted by a cathedral security officer who asks him where he’s going and informs him he can’t proceed into the cathedral carrying these things,” said Miller. “At that point some gasoline apparently spills out onto the floor as he’s turned around.”

Security then notified officers from the counter-terrorism bureau who were standing outside, Miller said. The officers caught up to the man and arrested him after he was questioned.

“His basic story was he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue. That his car had run out of gas,” Miller said. “We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas and at that point he was taken into custody.”

“It’s hard to say what his intentions were, but I think the totality of circumstances of an individual walking into an iconic location like St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters and lighters is something we would have great concern over,” Miller said.

Miller said the suspect is known to police, who are currently looking into his background.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built in 1878 and has installed a sprinkler-like system during recent renovations. Its wooden roof is also coated with fire retardant.

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Officials in a suburban New York county are announcing new measures to fight the spread of measles.

The new measles rules in Rockland County were announced Tuesday, the day after New York City closed a preschool over non-compliance with measles vaccine requirements.

Both New York City and Rockland are struggling to contain a measles outbreak centered in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods while battling lawsuits over their efforts to require vaccinations.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day says the county will order anyone with measles to stay home, among other measures.

New York City’s Board of Health will vote Wednesday on whether to extend last week’s emergency declaration ordering mandatory vaccinations in four Brooklyn ZIP codes.

New York City has confirmed 329 cases of measles since October. Rockland County has confirmed 186 cases.

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