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Today in History

Today is Friday, Dec. 9, the 344th day of 2016. There are 22 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 9, 1916, actor, author, producer and director Kirk Douglas, known for such movies as \"The Bad and the Beautiful,\" ''Lust for Life,\" ''Gunfight at the O.K. Corral\" and \"Spartacus,\" to name only a few, was born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, New York.

On this date:

In 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem, \"The Charge of the Light Brigade,\" was published in England.

In 1892, \"Widowers' Houses,\" Bernard Shaw's first play, opened at the Royalty Theater in London.

In 1911, an explosion inside the Cross Mountain coal mine near Briceville, Tennessee, killed 84 workers. (Five were rescued.)

In 1935, the Downtown Athletic Club of New York honored college football player Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago with the DAC Trophy, which later became known as the Heisman Trophy.

In 1940, British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II.

In 1958, the anti-communist John Birch Society was formed in Indianapolis.

In 1962, the Petrified Forest in Arizona was designated a national park.

In 1965, Nikolai V. Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, a job he would hold for almost 12 years. \"A Charlie Brown Christmas,\" the first animated TV special featuring characters from the \"Peanuts\" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, was first broadcast on CBS.

In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan-authorization that officials of New York City and State said would prevent a city default.

In 1984, the five-day-old hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetliner that claimed the lives of two Americans ended as Iranian security men seized control of the plane, which was parked at Tehran airport.

In 1987, the first Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, began as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli response.

In 1992, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (The couple's divorce became final Aug. 28, 1996.)

Ten years ago: Discovery lighted up the sky in the first nighttime space shuttle launch in four years. A fire broke out at a Moscow drug treatment hospital, killing 46 women trapped by barred windows and a locked gate. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy. Singer Georgia Gibbs, who'd reached the top of the charts in the 1950s, died in New York City at age 87.

Five years ago: The European Union said 26 of its 27 member countries were open to joining a new treaty tying their finances together to solve the euro crisis; Britain remained opposed. A jury in New Haven, Connecticut, condemned Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sahr-JEV'-skee) to death for killing a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror in their suburban Cheshire home. (The other defendant in the case, Steven Hayes, had also been condemned to death.) A fire at a hospital in Kolkata, India, claimed the lives of at least 93 people.

One year ago: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for the 2014 police shooting of a black teenager during a special City Council meeting that he called to discuss a police abuse scandal at the center of the biggest crisis of his administration, and promised \"complete and total\" reform to restore trust in the police. A jury in Albuquerque, New Mexico, convicted a 20-year-old man of beating two homeless men to death with cinder blocks and other items as they slept in a vacant lot. The state of Georgia executed Brian Keith Terrell for murdering 70-year-old John Watson, a friend of his mother's, over forged checks.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Kirk Douglas is 100. Actor-writer Buck Henry is 86. Actress Dame Judi Dench is 82. Actor Beau Bridges is 75. Football Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus is 74. Comedian-songwriter Neil Innes is 72. Actor Michael Nouri is 71. Former Sen. Thomas Daschle, D-S.D., is 69. World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite is 67. Singer Joan Armatrading is 66. Actor Michael Dorn is 64. Actor John Malkovich is 63. Country singer Sylvia is 60. Singer Donny Osmond is 59. Rock musician Nick Seymour (Crowded House) is 58. Comedian Mario Cantone is 57. Actor David Anthony Higgins is 55. Actor Joe Lando is 55. Actress Felicity Huffman is 54. Crown Princess Masako of Japan is 53. Country musician Jerry Hughes (Yankee Grey) is 51. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is 50. Rock singer-musician Thomas Flowers (Oleander) is 49. Rock musician Brian Bell (Weezer) is 48. Rock singer-musician Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers) is 47. Country musician Brian Hayes (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 47. Actress Allison Smith is 47. Songwriter and former \"American Idol\" judge Kara DioGuardi (dee-oh-GWAHR'-dee) is 46. Country singer David Kersh is 46. Actress Reiko (RAY'-koh) Aylesworth is 44. Rock musician Tre Cool (Green Day) is 44. Rapper Canibus is 42. Actor Kevin Daniels is 40. Actor/writer/director Mark Duplass is 40. Rock musician Eric Zamora (Save Ferris) is 40. Rock singer Imogen Heap is 39. Actor Jesse Metcalfe is 38. Actor Simon Helberg is 36. Actress Jolene Purdy is 33. Actor Joshua Sasse is 29. Actress Ashleigh Brewer (TV: \"The Bold and the Beautiful\") is 26. Olympic gold and silver medal gymnast McKayla Maroney is 21.

Thought for Today: \"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.\" \u2014 John Milton, English poet (1608-1674).

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This photo gallery highlights some of the top imagery and news moments made by Associated Press photographers based in Latin America and Caribbean that were published in the last week.

After a week of mourning by Cubans that reached near-religious peaks of adulation for Fidel Castro, President Raul Castro announced that his government would prohibit the naming of streets and monuments for his late brother. It also will bar the construction of statues of Fidel, in keeping with the former leader's desire to avoid a cult of personality.

Fidel Castro's ashes were interred during a private ceremony in Santa Ifigenia cemetery in the eastern Cuba city of Santiago.

AP photographer Rodrigo Abd spent 20 days in Venezuela's coastal state of Sucre documenting life in a region where a once-thriving fishing industry has collapsed and pirates are terrorizing the fishermen who still work.

On a rainy Saturday that accentuated the grief, 20,000 people filled a small stadium in Chapeco, Brazil, to say goodbye to members of the Chapecoense soccer club. Most of the team's players and staff died when their charter plane crashed in the Andes as the headed to the finals of one of Latin America's most important club tournaments.

Mexico's viscous, beer-like pulque fell out of favor starting in the 1970s as the beverage got a reputation as a peasant's drink, but times have changed. AP photographer Marco Ugarte visited a few of Mexico City's pulquerias, where the drink is making a comeback among a new generation of Mexicans.

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The photo gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City. Twitter handle: @LatDesk.

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SEATTLE (AP) \u2014 Washington on Thursday became the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company said the case \"lacks merit.\"

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit at a news conference in downtown Seattle, saying they expect to win hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars from the company.

\"It is time to hold the sole U.S. manufacturer of PCBs accountable for the significant harm they have caused to our state,\" Ferguson said, noting that the chemicals continue to imperil the health of protected salmon and orcas despite the tens of millions of dollars Washington has spent to clean up the pollution. \"Monsanto produced PCBs for decades while hiding what they knew about the toxic chemicals' harm to human health and the environment.\"

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, were used in many industrial and commercial applications, including in paint, coolants, sealants and hydraulic fluids. Monsanto, based in St. Louis, produced them from 1935 until Congress banned them in 1979.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, PCBs have been shown to cause a variety of health problems, including cancer in animals as well as effects on the immune, nervous and reproductive systems.

Monsanto spokesman Scott S. Partridge said in a statement that the \"case is experimental because it seeks to target a product manufacturer for selling a lawful and useful chemical four to eight decades ago that was applied by the U.S. government, Washington State, local cities, and industries into many products to make them safer. PCBs have not been produced in the U.S. for four decades, and Washington is now pursuing a case on a contingency fee basis that departs from settled law both in Washington and across the country. Most of the prior cases filed by the same contingency fee lawyers have been dismissed, and Monsanto believes this case similarly lacks merit.\"

In response to a similar lawsuit filed last year by the city of Spokane, Washington, Monsanto said a previous incarnation of the company produced the PCBs, which it said \"served an important fire protection and safety purpose.\"

\"PCBs sold at the time were a lawful and useful product that was then incorporated by third parties into other useful products,\" Charla Lord, a company spokeswoman, wrote. \"If improper disposal or other improper uses created the necessity for clean-up costs, then these other third parties would bear responsibility for these costs.\"

Several other cities \u2014 including Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Long Beach and San Diego, California \u2014 have also sued Monsanto over PCB pollution, the Attorney General's Office said. Those cases are ongoing.

Ferguson, a Democrat, pointed to internal Monsanto documents that show the company long knew about the danger the chemicals posed. In 1937, an internal memo said testing on animals showed \"systemic toxic effects\" from prolonged exposure by inhaling PCB fumes or ingestion. In 1969, a company committee on PCBs noted, \"There is too much customer/market need and selfishly too much Monsanto profit to go out.\"

\"There is little probability that any action that can be taken will prevent the growing incrimination of specific polychlorinated biphenyls ... as nearly global environmental contaminants leading to contamination of human food (particularly fish), the killing of some marine species (shrimp), and the possible extinction of several species of fish eating birds,\" a committee memo said.

Nevertheless, Monsanto told officials around the country the contrary. In a letter to New Jersey's Department of Conservation that year, Monsanto wrote, \"Based on available data, manufacturing and use experience, we do not believe PCBs to be seriously toxic.\"

Ferguson said that infuriated him. He noted that his great-grandparents settled along Washington's Skagit River in the late 19th century. The Skagit was one of more than 100 water bodies in the state listed in the lawsuit as being polluted with PCBs.

\"That river, the Skagit River, which my family depended on to a great degree in the 19th century as they homesteaded here, is now contaminated by PCBs, as are the fish,\" he said. \"That makes me mad.\"

Ferguson said his office had been in touch with counterparts in other states, but it remained unclear if other states would follow Washington's lead in suing the company.

Washington's lawsuit seeks damages on several grounds, including product liability for what it described as Monsanto's failure to warn about the danger of PCBs; negligence; and even trespass, for injuring the state's natural resources.

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Follow Gene Johnson at https://twitter.com/GeneAPseattle

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Donald Trump's campaign spent about $94 million in its final push for the White House, according to new fundraising reports filed Thursday.

The Republican continued his campaign-long trend of spending far less than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Her campaign blew through almost $132 million in its closing weeks, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. The latest reports cover Oct. 20 through Nov. 28.

Over the course of the primary and general elections, the Trump campaign raised about $340 million. That included $66 million that the billionaire businessman contributed from his own pocket. The Clinton campaign, which maintained a longer and more concerted fundraising focus, brought in about $581 million.

Brad Parscale, Trump's digital director who was empowered with spending decisions across the campaign, credited strategic last-minute investments with helping propel the political newcomer to victory.

Specifically, he told The Associated Press, the campaign and Republican Party spent about $5 million in get-out-the-vote digital advertising targeted in the final few days to Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida. That proved critical; some of those states were won by razor-thin margins.

\"You think, what if we hadn't spent that?\" Parscale said. \"We might not have won.\"

Another investment that he said paid dividends was $7 million to air a two-minute \"closing\" television commercial. \"Our movement is about replacing the failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people,\" he said as images from his rallies rolled across the screen.

The final FEC report showed the extent of the Trump advertising splurge. The campaign spent nearly $39 million on last-minute TV ads and another $29 million on digital advertising and consulting work done by Parscale's firm.

Clinton's campaign placed a far greater emphasis than Trump on television advertising, a more traditional way of reaching swaths of voters. She spent $72 million on TV ads and about $16 million on internet ads in the final weeks.

The former secretary of state also spent more than $12 million on travel \u2014 about double what Trump spent. Clinton, who not only had a money advantage over Trump but a staffing edge, spent more than $4 million on a nearly 900-strong payroll.

Still, Clinton's top campaign aides have acknowledged in post-election appearances that it didn't always spend money in the right places.

Her campaign manager Robby Mook said at a gathering of political strategists and journalists last week at Harvard University that he regretted not putting more staff in Michigan. When the state certified its results \u2014 20 days after the election\u2014 Trump had won by just under 11,000 votes.

Outside groups that spent money on the presidential election also filed reports Thursday.

Helping Trump were super political action committees including Rebuilding America Now and Great America.

Rebuilding America spent $3.4 million, mostly on TV and digital ads, in the final scramble. Real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer gave $1 million, investor Stephen Feinberg gave $975,000 and private prisons behemoth GEO Group gave $125,000 through one of its subsidiaries.

On Clinton's side, Priorities USA \u2014 which raised and spent more than any super PAC in history \u2014 landed $16 million in the final weeks of the campaign, bringing its total haul to about $192 million.

Some of the group's final seven-figure contributions came from its most loyal donors: media mogul Haim Saban and investors James Simons and Donald Sussman.

The 2016 election is over \u2014 but the fundraising continues.

The president-elect has raised millions of dollars since Nov. 8. That money is coming in mostly through purchased merchandise such as hats and ornaments and is paying for Trump's \"thank you\" tour, which took him to Ohio and Iowa on Thursday.

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ATMORE, Ala. (AP) \u2014 US Supreme Court says Alabama can proceed with execution of man convicted of killing convenience store clerk.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) \u2014 Asian shares meandered Friday as an overnight rally in U.S. markets helped by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program faded. South Korea's benchmark slipped as lawmakers prepared to vote on whether or not to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 1.1 percent to 18,971.24 as the yen weakened against the dollar. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.3 percent to 3,226.25. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.2 percent to 5,556. Indexes in most Southeast Asian countries also rose but South Korea's Kospi bucked the trend, dipping 0.3 percent to 2,023.35 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.4 percent to 22,760.60.

EURO WATCH: The European Central extended its bond-buying economic stimulus program, known as \"quantitative easing,\" as investors expected. It will spend about $579 billion through the end of 2017. But starting in March it will begin spending less on bonds. The move is seen as a hedge against political uncertainties such as Italy's recent referendum and elections next year in France, Germany and the Netherlands. China's slowdown, U.S. rate hikes and the impact of President-elect Donald Trump on growth and global trade also loom large.

ANALYST'S TAKE: \"The ECB's policy change looks like a typical compromise where the hawks have been prepared to concede an extension of the minimum time frame for QE in return for a taper. The bottom line for markets is that QE will continue at a substantial rate for another 12 months with the possibility of being increased if conditions deteriorate,\" CMC's chief market strategist, Ric Spooner, said in a commentary.

U.S. RATE HIKES: The Fed is expected to raise its key interest rate by 0.25 percent at its policy-setting meeting next week, a year after its last rate hike. Investors are watching for clues about whether the Fed will stick to \"gradual rate hikes\" and how significant fiscal stimulus will be under Donald Trump. U.S. data remains solid, with non-manufacturing business conditions index rising, job openings and hiring remaining strong and jobless claims low.

CHINA FACTOR: Reports that China has slashed the amount of cash that can be withdrawn from Union Pay-linked ATMs in the gambling enclave of Macau cast a shadow over Hong Kong's bourse. Beijing has been cracking down on corruption and is concerned over outflows of capital as the Chinese currency weakens against the dollar.

WALL STREET: U.S. markets again set all-time highs on Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 0.3 percent to 19,614.81. The Standard & Poor's 500 index picked up 0.2 percent to 2,246.19. The Nasdaq composite had lagged behind the other major indexes over the last two weeks, but it rebounded to rise 0.4 percent, to 5,417.36. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks jumped 1.6 percent, to 1,386.37.

OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 16 cents to $51 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $1.07, or 2.1 percent, to close at $50.84 a barrel in the previous session. Brent crude, the international standard, shed 3 cents to $53.86 a barrel in London. It rose 89 cents to $53.89 a barrel on Thursday.

CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 114.41 yen from 114.20 yen. The euro was flat at $1.0603.

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Tributes poured in for former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95. Politicians, astronauts, educators and others called him a hero, with many mentioning the phrase that first sent him into orbit: \"Godspeed, John Glenn.\"

Here's a look of some of the reactions:

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\"When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation. And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there's no limit to the heights we can reach together. ... The last of America's first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens. On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn.\" \u2014 President Barack Obama

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\"Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn. He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers. He will be missed.\" \u2014 President-elect Donald Trump, on Twitter

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\"By his inspirational leadership spearheading our space program, John helped push back the horizon of discovery.\" \u2014 Former President George H.W. Bush, on Twitter

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\"With the news today I'm saddened again to hear that we have lost the pioneer of space flight for the United States, second only to Yuri Gagarin, and he will always go down in history as certainly one of the most influential officers in the Marine Corps and of course as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts.\" \u2014 Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon

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\"Glenn's extraordinary courage, intellect, patriotism and humanity were the hallmarks of a life of greatness. His missions have helped make possible everything our space program has since achieved and the human missions to an asteroid and Mars that we are striving toward now.\" \u2014 NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

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\"The Corps lost a legend today. Col. John Glenn \u2014 an astronaut, a senator, a Marine \u2014 died at the age of 95. Semper Fi, Sir.\" \u2014 U.S. Marine Corps, on Twitter

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\"On top of paving the way for the rest of us, he was also a first-class gentleman and an unabashed patriot.\" \u2014 U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who also flew in space

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\"You look at John Glenn and his is really a life of service and we don't see enough of that. He is an honest-to-God hero in all kinds of ways.\" \u2014 Roger Launius, National Air and Space Museum associate director

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\"John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio's ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve.\" \u2014 Ohio Gov. John Kasich

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\"The Ohio State University community deeply mourns the loss of John Glenn, Ohio's consummate public servant and a true American hero.\" \u2014 Ohio State President Michael Drake

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\"What made John Glenn a great senator was the same quality that made him a great astronaut and an iconic American hero: He saw enormous untapped potential in the nation he loved and he had faith that America could overcome any challenge.\" \u2014 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio

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\"John Glenn was an American hero. He flew 149 combat missions in two wars. He was the first American to orbit the Earth, and the longest-serving United States Senator in Ohio history.\" \u2014 U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio

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\"John Glenn's enduring commitment to public service, devoted patriotism, and tremendous courage embody the very best of the American spirit.\" \u2014 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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\"No one in this country epitomized the nobility and patriotism of public service more than Ohio's John Glenn.\" \u2014 Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper

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\"All of us in the commercial space industry seek to honor John Glenn by advancing further along the path he blazed for humanity in space.\" \u2014 Eric Stallmer, president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

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\"John Glenn understood that aviation isn't about flying, it's about freedom.\" \u2014 Elaine Roberts, head of John Glenn Columbus International Airport

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) \u2014 Another board meeting of the region's major transportation agency on Thursday produced few answers and continuing uncertainty over how the agency will spend its money over the next decade, particularly on a replacement for the nation's busiest bus terminal, a battleground pitting New York and New Jersey factions.

Board members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were to vote Thursday on releasing a draft 10-year capital plan this month for public review over the next 60 days, with the goal of voting on final a plan soon after. But several commissioners expressed concerns about the plan they reviewed earlier in the day during a closed-door session, and no vote was taken.

The board agreed to hold a special meeting before the next scheduled board meeting in early February to try to reach consensus.

The Port Authority, which operates the region's bridges, tunnels and transit hubs and owns the World Trade Center site, has spent the better part of this year overhauling the capital plan after one released in 2014 was criticized for not including money to replace New York's decaying, six-decade-old Port Authority Bus Terminal. A draft plan initially was to be produced by September.

Thursday's rift appeared to cast most of the board in opposition to Chairman John Degnan and Executive Director Patrick Foye, who said they and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo supported the draft plan. The governors hold veto power over the Port Authority's actions.

New York legislators strongly criticized Degnan last month, demanding he recuse himself from the bus terminal negotiations because of allegations of favoritism shown to New Jersey's interests. Degnan was appointed by Christie, Foye by Cuomo. New Jersey legislators accused Cuomo of holding the bus terminal project hostage to preserve more money for a redevelopment of New York's LaGuardia Airport.

A new bus terminal has been estimated to cost $7.5 billion, Degnan said.

The $29.1 billion draft plan briefly summarized Thursday by Foye allocated $3.5 billion for the bus terminal. Degnan said the funding formula would be revisited once the design is refined and could include federal investment and public-private partnerships.

In a sign that Foye and Degnan \u2014 whose disagreements have often been aired openly at board meetings over the last several months \u2014 aren't in complete harmony, Foye sent an email Thursday evening saying the draft plan \"provides parity between the states and derails Chairman Degnan's political agenda.\"

Foye went on to write that two-thirds of the bus terminal funding would be committed by New Jersey and one-third by New York \u2014 which \"is directly proportional to the ridership from each state that uses the terminal.\"

Reached late Thursday, Degnan declined to respond to Foye's charge of a political agenda. About the bus terminal, he said, \"The plan speaks for itself. It was approved by both governors and it calls for $3.5 billion.\"

Whether any projects are cut to make way for the bus terminal remains to be seen. One commissioner said Thursday an extension of the PATH train to Newark Liberty International Airport and a train from LaGuardia to a station in Queens, are a \"waste of public dollars\" and should be shelved.

\"You've heard of the Bridge to Nowhere?\" commissioner Kenneth Lipper, a New York appointee, asked, referring to the nickname of an Alaska project mentioned in the 2008 presidential election as an example of wasteful federal spending. \"These are the rails that will serve no one.\"

Lipper said the PATH train extension, which would connect Newark's airport with lower Manhattan, is redundant because New Jersey Transit already goes there from midtown Manhattan's Penn Station and only 1,000 to 3,000 people a day might use it.

Degnan, an advocate of the PATH extension, disagreed and said it also would benefit people who could commute into lower Manhattan from near the airport rather than drive.

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