Gas - Experts say Americans could see  gas prices near $5.  The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States as of Monday was $3.39.  That’s nearly 30-cents higher than a year ago, according to Triple AAA.  Apparently, there are numerous factors placing upward pressure on gas prices.  The U.S. economy, which is in a modest recovery, is one factor driving the demand of gasoline.  Another factor would be the conflict in Iran. 

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New York - A New Jersey woman gave birth to her baby on a PATH commuter train in New York his week.  The 31-year old woman lives in Harrison, NJ and said she started feeling contraction-like pains, but didn’t think anything of it since she was far from her due date.  She and her husband traveled into Manhattan to get checked out by her doctors.  The husband was able to deliver the baby around 10am with the guidance of another woman on the train. 

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Albany - A family from Duanesburg that was aboard the Italian cruise liner that nearly sank off the Tuscan coast, were supposed to fly home yesterday, but were sent to Albany, Georgia instead.  The family had hoped to be back in Albany, NY around 8pm Monday, but didn’t actually make it to the Capital Region until midnight.  So far six bodes have been recovered while the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, was arrested Saturday and accused of manslaughter and abandoning his ship before everyone had evacuated.

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Rensselaer - If you live in Rensselaer, prescription discount cards will be mailed out within the next week.  County residents will be receiving a card for discounts on prescriptions.  The card is part of a new program County Executive Kathleen Jimino announced Monday.  The county has reached an agreement with ProAct Inc. of Syracuse which will provide discounts of up to 20 percent on brand-name prescriptions and up to a 70-percent discount on generic drugs.