NEW THIS MORNING

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Occupy Albany protesters criticized police for pepper spraying at least half a dozen holdouts and bystanders during yesterdays standoff over the encampments last tent, the Times Union reports: http://bit.ly/u1Q0JU

* State employees with little training or oversight often give too many mind-altering drugs to control disabled people living in state-run group homes, the New York Times says: http://nyti.ms/uC5l46

* The NYPD has had mixed success spying on Muslims, with programs that continue despite failing to produce results, are rarely evaluated and get credit where they played no role, the Associated Press finds: http://on.wsj.com/viOmgy

* The Bloomberg administration is exploring alternative health insurance options for its employees as the state weighs making the citys current insurer a for-profit company, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/ukgnYd

* A Bronx judge ruled that the Cuomo administration can drop former state Sen. Pedro Espadas Soundview Health Care Network from the states Medicaid program, writes the Daily News: http://nydn.us/thi58n

* Chinese-American leaders defended embattled city Comptroller John Liu, likening the investigation into his fundraising to the alleged hazing of Pvt. Danny Chen, who apparently killed himself in Afghanistan, the Times notes: http://nyti.ms/tw3rmo

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