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Baby survives 8-story plunge from building

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) -- A New York City woman jumped from an eight-story building along with her infant son, police said. She died, but the baby survived with minor injuries.

Cynthia Wachenheim, a 44-year-old lawyer, jumped out of a window in Harlem Wednesday with her son, Keston, strapped to her chest, the New York Daily News reported.

The mother left a 13-page suicide note, chastising herself for being a bad mother. Her husband, Hal Bacharach, 48, was at work at the time.

Wachenheim landed on her back and died at the scene. Keston survived the plunge with only minor injuries.

"I heard a small scream when she was in the air," said witness Steven Dominguez, 18. "I noticed something falling, but I didn't want to believe it was a person."

Wachenheim worked for the city court system for more than 15 years.

"She was wonderful -- very devoted to the court [and] wonderful with everyone she worked with," said her boss, John Werner, chief court clerk. "It's a tragedy."

NYC population up 330,000 since 2000

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) -- For the first time since before 1950, more people are moving to New York City than are moving out, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday.

In a news conference, Bloomberg said the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau indicated the Big ' population has hit a record high of 8,336,697.

"The city's population increased by 161,564 since 2010 -- about 2 percent in two years," Bloomberg told reporters. "The increase is fueled by a continuing increase in people moving to the city and a decline in the number of people leaving the city, as well as the continued growth in the surplus of births over deaths due to life expectancy in the city reaching new record highs."

In 2000, the population of New York City was 8,008,288 and it rose to 8,175,133 by 2010. Since 2010, the city's population increased by 161,564. Since 2000, the city's population grew -- 330,000 -- by more than the entire city of Buffalo, N.Y.

In Brooklyn the population grew by 2.4 percent or 60,900 people; Manhattan grew 2.1 percent or 33,200 people; Queens grew by 1.9 percent or 42,000 people; the Bronx increased by 1.7 percent or 23,400 people; and Staten Island grew by 0.4 percent or 2,000 people.

"We have record low crime, record high tourism, record high life expectancy, record high graduation rates, record job growth and more -- but there's no better indication of the strength of our city than a record high population and a net population influx," Bloomberg said. "People are voting with their feet."

Survey: Both moms and dads feel stressed

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- Both mothers and fathers in the United States report having trouble juggling family and work, a study released Thursday said.

The Pew Research Center said an examination of longterm data shows the roles and attitudes of men and women with children are converging. The center said half of men and 56 percent of women report having trouble with the dual role of parents and employees.

Both genders are almost equally likely to say they wished they could be full-time parents, Pew said. But men are still more likely to say they want to work full-time.

The report was based on a Pew Research survey of 2,511 adults that was conducted between Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 and the American Time Use Survey. The time use survey, sponsored by the U.S. Labor Department, has been conducted annually since 2003.

66 arsons since Nov. in Accomack County

WHITE STONE, Va., March 14 (UPI) -- A fire this week at a rundown motel in eastern Virginia was the 66th case of arson in Accomack County since November, authorities said.

The Tuesday night fire that destroyed the Whispering Pines Motel in White Stone -- east of Richmond, near Virginia's eastern shore along the Chesapeake Bay -- was the second arson in the region this week, the (Hampton Roads, Va.) Daily Press reported.

A fire was reported Monday at an abandoned building in Oak Hall.

Charlie Russell, whose family built the motel in 1932 and sold it in 1972, told WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, Va., he thinks whoever is setting the fires "has a grudge against the county."

"Someone thinks he's been treated unfair, and he is seeking revenge," Russell said.

Tasley (Va.) Fire Company Chief Jeff Beal said the string of arsons has disrupted the lives of volunteer firefighters, telling WMDT-TV, Salisbury, Md., "we all have jobs, we all have families, and we all have lives. This has cut into everything."

Officials said a $25,000 is being offered for a tip that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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