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New York gets 75,000 applications for free tuition program

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — About 75,000 people who applied for New York's first-in-the-nation tuition-free college program are finding out whether they will start the fall semester without a tuition bill to pay. "It feels absolutely terrific," Binghamton ...

Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million

NEW YORK (AP) — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle. The collection bag, used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, was sold at a Sotheby's auction of items related ...

Brawl leaves 3 victims with stab wounds

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say a large brawl has left three people injured. The Post-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/2ufMNIe ) Syracuse police responded to emergency calls about a fight around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say they were told there was a large fight when ...

Fault! New York town’s new $3.5M tennis courts too short

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York town has padlocked the tennis courts in a brand new $3.5 million park because they were built improperly. The two courts at the recently opened Sweet Hollow Park in Melville don't have enough clearance between the baseline and the fence. The truncated courts ...

2 tornadoes confirmed in Buffalo area on Thursday

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Power is still out for about 3,000 utility customers in a section of western New York where two tornadoes touched down just a few miles apart. No injuries have been reported from Thursday afternoon's severe storms that rolled across towns south of Buffalo in Erie ...

Bennington’s death mirrors that of close friend Cornell

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington came as a surprise to the world when it was announced, but it also struck similarities to the death of fellow rocker and close friend Chris Cornell, who killed himself in May. Authorities ...

Legal minimum age of marriage in New York state is now 17

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has raised the age of marriage to 17 in an effort to prevent child marriage. The change took effect Thursday, a month after lawmakers voted to rewrite a state law that had allowed children as young as 14 to legally wed. Under the new rules, an individual ...

Helicopter carrying WWE exec makes emergency ocean landing

GILGO BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — The son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon has been rescued from a helicopter that made an emergency landing in the ocean near a New York beach. Shane McMahon, also a WWE executive, was the passenger in the Robinson R 44 helicopter that set down in ...

WWII female pilot recently honored at air show dies at 100

SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y. (AP) — A 100-year-old woman honored at a New York air show last weekend for her World War II service as a civilian pilot flying military aircraft has died. According to her obituary posted on the Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home website, Dawn Seymour died Tuesday at her home ...

Maybe Michelangelo: Is living room painting a masterpiece?

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Martin Kober is convinced the painting of a dying Jesus that hung above the mantel in his upstate New York childhood home is the work of Michelangelo. Getting experts to agree remains the $300 million hurdle. That's the potential ...

Ryan Seacrest back as host of ‘Idol’ when it returns on ABC

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Seacrest in! Ryan Seacrest will be back hosting "American Idol" when it returns for its first season on ABC. Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday's "Live with Kelly and Ryan," which she has co-hosted with Seacrest since he ...

Chinese man visiting family in New York is killed by vehicle

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a Chinese man visiting family in the United States has been struck and killed while crossing a suburban street in western New York. The Monroe County sheriff's office says 77-year-old Xuming Tian was crossing a street in the Rochester suburb of ...

Lawsuit claims Uber discriminates against wheelchair riders

NEW YORK (AP) — A nonprofit disability rights organization filed a class-action lawsuit against Uber, claiming the ride-hailing service discriminates against New York City riders with disabilities by not providing enough access to vehicles that can accommodate wheelchairs. "Having grown ...

Motorcyclist hit, dragged by tractor-trailer on NY road

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (AP) — A motorcyclist in upstate New York has been hospitalized after being hit and dragged by a tractor-trailer. WSTM-TV in Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/2vAJtH4 ) the crash happened in suburban Liverpool around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say 63-year-old Wegmans delivery ...

Man admits to bilking investors out of $10M-plus

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former western New York businessman who fled to Vietnam after being charged with bilking investors out millions of dollars has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 30-year-old Michael Wilson entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in ...

Fire destroys barn, kills cows on northern New York farm

BEEKMANTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — More than 100 dairy cows and calves are believed to have been killed after a fire broke out in a large barn on a farm near the Canadian border in northern New York. Fire officials in Clinton County say a passer-by spotted the fire around 7 p.m. Tuesday at the farm in ...

US appeals court tosses convictions of British ex-bankers

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has reversed the convictions of two British ex-bankers charged with conspiring to manipulate the primary benchmark for global short-term interest rates. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Wednesday that the trial of Anthony Allen and ...

Companies offer quirky perks like guitar lessons, tattoos

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sabbaticals, massages, or a home maid service? Bike maintenance, tattoos or guitar lessons? Some small and medium-sized companies are offering quirky and enviable perks to try to attract and keep the best workers. The hundred ...

100-year-old tortoise stolen from animal shelter

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are searching for the person who stole a 100-year-old tortoise from an animal shelter. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2tAHfWH ) police were called to the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens on Monday after staffers discovered the reptile was ...

Officials: NY inmate dies after being attacked by prisoner

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an investigation is underway into the death of a New York state prison inmate who was attacked by another prisoner. The Citizen of Auburn reports (http://bit.ly/2uysLLi ) the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision reported that ...