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3 federal prison guards charged with sex abuse of inmates

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prison guard supervisor charged with repeatedly raping a female inmate who he knew spoke little English and would be turned over to immigration authorities was among three guards arrested Thursday in a prison sexual abuse ...

Judge: UPS must pay $247M to NYC and state in cigarette case

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered delivery giant UPS Inc. to pay New York City and the state nearly $247 million in damages and penalties for illegally shipping cigarettes. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest handed down the penalty ...

Test show skull from swamp isn’t that of missing 12-year-old

COXSACKIE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say test results show a skull found in wetlands along the Hudson River is that of a man 20 to 50 years old, not a 12-year-old upstate New York boy who disappeared a decade ago. A hiker found the skull Feb. 26 in a swamp in the Greene County town of ...

Robbers hold up jewelry store, make off with $800,000

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of thieves dressed as construction workers have robbed a New York City jewelry store in a brazen afternoon holdup. Police say the four struck a jewelry store in Brooklyn on Thursday. One of the men had positioned himself outside of the store wearing a white hazmat ...

Synthetic marijuana blamed for overdose surge in Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials are blaming synthetic marijuana for a spate of overdoses in downtown Syracuse this week. The Post-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/2qW6XXD ) the staff at the Syracuse Rescue Mission says more than 15 people overdosed Wednesday near the homeless shelter. The ...

Trump’s budget dismays families hit by drug addiction crisis

By STEVE PEOPLES and CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — He slept next to his son's ashes most nights back when Kraig Moss first met Donald Trump. In a hall packed with Iowa voters, the presidential candidate looked the middle-aged truck driver in the eye and vowed to fight ...

Western NY postal worker admits stealing $2,400 from mail

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A 26-year-old mail carrier in western New York has pleaded guilty to stealing cash, gift cards and other items from hundreds of pieces of mail he was supposed to deliver. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Timothy Wadsworth of Rochester pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft of ...

NY lawmakers vote to let Uber, Lyft start upstate June 29

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have voted to let Uber and Lyft begin picking up passengers in upstate New York a little early. The state Assembly voted Tuesday to allow the two ride-hailing apps to begin service in cities like Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany on June 29, 10 ...

Democrats Pellegrino, Benjamin win NY legislative seats

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrat Christine Pellegrino has defeated Conservative Tom Gargiulo (gahr-JOO'-loh) in a special election in Long Island's 9th Assembly District, an area that Republican President Donald Trump won with 60 percent of the vote. State election results show Pellegrino won 58 ...

New York governor offers talks with Hungary on Soros school

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is ready for talks with Hungary's government on the status of Central European University. CEU, founded by billionaire George Soros, is also accredited in New York state but may be forced to leave Budapest due to recent amendments ...

Dog stuck on 400-foot gorge cliff rescued by park police cop

MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y. (AP) — A dog stuck about half-way down a 400-foot cliff in a western New York gorge has been rescued by a police officer who had to use ropes to reach the stranded canine. The state parks office says visitors to Letchworth State Park reported hearing a dog barking in the ...

Poll: NY Gov. Cuomo sees boost in favorability ratings

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new poll suggests New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is enjoying his highest favorability rating in three years. The survey released Wednesday by Siena College found that 61 percent of respondents said they have a favorable impression of the Democratic governor and 31 have an ...

Three lawsuits allege foot-dragging by Fox on harassment

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network's legal woes. The cases increase to 23 the number of past or present Fox employees represented by attorney Doug Wigdor, ...

1-year-old child dies after being pulled from swimming pool

KINDERHOOK, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police say a 1-year-old child has died after being pulled from a swimming pool at a Hudson Valley home. Troopers and emergency crews were alerted around 5:30 p.m. Friday after a 911 call to Columbia County dispatchers report that a baby had been found ...

3 men wounded by gunfire in Buffalo; 2 still hospitalized

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Buffalo say they're investigating a shooting that left three people wounded, with two of the victims hospitalized in serious condition. Officials say the gunfire occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday on Loepere Street on the city's east side. Investigators say the ...

Police identify man who died after canoe capsized on river

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who drowned while canoeing on the Hudson River as a former New York high school baseball star who went on to play for an upstate college. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports (http://pojonews.co/2qMCqvH ) the Dutchess County Sheriff's ...

Film producer, parents donate $25M to upstate NY college

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — A private college in northern New York has received a $25 million donation from an award-winning film producer and her parents. Officials at St. Lawrence University in Canton announced over the weekend that it has received the largest gift in the college's 161-year ...

New York adds 300 acres to Adirondack Park, settling dispute

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is adding more than 300 acres to Adirondack Park to settle decades of differences between the state and a group of residents. Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos signed ceremonial maps Monday to acquire the 296-acre Marion River Carry property ...

Backlash over plans to honor Puerto Rican militant at parade

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of New York City's Puerto Rican Day parade are sticking with their decision to honor a freed militant who once embraced armed resistance to U.S. rule of Puerto Rico, despite a promised boycott by Hispanic police officers and ...

Actor Tom Hanks is on the beat, flagging car for police

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Tom Hanks is on the beat in New York City, using Twitter to alert police to a car with a slew of tickets on its windshield. Turns out the tickets were paid. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2rDIapI ) that the New York Police Department responded when the Academy ...