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NY lawmakers vote to ease propane deliveries in severe cold

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers have passed legislation that aims to ensure timely propane deliveries during cold weather. The state Assembly voted Wednesday to enact new rules on propane sales that would allow dealers to sell or deliver propane to customers who rent propane ...

Amazon narrows list to 20 for its second headquarters

By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has narrowed its hunt for a second headquarters to 20 locations, concentrated among cities in the U.S. East and Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company's international options open. The online retailer said ...

Luggage limbo: Bags still missing after JFK airport woes

By JENNIFER PELTZ and FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Newlywed Ziad Dallal and his wife arrived home in New York, with wedding keepsakes in their bags, to find John F. Kennedy International Airport paralyzed by winter weather woes that canceled flights, froze equipment and ...

NY man sentenced for lying about fire that killed 4 people

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for lying to a grand jury after a fire that killed four people. Bryan Fish also will undergo three years of supervised release under the sentence handed down Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in May to lying under oath ...

Catskills casino to open in Borscht Belt on Feb. 8

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) — The Resorts World Catskills casino northwest of New York City is set to open on Feb. 8 Resorts World Catskills will be the fourth of four Las Vegas-style casinos to open in upstate New York under an amendment to the state constitution approved by New York voters. The ...

Goldman Sachs exec’s employee charged in $1M wine theft

NEW YORK (AP) — A former domestic employee of Goldman Sachs President David Solomon has been arrested in Los Angeles on charges he stole over $1 million of rare wine from his boss, authorities said Wednesday. Charges against Nicolas DeMeyer, arrested Tuesday night, were in a federal ...

Run by women, Prototype Festival showcases diverse composers

By RONALD BLUM, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In an art form dominated by men, a small organization run by four women is transforming opera with cutting-edge work. The Prototype Festival is presenting its sixth edition this month in venues around New York. Two years ago it premiered Du ...

World’s largest sea turtle could come off ‘endangered’ list

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press Federal ocean managers say it might be time to move the East Coast population of the world's largest turtle from the United States' list of endangered animals. An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has received a petition from a ...

NY Gov. Cuomo unveils budget plan, calls for tax changes

By DAVID KLEPPER and CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to fight back against Washington Republicans on Tuesday with a $168 billion state budget proposal that lays out spending on schools and mass transit while also confronting greater ...

Supreme Court won’t take case of ex-NY assembly speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for a re-trial of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The high court declined to take up the case. That lets a re-trial tentatively set for April to proceed. The 73-year-old Democrat was sentenced to 12 years in ...

Some details of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Here's a look at some of the details from the $168 billion state budget proposal released by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday: ___ TAXES: The spending plan is short on details, but Cuomo says he wants lawmakers to consider big changes to the state's tax system to ...

New book details lives of NY authors’ foremothers

SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) — Authors from around New York state are relating the lives of their foremothers in a new book. Editor Patricia Nugent, of Hadley, tells The Post-Star in Glens Falls that women's stories have been "silenced or drowned out" too often. The idea for the anthology, "Before ...

Early voting supporters in NY watching Cuomo’s next move

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is one of the last remaining states in the nation that doesn't allow early voting. Groups that want to change that are now calling on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include money in his state budget proposal to allow for the change, which they say could cost ...

A top lawmaker seeks investigation into sex harassment claim

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Allegations that an influential New York state senator forcibly kissed a former staffer are "extremely disturbing," the fellow Democrat who leads the party's primary caucus in the chamber said Thursday. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea ...

Collection bins in NY disclose whether they’re for charity

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general says more than 4,700 clothing donation bins statewide now disclose whether they're being used for charitable or for-profit purposes. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) says bins that take in clothing and other items must make ...

Professor at center of misconduct complaint apologizes

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press The University of Rochester professor at the center of a sexual misconduct complaint that divided a prominent department and led the university president to resign apologized Friday to his students and colleagues for the distress and disruption it has ...

Man sentenced to 20 years to life for killing wife with ax

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man who killed his wife with a hatchet during an argument has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Fifty-nine-year-old Michael Norton was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in October to second-degree murder in the death of Sherry ...

Unwanted kiss allegation against lawmaker roil NY Senate

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A sexual harassment claim against an influential state Senator who leads a breakaway Democratic faction has come as a potential power struggle looms in the legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo gird for battles on numerous topics, including ...

Dems say Trump action on Florida drilling guided by politics

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling mounted Wednesday as Democrats from coastal states accused President Donald Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders and a second Republican governor asked ...

New York halts $9.6M incentive package to move Aetna to city

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is halting a $9.6 million incentive package offered to Aetna to move its headquarters to the city. The insurance giant announced in June that it would move its headquarters to New York City beginning in late 2018 after nearly two centuries in Hartford, ...