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Beto O’Rourke says nothing in his past will hinder 2020 run

By SCOTT BAUER and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told supporters Sunday that he's never taken LSD and there's "nothing" he hasn't already revealed about his past that could come back to hurt his run for office. The former ...

NY village holding mayoral election with no candidates

POLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A central New York village is holding a mayoral election with no candidates. The Observer-Dispatch of Utica says the election on Tuesday is supposed to choose a replacement for village of Poland Mayor Mary Paul, who has decided to step down for personal reasons. Since ...

Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company's technicians can find original reporting. The service, launched last year, is ...

Program aims to boost faculty diversity at NY state colleges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Cuomo administration is launching a program aimed at increasing the diversity of the faculty in the State University of New York system. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the goal of the program called Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, ...

NY self-help guru pleads not guilty to child porn charges

NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of an upstate New York self-help group has pleaded not guilty to new charges accusing him of possessing child pornography. Keith Raniere entered the plea on Monday at a hearing where it became clear that his four co-defendants are taking steps to avoid ...

Appeals court panel sympathetic to Sheldon Silver’s claims

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's quest to avoid prison got a boost when a panel of appeals judges heard his appeal Wednesday, questioning whether his actions were crimes or politics as usual. The Democrat wasn't at oral ...

Guilty plea, new charges in New York sex slave case

By TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A case featuring sensational claims that followers of a New York self-help organization were forced to become sex slaves took a new turn on Wednesday with one key defendant pleading guilty and another being hit with child pornography ...

Double jeopardy? New York law could trump a pardon backstop

By DAVID KLEPPER and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Paul Manafort's indictment on state-level charges in New York could offer a blueprint for keeping President Donald Trump's associates behind bars if he pardons them on federal charges stemming from the Russia ...

New York inaugurates its $25 billion mini-city, Hudson Yards

By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A towering sculpture called Vessel — made up of 2,500 twisting steps the public can climb — is scheduled to open Friday as the visual centerpiece of Hudson Yards, a $25 billion urban complex on Manhattan's West Side that is the city's ...

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

By TOM HAYS and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was gunned down outside his home, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, the custom-tailored tabloid regular John Gotti. Francesco ...

Hospitals eligible for program for sexual assault victims

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hospitals in cities and smaller communities in parts of upstate New York are eligible for a program that expands services for victims of sexual assault. Albany-based St. Peter's Health Partners announced Tuesday the launching of a new telemedicine program in partnership ...

Plans to crack down on drivers speeding near schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo city leaders say they have a plan to crack down on drivers speeding through school zones. Officials say the city speed limit is 30 mph, while near schools there are 15 mph signs. WGRZ-TV reports that there is no actual current law enforcing the speed limits in ...

Guilty plea likely in sex slave case against self-help group

NEW YORK (AP) — A co-founder of an embattled upstate New York self-help organization is expected to plead guilty in a case featuring sensational claims that some followers became branded sex slaves. Nancy Salzman is due in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon for a plea hearing. ...

Judge won’t let unvaccinated children back in school

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge, citing an "unprecedented measles outbreak" in suburban Rockland County, New York, has denied a request to let 44 unvaccinated children return to school. Parents of students in the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge have sued the county ...

Cuomo doubles down on permanent property tax cap in budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is doubling down on his vow to refuse to sign the next New York state budget if it doesn't make the 2 percent property tax permanent. The Democrat told an audience at a Long Island community center on Wednesday that there's no way he'll sign off on a new ...

Congressmen seek ‘doomsday’ plan for rail tunnel failure

By DAVID PORTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Two congressmen announced Monday they are filing legislation to force federal rail authorities to issue a contingency plan in the event the century-old tunnel between New Jersey and New York has a major failure, the latest attempt to gain ...

Fundraiser to issue refunds over team hotel stay

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) — The organizer of a fundraising campaign to help New York state college swimmers stay in North Carolina for a national competition says he will issue refunds. The GoFundMe campaign raised about $7,000 to allow 10 athletes from State University of New York at Geneseo stay ...

Man who wrongly spent 30 years in prison plans half marathon

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who was wrongfully incarcerated for 30 years plans to celebrate his freedom by running a New York City half marathon this month. Forty-eight-year-old Mark Denny was convicted at the age of 17 in 1988, and maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration. The Wall ...

State comptroller: 2 companies agree to climate change plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The office of New York state Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli says it has reached agreements with Dollar General and Under Armour under which the companies will release plans for what they're doing to address climate change. The reports are intended to show shareholders what ...

Next round of NY state’s farm grants announced

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Another round of funding is available for New York farmers to help them reduce their impact on the environment. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says $2.3 million is available in the fourth round of the state's climate-resilient farming grant program. The Democrat says the funds can ...