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NY special legislative session off to slow start in Albany

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A special legislative session called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resolve a stalemate over control of public education in New York City got off to a sluggish start Wednesday as lawmakers compiled a long wish-list of other issues they'd like ...

Sept. 11 worker facing deportation is freed from detention

NEW YORK (AP) — A onetime Sept. 11 World Trade Center cleanup volunteer who faces possible deportation over a 1990 drug conviction but was pardoned by the governor was freed from immigration detention on Wednesday. Carlos Cardona was released from custody and will be required to check in ...

Hearing wraps for school board member who insulted Obama

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A decision on whether a one-time candidate for New York governor who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama should remain on a school board is expected in several weeks. Layers wrapped up a five-day hearing in Albany on Wednesday. State Education Commissioner ...

Ecovative gets $9.1M DARPA contract for living materials

GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York company that sells packaging material and furniture made with help from fungus says it has been awarded a $9.1 million defense contract. Ecovative Design says the contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is to ...

Top bidder for Dowling campus fails to close out purchase

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The top bidder for Dowling College's campus on Long Island has failed to close on its offer, leaving the second highest bidder to purchase the property. NCF Capital, which was identified as the "backup bidder" in court documents pertaining to the Central Islip ...

US Coast Guard suspends Hudson River anchorages proposal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has shelved a contentious proposal that would allow oil barges to anchor at 10 locations along the Hudson River, an idea that faces stiff opposition from many riverside residents. Coast Guard officials in New York announced Wednesday they had ...

Need a ride? Uber, Lyft running in upstate NY, Long Island

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services began operating Thursday in upstate New York and on Long Island, a move that officials say will provide work for thousands of drivers and reduce alcohol-related road accidents. The ride-hailing apps became available for those ...

How vacationing business owners cope with being unreachable

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — While hiking in the Himalayas for three weeks, Mike Scanlin had no cellphone service much of the time and no way to charge his phone. Running his business — a one-man operation — became a very sporadic proposition. It was a ...

After 2018 in NYC, Grammys will return to LA in 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2018 Grammy Awards will be held in New York City, but the show will return to Los Angeles for four years beginning in 2019. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday it signed a four-year deal with the AEG entertainment company to host the show at the Staples Center. The ...

Niagara Falls daredevil might have died in plunge with snake

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A daredevil who died after plunging over Niagara Falls in an apparent stunt with an inflatable ball might have brought a boa constrictor along for the ride. After Kirk Jones' death, New York State Park Police found a website with a photo of him and the 7-foot snake ...

NY special legislative session off to slow start in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A special legislative session called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resolve a stalemate over control of public education is New York City is off to a slow start. No members of the Assembly were present in the chamber at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the time the Democratic governor ordered ...

Blue Apron slices share price range, hinting at tough market

NEW YORK (AP) — Meal-kit delivery company Blue Apron on Wednesday slashed the price it expects to sell its shares in an initial public offering, a sign that it may be having trouble attracting investors. The price chop for Blue Apron's IPO comes as competition to deliver groceries heats ...

Rochester police officer shot in face is out of hospital

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester police officer who was shot in the face while on duty last weekend has been released from the hospital. WHEC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2rXA3nr ) fellow officers lined the main entrance to Rochester General Hospital and saluted as Jeremy Nash was released ...

U2 bassist thanks band for helping him through addiction

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago, and then joined them for a rollicking rendition of a few ...

Arrivederci, Roma: Rome, NY school’s name wrong on diplomas

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — A misspelling on the diplomas handed out to graduating seniors at Rome Free Academy in central New York gave the Class of 2017 an Italian twist. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/2sX06MQ ) the text on the diplomas awarded Saturday to 338 graduates said ...

Police: Minor subway derailment causes outage, delays

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City subway train has derailed near a station in Harlem, frightening passengers and causing a power outage that led to evacuations along the subway line. The Fire Department of New York says a handful of people were treated for minor injuries at around 10 a.m. ...

Former NY Congressman Hinchey has rare neurological disorder

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) — The family of former New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey says he has a rare degenerative neurological disorder that has affected his speech and movement. The 78-year-old Hudson Valley resident is being cared for at home for symptoms of frontotemporal degeneration, or ...

11-year-old NY girl mauled by dogs while walking to school

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — An 11-year-old New York girl is recovering at home after she was attacked and mauled by two large dogs while she was on her way to school. The girl, Jaelyn Rodriguez, was walking to a Yonkers bus stop Thursday when two bull mastiff-type dogs pounced on her with no ...

Trial to start for 4 charged with killing western NY man

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A trial is set to get underway in Rochester for a woman, her boyfriend and her two sons who are charged with killing the woman's estranged husband last summer. Laura Rideout, Paul Tucci and Colin and Alexander Rideout are all being tried at once in state Supreme Court, ...

Teenage girl struck, killed by vehicle along upstate NY road

ULSTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old girl has died after she was hit by a vehicle while walking alongside a Hudson Valley road. The Daily Freeman of Kingston reports (http://bit.ly/2rJvZHz ) the Ulster County Sheriff's Office says Jennifer Curry, of Kingston, was walking north ...