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NY officials ask for help preventing wildfires

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are asking residents to help prevent wildfires now that spring is here. State environmental and homeland security officials are holding a news conference Monday at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve to talk about what the public can do to help prevent ...

Upstate NY Mohawk tribe funds cultural preservation

AKWESASNE, N.Y. (AP) — A Native American tribe in upstate New York is investing awards from a pollution lawsuit into cultural preservation, funding tribal environmental groups and a language-preservation program. The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reports (http://bit.ly/2olbApq ) that the St. ...

Coroner identifies body found in a Kentucky lake

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — The Laurel County coroner has identified a body found in a Kentucky lake. News outlets report that the body of 21-year-old Andrew Ku of New York City was found Sunday afternoon in the Marsh Branch of Laurel River Lake. Kentucky State Police say the body was discovered by ...

5 things to know about April the giraffe and her calf

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — April the giraffe gave birth to a male calf Saturday at Animal Adventure park, a privately owned zoo in New York, as fans watched the livestream. Five things to know about April and her newborn. __ INTERNET STAR: More than 1.2 million viewers watched the birth in ...

The Latest: April’s giraffe calf height, weight revealed

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on a male calf born to April the giraffe at a New York zoo (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The male calf born to April the giraffe is nursing well and has had his first vet checkup. Animal Adventure Park posted on its Facebook page Sunday that the calf ...

NY Police Department launches digital sign language program

NEW YORK CITY (AP) — The New York Police Department is launching a pilot program aimed at fostering better communication with deaf and hearing impaired residents. The New York Daily News (http://nydn.us/2okRprP ) reports that police from three precincts will carry tablets that can connect to ...

Prosecutor: Former officer was drunk, speeding before crash

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor at the opening of the New York trial for a former New Jersey police officer accused of a drunken wrong-way crash that killed a fellow officer and another man has said it was his extreme intoxication that led him to slam into a truck. Assistant District Attorney ...

Filmmaker learns why she endured airport stops for years

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Laura Poitras' travel nightmare began more than a decade ago when the award-winning filmmaker started getting detained at airports every time she tried to set foot back in the United States. She was stopped without explanation more than ...

Jim Fitzgerald, longtime AP writer and editor, dies at 66

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Fitzgerald, a longtime Associated Press writer and editor who helped shape the news service's coverage of stories from terror attacks to the evolving landscape of aging, died Monday. He was 66. Fitzgerald, who worked for the AP for 45 ...

AP Explains: Behind the visa program targeted by Trump

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is targeting a visa program cherished by tech companies for bringing in programmers and other specialized workers from other countries. Although these visas, known as H-1B, aren't supposed to displace American ...

Prison for man in NYC hotel killing case with bite debate

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man convicted of murdering a woman during a down-and-out tryst in a Times Square budget hotel was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life behind bars, capping a case that endured for nearly a decade and aired a dispute over the validity of ...

The Latest: Judge says boy’s killer ‘kept a terrible secret’

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a man convicted of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared while walking to a New York bus stop in 1979 (all times local): 3:40 p.m. A judge who presided over two trials in the case of long-missing 6-year-old New York boy Etan Patz ...

Man gets 25 years in 1979 case of missing boy Etan Patz

By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Almost four decades after first-grader Etan Patz set out for school and ended up at the heart of one of America's most influential missing-child cases, a former store clerk convicted of killing him was sentenced on Tuesday ...

College replacing cafeteria workers with dispensing machines

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The entire cafeteria staff at an upstate New York community college will be laid off and replaced with vending machines. The Times Herald-Record (http://bit.ly/2oyE0zK ) reports that nine full-time and three part-time workers will lose their jobs in June at the Orange ...

Firetruck catches fire at Thruway toll booth in central NY

SALINA, N.Y. (AP) — A firetruck has caught fire at a Thruway interchange in central New York. Local media report that the truck started burning late Friday morning at the toll booths at Interstate 90's Exit 36 where the Thruway meets Interstate 81 in the town of Salina (suh-LY'-nuh), just ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit from widow of man killed by train

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man killed by a train that she says was on the wrong track. Jamey Murphy sued Metro-North Railroad after her husband was killed at the station in Darien in 2013. The railroad provides commuter ...

Construction employee killed at Hudson Valley work site

RED HOOK, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an accident at a work site in the Hudson Valley has claimed the life of a 44-year-old woman. State police say the woman was an employee of Jeff Decker and Son Inc., of Rhinecliff, who was working to level a field in the northern Dutchess County town of ...

Cuomo’s New York agenda feeds talk of presidential run

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his first-in-the-nation proposal to make state college tuition free for middle-class students, he stood next to Bernie Sanders. This week when Cuomo celebrated its approval, he was arm in arm with ...

News driver retires after 57 years, 5 million deliveries

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — After nearly six decades and millions of newspapers delivered, Mel Rulison has called it quits. The 87-year-old retired last Sunday as a route driver for The Leader-Herald, a 7,500-circulation daily afternoon paper published in Gloversville, in New York's Mohawk ...

Melania Trump wins damages from Daily Mail publisher

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — U.S. first lady Melania Trump has accepted an apology and damages from the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper for reporting rumors about her time as a model, the two parties in the lawsuit said Wednesday. In a joint statement, the parties ...