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Lawmakers push to ban sales of pets from commercial breeders

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two Democratic state lawmakers from New York City are pushing to prohibit pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits from large commercial breeders. The bill sponsored by Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan would require pet ...

Cuomo: Regulators will investigate power substation damage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state regulators to investigate damage to power substations outside Buffalo after nearly 27,000 utility customers lost electricity service over the weekend. The Democrat made the announcement Sunday in Hamburg, where damage to three ...

Summer reburial for sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of a New York sailor killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 will be brought home for reburial. Charles Stern, nephew of Charles M. Stern Jr., says Friday that his uncle's remains will be buried at Beth Emeth Cemetery outside Albany sometime this ...

New George Soros book will be a summation of core beliefs

NEW YORK (AP) — George Soros' next book will be a summation of his core beliefs. PublicAffairs announced Friday that "In Defense of Open Society" will be published Sept. 24. Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and frequent target of conservative and anti-Semitic attacks, will cover ...

NY lawmakers: Let minors get vaccinated even if parents balk

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new bill in the New York state Legislature would allow minors to get vaccinated without parental consent. The legislation announced Friday by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and Sen. Liz Krueger would authorize anyone 14 or older to get immunizations even if their parents ...

Former Long Island official Mangano convicted at retrial

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, once among the most powerful Republicans on Long Island, was convicted on Friday at a federal corruption retrial of helping a businessman get millions of dollars in loans in exchange for lavish gifts and his wife's ...

Feds probe alleged prison cellphone use by ‘Pharma Bro’

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating claims that Martin Shkreli has been running his pharmaceutical company from behind bars. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Friday that it has opened an inquiry into whether the so-called "Pharma Bro" used a contraband smartphone inside a ...

Child in stroller rides New York City subway alone

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says a 1-year-old boy in a stroller rode alone on a Manhattan subway train after his caregiver became ill. Authorities say the caregiver, a family friend, somehow exited the southbound "1'' train at 96th Street about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The ...

NY state comptroller releases state budget revenue forecast

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state comptroller has come up with a state budget revenue forecast that's $190 million above what the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo has predicted for New York's coffers over the next two years. Thomas DiNapoli released his projections Tuesday night, several days ...

Beloved chef released from immigration custody

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A beloved soup kitchen chef in upstate New York who was detained by immigration officials has been released from a detention center. The Times Union reports that Kinimo Ngoran (KIH'-nih-moh nuh-GOHR'-an) was released from the federal facility near Buffalo Tuesday night ...

Digital darling BuzzFeed stages newspaper stunt

NEW YORK (AP) — Digital darling BuzzFeed has gone retro chic. The online media company handed out 20,000 newspapers printed on actual paper during a publicity stunt Wednesday. It joked it was "testing a new technology." The company is best known for its viral posts and quizzes and has a ...

Cohen turns over documents to House panel on Moscow project

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, on Wednesday turned over documents to the House intelligence committee related to a Trump real estate project in Moscow — a subject he lied to the committee ...

Bill would end ban on compensated surrogacy in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's a new push to repeal a New York state law making it illegal to compensate a woman for carrying a child for another person. New York is now one of a handful of states that ban surrogacy agreements, meaning prospective parents cannot hire or compensate a surrogate ...

New York Legislature approves gun storage safety measure

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Democrat-controlled New York state Legislature has passed legislation that requires gun owners to keep firearms in a locked cabinet or equipped with a trigger-locking device if someone under 16 is in the home. The Assembly and Senate passed the legislation Monday, ...

Who’s hearing from House Democrats: Trump’s family, business

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of people with connections to President Donald Trump and his associates will receive document requests this week, as the House Judiciary Committee starts a broad new probe looking at possible obstruction of justice, corruption ...

New York man sentenced to 1 year for hanging dog from tree

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man has been sentenced to a year in jail for killing a dog found hanging from a tree. Robert Overton Jr. was sentenced Monday in Chautauqua County Court, where he pleaded guilty earlier to aggravated animal cruelty. Overton told police he killed the pit bull ...

Advocates to rally for census funding in NY state budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocacy groups will be in Albany to push the Cuomo administration to ensure that New York state residents are fully counted in next year's federal census. The New York Immigration Coalition plans to rally Tuesday with lawmakers at the Capitol to urge Democratic Gov. ...

Report: White supremacist propaganda efforts soar off campus

NEW YORK (AP) — White supremacist groups in the U.S. tried to spread their propaganda at a record-setting rate last year, increasingly picking targets beyond college campuses, a Jewish civil rights group said Tuesday. The Anti-Defamation League counted a 182 percent increase in propaganda ...

$325K airplane safety grant to RPI computer scientists

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute computer scientists have been granted $325,000 to develop technology to help make flying safer. The three-year grant from the National Science Foundation will go toward developing an improved way to analyze flight sensor data reliably ...

Upstate NY woman fatally crushed by utility vehicle

ORLEANS, N.Y. (AP) — Police say an upstate New York woman is dead after a utility vehicle rolled back and pinned her under its wheels. The accident happened Saturday in the town of Orleans near the Canadian border. State police say 73-year-old Sylvia Carter was unloading a pressure washer ...