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NY nuclear plant resumes service after scheduled outage

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Indian Point Unit 3 nuclear power plant has returned to service after a two-month scheduled outage for refueling, maintenance and inspections. The Entergy Corporation says its plant in Buchanan (byoo-KAN'-uhn) resumed operations Thursday morning. It started ...

Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died ...

Gov. Cuomo to host final tasting for craft beer contest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a panel of judges will decide New York's favorite craft beer with a blind taste test. The final tasting of the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge is set for Wednesday in New York City. The judging panel includes Cuomo, chef Mario ...

Former mayor, 85, gets home confinement in fraud case

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former upstate New York mayor will avoid jail time after stealing more than $54,000 in campaign contributions. Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey was sentenced in federal court in Buffalo Tuesday to six months in home confinement and ordered to pay restitution. The ...

Bill O’Reilly gets weekly spot on Glenn Beck’s radio show

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O'Reilly is taking up his former Fox News colleague Glenn Beck's offer to work together again. Variety reports O'Reilly announced on his "No Spin News" podcast that he will have a weekly spot on Beck's radio show. He calls Beck "a good friend" and says the two have a ...

With many social media options, small businesses need focus

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When Snapchat went public this year, it was a reminder to many small business owners that they need to be part of the social media evolution. But which network? Snapchat? Facebook? Instagram? All of the above? Many owners opt for a ...

Truths about Madoff and “Wizard of Lies” from its creators

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For the second time in little more than a year, a TV film probes Bernie Madoff, the fraudster-financier who in 2008 made explosive news with his arrest for perpetrating a Ponzi scheme that ruined thousands of his clients at a cost of ...

Wallenda wife to dangle by her teeth over Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls. Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a high wire, aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter as it flies ...

The final days of the Ringling Bros. circus

By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An elephant stretches its trunk through a window to soothe a sick child. A woman gives birth and three months later is back performing on the high wire. A handler of big cats weeps as the beasts lope out of the ring for the last ...

What’s your past salary? Lawmakers want to ban the question

By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — An awkward job interview question — how much did you make at your last job? — is getting banned in some parts of the country. Massachusetts, New York City and Philadelphia have passed laws that bar employers from asking applicants ...

NY to car insurers: Don’t use education, job to set rates

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is moving to restrict the ability of auto insurers to use a customer's job or education to set premiums. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the proposed regulation Tuesday. The Democrat says it's necessary to stop an unfair and discriminatory practice that has ...

Fidget spinners, the hit toy that spun out of nowhere

By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stores can't keep them in stock. Parents are scrambling to find them. And some schools have banned them. The mania for fidget spinners — the 3-inch twirling gadgets taking over classrooms and cubicles — is unlike many other toy ...

Police probe arson, racist graffiti at black family’s home

SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in upstate New York are investigating a suspected arson fire at the home of a black family whose house was spray-painted with racist graffiti. Sunday's late-night fire destroyed Laquan and Jennifer Madison's garage and damaged their home in Schodack ...

Terrorist or hero? Puerto Rican nationalist to be freed

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Lopez Rivera, the Puerto Rican nationalist who spent more than three decades behind bars for his role in a violent struggle for independence from the U.S., will be celebrated as a hero upon his early release Wednesday and honored next ...

Smoke in cockpit sends Philadelphia-bound flight back to NY

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) — Smoke in the cockpit forced an American Eagle flight to return to an airport on New York's Long Island. Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/2rmAJ6d ) reports that the flight was carrying 40 passengers to Philadelphia. No injuries were reported. The Federal Aviation ...

Plane with 4 on board from New York missing in Bahamas

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities were searching Tuesday in the Bahamas for a small overdue plane with four people from New York aboard, including two children. The U.S. Coast Guard says the twin-engine MU-2B was east of the island of Eleuthera on Monday when air traffic control in Miami lost radar ...

NY museum installs WWI painting of wounded British soldiers

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City museum has installed John Singer Sargent's painting depicting British soldiers wounded in a World War I gas attack. The American artist's 8-foot by 12-foot (2.4-meter by 3.6-meter) oil on canvas titled "Gassed" was mounted Tuesday in the New-York Historical ...

New York OKs $62M in grants, loans for local water projects

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is making $62 million available to help local governments upgrade their sewer systems and drinking water infrastructure. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the investments on Thursday. The money will go to eight different municipal governments in the form of ...

New York man pleads guilty to running used textbook scam

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man has admitted to running a used textbook scheme that involved renting textbooks from one website and selling them on another. Jeffrey Tomasik of the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg pleaded guilty to mail fraud Thursday in federal court. Prosecutors say he used ...

Couple to wed after losing nearly 600 pounds together

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press Frustrated with his ever-growing weight that peaked at 675 pounds, Ronnie Brower began dieting and working out on his way to losing an astounding 458 pounds. His four-year fitness journey, chronicled on Facebook, earned him the admiration of a woman at his gym ...