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ACLU sues over plans for citizenship question on 2020 census

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights lawyers sued the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday to try to stop plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, calling it an unconstitutional attempt to discriminate against immigrants. The Manhattan federal ...

Conservative icon David Koch leaving business, politics

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers' network of business and political activities. The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older ...

Creator of ‘Pose’ says FX show celebrates ‘incredible souls’

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In the premiere episode of the new FX series "Pose," a young black man hoping to be a star modern dancer is escorted into his first drag ball. Wild-eyed, he eagerly soaks it in. It quite literally makes him speechless. In front of ...

Utah man freed from Venezuelan jail describes ugly ordeal

NEW YORK (AP) — A Utah man recently freed from a Venezuelan jail after two years detailed his harrowing experience, describing how he initially was stuffed in a tiny, hot cell with cockroaches while his new wife had her fingers placed in pencil sharpeners. Joshua Holt spoke about his ordeal ...

Officials: Designer Kate Spade found dead in apartment

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Kate Spade, a fashion designer known for her sleek handbags, was found hanged in her Park Avenue apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said. The 55-year-old left a note at the scene and was found by ...

Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape as lawyer vows to fight

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in a brief hearing Tuesday before a judge in New York, and his lawyer vowed afterward to try to beat the case even before it goes to trial. Weinstein limped from an SUV ...

Tower at Flight 93 memorial to open by 9/11 anniversary

By KRISTEN DE GROOT, Associated Press The final phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial is underway and on track to open on the 17th anniversary of plane's crash into a Pennsylvania field during 9/11. United Airlines Flight 93 was en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco on Sept. ...

A New York Republican ex-con fights to return to Congress

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Grimm doesn't want to talk about his time in prison. He just wants your vote. The former Republican congressman from New York City's Staten Island is fighting his party, his president and the stigma of a felony conviction in a ...

Police: Woman who threatened gay pride parade arrested

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say a woman who posted multiple threats against a gay pride parade in Buffalo has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats. Police say the 40-year-old woman made numerous threats against the Sunday parade on Facebook. Residents ...

SpongeBob wants to know how ‘The Rock’ became ‘The Rock’

NEW YORK (AP) — Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has a new friend on social media and he lives under the sea. SpongeBob Squarepants on Friday tagged Johnson in a tweet asking what inspired his nickname. Johnson on Sunday asked did SpongeBob mean "Big Daddy? The Rock? Samoan Thor? Beef Piston? Or ...

Discovery signs $2 billion rights deal with PGA Tour

NEW YORK (AP) — Discovery, Inc. has signed a $2 billion agreement that gives it media rights to PGA Tour programming for its 220 markets outside the United States. The deal announced Monday is designed to allow Discovery to deliver golf around the world on every screen and device. The ...

NY law enforcers are looking for a tree thief

WARRENSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — New York law enforcers are looking for a tree thief. The Post-Star says somebody snatched 130 saplings recently from the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District. The Christmas-type trees — fir and spruce — were taken out of the ground next to the ...

Got indigestion? These cows could solve your milk problem

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press MORAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Milk got your stomach feeling sour? Dairy companies looking for ways to appeal to people who avoid milk because of indigestion are promoting what they describe as a natural, easier-drinking alternative. It's called A2 milk, which is ...

5 dead, nearly 200 sickened in romaine lettuce outbreak

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Four more deaths have been linked to a national food poisoning outbreak blamed on tainted lettuce, bringing the total to five. Health officials have tied the E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. The growing season ...

Remaining wreckage of Flight 93 to be buried at memorial

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Officials say the remaining wreckage of United Flight 93 will be returned later this year to the Pennsylvania memorial marking where it crashed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Flight 93 National Memorial Superintendent Stephen Clark says the wreckage will be buried in ...

30-year-old leaves parents’ home with help from Alex Jones

CAMILLUS, N.Y. (AP) — The 30-year-old man whose eviction from his parents' suburban home drew national attention finally left Friday, hours before a court-ordered deadline, with financial help from right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Michael Rotondo honked and waved to ...

NFL teams under no time pressure to form own anthem policies

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer With no deadlines to meet and a monthlong summer break coming up, NFL teams are in no hurry to formulate a policy on demonstrations during the national anthem. One day after league owners mandated that players must stand for the "Star-Spangled Banner" ...

Top state official fired after investigation into harassment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A senior official at a state agency serving developmentally disabled New Yorkers has been fired after an investigation turned up numerous sexual harassment complaints. Jay Kiyonaga (kee-yahn-AH'-guh) was the No. 2 official at the Office for People with Developmental ...

Officials: Head of upstate NY conservation group stole $170K

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — The former head of an Adirondack environmental conservation group has been accused of stealing nearly $170,000 from the organization. The Post-Star reports a Warren County grand jury indicted David Decker of Burnt Hills Tuesday on 22 charges, including grand larceny ...

Skyping the doctor? Poll shows it’s not just for the young

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Every morning, 92-year-old Sidney Kramer wraps a blood pressure cuff around his arm and steps on a scale, and readings of his heart health beam to a team of nurses — and to his daughter's smartphone — miles from ...