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Bill Clinton has 2020 advice, but few candidates seeking it

By JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought after for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on his dance card in recent months underscore how much his standing in the party ...

Northeast digs out after storm closes schools, slows commute

NEW YORK (AP) — A late winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of the northeastern U.S. overnight — prompting school closures across the region, knocking out power to thousands and slowing the Monday morning commute to a crawl. The storm, which hit the hardest in the early ...

Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she's majoring in marijuana. "My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed," said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at ...

Analysis: Cohen hearing stokes touchy topic of impeachment

By LISA MASCARO and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Cohen's testimony is just the beginning. The House oversight hearing with President Donald Trump's former attorney, coming in advance of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, heralds what Democrats in Congress ...

Federal jury deliberates at NY corruption retrial

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A federal jury is deliberating at the corruption retrial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife. Newsday says the deliberations began on Thursday afternoon in Central Islip. Mangano is accused of helping Long Island businessman Harendra ...

Feds: Portions of Cohen search warrants should remain secret

NEW YORK (AP) — A court in New York is a step closer to releasing documents relating to the law enforcement raids last year of Michael Cohen's home and office. Federal prosecutors filed court papers Thursday identifying portions of search warrants they say should be blacked out when they are ...

Funeral held for New York mom killed in family mow-down

NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — A pregnant mother of six who police say was killed when a driver intentionally hit her family outside a convenience store was mourned and celebrated Thursday for her kindness and generous spirit. Melissa DeLoatch's children sat in a pew with her husband during her funeral ...

Feds seek multiyear sentences in college basketball case

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have recommended multiyear prison sentences for three men convicted of fraud for channeling secret payments to the families of top-tier basketball recruits to influence where the players went to school. Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager ...

City Ballet names its #MeToo-era leaders: a man-woman team

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It's a pas de deux: New York City Ballet has chosen two former dancers — a man and a woman — to lead the company in the #MeToo era, following the scandal that ended with the retirement of longtime artistic director Peter ...

NY poised to join 41 states in criminalizing revenge porn

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York voted to join 41 other states in criminalizing revenge porn Thursday, passing legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to disseminate explicit photos of a person without their consent. The measure would also allow victims to file lawsuits against ...

Police: Man faked abduction to avoid Super Bowl payouts

NEWFANE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a western New York man faked his own abduction and robbery because he was short of cash owed in a Super Bowl pool. Troopers found 60-year-old Robert Brandel of North Tonawanda tied up in his pickup truck Monday in a parking lot in Newfane, 30 miles north ...

Ash loggers race against time before beetles get them all

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press WALTON, N.Y. (AP) — Loggers in snowy forests are cutting down ash like there's no tomorrow, seeking to stay one step ahead of a fast-spreading beetle killing the tree in dozens of states. The emerald ash borer has been chewing its way through trees from ...

Bones found in Revolutionary War graves reveal more details

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Museum says it has learned more about the skeletal remains of 13 people discovered at a construction site where a Revolutionary War-era cemetery was located. Archeologists say hand excavation of the Lake George site confirmed 11 graves contained ...

Republican lawmakers unveil budget priorities for NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican members of the New York state Assembly have unveiled their priorities for the state budget, focusing on issues GOP lawmakers say are most important to their constituents. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, of Canandaigua, released his conference's budget ...

Witness: Driver in train-car crash was fleeing earlier crash

WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) — A witness told police that the driver who caused a deadly crash by trying to go around a lowered railroad gate on New York's Long Island was fleeing the scene of an earlier crash, a police official said Wednesday. "The witness said that individual was involved in an ...

Natural History museum has big plans for 150th anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Museum of Natural History has big plans for its big 150th anniversary. The museum announced Wednesday a slate of events starting next month to commemorate its incorporation in April 1869. The events include exhibits, an anniversary website and a new space show ...

New York seeks tax law input from forest landowners

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are planning a series of public meetings to give forest landowners the opportunity to have their say on the state's forest tax law program. The law was enacted in 1974 to give landowners with 50 acres or more of qualifying land an incentive to continue ...

Cuomo: Cheaters should be barred from property tax credit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Como says people found to fraudulently claim a state property tax credit should be barred from reapplying for the benefit for six years. The Democrat announced the proposal on Tuesday and said he'll ask lawmakers to include the provision in next ...

Frederick Douglass biography among Lukas prize nominees

NEW YORK (AP) — David W. Blight's biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland" are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary merit. On Tuesday, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at ...

NBC appoints Jenna Bush Hager co-host on ‘Today’

NEW YORK (AP) — Jenna Bush Hager better get her wine glass ready. NBC appointed her Tuesday as co-host of the "Today" show's fourth hour with Hoda Kotb, and she'll replace Kathie Lee Gifford in that role in April. Kotb and Gifford were successful pioneers in expanding "Today," with an ...