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Cuomo vows New York will lead nation with progressive agenda

By STEPHEN R. GROVES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Sounding like the presidential candidate he insists he is not, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unleashed an energetic attack against President Donald Trump's policies Tuesday, pledging New York will lead the nation forward with the most ...

7 groups splitting $3M to combat gun violence in cities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Seven organizations across New York state are splitting more than $3 million in state funding to curb gun violence and help people impacted by shootings. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that the funding will go to not-for-profit groups in Mount Vernon, ...

Union calls on school system to create potty training system

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo teachers' union is calling on the public school system to create a potty training policy, arguing teachers are not contracted to change diapers. The Buffalo Teachers Federation says teachers are too often stepping away from class to change diapers. WIVB-TV ...

Rochester-based Army National Guard unit set for deployment

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester-based unit of the New York Army National Guard is being given a send-off as it prepares for its eventual deployment to Afghanistan. A farewell ceremony is being held Wednesday afternoon at the National Guard's aviation support facility at Rochester ...

Cuomo: Biden makes ‘best case’ for president among Democrats

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says former Vice President Joe Biden makes the "best case" to be president of all the Democrats considered potential 2020 candidates. The Democratic governor said Wednesday on WAMC radio that the former vice president demonstrates the ...

Ring in the new year with winter hikes at New York parks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York parks and environmental conservation staff are leading hikes on public lands to kick off the new year. The family-friendly walks and hikes range from one to five miles of varying difficulty. Dozens of hikes are listed on the Department of Environmental ...

Michael Kors, now Capri Holdings, completes Versace deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Having added a pair of high-end brands to its stable, Michael Kors is changing its name to Capri. The company announced the acquisition of the Italian fashion house Versace for more than $2 billion (1.83 billion euros) in September, less than two years after acquiring Jimmy ...

2 million in Times Square for New Year’s? Experts say no way

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Seacrest and Anderson Cooper will be there. Snoop Dogg, too. But 1 or 2 million people in New York's Times Square for New Year's Eve? As Snoop would say, you must be sippin' on gin and juice. Crowd-size experts scoff at those ...

Ex-firefighter who died in blaze credited with saving 5

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) — A former firefighter has died after rescuing his fiancee and four young boys from the man's burning apartment in upstate New York. Family members say the boys, three of whom were 38-year-old ex-firefighter John Heller's nephews, were spending the night at Heller's ...

Old favorites, outdated attitudes: Can entertainment expire?

By TED ANTHONY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — They are fighting, yes, but the fight crackles with the enticing electricity that only Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn could deliver. He is storming out the door. She is throwing his golf clubs after him. The music is jaunty. He is ...

Ad campaign reminds New Yorkers of minimum wage boost

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An ad campaign is being launched to raise awareness of the new minimum wage across New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also launched a Wage Theft Hotline to report employers not complying with the increase. The Department of Labor hotline number is 888-4-NYSDOL. The ...

NY state’s anti-DWI campaign to continue into New Year’s Day

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say a crackdown on impaired driving on New York roads will continue through New Year's Day. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state police will boost patrols into Jan. 1 to look for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Democrat says the ...

Fire rips through a church in suburban New York

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — A fire has torn through a suburban New York church two days after Christmas. The blaze was reported around 8 a.m. Thursday at Zion Baptist Church in New Rochelle. There are no immediate reports of injuries. Photos and video from news outlets show smoke coursing and ...

NY state agency named in 2nd employee’s federal lawsuit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A second state Department of Criminal Justice Services employee has filed a federal lawsuit against top officials in the agency, accusing them of retaliating against her after she cooperated in a sexual harassment investigation. The Times Union reports the lawsuit filed ...

15 aging bridges on the Erie Canal set for repair work

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will embark next year on a multi-year project that will make tens of millions of dollars in repairs to aging bridges spanning the Erie Canal in western New York. The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reported this week that the Department of ...

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group has sued the U.S. government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans' phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny ...

Avid football fan battling cancer gets trip to Disney World

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An avid Buffalo Bills fan from Texas who's battling cancer has been given a trip to Disney World thanks to the efforts of a fan club known as the Bills Mafia. Ezra Castro is known as Pancho Billa for his game-day outfit that includes a sombrero and facemask in the NFL ...

In volatile market, companies can plan for possible slowdown

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market's volatility this year has some small business owners deciding to run their businesses more cautiously. Consumer spending and the economy are strong and many businesses report all is well. But some owners are ...

Bad headlines for Trump also means ratings slump for Hannity

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn't been good for his most prominent backer in the media. While Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity will end 2018 as cable news' most popular personality for the second year in a row, he's ...

Profiting off presidency? Trump biz takes hit since election

By BERNARD CONDON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When workers pried the Trump name off another Manhattan building earlier this year, it capped a bad few weeks for the president's businesses. Donald Trump's golf resorts in Scotland had just posted millions of dollars in losses, one of ...