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Blast of arctic air breaks records; Temperatures set to rise

By STEVE LEBLANC BOSTON (AP) — The blast of arctic air that engulfed portions of the East Coast broke cold temperature records from Maine to West Virginia and stunned sea turtles in Florida — although a warm-up is coming Monday. Burlington, Vermont, and Portland, Maine set records, with ...

Ancient codex rendered legible through X-ray scanning

NEW YORK (AP) — An ancient Coptic codex written sometime between 400 and 600 A.D. and housed in a New York City library is now legible thanks to state-of-the-art X-ray scanning. The severely scorched early book, or codex, has been owned by the Morgan Library and Museum in New York since ...

New York man due to be sentenced as accomplice to shooting

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — One of two New York men charged in a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded in Bangor, Maine, is due to be sentenced. Law enforcement officials say 38-year-old Robert Kennedy was killed and another man wounded on Nov. 27, 2015, to settle a drug debt. The ...

Arconic freezing pensions for US workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Arconic Inc. will freeze pension plan contributions for U.S. workers and instead make contributions to a 401(k) plan for employees. The company said the freeze only applies to the accrual of benefits for about 7,900 U.S. employees. Benefits accrued through March 31 will still ...

“Dago” food truck wins federal lawsuit over New York ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal court says it was unconstitutional for New York state officials to ban a food truck called the "Wandering Dago" from the Capitol complex in Albany. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday that the state's action was "viewpoint ...

Man dies after teen’s punch knocks him onto subway tracks

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 65-year-old Staten Island man died after he was punched by a stranger and fell onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn. It happened at the Jay St.-MetroTech station Wednesday afternoon. Police say an 18-year-old teen was talking incoherently when he approached ...

Man working on pickup truck dies when it rolls onto him

PLEASANT VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a 36-year-old man has died after being pinned beneath his pickup truck while he was working on it. The accident happened Wednesday morning in the Dutchess County town of Pleasant Valley. Troopers from the Poughkeepsie barracks say Timothy Russell ...

Faces of war: Who are the men in soldier’s WWII sketches?

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Before the Army's 27th Infantry Division was decimated in a bloody World War II battle, Stan Dube sketched portraits of his fellow soldiers. The 17 drawings were forgotten after the war and stashed in an attic for decades ...

Cuomo touts tip line and rental regulations in terror fight

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will propose a new regulation covering truck rentals and create a three-digit tip line to fight terror. The Democrat in his State of the State address on Wednesday said he will propose legislation to require people renting heavy vehicles to ...

Wind will bring brutally cold weather to upstate NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for parts of western New York, including Buffalo. Wind chill readings are expected to fall well below zero around upstate New York in the wake of a massive winter storm skirting the region. Wind chill ...

Leader of NYC Ballet retiring amid misconduct investigation

NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime leader of the New York City Ballet is retiring in the midst of an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct by him. Peter Martins wrote a letter to the company's board of directors on Monday announcing his retirement, saying the scandal had "exacted a ...

Cuomo to push for legislation to combat sexual harassment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing several measures to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. The Democratic governor said Tuesday he will push for legislation to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to settle sexual harassment or assault claims against ...

Guy Fieri’s Times Square restaurant closes for good

NEW YORK (AP) — A restaurant run by television star and celebrity chef Guy Fieri in the heart of New York City's Times Square has shut its doors for good. The restaurant, Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, served its last public meal Saturday. Restaurant officials held a private dinner event ...

Republican Harry Wilson opts out of NY governor’s race

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's one less name on the list of possible Republican challengers to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Former investment manager Harry Wilson announced his decision not to run Monday on Facebook. Wilson cited his family and four daughters and said he can't commit ...

Recent deadly attacks mean tight security for NYC New Year’s

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Police are promising a bigger security detail than ever before in Times Square for this year's New Year's Eve celebration, which will cap off a year that saw a number of deadly attacks, including a vehicle rampage at the very spot where ...

People urged to help vulnerable neighbors during deep freeze

By DAVID SHARP, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The post-Christmas prolonged, dangerously cold weather across half the country has advocates for the homeless scrambling to get people off the streets and local officials urging residents to assist their elderly neighbors. Residents ...

Mobster once charged in airport heist gets prison in arson

NEW YORK (AP) — A legendary airport robbery has come back to haunt an 82-year-old mobster, who's been sentenced to eight years in prison for an unrelated road rage arson by a New York judge who cited the heist. Vincent Asaro reacted to his sentencing Thursday with disgust, calling it a ...

Stranded ferry went off course; mayor cites ‘human error’

NEW YORK (AP) — The operator of a New York City ferry that got stuck on a sandbar and took hours to evacuate says the boat apparently went off its usual route and the company is looking into what happened. The mayor has cited "human error." Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) ...

Sen. Schumer: Bomb-detection units needed at transit hubs

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Screening devices that detect suicide vests like the one that exploded in a New York City subway tunnel are being tested in a Los Angeles transit station, but U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday the Transportation Security Administration ...

Why GOP tax plan could mean cuts in state and local services

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a tax provision that could prove costly for schools, police forces, drug treatment centers and other state and local public services. The sweeping tax overhaul embraced by President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers would impose ...