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New York State Fair to host drone video competition

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Fair is hosting a competition for videos created using cameras on drones. There are eight categories, including one for films featuring New York state. Videos must be no longer than five minutes, except for the corporate/industrial category, and at ...

New York announces $400M road paving initiative

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state says it will spend more than $400 million this year to repave nearly 1,700 miles of roadway. The projects are scattered around the state. More than a quarter of the total funds will go toward paving nearly 200 miles in the mid-Hudson Valley. Other projects ...

“Operation Sober Boater” launched to increase safety

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York are launching a new effort to reduce drunk boating. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo announced "Operation Sober Boater" on the Hudson River in Albany Thursday. Apple and Zurlo say law enforcement will ...

As Trump meets Putin, fate of Russian dachas still in limbo

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As Donald Trump meets for the first time with Vladimir Putin, resolving a dispute over a pair of Russian diplomatic compounds seized by the United States last year could be a first step in repairing a relationship wracked by Syria's civil ...

Police: Senator impostor tries to see Ivanka at Trump Tower

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a man who claimed to be a U.S. senator tried to get inside Trump Tower to see Ivanka Trump and has been arrested. NBC New York says the man had two knives on him when he tried to get into President Donald Trump's New York City home about 4 p.m. Thursday and asked ...

2 New York battlefields get federal restoration funds

FORT ANN, N.Y. (AP) — Two upstate New York battlefields are getting federal restoration funds. The Town of Fort Ann near the Vermont border is receiving $176,000 from the Department of Interior for the restoration of Fort Ann Battlefield, site of a 1777 engagement between the retreating ...

Replicas of Columbus’ ships heading up New York river

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' ships are sailing up New York's Hudson River and will be open to public tours this month. The Nina and Pinta will be docked Thursday afternoon at Newburgh and will be open to tours Friday through Tuesday before setting sail early ...

Praying nun harassed, threatened inside Catholic church

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a nun praying inside a Roman Catholic church was harassed by a man who said he "didn't believe" in her religion and then threatened to kill her. The man is seen in surveillance footage in the vestibule of the Catholic Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in ...

19 AGs sue DeVos for delaying for-profit college rules

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press Democratic attorneys general in 18 states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuses by for-profit colleges. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal ...

Rex Tillerson in focus as Exxon investigation intensifies

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — "Wayne Tracker" cannot be forced to testify under oath. He does not exist. But the man who used the "Tracker" alias, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, can be questioned — and is increasingly expected to be — as New York Attorney ...

States sue over EPA’s decision to keep pesticide on market

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Several states want to join a legal challenge to the Trump administration's decision to keep a widely used pesticide on the market, despite studies showing it can harm kids' brains. Led by New York, the coalition of states filed a ...

Woman’s body found in NY may be slain Pennsylvania woman

By JOE MANDAK, Associated Press Police and a prosecutor from Pennsylvania will attend the autopsy of a woman found along the New York shoreline of Lake Erie to determine whether the body is that of a suspected homicide victim. Authorities want to know if the body to be autopsied Wednesday by ...

Couple, their 2 dogs, rescued when boat catches fire, sinks

FIRE ISLAND PINES, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a couple and their two dogs have been rescued after their boat burned and sank near Fire Island in New York. Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/2tQxhoz ) reports a 41-year-old man and his 45-year-old wife were wearing life jackets, as were their dogs. The ...

31-year-old man drowns at popular Adirondack swimming hole

WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — A 31-year-old upstate New York man has died at a popular Adirondack Mountain swimming hole. According to Essex County coroner Frank Whitelaw, the body of Matthew Miller, of Ithaca, was recovered shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities say the victim was with friends ...

Mohawk River search for 2 paddle boaters, 1 body found

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — One body has been recovered and police continue to search for two other men whose paddle boat capsized in the Mohawk River in central New York. State police have recovered the body of 42-year-old Terry Moshier since the accident on Monday afternoon near Little ...

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ sets viewership mark after tweets

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski reached their biggest audience ever when they talked Friday about President Donald Trump's tweets about their show. The Nielsen company said Wednesday that 1.66 million people watched the MSNBC morning show the day after the tweets. That ...

New York’s breeding eagle population hits new high

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State wildlife officials say New York's bald eagle population has hit a record of 323 breeding pairs. State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says aerial surveys show that about 73 percent of bald eagle nesting territories are occupied ...

US celebrates July Fourth with parades, picnics, fireworks

By REBECCA GIBIAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are celebrating their country's 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating. Tuesday's festivities stretch from a baseball home run derby in London to a ...

Audit: ‘Unacceptable’ conditions at hotels housing homeless

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state audit has found more problems including "squalid" conditions at some hotels and motels used to house homeless people in New York. The report issued by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on Tuesday. The audit is a follow up to a 2016 report that found problems at ...

Work on Erie Canal began 200 years ago and changed history

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press A few days after the first shovel was thrust into the central New York state dirt on July 4, 1817, to ceremoniously begin the building of the Erie Canal, the real work got started. A few dozen workers supplied with nothing more than shovels and draft animals ...