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Manhattan restauranteur admits to $12 million Ponzi scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York restauranteur has admitted to running a $12 million Ponzi scheme involving a fictitious wholesale liquor business in order to finance his lavish lifestyle. Hamlet Peralta, the former owner of the Hudson River Cafe, pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Thursday, which ...

27 turtles rescued from poaching attempt in NY park

NEW YORK (AP) — More than two dozen turtles have been rescued after a group of women attempted to remove them from a lake in a New York City park. A passer-by stopped the group from removing the turtles from Prospect Park Lake in Brooklyn and called the police. The women removed and bagged a ...

2 Vietnam vets compile info for western NYers killed in war

CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) — Two Vietnam veterans have nearly completed their mission to compile biographical information and photographs for all 450 Americans from western New York who died in the conflict. WGRZ-TV reports (http://on.wgrz.com/2pE2K6V ) Norm Murray, of Clarence, has been working on ...

State probing NY hotel’s complains about rowdy prison guards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials have started an internal investigation after guests and staff at an Albany hotel complained about late-night raucous behavior by a group of prison guards. The Times Union reports (http://bit.ly/2r7QsF4 ) the Department of Corrections and Community ...

Assisted-suicide bill back before New York lawmakers

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from physicians is again before state lawmakers in Albany, though top lawmakers are either skeptical about its chances or firmly ...

NY Democrats urge tighter gun controls, background checks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Senate Democrats are doubling down in their efforts to counter the Trump administration by proposing tighter state gun control laws. The conference on Tuesday touted a package of bills aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of children, people who have committed ...

Paul Ryan visits New York school run by charter advocate

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan paid a visit to a charter school run by a Democrat who was briefly in the running to be Republican President Donald Trump's education secretary. The Wisconsin Republican did not speak with reporters gathered outside the Success Academy charter ...

New York Court of Appeals upholds drunk driving protections

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Court of Appeals has upheld a state law that allows for permanent suspension of drivers licenses for repeat drunk drivers. A unanimous opinion from five of the state's highest court judges Tuesday affirmed that the Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner has ...

New state troopers graduate in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state troopers are adding more than 190 new members to their ranks. A graduation ceremony for a new class of troopers is being held Wednesday morning at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. The New York State Police Academy has run 205 classes ...

FBI corrects Comey testimony on Clinton aide Huma Abedin

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI on Tuesday corrected the sworn testimony of Director James Comey, who last week told Congress that a top aide to Hillary Clinton had sent "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her husband's laptop, including some with classified ...

Police: IHOP waitress pulls knife on family after argument

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a waitress at a New York IHOP pulled a steak knife on a Long Island family after an argument over poor service. The mother of the family says they were shaken up after she, her husband and their two special needs kids were surrounded by the pancake ...

Colbert welcomes fellow ‘Daily Show’ alums to ‘Late Show’

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It was a rare TV reunion Tuesday as Stephen Colbert played host to a gang of fellow "Daily Show" alums on a special edition of CBS' "The Late Show." Along with Jon Stewart, former longtime anchor of the Comedy Central fake newscast, ...

The Latest: Trump assails critic as ‘Cryin’ Chuck Schumer’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the firing of FBI Director James Comey (all times local): 4:40 a.m. Amid the clamor surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump singled out one another Washington fixture for his scorn. The president went to his Twitter account ...

State launches probe into fatal shooting of motorist by cop

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The state Attorney General's Office is investigating the fatal shooting of a western New York man by a police officer. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that he has opened an investigation into an altercation Sunday that left 26-year-old Jose ...

Businesses can give interns a chance to shine – or whine

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh face or long face? Which one you see on interns at small businesses may depend on whether the boss gives them a chance to shine or do only menial tasks. As business owners prepare to take on interns for the summer or the next ...

Bill would require toy makers to disclose toxins in products

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental groups and child-welfare advocates want New York state to require toy makers to disclose potentially toxic chemicals used in their products. Several parents and child health experts gathered at the state Capitol Monday to push for a requirement that toy ...

Novel to ask: What if Hillary Clinton hadn’t married Bill?

NEW YORK (AP) — A best-selling novelist is imagining how Hillary Clinton's life might have turned out had she never married Bill Clinton. Random House announced Monday that Curtis Sittenfeld will tell the story from the point of view of Hillary Rodham. In real life, the former first lady did ...

Sinclair to buy Tribune Media, expanding its local TV reach

By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sinclair Broadcast Group, already the nation's largest local TV station operator, wants to be even bigger. The company announced Monday that it will pay about $3.9 billion for Tribune Media and its 42 stations, which includes KTLA in Los ...

Trump’s daughter Tiffany to attend Georgetown Law School

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Another Trump is going to Washington. Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of the president, will be enrolling at Georgetown University Law School this fall, according to her brother. Eric Trump, who revealed the school choice, received ...

Man freed in ’92 killings after new witnesses come forward

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press STORMVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A man who spent 22 years in prison for a double killing he said he didn't do walked free Monday, his New York conviction overturned but prosecutors vowing to get it restored. "It's a beautiful thing," Calvin Buari said as he left ...