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Feds: Ex-transportation official should not be spared prison

By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former transportation official and mentor to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "should not get a get-out-of-jail card" for using his position to shake down United Airlines to relaunch a flight to his weekend home, federal prosecutors ...

Man accused of threatening Jewish institutions to vilify ex

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former journalist fired for making up details in stories is behind at least eight of the scores of threats made against Jewish institutions nationwide, as well as a bomb threat to New York's Anti-Defamation League, in an effort to harass ...

O’Reilly says he could have been clearer about Swedish guest

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly says he could have been clearer about a man who appeared on his show last week billed as a Swedish national security adviser. Responding to criticism from officials in Sweden and liberal observers, O'Reilly said on Monday night's episode of ...

New York governor enters fight to outlaw child marriage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is lending executive muscle to the movement that would outlaw child marriage in the state. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced at a cabinet meeting Tuesday Cuomo is advancing a plan to increase the minimum age to wed from 14 to 17. Children under 18 ...

1 scoop or 2? Raw cookie dough is latest food fad

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cookie dough is having its Cronut moment. People have been standing in line for up to three hours at a month-old New York City shop that sells scoops of raw dough in a cup or a cone like ice cream. The sweet treat has become the latest ...

Ex-power player seeking probation in United bribe scheme

By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former top transportation official and mentor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie should receive probation, not prison, for his part in a bribery scheme involving United Airlines because although he misused his position, he was "not ...

Bankers ask for help saving seniors from financial scammers

By ANNA GRONEWOLD, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocates for the elderly say each year con artists and greedy family members cheat New York seniors out of $1.5 billion in assets but they worry the number of reported cases is only the tip of the financial abuse iceberg. The Senate ...

Lawmakers question plan to close NYC-area nuclear plant

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers on Tuesday demanded to know how Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to prevent a disruption in power supply and higher electric bills when Indian Point nuclear plant in suburban New York City goes dark. Under a deal ...

Waldorf Astoria hotel closing for transformative makeover

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The word "grand" matched few hotels in the world better than New York City's Waldorf Astoria, but this bastion of gilded splendor is now closing for two to three years for a transformative makeover. The last guests were checking out by ...

Siena poll: Gov. Cuomo’s approval rating up among NY voters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new Siena College poll suggests Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is enjoying his highest favorability ratings in two years. The poll released Monday finds 60 percent of respondents view Cuomo favorably, compared to 34 percent who have an unfavorable opinion. That's Cuomo's ...

AP-NORC Poll: US teens disillusioned, divided by politics

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In the days after President Donald Trump's election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense. It was an unusual show of political engagement from future voters who may ...

Advocates for aging call homecare worker shortage a crisis

By ANNA GRONEWOLD, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A worsening shortage of homecare workers in the state is leaving patients in dangerous conditions and the system on the brink of collapse, say advocates for the elderly and the disabled. The Assembly's health committee heard public ...

New York ramps up food testing

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is expanding its testing of food and beverages in an effort to prevent foodborne illnesses. The state announced Friday that some 67,000 samples were tested in 2016, up 10 percent from the year before. The laboratory is responsible for analyzing food and ...

Aquarium of Niagara expanding to protect threatened penguins

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A Niagara Falls aquarium is expanding so it can breed and protect the threatened Humboldt penguin. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says work has begun on a $3.3 million project to create a new penguin exhibit at the Aquarium of Niagara. The exhibit and gallery will include a ...

New York, North Carolina: When should teen be tried as adult

By ANNA GRONEWOLD, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Luis Padilla remembers the terror he felt as a 16-year-old arrested on a robbery charge and locked up with adults in New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail. At one point, he pretended to be suicidal so he could be placed in the ...

NY congresswoman urges open White House press briefings

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York congresswoman has voiced outrage over the White House decision to block The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Politico and others from a press briefing. Rep. Carolyn Maloney said Saturday outside The New York Times offices in Manhattan that she wants the ...

NY giraffe to give birth on YouTube with 1 million followers

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a million people have viewed a YouTube live stream of a pregnant giraffe awaiting the birth of a baby at an upstate New York animal park. Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, says the mother, called April, could give birth any ...

Man caught at border with 73 forged credit cards sentenced

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Miami, Florida, man who was caught at the northern border in Buffalo with 73 forged credit cards has been sentenced to just under a year in jail. Deladier Benitez was sentenced Wednesday in Erie County Court, where he pleaded guilty in December to possession of a ...

Police: Woman fears losing potential lover, lies about rape

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A New York woman is facing charges after police say she lied about being raped by two football players from a Connecticut university due to fears a third student would lose romantic interest in her. Nikki Yovino, of South Setauket (seh-TAW'-kiht), New York, has been ...

Cuomo: NY will protect transgender students despite Trump

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will continue to allow transgender students to use public school bathrooms that match their gender identity after President Donald Trump's administration reversed a similar federal policy. The Democratic governor called the ...