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$15,000 worth of equipment stolen from theater company

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York are searching for the people who stole $15,000 worth of sound equipment from an outdoor theater company. Investigators say burglars broke into a building that housed equipment used by Buffalo's Shakespeare in Delaware Park on Saturday night. ...

Health officials wary as wet spring leads to mosquitoes

By DAVID SHARP, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A wetter-than-normal spring in the Northeast is producing a bumper crop of mosquitoes, leading to worries of a corresponding spike in mosquito-borne illnesses this summer. The heavy rain that erased last summer's drought has put ...

Vegan ice cream is nice cream thanks to creamier bases

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Nice cream: It's what they call vegan ice cream. But with creamier bases and more interesting flavors, it's not just for vegans anymore. Dairy-free ice cream options have come a long way thanks in part to meat-eating folk looking to avoid ...

New York farmers market shuttered by 9/11 reopens downtown

NEW YORK (AP) — A farmers market that once operated at the World Trade Center has returned to the area for the first time since Sept. 11. Vendors have not been in the area for nearly 16 years, but now a new market stands just east of One World Trade Center. The New York Times reports ...

Motorcyclist killed in Turnpike crash; traffic tied up

TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say that a motorcycle driver has been killed in a crash that has shutdown lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike and caused major traffic delays. The state police said that the motorcyclist was killed in the crash around 2 a.m. on the local southbound lanes of the ...

Police: Man in custody after girlfriend is fatally stabbed

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been taken into custody after his girlfriend was fatally stabbed during a domestic dispute inside the suburban Rochester home of the victim's grandmother. Officials in the town of Greece say the girlfriend's grandmother called 911 around 2:30 ...

Jay-Z gets personal and deep on new album ‘4:44’

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z gets personal and deep on his new album, opening up about his relationship with Beyonce, the elevator fight with Solange and his children. The icon released "4:44" on Friday, and it quickly became a trending topic online and on social ...

Unbowed ‘Julius Caesar’ director urges artists ‘take risks’

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The theater director who endured death threats and lost corporate sponsors after staging a Donald Trump-inspired version of "Julius Caesar" has a message to any artist fearful of facing similar backlash — don't flinch. "We can't ...

Back for an encore: Kelly Clarkson plans second picture book

NEW YORK (AP) — After releasing a best-selling children's book, Kelly Clarkson is back for an encore. HarperCollins Publishers announced Wednesday that the Grammy winner's "River Rose and the Magical Christmas" is coming out Oct. 24. The picture book is illustrated by Lucy Fleming and ...

NY special legislative session off to slow start in Albany

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A special legislative session called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resolve a stalemate over control of public education in New York City got off to a sluggish start Wednesday as lawmakers compiled a long wish-list of other issues they'd like ...

Sept. 11 worker facing deportation is freed from detention

NEW YORK (AP) — A onetime Sept. 11 World Trade Center cleanup volunteer who faces possible deportation over a 1990 drug conviction but was pardoned by the governor was freed from immigration detention on Wednesday. Carlos Cardona was released from custody and will be required to check in ...

Hearing wraps for school board member who insulted Obama

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A decision on whether a one-time candidate for New York governor who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama should remain on a school board is expected in several weeks. Layers wrapped up a five-day hearing in Albany on Wednesday. State Education Commissioner ...

Ecovative gets $9.1M DARPA contract for living materials

GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York company that sells packaging material and furniture made with help from fungus says it has been awarded a $9.1 million defense contract. Ecovative Design says the contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is to ...

Top bidder for Dowling campus fails to close out purchase

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The top bidder for Dowling College's campus on Long Island has failed to close on its offer, leaving the second highest bidder to purchase the property. NCF Capital, which was identified as the "backup bidder" in court documents pertaining to the Central Islip ...

US Coast Guard suspends Hudson River anchorages proposal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has shelved a contentious proposal that would allow oil barges to anchor at 10 locations along the Hudson River, an idea that faces stiff opposition from many riverside residents. Coast Guard officials in New York announced Wednesday they had ...

Need a ride? Uber, Lyft running in upstate NY, Long Island

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services began operating Thursday in upstate New York and on Long Island, a move that officials say will provide work for thousands of drivers and reduce alcohol-related road accidents. The ride-hailing apps became available for those ...

How vacationing business owners cope with being unreachable

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — While hiking in the Himalayas for three weeks, Mike Scanlin had no cellphone service much of the time and no way to charge his phone. Running his business — a one-man operation — became a very sporadic proposition. It was a ...

After 2018 in NYC, Grammys will return to LA in 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2018 Grammy Awards will be held in New York City, but the show will return to Los Angeles for four years beginning in 2019. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday it signed a four-year deal with the AEG entertainment company to host the show at the Staples Center. The ...

Niagara Falls daredevil might have died in plunge with snake

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A daredevil who died after plunging over Niagara Falls in an apparent stunt with an inflatable ball might have brought a boa constrictor along for the ride. After Kirk Jones' death, New York State Park Police found a website with a photo of him and the 7-foot snake ...

NY special legislative session off to slow start in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A special legislative session called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resolve a stalemate over control of public education is New York City is off to a slow start. No members of the Assembly were present in the chamber at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the time the Democratic governor ordered ...