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Watertown, Batavia working to revitalize downtowns

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is touting state investments in downtown revitalization in two upstate communities. The Democrat on Wednesday announced projects to upgrade and improve the downtown areas in Watertown and Batavia. Both communities won $10 million each in a ...

Audit blames cashless tolling for millions in unpaid tolls

NEW YORK (AP) — A new state audit has found the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York has lost millions in unpaid tolls. The audit released by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Wednesday shows the majority of the unbilled tolls, worth at least $1.6 million, were lost when the MTA ...

Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin stop at store, pose for photos

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — Newly engaged singer Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin have paid a visit to a grocery store in upstate New York, where they posed for photos with employees and customers. Chris Masterson, owner of Nature's Pantry in New Windsor, tells the Times Herald-Record of ...

Postal worker avoids prison for role in drug shipments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service employee worker will avoid prison for taking money from drug dealers for special deliveries to homes in western New York. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo says Thursday that Dennis Bernhard received a sentence of time served and supervised ...

Lake Erie forecast is for smaller, significant algae bloom

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Researchers are forecasting another significant algae bloom on western Lake Erie this summer, but say it will be smaller than last year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and research partners issued their annual algae ...

Lawyer: Stormy Daniels’ arrest was part of sting operation

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested while performing at an Ohio strip club and charged with letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law. Her attorney said Thursday she was set up in a sting operation. While ...

Ohio governor to roll out new plan to combat Lake Erie algae

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is set to announce new steps to combat toxic algae in Lake Erie. Republican Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sikz) office says he'll announce a new plan on Wednesday to deal with water quality issues. The governor's office has said in recent months he's ...

Crane barrels into cars, officer leaps inside to stop it

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer made a daring leap to stop a crane truck after the intoxicated driver smashed into four vehicles and sped off on the Long Island Expressway. Suffolk County police say 47-year-old Brian Sinclair went about 9 miles after barreling through ...

Truck driver sentenced for fatal distracted driving crash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A truck driver has been sentenced to prison for causing a fatal crash on the New York State Thruway that happened while he was online and speeding through a construction zone. Kristofer Gregorek was sentenced in Buffalo Wednesday to 1½ to 4½ years in prison for the ...

Dwayne Johnson honors amputee community with ‘Skyscraper’

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dwayne Johnson hopes to honor the amputee community by playing a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller "Skyscraper." In the film, Johnson plays the security consultant of a Hong Kong skyscraper who must save his ...

Officials: Playing ‘Dixie’ during NY fireworks an oversight

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Officials from a suburban New York town say playing "Dixie" at a town-sponsored Fourth of July celebration was an oversight. Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann tells The Journal News that the song "was not deliberately picked" for the July 2 fireworks ...

Cuomo calls for special session on abortion rights

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has urged Republican state lawmakers to reconsider their opposition to legislation codifying abortion rights in New York state law. Cuomo says Monday that the GOP-led Senate should immediately reconvene to pass the measure in light of a ...

Police: Woman lied about rape because she was angry at date

CLYDE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say a woman falsely accused someone of rape for not giving her a ride home. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says 27-year-old Jessica Gallagher of Clyde was charged Sunday with false reporting of a crime. Deputies say Gallagher told police she ...

Police: 17-year-old boy stabbed grandmother while she slept

ALBION, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old western New York boy broke into his grandmother's house and stabbed her while she was sleeping. The Orleans County Sheriff's Office says Albion resident Brandon Foster went into his grandmother's house through a window just before midnight Sunday. ...

Guardian Angels to patrol Albany areas hit by gun violence

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The founder of the New York City-based Guardian Angels says he'll head upstate with members of his neighborhood patrol group to help Albany residents quell a recent spate of gun violence. Curtis Sliwa (SLEE'-wuh) says several Albany residents emailed the group seeking its ...

Hasan Minhaj readies an ‘insightful’ tour, Netflix series

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off a breakout year in 2017, comedian Hasan Minhaj is ready to turn his wit to diagnosing the larger issues facing America. Minhaj, a correspondent with "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, is kicking off a North American tour ...

Prosecutor accuses ex-New York Senate leader of ‘shakedown’

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York state Senate leader and his son got business executives to arrange no-show jobs for the son in a brazen "family shakedown" that corrupted the senator's office, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday at the retrial of the pair on ...

Man charged with murder in stabbing death of Albany man

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Albany say a 21-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a man last week. Albany police officials say Lahquann Grady was arrested following an investigation into the death of 29-year-old Rashaun Byrd last Thursday. ...

The B-52s are touring on their 40th anniversary – sort of

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The B-52s are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. But they also may celebrate it next year. That is, if they haven't already hit the milestone. There's no fuzzy math here — it's a just matter of which date adequately represents ...