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Group protests school board member who insulted Obamas

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Protesters calling for the removal of a Buffalo school board member who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife have disrupted the latest board meeting. WGRZ-TV reports (http://on.wgrz.com/2n9Qsnp ) the Wednesday meeting was scheduled to begin at ...

Suspect in fatal bar shooting convicted of gun, drug charges

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A man charged in a fatal shooting inside Buffalo's famous Anchor Bar has been convicted on unrelated federal firearm and drug charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 25-year-old Gregory Ramos, of Buffalo, was found guilty Wednesday by a jury. Prosecutors say Ramos was a ...

Ex-postal worker admits scamming $1.2M in federal benefits

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker in western New York has pleaded guilty to scamming the federal government out of more than $1.2 million in benefits. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 59-year-old Richard Klaffka, of Holland, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud. ...

Firefighter suspended amid hit-and-run investigation

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in Syracuse say a city firefighter has been suspended amid an investigation into a hit-and-run accident allegedly involving an investigator for the local district attorney's office. City officials announced Wednesday that Firefighter Edward Ackerman was ...

Parents empowered by Supreme Court ruling in special ed case

By CAROLYN THOMPSON and SAM HANANEL, Associated Press Parents of learning disabled students say a unanimous Supreme Court ruling will make it easier for them to insist on appropriate services for their children, and harder for the schools to say no. The court on Wednesday said that it is not ...

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Thursday arrested a 19-year-old hacker who they said was the main suspect in a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, appearing to crack a case that has sent a chill through the ...

NY officials warn of scam to get employee tax information

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are warning about a tax-season scam in which email fraudsters pose as company executives to get employees' Social Security numbers. State tax officials say at least 65 companies with New York employees have been victimized by the identity thieves, ...

President Trump’s son Eric to become father

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is about to become a grandfather for a ninth time. Trump's son Eric announced on Twitter Monday that he and his wife Lara are expecting their first child. The baby boy is due in September. Eric Trump, who lives in New York, wrote "it's been an amazing ...

A Muppet with autism to be welcomed soon on ‘Sesame Street’

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes — and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, which too often ...

US Muslims and Jews strengthen bonds amid acts of bigotry

By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) — They sat on either end of the congressmen's couch, one a Jewish healthcare executive whose parents fled Germany in 1936, the other the Kashmiri Muslim chairman of a well-known American furniture chain. The men, Stanley Bergman and Farooq ...

Guardian of Rockefeller fortune, philanthropy dies at 101

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — David Rockefeller was the last of his generation in a famous American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility. Even as children, he and his siblings had to set aside portions of their allowances for ...

Uber’s final frontier: Upstate New York

By DAVID KLEPPER and MIKE HAIM, Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Brian Cook's trip to Buffalo to cheer on Princeton's basketball team in the NCAA Tournament was, for him, a journey back to a simpler time, when hailing a ride meant standing on a corner and waving your hands to flag down ...

Capitol Watch: Hate crime response, nuclear bailout scrutiny

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In this week's New York state government news, lawmakers plan to discuss the state's response to what they say is a rise in hate crimes and take a close look at plans to bail out three aging nuclear plants. Here's what's coming up in ...

Meetup takes risky leap into the Trump resistance

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Meetup is taking a leap into the Trump resistance. The New York-based networking site will unveil plans in the coming days to partner with a labor group — under the guidance of a former Hillary Clinton aide — to coordinate protests ...

Trump budget cuts would hit UN, international agencies hard

By MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Nations and dozens of its affiliated agencies are facing deep funding cuts and possibly an end to U.S. contributions, as the Trump administration seeks to slash billions of dollars from diplomacy and development ...

Many Catholics get green light on St. Paddy’s corned beef

NEW YORK (AP) — Many Roman Catholics who ordinarily abstain from eating meat on Fridays during the 40 days before Easter have been given a "Paddy Pardon" for St. Patrick's Day. The Washington-based Catholic News Service reports that many bishops across the country are giving the green light ...

Man accused of killing medic with ambulance: ‘I’m innocent’

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of stealing an ambulance and then driving it over a fire department medic, crushing her to death, told reporters he wasn't guilty as he was escorted out of a police station Friday surrounded by angry uniformed emergency medical ...

Slammer sale: Closed prisons are a tough sell, states find

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Perched atop an Adirondack mountain, the 325-acre site for sale seems to have everything a developer could want: spectacular views, a man-made lake and close proximity to the tourist destination of Saratoga Springs. Oh, and former ...

New York awards $60 million for local water upgrades

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has approved nearly $60 million in low-cost loans and grants for upstate communities looking to upgrade their drinking water and sewer systems. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the funding Thursday. It will support different water infrastructure ...

New York offers free tax help for eligible residents

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Low- and middle-income New York residents can take advantage of free tax filing assistance events. New York officials say they are helping to provide free help at 54 locations statewide. The tax help events are being held around the state this month. Taxpayers with ...