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NY lawmakers to hold hearing on education spending

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Spending on elementary and secondary education will be the focus of the next legislative budget hearing in Albany. Members of the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to gather Wednesday for the hearing, which will feature remarks from state education officials as well as ...

Craigslist founder donates $15 million for journalism ethics

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The founder of Craigslist says he will donate $15 million to Columbia University and the Poynter Institute for separate efforts promoting ethics in journalism. The announcement on Wednesday establishes Craig Newmark in the forefront ...

Spotify buys Gimlet, Anchor to ramp up its podcast game

NEW YORK (AP) — Music streaming service Spotify is buying podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor as it looks to take on Apple's popular iTunes' podcasts. Gimlet Media has a podcast studio with dedicated IP development, production and advertising capabilities. Anchor has a platform of tools for ...

Cuomo: Federal tax law costing NY state $2.3B so far

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's income tax receipts are down more than $2 billion so far, creating a significant and serious state budget deficit that is mainly caused by last year's Republican-led federal tax cuts, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said ...

NY Assembly votes to ban offshore drilling in state waters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Assembly has voted to ban offshore drilling off the state's coast. The Democrat-controlled chamber passed the measure on Monday. It's expected to pass the Senate in coming days, and is supported by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The legislation would ...

Lawsuit: Power failure at federal jail a humanitarian crisis

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A weeklong power failure at a federal detention center in New York City spawned a humanitarian crisis that left inmates shivering in the dark and without access to visitors on some of the coldest days of the year, ...

NY to invest $204M on 95 health care projects

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is investing $204 million in 95 different health care projects around the state. The funding, announced Tuesday, include grants for new health care facilities, expansions and upgrades to existing facilities. The facilities receiving funds vary from ...

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York issued a subpoena Monday seeking documents from Donald Trump's inaugural committee, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money. Inaugural committee spokeswoman Kristin ...

Buffalo art gallery exhibit honors late Buffalo Bills owner

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo art gallery's latest exhibit honors the late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. "Humble and Human" is a collaboration between the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo and the Detroit Institute of Arts in Wilson's home state of Michigan. Gallery ...

Pregnant woman stabbed to death in building vestibule

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who was five months pregnant died after she was found with multiple stab wounds to her neck and chest. The New York Police Department says officers responding to a 911 call around 1 a.m. Sunday found the woman in the vestibule of the apartment building on Myrtle ...

3 shot in NY Denny’s; injuries not life-threatening

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities say a man accused of shooting three people in a Syracuse-area restaurant had been arguing with his ex-girlfriend. Sgt. Jon Seeber of the Onondaga County sheriff's office says Justus Holmes is charged with opening fire on patrons and employees at a ...

Advocates to urge NY state lawmakers to end cash bail

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocates for changes to the state's criminal justice system plan to gather in Albany to urge lawmakers to vote to end cash bail. Several groups who favor that proposal and other suggested reforms say they'll hold a rally Monday morning in the state Capitol. They say ...

Winter storm blamed for at least 3 upstate New York deaths

By The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A winter storm that delivered heavy snow and biting cold was blamed Thursday for at least three deaths and possibly a fourth, that of a homeless man whose frozen body was found in a suburban Buffalo bus shelter. Two men died clearing snow, Erie ...

Binghamton man convicted of killing ex-wife, boyfriend

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A 45-year-old Binghamton man has been convicted for a second time of killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend. Aaron Powell faces a maximum sentence of life in prison when he's sentenced in Broome County Court for two counts of second-degree murder and one count ...

13 injured in NY hunting accidents involving guns in 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say 13 people were injured last year in hunting accidents involving guns. Three of them died. The Department of Environmental Conservation says Thursday that the 13 recorded hunting-related shooting incidents ties the record-low mark for New York first ...

AP, News Media Guild reach new tentative 3 ½ year agreement

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press and the News Media Guild on Thursday reached a tentative agreement on a new three-and-a-half-year contract that includes pay raises each year of the agreement and health care revisions. The agreement comes after more than 17 months of negotiations and is ...

Northern, western New York gripped in bone-chilling cold

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Northern and western New York are still gripped in bone-chilling cold following a winter storm that has claimed at least three lives. A National Weather Service advisory says the wind chill could reach 20 below zero in some areas on Friday. Schools remained closed in ...

American Legion seeks Pentagon action on NY WWII unknowns

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — American Legion officials are calling on New York lawmakers to request the Pentagon exhume the Long Island graves of sailors killed in a World War II ship explosion in an attempt to identify the fallen servicemen. The American Legion's ...

Panel: NY law hinders police discipline transparency

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department should take steps to increase transparency and accountability it its officer disciplinary process, and a state law that keeps case outcomes secret is a serious obstacle to making changes, a panel of ...

Cuomo vows crackdown on truckers who violate Thruway ban

By The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — State police will crack down on truckers who violate a travel ban on the western section of Thruway, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed Thursday, a day after a tractor-trailer crash near Rochester caused a major pileup that left a trooper with ...