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Audit finds problems with use of NY opioid monitoring system

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new audit from Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found problems in how addiction treatment programs use New York's opioid prescription monitoring system. The review finds instances where administrators failed to check the system to see if patients receiving treatment for ...

Stewart-Cousins to be first female leader of NY state Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman is poised to lead the New York state Senate for the first time in history. Senate Democrats on Monday plan to formally tap Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers to lead the Senate when the 2019 session begins in January. Democrats won a majority of Senate seats ...

Alec Baldwin appears in court in parking-spot case

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin appeared in a New York court on Monday after being accused of striking a man in the face over a parking space. The 60-year-old actor said nothing as he was arraigned on misdemeanor and violation-level charges. He has previously stated that he did nothing ...

68-year-old woman fatally struck in Amherst

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — A 68-year-old woman has been struck and killed by a car in upstate New York. Police tell WGRZ-TV in Buffalo that Susan Lowes was crossing a street in Amherst at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday when she was struck by a car driven by a 62-year-old woman from Williamsville. Police ...

Squirrel causes mass power outages

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a squirrel is to blame for power outages that affected thousands of people in upstate New York. New York State Electric and Gas says the squirrel got into its substation in the Buffalo suburb of Lancaster Sunday and knocked out three substations, leaving ...

Police arrest corrections officer in ex-wife’s killing

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Police have arrested a New York county corrections officer in connection with the stabbing death of his ex-wife. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports 32-year-old Timothy Alexander, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Terrie ...

Former Cornell student to be sentenced on gun charge

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A former Ivy League student who was charged but not convicted of killing his father faces sentencing for having someone buy the weapon used in the slaying. Charles Tan, of Pittsford, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday afternoon in federal court in Syracuse. Tan's ...

Couple killed in crash driving to their wedding

HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) — Family and friends are mourning a couple killed in a fiery chain reaction crash while driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh. State police say 35-year-old Kathryn Schurtz and her fiance, Joseph Kearny, were driving on Interstate 78 on Wednesday when they encountered heavy ...

Remains of NY soldier killed in Korean War identified

SARATOGA, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of a U.S. soldier killed during the Korean War and recovered 17 years ago have been identified as those of an upstate New York man. The Pentagon says Monday that remains accounted for in September are those of Army Pfc. John Martin of the town of ...

Some towns brace for higher road salt costs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Some upstate New York towns are bracing for higher road salt prices this winter. WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reports that nearly 50 cities, towns and villages pool together in Erie County to buy road salt to keep costs low. Still, the price of salt increased $20 a ton to ...

Man at center of branded women case seeks release on bond

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The leader of a New York-based self-improvement group who is accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex has again filed a request to be released on bond. The Times Union of Albany reports NXIVM (NEHK'-see-uhm) founder Keith Raniere is seeking to be ...

EPA: Tonawanda Coke left flammable, hazardous materials

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the now-closed Tonawanda Coke plant in western New York left behind hazardous and flammable materials. WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports the agency says the plant has potentially explosive substances stored onsite, hazardous ...

John Lennon’s killer says he feels more shame every year

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The man who killed John Lennon told a parole board he feels "more and more shame" every year for gunning down the former Beatle outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980. "Thirty years ago I couldn't say I felt shame and I know what shame ...

Parents charged with using kids’ identities to rack up debt

BATH, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police say a couple racked up nearly $10,000 in unpaid utility bills and credit card debts using the man's son's name, destroying his credit rating. Authorities on Thursday say 44-year-old Thomas Cash and his wife, 39-year-old Alisha Cash, were arrested in ...

State’s jobless rate dips to 4%, lowest level in 30 years

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say the state's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level on record, dipping to 4 percent for the first time in 30 years. The Department of Labor says Thursday that October's 4 percent unemployment rate was last reached in May 1988. The agency ...

NFL awarding more than $35 million to brain injury studies

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is awarding more than $35 million in funding to five organizations conducting research into diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries. Through its Scientific Advisory Board established as part of its "Play Smart. Play Safe" ...

Amtrak cuts operating losses to lowest level in decades

NEW YORK (AP) — Amtrak says its $168 million operating loss this year was the smallest since 1973, its second full year in business. The government-owned railroad said Thursday it took in a record $3.4 billion in revenue in the 2018 fiscal year. Amtrak has been shrinking its annual ...

The Latest: El Chapo got police escort after escape

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the New York trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (all times local): 4 p.m. A former drug cartel member say his notorious boss got a surprise in 2001 when he broke out of prison and was met with a police escort in Mexico City. Jesus Zambada ...

Northeast battens down hatches as storm moves its way

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the first big storms of the season moved across the eastern half of the country Thursday, causing at least seven deadly traffic crashes and closing schools as it dropped snow as far south as central Alabama. As much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow blanketed the ...

Publisher: NYT reporters work on book about Brett Kavanaugh

NEW YORK (AP) — Two journalists who helped cover the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh are working on a book about the newest Supreme Court justice. Portfolio says Wednesday that it has a deal with New York Times reporters Kate Kelly and Robin Pogrebin for "The Education of Brett ...