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NYC man pleads guilty to promoting prostitution

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man pleaded guilty to promoting three teenage girls as prostitutes on Backpage.com, a website later seized by the federal government. Prosecutors say 46-year-old Whetsel Wade posted photos of the girls, ages 13, 15 and 17 on the website, and would set up ...

Bill targets school riflery teams, citing ‘gun culture’

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Jillian Zakrzeski's skills with an air rifle earned her three New York state high school shooting championships, a berth in the Junior Olympics and even recruitment to a college rifle team. "It's an amazing sport. It's not popular like ...

Schumer responds to Trump tweet with first lady’s words

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with a fresh insult from the president, Sen. Chuck Schumer is responding with the first lady's words. The Senate minority leader tweeted simply "#BeBest" Thursday, after President Donald Trump raged against him on Twitter. "BeBest" is the name of Melania Trump's ...

Manhattan miracle: Woman paid $28.43 rent for apartment

NEW YORK (AP) — In a city where rents have gone through the roof, one tenant held on to a real steal: $28.43 a month for a Manhattan apartment. The New York Post reports that's what Patricia O'Grady paid for the Greenwich Village walk-up where she moved in 1955. She stayed until she died ...

NY officials ask residents to look out for invasive insect

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for an invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly. State environmental and agricultural officials say the spotted lanternfly has the potential to harm New York's forests and farms. The invasive pest ...

Councilman proposes bill to expedite FOIL for journalists

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City councilman wants city agencies to give journalists priority to receive responses on Freedom of Information Law requests. Democratic Councilman Ritchie Torres, who represents the Bronx, has introduced new legislation that would create a category of professional ...

NYPD tests new tool that detects credit card skimmers

By JASON DEAREN and JOSH REPLOGLE, Associated Press GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Traynor, a cybersecurity expert, was in New York in February working with police to help identify a way to detect credit card skimmers on ATMs when he got a financial fraud alert: his own information had ...

Amid #MeToo, more colleges host women as graduation speakers

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press This graduation season, the podium is all hers. For the first time in at least two decades, the majority of the nation's top colleges are featuring women as their spring commencement speakers, a shift that industry experts credit to the wave of female ...

NBC says no culture of harassment in its news division

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News' internal investigation following Matt Lauer's firing says it doesn't believe there is a culture of sexual harassment at the division and that current management wasn't aware of Lauer's behavior until the complaint that doomed ...

‘Angels in America’ star James McArdle on his ‘demon’ play

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There was one place Scottish actor James McArdle had to visit when he came to New York to perform in a critically acclaimed revival of Tony Kushner's masterpiece "Angels in America." That would be Central Park. More specifically, ...

Trump considers benching Giuliani from doing TV interviews

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is growing increasingly irritated with lawyer Rudy Giuliani's frequently off-message media blitz, which has included muddying the waters on hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels and making claims that could ...

Inside the Met Gala: Real-life cardinal gets star treatment

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It was cocktail hour at the Met Gala, the most glittery and exclusive event on the New York social calendar, and celebrity guests were thronging around the imposing Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sipping drinks and ...

Manhattan DA to probe abuse allegations against Schneiderman

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Manhattan District Attorney's office is investigating allegations of violence against women by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned just hours after accounts of abuse by four women. It was a swift and stunning fall ...

His own words: Schneiderman was harsh critic of abusive men

Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Schneiderman made fighting against sexual abuse and harassment a signature issue, first as a state senator and then as New York's attorney general. Schneiderman resigned Monday after four women accused the Democrat of violence in a New Yorker ...

State to auction northern NY prison property closed in 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former state prison near the Canadian border in northern New York is being put up for auction. The New York state Office of General Services announced Friday that the Chateaugay (SHAT'-uh-gay) Correctional Facility in Franklin County will be auctioned on July 24 at ...

Giuliani becomes aggressive new face of Trump legal team

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, once known as "America's Mayor" and hailed for helping unite a wounded city after Sept. 11, has become the aggressive face of President Donald Trump's forceful new legal team. Giuliani, who is bonded with the president by ...

Gov. Cuomo proposes banning offshore drilling in NY’s waters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ramping up his opposition to the Trump administration's proposal to open up new areas for oil and gas drilling. The Democrat announced during a Friday news conference on Manhattan's southern tip that he's proposing legislation that would ...

Collector sues to block daughter from selling Basquiat work

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent art collector has filed a lawsuit against the auction house Sotheby's to block his daughter from selling a masterpiece by Jean-Michel Basquiat that's worth an estimated $30 million. The lawsuit filed Thursday in state supreme court in Manhattan by 86-year-old ...

More arrests expected in case against ‘Smallville’ actress

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities expect to make more arrests in the sex-trafficking investigation of a self-help group that's already resulted in charges against former "Smallville" actress Allison Mack and the group's leader, a prosecutor said Friday. Assistant ...

Cynthia Nixon tax returns: $1.9M income, $53K in donations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — "Sex and the City" star and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has released tax returns showing she and her wife had an income of $1.9 million last year and gave about $53,000 to charity. Nixon's campaign allowed reporters to review Nixon's tax documents on ...