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Bill would create sex education task force

NEW YORK (AP) — A bill before the New York City Council would create a task force to study how — and whether — sex education is being taught in schools. The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2pBhRjr ) says compliance has been spotty despite a 2011 Department of Education requirement that ...

Severe storms knock out power to 40K customers in upstate NY

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — More than 40,000 utility customers are without power after powerful thunderstorms packing high winds rolled across upstate New York. NYSEG reports half of its 34,000 outages Tuesday morning are located in the Binghamton area, where Broome County officials have ...

Gillibrand on 2020 presidential run: ‘I’m ruling it out’

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she is ruling out a run for president in 2020 because she's "focused entirely" on running for re-election next year. The New York Democrat told cable's Spectrum News (http://bit.ly/2pQayad ) during an event Monday at Fort Drum in ...

Hit and Run: Plumber’s ashes flushed at ballpark bathrooms

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man is on a mission to flush the cremated remains of his lifelong friend — a plumber — down ballpark toilets around the country. Tom McDonald tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2qodwCS ) that it's a fitting tribute for Roy Riegel. The two baseball ...

Woman accused of lying about rape to go before court

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A woman accused of lying about being raped by two Sacred Heart University football players in Connecticut is set to appear in court Monday. Nikki Yovino, of South Setauket (seh-TAW'-kiht), New York, is to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on charges of falsely ...

Assembly hearing on Clean Energy Standard set for Monday

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Assembly members will hear from the Public Service Commission about its strategies to meet the state's goal of obtaining 50 percent electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Assembly committees on energy, environmental conservation, and consumer protection have ...

Schumer pushes to preserve tax deductions for middle class

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has vowed to fight President Donald Trump's tax plan. Schumer says the plan would strike a critical blow to New York's middle-class homeowners and taxpayers. Schumer on Sunday denounced the tax code Trump proposed this week that ...

NY state saves $20M through green energy, recycling

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Increased recycling, greater reliance on renewable energy and less use of copy paper have saved New York state government nearly $20 million over five years. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office released a list of savings Friday that it says are the result of efforts to ...

NY lawmakers hatch plan to release Trump’s state taxes

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Democrats have hatched a plan to get a look at Donald Trump's tax records by crafting a piece of legislation designed to get at his state returns that does everything but mention the Republican president by name. The bill ...

Hannity defends Fox News co-president Shine amid report

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity is defending Fox News Channel co-president Bill Shine following a report that members of the controlling Murdoch family refused to release a statement of support for the executive. New York magazine cites anonymous sources in reporting that Shine recently asked ...

NY senator: outlaw streaming violence on social media

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation introduced in New York state would make it a crime to upload or livestream video of a crime to social media with the intent of glorifying violence or seeking fame. State Sen. Phil Boyle, a Long Island Republican, said Thursday that his bill is a response to a ...

NY legislators push for a distracted driving Breathalyzer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislators in New York are pushing for the "Breathalyzer for distracted drivers," saying that the in-development technology would allow officers to determine if a person was using their smartphone at the time of an accident. The Times-Union of Albany reports ...

Woman shot at point-blank range saved by her purse

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a New York City woman shot at point-blank range during a robbery was saved from a bullet wound thanks to her purse. The New York Police Department says a 52-year-old man ran up to his intended victim on a Brooklyn street early Wednesday morning and demanded her car ...

Cornell male singing group booted from campus for hazing

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell University officials say the college's oldest all-male a capella group has been permanently dismissed from campus for hazing that included requiring new members to put Icy Hot muscle cream on their genitals. According to the Ivy League school's website on hazing, ...

Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Held captive by the Japanese during World War II, Florence Ebersole Smith Finch was tortured and forced to curl up in a 2-foot-by-4-foot box. She endured by repeatedly telling herself: "I will survive." "And my goodness, she did," said ...

NY Senate OKs term limits for legislative leadership posts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Senate has voted to impose eight-year term limits on legislative leadership positions. Under the legislation endorsed by the Republican-led Senate on Tuesday no lawmaker could hold positions such as Senate leader or Assembly speaker or chair a committee ...

Volunteers usher US immigrants to court to allay their fears

By CLAUDIA TORRENS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — When Salvadoran immigrant Joselin Marroquin-Torres became flustered in front of a federal immigration judge in New York and forgot to give her asylum application, a woman she had just met stood up to provide it. "Thank you," the judge ...

The Latest: Teen gets probation in fire that killed friend

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a 14-year-old boy for the death of a friend in massive arson fire at a New York recycling plant last summer (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A 14-year-old New York boy has been sentenced to a year of probation for his role in a massive fire ...

Ex-NY pro hockey player sentenced for wife’s slaying in 2015

BATH, N.Y. (AP) — A former professional hockey player convicted in the slaying of his wife in their upstate New York home has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. A Steuben (stoo-BEHN') County Court judge on Monday sentenced 39-year-old Thomas Clayton to the maximum penalty in ...

Holocaust records project launched at FDR Library and Museum

HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has launched an effort to find "unique but dispersed" Holocaust documents and other related material included in the institution's vast archives. The library and museum located in FDR's hometown of Hyde Park, ...