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Man dies in Niagara Falls after surviving 2003 plunge

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A man who survived a plunge over Niagara Falls without protection in 2003 has died after he went over again, this time inside an inflatable ball. Police tell the Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/2sEMEzJ ) the body of 53-year-old Kirk R. Jones was found in the ...

Police search for details on recovered human remains

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Officials are looking through over 1,000 missing persons cases for leads in identifying human remains found in upstate New York. Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard said Thursday they are assuming the remains are linked to a homicide. WGRZ-TV reports ...

Hiring up in 9 US states, jobless rates at record low in 4

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers added a significant number of jobs in nine states last month, and unemployment rates in four states fell to record lows. The Labor Department said Friday that the states with the largest percentage gains in jobs ...

Bob Seger catalog now available for streaming

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Seger is finally letting you stream his music. The 72-year-old singer announced Friday that 12 of his albums would be available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and other platforms. Ten of the Seger albums are also available for ...

Ex-mob hit man ‘Mad Dog’ Sullivan dies in NY state prison

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say Joseph "Mad Dog" Sullivan, a former organized crime hit man suspected of carrying out more than 20 killings, has died in a New York prison. Prison officials say Friday that the 78-year-old New York City native died June 9 at Fishkill Correctional Facility ...

NY: ‘Sham’ cancer charity to close, pay $350,000 after probe

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A breast cancer charity that claimed to raise money for medical care will close and pay $350,000 following an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation was founded in 2010 and by 2014 was raising about $3 million a ...

Lawmakers talk more security, packing a gun after shooting

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One Republican congressman says he's going to start carrying a gun in public after a gunman opened fire on a baseball practice, injuring Rep. Steve Scalise and several others. Some lawmakers want beefed up security at town ...

Homeless, but not voiceless, at Carnegie Hall

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — They're homeless, but a group of men and women from Texas has made it to Carnegie Hall. The storied New York City concert hall was the venue Wednesday evening for a performance by the Dallas Street Choir, all singers recruited from urban ...

New York factories rebound in June, best showing since 2014

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing in New York state rebounded this month to the highest level since September 2014, another sign of strength for America's factories. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday that its Empire State manufacturing ...

Wallenda hangs by teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Erendira Wallenda, the aerialist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda, successfully hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls on Thursday, pulling off the stunt five years to the day her husband walked a tight rope over ...

Valedictorians’ days numbered? Schools rethink class ranking

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) — At many American high schools, the graduation-day tradition of crowning a valedictorian is becoming a thing of the past. The ranking of students from No. 1 on down, based on grade-point averages, has been fading steadily for ...

NY town says ‘nyet’ to Russian request for free beach passes

By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Pay up, comrade. A decadeslong "good neighbor" policy that granted more than 100 free beach passes each summer to Russian diplomats and their families has come to an end in one suburban New York town. Oyster Bay officials say if ...

Wallenda discusses hanging by her teeth over Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda says she'll be tethered to a helicopter when she hangs from the aircraft by her teeth as it flies over Niagara Falls. Erendira (eer-ehn-DEER'-uh) Wallenda discussed her plans for the stunt during a news conference ...

Ex-portfolio manager gets 18 months in prison for conviction

NEW YORK (AP) — A former portfolio manager at a financial firm has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for inflating the value of a hedge fund by tens of millions of dollars to dupe investors. Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff (RAY'-kahf) sentenced Stefan Lumiere (LOO'-meer) on Wednesday. ...

Comment period extended on Onondaga Lake plan

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — New York environmental regulators have extended the comment period and scheduled a public meeting on a plan to repair damage from decades of industrial pollution on Onondaga (ahn-uhn-DAH'-gah) Lake. The Department of Environmental Conservation set a public comment ...

Rochester-based firm awarded $255M Pentagon radio contract

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester-based company that makes military and aerospace communications systems has been awarded a $255 million contract to build radios for U.S. special operations forces. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday night that the Harris Corp. was ...

Carbon monoxide leak sickens 32 people in New York City

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A carbon monoxide leak in a building three blocks from the World Trade Center sickened 32 people and raised alarm that shuttered several busy blocks in lower Manhattan at the start of the workday Tuesday, authorities said. The problem ...

Record-breaking heat hits Northeast; 97 degrees at airport

NEW YORK (AP) — A record-breaking blast of summer-like weather is hitting New York and other parts of the Northeast, squashing memories of a cold, rainy spring. The National Weather Service said New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport recorded a sweltering 97 degrees on Monday, ...

Lawmakers urged to restrict use of solitary confinement

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are considering new rules for the solitary confinement of prison inmates. Legislation before the Assembly and Senate would restrict confinement to no more than 15 consecutive days unless an inmate is sent to a special residential rehabilitation unit. ...

Rochester-based firm awarded $255M Pentagon radio contract

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester-based company that makes military and aerospace communications systems has been awarded a $255 million contract to build radios for U.S. special operations forces. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday night that the Harris Corp. was ...