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Oscars debacle hovers over trial between PwC and MF Global

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection in the trial between MF Global, the brokerage house run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and the lauded accounting firm PwC began Monday. What was originally a highly technical case newsworthy mostly because it ...

Lawmakers tread murky details of nuclear bailout debate

By ANNA GRONEWOLD, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers are searching for guidance as they wade through hazy details of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's multibillion-dollar decision to rescue three waning upstate nuclear power plants. Senators and assembly members at a public hearing ...

Audit: NY agency for the disabled stonewalled

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state agency in New York that investigates abuse and neglect of disabled people in institutional care refused to hand over thousands of records to auditors, the state comptroller's office said Monday, complicating efforts to ...

Man convicted of murder in shooting death of police officer

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A drug dealer known on the streets as Peanut was convicted on Monday of murder in the shooting death of a police officer. Tyrone Howard, who also was found guilty of robbery and a weapons charge, faces life in prison without parole when ...

Christie mentor avoids prison time in United bribery scandal

By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former head of one of the nation's most powerful transportation agencies and a longtime mentor to Gov. Chris Christie was sentenced Monday to four years' probation and home confinement for pressuring United Airlines to reinstate a ...

New York ski resorts aim for 100 percent renewable energy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's three state-owned ski resorts are pledging to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2030. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the commitment to transition Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface ski areas to 100 percent renewables is part of a ...

Health care providers headed to Albany to push ‘safety net’

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of health care providers are asking state authorities for increased support for community-based services to help uninsured patients. On Monday more than 900 community health care supporters will ask Albany lawmakers to preserve health care in federally qualified ...

NYPD: No evidence of vandalism at largely Jewish cemetery

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says no evidence of vandalism has been found at a predominantly Jewish cemetery where more than 40 tombstones were toppled over. The NYPD says after consultation with the management of the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, it was determined the ...

Schumer wants NTSB to look into spate of small plane crashes

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct an in-depth investigation of small plane crashes, following two incidents last month and at least 18 crashes in New York last year. Schumer on Sunday released a letter he wrote to the NTSB. He cited ...

Great Lakes mayors warn against cut to ecological initiative

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A group representing Great Lakes region mayors in the U.S. and Canada is sounding the alarm against potentially drastic cuts to an ecological recovery initiative for the Great Lakes. The Trump administration's potential cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative were ...

Christie mentor set for sentencing in United bribery case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey attorney general and mentor to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court. David Samson pleaded guilty last summer to bribery for using his position as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New ...

Victims, Roman Catholic Church spar over NY sex abuse bill

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York legislation to relax one of the nation's most restrictive statutes of limitations on child molestation victims continues to stall under pressure from the Roman Catholic Church and other opponents. The bill has circled the ...

Flip the script: Cursive sees revival in school instruction

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cursive writing is looping back into style in schools across the country after a generation of students who know only keyboarding, texting and printing out their words longhand. Alabama and Louisiana passed laws in 2016 mandating cursive ...

US and Canadian scientists to study cross-border flooding

By WILSON RING, Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian scientists are planning to spend the next five years studying flooding on Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, and whether methods can be developed to control future ...

NYC’s latest homelessness strategy: Major work, modest goal

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York has tried for years to solve one of its most stubborn and visible problems: tens of thousands of homeless people a night packed into shelters and thousands of others camped out on sidewalks and subways and in bus stations. Mayor ...

Capitol Watch: Hate crime response, nuclear bailout scrutiny

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In this week's New York state government news, lawmakers plan to discuss the state's response to what they say is a rise in hate crimes and take a close look at plans to bail out three aging nuclear plants. Here's what's coming up in ...

The Latest: 30 gather at pro-Trump rally in Indianapolis

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on rallies held across the country in support of President Donald Trump (all times local): 5:55 p.m. About 30 supporters of President Donald Trump rallied at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis to denounce what they see as unfair ...

The Latest: Attorney: Man accused of IS aims needs support

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the prosecution of a New York man accused of repeatedly traveling to the Middle East to try to join the Islamic State or another extremist group (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A lawyer for a New York man accused of repeatedly traveling to the Middle East to try ...

Rare comic books with Superman, Batman debuts go to auction

By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — By day, Jon Berk is a mild-mannered civil attorney in Connecticut. But by night (well, really during most of his spare time for the past 45 years) he is known by some as a comic book-collecting super hero. Berk's collection of ...

Cuomo: NY will use “decoys” to target underage drinking

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in New York state are launching a new campaign aimed at reducing underage drinking. The effort announced Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will involve the use of underage "decoys," young people working with law enforcement who attempt to buy alcohol at bars, ...