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Supermarket shopper shocked by surprise snake on cart

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A woman shopping for groceries says she was surprised to find a snake on her shopping cart while picking out produce at a New York supermarket. Laura Walitsky says she was at Wegmans in Pittsford on Monday evening when her daughter spotted the hitchhiking reptile ...

Maloney’s run for AG and Congress withstands court challenge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's simultaneous campaigns for re-election and New York state attorney general have survived a court challenge. The state Court of Appeals on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal of a lower appellate court's ruling in Maloney's favor. The lower ...

Weinstein seeks to appeal judge’s casting couch ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein want to appeal a court ruling that lets an aspiring actress' lawsuit equating Hollywood's casting couch to sex trafficking move forward. The lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court Monday asking a judge to let them immediately appeal his ...

Nursing home residents may get $640 average payout from suit

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — About 450 residents of a troubled nursing home in Syracuse could get an average of $640 each under the terms of a pending class action lawsuit settlement. The Onondaga County Supreme Court has given preliminary approval to the settlement which orders Bishop ...

Diocese: Priest resigns as pastor after abuse complaint

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says a priest has resigned as pastor of his upstate New York church after a sexual abuse complaint. The diocese says Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone had asked the Rev. Robert Yetter to resign after learning about an allegation that may have ...

13th suspect charged in teen’s machete killing, 14th sought

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors have arrested a 13th suspect in the brutal gang-related slaying of a teenager outside a New York City deli and are seeking a 14th. The Daily News reports that Bronx prosecutors are seeking a 14th suspect in the June 20 machete death of 15-year-old Lesandro ...

Lawyer uses Trump argument that flippers should be outlawed

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A New York defense lawyer has wasted no time using President Donald Trump's argument that cooperators, or flippers, in criminal cases "almost ought to be illegal." Attorney KIafahni Nkrumah on Thursday tried to bring up Trump's ...

Man dies after mobility scooter, pickup truck collide

LINDENHURST, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island say a man has died after his mobility scooter collided with a pickup truck. Suffolk County police say the victim was pronounced dead at a hospital after the crash on Monday in Lindenhurst. His name has not been released. Police say the driver ...

Money and loyalty were the glue that bound Trump and Cohen

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — For Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, it's always been about money and loyalty. Those were guiding principles for Cohen when he served as more than just a lawyer for Trump during the developer's rise from celebrity to president-elect. ...

Cuomo: Monday is last day to skirt IRS tax deduction limits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says time is running out for New Yorkers who want to get around a federal cap on state and local tax deductions by donating to a charitable fund set up by the state. The Democrat says Monday is the last day for residents to contribute to the Charitable ...

Authorities search for person thrown from Jet Ski in crash

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in upstate New York are searching for a person who fell from a Jet Ski when it collided with a boat on the Niagara River. Police say the collision happened Sunday afternoon near Niawanda Park in Tonawanda. Authorities say the operator of the Jet Ski and a ...

Some states place limits on secret harassment settlements

By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women. State lawmakers are listening. They introduced bills in at least 16 states this ...

Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer Taking a low-dose aspirin every day has long been known to cut the chances of another heart attack, stroke or other heart problem in people who already have had one, but the risks don't outweigh the benefits for most other folks, major new ...

NYC poised to reinstitute school zone speed camera program

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is poised to reactivate 140 speed cameras in school zones after city leaders and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo figured out a way to circumvent the state Legislature. The program expired last month after the state Senate failed to pass legislation renewing the ...

Statue of Liberty evacuated; construction fire dwindles

NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty has been evacuated as a precaution after a propane fire erupted in a construction area on Liberty Island. Park spokesman Jerry Willis said shortly before 1 p.m. that it appeared the flames had been extinguished, though water was still being poured on the ...

Hancock Airport gets $2 million for de-icing equipment

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Hancock International Airport in Syracuse is getting $2 million in federal funding for aircraft de-icing equipment. The grant through the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program was announced by Senators Charles ...

American scientist dies while rock climbing in New Zealand

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The family of an American scientist who died while rock climbing in New Zealand is urging other climbers to carefully consider their reliance on equipment that's been left permanently attached to rock faces. New Zealand police ...

Catholic charity group says it will end adoption services

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Catholic charity group in Buffalo says it will end foster care and adoption services next year over state regulations that bar discrimination against same-sex couples looking to adopt or foster children. Catholic Charities of Buffalo says it is phasing out the program ...

AP: National Enquirer had safe with damaging Trump stories

By JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents about hush-money payments and damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the ...

Michael Cohen sets up GoFundMe page for legal costs

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and STEPHEN R. GROVES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen is sticking his hand out and asking the public for help paying for his legal defense, and one anonymous donor already has ponied up $50,000. Through his lawyer, Donald Trump's former "fixer" says ...