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Plaque honors night watchman killed in 1911 NY Capitol fire

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A plaque has been unveiled at the New York state Capitol to honor a man who died when a massive fire tore through the Albany statehouse more than a century ago. Samuel Abbott, a 78-year-old decorated Civil War veteran originally from the Syracuse area, was working as a ...

Barclays to pay $2 billion to US to settle mortgage suit

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — British bank Barclays became the latest big bank to reach a multi-billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities over its role in the subprime mortgage bubble and subsequent financial crisis. But in a rare and notable move, U.S. authorities ...

Lohan fails to convince NY court her image is in video game

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It looks like "Game Over" for actress Lindsay Lohan in her state court fight against a software company for using what she claims is a likeness of her in a video game. Lohan's lawyer argued before New York's top court that Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. violated her ...

FBI raids home linked to group accused of branding women

HALF MOON, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities on Tuesday raided an upstate New York residence connected to a secretive group accused of coercing female followers into having sex with its leader and getting branded with his initials. The raid of the home of NXIVM president Nancy Salzman came on ...

Tesla seeks approval to expand electric car sales in state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tesla officials, owners of the company's electric cars and people who are on a waiting list to buy one are pushing the state Legislature to allow Elon Musk's corporation to expand in New York. State law requires car manufacturers to sell through franchises. But a state ...

Coyote found on museum’s outdoor mezzanine tranquilized

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a coyote that was found on an outdoor mezzanine at the New York State Museum in Albany has been tranquilized and removed from the building. The state Department of Environmental Conservation tweeted Monday afternoon that its wildlife officers shot the ...

Labs still lead but French bulldogs leap in popularity in US

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Americans still love Labrador retrievers, but the nation's flirtation with French bulldogs has reached new heights. Labs remain the country's most popular purebred dog for a 27th year, while German shepherds and golden retrievers have ...

Lawmaker pay raise idea emerges during state budget talks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The possibility of a pay raise for state lawmakers has emerged as a bargaining chip as Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders work to pass a new budget ahead of a deadline. Sunday is the start of a new state fiscal year and the deadline for a new budget. But ...

Students at NY’s Hofstra want Jefferson statue removed

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Some students at New York's Hofstra University want a Thomas Jefferson statue removed because Jefferson was a slave owner who believed black people were inherently inferior to whites. Student Ja'loni Owens started a Change.org petition demanding that administrators of ...

Clout of young voters uncertain; A real force or a fad?

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Despite their enthusiasm now, it's far from certain that the young people behind the exploding "March for Our Lives" movement will be a political force at the ballot box this fall. Republicans are skeptical. Democrats are hopeful. And ...

Writers for The Washington Post and BuzzFeed win Lukas award

NEW YORK (AP) — Staff writers for The Washington Post and BuzzFeed News won awards on Tuesday for investigative nonfiction books. The Post's Amy Goldstein won the $10,000 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for her portrait of a Wisconsin community and the residence of Republican House Speaker Paul ...

JetBlue chooses firms for proposed JFK terminal expansion

NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue Airways Corp. has selected Vantage Airport Group and RXR Realty LLC to lead its proposed multibillion-dollar terminal expansion at New York's Kennedy Airport. According to The Wall Street Journal , JetBlue's planned expansion would cost between $2 billion and $3 ...

Charges in Mexico-NY fentanyl smuggling case

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — An alleged drug trafficker was accused on Tuesday of flooding the New York City area with large quantities of fentanyl from Mexico at a time when overdoses related to the powerful opioid have skyrocketed. Francisco Quiroz-Zamora faced ...

Heineken pulls light beer commercial after racism complaints

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Heineken has removed a commercial for its light beer after some complaints that it was racist. The ad featured a bartender sliding a bottle of Heineken light. The bottle passes several black people before it arrives to a lighter-skinned woman. The tag line: ...

Facebook faces scrutiny for pulling Android call, text data

By TOM KRISHER, AP Business Writer On the same day Facebook bought ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media site faced new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices. The website Ars Technica ...

Officials: 69-year-old woman killed in house fire

MARSHALL, N.Y. (AP) — Fire officials in upstate New York are investigating a house fire that killed a 69-year-old woman. Firefighters responded to the Marshall home Sunday morning. Authorities say Mary Lou Buschor's relatives tried unsuccessfully to rescue the woman, and firefighters ...

Cynthia Nixon takes campaign for NY governor to Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Cynthia Nixon is holding her first campaign event in Albany since announcing her campaign for New York governor. The "Sex and the City" star and public education advocate is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in September's Democratic primary. Her campaign says she ...

Comptroller: Wall Street average bonus topped $184K in ’17

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's top elected fiscal officer says the average bonus paid to securities industry employees in New York City rose by 17 percent last year as Wall Street profits soared for a second consecutive year. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP'-oh-lee) says Monday ...

Gov. Cuomo jokes at Harlem church: Jews have no rhythm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has joked during a speech at a predominantly black New York City church that Jews lack rhythm when dancing. The Democrat seeking a third term in office made the awkward crack Sunday at Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem. Noting he was Catholic, Cuomo ...

Spending bill rejects Trump effort to gut water cleanups

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has gotten nowhere in his push to kill federal support for cleaning up some of the nation's most prized waterways, as Congress voted to keep funding at current levels — and in some cases, boost ...