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NY man convicted of killing roommate, burning her body

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) — A 36-year-old man has been found guilty of killing his roommate last year and dumping her burned body along a rural western New York road. A Livingston County jury deliberated for just 40 minutes earlier this week before convicting Aykut Ozkaynak of second-degree murder ...

Billionaire: No school taxes until geese are chased off lawn

SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y. (AP) — The billionaire owner of a New York-based payroll services company says he's not paying his school taxes until local officials get rid of the geese at his lakefront home. Tom Golisano says he's withholding his $90,000 school tax payment until town of South Bristol ...

Ashley Judd says a ‘deal’ helped her flee from Weinstein

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Ashley Judd says she escaped Harvey Weinstein's sexual advances by making a deal. She was a rising young actress two decades ago who had arrived at the hotel suite of this powerful film mogul for what she thought would be a ...

NY governor heads back to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo headed back to Puerto Rico on Thursday for the second time since the U.S. territory was walloped by Hurricane Maria. The Democrat said he wants to assess the recovery and find out how the state can best help as Puerto Ricans struggle with power ...

Man convicted of manslaughter in 2015 wrong-way crash

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island judge has found a man charged with causing a fatal crash in 2015 guilty of manslaughter. Fifty-six-year-old Christopher O'Brien, of Sound Beach, was originally charged with murder but the judge found him guilty of manslaughter in a bench trial. The ...

Gov. Cuomo signs bill banning e-cigarettes in NY workplaces

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that bans electronic cigarettes from places in New York state where smoking tobacco is already prohibited. The measure the Democrat signed into law Monday adds e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which prohibits smoking in ...

Runaway garbage truck hits store named A Beautiful Mess

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (AP) — A runaway garbage truck has slammed into the front of a New York gift shop named A Beautiful Mess, causing extensive damage. Owner Jeri Flack says he received a call from police on Monday informing her that a garbage truck rolled away from a gas station in Henrietta, ...

$1.4 million in grants announced to fight bat disease

HOUSTON (AP) — A public-private partnership is granting nearly $1.4 million to test treatments to halt a disease threatening the nation's bat population. The white-nose syndrome fungus, first detected in New York state in 2006, has spread to 31 states and five Canadian provinces. Texas and ...

O’Reilly: Sex allegations led to death of Eric Bolling’s son

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O'Reilly has apologized for saying the death of his former Fox News colleague's son was related to sexual harassment allegations against the father. O'Reilly said in a New York Times podcast Monday: "Eric Bolling's son is dead. He's dead because of allegations made — ...

Police: SUV driver fatally dragged man trying to buy jacket

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City are looking for an SUV driver they say fatally dragged a man trying to buy an Armani jacket from him. The New York Police Department says 49-year-old Dennis Gandarilla met with the driver around noon Tuesday in the Bronx to buy the jacket. The driver ...

Trial underway for man accused of killing wife, daughter, 18

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Testimony is underway in the trial of a Rochester man charged with fatally stabbing his estranged wife and his college student daughter last fall. Thirty-eight-year-old Patrick Brooks is on trial for two counts of second-degree murder in the slayings of Christie Brooks ...

Date set for commissioning of new US Navy ship in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A date has been set for the commissioning of a new U.S. Navy warship in Buffalo later this year. The USS Little Rock commissioning committee received word Wednesday from the ship's commander that the $360 million vessel known as a littoral combat ship will be ...

Trump UN envoy: Russia’s election interference is ‘warfare’

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's chief envoy to the United Nations, cast Russian interference in the 2016 election as "warfare" on Thursday, breaking in tone, if not substance, from a president who has consistently downplayed Russian ...

Authorities: Dog fighting ring busted; 36 pit bulls rescued

WYANDANCH, N.Y. (AP) — New York law enforcement authorities say three men have been arrested on animal cruelty and dogfighting charges on eastern Long Island. Raids based on search warrants that began in late September and concluded Wednesday resulted in the rescue of 36 pit bulls ranging in ...

NY village marking 240th anniversary of British surrender

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The upstate New York village where British forces laid down their arms after the Battles of Saratoga is commemorating the surrender's 240th anniversary. Officials with the village of Schuylerville and the surrounding town of Saratoga are holding their annual ...

Sheriff: Custody Department deputy accidentally shoots self

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Onondaga (ahn-uhn-DAH'-gah) County Sheriff's Office says a Custody Department deputy has accidentally shot himself at the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse. Authorities say 28-year-old Deputy Justin Brannock accidentally fired his own weapon late Monday ...

New York woman’s ear torn off trying to break up dog fight

PORT JEFFERSON STATION, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island woman is recovering after one of her ears was torn off as she tried to break up a fight between her dog and a neighbor's two dogs. Officials say two dogs ran out of a Port Jefferson Station home and attacked another dog Saturday night. Both ...

Old Buffalo train station makes global group’s ‘watch list’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A long-defunct western New York train station being considered for redevelopment has made an international group's list of cultural treasures that need to be preserved. The Manhattan-based World Monuments Fund on Monday released its 2018 watch list of cultural heritage ...

‘El Chapo’ judge orders some prison changes

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge in New York has ordered prison officials to provide Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (wah-KEEN' el CHAH'-poh gooz-MAHN') with some new methods for participating in his defense. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan directed the government on Thursday to modify an ...

Timeline of Weinstein allegations dating back decades

By RHONDA SHAFNER and MICHAEL SIROLLY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Here is a timeline of allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has denied having any nonconsensual sexual conduct with any women. — 1984: Tomi-Ann Roberts, a 20-year-old aspiring actress, meets ...