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Nicks, Def Leppard among first-time rock hall nominees

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Nicks, who's already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, has been nominated for inclusion as a solo artist next year, along with other first-time nominees Def Leppard, Todd Rundgren, Devo, John Prine and ...

Sisters, a teacher, newlyweds: A look at limo crash victims

By JIM MUSTIAN and MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — A weightlifter with a heart of gold. A teacher who wanted better lives for her students. Newlyweds who held the world in their hands. They are among the 20 people who died in Saturday's limousine crash in upstate New ...

Look! Down on the highway! It’s a … plane?

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A vintage commercial airplane is set to undertake a long, slow journey from Maine to New York to become a cocktail lounge. The 1956 Lockheed Constellation, affectionately known as the "Connie," is headed from Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Maine to John F. Kennedy ...

Violinist with sound sensitivity will perform muted music

NEW YORK (AP) — A violinist who has a disorder that makes her sensitive to loud noises will perform an innovative concert in New York City this week, playing quiet music written specifically for her. Monica Germino says she was advised to quit playing or to wear earplugs lest she further ...

First woman Doctor Who wants to be a role model to all

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jodie Whittaker calls being cast as the first woman to portray Doctor Who "a step in the right direction" when it comes to gender equality in Hollywood, but doesn't feel that she's broken a glass ceiling because there's more work to be ...

Group pushes back against Indigenous Peoples Day declaration

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An Italian-American association is pushing back against the Rochester mayor's proclamation recognizing Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. WHEC-TV reports the Little Italy Neighborhood Association says the mayor's order should be revoked because it takes away from ...

Roads where limo crash killed 20 are a menace, store says

By MICHAEL HILL and BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — The site of a devastating wreck that killed two pedestrians and 18 occupants of a limousine headed to a birthday party, including four sisters, is a known danger spot that has long worried locals, according to a ...

NY State Police hosting Homicide Seminar

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's annual homicide seminar starts Thursday at the State Police Academy in Albany. The 31st annual Colonel Henry F. Williams International Homicide Seminar helps train law enforcement officials in forensic sciences and technology. Presenters will share their ...

Leon Panetta to receive West Point’s Thayer Award

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. secretary of defense and CIA director Leon Panetta is receiving a prestigious award at the U.S. Military Academy. Panetta will be at West Point Thursday to receive the Thayer Award. The Corps of Cadets will parade in the former California congressman's ...

Officers: Cocaine found stuffed inside liquor bottles

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. customs agents say a man travelling from Jamaica attempted to smuggle in $115,000 worth of cocaine stuffed inside liquor bottles. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say Akeem Rasheen Lewis arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sept. 28. WNBC-TV ...

New state law bans stand-alone mausoleums

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law banning the construction of stand-alone mausoleums. The Press-Republican reports the legislation the Democrat signed into law on Monday comes after several Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens mausoleums fell into ...

Financially hard-up women get help in pursuing MeToo cases

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A dollar store cashier from Brooklyn. Five fire department paramedics in Chicago. An aspiring singer shunned by Nashville's country music establishment. Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, they've now teamed up with top-notch lawyers to ...

Upstate hospital shooter described as longtime heroin addict

NEW YORK (AP) — State police say a captured fugitive who allegedly fired a gun inside an upstate New York hospital had gone there looking for pain medication. Police say 42-year-old Joshua Stuart went to the Ellenville Regional Hospital, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Albany, ...

NY Times: Trump got $413M from his dad, much from tax dodges

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through dubious tax dodges, including outright fraud. The 15,000-word Times report contradicts Trump's portrayal of himself as a ...

New Erie Canal trail section opening

PATTERSONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A new five-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail is opening in the Mohawk Valley. A ribbon cutting will be held Wednesday at the Patterson Trailhead to mark the opening of the trail section between Amsterdam and Pattersonville. The new section fills a gap in ...

Feds asked to take action to prevent herring overfishing

BOSTON (AP) — Fishing managers in New England are asking the federal government to take action to try to reduce the possibility of overfishing in the herring fishery. Herring is an important small fish on the East Coast, and recent assessments of the stock show that it is in decline. The ...

Former NY district attorney donates diary written in 1842

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau has donated a family diary written in 1842 to a New York City museum of Jewish history. The 99-year-old Morgenthau donated his great-grandfather's diary Wednesday to the Leo Baeck Institute at the Center for Jewish History ...

Priests leaves duties as sex abuse allegations investigated

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse and unwanted physical contact dating to the 1980s is stepping away from his official duties while diocese officials investigate the allegations. Newsday reported the Diocese of Rockville Center, which covers Long ...

Trump tweets praise for Kanye West on Saturday Night Live

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has panned Saturday Night Live's season premiere but tweeted praise for Kanye West, who closed the show with a pro-Trump message. Saturday's show opened with Matt Damon playing Brett Kavanaugh in a parody of Thursday's testimony before the Senate ...

State agency for disabled let unlicensed staff drive clients

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state agency that cares for the disabled has racked up hundreds of unpaid traffic tickets and thousands of dollars in fines. According to a new audit released Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the Office for the Protection of People with Disabilities ...