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Miner picks village mayor as running mate in governor’s race

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner has chosen the Republican mayor of a suburban New York City village as a running mate in her independent campaign for governor. The registered Democrat announced Monday that village of Pelham Mayor Michael Volpe (VOHL'-pee) is ...

Lawmakers adjourn with many issues left unresolved

By DAVID KLEPPER and CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers wrapped up their 2018 session with most of the year's biggest issues left unresolved. The Republican-led Senate adjourned early Thursday, a few hours after the Democratic-led Assembly left the ...

Trump’s immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern

NOMAAN MERCHANT and COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump's reversal of a policy separating migrant families at the Mexico border sparked confusion over how the new guidelines will play out and deep concern that the changes don't go far enough, ...

America Ferrera editing anthology of essays about culture

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, author Roxane Gay and Olympic skater Michelle Kwan are among those contributing essays to an anthology about navigating between cultures. "American Like Me" will feature stories from those trying find an identity in a ...

Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock ’69 concert field

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes. Perhaps they would find an old peace symbol? Or ...

Legislature’s session at a glance: What passed, what didn’t

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers wrapped up their 2018 legislative session early Thursday morning. Here's a look at the most significant bills that passed — and the ones that didn't. SCHOOL ZONE CAMERAS: The Democrat-controlled Assembly passed legislation that would extend New ...

Cuomo demands info from feds on kids separated from parents

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities must provide information on the estimated 700 immigrant children sent to foster care agencies in New York state after being separated from their parents, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday as he continued to bash the ...

Ex-CIA worker charged with disclosing classified information

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA employee was charged Monday with stealing classified national defense information from the agency that emerged publicly in March 2017, when WikiLeaks began releasing some of the CIA's hacking tools. Joshua Adam Schulte, of ...

Senate Democrats push property tax bills at end of session

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Senate Democrats have introduced legislation they say would alleviate the increased tax burden many New York property owners face under the new federal tax plan. Democratic lawmakers discussed the package of five bills Monday, two days before the Legislature is ...

In Ice Cube’s BIG3, the champion defends, but doesn’t reload

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Winner stays. That's the norm on the playground, where a team playing pickup ball remains on the court until it is beaten. And that's the way Ice Cube insisted it had to be in the BIG3. Win a championship, come back the next season ...

Army splits with West Point grad who touted communist revolt

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he ...

Legislature enters final days of 2018 session

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Proposals to overhaul teacher regulations and add more school zone speed cameras in New York City are on the table as New York state lawmakers enter the final days of the legislative session. The Senate and Assembly hope to adjourn for the year on Wednesday. High-profile ...

Musical about Michael Jackson being written by Lynn Nottage

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A musical about the King of Pop is moonwalking its way to Broadway. The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage on Tuesday unveiled plans for a stage musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson. They hope it will be ready ...

NYPD will start using summonses, not arrests, for marijuana

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department will issue criminal summonses to most people caught smoking marijuana in public instead of arresting them starting Sept. 1. Officers will still arrest people with prior arrests for violent crimes, parolees, drivers and some others under the ...

Corruption retrial begins for ex-New York Senate leader, son

NEW YORK (AP) — A retrial has begun for ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) and his son on corruption charges. Jury selection started Tuesday in Manhattan as Judge Kimba Wood questioned jurors to ascertain who can be fair. Skelos and his son, Adam, were convicted in 2015 of ...

Rare NY sightings of big bug draw fans from around the world

ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug. The area's cicada (sih-KAY'-duh) brood emerges once every 17 years. The Post-Standard says the eastern U.S. is one ...

Nixon: Raise taxes on rich to fund $7.3B plan for NY schools

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has laid out a $7.3 billion plan to boost education from preschool through college. Nixon said Wednesday that her plan would be paid for by increasing taxes on wealthy New Yorkers and corporations. The former "Sex ...

Pennsylvania man gets probation for New York mall shooting

WALLKILL, N.Y. (AP) — A 27-year-old man Pennsylvania man who accidentally fired a gun in a crowded Hudson Valley mall has been sentenced to three years on probation and ordered to do 100 hours of community service. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that Michael Perez-Rodriguez of ...

Billionaire loses goose poop-based property tax challenge

SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of pooping geese didn't get billionaire Tom Golisano a property tax break. The founder of payroll company Paychex challenged the assessment on his western New York lakefront home last month, saying hundreds of Canada geese have decreased the property ...

Lawmakers vote to provide free tampons to female prisoners

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is poised to provide free tampons and other feminine hygiene products to women serving time in state and local correctional facilities. Legislation laying out the new requirement is awaiting action by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo following a final ...