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Fire blamed on e-scooter battery kills woman, 5-year-old

NEW YORK (AP) — A fire sparked by an electric scooter's battery killed a woman and a 5-year-old girl inside a New York City apartment early Wednesday, authorities said. The fire was reported at about 2:30 a.m. in a sixth-floor apartment in East Harlem, police said. A 5-year-old girl and a ...

Castillo, early power send Mariners past Cole, Yankees 7-3

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Castillo pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning in his Seattle debut, and the Mariners used a fast start to beat Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees 7-3 on Wednesday. Eugenio Suárez, Carlos Santana and Jarred Kelenic homered against Cole (9-4) during Seattle's ...

NY man who sent threats to LGBTQ groups gets 30 months

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A 74-year-old retired schoolteacher from a New York City suburb was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for mailing dozens of violent threats to LGBTQ affiliated individuals, groups and businesses over several years. According to prosecutors, Robert Fehring ...

Gabby Petito’s legacy: $100K gift to domestic abuse hotline

NEW YORK (AP) — Even in hindsight, Nichole Schmidt can't be sure if anything could have been done to save her daughter Gabby Petito from a messy and violent relationship that ended in murder nearly a year ago in the western wilderness. But there is work to do, she said, to keep alive the ...

Driver gets 1 year in jail in death of Nicki Minaj’s father

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed the father of rapper Nicki Minaj last year was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail, in keeping with a promise the judge made when the man pleaded guilty in May. Charles Polevich, who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and ...

Robinhood cuts 23% of its workforce as fewer users trade

NEW YORK (AP) — Robinhood Markets said Tuesday it's cutting nearly a quarter of its workforce, as crashing cryptocurrency prices and a turbulent stock market keep more customers off its trading app. CEO Vlad Tenev said the company, whose easy-to-use app helped bring a new generation of ...

NY fines Robinhood Crypto $30M for skirting banking rules

NEW YORK (AP) — The crypto division of the online brokerage Robinhood will pay a $30 million penalty to New York state for failing to comply with regulations governing money laundering and cybersecurity, the state's Department of Financial Services announced Tuesday. The department said an ...

New York prisons lift ban on book about Attica uprising

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities have lifted a ban that had stopped state prison inmates from reading a book about the 1971 Attica Correctional Facility uprising following a First Amendment lawsuit brought by its author. State officials, however, said they will continue to censor one ...

Polio virus found in New York wastewater, but no new cases

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The polio virus was detected in wastewater samples from the suburban county near New York City where an unvaccinated adult recently contracted the life-threatening disease, but health officials said Tuesday they have not identified any additional cases. The Centers for ...

Producer Janet Yang elected president of film academy

NEW YORK (AP) — Producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group's board of governors announced Tuesday, making her the first Asian American to lead the film academy. Yang, the 66-year-old producer of "The Joy Luck Club" and "The ...

Two top House Dems decline to say Biden should run in 2024

NEW YORK (AP) — Two powerful House Democrats from New York each declined Tuesday to say that President Joe Biden should run for the White House again in 2024. Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, two of the party's establishment liberals who chair powerful committees and are competing for ...

Veteran officer shot to death in Rochester remembered

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer killed in an ambush as he investigated a murder was eulogized Monday at a funeral attended by hundreds of fellow officers, who recalled his dedication to the job with affection but voiced frustration that some people don't appreciate the ...

US begins court battle against publishing giants’ merger

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government and publishing titan Penguin Random House exchanged opening salvos in a federal antitrust trial Monday as the U.S. seeks to block the biggest U.S. book publisher from absorbing rival Simon & Schuster. The case comes as a key test of the Biden ...

Prosecutors: Armed man lurked near Iranian dissident’s home

NEW YORK (AP) — Masih Alinejad, an Iranian opposition activist and writer in exile in New York City, had already been identified as the target of an alleged kidnapping plot. A year later, it appears the threats against her keep coming. Federal prosecutors in New York charged a man last week ...

NYC, 4 states settle with Postal Service over cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City and four states that had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service announced a settlement Monday in which the agency agreed it would destroy packages of cigarettes sent illegally to the United States from other countries. The city and California had ...

Amtrak service restored west of Albany after cleanup

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak on Monday restarted train service west of Albany that was suspended last week over safety concerns from an old warehouse's crumbling wall. The section of track had been closed to passenger trains on Friday over worries about the structural integrity of the nearby ...

Cellphone, Wi-Fi service expanding across NYC subway system

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's sprawling subway system will be fully wired for cellphone and Wi-Fi service within about 10 years under a plan approved by transit officials this week. Riders will be able to use their phones throughout the 418 miles of subway tunnels under the plan approved ...

Neurologist guilty on 12 counts of sexually abusing patients

NEW YORK (AP) — A once-prominent neurologist was found guilty Friday on charges of sexually abusing patients while treating them with pain medications. A New York City jury reached the verdict after deliberating for about three days at the trial of Dr. Ricardo Cruciani. Cruciani, 68, was ...

US court sides with NY in fight over school vaccine rules

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday against a group of New York parents who sued after the state made it more difficult for children to get a medical exemption from school immunization requirements, which were tightened after a major measles outbreak in 2019. The 2nd U.S. ...

Unstable upstate NY building interrupts some Amtrak service

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak stopped running passenger trains Friday along a stretch of track near an old warehouse in Albany with an exterior wall in danger of partially collapsing. The track closure interrupted service west from Albany and complicated operations of Amtrak's new Burlington, ...