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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 ...

Man pulls woman from SUV moments before car is hit by train

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — An off-duty firefighter is being commended after officials say he pulled a woman from her SUV just before the vehicle was struck by an oncoming Long Island Railroad train. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the collision occurred Tuesday night in ...

Georgina Chapman announces she will leave Harvey Weinstein

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are two fashion swans worthy of the red carpet gowns they create for A-list stars. So exactly how will their dramatic luxury brand Marchesa fare in the onslaught of sexual abuse claims against ...

Funerals set for 2 US WWII MIAs from Yonkers, upstate NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of two New York servicemen who had been missing since World War II are being buried this month. The Pentagon announced in June that the remains of 20-year-old 1st Lt. George Betchley, of Yonkers, had been identified after being exhumed from a U.S. military ...

Feds: Man referenced Las Vegas massacre in extortion attempt

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man is accused of referencing the Las Vegas massacre while trying to extort money from a Colorado company. The U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn alleged Wednesday that Victor Casillas sent emails threatening to "murder" company employees. One Oct. 4 ...

Weinstein college alma mater moves to revoke honorary degree

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The University at Buffalo is moving to have alumnus Harvey Weinstein's honorary degree taken away in response to the multiple accusations of harassment and sexual assault against the Hollywood mogul. In a statement Wednesday, the university says it is "well aware" of the ...

‘Jeopardy!’ champ wins fans with quirky antics, big bets

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City bartender's on-screen antics and big bets while competing on "Jeopardy!" are winning him cash to go along with a cult following. By the end of Thursday's show, Austin Rogers had won eight days in a row and more than $300,000. "Jeopardy!" says that total put ...

Bill would make it illegal to own bump stocks in NY state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York state lawmakers want to make it illegal in the state to buy, sell or possess devices known as bump stocks that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of automatic weapons. Authorities found 12 of the devices fitted to guns in the hotel room of ...

Rochester new $30 million train station opens for business

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester's new train station is officially open for business. Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined local leaders such as Rep. Louise Slaughter, a fellow Democrat, and other state officials for Friday's grand opening of the new station in downtown Rochester. Work on the new ...

NY gives in-state tuition to students impacted by hurricanes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will give in-state tuition rates to students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were displaced by recent hurricanes. The State University of New York Board of Trustees approved the initiative on Friday at the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a ...