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EPA: Tonawanda Coke left flammable, hazardous materials

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the now-closed Tonawanda Coke plant in western New York left behind hazardous and flammable materials. WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports the agency says the plant has potentially explosive substances stored onsite, hazardous ...

John Lennon’s killer says he feels more shame every year

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The man who killed John Lennon told a parole board he feels "more and more shame" every year for gunning down the former Beatle outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980. "Thirty years ago I couldn't say I felt shame and I know what shame ...

Parents charged with using kids’ identities to rack up debt

BATH, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police say a couple racked up nearly $10,000 in unpaid utility bills and credit card debts using the man's son's name, destroying his credit rating. Authorities on Thursday say 44-year-old Thomas Cash and his wife, 39-year-old Alisha Cash, were arrested in ...

State’s jobless rate dips to 4%, lowest level in 30 years

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say the state's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level on record, dipping to 4 percent for the first time in 30 years. The Department of Labor says Thursday that October's 4 percent unemployment rate was last reached in May 1988. The agency ...

NFL awarding more than $35 million to brain injury studies

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is awarding more than $35 million in funding to five organizations conducting research into diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries. Through its Scientific Advisory Board established as part of its "Play Smart. Play Safe" ...

Amtrak cuts operating losses to lowest level in decades

NEW YORK (AP) — Amtrak says its $168 million operating loss this year was the smallest since 1973, its second full year in business. The government-owned railroad said Thursday it took in a record $3.4 billion in revenue in the 2018 fiscal year. Amtrak has been shrinking its annual ...

The Latest: El Chapo got police escort after escape

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the New York trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (all times local): 4 p.m. A former drug cartel member say his notorious boss got a surprise in 2001 when he broke out of prison and was met with a police escort in Mexico City. Jesus Zambada ...

Northeast battens down hatches as storm moves its way

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the first big storms of the season moved across the eastern half of the country Thursday, causing at least seven deadly traffic crashes and closing schools as it dropped snow as far south as central Alabama. As much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow blanketed the ...

Publisher: NYT reporters work on book about Brett Kavanaugh

NEW YORK (AP) — Two journalists who helped cover the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh are working on a book about the newest Supreme Court justice. Portfolio says Wednesday that it has a deal with New York Times reporters Kate Kelly and Robin Pogrebin for "The Education of Brett ...

Measles outbreak reaches 68 confirmed cases in New York

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials have confirmed 68 cases of measles in one county, making it the largest outbreak in the state in decades. The Journal News reports Rockland County's outbreak originated from three groups of travelers from Israel, and it has mostly affected Orthodox ...

Amazon’s NYC home in ‘opportunity zone’ for Trump tax break

By BERNARD CONDON and STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Much of the New York City neighborhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal "opportunity zone," a designation created by President Donald Trump's tax overhaul that offers developers ...

Big question for Amazon’s 2 chosen cities: Will it pay off?

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The awarding of Amazon's second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost? Amazon's decision will ...

Judge admonishes El Chapo’s lawyer for opening statement

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge admonished the lawyer for Mexican drug smuggler El Chapo on Wednesday after an opening statement that riled Mexican presidents by accusing them of taking bribes. Federal prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan to ...

Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn't make it. Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, ...

From Audible to Whole Foods: A look at Amazon’s empire

By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hard to escape. Whether you've bought shoes at Zappos, picked up milk at Whole Foods or listened to an audiobook on Audible, you've been caught up in Amazon's growing web of businesses. And now, Amazon's sprawling empire will ...

Schneiderman accuser: Donate campaign funds to help women

NEW YORK (AP) — One of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's accusers is urging him to donate millions of dollars left in his campaign coffers to programs that help abused women. Michelle Manning Barish, a Democratic activist and writer, reiterated her demand Tuesday on ...

Company that makes MLB’s caps to close one of its plants

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New Era Cap Co. is planning to close the western New York plant where caps for Major League Baseball are made. A statement from the Buffalo-based headwear maker Tuesday says the industry trend has been away from companies owning and operating their own manufacturing ...

Incoming House members prep for do’s and don’ts on the Hill

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't hire someone you can't fire, like the son of a campaign donor or the child of the mayor. No matter what you may have said during the campaign about changing Congress, hire enough Hill veterans to make the office run smoothly. And ...

NY state kicking in $1.5B-plus for getting Amazon HQ

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is kicking in more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives for getting half of Amazon's second headquarters located in a section of Queens. The Seattle-based company made its long-awaited announcement Tuesday, saying Long Island City and Alexandria, ...

The Latest: In NYC, Arlington, not everyone Amazon thrilled

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Amazon's second headquarters (all times local): 12:55 p.m. Not everyone in New York and Virginia is happy about being chosen to become the spot for new Amazon headquarter locations. Some see the billions in tax breaks as corporate welfare while others are ...