New York News

Video shows man dumping liquid on lawn to kill grass

OAKDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Long Island say they are offering $5,000 to find a man suspected of killing lawn grass in the area of Suffolk County. Suffolk County police say the unidentified man dumped an unknown liquid on a lawn in Oakdale earlier this month. WNBC-TV reports he fled in an ...

Buried treasure found in NYC; pirates nowhere in sight

NEW YORK (AP) — A couple of urban island-dwellers have found buried treasure in their backyard — but so far the pirates are nowhere in sight. WCBS says a safe containing about $52,000 worth of property — including diamonds, gold, jade and soaking wet cash — has been uncovered on Staten ...

Cuomo postpones Israel trip amid cross border violence

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting off a planned trip to Israel amid ongoing violence on the Gaza border. The Democrat was tentatively scheduled to travel to Israel on Tuesday but a spokeswoman said the governor would instead go "in the coming weeks" when the situation has ...

Honors for Iraq vet, K-9 portrayed in film ‘Megan Leavey’

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and the military dog she served with during the Iraq War have been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. Cpl. Megan Leavey and a German shepherd named Sgt. Rex were wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006. The ...

Reaction to the death of Tom Wolfe

NEW YORK (AP) — Some reaction to the death of journalist and author Tom Wolfe. ___ "He was an incredible writer. And you couldn't imitate him. When people tried it was a disaster. They should have gotten a job at a butcher's shop." — Gay Talese, in an interview. ___ "What I hope people ...

Judges find merit in part of London imam’s terror appeal

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of three judges hearing an appeal of a London imam's terrorism conviction have criticized how an American jury was told about his earlier convictions in England. The judges questioned lawyers Tuesday as they heard arguments in an appeal by Mustafa Kamel Mustafa. Mustafa ...

New York state adding more charging stations along Thruway

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is adding more high-speed electric vehicle charging stations along the Thruway. The first phase of the $4.2 million project involves installing two medium-speed charging stations at 13 Thruway-owned commuter parking lots. The Level 2 chargers take four to ...

Bar that says it invented Buffalo wings opening NYC location

NEW YORK (AP) — An upstate New York bar that claims to have invented Buffalo wings nearly half a century ago is launching it's first-ever location in New York City. Anchor Bar is set to open May 17 in the Manhattan neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen. The Daily News reports this marks the 11th ...

NYC man pleads guilty to promoting prostitution

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man pleaded guilty to promoting three teenage girls as prostitutes on Backpage.com, a website later seized by the federal government. Prosecutors say 46-year-old Whetsel Wade posted photos of the girls, ages 13, 15 and 17 on the website, and would set up ...

Bill targets school riflery teams, citing ‘gun culture’

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Jillian Zakrzeski's skills with an air rifle earned her three New York state high school shooting championships, a berth in the Junior Olympics and even recruitment to a college rifle team. "It's an amazing sport. It's not popular like ...

Schumer responds to Trump tweet with first lady’s words

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with a fresh insult from the president, Sen. Chuck Schumer is responding with the first lady's words. The Senate minority leader tweeted simply "#BeBest" Thursday, after President Donald Trump raged against him on Twitter. "BeBest" is the name of Melania Trump's ...

Manhattan miracle: Woman paid $28.43 rent for apartment

NEW YORK (AP) — In a city where rents have gone through the roof, one tenant held on to a real steal: $28.43 a month for a Manhattan apartment. The New York Post reports that's what Patricia O'Grady paid for the Greenwich Village walk-up where she moved in 1955. She stayed until she died ...

NY officials ask residents to look out for invasive insect

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for an invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly. State environmental and agricultural officials say the spotted lanternfly has the potential to harm New York's forests and farms. The invasive pest ...

Councilman proposes bill to expedite FOIL for journalists

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City councilman wants city agencies to give journalists priority to receive responses on Freedom of Information Law requests. Democratic Councilman Ritchie Torres, who represents the Bronx, has introduced new legislation that would create a category of professional ...

NYPD tests new tool that detects credit card skimmers

By JASON DEAREN and JOSH REPLOGLE, Associated Press GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Traynor, a cybersecurity expert, was in New York in February working with police to help identify a way to detect credit card skimmers on ATMs when he got a financial fraud alert: his own information had ...

Amid #MeToo, more colleges host women as graduation speakers

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press This graduation season, the podium is all hers. For the first time in at least two decades, the majority of the nation's top colleges are featuring women as their spring commencement speakers, a shift that industry experts credit to the wave of female ...

NBC says no culture of harassment in its news division

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News' internal investigation following Matt Lauer's firing says it doesn't believe there is a culture of sexual harassment at the division and that current management wasn't aware of Lauer's behavior until the complaint that doomed ...

‘Angels in America’ star James McArdle on his ‘demon’ play

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There was one place Scottish actor James McArdle had to visit when he came to New York to perform in a critically acclaimed revival of Tony Kushner's masterpiece "Angels in America." That would be Central Park. More specifically, ...

Trump considers benching Giuliani from doing TV interviews

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is growing increasingly irritated with lawyer Rudy Giuliani's frequently off-message media blitz, which has included muddying the waters on hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels and making claims that could ...

Inside the Met Gala: Real-life cardinal gets star treatment

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It was cocktail hour at the Met Gala, the most glittery and exclusive event on the New York social calendar, and celebrity guests were thronging around the imposing Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sipping drinks and ...