New York News

Western New York braces for 1-2 foot snowfall

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Forecasters in western New York are warning of blizzard-like conditions over the next few days with up to two feet of snow, plummeting temperatures and wind chills that can cause frostbite in minutes. In advance of the Great Lakes-fed storm, authorities Tuesday announced ...

The Latest: Parents of school shooting victim laud NY bills

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York Legislature's expected passage of tougher gun laws (all times local): 12 a.m. The parents of one of the victims of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last year have joined Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in hailing the expected passage of ...

Trump friend Stone pleads not guilty in Russia probe case

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime adviser and confidant of President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges in the Russia investigation after a publicity-filled few days spent slamming the probe as politically ...

Gov. Cuomo shrugs off Catholic criticism of abortion law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is shrugging off criticism from Roman Catholic leaders over his support of a new state abortion law. Speaking on public radio Tuesday, Cuomo said he is duty bound to separate his religious views from his work as governor. Catholic bishops in ...

Weinstein lawyers argue against sex trafficking claim

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers say the movie mogul is not a sex trafficker, despite claims in a class-action lawsuit. The lawyers in a court filing late Monday urged a New York judge to toss out civil claims by women that claim Weinstein tried to coerce sex in return for movie ...

After 19 years in prison, NY man cleared in mother’s killing

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Huwe Burton was 16 when he was accused of stabbing his mother to death, then staging the scene to make it appear an intruder had sexually assaulted and killed her. He insisted for decades he didn't commit the crime. After 30 years — 19 ...

The Latest: Cohen, Senate panel agree on Feb. 12 interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, being issued a subpoena to appear before a Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (all times local): 8:45 p.m. President Donald Trump's former ...

Weinstein in court to replace legal team

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein is due in court for a judge to formally sign off on changes to the legal team in his sexual assault case. The disgraced Hollywood mogul is looking to replace defense attorney Benjamin Brafman with four lawyers. They include Jose Baez, who won an acquittal for ...

American Legion’s NY members gathering in centennial year

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the American Legion from across New York state are gathering for a conference and to hear a message from a descendant of the man who helped create the national organization a century ago. The American Legion's Department of New York is holding its three-day ...

Cuomo: Give free school meals to kids impacted by shutdown

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the state education officials to provide free school lunches to any child impacted by the partial federal government shutdown. The Democrat said Thursday that meals will be available for children of federal employees as well as ...

Transgender woman sues over ‘false personation’ arrest

NEW YORK (AP) — A transgender woman is suing New York City and the police officers she says charged her with "false personation" after she provided them with both her previous and current names. Linda Dominguez says in her lawsuit filed Tuesday that she was placed in pink handcuffs and ...

White supremacist pleads guilty to sword killing

By JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A white supremacist pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of an attack that authorities said was intended to incite a race war in the United States. James Jackson admitted to fatally stabbing 66-year-old ...

Alec Baldwin taking anger class in parking dispute plea deal

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Days after appearing as President Donald Trump in a "Deal or No Deal" parody on "Saturday Night Live," Alec Baldwin took a deal of his own Wednesday, agreeing to attend an anger management class to resolve a criminal case stemming from a ...

Environmental conservation kicks off state budget hearings

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A top Cuomo administration official says New York state's environment is being threatened by Donald Trump's policies. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos testified during a state budget hearing Wednesday in Albany that the Republican ...

Witness: El Chapo’s wife was in on plans for prison escape

NEW YORK (AP) — A witness at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo has implicated the kingpin's wife in his 2015 prison escape. Damaso Lopez Nunez told the jury Emma Coronel Aispuro was in on the plan that resulted in Joaquin Guzman escaping through a mile-long (1.6 ...

Frigid air, high winds sweep the Northeast; at least 7 dead

By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Falling temperatures replaced the weekend's falling snow Monday as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern United States. The National Weather Service had forecast that temperatures would be more than 20 degrees below ...

King events draw potential Democratic presidential hopefuls

By ELANA SCHOR and MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage. Sen. Kamala Harris, ...

Bitter cold prompts NY school closings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bitter cold temperatures compounded by sub-zero wind chills have caused school closings and delays around western New York. According to WKBW , AAA for western and central New York says service calls tripled on Monday. Although the temperature was inching upward on ...

Airbnb critics say blocked law would save housing NYC units

NEW YORK (AP) — A new report from critics of Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms claims New York City could lose nearly 11,000 housing units if new regulations on the companies don't go forward. A federal judge this month blocked a New York City law that would have subjected Airbnb and ...

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. That ...