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Sexual misconduct allegations topple many state lawmakers

By The Associated Press State lawmakers across the country have been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct over the past year as part of a national reckoning on the topic. A look at those who have resigned or faced other consequences: RESIGNED FROM OFFICE 1. Alaska: Rep. Dean Westlake, ...

Collection bins in NY disclose whether they’re for charity

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general says more than 4,700 clothing donation bins statewide now disclose whether they're being used for charitable or for-profit purposes. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) says bins that take in clothing and other items must make ...

Professor at center of misconduct complaint apologizes

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press The University of Rochester professor at the center of a sexual misconduct complaint that divided a prominent department and led the university president to resign apologized Friday to his students and colleagues for the distress and disruption it has ...

Man sentenced to 20 years to life for killing wife with ax

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man who killed his wife with a hatchet during an argument has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Fifty-nine-year-old Michael Norton was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in October to second-degree murder in the death of Sherry ...

Unwanted kiss allegation against lawmaker roil NY Senate

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A sexual harassment claim against an influential state Senator who leads a breakaway Democratic faction has come as a potential power struggle looms in the legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo gird for battles on numerous topics, including ...

Dems say Trump action on Florida drilling guided by politics

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling mounted Wednesday as Democrats from coastal states accused President Donald Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders and a second Republican governor asked ...

New York halts $9.6M incentive package to move Aetna to city

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is halting a $9.6 million incentive package offered to Aetna to move its headquarters to the city. The insurance giant announced in June that it would move its headquarters to New York City beginning in late 2018 after nearly two centuries in Hartford, ...

Immigration agents descend on 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven immigration agents filed into a 7-Eleven store before dawn Wednesday, waited for people to go through the checkout line and told arriving customers and a driver delivering beer to wait outside. A federal ...

19 localities split nearly $10M from state for consolidating

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say 19 local governments across New York are splitting nearly $10 million for consolidating. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state funding through the Citizen Empowerment Tax Credit has gone to towns that have dissolved a village within their ...

Report examines invasive species in NY’s Lake George

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — There's a slight improvement in the number of boats requiring decontamination to remove invasive species around New York's Lake George. The Post-Star says a report by the Lake George Park Commission 17 finds percent of the boats inspected there in 2017 required the ...

For moms of boys, mixed emotions over sexual misconduct saga

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer Of the many American women dismayed by the wave of sexual misconduct scandals, there's a subgroup with distinctive hopes and fears: mothers of boys. Among them are women who have sought to raise their sons, sometimes from infancy, to shun sexist mindsets ...

Ice falls from building and crushes 18-year-old’s car

NEW YORK (AP) — An 18-year-old man says he was walking toward his car and wrestling with his own mortality when a large chunk of ice and snow fell off a New York City building and crushed his car. The New York Police Department briefly shut down the SoHo neighborhood street after the ice ...

Veterans behind bars: US jails set aside special cellblocks

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The military veterans playing cards in the Albany County jail wear the same orange uniforms as everyone else, with "INMATE" printed down the legs. But their service offers one distinct privilege: a special cellblock where they can work ...

Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Luis Fonsi, SZA to perform at Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who recently collaborated on the upbeat song "Finesse," will perform together at the Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that "Despacito" hit makers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, SZA and Kesha will also take the stage at the Jan. 28 ...

Blast of arctic air breaks records; Temperatures set to rise

By STEVE LEBLANC BOSTON (AP) — The blast of arctic air that engulfed portions of the East Coast broke cold temperature records from Maine to West Virginia and stunned sea turtles in Florida — although a warm-up is coming Monday. Burlington, Vermont, and Portland, Maine set records, with ...

Ancient codex rendered legible through X-ray scanning

NEW YORK (AP) — An ancient Coptic codex written sometime between 400 and 600 A.D. and housed in a New York City library is now legible thanks to state-of-the-art X-ray scanning. The severely scorched early book, or codex, has been owned by the Morgan Library and Museum in New York since ...

New York man due to be sentenced as accomplice to shooting

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — One of two New York men charged in a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded in Bangor, Maine, is due to be sentenced. Law enforcement officials say 38-year-old Robert Kennedy was killed and another man wounded on Nov. 27, 2015, to settle a drug debt. The ...

Arconic freezing pensions for US workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Arconic Inc. will freeze pension plan contributions for U.S. workers and instead make contributions to a 401(k) plan for employees. The company said the freeze only applies to the accrual of benefits for about 7,900 U.S. employees. Benefits accrued through March 31 will still ...

“Dago” food truck wins federal lawsuit over New York ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal court says it was unconstitutional for New York state officials to ban a food truck called the "Wandering Dago" from the Capitol complex in Albany. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday that the state's action was "viewpoint ...

Man dies after teen’s punch knocks him onto subway tracks

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 65-year-old Staten Island man died after he was punched by a stranger and fell onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn. It happened at the Jay St.-MetroTech station Wednesday afternoon. Police say an 18-year-old teen was talking incoherently when he approached ...