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Collector sues to block daughter from selling Basquiat work

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent art collector has filed a lawsuit against the auction house Sotheby's to block his daughter from selling a masterpiece by Jean-Michel Basquiat that's worth an estimated $30 million. The lawsuit filed Thursday in state supreme court in Manhattan by 86-year-old ...

More arrests expected in case against ‘Smallville’ actress

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities expect to make more arrests in the sex-trafficking investigation of a self-help group that's already resulted in charges against former "Smallville" actress Allison Mack and the group's leader, a prosecutor said Friday. Assistant ...

Cynthia Nixon tax returns: $1.9M income, $53K in donations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — "Sex and the City" star and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has released tax returns showing she and her wife had an income of $1.9 million last year and gave about $53,000 to charity. Nixon's campaign allowed reporters to review Nixon's tax documents on ...

Private equity firm is winning bidder for Weinstein Co.

By ALEXANDRA OLSON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A private equity firm emerged Tuesday as the winning bidder for the Weinstein Co., the studio forced into bankruptcy by the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The Weinstein Co. announced in a ...

Cuomo: $30M for next phase in plan to combat homelessness

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released details of the next phase in his $20 billion, five-year plan to alleviate New York state's homelessness problem. The Democrat announced Tuesday that the third phase of the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative will provide $30 million ...

Police: Masked robber identified by mom, turns himself in

BELLPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Long Island say a man who held up a string of businesses while hiding behind a surgical mask has been identified by his mother. Officials say the 50-year-old Bellport man turned himself in on Monday, two days after Suffolk County police released a picture of ...

Special counsel team has floated idea of subpoena for Trump

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel leading the Russia investigation raised the prospect in March of issuing a grand jury subpoena for President Donald Trump, his former attorney said, confirming that investigators have floated the ...

‘Law and Order’ actress Diane Neal seeks House seat

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Former "Law and Order" actress Diane Neal is seeking a new gig as representative of a sprawling congressional district in upstate New York. The 42-year-old Neal portrayed Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on "Law and Order: SVU." Now she's launching her active ...

Just a few customers? Owner strategies in case any leave

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It's a scary but sometimes necessary way to operate — with only a few clients, and perhaps just one. But what if any of those customers leave in a short time span, erasing a significant chunk of revenue? "We are reliant on a few ...

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit by 3 men put on no-fly list

NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court in New York has reinstated a lawsuit by three men who say they were put on a nationwide "No Fly List" because they refused to be informants. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan restored the lawsuit Wednesday. A lower-court judge had dismissed ...

SUV crashes into home, injures 3

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in western New York say three people were injured when their SUV crashed into a home. WGRZ-TV reports the crash happened Tuesday night in Cheektowaga. U-Crest Fire Chief Brian Chapman says the "medical condition" of someone in the car caused the vehicle ...

Rochester judge facing removal says she has a good heart

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York judge facing removal after a DWI conviction and inappropriate comments from the bench says she has a "smart mouth" but a "good heart." Embattled Rochester city court Judge Leticia Astacio (uh-STAH'-see-oh) says she hasn't decided whether to appeal a decision ...

Judge seeks update on raids of Trump’s personal lawyer

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge wants more information from prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump and personal attorney Michael Cohen to help speedily analyze materials seized from Cohen. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood set a hearing for Thursday. She said she wants prosecutors ...

NY advocates renew push for law banning ‘conversion therapy’

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocates made another push Wednesday for New York to join several other states in enacting a law banning therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors. Dozens of social workers joined students, ...

NY appeals court asked to overturn Trump businesses’ ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York has been asked to reinstate a lawsuit that claims President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution. Lawyers for restaurant workers and restaurants that compete with Trump's businesses asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit ...

Cuomo urges rogue Democratic senator to end pact with GOP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging a rogue Democratic lawmaker to end his alliance with Republicans and allow Democrats to lead the state Senate. Cuomo, a Democrat, released a public letter to Brooklyn Sen. Simcha (SIHM'-kuh) Felder on Wednesday, a day after Felder ...

Power-sucking Bitcoin ‘mines’ spark backlash

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press Bitcoin "miners" who use rows of computers whirring at the same time to produce virtual currencies began taking root along New York's northern border a couple of years ago to tap into some of the nation's cheapest hydroelectric power, offering an air of ...

Voters to decide key New York state Senate races

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Voters in Westchester County and the Bronx are heading to the polls to pick two new state lawmakers. Tuesday's special Senate elections could decide whether Democrats wrest control of the chamber from Republicans, who now have a one-seat majority. Polls opened at 6 a.m. ...

Central NY driver shot before 2-vehicle crash has died

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in central New York say a woman who was shot in her vehicle has died. Syracuse police say the driver crashed into another vehicle after she was hit by gunfire at around 10:30 p.m. Monday. She was taken to a hospital, where she died. The investigation continues.

Columbia teaching assistants strike, seek union contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University have walked off the job to try to pressure the university to recognize their decision to unionize. The graduate students set up a picket line outside the main campus administration building Tuesday. They say ...