New York News

19 fire departments work to control wildfire at state forest

ALTONA, N.Y. (AP) — A wildfire burned through more than 100 acres of northern New York land this week, but no occupied homes were threatened by the flames. Nineteen fire departments were involved in efforts to control the blaze at Altona Flat Rock State Forest, which was first reported to ...

JPMorgan’s profits rise 18 percent, helped by lower taxes

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase's second-quarter profits rose by 18 percent from a year ago, as the nation's largest bank by assets and revenue continues to benefit from higher interest rates and a lower tax bill following last year's passage of President ...

Robert Motherwell painting stolen in 1978 is returned

NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by the modernist master Robert Motherwell that disappeared from a New York warehouse in 1978 and was presumed stolen has been returned after 40 years, federal law enforcement officials announced. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman unveiled the 1967 painting, "Untitled," ...

Visit to NY Army fort lands Mexican immigrants in detention

By STEPHEN R. GROVES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Relatives of a Mexican couple detained while trying to visit their pregnant daughter at an Army fort in upstate New York are asking immigration officials to set the couple free. Concepción and Margarito Silva were arrested by federal ...

Watertown, Batavia working to revitalize downtowns

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is touting state investments in downtown revitalization in two upstate communities. The Democrat on Wednesday announced projects to upgrade and improve the downtown areas in Watertown and Batavia. Both communities won $10 million each in a ...

Audit blames cashless tolling for millions in unpaid tolls

NEW YORK (AP) — A new state audit has found the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York has lost millions in unpaid tolls. The audit released by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Wednesday shows the majority of the unbilled tolls, worth at least $1.6 million, were lost when the MTA ...

Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin stop at store, pose for photos

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — Newly engaged singer Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin have paid a visit to a grocery store in upstate New York, where they posed for photos with employees and customers. Chris Masterson, owner of Nature's Pantry in New Windsor, tells the Times Herald-Record of ...

Postal worker avoids prison for role in drug shipments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service employee worker will avoid prison for taking money from drug dealers for special deliveries to homes in western New York. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo says Thursday that Dennis Bernhard received a sentence of time served and supervised ...

Lake Erie forecast is for smaller, significant algae bloom

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Researchers are forecasting another significant algae bloom on western Lake Erie this summer, but say it will be smaller than last year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and research partners issued their annual algae ...

Lawyer: Stormy Daniels’ arrest was part of sting operation

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested while performing at an Ohio strip club and charged with letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law. Her attorney said Thursday she was set up in a sting operation. While ...

Ohio governor to roll out new plan to combat Lake Erie algae

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is set to announce new steps to combat toxic algae in Lake Erie. Republican Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sikz) office says he'll announce a new plan on Wednesday to deal with water quality issues. The governor's office has said in recent months he's ...

Crane barrels into cars, officer leaps inside to stop it

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer made a daring leap to stop a crane truck after the intoxicated driver smashed into four vehicles and sped off on the Long Island Expressway. Suffolk County police say 47-year-old Brian Sinclair went about 9 miles after barreling through ...

Truck driver sentenced for fatal distracted driving crash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A truck driver has been sentenced to prison for causing a fatal crash on the New York State Thruway that happened while he was online and speeding through a construction zone. Kristofer Gregorek was sentenced in Buffalo Wednesday to 1½ to 4½ years in prison for the ...

Dwayne Johnson honors amputee community with ‘Skyscraper’

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dwayne Johnson hopes to honor the amputee community by playing a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller "Skyscraper." In the film, Johnson plays the security consultant of a Hong Kong skyscraper who must save his ...

Officials: Playing ‘Dixie’ during NY fireworks an oversight

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Officials from a suburban New York town say playing "Dixie" at a town-sponsored Fourth of July celebration was an oversight. Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann tells The Journal News that the song "was not deliberately picked" for the July 2 fireworks ...

Cuomo calls for special session on abortion rights

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has urged Republican state lawmakers to reconsider their opposition to legislation codifying abortion rights in New York state law. Cuomo says Monday that the GOP-led Senate should immediately reconvene to pass the measure in light of a ...

Police: Woman lied about rape because she was angry at date

CLYDE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say a woman falsely accused someone of rape for not giving her a ride home. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says 27-year-old Jessica Gallagher of Clyde was charged Sunday with false reporting of a crime. Deputies say Gallagher told police she ...

Police: 17-year-old boy stabbed grandmother while she slept

ALBION, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old western New York boy broke into his grandmother's house and stabbed her while she was sleeping. The Orleans County Sheriff's Office says Albion resident Brandon Foster went into his grandmother's house through a window just before midnight Sunday. ...

Guardian Angels to patrol Albany areas hit by gun violence

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The founder of the New York City-based Guardian Angels says he'll head upstate with members of his neighborhood patrol group to help Albany residents quell a recent spate of gun violence. Curtis Sliwa (SLEE'-wuh) says several Albany residents emailed the group seeking its ...