New York News

Funerals set for 2 US WWII MIAs from Yonkers, upstate NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of two New York servicemen who had been missing since World War II are being buried this month. The Pentagon announced in June that the remains of 20-year-old 1st Lt. George Betchley, of Yonkers, had been identified after being exhumed from a U.S. military ...

Feds: Man referenced Las Vegas massacre in extortion attempt

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man is accused of referencing the Las Vegas massacre while trying to extort money from a Colorado company. The U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn alleged Wednesday that Victor Casillas sent emails threatening to "murder" company employees. One Oct. 4 ...

Weinstein college alma mater moves to revoke honorary degree

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The University at Buffalo is moving to have alumnus Harvey Weinstein's honorary degree taken away in response to the multiple accusations of harassment and sexual assault against the Hollywood mogul. In a statement Wednesday, the university says it is "well aware" of the ...

‘Jeopardy!’ champ wins fans with quirky antics, big bets

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City bartender's on-screen antics and big bets while competing on "Jeopardy!" are winning him cash to go along with a cult following. By the end of Thursday's show, Austin Rogers had won eight days in a row and more than $300,000. "Jeopardy!" says that total put ...

Bill would make it illegal to own bump stocks in NY state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York state lawmakers want to make it illegal in the state to buy, sell or possess devices known as bump stocks that allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of automatic weapons. Authorities found 12 of the devices fitted to guns in the hotel room of ...

Rochester new $30 million train station opens for business

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester's new train station is officially open for business. Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined local leaders such as Rep. Louise Slaughter, a fellow Democrat, and other state officials for Friday's grand opening of the new station in downtown Rochester. Work on the new ...

NY gives in-state tuition to students impacted by hurricanes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will give in-state tuition rates to students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were displaced by recent hurricanes. The State University of New York Board of Trustees approved the initiative on Friday at the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a ...

Attorney finds herself on a different side in Weinstein case

By DAVID R. MARTIN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom has built a career defending victims of sexual harassment and assault. Now she says she's trying to "make a difference here on the other side" by defending movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. In an interview with ...

911 systems in Albany, Saratoga counties up after outages

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in two neighboring upstate New York counties say their local 911 systems are back up after experiencing extended outages. Officials in Albany and Saratoga county say their emergency dispatch systems went down early Friday morning. Albany County's 911 system ...

Niagara Falls board cited for second excess sewage discharge

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in upstate New York say excess sewer water again made its way into the Niagara River after a high-profile discharge of black-colored water last summer. The Niagara Falls Water Board says it reported to the state Department of Environmental Conservation ...

Cops: Father killed disabled daughter 27, then took own life

FAIRPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say the two bodies found in a suburban Rochester yard were those of a 27-year-old disabled woman who had been shot by her father before he took his own life. Police in the village of Fairport were called to a home early Wednesday morning for reports of ...

Burglar empties register, fills belly, makes clean getaway

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A burglar made a clean getaway from a Long Island restaurant after emptying the cash register, cooking a meal and washing the dishes. Will Colon tells Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/2z059ig ) he found bent burglar bars when he arrived Tuesday at Nelly's Taqueria in ...

Sewage leak into popular Adirondack lake halted by repairs

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Public works crews have repaired a leak in an old pipe that was sending sewage into the lake in the middle of a popular Adirondack tourist destination. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/2fTLex1 ) that officials in the village of Lake Placid ...

Off-duty NY state parole officer dies where shots were fired

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a state parole officer has died after gunfire was changed with a police officer at a western New York apartment complex. Police in the city of Canandaigua (kan-un-DAY'-gwuh), 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Rochester, say officers were called to ...

Sleeping raccoons evade police temporarily after nap on bus

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City school bus driver was surprised to find a pair of sleeping raccoons while he was doing a vehicle check in Brooklyn. The driver called police to flush out the pair of raccoons. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2ymnA3t ) the raccoons woke up by the time ...

Chinese man admits sneaking snakes over border in socks

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was caught trying to sneak snakes into Canada in his socks has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors in Buffalo say 28-year-old Chaoyi Le faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to violating wildlife regulations. He was arrested in 2014 at ...

Cops: 2 people found fatally shot in suburban Rochester yard

FAIRPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Police are on the scene of a shooting that has left two people dead in the yard of a suburban Rochester home. Authorities say Monroe County sheriff's deputies and local police responded around 6 a.m. Wednesday to reports of shots fired at a home in the village of ...

Slain NY man was son of suspect in 1998 Florida slaying

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old man found dead in a burning western New York apartment was the son of a man who was accused of killing his girlfriend in Florida in the late 1990s. Police in Canandaigua have identified the body found at an apartment complex last weekend ...

Man, 70, charged with killing woman at upstate NY gun club

PLEASANT VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Police have charged a 70-year-old man with murder after a 56-year-old woman was found shot to death a Hudson Valley fish and game club. The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded Tuesday afternoon to a report of a shooting at the Pleasant Valley ...

NY Sen. Gillibrand blasts Congress after Las Vegas shooting

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the mass shooting in Las Vegas is another example of her congressional colleagues being "too cowardly and too weak" to oppose the gun industry. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/2kjOoLB ) that the New York ...