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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 ...

Hasan Minhaj readies an ‘insightful’ tour, Netflix series

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off a breakout year in 2017, comedian Hasan Minhaj is ready to turn his wit to diagnosing the larger issues facing America. Minhaj, a correspondent with "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, is kicking off a North American tour ...

Prosecutor accuses ex-New York Senate leader of ‘shakedown’

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York state Senate leader and his son got business executives to arrange no-show jobs for the son in a brazen "family shakedown" that corrupted the senator's office, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday at the retrial of the pair on ...

Man charged with murder in stabbing death of Albany man

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Albany say a 21-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a man last week. Albany police officials say Lahquann Grady was arrested following an investigation into the death of 29-year-old Rashaun Byrd last Thursday. ...

The B-52s are touring on their 40th anniversary – sort of

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The B-52s are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. But they also may celebrate it next year. That is, if they haven't already hit the milestone. There's no fuzzy math here — it's a just matter of which date adequately represents ...

Senators assistant GM seeks dismissal of ‘baseless’ charge

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The lawyer for Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee called harassment charges against his client "baseless," and questioned if Lee was being treated fairly. Attorney Paul Cambria made the comments Friday after a brief ...

Another warning shot? Trump’s ex-lawyer hires Clinton ally

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen could be sending the White House yet another warning shot by adding a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton to his legal team. Lanny Davis confirmed his hiring ...

Former New York Senate leader testifies in his own defense

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York state Senate leader testified in his own defense at his corruption trial on Friday, telling jurors that he used his connections to try to get his sometimes-erratic behaving son employment but insisting it was never in exchange ...

Senators assistant GM seeks dismissal of harassment charges

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The lawyer representing Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee tells The Associated Press he will enter a not guilty plea and file a motion to dismiss harassment charges during his client's appearance Friday in Buffalo city ...

Statue of Liberty climber pleads not guilty to trespassing

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt" pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct A federal judge released Therese Okoumou ...

Americans celebrate July 4 with fireworks, parades, salutes

NEW YORK (AP) — With backyard barbecues and fireworks, Americans celebrated Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that expressed pride in their country's 242nd birthday. But this quintessential American holiday was being marked with a sense of a United States divided ...

The Latest: Statue of Liberty base climber identified

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a climber on the base of the Statue of Liberty and demonstrators who hung a banner from the statue's pedestal (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A federal official says a woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty's base and spurred the statue's evacuation on July ...

NY country club worker dies after tree pins him to tractor

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 55-year-old country club worker pinned to his tractor seat by a tree he was hauling has died. The Warren County Sheriff's office says Raymond H. Kilmartin Jr. was dumping debris with a tractor on Wednesday at Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury, New ...

Man with autism survives 50 hours in woods during heat wave

BLEECKER, N.Y. (AP) — Forest rangers say a man with autism relied on his Boy Scout skills while he was lost in New York's Adirondack woods for 50 hours during a heat wave. The Times-Union of Albany reports that Bruce Williams floated on his back in a lake to conserve his energy, located safe ...

New York state trooper, suicidal school principal shot dead

ERWIN, N.Y. (AP) — A state trooper responding to a call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near the Pennsylvania border early Monday was fatally shot along with the man, a school principal, officials said. Trooper Nicholas Clark was among responders to a 3:30 a.m. ...

New York addresses traffic, crowds in Adirondack High Peaks

KEENE, N.Y. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Conservation says unprecedented crowds of hikers on popular Adirondack peaks have prompted a series of actions designed to improve public safety and protect natural resources. Starting this week, work is being done along Route 73 in ...