New York News

Funeral set for decapitated 7-year-old New York boy

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A New York community reeling from the brutal killing of a first-grader, allegedly at the hands of his mother, will be saying a final farewell. A funeral will be held Wednesday evening in Brockport for 7-year-old Abraham Cardenas. Authorities say Hanane Mouhib ...

New policy aims to stamp out harassment in state government

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A culture of secrecy has long shielded state lawmakers accused of sexual harassment in New York. But advocates hope a new policy will bring accountability and prevent further misconduct. Two weeks ago the Legislature and Democratic ...

Trump says all calm at White House, vents about Russia probe

By CATHERINE LUCEY, ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted that all was "very calm and calculated" at the White House, even as he vented Wednesday about the Russia probe, complained about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and ...

Retailers hope for certainty as Supreme Court hears tax case

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are hoping for a resolution this year from the Supreme Court, which hears arguments Tuesday in a decades-old dispute: Whether companies must collect sales tax on items sold in a state where they don't have a store or other ...

NY county passes bill blocking salary history queries

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Westchester County Board of Legislators has passed a bill portrayed as a civil rights measure that could narrow the gender and racial wage gap. The Journal News says the bill passed Monday blocks businesses from asking job candidates' salary ...

Woman who set fire that killed 4 children gets out of prison

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York woman who set a fire that killed four of her children in 2012 has been released from prison. The Democrat & Chronicle reports Bobbie J. Kugler got out of the Albion State Correctional Institution on Monday. She had been sentenced to seven to 15 ...

Switzerland-based drone maker wins $1M in business contest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Switzerland-based developer of a kite-like tethered drone has won the $1 million grand prize in a New York state business competition. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday night that Zurich-based Fotokite won the second round of the state's GENIUS NY business ...

Liberal group endorses Nixon over Cuomo in NY governor race

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An influential liberal organization is backing Cynthia Nixon over incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the race for New York governor. Citizen Action announced its support for Nixon Tuesday. Four years ago the group endorsed Cuomo's successful bid for a second term. Nixon is a ...

The Latest: Trump Tower fire victim was a friend of Warhol

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a fire at Trump Tower that killed a 67-year-old man (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The 67-year-old man who was killed in a blaze at New York City's Trump Tower was an art collector who spent time with Andy Warhol but later fell on harder financial times. Todd ...

Museum hosting panel on anniversary of N. Ireland peace pact

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany is hosting a forum on the impact of the peace accord struck 20 years ago in Northern Ireland. Known as the Good Friday Agreement, the pact was signed by Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on ...

Common Core testing approaches for New York schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York students will sit for the first round of annual Common Core testing this week. English language arts assessments for public school students in grades 3-8 starts on Wednesday. Math testing is next month. The state has reduced the number of testing days for each ...

Police, fed up with lingering cold weather, ‘arrests’ winter

DEPEW, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York police department fed up with lingering cold weather has placed winter under arrest. The Post-Standard reports the Depew Police Department wrote Friday in a humorous Facebook post that it had arrested the season. Police said any more snow winter ...

New York recruits lifeguards for state campgrounds

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for lifeguards. The agency says seasonal lifeguard positions are available at state campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks. The pay is $13.27 an hour and most facilities offer free ...

Metal object in fatal NY police shooting was a welding torch

NEW YORK (AP) — The metal object that was mistaken for a gun in a fatal shooting by officers turned out to be the head of a welding torch, according to New York Police Department officials. Saheed Vassell's father has told reporters that his son had previously worked as a welder. Police ...

Catholic diocese IDs priests and lay people accused of abuse

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, has published a list of 34 priests and 17 lay people who have faced credible accusations of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior. It's the first time the diocese has revealed the names of those accused of abuse. The move ...

UFC star McGregor facing criminal charges in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — UFC star Conor McGregor is facing criminal charges after a backstage melee injured two fighters and forced the removal of three bouts on Saturday night from UFC's biggest card this year. Video footage appears to show the promotion's most bankable star throwing a hand truck at ...

Boss buzzing you after hours? NY might let you say buzz off

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Technology that once promised freedom from the confines of an office has, for many workers, become a ball and chain, blurring the lines between work hours and, well, any other hours. A New York City Council member wants to put a stop to ...

Did Cambridge Analytica get your data? You’ll know soon

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone who's been wondering if their private Facebook data might have been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal will soon get their first clues. Starting Monday, all 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their ...

Top Democrat: ‘Intramural politics must end’ in NY Senate

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A top leader of the New York Democratic Party on Tuesday called on Democrats in the state Senate to set aside their "intramural politics" in order to seize control of the chamber from Republicans. Geoff Berman, the party's executive ...

3 former US Army soldiers go on trial in contract killing

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former U.S. Army sniper and two other ex-American soldiers agreed to become contract killers for an international crime boss who wanted to settle a score with a real estate agent in the Philippines he thought had cheated him on a land deal, a ...