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Two top House Dems decline to say Biden should run in 2024

NEW YORK (AP) — Two powerful House Democrats from New York each declined Tuesday to say that President Joe Biden should run for the White House again in 2024. Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, two of the party's establishment liberals who chair powerful committees and are competing for ...

Veteran officer shot to death in Rochester remembered

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer killed in an ambush as he investigated a murder was eulogized Monday at a funeral attended by hundreds of fellow officers, who recalled his dedication to the job with affection but voiced frustration that some people don't appreciate the ...

US begins court battle against publishing giants’ merger

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government and publishing titan Penguin Random House exchanged opening salvos in a federal antitrust trial Monday as the U.S. seeks to block the biggest U.S. book publisher from absorbing rival Simon & Schuster. The case comes as a key test of the Biden ...

Prosecutors: Armed man lurked near Iranian dissident’s home

NEW YORK (AP) — Masih Alinejad, an Iranian opposition activist and writer in exile in New York City, had already been identified as the target of an alleged kidnapping plot. A year later, it appears the threats against her keep coming. Federal prosecutors in New York charged a man last week ...

NYC, 4 states settle with Postal Service over cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City and four states that had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service announced a settlement Monday in which the agency agreed it would destroy packages of cigarettes sent illegally to the United States from other countries. The city and California had ...

Amtrak service restored west of Albany after cleanup

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak on Monday restarted train service west of Albany that was suspended last week over safety concerns from an old warehouse's crumbling wall. The section of track had been closed to passenger trains on Friday over worries about the structural integrity of the nearby ...

Cellphone, Wi-Fi service expanding across NYC subway system

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's sprawling subway system will be fully wired for cellphone and Wi-Fi service within about 10 years under a plan approved by transit officials this week. Riders will be able to use their phones throughout the 418 miles of subway tunnels under the plan approved ...

Neurologist guilty on 12 counts of sexually abusing patients

NEW YORK (AP) — A once-prominent neurologist was found guilty Friday on charges of sexually abusing patients while treating them with pain medications. A New York City jury reached the verdict after deliberating for about three days at the trial of Dr. Ricardo Cruciani. Cruciani, 68, was ...

US court sides with NY in fight over school vaccine rules

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday against a group of New York parents who sued after the state made it more difficult for children to get a medical exemption from school immunization requirements, which were tightened after a major measles outbreak in 2019. The 2nd U.S. ...

Unstable upstate NY building interrupts some Amtrak service

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak stopped running passenger trains Friday along a stretch of track near an old warehouse in Albany with an exterior wall in danger of partially collapsing. The track closure interrupted service west from Albany and complicated operations of Amtrak's new Burlington, ...

Shark sightings get more common at New York beaches

BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — As bathers cooled themselves in the Atlantic surf on New York's Fire Island last Wednesday, Reily Winston held up a smooth dogfish shark his friend had just caught fishing off a pier in an inlet behind the beach. He briefly cradled the bloodied shark in his hands before ...

Woman killed by late stepson’s dog on Long Island

ALBERTSON, N.Y. (AP) — A 70-year-old woman was fatally mauled in her backyard on Long Island by a dog that had belonged to her late stepson, according to police. Nassau County police officers responded to a call early Wednesday afternoon from a man who said his wife was being attacked at ...

Survivors in attack on family released from Montana hospital

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Two sisters-in-law have been released from the hospital after suffering critical injuries during a brutal attack near Glacier National Park in which two members of their family were shot and killed. Christy Siau, 40, of the Syracuse, N.Y. area, was shot in the July 17 ...

Man who accosted US Rep. Zeldin on stage remains jailed

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A man who accosted U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin on stage as the Republican campaigned for governor will remain in custody while a federal judge considers his lawyer's plea to release the Army veteran, who he said was in an alcoholic relapse. David Jakubonis, 43, faces a ...

Top New York judge says she’ll comply with vaccine mandate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A judge on New York's highest court has reversed her refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine months after not complying with a vaccination mandate. Judge Jenny Rivera, one of seven jurists on the state's Court of Appeals, said this week that she is now ready to receive the ...

Tornado packing 115 mph winds hits northwestern New York

JAVA, N.Y. (AP) — A tornado packing winds of about 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour) touched down in upstate New York on Thursday, leaving downed trees and power lines and a destroyed barn in its wake. The National Weather Service said it struck the town of Java, about 25 miles ...

Ex-White House aide: 1 year in prison for $218K school scam

NEW YORK (AP) — A former White House adviser under President Barack Obama was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison for stealing $218,000 from a national charter school network he founded. Seth Andrew, 43, pleaded guilty in January to wire fraud, admitting that he moved money from the ...

Judge, Democratic power broker sentenced for bribery scheme

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former state Supreme Court justice and a former Democratic power broker from western New York were sentenced to prison on Thursday for their roles in a bribery scheme, which authorities say influenced judicial decisions and official appointments. G. Steven Pigeon, the ...

New York moving ahead with ‘congestion pricing’ toll plan

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is inching toward becoming the first U.S. city to charge motorists an extra fee for entering its most congested areas. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Wednesday a long-delayed environmental assessment should be released by federal regulators next ...

Inflation hits NYC’s bodega favorite: Bacon, egg and cheese

NEW YORK (AP) — Ah, the bacon, egg and cheese. The classic bodega breakfast sandwich is a staple in many a New Yorker's diet. It's easy to make, easy to eat on the go and cheap — although not as cheap as it used to be. To keep up with today's levels of inflation due to the pandemic and ...