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Lifeguard on NY’s Fire Island latest to be bitten by a shark

Ocean Beach, N.Y. (AP) — A lifeguard in the Fire Island community of Ocean Beach is the latest person to be bitten in recent days by a shark in New York's Long Island waters. Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott tells Newsday the lifeguard was performing training about 150 to 200 yards offshore ...

Report: Cuomo wrongly used state resources to promote book

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo improperly used state resources for a book he received $5.1 million to write, according to a report by a law firm. New York's soon-to-be-disbanded ethics commission, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, voted Thursday to make the report ...

Incomplete grade? Columbia loses ranking over dubious data

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. News & World Report has unranked Columbia University from its 2022 edition of Best Colleges, saying in a statement that the Ivy League institution failed to substantiate certain 2021 data it previously submitted, including student-faculty ratios and class size. The ...

Celebrities react to ‘Godfather’ star James Caan’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Caan, the Oscar-nominated actor known for roles in the "The Godfather," "Brian's Song,'' "Misery,'' and "Elf,'' died Wednesday at age 82. Caan's death drew tributes and expressions of grief from industry colleagues and fans. ___ "Jimmy was my fictional brother and ...

Voters switch lopsidedly to GOP, in warning for Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — A political shift is beginning to take hold across the U.S. as tens of thousands of suburban voters who helped fuel the Democratic Party's gains in recent years are becoming Republicans. Across 31 states, about two-thirds of voters who have switched their official party ...

Boyfriend of NY woman whose body was found in trunk arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — The boyfriend of an upstate New York woman who was last seen alive in November 2020 has been charged with her murder more than a year after the woman's body was found in the trunk of an abandoned car in Queens, authorities said. Kareem Flake, 30, was arraigned Wednesday on ...

Federal agent charged in scheme to harass Chinese dissidents

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors announced charges on Thursday against a government agent and private investigator in a widening probe of an alleged scheme to stalk and harass Chinese dissidents in the United States. Craig Miller, a 15-year employee of the Department of Homeland Security, ...

Man convicted of officer’s murder in holdup gets 30 years

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who was convicted of murder in connection with a 2019 robbery in New York City that led to a police officer's shooting and death was sentenced Thursday to 30 years to life in prison. Jagger Freeman, 28, planned the Feb. 12, 2019, holdup that resulted in detective Brian ...

Case against accused Buffalo mass shooter proceeds in court

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Attorneys for a white man charged with killing 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket were unable during a court proceeding Thursday to secure a year's delay in state prosecution. Payton Gendron's attorneys asked a judge for the delay while a federal case against him ...

Acting as own lawyer, accused CIA coder argues for acquittal

NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA software engineer accused of causing the biggest theft of classified information in CIA history told a jury Thursday that there's not enough evidence to convict him of espionage and other federal charges. Joshua Schulte, who chose to defend himself at a New York ...

Boyfriend of NY woman whose body was found in trunk arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — The boyfriend of an upstate New York woman who was last seen alive in November 2020 has been charged with her murder more than a year after the woman's body was found in the trunk of an abandoned car in Queens, authorities said. Kareem Flake, 30, was arraigned Wednesday on ...

Judge, Hicks hit grand slams as Yankees down Pirates 16-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Aaron Judge felt like he was "stuck" on 29 home runs for "a while." Of course, "a while" is a relative term when it comes to the New York Yankees slugger. What Judge considered a drought of sorts was in reality a span of four games. One mighty swing put Judge back on track ...

Hate crimes officers investigate explosion outside NY mosque

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) — Hate crimes officers are investigating after an incendiary device exploded outside a mosque on Long Island, damaging a metallic crescent moon that is a symbol of Islam. A device similar to a Molotov cocktail exploded around midnight Sunday at the Masjid Fatima ...

Trump property appraiser held in contempt in NY civil probe

NEW YORK (AP) — A company that has performed appraisals on some of Donald Trump's most prized properties has been held in contempt of court for missing a deadline to turn over documents in the New York attorney general's civil investigation into the former president's business ...

Driver charged in Buffalo police chase that ended in gunfire

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A driver accused of shooting at police officers during a long car chase through the streets of Buffalo that ended with an exchange of gunfire was arraigned Wednesday on five counts of attempted murder. The wild March 29 chase resulted in three officers being struck, ...

Ciao! American Kennel Club adds a breed, the bracco Italiano

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. dog lovers, say "benvenuto" to the bracco Italiano. The ancient Italian bird-hunting dog is the 200th member of the American Kennel Club's roster of recognized breeds, the organization announced Wednesday. That means the handsome, powerful but amiable pointers can now go ...

NYC to boost starting pay for lifeguards to $19.46 an hour

NEW YORK (AP) — Starting wages for lifeguards in New York City will be $19.46 an hour this summer under an agreement reached with the lifeguard union, Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday. Under the deal, a retention bonus will be awarded in September for those lifeguards who work every week ...

Fort Drum soldier from Georgia ID’d as victim of shooting

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Army has identified the victim of a deadly weekend shooting in Syracuse as a 19-year-old soldier from Georgia who was assigned to New York's Fort Drum. Pvt. 1st Class Malik S. Shipman, of Fairburn, Georgia, was shot near Onondaga Park in Syracuse shortly before ...

Police: 2 men fatally struck during NY ‘road rage’ dispute

KENT, N.Y. (AP) — Two men got out of their cars to argue on a New York highway and were fatally struck by a third car, police said. The crash happened at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 84 in the town of Kent. Mark Hall, 38, and Fabian Tirado, 22, stopped in the right lane and got out ...