NY State News

Cops: Driver was texting before crashing, killing woman, 75

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police say a 29-year-old upstate woman was texting while driving when she caused a crash that killed a 75-year-old woman last month. Troopers say Angel Oliver, of Bombay, was arraigned Thursday in Malone Town Court on criminally negligent homicide ...

CBS replacing head of struggling morning show

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News is replacing the top executive at "CBS This Morning," which has struggled to maintain its footing since Charlie Rose was fired a year ago on sexual misconduct charges. The network announced Friday that executive producer Ryan Kadro ...

From Trump to #MeToo, publishing made headlines in 2018

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The publishing world made headlines in 2018, and not always by design. A wave of best-sellers offered damaging accounts of Donald Trump's White House, a million-selling memoir by Michelle Obama had readers longing for the previous ...

New York lawmakers’ big pay raise subject of lawsuit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A pay raise for New York lawmakers that will give them the highest state legislative salaries in the nation is being challenged in court. The Government Justice Center filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the legality of a panel's vote last week to raise lawmakers' pay for ...

Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20M to 18 women’s rights groups

By ALEXANDRA OLSON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is pledging $20 million in support of 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from a scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves. CBS said ...

Former NY state lawmaker sentenced for cover-up attempt

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former state lawmaker from western New York has been sentenced to two months in prison for trying to cover up making unwanted sexual advances to a female staffer. The U.S. attorney's office says 53-year-old Marc Panepinto was also sentenced Friday in federal court in ...

Reports: Federal prosecutors probe Trump inaugural committee

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners contributed to its events using straw donors. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that prosecutors in New York are investigating whether ...

Schumer completes annual tour of every county in New York

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer has wrapped up his 20th annual tour of all 62 counties in New York state. The Senate's Democratic leader toured a Washington County industrial park near the Vermont border on Friday as he completed his 2018 statewide tour. Schumer has made a point ...

Where Trump-related investigations stand

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who ...

Officials: 1 dead in officer-involved shooting

FREDONIA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in western New York say police responding to a medical emergency at a home shot and killed a person who attacked an officer with a knife. Police say the shooting happened around 2 p.m. in Fredonia. Chief Brad Meyers says officers responded to a home for a ...

5 injured in 2-vehicle crash on Seneca Indian reservation

CATTARAUGUS INDIAN RESERVATION, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say five people have been taken to a hospital after their vehicles collided on a road in a Seneca Nation of Indians territory in western New York. The Erie County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded around 8 p.m. Monday to a report ...

Remains of NY sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. military officials say the remains of a New York sailor killed in the Pearl Harbor attack 77 years ago last week have been identified. The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the remains of 26-year-old Fireman 3rd Class Kenneth L. Jayne, of Patchogue (PACH'-awg) on Long ...

Musk suggests Tesla’s new chairwoman won’t rein him in

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the idea that the company's new chairwoman can exert control over his behavior. Robyn Denholm, an Australian telecommunications executive, was appointed chairwoman of Tesla's board last month, replacing Musk as part of as part of a securities ...

‘Fearless Girl’ statue gets new permanent home

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The "Fearless Girl" statue that inspired millions with a message of female empowerment was installed Monday at her new home in front of the New York Stock Exchange. "Welcome to the neighborhood, 'Fearless Girl,'" said Betty Liu, executive ...

Spice Girl Mel B cancels event after severe injury, surgery

LONDON (AP) — Spice Girl Melanie Brown has suffered an unexplained injury in New York that required surgery to prevent her from losing her hand. Brown said online Monday she needed three hours of surgery to repair damage to her hand. She also said she suffered two broken ribs. She posted a ...

4 US House reps seek federal probe of NY agency for disabled

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Four members of Congress from New York are asking the federal Department of Justice to investigate a state agency in charge of protecting disabled people from abuse and neglect. Republican U.S. representatives Lee Zeldin, Peter King, Elise Stefanik and Tom Reed made their ...

Hey, you’ll always know: Cuomo vetoes lottery anonymity bill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a measure that would have allowed big lottery jackpot winners in New York to remain anonymous. Bill sponsors wanted New York to follow the lead of a handful of other states that give jackpot winners the option of anonymity so they can avoid ...

Verizon says 10,400 managers accept buyout offer

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon says 10,400 U.S. managers have accepted a voluntary buyout offered as the company seeks to trim costs to invest more into its push into the next-generation network known as 5G. That's about 7 percent of its global workforce. Verizon offered the buyouts to 44,000 ...

All clear after bomb threat forces evacuation of CNN offices

NEW YORK (AP) — Police have given the all-clear after a phoned in bomb threat forced the evacuation of CNN's offices in New York. Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN just after 10 p.m. Thursday and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner ...

US loses to Russia in case of 2 arms trafficking suspects

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian father and son were in a Hungarian jail, charged in an elaborate plot to ship weapons to Mexican drug cartels and cocaine to the U.S. They found an American lawyer anticipating an inevitable extradition and trial in New York. ...