NY State News

One World Observatory is a Winter ‘ONEderland’ for holidays

By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor NEW YORK (AP) — The observatory atop One World Trade got a makeover for the holidays. A "Winter ONEderland" opened Friday at One World Observatory. A snowy owl named Ollie is a mascot for the experience, appearing in various animated displays. The ...

NY governor: Bridge-naming backlash is ‘personally hurtful’

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a petition to take his late father's name off a new bridge is "personally hurtful." The state legislature voted in June to name the new $4 billion Hudson River bridge the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. A petition with 75,000 signatures on ...

Q&A: Garth Brooks on new anthology and lip syncing at CMAs

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Garth Brooks says he's happy to share the first of five anthologies he created with his fans while he's still alive and kicking. "Every artist seems to wait 'till they're dead, and I just don't know how you enjoy that. Or everybody is so ...

NY sex abuse victims to push again for child victims’ act

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocates for a bill in New York that would loosen the statute of limitations for molestation are hoping the national attention on sexual misconduct gives their cause fresh momentum. The bill would have given victims more time to file civil lawsuits or seek criminal ...

8-year-old boy returns lost wallet, $1,700 to mugging victim

NEW YORK (AP) — An 8-year-old upstate New York boy is being applauded after finding a crime victim's cash-filled wallet in New York City and returning it to the man. WCBS-TV reports Frankie Burns found a wallet with $1,700 inside on Saturday when he was preparing for a Gaelic football game ...

Police: Muggers grab $190,000 from man visiting from Africa

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are searching for two mugging suspects who they say stole nearly $200,000 from a man visiting from Africa. Police say the attack happened Nov. 7 in the Bronx. Investigators say the 46-year-old man was making his way out of a building when he was attacked ...

AP EXPLAINS: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the ...

Man admits to driving over, killing gas station employee

GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has admitted to killing an employee of an upstate New York gas station by driving over him and then backing over the worker before fleeing the scene. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that 22-year-old Milton Galdamez Pena, of Newburgh, ...

FIFA trial defense lawyers grill key government witness

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense attorneys began cross-examining a key government witness at the U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA bribery scandal Thursday, while a judge reviews claims that a defendant made a slashing motion across his throat at the former ...

1st woman to hold National Guard’s top enlisted post

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A 23-year veteran of the U.S. military now serving as the top enlisted leader of the New York Army and Air National Guard is the first woman to hold the position. State officials say Air National Command Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto took over the new post last month. ...

The Latest: Defense cross-examines key FIFA trial witness

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the FIFA soccer trial (all times local): 11 a.m. Defense attorneys have begun cross-examining a key government witness at the U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA bribery scandal. A lawyer for Juan Angel Napout, the ...

Old Erie County school gets new life as apartment building

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A century-old school building in the Buffalo suburbs is beginning its second life as an apartment complex for low-income New Yorkers. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the grand opening of the project, known as Highland School Apartments. He says the ...

Old Erie County school gets new life as apartment building

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A century-old school building in the Buffalo suburbs is beginning its second life as an apartment complex for low-income New Yorkers. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the grand opening of the project, known as Highland School Apartments. He says the ...

Medical records request dispute in Weinstein case resolved

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for the actress Paz de la Huerta (HWEHR'-tah) says an issue with a request for medical records in the Harvey Weinstein investigation has been resolved. Attorneys had filed a motion last week saying the Manhattan district attorney's subpoena was too broad. It sought ...

Survey: New York factories grow at slower pace in November

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing activity in New York expanded at a slower pace this month but remains at a healthy level. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says its Empire State Manufacturing Survey slid to 19.4 in November from a three-year high ...

The Latest: Mom of shooting suspect: Son, wife broke up

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at a suburban Buffalo retail store that left one person wounded (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The mother of a man charged with firing multiple rounds at a retail store near Buffalo says he recently broke up with his wife. Viola Green says ...

Glamour fuses with politics at annual Women of Year awards

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There were movie stars and supermodels, TV hosts and pop stars. But perhaps the most rapturous ovation at Glamour magazine's annual Women of the Year awards went to 79-year-old Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who ...

NY state utility aid arrives in Puerto Rico, more on the way

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 160 utility workers and nearly 100 utility vehicles from New York state have arrived in Puerto Rico to help the U.S. territory restore its power grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says another 220 utility workers and more than 180 ...

Group home resident dies after being struck by car

RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a 59-year-old resident of an Adirondack group home has died after being hit by a vehicle. Troopers say the accident occurred around 5 a.m. Monday at an intersection on state Route 86 in the Essex County hamlet of Ray Brook, between Saranac Lake and ...

Gehrig bat from last 2 homers in spring 1939 up for auction

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The bat Lou Gehrig used to hit his last two home runs, in an exhibition game in 1939, is being auctioned off again. Once owned by actor Kurt Russell's family, the bat is part of a Yankees Legends offering by Heritage Auctions. The entire ...