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Brit fan flies to NYC to propose at ‘Ghostbusters’ firehouse

NEW YORK (AP) — A British man flew his girlfriend all the way across the pond to New York City so he could propose to her at the firehouse used in the "Ghostbusters" franchise. Wearing a hard hat and safety vest, Giles Baugh dropped to one knee at Ladder 8 in Tribeca and asked Melissa Ward ...

Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox agrees to buy Europe’s Sky

TALI ARBEL, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Rupert Murdoch may get all of European broadcaster Sky after all after the U.K. phone-hacking scandal scotched a previous effort. Sky said Friday that Murdoch's entertainment conglomerate 21st Century Fox has reached a preliminary deal to buy ...

NY loosens more medical marijuana rules

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is making more changes to its medical marijuana program. The state's Department of Health announced Thursday that dispensaries will now be authorized to sell cannabis or cannabis products to other dispensaries. The move is intended to make more varieties ...

Central NY priest on leave while abuse claim is investigated

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — A Catholic priest in central New York has been placed on leave while the Diocese of Syracuse investigates an allegation of abuse of a minor from nearly three decades ago. The Rev. Paul Angelicchio (an-jeh-LEE'-kee-oh) pastor of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration ...

Pope taps Allentown, Pa bishop for Rockville Centre

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named a new bishop for Rockville Centre, New York, tapping the bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania whose diocese is one of six undergoing a statewide grand jury investigation into clerical sex abuse. Bishop John Barres has said the Allentown diocese is ...

Decomposed body in western NY identified; 2 men charged

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested two men in the slaying of a man whose decomposed body was found on an overgrown property in western New York. Police in the city of Niagara Falls say the body has been identified as that of 44-year-old Daniel Sparks, of Niagara ...

Lake effect snow piling up in parts of upstate New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Parts of western and central New York have received more than a foot of snow from lake effect storms that are expected to drop another foot or more over the weekend. The National Weather Service says snowfall totals Friday range from 12 to 19 inches in areas south of ...

Professor gets jail for New Jersey bear hunt protest

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A City College of New York professor is going to jail for protesting New Jersey's bear hunt, which is nearing an end. A judge on Thursday ordered psychology professor Bill Crain, 72, of Dutchess County, New York, to spend 10 days in the Sussex County Jail beginning ...

Merchant Marine Academy alumni report questions abuse risk

FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press KINGS POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Concerns about alleged sex abuse and harassment of U.S. Merchant Marine cadets training aboard commercial vessels are disputed in a new report issued by an alumni task force. The New York-based military academy earlier this year ...

Could familial DNA crack case of slain New York City jogger?

JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — With a DNA profile but no suspect to match in the strangling of a woman who went for a run and met a killer, authorities are looking to an emerging approach: using the DNA to look for the killer's relatives. The technique, known as ...

19-year-old man convicted of killing 2, wounding 6 sentenced

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year-old gang member who was found guilty of killing two people and wounding six others during multiple shootings in Buffalo has been sentenced to 131 years to life in prison. Diamond Lewis was convicted of murder, attempted murder and weapons charges in ...

Feds: 5 men ran ‘retail heroin store’ in Hudson Valley city

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Five men have been charged and a quarter-million dollars has been seized in connection with what authorities say was a "retail heroin store" operating in a Hudson Valley city. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (http://bit.ly/2gYZsur ) that federal ...

Feds: NY woman sentenced for bilking $429K in US benefits

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service employee who claimed to spend 15 hours a day in a hot tub to relieve a work-related injury has been sentenced for bilking the federal government out of nearly $430,000 in disability benefits. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Syracuse says ...

1870s Saratoga building damaged by fire to be demolished

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in Saratoga Springs now say what's left of a Victorian-era building severely damaged by a Thanksgiving morning fire will be demolished. The Saratoga Springs City Council had hired a consulting to conduct an independent assessment of the building. The ...

Massachusetts teen pleads guilty to making hoax threats

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager has pleaded guilty to making hoax threats that prompted police responses in several states. State police say the 17-year-old Andover boy led an online ring of hackers who made so-called "swatting" calls to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New ...

Suspect sought after fatal shooting in Wal-Mart parking lot

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they're looking for a suspect who shot and killed a person in the parking lot of a central New York Wal-Mart and fled from police. Officials tell Time Warner Cable News (http://bit.ly/2hnXp04 ) the shooting occurred early Thursday morning outside the ...

New York launches initiative against telemarketing deceit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Telemarketers have to use accurate caller ID information under a bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. An initiative announced by the Democratic governor on Thursday also includes deploying state consumer protection staff to warn consumers about telemarketing scams ...

New York milk producers facing more obstacles from Canada

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's milk producers are facing more trade obstacles from Canada. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the province of Ontario recently implemented a targeted pricing policy that's designed to discourage Canadian cheesemakers from using imported, ultra-filtered milk ...

FCC: AT&T, Verizon shouldn’t exempt own apps from data caps

TALI ARBEL, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones. This may not result in any changes in how the wireless carriers operate, however, as agency leaders appointed ...

NY-based Air Guard unit rescues Buzz Aldrin from South Pole

GLENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. military air crew that evacuated former astronaut Buzz Aldrin from the South Pole is a New York-based National Guard unit that specializes in missions to some of the world's most remote places. The 86-year-old Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, fell ...