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Episcopal Church confronts past role in sexual exploitation

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With striking displays of candor, the Episcopal Church is acknowledging the potency of the #MeToo movement by officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging steps to combat it. The Protestant denomination's national ...

Thieves steal thousands of dollars of equipment from church

CAMBRIA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say thieves have stolen thousands of dollars worth of equipment from a 200-year-old church in upstate New York. WKBW-TV in Buffalo reported Sunday the thieves threw rocks through a window at the Tuscarora Indian Mission church in Sanborn in Niagara County and ...

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, with plans to shutter 142 unprofitable stores in the hopes that it can stay in business. The question now is whether a smaller version of the company that once towered over the ...

GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority. The party's candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the cornfields of Iowa, the GOP's most powerful players this midterm season are ...

Bishop says top cardinal didn’t ‘check on the facts’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, criticized for his handling of alleged abuse by clergy, says a high-ranking U.S. cardinal didn't "check on the facts." WKBW-TV reports Bishop Richard Malone said Thursday it was unfortunate that Cardinal Sean O'Malley ...

Cuomo warns of voter registration scam in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning New Yorkers about a voting registration scam reported in two upstate counties. The Democrat's office says residents in Chemung and Steuben counties have received calls and text messages from someone offering to register them over the phone if ...

Driven by higher interest rates, JPMorgan profits rise

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Friday that its third-quarter profits rose by 24 percent from a year ago, helped by a lower tax bill and higher interest rates, which allowed it to charge more for loans to consumers and businesses alike. That ...

Arts professionals respond in the year since #MeToo movement

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Kate Shindle has been backstage in a lot of theaters — on Broadway, off-Broadway and on tour. But she came across something unusual a few months ago when she went to rehearsals for a new show in New Jersey. Cast members had ...

GoFundMe makes donation hub for limo crash victims’ families

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general is working with GoFundMe to ensure all donations related to the limousine crash that killed 20 people go to the intended beneficiaries. Attorney General Barbara Underwood says Friday that the online fundraising site has established a ...

Mixed views on hate crime law bearing Matthew Shepard’s name

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years after Matthew Shepard's death , the federal hate crimes law bearing his name is viewed with mixed feelings by LGBT organizations that lobbied for it over nearly a decade. The act was signed into law Oct. 28, 2009, about 11 ...

Limousine service operator charged in crash that killed 20

By MICHAEL HILL and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press COBLESKILL, N.Y. (AP) — A limousine service operator was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide in a crash that killed 20 people, while police continued investigating what caused the wreck and whether anyone else will face ...

Cardinal calls on Vatican to investigate Buffalo bishop

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A high-ranking U.S. cardinal in Boston says he is concerned about a bishop's handling of alleged clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and wants the Vatican to step in. A spokesman for the Boston archdiocese tells WKBW-TV in Buffalo that Cardinal Sean ...

Manhattan DA drops part of Weinstein case

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan's district attorney dropped part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence emerged that cast doubt on the account one of his three accusers provided to the grand ...

Police: 12-year-old boy dies after being shot

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old boy has died after being shot in upstate New York. Authorities say the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Syracuse. Sgt. Richard Helterline says the boy was struck near his stomach, and a 33-year-old woman was grazed on the ...

The Latest: Weinstein attorney: Accuser should be prosecuted

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Harvey Weinstein's appearance before a New York judge as his lawyers try to get charges dismissed in his criminal case. (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Harvey Weinstein's attorney says an accuser should be criminally prosecuted for perjury following the decision ...

Ex-deputy-turned-town board member admits to killing man

WARSAW, N.Y. (AP) — A retired upstate New York sheriff's deputy who served on his local town board has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another man earlier this year. The Wyoming County District Attorney's office says 61-year-old Joseph Mlyniec (MIHL'-nihk) pleaded guilty Thursday to ...

From Catholicism to Camp: New Met Gala theme revealed

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Next year's Met Gala will be downright campy. No, seriously: The Metropolitan Museum announced Tuesday that "Camp: Notes on Fashion" will be the title of its next blockbuster spring Costume Institute exhibit. The exhibit is launched ...

Police make arrest in teen’s fatal stabbing

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say they have arrested a teenager in connection to the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old man last weekend. Syracuse police said Tuesday that 18-year-old Keenan Davis is facing charges of manslaughter and criminal possession of a ...

Stolen Stradivarius found after decades comes to life again

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Stradivarius stolen from the late violinist Roman Totenberg and miraculously found more than three decades later has a new life — under the chin of a budding 18-year-old virtuoso. On Tuesday in New York, his three daughters presented ...

Market forces put America’s recycling industry in the dumps

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America's recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and ...