NY State News

Florida teen held in New York denies killing grandmother

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen being detained in New York denies any involvement in the death of his 53-year-old grandmother. The 15-year-old boy was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on Friday near the Canadian border. Police said he was driving a 2015 Dodge ...

Woman wants charge of killing twin in cliff crash dismissed

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A murder charge against a woman accused of deliberately driving off a cliff in Hawaii and killing her identical twin sister should be dismissed because prosecutors misled the grand jury that indicted her, a defense attorney ...

Plan to change New England ocean stewardship up for debate

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is close to enacting new rules about New England ocean habitat that could mean dramatic changes for the way it manages the marine environment and fisheries. The National Marine Fisheries Service has been ...

Jackpot elusive for 3 new upstate New York casinos

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Three new upstate New York casinos have so far failed to generate the big payoffs they projected, meaning less money shared with towns, cities and counties. Slot machine and table game revenue from casinos in the Finger Lakes, the ...

After weeks of deals, stores aim to draw Black Friday crowds

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and JOSEPH PISANI, AP Retail Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days ...

8-year-old hurt when car crashes while child is steering it

WHITEHALL, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old child is hospitalized with serious injuries after a car crashed as the child steered the vehicle while sitting on a New York man's lap. State police say 36-year-old Brett Reynolds, of Whitehall, took his mother's car late Tuesday and ...

Colleges, high schools use “Hamilton” to enhance teaching

By CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — More than 2,000 students got into the hottest show in Chicago for free — "Hamilton: An American Musical " — as part of their acceptance to Northwestern University. It's one of the ways colleges and high schools are using the hugely ...

European court opens hearing on recognizing same-sex unions

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Court of Justice on Tuesday opened a hearing on the recognition of same-sex marriages in European Union countries where they aren't legal. The hearing in Luxembourg came after Romania's constitutional court asked the European court to make a ruling on ...

Waco’s economy benefits amid final season of ‘Fixer Upper’

By J.B. SMITH, Waco Tribune-Herald WACO, Texas (AP) — On a recent Thursday afternoon at Magnolia Market at the Silos, tourists line up for $3.50 "shiplap cupcakes" where mill workers once weighed wagons of cottonseed. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports in the shadow of the rusted silos, ...

CBS co-hosts on Charlie Rose: not the man I know

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Rose's co-hosts on "CBS This Morning" sharply condemned their suspended colleague Tuesday after the airing of sexual misconduct allegations that included groping female staffers and walking around naked in front of them, saying that ...

The Latest: CBS fires Charlie Rose after misconduct claims

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Charlie Rose (all times local): 12:33 p.m. CBS News has fired Charlie Rose after several women accused the veteran newsman of sexual misconduct. Rose has been one of three hosts of "CBS This Morning" since 2012 and is also a contributor to "60 Minutes." PBS ...

People hurt in cosmetics factory explosions, fire tops 125

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — As the number of people reporting injuries from deadly explosions at a cosmetics factory jumped to more than 125, investigators on Tuesday tried to determine what caused the blasts at a plant with a checkered history that includes fines for safety violations earlier ...

Buffalo library’s WWI posters highlight of new exhibit

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Propaganda posters from World War I are the focus of a new exhibit opening at the Buffalo and Erie County Library. The exhibit is opening Saturday at the system's Central Library in downtown Buffalo. It tells of the city's role in America's war effort in terms of ...

Detroit priest to be beatified, was known for helping others

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A priest who wasn't allowed to preach instead turned his ears and heart to the needy. Now, decades after his death, Solanus Casey is on a path to sainthood, celebrated as an incredibly humble man who brought people to God. Father Solanus, as he ...

Schools adept at shoring up security at any hint of danger

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press It's a familiar scenario: A school official, hearing about a potential danger that's too close for comfort, locks down the building. A nearby bank may have been robbed. Officers might be serving a warrant in the neighborhood. There are reports of shots ...

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 ...