NY State News

First woman Doctor Who wants to be a role model to all

By JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jodie Whittaker calls being cast as the first woman to portray Doctor Who "a step in the right direction" when it comes to gender equality in Hollywood, but doesn't feel that she's broken a glass ceiling because there's more work to be ...

Group pushes back against Indigenous Peoples Day declaration

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An Italian-American association is pushing back against the Rochester mayor's proclamation recognizing Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. WHEC-TV reports the Little Italy Neighborhood Association says the mayor's order should be revoked because it takes away from ...

Roads where limo crash killed 20 are a menace, store says

By MICHAEL HILL and BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — The site of a devastating wreck that killed two pedestrians and 18 occupants of a limousine headed to a birthday party, including four sisters, is a known danger spot that has long worried locals, according to a ...

NY State Police hosting Homicide Seminar

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's annual homicide seminar starts Thursday at the State Police Academy in Albany. The 31st annual Colonel Henry F. Williams International Homicide Seminar helps train law enforcement officials in forensic sciences and technology. Presenters will share their ...

Leon Panetta to receive West Point’s Thayer Award

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. secretary of defense and CIA director Leon Panetta is receiving a prestigious award at the U.S. Military Academy. Panetta will be at West Point Thursday to receive the Thayer Award. The Corps of Cadets will parade in the former California congressman's ...

Officers: Cocaine found stuffed inside liquor bottles

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. customs agents say a man travelling from Jamaica attempted to smuggle in $115,000 worth of cocaine stuffed inside liquor bottles. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say Akeem Rasheen Lewis arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sept. 28. WNBC-TV ...

New state law bans stand-alone mausoleums

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law banning the construction of stand-alone mausoleums. The Press-Republican reports the legislation the Democrat signed into law on Monday comes after several Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens mausoleums fell into ...

Financially hard-up women get help in pursuing MeToo cases

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A dollar store cashier from Brooklyn. Five fire department paramedics in Chicago. An aspiring singer shunned by Nashville's country music establishment. Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, they've now teamed up with top-notch lawyers to ...

Upstate hospital shooter described as longtime heroin addict

NEW YORK (AP) — State police say a captured fugitive who allegedly fired a gun inside an upstate New York hospital had gone there looking for pain medication. Police say 42-year-old Joshua Stuart went to the Ellenville Regional Hospital, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Albany, ...

NY Times: Trump got $413M from his dad, much from tax dodges

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through dubious tax dodges, including outright fraud. The 15,000-word Times report contradicts Trump's portrayal of himself as a ...

New Erie Canal trail section opening

PATTERSONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A new five-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail is opening in the Mohawk Valley. A ribbon cutting will be held Wednesday at the Patterson Trailhead to mark the opening of the trail section between Amsterdam and Pattersonville. The new section fills a gap in ...

Feds asked to take action to prevent herring overfishing

BOSTON (AP) — Fishing managers in New England are asking the federal government to take action to try to reduce the possibility of overfishing in the herring fishery. Herring is an important small fish on the East Coast, and recent assessments of the stock show that it is in decline. The ...

Former NY district attorney donates diary written in 1842

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau has donated a family diary written in 1842 to a New York City museum of Jewish history. The 99-year-old Morgenthau donated his great-grandfather's diary Wednesday to the Leo Baeck Institute at the Center for Jewish History ...

Priests leaves duties as sex abuse allegations investigated

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse and unwanted physical contact dating to the 1980s is stepping away from his official duties while diocese officials investigate the allegations. Newsday reported the Diocese of Rockville Center, which covers Long ...

Trump tweets praise for Kanye West on Saturday Night Live

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has panned Saturday Night Live's season premiere but tweeted praise for Kanye West, who closed the show with a pro-Trump message. Saturday's show opened with Matt Damon playing Brett Kavanaugh in a parody of Thursday's testimony before the Senate ...

State agency for disabled let unlicensed staff drive clients

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state agency that cares for the disabled has racked up hundreds of unpaid traffic tickets and thousands of dollars in fines. According to a new audit released Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the Office for the Protection of People with Disabilities ...

Watchdog group: Water contamination statewide challenge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report finds that many public drinking water systems around the state have elevated levels of potentially harmful industrial containments. The New York Public Interest Research Group looked at federal data on water systems around the state. It found eight with ...

Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?

By MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless. Using an emerging wireless technology known as 5G, ...

Cancer hospital employee swapped syringe meds for water

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo cancer hospital says one of its employees replaced drugs in syringes with water and may have caused several patients to develop infections. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is releasing few details Friday but says the person no longer works ...

JetBlue will offer fewer frills on its cheapest tickets

NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue is following the lead of larger rivals by offering a stripped-down ticket with fewer options than regular economy fares. The airline says customers who take the cheapest fare might have to accept limits on when they board, their seat, and whether they can change or ...