NY State News

Beloved chef released from immigration custody

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A beloved soup kitchen chef in upstate New York who was detained by immigration officials has been released from a detention center. The Times Union reports that Kinimo Ngoran (KIH'-nih-moh nuh-GOHR'-an) was released from the federal facility near Buffalo Tuesday night ...

Digital darling BuzzFeed stages newspaper stunt

NEW YORK (AP) — Digital darling BuzzFeed has gone retro chic. The online media company handed out 20,000 newspapers printed on actual paper during a publicity stunt Wednesday. It joked it was "testing a new technology." The company is best known for its viral posts and quizzes and has a ...

Cohen turns over documents to House panel on Moscow project

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, on Wednesday turned over documents to the House intelligence committee related to a Trump real estate project in Moscow — a subject he lied to the committee ...

Bill would end ban on compensated surrogacy in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's a new push to repeal a New York state law making it illegal to compensate a woman for carrying a child for another person. New York is now one of a handful of states that ban surrogacy agreements, meaning prospective parents cannot hire or compensate a surrogate ...

New York Legislature approves gun storage safety measure

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Democrat-controlled New York state Legislature has passed legislation that requires gun owners to keep firearms in a locked cabinet or equipped with a trigger-locking device if someone under 16 is in the home. The Assembly and Senate passed the legislation Monday, ...

Who’s hearing from House Democrats: Trump’s family, business

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of people with connections to President Donald Trump and his associates will receive document requests this week, as the House Judiciary Committee starts a broad new probe looking at possible obstruction of justice, corruption ...

New York man sentenced to 1 year for hanging dog from tree

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man has been sentenced to a year in jail for killing a dog found hanging from a tree. Robert Overton Jr. was sentenced Monday in Chautauqua County Court, where he pleaded guilty earlier to aggravated animal cruelty. Overton told police he killed the pit bull ...

Advocates to rally for census funding in NY state budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Advocacy groups will be in Albany to push the Cuomo administration to ensure that New York state residents are fully counted in next year's federal census. The New York Immigration Coalition plans to rally Tuesday with lawmakers at the Capitol to urge Democratic Gov. ...

Report: White supremacist propaganda efforts soar off campus

NEW YORK (AP) — White supremacist groups in the U.S. tried to spread their propaganda at a record-setting rate last year, increasingly picking targets beyond college campuses, a Jewish civil rights group said Tuesday. The Anti-Defamation League counted a 182 percent increase in propaganda ...

$325K airplane safety grant to RPI computer scientists

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute computer scientists have been granted $325,000 to develop technology to help make flying safer. The three-year grant from the National Science Foundation will go toward developing an improved way to analyze flight sensor data reliably ...

Upstate NY woman fatally crushed by utility vehicle

ORLEANS, N.Y. (AP) — Police say an upstate New York woman is dead after a utility vehicle rolled back and pinned her under its wheels. The accident happened Saturday in the town of Orleans near the Canadian border. State police say 73-year-old Sylvia Carter was unloading a pressure washer ...

Bill Clinton has 2020 advice, but few candidates seeking it

By JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought after for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on his dance card in recent months underscore how much his standing in the party ...

Northeast digs out after storm closes schools, slows commute

NEW YORK (AP) — A late winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of the northeastern U.S. overnight — prompting school closures across the region, knocking out power to thousands and slowing the Monday morning commute to a crawl. The storm, which hit the hardest in the early ...

Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she's majoring in marijuana. "My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed," said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at ...

Analysis: Cohen hearing stokes touchy topic of impeachment

By LISA MASCARO and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Cohen's testimony is just the beginning. The House oversight hearing with President Donald Trump's former attorney, coming in advance of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, heralds what Democrats in Congress ...

Federal jury deliberates at NY corruption retrial

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A federal jury is deliberating at the corruption retrial of former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his wife. Newsday says the deliberations began on Thursday afternoon in Central Islip. Mangano is accused of helping Long Island businessman Harendra ...

Feds: Portions of Cohen search warrants should remain secret

NEW YORK (AP) — A court in New York is a step closer to releasing documents relating to the law enforcement raids last year of Michael Cohen's home and office. Federal prosecutors filed court papers Thursday identifying portions of search warrants they say should be blacked out when they are ...

Funeral held for New York mom killed in family mow-down

NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — A pregnant mother of six who police say was killed when a driver intentionally hit her family outside a convenience store was mourned and celebrated Thursday for her kindness and generous spirit. Melissa DeLoatch's children sat in a pew with her husband during her funeral ...

Feds seek multiyear sentences in college basketball case

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have recommended multiyear prison sentences for three men convicted of fraud for channeling secret payments to the families of top-tier basketball recruits to influence where the players went to school. Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager ...

City Ballet names its #MeToo-era leaders: a man-woman team

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It's a pas de deux: New York City Ballet has chosen two former dancers — a man and a woman — to lead the company in the #MeToo era, following the scandal that ended with the retirement of longtime artistic director Peter ...