NY State News

Sleeping raccoons evade police temporarily after nap on bus

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City school bus driver was surprised to find a pair of sleeping raccoons while he was doing a vehicle check in Brooklyn. The driver called police to flush out the pair of raccoons. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2ymnA3t ) the raccoons woke up by the time ...

Chinese man admits sneaking snakes over border in socks

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was caught trying to sneak snakes into Canada in his socks has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors in Buffalo say 28-year-old Chaoyi Le faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to violating wildlife regulations. He was arrested in 2014 at ...

Cops: 2 people found fatally shot in suburban Rochester yard

FAIRPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Police are on the scene of a shooting that has left two people dead in the yard of a suburban Rochester home. Authorities say Monroe County sheriff's deputies and local police responded around 6 a.m. Wednesday to reports of shots fired at a home in the village of ...

Slain NY man was son of suspect in 1998 Florida slaying

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old man found dead in a burning western New York apartment was the son of a man who was accused of killing his girlfriend in Florida in the late 1990s. Police in Canandaigua have identified the body found at an apartment complex last weekend ...

Man, 70, charged with killing woman at upstate NY gun club

PLEASANT VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Police have charged a 70-year-old man with murder after a 56-year-old woman was found shot to death a Hudson Valley fish and game club. The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded Tuesday afternoon to a report of a shooting at the Pleasant Valley ...

NY Sen. Gillibrand blasts Congress after Las Vegas shooting

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the mass shooting in Las Vegas is another example of her congressional colleagues being "too cowardly and too weak" to oppose the gun industry. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/2kjOoLB ) that the New York ...

Report: NY state not getting fair return on taxes paid to US

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A report from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that the state received 84 cents for every dollar it sent in taxes to the federal government in 2016. DiNapoli says New York receives significantly less per tax dollar than the vast majority of states. The ...

NY officials seek to expand offshore wind energy projects

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are seeking to expand offshore wind generation in the Atlantic Ocean. The state has proposed four new sites for wind energy projects to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Officials say they are asking federal regulators to expedite the ...

Can Halloween freak you out any more than the real world?

By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor NEW YORK (AP) — In case the real world's not scary enough, there are Halloween attractions out there designed to completely freak you out. One called "This Is Real" will "literally kidnap you and stash you in a Brooklyn (New York) ...

Medical practice to pay nearly $2M for improper billing

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a central New York anesthesiology practice specializing in spine and back procedures will pay nearly $2 million to resolve claims that it improperly billed for services. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Syracuse says Tuesday that New York Spine and ...

Child falls through manhole, yells for 1 hour before found

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 9-year-old western New York girl who broke her ankle after falling through an open manhole into the sewer 12 feet below yelled for help for an hour before a passer-by heard her. Capt. Daniel O'Leary of the Buffalo Fire Department tells WKBW-TV (http://bit.ly/2fLK3iU) ...

Several hurt when NY amusement park’s ride comes to a stop

DARIEN, N.Y. (AP) — The operators of a western New York amusement park say a ride has passed inspection after several riders were injured over the weekend. Local media report that the injuries occurred around 5 p.m. Saturday aboard the Silver Bullet ride at Darien Lake in Genesee County, ...

Biological clock discoveries by 3 Americans earn Nobel prize

By JIM HEINTZ and DAVID KEYTON, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three Americans won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for their discoveries about the body's biological clock, opening up whole new fields of research and raising awareness about the importance of getting ...

NY state’s new free tuition program covers 22K students

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state's first-in-the-nation tuition-free college program will pay the bill for about 22,000 students this year. The governor's office says an additional 23,000 students who applied also qualified to have their tuition covered, but by ...

US at its best at Presidents Cup; ‘Wow, did you play well’

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump looked over at an American team that never had it so easy in the Presidents Cup and delivered an unassailable message in fewer than 140 characters. "I have to say our Team USA: Wow, did you play well," Trump ...

Saratoga’s oldest hotel opens after 4-year, $24M facelift

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A 140-year-old Victorian-era hotel in a popular upstate New York tourist destination has reopened after a four-year, $24 million restoration. The 32-room Adelphi Hotel on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs opened Sunday to visitors for the first time since it ...

Cold War radiation testing in US widespread, author claims

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three members of Congress are demanding answers after a St. Louis scholar's new book revealed details of secret Cold War-era U.S. government testing in which countless unsuspecting people, including many children, pregnant women and ...

Man found guilty of fatal shooting outside NY club in 2015

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A 32-year-old New York man has been found guilty of fatally shooting another man outside an upstate social club two years ago. The Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports (http://press.sn/2fxyPe7 ) Joshua Taylor was convicted Thursday in Broome County Court on ...

Small upstate NY museum displaying its lone van Gogh work

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A small upstate New York art museum has opened a new exhibit featuring a rare display of its lone painting by Vincent van Gogh. The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls is currently displaying the late 19th century Dutch artist's "Orchard with Arles in the Background" ...

Woman convicted of killing boyfriend’s 3-year-old daughter

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman accused of beating her boyfriend's 3-year-old daughter and then preventing others from seeking medical care for her has been found guilty of murder. A judge in Rochester convicted 25-year-old Erica Bell on Friday morning of second-degree murder and ...