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NY poised to join 41 states in criminalizing revenge porn

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York voted to join 41 other states in criminalizing revenge porn Thursday, passing legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to disseminate explicit photos of a person without their consent. The measure would also allow victims to file lawsuits against ...

Police: Man faked abduction to avoid Super Bowl payouts

NEWFANE, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a western New York man faked his own abduction and robbery because he was short of cash owed in a Super Bowl pool. Troopers found 60-year-old Robert Brandel of North Tonawanda tied up in his pickup truck Monday in a parking lot in Newfane, 30 miles north ...

Ash loggers race against time before beetles get them all

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press WALTON, N.Y. (AP) — Loggers in snowy forests are cutting down ash like there's no tomorrow, seeking to stay one step ahead of a fast-spreading beetle killing the tree in dozens of states. The emerald ash borer has been chewing its way through trees from ...

Bones found in Revolutionary War graves reveal more details

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Museum says it has learned more about the skeletal remains of 13 people discovered at a construction site where a Revolutionary War-era cemetery was located. Archeologists say hand excavation of the Lake George site confirmed 11 graves contained ...

Republican lawmakers unveil budget priorities for NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican members of the New York state Assembly have unveiled their priorities for the state budget, focusing on issues GOP lawmakers say are most important to their constituents. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, of Canandaigua, released his conference's budget ...

Witness: Driver in train-car crash was fleeing earlier crash

WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) — A witness told police that the driver who caused a deadly crash by trying to go around a lowered railroad gate on New York's Long Island was fleeing the scene of an earlier crash, a police official said Wednesday. "The witness said that individual was involved in an ...

Natural History museum has big plans for 150th anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Museum of Natural History has big plans for its big 150th anniversary. The museum announced Wednesday a slate of events starting next month to commemorate its incorporation in April 1869. The events include exhibits, an anniversary website and a new space show ...

New York seeks tax law input from forest landowners

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are planning a series of public meetings to give forest landowners the opportunity to have their say on the state's forest tax law program. The law was enacted in 1974 to give landowners with 50 acres or more of qualifying land an incentive to continue ...

Cuomo: Cheaters should be barred from property tax credit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Como says people found to fraudulently claim a state property tax credit should be barred from reapplying for the benefit for six years. The Democrat announced the proposal on Tuesday and said he'll ask lawmakers to include the provision in next ...

Frederick Douglass biography among Lukas prize nominees

NEW YORK (AP) — David W. Blight's biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland" are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary merit. On Tuesday, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at ...

NBC appoints Jenna Bush Hager co-host on ‘Today’

NEW YORK (AP) — Jenna Bush Hager better get her wine glass ready. NBC appointed her Tuesday as co-host of the "Today" show's fourth hour with Hoda Kotb, and she'll replace Kathie Lee Gifford in that role in April. Kotb and Gifford were successful pioneers in expanding "Today," with an ...

Cuomo, de Blasio agree on tolls in Manhattan, MTA overhaul

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have agreed to a plan for new tolls on motorists entering the heart of Manhattan. The deal announced Tuesday by the two Democrats represents significant progress for the tolling proposal, which must be ...

Man denies killing mother, stepfather in Atlanta

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A man accused of killing his mother and her husband shortly after they moved from Buffalo, New York to Atlanta says he didn't do it. Keith Sylvester tells WGRZ-TV in a phone interview from an Atlanta jail that he loved his mother and tried to take care of the ...

High winds cut power, inundate Lake Erie shoreline with ice

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. Wind gusts of hurricane force — 74 ...

High winds and lakeside ice pileups plague Buffalo area

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — High winds raised water levels and sent giant ice chunks spilling over the banks of the Niagara River across from Buffalo, New York, creating a jagged barrier between the river and a scenic road. Footage captured by Canadian parks police shows massive chunks tumbling ...

Analysis: Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' summit on preventing sexual abuse was never going to meet the expectations placed on it by victims groups, the media and ordinary Catholics outraged over a scandal that has harmed so many and compromised the church's ...

Booker preaches positivity, touts local ties in Las Vegas

By MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Cory Booker highlighted his family's ties to Las Vegas while delivering a Sunday sermon casting his presidential campaign as a movement to bridge American divides through social justice. The New Jersey ...

Worker visas in doubt as Trump immigration crackdown widens

By MATT SEDENSKY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Immigrants with specialized skills are being denied work visas or seeing applications get caught up in lengthy bureaucratic tangles under federal changes that some consider a contradiction to President Donald Trump's promise of a ...

Vacant UN post has new favorite: the US ambassador to Canada

By ZEKE MILLER and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is emerging as the front-runner to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is backing Craft for the post, and she also has the ...

Claims in El Chapo case highlight perils of ‘Googling juror’

By JIM MUSTIAN and TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Claims of jury misconduct in the trial of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have drawn new attention to the digital-age challenge courts face in preventing jurors from scouring media accounts or conducting their own research ...