NY State News

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty in hush-money scheme

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The unveiling of federal criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer came with drama as attorney Michael Cohen went farther than prosecutors were willing to go in pointing fingers. Not only did ...

Inside catch and kill: Cohen, a porn star and ‘Individual 1’

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — His name is Donald John Trump, but federal prosecutors have a simpler moniker for the 45th president: Individual 1. Dry legalese and generic aliases could do nothing to tone down the tale of the scheme to protect Trump outlined in court ...

Police: 18-year-old woman burns other woman with chemicals

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say an 18-year-old Rochester woman burned another 18-year-old by pouring a mixture of hot water and bleach on her. Rochester police say Deavian Moses was arguing with the woman late Tuesday at a home in the city when the attack happened. The ...

GOP – and some Democrats, too – reject talk of impeachment

By LISA MASCARO and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Cohen's guilty plea implicating President Donald Trump in a crime reverberated across the political landscape Wednesday, with Republicans rejecting talk of impeachment without evidence of Russian collusion. ...

Review: MTV VMAs was a shocking event, for the wrong reasons

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With most of music industry's top acts absent — from Beyonce to Bruno Mars — the MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat, and some of the winners turned heads — for the wrong reasons. Exhibit A: Camila Cabello beat out ...

Miner submits petitions for ballot line for NY governor

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has submitted more than 40,000 voter signatures to secure her place as a candidate for governor on the November ballot. Miner was elected to lead Syracuse as a Democrat but she is running for governor as an independent on the Serve ...

Woman uses Tinder to prank dozens of men into dating contest

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman has used the Tinder dating app to prank more than 100 men into showing up for a date that turned out to be a "Hunger Games"-style competition. The New York Times reports that the woman identified as Natasha Aponte invited dozens of Tinder contacts to meet her in ...

Jon Stewart helps aid goats found on New York subway tracks

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart has helped make a home for two goats found roaming along the subway tracks in New York City. A train operator on Monday alerted headquarters about "two very baaaaad boys" along the N Line in Brooklyn. It wasn't clear where the goats came from. Police arrived on ...

Police: Driver tries to rape woman who mistook car for cab

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a woman fought off a man who tried to rape her at gunpoint after she got into his car thinking it was a livery cab. Police on Sunday released security video of a man in his 20s that they say is suspected in the Aug. 6 attack in Brooklyn. Police say ...

Emails show lobbyist communicating with top Cuomo officials

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A cache of emails shows a lobbyist whose cooperation helped convict two former aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on corruption charges had access to the top levels of the governor's administration. The New York Times obtained nearly 350 pages of emails as part of a Freedom of ...

Cardinal McCarrick scandal inflames debate over gay priests

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Some conservatives are calling for a purge ...

Silicon Valley vet to head women’s advocacy group Catalyst

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Silicon Valley CEO will lead one of the oldest organizations dedicated to promoting women in the workplace. Lorraine Hariton becomes CEO at Catalyst in an era when the #MeToo movement has ensnared major corporations and, with exit of PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi serving ...

MTV VMAs to feature Cardi B, J. Lo and Aretha tribute

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B will make her first public appearance as a mom at the MTV Video Music Awards, and it might be worth it: She could be the night's big winner. The rapper is the top contender with 10 nominations. She will open Monday's show, which ...

Police identify man who died while kite surfing on Lake Erie

HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man who died while kite surfing on Lake Erie in western New York earlier this week. Police in the Erie County town of Hamburg on Friday identified the man as 61-year-old Jeffrey Biehler, of Hamburg. Officials say police responded to a ...

FBI seeks to round up stolen artworks depicting Old West

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI is seeking the public's help in rounding up more than half a million dollars' worth of artworks that were stolen in 1983 from the New York City home of an artist known for his scenes of the American West. The 91-year-old artist, ...

Cuomo on his ‘inartful’ remark: ‘Of course America is great’

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he was "inartful" when he said earlier in the week that America "was never that great," a comment that was widely condemned and mocked by critics on the right and left. "I want to be very ...

Trump at Hamptons fundraiser hosted by hot dog magnate

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump flew into the Hamptons on Friday for a closed-door fundraiser hosted by one of his closest friends who is chairman of the iconic Nathan's Famous hot dog business. Trump participated in a roundtable with ...

2 men sentenced for pot house blast that killed firefighter

NEW YORK (AP) — Two men who caused the death of a New York City fire chief in an explosion at an illegal indoor marijuana-growing operation have been sentenced to prison. Garivaldi Castillo and Julio Salcedo were sentenced on Friday for their guilty pleas to manslaughter charges in the death ...

Jefferson Airplane co-founder: Botched surgery ruined career

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A co-founder of Jefferson Airplane is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his musical career with a botched tracheotomy after heart surgery in 2016. A lawsuit filed by Marty Balin against the operators of Mount Sinai Beth Israel ...

70 years after Babe Ruth’s death, fans still flock to grave

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. (AP) — Amid the serene graves at Gate of Heaven Cemetery sits the one where visitors leave baseballs and bats instead of bouquets, tributes to a baseball superstar who still outshines others seven decades after his death. It's the resting place of Babe Ruth, the indelible ...