NY State News

Tina Fey returns to ‘Weekend Update’ to talk Charlottesville

NEW YORK (AP) — Tiny Fey has returned to "Weekend Update" on "Saturday Night Live" to discuss the violence surrounding a white nationalist rally near her alma mater's campus in Charlottesville. Fey sported a University of Virginia sweatshirt Thursday on "Weekend Update: Summer Edition." She ...

West Point names new barracks after shunned black graduate

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Military Academy has opened a new barracks named after a graduate who was shunned by fellow cadets at West Point because he was black. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday for the Davis Barracks, named after Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. It was attended by ...

Filmmaker Michael Moore thinks humor can win the day

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Things may look bleak for Democrats these days, but Michael Moore thinks he knows how they can get back on top. "Humor is the non-violent weapon by which we're going to help turn this around," said the Academy Award-winning director ...

Asian carp found near Lake Michigan got past barriers

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say an Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway this summer apparently got past an electric barrier system intended to prevent the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes. The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating ...

Court rules New York had power to deny key pipeline permit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's authority to block construction of a major natural gas pipeline by denying a key permit has been upheld by a federal court. The U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the Constitution Pipeline company's argument that the state Department of Environmental ...

Transgender New Yorkers have new health insurance protection

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Transgender individuals in New York state have new protections when it comes to health insurance coverage. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says health insurers can't deny coverage based on gender identity. A state Department of Financial Services letter Wednesday tells ...

Police: Shopping cart with human remains found

NEW YORK (AP) — Human remains have been found in a shopping cart in New York City. Police made the discovery Wednesday night in the Bronx. WCBS-TV reports police found a man's remains inside a cardboard box in a shopping cart that was covered by a black bag. The medical examiner will ...

Confederate monuments removed or vandalized across the US

By The Associated Press Confederate monuments are being removed around the country under pressure from those who say they honor a regime that enslaved African-Americans. The pace has increased, however, in the wake of last weekend's deadly confrontation at a white nationalist rally in ...

High school’s football season on hold after player’s death

FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — It's still unclear if a Long Island high school's football team will play this season in the aftermath of a player's death during a training drill. Sachem school district Superintendent Kenneth Graham told Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/2fMzNqp ) that district officials ...

Nielsen count: Measuring value of esports tournaments

NEW YORK (AP) — Nielsen has launched a competitive gaming branch that will measure the value of esports tournaments, events and streams. Nielsen Esports will also release global fan insights throughout the year, with a new research offering spanning the United State, England, Germany, ...

Science Says: DNA test results may not change health habits

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn't you work to stay healthy? You'd quit smoking, eat better, ramp up your exercise, or do whatever else it took to improve your odds of avoiding maladies like ...

2 US lawmakers from NY: Rename Lee Barracks at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Two members of Congress from New York are pressing Army officials to rename the U.S. Military Academy barracks named for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (http://bit.ly/2i94CpR ) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Sean ...

Dangerously cheesy? Cheetos pop-up restaurant opens in NYC

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Gourmet fun or just plain cheesy? A three-day pop-up restaurant devoted to Cheetos, yes Cheetos, opened in Manhattan on Tuesday, with every table already booked with diners ready to pay between $8 and $22 for such creations as Cheetos ...

Man guilty of killing Syracuse University student from China

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A man has been convicted of killing a Syracuse University student from China during a drug deal robbery last fall. The Post-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/2uPcdM3 ) 24-year-old Syracuse resident Cameron Isaac was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in the ...

2 charged with murder in suspected New York MS-13 killing

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — New York police say two people have been arrested on murder charges in a Long Island death that a prosecutor has linked to MS-13 gang violence. The two are charged in the January death of 19-year-old Julio Cesar Gonzales-Espantzay. His cut and battered body was found ...

SUNY Cortland wins $1.6M for science, technology teaching

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — SUNY Cortland has been awarded more than $1.6 million to help education students with an interest in teaching science, technology, engineering and math. Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, of central New York, announced the funding decision Tuesday. The money comes from ...

Infant left outside in plastic bag released from hospital

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-month-old girl who survived being abandoned in a plastic bag left in an upstate New York yard has been released from a hospital. Police in Elmira say Wednesday that the baby recently was released from Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Sgt. ...

NY gov starts petition pressing Trump on white supremacists

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking New Yorkers and others to sign a petition calling on President Donald Trump to recognize that the Virginia rally was led by white nationalists including Ku Klux Klan members. New York's Democratic governor launched the online petition Sunday, a day ...

Medical students honor body donors at graveside ceremony

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany Medical College students will honor the people who donated their bodies for study at a graveside ceremony. The service Monday at Albany Rural Cemetery will pay tribute to 230 people who died and donated their bodies to the college's anatomical gift program. The ...

Anonymous donor helps couple repair vandalized food truck

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York City couple is thanking an anonymous benefactor for donating money to fix their food truck that was vandalized. WCBS-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/2uGdANh ) Ricardo Salazar was distraught when he found the food truck he and his wife had used to ...