New York News

Man caught at border with 73 forged credit cards sentenced

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Miami, Florida, man who was caught at the northern border in Buffalo with 73 forged credit cards has been sentenced to just under a year in jail. Deladier Benitez was sentenced Wednesday in Erie County Court, where he pleaded guilty in December to possession of a ...

Police: Woman fears losing potential lover, lies about rape

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A New York woman is facing charges after police say she lied about being raped by two football players from a Connecticut university due to fears a third student would lose romantic interest in her. Nikki Yovino, of South Setauket (seh-TAW'-kiht), New York, has been ...

Cuomo: NY will protect transgender students despite Trump

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will continue to allow transgender students to use public school bathrooms that match their gender identity after President Donald Trump's administration reversed a similar federal policy. The Democratic governor called the ...

Florida man admits to attempting to hack NY charity computer

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man who told federal prosecutors in New York he was investigating financial links between charities and jihadist groups when he was arrested has pleaded guilty to attempted computer hacking. Forty-three-year-old Timothy Sedlak entered the plea in Manhattan federal ...

Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox, dead at 66

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, has died. Fox spokeswoman Dana Klinghoffer confirmed his death Thursday. Fox also aired a tribute ...

Former tech CEO gets prison in US after self-exile in Africa

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A wealthy former CEO who dodged securities fraud charges by spending a decade in Africa with a $50 million nest egg was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison by a judge in New York City who blasted him as "foolish" for hatching his scheme ...

‘Hipster Cop,’ in fashion spotlight during Occupy, retires

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police detective who became an internet sensation as the "Hipster Cop" for his fashionable wardrobe during the Occupy Wall Street protests is letting go of something he's been wearing for 25 years — his badge. Detective ...

Jimmy Fallon donates $100K to fund art at his high school

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon has donated $100,000 to help fund the art program at the high school he attended, with some of the money going toward the school's TV studio. The host of NBC's "Tonight Show" is a 1992 graduate of Saugerties High School in upstate New York. Fallon tells The ...

Cuomo proposal for lodge on Niagara Falls island still alive

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still considering a state-owned island near the brink of Niagara Falls as a possible location for a privately operated lodge. The Democrat last month said he wanted Empire State Development to put out a request for proposals to build a lodge on ...

Black WWII veteran from NY receives long-overdue medals

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A World War II veteran who is the last-known living Buffalo-area resident to have served in a segregated unit has received six long-overdue medals. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, presented George Watts with the ...

2 charged with cocaine trafficking in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two men have been charged with cocaine trafficking out of a house in Buffalo. Prosecutors say 41-year-old John Nelson and 39-year-old Lawrence Russell were indicted Wednesday on charges that included conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of ...

Protestors demand town halls outside Faso fundraiser

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York residents are outraged a freshman U.S. congressman is attending an expensive fundraiser instead of holding town hall meetings to hear their concerns. Dozens of protesters lined the busy street outside Fort Orange Club in Albany where a dinner and reception ...

Woman wearing anti-Trump sign barred from Lincoln Center

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman is claiming she was barred from attending a performance at New York City's Lincoln Center because she wouldn't remove an anti-Trump sign affixed to the back of her jacket. Jenny Heinz, a longtime Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic subscriber, told The New ...

College Board to boost SAT security to combat cheating

By JOE MANDAK, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The firm that owns the SAT college entrance exam is boosting security worldwide following test-stealing and other cheating in recent years. The College Board said it's reducing the number of international testing dates from six per year to ...

Conservative forces clash in Trump’s early days

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Milo Yiannopoulos represented the conservative movement's struggle with powerful and conflicting forces in the early days of Donald Trump's presidency, even before he lost his job and speaking slot in this week's Conservative Political ...

Security breach at Kennedy Airport unnerves some travelers

By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON (AP) — A breach that allowed 11 people to walk through an unattended security checkpoint lane at one of the nation's busiest airports has some travelers scratching their heads about how this could happen even with the enhanced security ...

NY lawmakers: Cuomo is moving to cut funds to fight cancer

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a $25 million reduction to programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other public health challenges — a move intended to eliminate inefficiencies that is being fought by some lawmakers and health ...

Buffalo mayor announces re-election campaign

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The mayor of Buffalo has announced he will seek a fourth term in office. Mayor Byron Brown kicked off his re-election bid with a rally at Erie Community College's City Campus late Monday. The Democrat could make history as the second mayor in Buffalo history to be ...

Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and TALI ARBEL, AP Technology Writers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user ...

Judge orders government to identify Jan. 28-29 travelers

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The government must release to civil rights lawyers the names of approved refugees, valid visa holders and other legal travelers subjected to Republican President Donald Trump's travel ban in the day after a judge first ruled against it ...