New York News

Disney CEO: ‘Last Jedi’ not changed due to Fisher’s death

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming "Star Wars" sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher. Fisher completed filming her role as Princess Leia in "The Last Jedi" before her death following a heart attack in December. Iger said in an interview ...

Massachusetts driver charged in baby’s death on NYC street

NEW YORK (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been charged with fatally striking a 1-year-old girl with his vehicle as she was being pushed in a stroller across a New York City street. Police say the girl's mother was pushing her across an intersection on 23rd Avenue in Queens around 9 p.m. ...

Wind-damaged ‘I Love NY’ highway signs being re-installed

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — State transportation crews are re-installing "I Love NY" highway signs knocked down during the windstorm that tore through western New York earlier this month. They're some of the same signs federal officials say the Cuomo administration shouldn't have put up in the ...

Pennsylvania town marks vacant buildings with scarlet letter

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania city has begun marking vacant, dilapidated buildings with a scarlet letter — an X — to let emergency responders know there's probably nobody inside in case of a fire or other incident. Greensburg Planning Director Barbara Ciampini ...

Police: NYC man killed grandmother, left body on the street

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York City say a man killed his grandmother and left her body wrapped in a bedsheet on a Brooklyn street. Police say 70-year-old Joyce Spears' body was found near her Crown Heights home at around 1:45 a.m. Thursday. An emergency medical services crew ...

Airman from western NY killed while deployed in Middle East

DANSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The Pentagon says a 25-year-old airman from western New York has died while on duty in the Middle East. The Department of Defense announced Thursday that Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mae Morrow, of Dansville, died Wednesday in Southwest Asia while performing maintenance ...

Man’s body found inside fire-damaged house being demolished

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Buffalo are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a fire-damaged vacant home that was being torn down. Officials say crews made the discovery Thursday afternoon while demolishing a house on Hirschbeck Street that had been heavily damaged ...

Traffic stop leads to 2 men arrested on fugitive charges

WINDHAM, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police say a traffic stop on Interstate 93 has led to two arrests on fugitive from justice charges. Police stopped a van in Windham on Tuesday after it was unable to stay within a single marked lane. The driver was cited for unsafe lane changes and ...

New York women arrested in Missouri cigarette scheme

FORISTELL, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two New York women who were arrested in eastern Missouri after jumping out a second-story motel window and running half-naked across Interstate 70 are suspected in a black market cigarette scheme. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2njY2NK ) ...

2 troopers hurt in crash while chasing suspect on NY road

SCHROON LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say two New York state troopers have been injured in a multi-vehicle collision while chasing a suspect on an Adirondack road. State police tell The Post-Star of Glens Falls (http://bit.ly/2n1B9fy ) that troopers were chasing a vehicle that had been ...

Youth hockey coach faces sexual contact charges

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey and Delaware have charged a Pennsylvania man who was a youth hockey coach with having sexual contact with minors. The Gloucester County prosecutor says 55-year-old Walter Ferinden of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, coached youth hockey and conducted ...

Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an ’employee’

By JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee. When it comes to government work, "employee" is ...

Snarled commute looms after passenger trains collide

NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters to both New Jersey and Long Island faced a difficult journey home Friday evening after two passenger trains clipped each other during the morning rush at Penn Station, jolting riders and creating major travel disruptions but causing no serious injuries. The accident ...

NY lawmaker: Free tampons at schools, jails and shelters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A lawmaker in New York says women and girls should be able to obtain free tampons and other feminine hygiene products at public schools, homeless shelters and correctional facilities. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, announced legislation Wednesday ...

Group protests school board member who insulted Obamas

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Protesters calling for the removal of a Buffalo school board member who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife have disrupted the latest board meeting. WGRZ-TV reports (http://on.wgrz.com/2n9Qsnp ) the Wednesday meeting was scheduled to begin at ...

Suspect in fatal bar shooting convicted of gun, drug charges

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A man charged in a fatal shooting inside Buffalo's famous Anchor Bar has been convicted on unrelated federal firearm and drug charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 25-year-old Gregory Ramos, of Buffalo, was found guilty Wednesday by a jury. Prosecutors say Ramos was a ...

Ex-postal worker admits scamming $1.2M in federal benefits

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker in western New York has pleaded guilty to scamming the federal government out of more than $1.2 million in benefits. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 59-year-old Richard Klaffka, of Holland, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud. ...

Firefighter suspended amid hit-and-run investigation

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in Syracuse say a city firefighter has been suspended amid an investigation into a hit-and-run accident allegedly involving an investigator for the local district attorney's office. City officials announced Wednesday that Firefighter Edward Ackerman was ...

Parents empowered by Supreme Court ruling in special ed case

By CAROLYN THOMPSON and SAM HANANEL, Associated Press Parents of learning disabled students say a unanimous Supreme Court ruling will make it easier for them to insist on appropriate services for their children, and harder for the schools to say no. The court on Wednesday said that it is not ...

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Thursday arrested a 19-year-old hacker who they said was the main suspect in a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, appearing to crack a case that has sent a chill through the ...