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Hannity defends Fox News co-president Shine amid report

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity is defending Fox News Channel co-president Bill Shine following a report that members of the controlling Murdoch family refused to release a statement of support for the executive. New York magazine cites anonymous sources in reporting that Shine recently asked ...

NY senator: outlaw streaming violence on social media

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation introduced in New York state would make it a crime to upload or livestream video of a crime to social media with the intent of glorifying violence or seeking fame. State Sen. Phil Boyle, a Long Island Republican, said Thursday that his bill is a response to a ...

NY legislators push for a distracted driving Breathalyzer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislators in New York are pushing for the "Breathalyzer for distracted drivers," saying that the in-development technology would allow officers to determine if a person was using their smartphone at the time of an accident. The Times-Union of Albany reports ...

Woman shot at point-blank range saved by her purse

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a New York City woman shot at point-blank range during a robbery was saved from a bullet wound thanks to her purse. The New York Police Department says a 52-year-old man ran up to his intended victim on a Brooklyn street early Wednesday morning and demanded her car ...

Cornell male singing group booted from campus for hazing

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell University officials say the college's oldest all-male a capella group has been permanently dismissed from campus for hazing that included requiring new members to put Icy Hot muscle cream on their genitals. According to the Ivy League school's website on hazing, ...

Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

By CHRIS CAROLA, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Held captive by the Japanese during World War II, Florence Ebersole Smith Finch was tortured and forced to curl up in a 2-foot-by-4-foot box. She endured by repeatedly telling herself: "I will survive." "And my goodness, she did," said ...

NY Senate OKs term limits for legislative leadership posts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Senate has voted to impose eight-year term limits on legislative leadership positions. Under the legislation endorsed by the Republican-led Senate on Tuesday no lawmaker could hold positions such as Senate leader or Assembly speaker or chair a committee ...

Volunteers usher US immigrants to court to allay their fears

By CLAUDIA TORRENS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — When Salvadoran immigrant Joselin Marroquin-Torres became flustered in front of a federal immigration judge in New York and forgot to give her asylum application, a woman she had just met stood up to provide it. "Thank you," the judge ...

The Latest: Teen gets probation in fire that killed friend

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a 14-year-old boy for the death of a friend in massive arson fire at a New York recycling plant last summer (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A 14-year-old New York boy has been sentenced to a year of probation for his role in a massive fire ...

Ex-NY pro hockey player sentenced for wife’s slaying in 2015

BATH, N.Y. (AP) — A former professional hockey player convicted in the slaying of his wife in their upstate New York home has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. A Steuben (stoo-BEHN') County Court judge on Monday sentenced 39-year-old Thomas Clayton to the maximum penalty in ...

Holocaust records project launched at FDR Library and Museum

HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has launched an effort to find "unique but dispersed" Holocaust documents and other related material included in the institution's vast archives. The library and museum located in FDR's hometown of Hyde Park, ...

Turkish man charged with serious national security crime

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor said Monday that politically connected lawyers are using inaccuracies to whitewash charges against a prominent Turkish businessman as they try to get Turkey's president and U.S. officials to resolve the case ...

Healthy profits push stocks higher yet; Nasdaq crosses 6,000

By STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Profits are climbing for companies, and so are their stock prices. More big businesses joined the earnings parade Tuesday, saying their profits were even bigger in the first three months of the year than analysts were expecting, including ...

Last words haunt surviving teen’s sentencing in fatal fire

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — In the last moments of his 14-year life, Joe Phillips dialed his friend's cellphone, cursing in panic. He was trapped by flames that had gotten out of control during what had been a summer afternoon of mischief inside a vacant ...

Scams push foreclosure fraud to limit, taking victims’ homes

By MATT SEDENSKY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The phone call came as Raymond Murray neared the bottom of his luck. His wife had died, his career had been ended by injuries, and struggling to get by on his disability check, he had scraped together just enough to pay a lawyer to avoid ...

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Bloomberg, who ...

Giraffe’s baby bump boosts tiny zoo’s upkeep, conservation

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press April the giraffe has brought a bundle to a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that has riveted viewers around the world. Owners of the for-profit Animal Adventure Park ...

3 children among victims in New York City house fire

By COLLEEN LONG and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A fast-moving fire killed five people, including three children, as flames surged through a New York City home on a sunny spring afternoon, leaving authorities to scour for clues about what sparked the deadly blaze. The ...

Judge asks who’s paying Rudy Guiliani in Iran sanctions case

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Wednesday he wants to know who is paying former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a former U.S. attorney general to represent a Turkish businessman charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. U.S. District Judge ...

NY couple accused of leaving kids alone in mall give thanks

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York couple accused of leaving their newborn and two young children alone in a shopping mall while they were working have pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges. WHEC (http://bit.ly/2pVZXqy ) says Jean Seide and Bilaine Seint-Just of Rochester appeared ...