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Mixed views on hate crime law bearing Matthew Shepard’s name

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years after Matthew Shepard's death , the federal hate crimes law bearing his name is viewed with mixed feelings by LGBT organizations that lobbied for it over nearly a decade. The act was signed into law Oct. 28, 2009, about 11 ...

Limousine service operator charged in crash that killed 20

By MICHAEL HILL and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press COBLESKILL, N.Y. (AP) — A limousine service operator was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide in a crash that killed 20 people, while police continued investigating what caused the wreck and whether anyone else will face ...

Cardinal calls on Vatican to investigate Buffalo bishop

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A high-ranking U.S. cardinal in Boston says he is concerned about a bishop's handling of alleged clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and wants the Vatican to step in. A spokesman for the Boston archdiocese tells WKBW-TV in Buffalo that Cardinal Sean ...

Manhattan DA drops part of Weinstein case

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan's district attorney dropped part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence emerged that cast doubt on the account one of his three accusers provided to the grand ...

Police: 12-year-old boy dies after being shot

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old boy has died after being shot in upstate New York. Authorities say the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Syracuse. Sgt. Richard Helterline says the boy was struck near his stomach, and a 33-year-old woman was grazed on the ...

The Latest: Weinstein attorney: Accuser should be prosecuted

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Harvey Weinstein's appearance before a New York judge as his lawyers try to get charges dismissed in his criminal case. (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Harvey Weinstein's attorney says an accuser should be criminally prosecuted for perjury following the decision ...

Ex-deputy-turned-town board member admits to killing man

WARSAW, N.Y. (AP) — A retired upstate New York sheriff's deputy who served on his local town board has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another man earlier this year. The Wyoming County District Attorney's office says 61-year-old Joseph Mlyniec (MIHL'-nihk) pleaded guilty Thursday to ...

From Catholicism to Camp: New Met Gala theme revealed

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Next year's Met Gala will be downright campy. No, seriously: The Metropolitan Museum announced Tuesday that "Camp: Notes on Fashion" will be the title of its next blockbuster spring Costume Institute exhibit. The exhibit is launched ...

Police make arrest in teen’s fatal stabbing

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say they have arrested a teenager in connection to the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old man last weekend. Syracuse police said Tuesday that 18-year-old Keenan Davis is facing charges of manslaughter and criminal possession of a ...

Stolen Stradivarius found after decades comes to life again

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Stradivarius stolen from the late violinist Roman Totenberg and miraculously found more than three decades later has a new life — under the chin of a budding 18-year-old virtuoso. On Tuesday in New York, his three daughters presented ...

Market forces put America’s recycling industry in the dumps

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America's recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and ...

The Latest: Troopers stopped limo in deadly crash in August

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the limousine crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people last weekend (all times local): 11:40 p.m. The driver of a limousine involved in a deadly crash in upstate New York was stopped in August by a state trooper in the same vehicle and told he lacked ...

Feds: Ex-state DOT engineer stole funds from road project

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a former New York state Department of Transportation employee overseeing a $10 million road project has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in federal funds. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Albany says 44-year-old Jerome Lauzon, of Gansevoort in ...

Cuomo: NYC Columbus statue nominated to national register

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is nominating New York City's statue of Christopher Columbus to the National Register of Historic Places. The 76-foot-tall monument sits in the middle of Columbus Circle in Manhattan, and was erected in 1892. Cuomo made the announcement ...

Limo company owner was a controversial FBI informant

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of a limousine company in the crash that killed 20 people was someone already familiar to law enforcement, but not in the way you might think. The company is owned by Pakistani immigrant Shahed Hussain, according to federal ...

Look! Down on the highway! It’s a … plane?

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A vintage commercial airplane is set to undertake a long, slow journey from Maine to New York where it will be turned into a cocktail lounge. The long trip ahead of the Lockheed Constellation, known as the "Connie," kicked off Monday at a send-off event Auburn-Lewiston ...

Nicks, Def Leppard among first-time rock hall nominees

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Nicks, who's already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, has been nominated for inclusion as a solo artist next year, along with other first-time nominees Def Leppard, Todd Rundgren, Devo, John Prine and ...

Sisters, a teacher, newlyweds: A look at limo crash victims

By JIM MUSTIAN and MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — A weightlifter with a heart of gold. A teacher who wanted better lives for her students. Newlyweds who held the world in their hands. They are among the 20 people who died in Saturday's limousine crash in upstate New ...

Look! Down on the highway! It’s a … plane?

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A vintage commercial airplane is set to undertake a long, slow journey from Maine to New York to become a cocktail lounge. The 1956 Lockheed Constellation, affectionately known as the "Connie," is headed from Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Maine to John F. Kennedy ...

Violinist with sound sensitivity will perform muted music

NEW YORK (AP) — A violinist who has a disorder that makes her sensitive to loud noises will perform an innovative concert in New York City this week, playing quiet music written specifically for her. Monica Germino says she was advised to quit playing or to wear earplugs lest she further ...