New York News

Ring in the new year with winter hikes at New York parks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York parks and environmental conservation staff are leading hikes on public lands to kick off the new year. The family-friendly walks and hikes range from one to five miles of varying difficulty. Dozens of hikes are listed on the Department of Environmental ...

Michael Kors, now Capri Holdings, completes Versace deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Having added a pair of high-end brands to its stable, Michael Kors is changing its name to Capri. The company announced the acquisition of the Italian fashion house Versace for more than $2 billion (1.83 billion euros) in September, less than two years after acquiring Jimmy ...

2 million in Times Square for New Year’s? Experts say no way

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Seacrest and Anderson Cooper will be there. Snoop Dogg, too. But 1 or 2 million people in New York's Times Square for New Year's Eve? As Snoop would say, you must be sippin' on gin and juice. Crowd-size experts scoff at those ...

Ex-firefighter who died in blaze credited with saving 5

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) — A former firefighter has died after rescuing his fiancee and four young boys from the man's burning apartment in upstate New York. Family members say the boys, three of whom were 38-year-old ex-firefighter John Heller's nephews, were spending the night at Heller's ...

Old favorites, outdated attitudes: Can entertainment expire?

By TED ANTHONY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — They are fighting, yes, but the fight crackles with the enticing electricity that only Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn could deliver. He is storming out the door. She is throwing his golf clubs after him. The music is jaunty. He is ...

Ad campaign reminds New Yorkers of minimum wage boost

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An ad campaign is being launched to raise awareness of the new minimum wage across New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also launched a Wage Theft Hotline to report employers not complying with the increase. The Department of Labor hotline number is 888-4-NYSDOL. The ...

NY state’s anti-DWI campaign to continue into New Year’s Day

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say a crackdown on impaired driving on New York roads will continue through New Year's Day. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state police will boost patrols into Jan. 1 to look for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Democrat says the ...

Fire rips through a church in suburban New York

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — A fire has torn through a suburban New York church two days after Christmas. The blaze was reported around 8 a.m. Thursday at Zion Baptist Church in New Rochelle. There are no immediate reports of injuries. Photos and video from news outlets show smoke coursing and ...

NY state agency named in 2nd employee’s federal lawsuit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A second state Department of Criminal Justice Services employee has filed a federal lawsuit against top officials in the agency, accusing them of retaliating against her after she cooperated in a sexual harassment investigation. The Times Union reports the lawsuit filed ...

15 aging bridges on the Erie Canal set for repair work

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will embark next year on a multi-year project that will make tens of millions of dollars in repairs to aging bridges spanning the Erie Canal in western New York. The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reported this week that the Department of ...

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group has sued the U.S. government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans' phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny ...

Avid football fan battling cancer gets trip to Disney World

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An avid Buffalo Bills fan from Texas who's battling cancer has been given a trip to Disney World thanks to the efforts of a fan club known as the Bills Mafia. Ezra Castro is known as Pancho Billa for his game-day outfit that includes a sombrero and facemask in the NFL ...

In volatile market, companies can plan for possible slowdown

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market's volatility this year has some small business owners deciding to run their businesses more cautiously. Consumer spending and the economy are strong and many businesses report all is well. But some owners are ...

Bad headlines for Trump also means ratings slump for Hannity

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn't been good for his most prominent backer in the media. While Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity will end 2018 as cable news' most popular personality for the second year in a row, he's ...

Profiting off presidency? Trump biz takes hit since election

By BERNARD CONDON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When workers pried the Trump name off another Manhattan building earlier this year, it capped a bad few weeks for the president's businesses. Donald Trump's golf resorts in Scotland had just posted millions of dollars in losses, one of ...

Hundreds to march in annual event honoring US military

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of veterans, members of the New York Air and Army National Guard and relatives of active duty military personnel will participate in an annual 4-mile march held in an upstate city to honor the U.S. armed forces. The Christmas Eve march is scheduled to begin ...

Secret Santas: Charity buys and erases past-due medical debt

By MARY ESCH, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Philip Sasser had a familiar, sinking feeling when he saw the yellow envelope in his mailbox. He figured it was another past-due medical bill, but it turned out to be quite the opposite. "I opened it up and it said these bills had been ...

Police: Traffic stop leads to head-butting, flying underwear

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a suspected drunk driver head-butted a state trooper and his wife threw her shoes and underwear in protest after they were pulled over on Long Island. New York State Police say Michael and Alexandra Nelson quickly turned belligerent during the 1:30 a.m. Sunday ...

Where do the investigations related to Trump stand?

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and New York. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into ...

Sprint to pay NY state $330M in suit over unpaid sales taxes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state officials say Sprint will pay $330 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the telecommunication company of dodging more than $100 million in state and local taxes. Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Acting Tax Commissioner Nonie Manion said Friday the ...