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NY’s highest court weighs future of Rochester judge

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court is weighing the future of a judge who's trying to keep her job. Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio's attorney argued her case on Wednesday before the Court of Appeals in Albany. In April, the Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended ...

Feds: Alaska man illegally shipped machine guns to NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York say a 25-year-old Alaska man illegally shipped nine firearms that were modified to operate as machine guns. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo says Benjamin Handley, of Homer, Alaska, has been arraigned in federal court in Anchorage on ...

Clothes for people with disabilities highlighted on catwalk

By RAGAN CLARK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York Fashion Week has opened its glamorous tent wider to feature models with disabilities wearing adaptive clothing designs by Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Target. Organized by the Runway of Dreams Foundation, the show on Wednesday included ...

Source: NY Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe

By DAVID KLEPPER ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state Thursday as part of a broadening civil investigation into the handling of sex abuse allegations by church leaders. The subpoenas seek documents relating ...

The Latest: Trump ally wants Congress to look into op-ed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an anonymous New York Times opinion piece claiming there's a "resistance" working within President Donald Trump's administration (all times local): 2:40 p.m. A congressional ally of President Donald Trump says he thinks Congress could investigate which senior ...

Maple syrup, honey to be spared ‘added sugar’ labels

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says new guidance about added sugars that exempts pure maple syrup and honey products will be released early next year. The agency announced months ago that it was considering requiring pure maple syrup and honey to be labeled as ...

NY child dies in possible heat-related tragedy

CORAM, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island say the death of an 11-year-old girl found in a vehicle appears to be a heat-related tragedy. According to Newsday , Suffolk County Police Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer says the girl's mother found her in the parked SUV in Coram at around 3:45 p.m. on ...

News media hesitate to use ‘lie’ for Trump’s misstatements

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has been accused of dishonesty, spreading falsehoods, misrepresenting facts, distorting news, passing on inaccuracies and being loose with the truth. But does he lie? It's a loaded word, and some Trump critics believe ...

Supermarket shopper shocked by surprise snake on cart

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A woman shopping for groceries says she was surprised to find a snake on her shopping cart while picking out produce at a New York supermarket. Laura Walitsky says she was at Wegmans in Pittsford on Monday evening when her daughter spotted the hitchhiking reptile ...

Maloney’s run for AG and Congress withstands court challenge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's simultaneous campaigns for re-election and New York state attorney general have survived a court challenge. The state Court of Appeals on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal of a lower appellate court's ruling in Maloney's favor. The lower ...

Weinstein seeks to appeal judge’s casting couch ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein want to appeal a court ruling that lets an aspiring actress' lawsuit equating Hollywood's casting couch to sex trafficking move forward. The lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court Monday asking a judge to let them immediately appeal his ...

Nursing home residents may get $640 average payout from suit

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — About 450 residents of a troubled nursing home in Syracuse could get an average of $640 each under the terms of a pending class action lawsuit settlement. The Onondaga County Supreme Court has given preliminary approval to the settlement which orders Bishop ...

Diocese: Priest resigns as pastor after abuse complaint

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says a priest has resigned as pastor of his upstate New York church after a sexual abuse complaint. The diocese says Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone had asked the Rev. Robert Yetter to resign after learning about an allegation that may have ...

13th suspect charged in teen’s machete killing, 14th sought

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors have arrested a 13th suspect in the brutal gang-related slaying of a teenager outside a New York City deli and are seeking a 14th. The Daily News reports that Bronx prosecutors are seeking a 14th suspect in the June 20 machete death of 15-year-old Lesandro ...

Lawyer uses Trump argument that flippers should be outlawed

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A New York defense lawyer has wasted no time using President Donald Trump's argument that cooperators, or flippers, in criminal cases "almost ought to be illegal." Attorney KIafahni Nkrumah on Thursday tried to bring up Trump's ...

Man dies after mobility scooter, pickup truck collide

LINDENHURST, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island say a man has died after his mobility scooter collided with a pickup truck. Suffolk County police say the victim was pronounced dead at a hospital after the crash on Monday in Lindenhurst. His name has not been released. Police say the driver ...

Money and loyalty were the glue that bound Trump and Cohen

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — For Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, it's always been about money and loyalty. Those were guiding principles for Cohen when he served as more than just a lawyer for Trump during the developer's rise from celebrity to president-elect. ...

Cuomo: Monday is last day to skirt IRS tax deduction limits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says time is running out for New Yorkers who want to get around a federal cap on state and local tax deductions by donating to a charitable fund set up by the state. The Democrat says Monday is the last day for residents to contribute to the Charitable ...

Authorities search for person thrown from Jet Ski in crash

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in upstate New York are searching for a person who fell from a Jet Ski when it collided with a boat on the Niagara River. Police say the collision happened Sunday afternoon near Niawanda Park in Tonawanda. Authorities say the operator of the Jet Ski and a ...

Some states place limits on secret harassment settlements

By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women. State lawmakers are listening. They introduced bills in at least 16 states this ...