New York News

3 charged in statewide telephone extortion ring

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — New York authorities have charged three men with extorting money from dozens of people across the state by falsely claiming to have kidnapped their relatives and threatening to harm them if ransom wasn't paid. Attorney General Barbara Underwood and state police ...

Amber Alert canceled for missing toddler; mom found buried

SODUS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have canceled an Amber Alert for a missing toddler whose mother was found buried on the upstate New York farm where she worked. Wayne County authorities issued the alert for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon on May 25. Two days earlier, searchers found the ...

Starbucks closing over 8,000 stores for anti-bias training

By TERRY TANG and JOSEPH PISANI, Associated Press Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 U.S. stores for a few hours Tuesday to conduct anti-bias training in the company's latest effort to deal with the fallout over the arrest of two black men at one of its shops in Philadelphia. After the ...

Latest: Black coffee shop owners suggest proactive approach

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Starbucks' plan to close stores Tuesday for anti-bias training. (all times local): Noon Several black coffee shop owners in Philadelphia are suggesting that black customers make a habit of seeking out their businesses. That comes as Starbucks prepares to ...

Woman fired after aiding sexual harassment probe sues state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who was fired from her longtime job with a New York state agency has filed a lawsuit accusing the department's leaders of covering up sexual harassment allegations against the Cuomo administration's former forensics director. Gina Bianchi's federal lawsuit, first ...

Weinstein lawyer worries about bad pre-trial publicity

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein have met behind closed doors with prosecutors and a New York judge over defense concerns about the rape case against the former film producer. Attorney Benjamin Brafman said afterward that he was limited in what he could say about the 90-minute ...

Hillary Clinton to be honored with medal from Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is receiving a medal from Harvard University for her leadership and human rights work. The former first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate will be awarded the Radcliffe Medal on Friday. The university says it ...

The Latest: Weinstein takes books on theater, film to arrest

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sexual misconduct probe of film producer Harvey Weinstein (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Harvey Weinstein was in and out of custody so quickly in his rape case, he probably didn't have time to read the books he brought with him. The film mogul carried three ...

Weinstein faces sex charges amid #MeToo reckoning

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — It was the moment the #MeToo movement had been waiting for: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs. His face pulled in a strained smile and his hands locked behind his back, the once-powerful Hollywood figure emerged from a police station Friday ...

Weinstein turns himself in holding 2 entertainment bios

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's choice of reading material for his surrender to New York authorities on Friday drew attention to a pair of entertainment biographies. Weinstein arrived at a New York police precinct holding Richard Schickel's biography ...

Search on for 14-month-old toddler after mother’s body found

SODUS, N.Y. (AP) — Police in western New York issued an Amber Alert on Friday for a missing 14-month-old boy whose mother's body was found in a plastic bag hidden in the woods two days earlier. According to the alert, the child, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, was last seen May 16, the same day his ...

Trump appeals again to delay ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s suit

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump wants New York's highest court to delay a defamation suit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted groping and kissing. Trump's lawyers filed notice late Monday that they're asking the ...

Drivers urged to watch for turtles during nesting season

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's native turtles are on the move, and state officials are urging drivers to be on the lookout. Thousands of turtles are killed each year in New York when they are struck by vehicles. Turtles migrate to nesting areas in May and June, and are more likely to cross ...

Hillary Clinton to address New York Democrats

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton plans to deliver the keynote address at a gathering of Democrats in New York state on Wednesday that comes at an especially tumultuous time for a party torn apart by scandal and challenges from its left wing. The former secretary of state, U.S. senator ...

Cohen distances himself from tax-cheating “Taxi King”

By JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is distancing himself from an associate in the taxi industry who pleaded guilty to tax fraud. Evgeny Freidman was dubbed the Taxi King of New York for managing cab fleets for ...

Teen gets prison for fatal stabbing at upscale NY mall

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A teenager who fatally stabbed a movie theater worker at an upscale New York mall has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. says that despite their pain, relatives of 19-year-old victim Daij (dayj) Thomas ...

NY Republicans nominate Molinaro for governor

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Republicans have nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro for governor. Delegates endorsed the 42-year-old Molinaro Wednesday at the GOP's state convention in Manhattan. He had faced a challenge for the nomination from state Sen. John DeFrancisco of ...

NY has new plan to control tick population

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has a new plan to control the tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will apply "eco-friendly" tick control treatments on public lands in the Southern Tier, the capital region and the ...

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be ...

14-year-old pretends he’s a NY cop, robs a legally blind man

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A wily 14-year-old boy who posed as a New York City police officer while snatching a legally blind man's wallet in a Manhattan subway station on pretense of helping him was arrested on Sunday. His mother turned the baby-faced youth in to ...