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Americans celebrate July 4 with fireworks, parades, salutes

NEW YORK (AP) — With backyard barbecues and fireworks, Americans celebrated Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that expressed pride in their country's 242nd birthday. But this quintessential American holiday was being marked with a sense of a United States divided ...

The Latest: Statue of Liberty base climber identified

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a climber on the base of the Statue of Liberty and demonstrators who hung a banner from the statue's pedestal (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A federal official says a woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty's base and spurred the statue's evacuation on July ...

NY country club worker dies after tree pins him to tractor

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 55-year-old country club worker pinned to his tractor seat by a tree he was hauling has died. The Warren County Sheriff's office says Raymond H. Kilmartin Jr. was dumping debris with a tractor on Wednesday at Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury, New ...

Man with autism survives 50 hours in woods during heat wave

BLEECKER, N.Y. (AP) — Forest rangers say a man with autism relied on his Boy Scout skills while he was lost in New York's Adirondack woods for 50 hours during a heat wave. The Times-Union of Albany reports that Bruce Williams floated on his back in a lake to conserve his energy, located safe ...

New York state trooper, suicidal school principal shot dead

ERWIN, N.Y. (AP) — A state trooper responding to a call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near the Pennsylvania border early Monday was fatally shot along with the man, a school principal, officials said. Trooper Nicholas Clark was among responders to a 3:30 a.m. ...

New York addresses traffic, crowds in Adirondack High Peaks

KEENE, N.Y. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Conservation says unprecedented crowds of hikers on popular Adirondack peaks have prompted a series of actions designed to improve public safety and protect natural resources. Starting this week, work is being done along Route 73 in ...

Preservation group buys forest tract in Adirondack foothills

EDINBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A preservation group has purchased more than 4,000 acres of forest in the southern Adirondack foothills to protect a city watershed and provide recreational opportunities. The Open Space Institute says the land acquisition in the Saratoga County towns of Edinburg and ...

Frederick Douglass’ July 4 speeches trace American history

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — More than a century after his death, Frederick Douglass and July 4 remain profoundly intertwined. Douglass was one of the greatest public speakers of the Civil War era, a conscience of the abolitionist movement and beyond and a popular ...

Carbon monoxide apparently kills 2 found dead on boat

FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Police say two people have been found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat on Fire Island. The victims were identified as 54-year-old Peter D'Ancona and 51-year-old Tina Sgambati, both of Moriches. The two were found in a boat docked behind a ...

Official: New York state trooper, suspect killed

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state trooper responding to a domestic call early Monday morning was killed along with a suspect, officials said. The trooper was killed while responding to a domestic dispute south of the city of Corning, near the ...

Trump’s ex-lawyer fires what could be a warning shot

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — After once boasting he would "take a bullet" for Donald Trump, the president's longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen fired a possible warning shot toward the White House, saying he now puts "family and country first." In his first ...

Cuomo drops plan to build Long Island Sound tunnel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has dropped a proposal to build a tunnel under Long Island Sound. State Department of Transportation Commissioner Paul Karas said Thursday they decided not to move forward with the plan to build a tunnel connecting Westchester ...

Activist who decried child sex abuse is himself charged

NEW YORK (AP) — A Columbia University student who campaigned at the United Nations and elsewhere against child sexual abuse has been charged with sex crimes against children. The New York Times says federal authorities accuse Joel Davis of having sex with a 13-year-old boy. A court ...

NYC drivers for Uber, other apps to get vision care coverage

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers for car services and ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft are usually on their own when it comes to buying health insurance, but starting Sunday in New York they will now be able to get coverage for vision care as well as phone or ...

Stunning defeat emboldens left as Dems eye new identity

By STEVE PEOPLES and THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez surprised herself. And a lot of other people, too. The 28-year-old liberal activist, who worked as a bartender at times last year, knocked off the No. 4 House Democrat Tuesday in New York City. ...

NY program aims to help inmates re-enter society

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York county has a new pilot program to help former inmates more successfully re-enter society. WHEC says the Monroe County program provides government-issued ID cards that remove barriers to getting health services, applying for jobs and traveling. Jail ...

Facing Cuomo, Nixon looks to Ocasio-Cortez win

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Up against an entrenched incumbent with a $30 million war chest, former "Sex and the City" star and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon is taking inspiration from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's long-shot victory in the recent Democratic congressional primary. Nixon faces two-term ...

Colleges see sharp rise in white supremacist propaganda

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press White supremacist groups are plastering their propaganda on U.S. college campuses at a rapidly increasing rate, according to data released Thursday by a Jewish civil rights group. The Anti-Defamation League said it documented 292 cases of white ...

US judge gives leniency to Islamic State cooperator

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man who joined the Islamic State group in Syria before fleeing home and giving the FBI timely intelligence about terror threats was sentenced Thursday to 10 years of supervised release after U.S. authorities took the unusual step ...

Panic! At the Disco launches human rights organization

By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Panic! At the Disco's Brendon Urie is launching a human rights organization called Highest Hopes Foundation. The rock singer said Thursday that the nonprofit will support "communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of ...