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Defense lawyer: Government case against El Chapo ‘a fantasy’

By JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A defense attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman assailed the federal case against the Mexican drug lord as "a fantasy," telling a U.S. jury Thursday that the prosecution relied on a parade of cooperating witnesses who "lie, steal, cheat, ...

New York State Thruway reopens following 20-vehicle crash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A crash involving more than 20 cars and trucks Wednesday shut down a section of the New York State Thruway in western New York, where blizzard warnings were in place and people were urged to stay inside and out of the wind-driven snow and sub-zero wind chills. Troopers ...

Addiction services providers get $5M in state funding

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Dozens of hospitals and other providers of services for New Yorkers seeking help with alcohol and drug addictions are splitting millions in funding from a state agency. The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services says nearly $5 million in funding will ...

Police arrest boy after teen girl’s fatal shooting

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police have arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old girl in upstate New York. Sgt. Matthew Malinowski says police took the boy into custody Tuesday and charged him with second-degree manslaughter and second-degree criminal ...

Jury set to hear closings at US trial of El Chapo

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. jury is set to hear closing arguments at the high-profile trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. Joaquin Guzman was due in court Wednesday for the prosecution's summation at a trial that began late last year after Guzman was brought to the U.S. to face ...

Trump Organization to use E-Verify for worker status checks

By BERNARD CONDON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump Organization, responding to claims that some of its workers were in the U.S. illegally, said on Wednesday that it will use the E-Verify electronic system at all of its properties to check employees' documentation. A lawyer for a ...

Cuomo urges New Yorkers to stay off roads during storm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged people to stay off western New York roads Wednesday as authorities dealt with an arctic blast that caused whiteout conditions and was expected to create dangerously low windchills. "Stay off the roads. Let the plows do their work," he said while ...

Western New York braces for 1-2 foot snowfall

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Forecasters in western New York are warning of blizzard-like conditions over the next few days with up to two feet of snow, plummeting temperatures and wind chills that can cause frostbite in minutes. In advance of the Great Lakes-fed storm, authorities Tuesday announced ...

The Latest: Parents of school shooting victim laud NY bills

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York Legislature's expected passage of tougher gun laws (all times local): 12 a.m. The parents of one of the victims of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last year have joined Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in hailing the expected passage of ...

Trump friend Stone pleads not guilty in Russia probe case

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime adviser and confidant of President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges in the Russia investigation after a publicity-filled few days spent slamming the probe as politically ...

Gov. Cuomo shrugs off Catholic criticism of abortion law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is shrugging off criticism from Roman Catholic leaders over his support of a new state abortion law. Speaking on public radio Tuesday, Cuomo said he is duty bound to separate his religious views from his work as governor. Catholic bishops in ...

Weinstein lawyers argue against sex trafficking claim

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers say the movie mogul is not a sex trafficker, despite claims in a class-action lawsuit. The lawyers in a court filing late Monday urged a New York judge to toss out civil claims by women that claim Weinstein tried to coerce sex in return for movie ...

After 19 years in prison, NY man cleared in mother’s killing

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Huwe Burton was 16 when he was accused of stabbing his mother to death, then staging the scene to make it appear an intruder had sexually assaulted and killed her. He insisted for decades he didn't commit the crime. After 30 years — 19 ...

The Latest: Cohen, Senate panel agree on Feb. 12 interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, being issued a subpoena to appear before a Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (all times local): 8:45 p.m. President Donald Trump's former ...

Weinstein in court to replace legal team

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein is due in court for a judge to formally sign off on changes to the legal team in his sexual assault case. The disgraced Hollywood mogul is looking to replace defense attorney Benjamin Brafman with four lawyers. They include Jose Baez, who won an acquittal for ...

American Legion’s NY members gathering in centennial year

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the American Legion from across New York state are gathering for a conference and to hear a message from a descendant of the man who helped create the national organization a century ago. The American Legion's Department of New York is holding its three-day ...

Cuomo: Give free school meals to kids impacted by shutdown

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the state education officials to provide free school lunches to any child impacted by the partial federal government shutdown. The Democrat said Thursday that meals will be available for children of federal employees as well as ...

Transgender woman sues over ‘false personation’ arrest

NEW YORK (AP) — A transgender woman is suing New York City and the police officers she says charged her with "false personation" after she provided them with both her previous and current names. Linda Dominguez says in her lawsuit filed Tuesday that she was placed in pink handcuffs and ...

White supremacist pleads guilty to sword killing

By JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A white supremacist pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of an attack that authorities said was intended to incite a race war in the United States. James Jackson admitted to fatally stabbing 66-year-old ...

Alec Baldwin taking anger class in parking dispute plea deal

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Days after appearing as President Donald Trump in a "Deal or No Deal" parody on "Saturday Night Live," Alec Baldwin took a deal of his own Wednesday, agreeing to attend an anger management class to resolve a criminal case stemming from a ...