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NY state reverses funding cut to Special Olympics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has reversed a proposed $50,000 funding cut to the Special Olympics. Special Olympics New York has received $1.1 million a year from the state to support its regular programs serving 68,000 athletes. Officials inadvertently cut $50,000 when putting ...

Schumer wants Boeing off FAA committee amid investigations

By The Associated Press undefined U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer wants Boeing to be removed from a Federal Aviation Administration rulemaking committee as investigations deepen into both the company and regulator's role in two deadline airline crashes. Senate Democratic Leader Schumer said Sunday ...

A look at key items in New York’s $175.5 billion budget plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Here's a look at some of the key items included in the $175.5 billion state budget agreement announced Sunday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-controlled New York Legislature: MANHATTAN TOLLS: Vehicles traveling south of 61st Street will be charged a toll ...

Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban approved in New York budget

By CHRIS CAROLA and DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democrat-controlled Legislature worked into the night Sunday to wrap up work on a new state budget that includes new tolls on motorists driving into the busiest parts of Manhattan and a statewide ban on plastic ...

Ransomware affects Albany, New York government computers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Officials are investigating a weekend ransomware attack that affected municipal government computers in New York's capital city. The Albany mayor's office has been working to determine whether information was compromised. Government employees were working at their usual ...

After shocking NY arrest, Avenatti faces court in California

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A week after Michael Avenatti's shocking arrest in New York, the attorney famous for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump will be back in federal court Monday to face fraud charges in California. The brash lawyer faces ...

Measles count in US this year already more than all of 2018

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. measles cases through the first three months of this year have surpassed the count for all of 2018, health officials say. There have been 387 cases through March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported ...

A look at key items in NY’s $175.5 billion state budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Here's a look at some of the key items included in the $175.5 billion state budget agreement that the Democrat-controlled New York Legislature passed early Monday: MANHATTAN TOLLS: Vehicles traveling south of 61st Street will be charged a toll beginning in 2021 through ...

Officials warn of rabid wildlife in eastern Adirondacks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental officials are advising people to be alert for animals with unusual or aggressive behavior after several positive rabies tests in the eastern Adirondacks. The Department of Environmental Conservation says reports of wildlife behaving strangely have ...

New exhibit chronicles New Yorkers in Korean, Vietnam wars

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Military Museum is set to formally open a new exhibit on the Korean and Vietnam wars. The new permanent exhibit — "Hot Spots in the Cold War" — officially opens with a public event Saturday evening at the museum in Saratoga Springs. The ...

Candace Bushnell’s next project: A book for the #MeToo era

NEW YORK (AP) — Candace Bushnell's next project is a book for the #MeToo movement. HarperCollins Children's Books announced Friday that the "Sex and the City" author is teaming up with best-selling young adult writer Katie Cotugno on "Rules for Being a Girl." The novel is scheduled for ...

Vermont man pleads guilty in NY campground sex case

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) — A Vermont man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a tent at a New York campground has pleaded guilty. The Post-Star says Andrew S. Moran, of Chelsea, Vermont, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to first-degree criminal sexual act and two burglary charges. The judge ...

Science Says: Why scientists prize plant, animal genomes

By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Just about every week, it seems, scientists publish the unique DNA code of some creature or plant. Just in February, they published the genome for the strawberry, the paper mulberry tree, the great white shark and the Antarctic blackfin ...

Ban on plastic bags comes close to reality in a 3rd state

By CHRIS CAROLA and DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature have reached a deal to make New York the third state with a ban on single-use plastic grocery bags as they worked to finalize budget agreements, officials ...

5th member of Jewish sect charged in new kidnapping plot

By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities this week arrested another member of an extremist Jewish sect in what the FBI called a new plot to abduct two New York children who recently fled the ultra-Orthodox group. Matityau Moshe Malka appeared in Manhattan federal ...

Dems demand Mueller’s full 300 pages, mock ‘scaredy-cat’ GOP

By LISA MASCARO, LAURIE KELLMAN and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report is more than 300 pages long, it was revealed Thursday, sparking fresh criticism from Democrats arguing that Attorney General William Barr's ...

ABC’s Jonathan Karl writing book on covering Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News' Jonathan Karl is the latest White House reporter planning a book about covering the Trump administration. Publisher Dutton announced Thursday that Karl's "Front Row at the Trump Show" will come out next year. According to Dutton, the book will be a ...

Ex-university official charged with lying to get $340K job

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York medical university official lied on his resume to land a $340,000-a-year state job, falsely claiming he held a college degree from Mexico and worked for the U.S. Department of State as chief of staff, authorities said. Onondaga County District Attorney ...

School funding push returns as NY lawmakers seek budget deal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The perennial debate over how much New York spends on public schools has returned to Albany as lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo work to craft a new state budget before Monday's deadline. Several Democratic lawmakers joined dozens of parents and education advocates Thursday ...

New Meghan Daum essay collection coming in October

NEW YORK (AP) — The next essay collection from prize-winning writer Meghan Daum is coming this fall. Gallery Books announced Thursday that Daum's "The Problem With Everything: A Journey Through the Culture Wars" is scheduled for October. Daum said in a statement that she wanted to take on ...