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  • Teacher at elite New York school faces sex charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — A teacher at an elite high school who already was facing charges in connection to an indecent photo authorities say he sent to a student is now facing an additional 36-count indictment alleging he victimized six other students. Brooklyn Technical High School teacher Sean Shaynak...

  • Psych expert says suspect didn't understand rights

    NEW YORK (AP) — A defense psychologist says the man who admitted killing a New York City boy who went missing in 1979 did not understand his right to silence. Bruce Frumkin said Tuesday that Pedro Hernandez was tested for several hours and believes he wouldn't have fully understood what he was...

  • 20 years to life in choking death of NYC woman, 73

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man who choked his daughter's great-grandmother to death in her New York City apartment and took her purse and TV has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Gregory Velez was sentenced Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in in July to murdering 73-year-old Julia Hernandez three...

  • New York man charged with holding, torturing woman

    LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man is charged with kidnapping, sexual abuse and other charges after police say he held a 24-year-old woman against her will in his home. Lewiston Police say Tuesday that 67-year-old Iver Phallen subjected the woman to physical, mental and sexual abuse...

  • Student assaulted inside dorm at state college

    BROCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect is in custody following an assault inside a dormitory that left a New York state college student hospitalized. The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester (http://on.rocne.ws/1Bz05dQ ) reports that the suspect turned himself in Tuesday afternoon at...

  • Cornell University selects 1st female president

    ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell University trustees elected University of Southern California Provost Elizabeth Garrett the Ivy League school's next president on Tuesday. Garrett will become the first woman to lead Cornell when she becomes the upstate New York school's 13th president July 1, 2015....

  • NY judge accepts deal in '98 bombings terror case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has accepted the guilty plea of an Egyptian lawyer who pleaded guilty in the 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa, saying the government acted reasonably in reducing charges. Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan issued a written ruling Tuesday accepting the guilty...

  • Woman in NYPD altercation meets with prosecutors

    NEW YORK (AP) — The attorney for a pregnant woman whose altercation with police led to her being put on the ground belly-first has met with Brooklyn prosecutors about the event, which was captured on video. Attorney Sanford Rubenstein said Sandra Amezquita (SAHN'-druh ah-mehz-KEE'-tuh) met with...

  • Cat, dog, lasers: A senior portrait to remember

    SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — A boy and his cat, a principal and her dog — and lasers. They all came together in Draven Rodriguez' senior portrait, which ended up with the teen holding his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, and Schenectady High School principal Diane Wilkinson holding her Chihuahua, Vivienne....

  • Report: Ex-Gov. Pataki weighing presidential run

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former Gov. George Pataki is reportedly considering running for president in 2016, though a former aide said Tuesday that talk of a campaign is premature. The New York Post reported Tuesday that Pataki is privately weighing whether to enter the wide-open Republican field....

  • NY Cardinal Dolan gives blessing to homeless pets

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three dozen homeless pets and their rescuers have received a blessing from New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. CBS New York (http://cbsloc.al/1qSiGvo ) says the Tuesday event outside St. Patrick's Cathedral marked the start of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of...

  • Rice to receive honor at West Point

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will receive the U.S. Military Academy's annual Thayer Award. The award to be given Monday at the historic academy is named for a former West Point superintendent and is given to citizens who serve the national interest. Rice...

  • Dog control officer charged with animal cruelty

    TULLY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say the dog control officer for a central New York town has been charged with animal cruelty after more than 200 dogs and cats were found living in filthy conditions on her property. Local media report that Pompey (PAHM'-pee) dog control officer Susan Snavlin was...

  • 2015 Westminster pack to include 2 new breeds

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Hungarian hunting dog and a cheerful breed known as the "royal dog of Madagascar" will join the pack at the Westminster Kennel Club show next year. A wire-haired visla (VEEZ'-shlah) and a coton de tulear (koh-TOHN' du TOO'-lay-ahr) were on hand Tuesday at Madison Square Garden...

  • Prosecutor: More reforms needed at Rikers

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor wants New York City's efforts to reform the troubled Rikers Island jail complex to go further. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) said Tuesday that he was encouraged by reports that the city Department of Correction was ending its practice of putting...



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