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  • NYC mayor ducks dead groundhog questions

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is declining to discuss the groundhog that died a week after slipping from his grasp. The Staten Island Zoo confirmed last week that the rodent died seven days after this year's Groundhog Day ceremony. Staten Island Chuck fell several feet from de Blasio's...

  • Rochester restaurant shooting victim identified

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Rochester have released the name of the man who was fatally shot inside a late-night eatery over the weekend. Authorities tell local media that 23-year-old Jamar Paige of Irondequoit (uh-RAHN'-duh-kwoyt) was shot in the upper torso during a fight around 3 a.m....

  • NY's Met displays epic mural by Thomas Hart Benton

    NEW YORK (AP) — A 10-panel mural by realist painter Thomas Hart Benton depicting American life before the Depression is going on view at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. "America Today" was commissioned in 1930 for the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. The panoramic artwork...

  • Oprah taking part in Syracuse University event

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is in central New York to attend the dedication of a newly-renovated building on the Syracuse University campus. Winfrey will be at Monday afternoon's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the refurbished Newhouse 2, part of the university's S.I. Newhouse School of...

  • Students mourning schoolmate's plane crash death

    LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) — Grief counseling is being offered for suburban Buffalo students mourning the death of a teenager who was killed when two small planes collided. Officials in the Lancaster Central School District have issued a statement saying professionals and other staff trained in...

  • Police: Man, 19, fatally shot in western New York

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Niagara Falls are investigating the second fatal shooting in the city within a week. Authorities tell local media that the latest shooting occurred around 4 a.m. Sunday at a home on Weston Avenue. Police say when officers arrived at the scene, they found a...

  • 57 summonses issued to motorcyclists on LI

    YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) — More than 50 motorcyclists were issued summonses during a safety checkpoint on Long Island. Suffolk County police say 134 motorcycles were stopped between 11:05 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The checkpoint was set up on the eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway...

  • Man, 28, to be sentenced for fatal hit-and-run

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A 28-year-old Connecticut man is scheduled to be sentenced for leaving the scene of a fatal accident that killed a bicyclist on a Syracuse-area highway. Chiragkumar Patel, an Indian national living in Southington, Connecticut, faces one to three years in state prison when...

  • $40M for counseling, lawyers for homeowners

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general says another $40 million will go to organizations providing counseling and legal services to struggling homeowners, extending the existing program for two more years. The program intended to help families behind in their mortgage payments to keep...

  • Cuomo: New NY outdoor access projects open

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New outdoor projects completed by the Department of Environmental Conservation across New York provide enhanced access for fishing, hunting, kayaking, and wildlife observation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the projects announced over the weekend are part of an effort to expand...

  • Traffic delays expected during Fort Drum exercise

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Traffic delays are expected on state Route 26 in northern New York during large-scale field training exercises at Fort Drum. Military officials say the 10th Mountain Division's training exercise, Operation Mountain Peak 14, runs from Sept. 29 through Oct. 9 and continues...

  • Peace Bridge to get $3 million for air quality

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Peace Bridge Authority is planning $3 million in improvements to improve air quality and reduce the cross-border bridge's carbon footprint. The Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/ZjaXB7 ) reports that the project includes use of an experimental type of concrete designed to...

  • Cheese plant agrees to reduce waste discharges

    HEUVELTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says an upstate New York cheese company has reached a legal settlement agreeing to upgrade its manufacturing equipment and reduce pollutant discharges. Losurdo Foods sends wastewater to the municipal treatment plant in Heuvelton...

  • Love Canal waste to be removed from New York dump

    WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — New York state plans to excavate Love Canal waste from a western New York landfill, where it was dumped a decade before the notorious Love Canal environmental disaster. The state Department of Environmental Conservation plans an informational session in the Niagara...

  • Teen killed, 3 others injured in Bronx stabbing

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old boy was fatally stabbed and three other older teens were injured in an early morning incident in the Bronx. Authorities say officers responded to an emergency call at 2194 Barnes Avenue around 3:15 a.m. Sunday. They found four people with stab wounds....



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