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NYC subway chief Andy Byford resigns after 2 years

Jan. 23, 2020 1:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of New York City's subways announced his resignation on Thursday, two years after being brought in to help turn around the beleagured system. No reason was given for the unexpected departure of Andy Byford, a British executive with experience in transit systems all over the...

New sentencing ordered for ex-NY Assembly Speaker Silver

Jan. 21, 2020 1:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's corruption conviction Tuesday but ordered a resentencing after reversing the conviction on some charges. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means the Democrat may get a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate businessman Tom Steyer speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a manipulated video circulating online incorrectly portraying Steyer criticizing Democrats during the Iowa presidential debate saying they would

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer criticized Democrats...

A subway train sits on flooded tracks at 66th Street, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New York. A water main break flooded streets on Manhattan's Upper West Side near Lincoln Center and hampered subway service during the Monday morning rush hour. The water spread for blocks and was several inches deep in places. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

'You need a boat.' Water main break floods NYC streets

Jan. 13, 2020 4:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A water main break flooded streets on Manhattan's Upper West Side near Lincoln Center and hampered subway service during the Monday morning rush hour. The Fire Department of New York responded to the flooding around 5 a.m. near Broadway and West 62nd Street. More than 500,000 gallons of...

In this Aug. 22, 2019 photo, lead grower Elizabeth Keyser, talks about flowering medical marijuana plants being grown with special grow lights during a media tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y. After legislative efforts stalled and a vaping sickness stirred new concerns, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut still want to make recreational pot legal. But the states have different approaches and timeframes, and some proposals have shifted since last year. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Pot politics: Some Northeast states regroup on legalization

Jan. 13, 2020 6:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York. Now, after legislative efforts stalled and a vaping...

Legislator pleads not guilty to drunken driving charge

Jan. 9, 2020 1:53 PM EST

VICTOR, N.Y. (AP) — A New York State Assembly member who was accused of drunken driving days after he wrote a column warning against doing just that pleaded not guilty on Thursday. Brian M. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge during a hearing in Victor Town...

Governor wants to add tracks, access at Penn Station

Jan. 6, 2020 6:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The country's busiest train station would get new tracks, expanded terminals and better access for commuters under a plan announced Monday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo said he will propose acquiring the block south of Penn Station to add at least eight new underground tracks, which...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, speaks during a news conference on proposed Assembly rules reforms at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Kolb was charged on New Year's Eve for driving while intoxicated, just a week after he wrote a column warning citizens against getting behind the wheel drunk.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Lawmaker quits leadership post after drunken-driving arrest

Jan. 3, 2020 6:20 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York lawmaker whose New Year's Eve drunken-driving arrest came days after he wrote a column warning others not to drive while intoxicated said Friday he will step down from his post as the top Republican in the state Assembly. “As Leader of the Assembly Minority Conference,...

FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, a camera with facial recognition capabilities hangs from a wall while being installed at Lockport High School in Lockport, N.Y. The upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats. But civil rights advocates want to stop it, saying it infringes on student privacy.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson, File)

School district's facial recognition raises privacy concerns

Jan. 3, 2020 3:56 PM EST

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats, over the objection of civil rights advocates who say it compromises student privacy. The Lockport Central School District said it activated the system on Thursday after meeting...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 file photo, a police officer holds a box of Narcan, a drug used to treat opioid overdoses, that the department officers carry in their patrol vehicles in Jackson Township, Butler County, Pa. More companies could begin making the easy-to-use version of the medication under a deal announced Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 by New York's attorney general. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Deal will let more companies make an overdose antidote spray

Jan. 2, 2020 4:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — More companies could begin making an easy-to-use version of an opioid overdose antidote under a deal announced Thursday by New York's attorney general. Under the agreement, Emergent BioSolutions will no longer enforce a contract that had allowed it to be the only company to develop a nasal...