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NTSB: Limo owner evaded safety rules before fatal crash

Aug. 26, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The owner of the stretched limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York repeatedly changed the listed number of seats in the vehicle and took other steps to avoid safety regulations, according to documents released Wednesday by federal investigators. The National...

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, Rachael Ray attends the Food Bank of NYC Can Do Awards Benefit Gala on in New York. Officials said Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, that a fire that tore through celebrity chef Ray's upstate New York home started in a fireplace chimney. The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control said the Aug. 9 fire at the house in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., was accidental. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File )

Fire that tore through Rachael Ray's house began in chimney

Aug. 21, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A fire that tore through celebrity chef Rachael Ray's upstate New York home started in a fireplace chimney, state officials said Friday. The state Office of Fire Prevention and Control said the August 9 fire at the house in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., was accidental. The blaze sent flames...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Cuomo used a Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, appearance on public radio to offer the failure of New York to institute a statewide mask mandate earlier as an example of a lesson for other states.

Cuomo dismisses undercount concerns in NY care home deaths

Aug. 20, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed concerns that his state’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes could be a significant undercount, saying it makes sense to include only those residents who died on the home’s property. Unlike the federal government and every other state...

CEO in scheme that left workers without paychecks pleads

Aug. 12, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The former head of payroll company pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges related to a scheme that caused more than $100 million in losses to banks and businesses and left thousands of workers at small businesses without paychecks. Former ValueWise CEO Michael Mann faces from 17...