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Lawyer: Mental illness led to Fyre Festival promoter's crime

Sep. 24, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer says mental illness caused the promoter of a failed music festival to rip off investors and commit other crimes. Attorney Randall Jackson urged a Manhattan judge Friday to be lenient at Billy McFarland's October sentencing. McFarland pleaded guilty earlier this year to defrauding...

Paul Simon wraps up farewell tour back home

Sep. 23, 2018 3:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon ended his final concert tour under a moonlit sky on home turf Saturday, telling an audience in a Queens, N.Y. park that their cheers "mean more than you can know." Simon performed at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which he said was a 20-minute bicycle ride from where he grew up,...

Police beef up security for UN gathering, Trump visit

Sep. 22, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York City are facing a security and logistical challenge of epic proportions with the coming arrival of President Donald Trump and other world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly. Though there's been no credible threats against the event, the security concerns...

Hargitay hails impact of 'SVU' as it marks 20 seasons

Sep. 21, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariska Hargitay thinks "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has played a huge role in educating people on sexual violence, but believes there is still a lot of work to do. The star of the TV drama spoke as the NBC show celebrated its 20th season Thursday at the Tribeca TV Festival....

Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies

Sep. 20, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hoping to restore the faith of those disillusioned by how the church has handled sexual abuse allegations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York appointed a former federal judge Thursday to review its procedures and protocols. Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced the appointment of Barbara...

Ex-aide to New York Gov. Cuomo gets 6 years in prison

Sep. 20, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former aide so close to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he considered him like a brother was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for fraud and accepting bribes. The judge said she hopes the punishment "will be heard in Albany." U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni noted that the...

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

Sep. 19, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84. Mitchell died Wednesday at a New York City hospital...

Manafort forfeits luxury homes under plea deal

Sep. 15, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort's guilty plea will cost him more than time behind bars. His estate in the Hamptons won't be waiting when the former Trump campaign chairman gets out. His Brooklyn brownstone will be gone, too, and his condo in Trump Tower in Manhattan. Manafort, a high-rolling political...

Henri Bendel, 123-year-old luxury retailer, closes the doors

Sep. 14, 2018 10:38 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The luxury retailer Henri Bendel, which opened its doors in New York's Greenwich Village at the end of the 19th century, is closing. L Brands Inc., which acquired the brand in 1985, said that the 23 Bendel stores will turn out the lights in January. The Columbus, Ohio, company said it wants...

Cuomo easily defeats Nixon in NY gubernatorial primary

Sep. 14, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily beat back a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat. Cuomo, who always led in the polls and outspent his rival more than 8 to...