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Swimmer missing from race down New York's Hudson River

Jun. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police were searching Saturday for a retired medical school professor and AIDS researcher from North Carolina who went missing during a marathon swimming race down New York's Hudson River. Authorities say Dr. Charles van der Horst, 67, was reported missing just after 3 p.m. Friday near the...

Protesters strip, get painted in Times Square

Jun. 15, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Several dozen people stripped naked and got their bodies painted in New York's Times Square as part of what was billed as a protest against "divisiveness." The event Saturday was organized by body artist Andy Golub. He has staged similar nude Times Square protests in years past. Golub said...

"Romeo and Juliet" director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Jun. 15, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and Juliet" and the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," died Saturday at 96. While Zeffirelli was most popularly known...

NJ man gets 45 years in slaying of retired NY firefighter

Jun. 15, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted of the murder of a retired New York City firefighter was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Conrad Sipa, 56, of Colts Neck, was convicted in April of murder, a weapons offense, hindering apprehension and evidence-tampering in the death of Richard Doody, 60,...

Taylor Swift makes surprise performance at gay bar Stonewall

Jun. 15, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift made a surprise performance at an iconic gay bar a day after releasing a song supporting the LGBTQ community. Swift celebrated Pride Month by appearing at New York City's Stonewall Inn on Friday night. She released her new tune Thursday called "You Need to Calm Down," where she...

Police: Teaching aide fatally stabbed by man he was dating

Jun. 15, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

MERRICK, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a Long Island high school teaching assistant was fatally stabbed more than 100 times by a man he was dating. Newsday reports that 21-year-old Ryan Lindquist was arrested Friday in the stabbing death of 32-year-old Evan Grabelsky in Grabelsky's Merrick home. Police say the...

Capitol Watch: Crunch time for legal pot, immigrant licenses

Jun. 15, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, lawmakers are wrapping up the 2019 legislative session with big decisions on proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and authorize driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly plan to...

Chicago mayor to speak at LBGTQ gala, appear on Colbert show

Jun. 15, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot made national headlines when she was elected mayor of Chicago and now she's heading to the Big Apple to appear on national television. The Chicago Tribune reports that Lightfoot is going to New York City for three days — with part of one of those days appearing on "The...

Hudson River bridge to glow teal for Tourette awareness

Jun. 15, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge will have teal-colored lighting to raise awareness of Tourette Syndrome. The illumination Saturday night marks the end of National Tourette Syndrome Awareness month. About 200,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with the most severe...

18 New York sites nominated to historic registers

Jun. 15, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An Adirondack farm, a Niagara Falls church and a Schenectady apartment hotel are among 18 properties and districts nominated for the New York state and national registers of historic places. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the nominations Friday. He says placing the landmarks on the...