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Remains of sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack come home

Jul. 19, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of a New York sailor killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 have been brought home for reburial. A flag-draped coffin containing the remains of Charles M. Stern Jr. arrived at Albany's airport Friday afternoon. Stern was among the 429 crewmembers killed when...

New York raises statewide smoking age to 21

Jul. 16, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 under legislation signed into law Tuesday by the state's governor. The change, which takes effect in 120 days, will apply to the sales of traditional tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a...

The Latest: Churches promise sanctuary from migrant sweeps

Jul. 15, 2019 2:43 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on immigration enforcement sweeps (all times local): 1:50 p.m. A dozen churches in the Los Angeles area have declared themselves sanctuaries for migrant families as the Trump administration's immigration crackdown is scheduled to begin. Guillermo Torres, with Clergy and Laity...

Capitol Watch: GOP decries Cuomo campaign finance pick

Jul. 13, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, Republicans say Gov. Andrew Cuomo is playing politics with a board creating the rules for a new public campaign finance system. State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy says Cuomo's appointment of Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs shows Democrats...

At least 11 cases of foodborne illness in capital region

Jul. 12, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — At least 11 cases of a gastrointestinal illness have been confirmed in New York's capital region. The Albany Times-Union reports that cyclosporiasis (SY'cloh-spor-EYE'-a-sis) outbreaks are often associated with imported fresh produce that's been contaminated with a fecal parasite. State...

Parents sue after New York nixes religious vaccine exemption

Jul. 10, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of parents is suing New York state in an effort to reinstate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates. The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., argue that state lawmakers violated the religious rights of parents when they repealed the exemption...

Capitol Watch: Felder rejoins Dems, lawmakers' summer plans

Jul. 6, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, a Democratic state senator who had crossed party lines to empower Republicans is being welcomed back to the Democratic majority. Meanwhile, with the session over lawmakers are turning their attention to retail politics back home. Here's a look at...

Trump: People are leaving New York 'like never before'

Jul. 2, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that people are moving out of New York "like never before" — but the reality of population changes in the president's home state is more complicated. In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump blamed high taxes and the state's leaders for...

New York GOP taps new leader as party looks to bounce back

Jul. 1, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republicans in New York have picked a new state chairman as they seek to recover from a series of recent political and legislative defeats. Meeting in Albany on Monday, state party leaders formally tapped Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy to replace outgoing chairman Ed...

Former UCLA gymnast Ohashi to make pro debut at Aurora Games

Jun. 26, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi will perform in the inaugural Aurora Games, an all-women's sports and entertainment festival. It's the first professional competition for the 22-year-old Ohashi, who finished college with 11 perfect 10s. She helped UCLA win the 2018 NCAA team...