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Jul. 17, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Follow the Emiratis' lead, out of Yemen The New York Times, July 15 The conflict in Yemen is unwinnable, dangerous for the region and remarkably cruel. So the drawdown of troops by the United Arab Emirates, the biggest outside ground...

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...

AP source: Justice Department won't charge New York police officer in 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner

Jul. 16, 2019 9:39 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: Justice Department won't charge New York police officer in 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Big sturgeon offers evidence restoration efforts are working

Jul. 16, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — It's no fish tale -- a 6-foot-long sturgeon was recently pulled from an upstate New York lake. State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says the capture of the threatened species was good news for a recovery program that began nearly 25 years ago....

Con Ed: Relay protection system failed, leading to blackout

Jul. 15, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A relay protection system that should have isolated a faulty distribution cable but didn't led to the loss of power that darkened Manhattan for several hours, Con Ed said Monday in a preliminary review. The relay system at a West 65th Street substation should have kept the problem that...

Ex-governor to lead push Sands' push for casino in NYC

Jul. 15, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Gov. David Paterson is joining Las Vegas Sands to lead the casino and resort developer's push for a casino in New York City. Voters have already authorized up to three casinos for the nation's largest city, but under state law they can't be approved until 2023 at the...

Person struck, killed by train in New York City

Jul. 14, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says a person has been struck and killed by a train. The agency tweeted at 3:30 a.m. Sunday that they were investigating a report of someone struck by a train at the Times Square-42nd Street station, and confirmed at 5:30 a.m. that the person was...

No lights, big city: Power outage KOs Broadway, Times Square

Jul. 14, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A power outage crippled the tourist-filled heart of Manhattan just as Saturday night Broadway shows were set to go on, sending theater-goers spilling into siren-filled streets, knocking out Times Square's towering electronic screens and bringing subway lines to a near halt. Electricity was...

The Latest: NYC power fully restored

Jul. 14, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York City power outage (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Con Edison and New York officials say power has been restored to hundreds of thousands of customers following a blackout in Manhattan. More than 70,000 customers were left in the dark during the hour-long power outage in...

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...