WWII researcher: Sea wreck must be plane of US MIA pilot

U.S. 05/24/19, 17:07

Wreckage on the ocean floor near a Japanese island must be from a fighter-bomber that crashed in 1945 with an American pilot who is still listed as missing in action, according to a World War II researcher who recently visited the crash site.The aircraft, lying on coral reef about 70 ...

Legislature approves bill banning undetectable firearms

New York 05/21/19, 19:43

Making, selling, transporting or possessing 3D-printed guns and other undetectable firearms would be banned in New York under legislation approved by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature.The Assembly passed the bill Monday, five days after the legislation was approved by the Senate.The measure would ban all firearms whose components can't be detected ...

Tenants rally in Albany as NY lawmakers mull rent safeguards

New York 05/14/19, 15:12

Tenants from around New York state gathered in Albany on Tuesday to push for stronger rental protections to address a shortage of affordable housing — a problem that they say is no longer confined to New York City.Organizers say more than 2,000 made the trip on Tuesday, a month before ...

Sex workers seek decriminalization and loitering-law repeal

U.S. 05/07/19, 14:00

More than 100 current and former sex workers are encouraging New York lawmakers to repeal a loitering law they say police use to harass people simply for their appearance. Members of the group spoke at a rally Tuesday in the state Capitol in Albany. They are calling for the decriminalization of ...

Capitol Watch: Sports betting on agenda, more incivility

Sports 05/04/19, 10:59

In New York government news, state lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing on allowing sports wagers on mobile devices, while an upstate Republican has explained his statement saying Democrats are striving to "eradicate" opponents.The Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering will hear testimony Wednesday in Albany.New Jersey and ...

‘Death traps’: Parents of limo crash victims urge new laws

New York 05/02/19, 15:26

Parents of people killed in recent limousine crashes in New York state urged legislators Thursday to pass tougher safety regulations to get unsafe vehicles and operators off the road. Several provided tearful testimony about last fall's crash in rural Schoharie County that killed 20 and a wreck on Long Island in ...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers return with pot, rent on the agenda

New York 04/27/19, 17:56

In New York state government news, lawmakers are returning to Albany to begin the final two months of the legislative session, and bills to legalize recreational marijuana will top the agenda.Meanwhile, a Senate investigations committee is making it easier for the public to suggest topics for future scrutiny.A look at ...

Capitol Watch: Farmworker labor debate, Cuomo taxes

New York 04/20/19, 12:04

New York state lawmakers will hold hearings on a proposal to repeal an 80-year-old law that prevents farmworkers in the state from unionizing.The proposal has long languished in Albany, but supporters are more hopeful now that Democrats control the entire Legislature.Meanwhile, a look at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax returns shows ...

Judge voids rules aimed at reforming ultra-Orthodox schools

U.S. 04/18/19, 15:54

New York state overstepped its authority with guidelines intended to ensure that ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools teach secular subjects like English and math, a judge ruled Thursday.The decision by a state judge in Albany nullifies state Education Department guidelines for monitoring private schools, including religious schools. Critics of ultra-Orthodox yeshivas, where ...

EPA won’t compel GE to restart Hudson River dredging

U.S. 04/11/19, 09:25

The Environmental Protection Agency has declined to compel General Electric to restart dredging in the Hudson River, despite calls from New York officials and environmentalists.EPA Regional Administrator Peter Lopez said Thursday more time and testing are needed to fully assess GE's $1.7 billion Hudson River cleanup. The federal agency issued ...

NCAA women’s attendance at highest level in 15 years

Basketball 04/07/19, 14:46

Fans flocked to the women's NCAA Tournament, which had its highest attendance in over 15 years.Nearly 275,000 people attended the NCAAs which ranked eighth all-time, including an expected crowd of over 20,000 for the title game between Baylor and Notre Dame on Sunday night."We've had a really great championship. Our ...

Samuelson leads UConn to 12th straight Final Four

Sports 03/31/19, 13:27

Katie Lou Samuelson put UConn on her injured back and shot the Huskies into a record 12th straight Final Four. Samuelson scored 29 points and second-seeded UConn held off No. 1 Louisville 80-73 on Sunday in the Albany Regional Final. "I wanted to keep my career going," Samuelson said. "I had to ...

Walz and Louisville hope to beat UConn twice in season

Sports 03/30/19, 15:23

Jeff Walz knows that it's extremely rare for a team to beat UConn twice in a season. Only one school has done it over the past decade and that's Notre Dame.He hopes to join his ACC counterpart in that small club when the Cardinals face the Huskies on Sunday in ...

New York City may try tolling its way out of traffic mess

Business 03/29/19, 13:49

Long-ringed by some of the most expensive toll roads in the U.S., New York City is poised to take things even further with a plan to charge drivers who motor into the most congested parts of Manhattan.The plan would make New York the first U.S. city to join the ranks ...

Lawmakers: Plastic bag ban gains traction in NY budget talks

New York 03/27/19, 15:02

The ubiquitous plastic bag would be banned throughout New York state under a provision negotiated Wednesday as part of the budget plan that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-controlled Legislature are trying to finalize before the April 1 deadline.Sen. Todd Kaminsky and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, both Long Island Democrats, said ...

Tough choices as NY budget talks hit home stretch

New York 03/23/19, 12:15

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature are making tough choices as they try to get a spending plan in place by an April 1 deadline.A proposal for Manhattan congestion pricing to fund the ailing transit system is still alive in the spending plan negotiations, ...

School officials don’t want pot part of New York budget

New York 03/19/19, 23:09

Education advocates are urging New York lawmakers to leave the discussion of recreational marijuana out of the state budget process.Several groups sent representatives to Albany Tuesday, including the PTA, Rural Schools Association and Association of School Business Officials.The rally came a day after the New York State School Boards Association ...

Early reveal UConn women not top seed; Baylor No. 1 overall

Sports 03/19/19, 02:17

Everyone got an early look at the women's NCAA Tournament bracket, revealing that UConn isn't a No. 1 seed for the first time since 2006.The accidental early release of the 64-team bracket by ESPN just provided a couple of extra hours for the 11-time national champion Huskies to get fired ...

Capitol Watch: Will state budget be late?

New York 03/16/19, 11:02

On-time budgets have long been a priority for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a way to demonstrate government effectiveness.That's why it is noteworthy that Cuomo's top budget director is now warning the budget may not pass before the April 1 deadline because of disagreements with Cuomo's fellow Democrats in ...

Pipe tomahawk given by Washington in 1792 returned to tribe

New York 03/15/19, 10:36

A long-missing peace pipe tomahawk President George Washington gave to a Seneca leader in the late 18th century has been returned to the tribe in western New York.Washington gave the combination tobacco-smoking pipe and weapon to Cornplanter as the United States negotiated a peace treaty with the Six Nations of ...

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