Indicted New York congressman calls criminal probe a shock

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Indicted Republican Rep. Chris Collins said it was "the shock of all shocks" when he learned from two federal agents that he was under criminal investigation, and he acknowledged ...

Serious about laughter, National Comedy Center ready to open

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Comedian Billy Crystal asks the question in a video that welcomes visitors to the National Comedy Center. "Everybody else has a place," he says. "Why not us?" ...

Schools eye facial recognition technology to boost security

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York school district is giving its surveillance system a novel upgrade: Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against a database of expelled stud...

Cellphones gaining acceptance inside US schools

Cellphones are still absent from most U.S. schools but new data shows them steadily gaining acceptance as administrators bow to parents' wishes to keep tabs on their kids and teachers find ways to wor...

Rep. Slaughter praised as champion for women, constituents

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter could fiercely debate legislative opponents on the House floor, then sing harmony with them for charity, use her scientist's mind to argue for human rights and sweeten a dis...

Teacher unions see momentum build with West Virginia strike

As teachers in West Virginia noisily celebrated a 5 percent raise that ended their nine-day walkout, momentum was building elsewhere for similar protests over pay and benefits for the nation's public ...

Q&A: West Virginia sees rare statewide teacher walkout

West Virginia's teachers are refusing to go to school for a fourth day Tuesday in protest of pay that is among the lowest in the nation. Such statewide strikes are unusual but not un...

Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?

In the aftermath of the latest mass school shooting, President Donald Trump has raised the idea of arming teachers. Trump says that had one of the victims, an assistant football coac...

Virtual field trips: Schools embrace advanced adventures

NEW YORK (AP) — On a February afternoon in a Brooklyn classroom, 16-year-old Taylor Engler came face to face with a cow. But it was all in her head. A virtual reali...

Cold snap exposes cracks in upkeep of timeworn schools

BALTIMORE (AP) — The recent spell of cold weather exposed the poor state of school buildings in many big-city districts, including Baltimore, where the failure of heating systems closed dozens of inst...

For firefighters, bitter weather creates its own hazards

NEW YORK (AP) — Firefighters battling blazes in the extreme cold are faced with treacherous conditions that can slow them down when every second counts. Frozen hydrants and slick surfaces make an alre...

Cold turns Niagara Falls into icy winter wonderland

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Niagara Falls is one place the nation's deep freeze is as much seen as it is felt. Mist from the surging waters has been freezing instantly on everything i...

Move over, dodgeball: Schools pump up phys ed with choices

You won't find gym class on the schedule in upstate New York's Victor school district. What you will see: kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, dance, self-defense, archery and i...

In NY town, parents may do time if their child does crime

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — A city in New York has a new law that lets authorities send parents of bullies to jail for up to 15 days and fine them up to $250. The North Tonawanda Ci...

In hurricanes' aftermath, technology eases return to school

Smartphone exchanges, social media, messaging apps and websites rendered students and their teachers at once disconnected and connected in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. ...