Polar vortex brings rare May snow, low temps to US East

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — Mother’s Day weekend got off to an unseasonably snowy start in the northeast Saturday thanks to the polar vortex. Some higher elevation areas in north...

Virus outbreak means (mis)information overload: How to cope

The coronavirus pandemic is leading to information overload for many people, often making it difficult to separate fact from fiction and rumor from deliberate efforts to mislead. Al...

Edited Biden video portends social media challenges in 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — As former Vice President Joe Biden’s drive for the White House gains momentum, the 77-year-old’s political opponents on both the right and left have launched an internet campaign sugges...

Online conspiracy theories flourish after Iowa caucus fiasco

CHICAGO (AP) — Monday night could not have gone better for online troublemakers who have spent years propagating false or misleading conspiracy theories on the internet that the U.S. election is rigge...

Twitter, Pinterest crack down on voter misinformation

Twitter and Pinterest are taking new steps to root out voting misinformation designed to suppress participation in the November elections. Twitter unveiled a new tool Wednesday that ...

Ethics panel warns House members not to share fake images

The House Ethics Committee is warning lawmakers not to share doctored images or videos that could “erode public trust, effect public discourse, or sway an election," guidance that comes during a proli...

State protects abusers, women harassed in public jobs say

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — He was accused of calling his female co-workers "whores," grabbing one woman's head and forcing it between his legs, threatening another with sexual assault and exposing himself in...

NY eases rules for changing parties before primary elections

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is relaxing party enrollment deadlines to make it easier to cast a ballot in primary elections under a bill signed Thursday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. ...

Woman could face fines for billboards decrying sex abuse law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York ethics officials are threatening to fine a woman for unregistered lobbying after she rented billboards to criticize state laws on molestation and share her own story of ab...

New York raises statewide smoking age to 21

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, w...

Legal sports betting begins in upstate New York

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — New York joined the growing list of states allowing wagering on sports after an upstate casino cut the ribbon on a new betting lounge Tuesday and took its first bet — $20 on t...

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

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 a...

County clerk files suit over NY immigrant license law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A county clerk in western New York filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a new state law authorizing driver's licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally. ...

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

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 comp...

NY may require feminine hygiene products to list ingredients

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York could soon become the first state to require ingredient labels on feminine hygiene products under legislation awaiting action by the governor. The measur...