Think globally, power locally: Hydro plants serve neighbors

WALKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Eat locally. Shop locally. Generate locally? Some electricity customers in New York's Hudson Valley support hydropower harnessed from running water close to home...

Summer camp is newest front in battle with measles outbreak

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Summer camp is the newest front in the battle to contain the worst U.S. measles outbreak in nearly three decades . Vaccinations are being mandated this summer for...

West Point to graduate record number of black female cadets

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The class of cadets preparing to jubilantly toss their caps in the air at the U.S. Military Academy's graduation ceremony Saturday includes 34 black women, a record number that...

Falun Gong's expansion plans in bucolic area stoke tensions

DEERPARK, N.Y. (AP) — Expansion plans for Falun Gong's compound in the hills of upstate New York have heightened tensions with neighbors. They worry that the religious group banned b...

'Necessity': Those in US illegally push for license to drive

ALBION, N.Y. (AP) — Dairy farm worker Luis Jiménez gambles every time he drives without a license. Even a minor traffic stop could alert immigration agents that he is in the country illegally and lead...

Popularity of fur-trimmed parkas a boon for coyote trappers

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) — Those fur-trimmed parkas so common on city sidewalks have become a boon to backwoods trappers. Coyote fur pelts are in big demand to provide the lush, silvery o...

Ash loggers race against time before beetles get them all

WALTON, N.Y. (AP) — Loggers in snowy forests are cutting down ash like there's no tomorrow, seeking to stay one step ahead of a fast-spreading beetle killing the tree in dozens of states. ...

'The First Conspiracy' unspools plot on Washington in 1776

"The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington" (Flatiron Books), by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch George Washington faced some big problems as he tried to fortify N...

Should social media check be required to get a gun license?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Should authorities be able to deny handgun licenses for hateful tweets? A New York lawmaker is raising the question with a bill that would require police to scrut...

Salt stress: Road salt prices higher as winter looms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Budget-busting road salt prices are leaving municipal officials in the Snow Belt hoping for a mild winter. Salt supplies are tight on the heels of a harsh winter ...

Spiritual first responders hit the streets amid drug crisis

Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn't make it. Cler...

Jewish refugee agency in spotlight after synagogue shooting

Just moments before the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 people dead, the suspect is believed to have posted a final social media rant against a Jewish refugee settlement agency most people ...

Trump refugee cuts slows resurgence of cities like Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to slash the annual cap on refugees to the U.S. is starting to have an effect on chronically struggling, shrinking cities such as Buffalo, New ...

Combined funeral to be held for 8 killed in NY limo crash

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — Urns with the remains of four sisters and four other family members rested at the altar of an upstate New York church for their funeral after last weekend's limousine crash that...

Joint funeral set for sisters killed in New York limo crash

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York community stricken with grief after a limousine crash that killed 20 people is saying goodbye Saturday to four sisters and four family members who were on th...