Mountain village embraces its legacy as cure center for TB

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — An Adirondack Mountain village that was put on the map as a cure center for tuberculosis is honoring its novel legacy. Saranac Lake, New York, was once a mi...

Young priest confronts mysteries of past in Harris’ thriller

“The Second Sleep,” Alfred A. Knopf, by Robert Harris Christopher Fairfax is a newly ordained priest assigned by his bishop in 1468 to ride out to the isolated English village of Add...

Review: Pulitzer winner Weingarten tells story of "One Day"

"One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America," Blue Rider Press, by Gene Weingarten A college student is found strangled beneath a bridge, a baby is grievousl...

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 ...