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Memo: Consider civil rights home for national monument


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi civil rights sites, including the home of slain leader Medgar Evers, should be considered for national monument designation, the U.S. interior secretary says in a memo to President Donald Trump.

Protesters rally against Iranian president at United Nations


NEW YORK (AP) — Iranian expatriates gathered at a plaza on Wednesday to protest an appearance at the United Nations by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Ryan, lawmakers tour Irma-damaged Keys, pledge funding


MIAMI (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan promised to get federal funding for the victims of the Irma-ravaged Sunshine state as he and a group of bipartisan congressional leaders assessed the damage Wednesday.

Preet Bharara retraces steps leading to his firing by Trump

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Preet Bharara — who as U.S. attorney rocked state government with cases against Sheldon Silver, Dean Skelos and officials with ties to the governor — recounted his interactions with Donald Trump and his ultimate firing in his inaugural…


Pennsylvania system glitch let non-citizens register to vote


Some people who are in the U.S. legally but who are not citizens were mistakenly allowed to register to vote in Philadelphia because of a glitch in Pennsylvania's electronic driver's licensing system, a city election official said…

Marchione fires longtime confidential secretary

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HALFMOON — State Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione abruptly fired her longtime confidential secretary this week after the secretary's husband campaigned for a seat on the Rensselaer County Legislature against another member of the senator's staff.

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Big US detention center sued for paying detainees $1 a day


SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state on Wednesday sued the operator of one of the largest private immigration detention centers in the United States, claiming thousands of detainees were paid $1 per day for the work they performed but should…

Minneapolis council reaches agreement with ex-police chief


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council has approved a separation agreement with the city's former police chief, who resigned in July after a police officer fatally shot an Australian woman.

Florida suspends license of nursing home over Irma deaths


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have suspended the license of a nursing home that had nine patients die after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning.

Pennsylvania takes credit ratings hit amid budget fight


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's credit rating took its latest punch Wednesday, another black eye in a nearly three-month budget stalemate that has pitted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Senate against the…


Eugene Robinson: Outcome of '16 election was no fluke


Leaders of both major parties are wrong to think of the 2016 election as some kind of fluke. I believe a political realignment is underway, and those who fail to discern its outlines could end up powerless and irrelevant.

Letter: Energy service firms deceive customers


The Times Union recently reported that customers of Energy Plus Holdings and Energy Plus Natural Gas, an energy services company that had been sued for deceptive practices, will receive $800,000 in restitution ("Energy firm to pay $800,000…

Over 40 nations ink nuclear ban treaty opposed by big powers


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 40 countries on Wednesday signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact that the world's nuclear powers spurned but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless.

Troy land bank hires new leader

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TROY – The Troy Community Land Bank voted unanimously Wednesday to hire Anthony Tozzi as its new executive director.

Transcripts of citizen welcome messages by Trump and Obama


Presidents have long issued welcome messages that are played for immigrants at naturalization ceremonies. President Donald Trump's message recently debuted after he has repeatedly taken a hard line on immigration as a candidate and…

Virginia attorney says county cannot remove Confederate flag


STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Officials in a Virginia county told residents that they cannot force a private property owner to remove a huge Confederate flag that flies on a 90-foot (27-meter) flagpole.

North Dakota settles with Dakota Access pipeline builder


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Wednesday approved an agreement settling allegations that the Texas-based builder of the Dakota Access pipeline violated state rules during construction.


Groups demand Duke Energy show coal ash disaster maps


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country's largest electric company is refusing online access to federally mandated maps showing the scope of disaster resulting if a coal-ash pit burst and spilled its toxic muck onto neighboring properties, two…

The Latest: Yellen stays quiet on wanting 2nd term


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local):; 3:20 p.m. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is staying mum about whether she wants a second term as the head of the U.S. central bank.


At UN, Trump was in fine conservative form


When Donald Trump ran for president, he criticized the interventionist policies of his Republican and Democratic predecessors, sparking fears that he would usher in a new era of American isolationism. But at the U.N. this week, Trump laid…

Strip club wants spot in old Trump casino when it reopens


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Trump Taj Mahal casino has been shuttered for a year, but a strip club that used to be inside says it has the right to return when the property reopens next year.


Lawsuit challenges law that only doctors perform abortions


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that challenges a Maine restriction common across most of the U.S. that abortions be performed solely by physicians.

Filing: Auto training center funds laundered through hospice


DETROIT (AP) — Money stolen from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center was laundered through a fake Detroit-area hospice center, according to a federal court filing.

Jimmy Kimmel: Senator 'lied right to my face' on health care


Jimmy Kimmel sharply criticized U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on his late-night show, saying the Louisiana Republican "lied right to my face" by going back on his word to ensure any health care overhaul passes a test named for the host.

State's cities fell short on economic growth

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The economies of the nation's cities grew an average of 1.7 percent last year, new figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show.


El Paso Times editor resigns in effort to save newsroom jobs


EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The executive editor of the El Paso Times is leaving the newspaper after being directed by its parent company to cut newsroom staff.

Legal services business is adding 80 positions in Delaware


GREENVILLE, Del. (AP) — One of the oldest legal-service businesses in the country is hiring 80 information technology workers in Delaware and adding three European offices.

AP Exclusive: Clinton book has sold more than 300,000 copies


NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton's "What Happened" had a big debut.


Albany misses out on nearly $90K in 2016 due to tax break error

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The city has missed out on nearly $90,000 in tax revenue for 2016 alone due to the city assessor granting improper tax breaks to some properties, a report completed by a local firm concluded Wednesday.


NY investing $1 million in N. Greenbush LED firm

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ALBANY - New York state's venture capital fund is investing $1 million in Vital Vio, an LED maker that has been one of the region's most promising startups.