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Police: Couple wanted 2 Amish girls for slaves
FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) -- A northern New York couple kidnapped two Amish sisters from their family farm stand and planned to turn them into slaves, but released them after becoming frightened by news reports, an investigator said....
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His '90 murder rap tossed, man to be released
A former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled to walk out of a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania a free man, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science....
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USNA chief says no double standard for athletes
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy said he does not now believe there is "a cultural issue" in Navy sports with the kind of lax oversight of athletes that is being investigated at the U.S. Air Force Academy, but if there is "we're going to take care of it."...
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Met Opera, remaining unions reach labor agreements
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start....
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East Texas city honors native Y.A. Tittle
MARSHALL, Texas (AP) -- The Marshall school board has voted unanimously to name its high school football field house in honor of hometown sports legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle....
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NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court....
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Cuomo: Outlaw gender identity discrimination
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people, saying gender identity and expression should be included in the state's civil rights law alongside race, religion and disability....
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New York gets $800M in Bank of America settlement
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York state will get $800 million as its share of a national $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday....
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Police say 2 LI burglars used home repair scam
BELLPORT, N.Y. (AP) -- Police say two men pretending to be chimney cleaners burglarized the home of a 92-year-old Long Island woman....
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NY City Council passes bill on Rikers transparency
NEW YORK (AP) -- The City Council on Thursday passed a bill that would force correction officials to publish information about Rikers Island jail inmates in solitary confinement, including any injuries suffered behind bars and the state of their mental health....
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