ALBANY (AP) Time is running out to take part in New York state's public opinion survey on the Common Core learning standards.

The online survey closes Monday.

The state Education Department launched the AIMHighNY survey in search of detailed feedback on the state's English and math learning standards. Respondents can review and comment on specific standards for any grade level.

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ALBANY (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have blocked a plan to control the population of mute swans.

The legislation would have required the state's Department of Environmental Conservation to hold additional public meetings and focus on non-lethal means of controlling the population.

Cuomo said the legislation was unnecessary since the state has already backed off an earlier plan to kill the birds in the face of criticism.

Most of us enjoyed the pleasant Thanksgiving weather, but some may remember they were skiing on the holiday a year ago.

"We've got a few white piles out there on Lower and Upper Rocket. We hope to get back at it soon,” said Bristol Mountain General Manager Dan Fuller. “But it really looks like it's going to be the second week in December before we get some cold weather."

Fuller's been GM at Bristol for since 1982.

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York state troopers are advising Planned Parenthood clinics statewide on security and emergency planning in the wake of Friday's deadly attack at a clinic in Colorado.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state police will begin visits and discussions Monday with Planned Parenthood's more than 60 clinics and locations statewide.

Troopers already have increased patrols at the locations, as have local police in New York City and elsewhere. The organization is headquartered in New York and Washington.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Cole Murphy kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired, giving Syracuse a 20-17 victory over Boston College on Saturday in coach Scott Shafer's final game as head coach of the Orange.

Shafer was fired on Monday but coached the finale of his third season at Syracuse (4-8, 2-6 ACC). The Orange had lost eight straight games, but they rallied around their coach one final time, carrying him off the field in celebration.

Boston College (3-9, 0-8 ACC) has lost eight straight.

Students in Spencerport are mourning a sophomore who died during the Thanksgiving holiday.

According to a statement provided by the school district, Benjamin Daley, 15, died from an ATV accident in Pennsylvania. The statement offers no details.

Daley is being remembered as an Honor Roll student and soccer player. The statement says he was well liked and respected by students and staff at Spencerport High School.

ALBANY (AP) An Albany man has an unusual idea for generating economic activity off of the city's long history of ethically challenged lawmakers. He wants to open a museum of political corruption.

Bruce Roter envisions a museum that would not only detail Albany's many political scandals but also offer some possible solutions to corruption.

The holidays carry a number of traditions, and in Rochester one is the Nutcracker ballet.

"When I heard that the Nutcracker was performed with live music and a world-class orchestra like the Rochester Philharmonic, I just knew it would be a perfect match," said Rochester Community Ballet Executive Director Nichole Gantshar.

She knows the Rochester Nutcracker is a unique Thanksgiving tradition here.

The Boys and Girls Club has long been known as a place for after-school programs, but for many children it is so much more.

The club’s Genesee Street location means that many of the youngsters who visit it come from needy families. Children from low-income families are also often left alone after school due to their parents, or single parent, having no choice but to work and having little to no support for costly at-home child care.

The new presidents of the Webster Parent Teacher Association think some money's missing.

Co-presidents Jennifer Swab DeGrace and Dorothy Petrie looked over the books, and determined the loss of money.

An accounting firm was hired to figure out how much.

A statement on the school district website indicates the new leadership is cooperating with police and regional and state PTA leaders.