NEW YORK (AP) — A unique English language learning program being offered by New York state is giving some immigrants a different way to learn — through phone calls and text messages.

The premise is simple — those who have signed up call a number whenever they want to hear recorded lessons. Then they're asked questions they answer via text messages to show they've understood what's being taught. Get the questions right, move on to the next unit. Answer incorrectly, and a coach will call to help clarify the concept.

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Student leaders at Ithaca College are expected to release the results of a no confidence vote in President Tom Rochon.

The Student Government Association initiated the symbolic vote following campus protests over the racial climate on campus.

Results of student voting are expected to be made public Monday evening.

Ithaca is among several college campuses that saw demonstrations in the wake of protests at the University of Missouri over the administration's handling of racial issues and subsequent leadership resignations.

After months-long investigations by the Secret Service in western New York, the feds have a warning for consumers and businesses about a scheme that uses stolen credit cards to buy reloadable gift cards.

"The reason that criminals want to put credit card value onto gift cards is because a gift card is in a sense just a wallet full of money," said Bill Hochul, the U.S. Attorney for western New York.

According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, 1 in 5 transgender individuals will face homelessness at some point in their lives.

For some, shelters do not offer safety.

In 2012, HUD ruled that those seeking or living in federally funded housing could not be discriminated against on the basis of gender identity, but it was not clear whether emergency shelters for the homeless were beholden to this policy.

PARIS (AP) — Facing pushback at home, President Barack Obama said Sunday that American leadership was helping make gains in the global fight against climate change as he tried to reassure world leaders assembling for a historic conference in Paris that the U.S. can deliver on its own commitments.

First hour: The McGraw Hill textbook controversy and how textbooks are made

Second hour: Jeff Smith, author of Mr. Smith Goes to Prison

Jeff Smith

First hour: Understanding how high school textbooks can have serious errors about slavery

Second hour: Inside the American prison system

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs kept ignoring questions about the playoffs all week, even though Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills really was a matchup of wildcard contenders.

It's going to be harder to ignore the postseason chatter now.

Alex Smith threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, Spencer Ware ran for 114 yards and another score, and the Chiefs beat the Bills 30-22 for their fifth straight victory — one that solidifies their spot in the playoff chase with five games left in the regular season.

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.

Mute Swans Spared

Nov 29, 2015
Mute Swan

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.