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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state's private colleges and universities have a new, affirmative sexual consent policy to combat campus sexual violence. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Tuesday at New York University at an event that included U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and congressman Charles Rangel. 

The bill has a ``yes means yes'' definition of consent requiring a clear, affirmative agreement between partners. It creates a victim's bill of rights and boosts training for law enforcement, faculty and students. 

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NEW YORK (AP)  The city is talking to the U.S. women's soccer team about the possibility of a parade following its World Cup victory.  Mayor Bill de Blasio's press secretary said Monday the administration congratulated the team ``on its tremendous achievement and is currently exploring logistics and talking with the team and other partners about a possible ticker-tape parade.'' 

The U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 on Sunday in Canada to win the World Cup.  Pittsford's Abby Wambach is part of that team.

ROC the Park Returns this Summer

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The urban music festival "ROC the Park" makes a return engagement this summer.

Mayor Lovely Warren says regional and local acts will be featured in three different concerts in July, August and September.

Here's the schedule from the city:

* 5 p.m., Saturday, July 25: "A Night of Neo-Soul" featuring Drea D'Nur with supporting acts Tamra; Will Houghton; Shondra Floyd; Monique Perry; Maisha and Jasma.

Each year, hundreds of refugees from around the world begin a new life in Rochester.

They come from places like Cuba, Sudan, the Congo, Nepal and Burma.

Many have spent time in refugee camps before arriving here, so the long journey is not seen as a hardship. It's a door into the future.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has taken steps to stop lenders from giving high-interest loans to service members.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that his administration will subject all loans to military personnel to the same state regulations already governing other loans.

A longstanding exception to state lending rules had allowed lenders to offer loans with interest rates of up to 36 percent to service members stationed in New York who weren't permanent residents.

NEW YORK (AP) — Patients and their caregivers plan to gather outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to plead for early access to medical marijuana.

The governor signed legislation a year ago authorizing medical marijuana in the state, but the program is still months away from beginning.

Patients and their families say they will meet outside Cuomo's New York offices on Tuesday to encourage him to sign legislation that would make the drug available immediately to patients with certain health conditions.

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New numbers from television networks show that Sunday’s world cup final was the most watched soccer game ever on U.S. television. It's estimated there were nearly 23 million viewers by the end of the game.

The U.S. win is inspiring young soccer players across the Rochester area and the nation.

Bree Chisolm, a camper at Brighton Soccer Camp, told WXXI News on Monday that she thinks the success of the U.S. squad will make more Americans appreciate women’s soccer.

The Rochester Lancers have shut down, and the owner of the indoor soccer team says it's due to a huge increase in workers compensation costs..

Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo said in a post on the Lancers website that a workers compensation insurance rate hike by the state from $20,000 to $200,000 a year is forcing the Lancers to cease operations.

Fantauzzo said the team was working towards a new season in November when staff were notified Monday of the decision.

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, July 7th

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First hour: Examining law enforcement processes, from the prison escape to homegrown terrorism

Second hour: The "raise the age" debate

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Only one contender has emerged with a proposal for a casino in New York's economically struggling Southern Tier — and it's a local racino whose earlier proposal failed to impress state gambling regulators.

Tioga Downs was the only bidder to submit an application by Monday's deadline.

Tioga's proposal to expand into a Las Vegas-style resort casino was rejected last year by a state panel that instead recommended three casinos elsewhere in the state.

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