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PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A scuba-diving treasure hunter who found an American Hockey League Hall of Fame ring in one of New York's Finger Lakes is returning it to its owner.

Gary Gavurnik, of Auburn, New York, plans to return the prized ring to former AHL star Dick Gamble on Monday. Gavurnik found it with a metal detector in Canandaigua Lake over the Fourth of July weekend.

The 88-year-old Canadian-born Gamble starred for the AHL's Rochester Americans and retired early in the 1969-70 season. He was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2007.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A crew from New York state is heading west to help battle wildfires.

Twenty employees and volunteers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation are departing Saturday to help where needed. Crews are battling wildfires in California, Montana and British Columbia.

The New York team includes state forest rangers and is expected to be out west for two weeks. Costs will be handled by the U.S. Forest Service.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is proud to help its neighbors out west.

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SODUS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer says the federal government needs to repair a New York community's waterfront infrastructure after it was severely damaged by the flooding along Lake Ontario.

The New York Democrat was in the Wayne County town of Sodus on Friday. He called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the breakwater and steel wall that protect homes and businesses on Sodus Point and Sodus Bay from the lake's wind-driven waves.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has raised the age of marriage to 17 in an effort to prevent child marriage.

The change took effect Thursday, a month after lawmakers voted to rewrite a state law that had allowed children as young as 14 to legally wed.

Under the new rules, an individual aged 17 must receive judicial approval before marrying.

New York had been one of only three states that allowed 14-year-olds to marry, the others being North Carolina and Alaska.

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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — Construction funding totaling $141 million has been allocated for an upgrade to an upstate New York veterans medical center.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will issue construction bids next month for the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Campus. The money will be used for renovations and new buildings, including an 84,200-square-foot  outpatient clinic.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say about 75,000 people have applied for New York's new tuition-free college program but it's not yet known how many of them will receive an award.

The deadline for applying for an Excelsior Scholarship is Friday.

After other student aid has been applied, the initiative proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo covers the balance of state college or university tuition for full-time, in-state students from families earning $100,000 or less. The maximum award is $5,500.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Another poll says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's popularity is sagging amid New York City's transit troubles. 

Tuesday's Siena College poll found that 52 percent of respondents gave the Democratic governor an overall favorable rating, down from 61 percent two months ago. 

Just 43 percent rated Cuomo's performance as excellent or good, with 55 percent rating it as fair or poor. 

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WASHINGTON (AP)  Manufacturing in New York state grew for a second month in July but at a much slower pace, as new orders and shipments both slipped. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index dropped to 9.8 from 19.8 in June. Any reading above zero signals expansion. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says tourism in the North Country of New York is booming.

He says there have been more than 12 million visitors to the Adirondacks, and it's a $1.3-billion industry.

Cuomo spoke Sunday at the Adirondack Challenge. The event featured recreational opportunities including fly fishing, horseback riding, golf and a motorcycle ride. In Indian Lake, there was a festival and a reception featuring foods and beverages from New York.

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FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state trooper killed in the line of duty was recalled at his funeral Saturday as a hero who protected his community by running toward gunfire.

New York State Police Superintendent George Beach praised the character of Joel Davis at an Army base in northern New York where Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other dignitaries saw hundreds of state troopers move hats from heads to hearts as they passed the casket of their fallen brother.

Beach said Davis was a "great trooper" who served "fairly, honorably and with dignity."

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