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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A third set of 100 New York college students and construction workers is headed to Puerto Rico to help rebuilding after Hurricane Maria's heavy blow to the island last year.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the volunteer deployment Sunday. It's the third since the start of June. They're part of various efforts the state has been making to aid the island and Puerto Ricans displaced by Maria.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP)  A U.S.-Canadian agency is suggesting ways the two nations can help prevent flame-retardant chemicals from polluting the Great Lakes.

The International Joint Commission made the recommendations in a report Thursday. They're directed toward both federal governments as well as states, provinces, tribes and cities.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Move over wine slushies, New Yorkers will soon be allowed to purchase beer ice cream. 

A new state law will authorize the sale of ice cream made with cider or beer.

The measure will require the frozen products to contain no more than 5 percent alcohol and prohibit sales to anyone younger than 21. 

New York has allowed the sale of wine ice cream for a decade. Lawmakers voted earlier this year to add beer and cider ice cream to the list in an effort to take advantage of consumer interest. 

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ALFRED, N.Y. (AP) — A New York State trooper killed on duty by a suicidal man was remembered at his funeral Sunday for his leadership, passion for life and willingness to help others.

Trooper Nicholas Clark's life "was taken because he did what we asked him to do," said State Police Superintendent George Beach, speaking to a crowd at an arena at Alfred University that included Gov. Andrew Cuomo and numerous troopers and other law enforcement officers.

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ERWIN, N.Y. (AP) — New York state police say a school principal who killed a state trooper owned 12 illegal firearms, including eight assault rifles.

Police say Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed early Monday by Steven Kiley, who had barricaded himself in a house near the Pennsylvania border.

Police on Friday said the illegal firearms recovered also included three handguns and one rifle. They also recovered numerous high-capacity magazines.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Department of Motor Vehicles is urging people to get a Real ID when they renew their driver's license to avoid having to make another trip to the DMV.

Starting on Oct. 1, 2020, standard driver's licenses won't be accepted for domestic air travel without additional documentation. Motor Vehicles officials are launching a statewide promotional tour to inform people about the upcoming change.

BEIJING (AP) — The United States hiked tariffs on Chinese imports Friday and Beijing announced it was retaliating against American goods in a technology dispute between the world's two biggest economies that President Donald Trump says he is prepared to escalate.

Washington imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, a first step in what could become an accelerating series of tariffs.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students after the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions.

The Democratic governor on Thursday directed the chairmen of the boards of trustees of the City University of New York and State University of New York to prepare a report by Aug. 15 on how they'll increase diversity on campuses.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will temporarily halt work on highway construction projects to ease traffic associated with the July 4 holiday.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the move on Tuesday. The work suspensions will run through Wednesday and Thursday, with work resuming on Friday.

The work stoppage means construction-related lane closures will be temporarily eliminated on highways and bridges, reducing the risk of traffic bottlenecks during the busy holiday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — More than a century after his death, Frederick Douglass and July 4 remain profoundly intertwined.

Douglass was one of the greatest public speakers of the Civil War era, a conscience of the abolitionist movement and beyond and a popular choice for summing up American ideals, failings and challenges. His withering 1852 oration in Rochester, New York ranks high in the canon of American oratory and is still widely cited as a corrective to the day's celebratory spirit.