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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The New York State Canal System is getting a spring cleanup.

More than 100 volunteer cleanup events have been scheduled Friday through Sunday along the 524-mile (843-kilometer) canal system and its trails.

The cleanup weekend is organized by Parks & Trails New York, a nonprofit group working with the New York State Canal Corporation.

New York's canal system dates back 200 years to the founding of the Erie Canal. The system runs from Buffalo to Albany and into northern New York.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo reports earning $400,000 on his federal tax return for 2016.

The Democratic governor made his tax returns available to journalists Tuesday afternoon, revealing a sharp increase in royalties from his 2014 memoir "All Things Possible."

The nearly $168,000 Cuomo accrued from his gubernatorial salary is boosted by $218,000 from the book and some investment income.

The returns show Cuomo donated $20,000 to HELP USA, a charity for the homeless he founded decades ago.

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HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP)  The long-awaited arrival of April the giraffe's baby in upstate New York has made Animal Adventure Park the second most live-viewed channel in YouTube's history. 

YouTube says April's livestream had more than 232 million live views and 7.6 billion minutes of live watch time since February, second only to League of Legends eSports, which has been around since 2012. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are asking residents to help prevent wildfires now that spring is here.

State environmental and homeland security officials are holding a news conference Monday at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve to talk about what the public can do to help prevent seasonal wildfires.

Wildfires spread when it is dry and breezy. They can be started by unattended campfires, burning leaves or even cigarettes tossed from cars.

New York has more than 18 million acres of forested land.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Will New York's first-in-the-nation free tuition program for middle-class college students spread to other states?

That's the hope of proponents such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who made debt-free college a key talking point in their Democratic presidential campaigns. And that's the prediction of its main champion, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called the plan a "model for the nation."

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state will use $1 million set aside in its new budget to establish a hate crimes task force. 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says the group will include members of the New York State Police working with the state Division of Human Rights as well as prosecutors and local school and law enforcement officials. 

The task force will be charged with identifying and investigating hate crimes and discriminatory practices. 

Cuomo has said the state has an obligation to protect its residents from crimes motivated by bias or bigotry. 


HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — And baby makes glee.

Before an online audience of more than a million viewers, April the giraffe gave birth to a calf Saturday at a New York zoo, ending weeks of proverbial pacing by animal lovers in a virtual worldwide waiting room.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his first-in-the-nation proposal to make state college tuition free for middle-class students, he stood next to Bernie Sanders. This week when Cuomo celebrated its approval, he was arm in arm with Hillary Clinton.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang on Saturday, with ruler Kim Jong Un looking on with delight as his nation flaunted its increasingly sophisticated military hardware amid rising regional tensions.

Kim did not speak during the annual parade, which celebrates the 1912 birthday of his late grandfather Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founding ruler, but a top official warned that the North would stand up to any threat posed by the United States.

(AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo's main economic development engine for New York no longer has a provision that requires participating businesses to report how many jobs they've created.