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(AP) Even Pittsford native Abby Wambach is astonished when she reflects on her year. She went from publicly acknowledging a problem with alcohol and prescription pills to getting sober and marrying a "Christian mommy blogger."

The biggest stunner? She doesn't miss soccer a bit.

"I played soccer until the end," she said. "I played it and I did it as well as I possibly could for as long as I could. I don't miss any of my old life."

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A bill under consideration in New York's legislature would give banks the ability to temporarily freeze the accounts of older adults when they notice activity uncharacteristic of a person's normal spending habits.

The measure is intended to combat financial abuse and fraud aimed at elders.

New York's Office of Children and Family Services says financial fraud costs the state's seniors an estimated $1.5 billion per year.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A restaurant operator and a supermarket chain will sponsor the Dairy Products Building at the New York State Fair this year, after the long-time operator quit in a financial dispute with the state.

Fair officials announced Friday that Syracuse-based restaurant operator Tully's Good Times will sponsor the Milk Bar and put its logo on the 25-cent cups of milk sold there.

Officials said Rochester-based Wegmans Food Markets will sponsor the annual butter sculpture.

The Milk Bar will be operated by three fair vendors who run other concessions.

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YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. (AP)  A reinforced concrete and masonry seawall protecting the oldest building in the Great Lakes Basin has to be repaired after Lake Ontario's pounding waves punched holes in the barrier.

Robert Emerson, executive director at Old Fort Niagara in western New York, says Friday that a structural engineer has inspected the seawall along the shoreline at the state-owned historic site. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The New York Legislature has overturned a state law that allows 14-year-olds to legally wed. 

The Democratic-led Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would increase the age of marriage to 17. The Republican-led Senate passed the measure earlier this week. 

New York is one of three states that allows children as young as 14 to marry with parental and judicial consent. The other two are Alaska and North Carolina. 

Child advocates say the New York law can trap minors in forced marriages, sexual abuse and domestic violence. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state has begun accepting applications for its new tuition-free college program.

More than 3,000 people signed up for the Excelsior scholarship Wednesday, the first day the applications were available.

They'll be accepted through July 21. Applicants should know within a week whether they're eligible to receive funding.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation late Monday allowing Uber and Lyft to begin service in cities like Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany as well as all of Long Island on June 29.

The ride-hailing apps had been limited to the New York City area until lawmakers voted earlier this year to allow them to expand later this summer.

Lawmakers then voted to move up the start date to the end of June to allow Uber and Lyft to begin operations in time for the busy July 4th weekend.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is moving to ensure several protections in the Affordable Care Act remain in place regardless of whether the Republican-led Congress votes to repeal it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has directed state regulators to prohibit insurers from discriminating against customers based on pre-existing conditions, age or gender. The state also will require insurers to cover contraceptive drugs and devices without charging co-pays or deductibles.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Local officials from around New York plan to meet Monday at the state capital in Albany to rally against climate change.

They plan to release a letter signed by more than 200 elected officials asking State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to drop the $5 billion that the New York's Common Retirement Fund invests in fossil fuels.

The move comes in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation before New York state lawmakers seeks to prevent conflicts of interest in the awarding of state grants.

The proposal would prohibit legislators from giving state funding that they control to organizations tied to a relative, romantic partner or co-worker.

Good government groups have long criticized loose rules that give lawmakers great discretion in the awarding of certain grants.

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