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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.

Organizers of a local rally do not expect near record heat on Saturday to keep people from protesting the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Some twenty faith and social justice groups are planning the afternoon event at Washington Square Park to coincide with the hundreds of rallies and marches that are planned across the nation.

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NEW YORK (AP)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that allows immigrant parents to designate a ``standby guardian'' for their children if the parent is detained in New York or faces deportation. 

The Democrat signed the legislation at a community college in the Bronx on Wednesday, a day after a federal judge ordered immigrant families separated at the border to be reunited. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Immigration officials say they've arrested 40 people, many of them convicted criminals, during a four-day enforcement action across New York state.

Among those picked up last week were a Canadian man who'd been convicted of sexual assault and a Mexican national with domestic violence and firearm convictions.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday that 35 men and five women from 13 countries were arrested over four days.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators are requiring credit reporting agencies to register with the state in the wake of last year's Equifax security breach that exposed the personal information of about 148 million Americans.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state Department of Financial Services has issued new regulations aimed at protecting the private data of millions of New Yorkers. The Democrat says state financial services regulators now have oversight for the first time over credit reporting agencies operating in New York.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP & WXXI News) — Authorities have released the name of a U.S. Navy pilot who died in the crash of an A-29 jet north of Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Navy officials say Navy Lt. Christopher Carey Short of Canandaigua was killed in Friday's crash over the Red Rio Bombing Range.

The range is part of White Sands Missile Range located about 65 miles north of Holloman.

In a statement Sunday, Navy officials say the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is demanding the Trump administration provide information on the estimated 700 immigrant children sent to foster care agencies in the state after being separated from their parents. 

The Democrat told reporters during a teleconference Thursday that he has written to the Health and Human Services secretary requesting information on the children being housed in New York so the state can provide appropriate services. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers wrapped up their 2018 session with most of the year's biggest issues left unresolved.

The Republican-led Senate adjourned early Thursday, a few hours after the Democratic-led Assembly left the Capitol. The session came to a bumpy end after attempts to reach compromise on a number of issues fell flat.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A New York court has thrown out rules that would have let some charter schools certify their own teachers. 

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Debra Young has ruled that only the state education commissioner and Board of Regents can set teacher qualification standards. 

The ruling voids an alternative certification process approved by the State University of New York Charter Schools Committee last October.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State has launched a plan to help boost awareness of mosquito-borne diseases and how to avoid them this summer.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the goal is to protect New Yorkers against diseases carried by mosquitoes with statewide public education and outreach programs. The governor says the effort will help families stay safe when spending time outdoors during the warm weather.