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The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo is honoring the role of women in aviation during this weekend's air show.

The Geneseo museum's guests of honor include 100-year-old Dawn Seymour, a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. Known as WASPs, they ferried warplanes across the United States to free male pilots for combat overseas.

Seymour, from South Bristol in Ontario County, piloted B-17 bombers during the war. The museum is home to one of less than a dozen B-17s still capable of flying.

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FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Several thousand law enforcement officers from across the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend this weekend's funeral for a New York state trooper killed in the line of duty.

WWNY-TV in Watertown reports that state police officials expect 3,000 to 5,000 officers to attend Saturday's services for Trooper Joel Davis. The 36-year-old was fatally shot Sunday night while responding to reports of gunfire on a couple's property in the town of Theresa.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state research institute is laying off 38 employees, a shakeup that comes after its former leader was charged in a bribery and bid-rigging case that rattled Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

The layoffs were first reported by The Associated Press.

SUNY Poly interim president Bahgat Sammakia says affected employees are being notified Friday. They include Albany-based administrative and support staff but no research faculty.


NEW YORK (AP)  The corruption conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was overturned Thursday by a federal appeals court that cited a recent Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of what it takes to convict a public official. 

The three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said it could not conclude that a rational jury would have convicted the Democrat if it had been properly instructed on what constitutes an ``official act.'' 


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man whom federal investigators have questioned about the disappearance of a Chili teen eight years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to unrelated federal robbery charges.

Timothy Taylor, 26, of McClellanville submitted his plea as prosecutors told a judge he failed a lie detector test while being questioned about the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's approval ratings are slipping amid transit problems in New York City. 

Forty-six percent of those surveyed in a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday say they approve of Cuomo's performance, the lowest rating for the governor in the Connecticut college's polls since September 2015. 

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A friend of a young mother slain along with a state trooper in northern New York says she was devoted to her son and always willing to help people. 

Jerry Mikels says he was shocked when he heard Army Staff Sgt. Justin Walters was charged in the shooting death Sunday night of his 27-year-old wife Nichole and New York State Trooper Joel Davis. Mikels said he didn't think Justin Walters would be capable of killing his wife. 

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(AP & WXXI News) Theresa, N.Y.— A U.S. Army soldier is accused of shooting and killing a New York State Police trooper who was responding to a domestic dispute.

The suspect, identified as Justin Walters, 32, surrendered without incident after the trooper and Walters' wife were killed Sunday night at a home in the town of Theresa, in Jefferson County, near the Canadian border, New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is taking aim at the invasive species threatening local ecosystems statewide.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will award $1.7 million to 35 local governments, colleges and non-profit organizations to support their work to detect and eliminate invading plant and animal species.

The individual projects target several invasive terrestrial and aquatic plant and animal species, including the tree-killing emerald ash borer and the aquatic water chestnut.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State police issued over 10,000 tickets during their annual Fourth of July crackdown on drunk driving.

Overall, troopers issued 10,435 tickets statewide during the 96-hour campaign, which began July 1 and continued until midnight Tuesday. DWI arrests totaled 240, and crashes killed three people.