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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing measures to fight the crushing burden of student loan debt.

The Democratic governor says his proposed reforms build on the Excelsior Scholarship, which makes New York's public universities tuition-free for middle class families.

Cuomo proposes creating a student loan ombudsman in the state Department of Financial Services to help resolve student complaints, educate borrowers and assist students in default.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP)  Two protesters taking part in demonstrations roiling Iran were killed at a rally overnight, authorities said Sunday, the first deaths attributed to the ongoing protests as the government blocked access to a popular messaging app used by activists. 

The demonstrations, which began Thursday over the economic woes plaguing Iran, appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the protests that followed the country's disputed 2009 presidential election. 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady passed for a pair of touchdowns and the New England Patriots stayed on track to claim home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 37-16 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Dion Lewis caught a touchdown pass and rushed for a 4-yard score. He carried 24 times for career-high 129 yards. It was just his second-career 100-yard game. Mike Gillislee, active for the first time in six games, added a 1-yard rushing touchdown

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing new rules for online campaign ads to ensure voters know who is behind the content. 

The Democrat on Thursday said online ads should be held to the same scrutiny as traditional campaign advertisements for print, TV and radio. 

He wants lawmakers to approve rules requiring online ads to include the name of the group paying for the content. Additionally, platforms like Facebook would be directed to maintain a public file containing greater information about campaign ads. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Census says New York state's population bumped up slightly to 19.85 million.

The annual Census state population estimates released Wednesday show New York with 13,113 more people on July 1.

New York remains the fourth most populous state after California, Texas and Florida.

The state's year-to-year growth rate of less than 0.1 percent lagged the national growth rate of 0.72 percent.

New York's population count continued to benefit from new immigrants, though the state also continued to lose residents to other states.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — LeSean McCoy scored twice and surpassed 10,000 career-yards rushing, while helping the Buffalo Bills stay in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt with a 24-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that state-funded debt is projected to grow to $63.7 billion within months.

That works out to more than $3,100 per person in New York, or three times the median for all states.

The comptroller used his latest report on state debt to renew his call for reforms that include voter approval of borrowing and better capital planning for infrastructure projects.

New York's annual debt service payments are projected to exceed $8.2 billion by 2022.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general says he'll lead a multi-state lawsuit to stop the rollback of "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet.

Democrat Eric Schneiderman released a statement announcing the lawsuit after the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to scrap the Obama-era regulations. He said the rollback will give internet service providers new ways to control what consumers can see, do and say online.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to take away all firearms from New Yorkers who are convicted of domestic violence crimes. 

The Democrat announced the plan Wednesday as the first of the proposals he'll unveil next month during his State of the State address that opens the 2018 legislative session. 

Under Cuomo's proposal, all guns would immediately be removed from anyone convicted of domestic violence crimes, including misdemeanors. He says his legislation would add measures aimed at keeping domestic violence perpetrators from obtaining firearms. 

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — LeSean McCoy scored on a 21-yard run with 1:33 left in overtime to secure the Buffalo Bills' 13-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in a wintry, white-out setting best suited for snow shoes and sled dogs.

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McCoy finished with 156 yards rushing and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the sixth time in his career on a slick, snow-covered field.

The Bills' sideline erupted after McCoy's touchdown, with numerous players running on to the field and either making snow angels or engaging in celebratory snowball fights.

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