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  ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ A key lawmaker is pitching a plan to legalize, license and tax Internet poker in New York state. 

The legislation from Republican Sen. John Bonacic would amend state gambling laws to license up to 10 operators to offer online poker games, specifically including Texas Hold `em. 

Operators would pay a $10 million licensing fee and a tax of 15 percent of their gross revenues. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ A senior official says Cuomo administration plans to expand college classes for New York's prison inmates will be privately funded and not financed by taxpayers. 

The administration official, who declined to be identified publicly under the terms of a background briefing with reporters, says Monday it's not part of the proposed state budget, noting lawmakers' opposition to spending state money. 

However, he says nonprofits and foundations are interested. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ State regulators selecting new casino operators in upstate New York say they will weigh local support from community groups and businesses. 

The state Gaming Commission's Facility Location Board put out requests for applications Monday for casinos in the Albany area, the Catskills and the Southern Tier. Applications need to be in by June. 

Regulators say they will seek exhaustive information from applicants on their finances, background and site plans. They also said they will consider a broad array of local opinion. 


  ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Researchers at the State University at Albany report developing a fast, accurate method for crime scene investigators to detect and recover gunshot residue from a crime scene or suspect. 

According to the university, researchers Igor Lednev and Justin Bueno have developed an approach that combines tape lifting and infrared spectroscopic imaging. 

When a gun is fired, particles from the bullet are discharged onto the shooter's hands and clothes, nearby furniture, and other surfaces. 

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP)  Days after biology major Gillian Carll arrived at Stony Brook University last fall, she encountered a young woman on a bench outside her dormitory who said she had nothing to eat.

``I was just like, `Oh, my gosh!' I didn't know kids could afford to go here but couldn't have mac and cheese or something like that,'' said the Livonia, N.Y., freshman. ``It was kind of unbelievable.''

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The Associated Press cites witnesses who say they've seen dozens of military trucks carrying armed soldiers arrive in Crimea as Russia reinforces its presence in the disputed Ukrainian peninsula. The Russians deny their armed forces are active in Crimea, but an Associated Press reporter trailed one military convoy on Saturday.

Members of the local Russian and Ukranian communities say they will work together to protest the situation. A rally calling for a peaceful solution to the Russian occupation is planned for 2:30-4 pm Sunday afternoon at Washington Square Park in Rochester.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  Freight trains passing through New York are under greater scrutiny following accidents elsewhere involving the shipment of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  First, Ryan Miller. Now, Pat LaFontaine.

A day after trading their star goalie to St. Louis, the Buffalo Sabres lost another face of their franchise after LaFontaine abruptly resigned as president of hockey operations on Saturday a little more than three months after being brought in to provide a new direction to the NHL's last-place team.

The Sabres announced the decision in a news release issued after speculation had been raised of a potential front-office shake-up involving LaFontaine.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  After public protests, New York officials have backed off a plan to eradicate 2,200 wild swans that had been labeled pests.  

The Department of Environmental Conservation drafted plans last year to wipe out the state's mute swan population on the grounds that the beautiful but aggressive birds are not native to the U.S. and are harming the habitat of domestic waterfowl.  

That plan called for officials to destroy nests, puncture eggs, and shoot or gas swans living on public lands.  

Animal lovers responded with 16,000 protest letters.  

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HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (AP) Officials investigating a carbon monoxide leak at a New York mall are concentrating on the heating system of a restaurant following the death of the eatery's 55-year-old manager and more than two dozen others being sent to hospitals.  

Suffolk County police have identified the man who died Saturday as Steven Nelson. He's the manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island. Officials say an autopsy will to determine the cause of death.