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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A push to outlaw the declawing of cats in New York would make the state a feline first in the nation.

Animal-welfare advocates and many veterinarians say declawing involves the amputation of a cat's toes back to the first knuckle and leaves them permanently injured.

The state's largest veterinary association opposes a ban, arguing that the procedure should remain a last resort for felines who won't stop scratching furniture or humans.

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP)  U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she is ruling out a run for president in 2020 because she's ``focused entirely'' on running for re-election next year. 

The New York Democrat told cable's Spectrum News during an event Monday at Fort Drum in northern New York that she's ``dedicated to serving our state as our senator'' and is running for re-election in 2018. 

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)  The Buffalo Bills have fired general manager Doug Whaley one day after the end of the NFL draft, a move that further solidifies rookie head coach Sean McDermott's control over the team.

Team owner Terry Pegula said Sunday he and his wife, Kim, reached the decision after a lengthy review of the team. Whaley's dismissal completes what has become yet another front-office house-cleaning which began when coach Rex Ryan was fired in the final week of last season.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 6,000 people have signed up in a single week to be organ donors through New York's health plan marketplace.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 6,326 people enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry in the week ending April 27th.

Cuomo signed legislation last year requiring the health department to add the organ donation component to its health insurance application.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation introduced in New York State would make it a crime to upload or livestream video of a crime to social media with the intent of glorifying violence or seeking fame.

State Sen. Phil Boyle, a Long Island Republican, said Thursday that his bill is a response to a series of "heinous crimes" that have been filmed and posted online by the perpetrators.

Boyle says his proposal is needed to prevent "attention-hungry criminals" from using the internet to celebrate violence.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State is planning to commemorate this year's 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the Erie Canal with a series of major events along the waterway.

The state Canal Corp. announced Thursday that it will host three premier events in Waterford, at the canal's eastern terminus; Lockport, near the waterway's western end; and Rome in central New York, where construction began on July 4, 1817.

NEW YORK (AP)  A `superbug' fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey. One case was reported in Rochester.

First identified in Japan in 2009, the fungus has spread to more than a dozen countries around the globe. The oldest of the 66 cases reported in the U.S. dates back to 2013, but most were reported in the last year. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Senate has voted to impose eight-year term limits on legislative leadership positions.

Under the legislation endorsed by the Republican-led Senate on Tuesday no lawmaker could hold positions such as Senate leader or Assembly speaker or chair a committee for longer than eight years.

The Senate has already adopted voluntary term limits of eight years for its own top positions. Supporters say the limits help prevent corruption and encourage new leaders with new ideas to step forward.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's mental health leaders are uniting to condemn psychological treatments designed to alter the sexual orientation of a minor.

The New York State Psychiatric Association, the New York State Psychological Association and National Association of Social Workers' New York chapters on Tuesday urged lawmakers to outlaw conversion therapy, in which a counselor or psychologist attempts to change a minor's sexuality.

Under pending legislation, any licensed mental health practitioner who performs conversion therapy could be cited for unprofessional conduct.

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