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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending units of the New York Army and Air National Guard to two southern states to assist in the response to Hurricane Irma.

Cuomo says 10 Blackhawk helicopters and 55 soldiers from the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade deployed Monday to Florida. The unit operates out of airports in Rochester, Albany and Long Island. The crews are flying to Richmond, Virginia, and are scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville on Tuesday.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A state board has denied parole to a tailor who played a key role in a prison break that's the subject of a Showtime miniseries being filmed in the northern New York region where it happened. 

Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years for passing tools to killers Richard Matt and David Sweat, enabling their escape from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in June 2015. 

The subsequent three-week manhunt ended with Matt shot dead and Sweat captured near the Canadian border. 

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes and the new-look Bills beat the New York Jets 21-12 on Sunday in Sean McDermott's debut as Buffalo's coach.

Mike Tolbert also scored on a 1-yard run , while Buffalo's defense had three interceptions, including linebacker Ramon Humber picking off Josh McCown's pass to thwart a 2-point conversion in the third quarter.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told labor officials to gather input on the practice of scheduling retail and other workers with short notice. The results could shape potential regulation.

Cuomo said Saturday the Labor Department will hold hearings on what's known as "on-call," ''just-in-time" and "call-in" scheduling. Worker advocates say it can leave employees scrambling for child care and uncertain of their paychecks.

The Democratic governor says four hearings around the state this fall will help craft "sensible protections" for workers.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  Some 8 million New Yorkers were affected by the massive cyberattack targeting the credit monitoring company Equifax. 

The figure comes from the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who on Friday launched an investigation into the massive breach. 

In total, the cyberattack targeting the credit monitoring company exposed data belonging to 143 million Americans including Social Security numbers, birthdates and driver's license numbers. 

Schneiderman says his office aims to ``get to the bottom'' of how the breach occurred. 


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's ban on assisted suicide stands after the state's highest court rejected arguments from terminally ill patients who want the right to seek life-ending drugs from a doctor.

The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that state lawmakers had a rational reason for passing a ban on assisted suicide and that the ban doesn't violate the state constitution.

The case was brought by patients and advocates who say New Yorkers with a terminal illness shouldn't have to suffer needlessly.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A coalition of more than 100 nonprofit community service organizations is urging New York's congressional delegation to reject proposed budget cuts to food stamps, Medicaid and other social programs.

The group wrote to the state's federal lawmakers Thursday asking them to fight the cuts, which they said would devastate services for the most vulnerable residents.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A New York lawmaker wants to rechristen a state park named after Donald Trump to honor a woman killed while protesting white nationalists last month.

Democratic Queens Assemblywoman Nily Rozic announced legislation Wednesday that would rename Donald J. Trump State Park the Heather D. Heyer State Park.

Heyer was killed when a car plowed into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman say New York will sue over President Donald Trump's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children. 

The two Democrats say ending the program allowing hundreds of thousands of immigrants to remain in the United States is cruel and unwarranted. 

BARKER, N.Y. (AP) — Multiple state and federal agencies are assisting in the search for three kayakers who went missing while on Lake Ontario in upstate New York.

The Somerset Police Department says the three men were last seen leaving a boat launch at Golden Hills State Park in Barker Monday afternoon. Police say the men were reported missing around 6 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard has deployed three boats and is coordinating with a Canadian rescue team. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is assisting in the search on the shoreline.