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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP)  A Houston company says it's selling its salt mine on the shore of Seneca Lake, but will proceed with a propane storage project that's opposed by Finger Lakes winemakers and others in the region. 

Crestwood Equity Partners announced Tuesday that it's selling U.S. Salt in Watkins Glen to Kissner Group Holdings for $225 million. But it's preserving its right to store propane and natural gas in nearby depleted salt caverns.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie linebacker Matt Milano scored on a 40-yard fumble return on a rain-slick field, and the Buffalo Bills forced four turnovers in beating the Oakland Raiders 34-14 on Sunday.

Tyrod Taylor threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Andre Holmes and also scored on a 1-yard run for Buffalo. LeSean McCoy had a season-best 151 yards rushing and also scored on a 48-yard run.

The Bills improved to 4-0 at home for the first time since winning their first five home games of the 1995 season.

Rochester-(AP) — Hanad Abdi fled Somalia two summers ago after men killed his father and stole the family farm. His only hope for safety and freedom, he said, was to flee to America.

But after smuggling himself to Ethiopia, then Brazil, then thousands of miles through South and Central America, he landed in an immigration detention center in snowy Batavia, New York, where he was held for 10 months while he applied for asylum.

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say a state parole officer fatally shot by a Canandaigua Police Officer fired first at the cop after he entered her apartment to check on her welfare. 

State Police officials conducting the investigation into the Oct. 4 shooting at an apartment complex in Canandaigua said Friday that 48-year-old Sandy Guardiola was lying in her bed when Detective Sgt. Scott Kadien checked on her at the request of another parole officer. 


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that bans electronic cigarettes from places in New York State where smoking tobacco is already prohibited. 

The measure the Democrat signed into law Monday adds e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which prohibits smoking in workplaces including bars and restaurants. 

Cuomo says the new law closes a loophole in the current state law and will create ``a stronger, healthier New York for all.'' 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a civil rights investigation on Monday into The Weinstein Co. following sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. 

As part of the investigation, the prosecutor's office issued a subpoena seeking company records on harassment complaints and legal settlements to determine whether any civil rights and anti-discrimination laws were broken.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers will be eligible for health care benefits under a new state law. 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he had signed legislation that will provide the benefit to the nearly 100,000 New Yorkers who serve as volunteers with fire companies across the state.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White forced and recovered a fumble to set up Stephen Hauschka's 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining and the Buffalo Bills beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27 Sunday.

LeSean McCoy had 91 yards rushing and scored twice including a 7-yard run to tie the score with 2:28 remaining. Tyrod Taylor went 20 of 33 for 268 yards and a touchdown, while Buffalo's defense forced three turnovers.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York health officials are warning state residents that disease-carrying ticks might still be active this fall.

Ticks can remain active until temperatures drop below about 40 degrees. So officials say it's important to take precautions and perform tick checks after being outdoors even as the weather cools down.

Lyme disease-causing bacteria are spread by blacklegged ticks, which are common around the state.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The senior adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says she has experienced repeated sexism and harassment during her career — including an inappropriate sexual comment from someone who is now a national leader in progressive politics.

Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa did not identify who made the comment. She said the man made a sexual comment about her on a work conference call several years ago. DeRosa was 25 at the time and says the man did not know she was on the call.

She also recounted chauvinistic comments from male lawmakers.