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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The first openly gay member of New York state's highest court is being sworn in.

Judge Paul Feinman will formally take his place on the Court of Appeals following a ceremony Wednesday in Albany.

Feinman has been a judge for more than 20 years. He fills a vacancy created by the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who was found dead in the Hudson River near her Manhattan home in April.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo nominated Feinman and has called him a "trailblazer" whose career has been dedicated to the causes of justice and fairness.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York is poised to adopt new standards for the treatment of prisoners held in solitary confinement in local jails. 

The state's Commission on Corrections is expected to formally issue the new rules Tuesday. The changes come at the urging of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and must be published in the state register before taking effect, likely later this fall. 

Under the new regulations, all prisoners held in solitary at local jails must get at least four hours outside their cell daily. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State is taking steps to make it easier to sign up as an organ donor. 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new executive order Monday directing state agencies to work to make it easier to enroll on the state's Donate Life Registry, the list of organ donors. 

The order also directs officials to offer the choice of signing up whenever New Yorkers apply for state services or benefits. The state is also revamping the registry enrollment website to make it easier to use.

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WASHINGTON (AP)  The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it was extending its review of Western NY Republican Rep. Chris Collins, whose stock market trades prompted an advocacy group to request an investigation for possible violation of insider trading or conflict of interest 

Collins, who has denied any wrongdoing, was the largest shareholder of Australia's Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited and sat on the company's board of directors. Advocacy groups had said Collins sponsored legislation that could potentially benefit the company. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State lawmakers are looking at the causes of recent flooding along the shore lines of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The state Senate will hold a hearing Tuesday on the spring and summer floods in the community of Mexico in Oswego County. The calamity damaged homes and businesses, eroded shoreline and hurt the area's tourism economy just before its peak season.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State needs $27 billion to repair hundreds of aging, locally owned bridges, according to a new report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. 

About half of the state's 17,000 bridges are owned by local governments. Nearly 13 percent of these locally owned spans are considered structurally deficient. Some need repairs to allow them to carry heavier loads; others are prone to floods. 

Many are more than half a century old; the average age of the 823 locally owned bridges in New York City is 75 years. 

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly 2,500 school board members and administrators from around New York State will tackle a weighty agenda at their annual convention.

The issues include opioid abuse, teacher shortages, student civil rights, mental health and testing. The New York State School Boards Association convenes in Lake Placid from Oct. 12-14.

On Thursday, U.S. Education Department Office for Civil Rights' Acting Secretary Candace Jackson is scheduled to discuss the Trump administration's civil rights priorities for public schools.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A.J. Green had a hand in three turnovers that kept it close, but the receiver also pulled off a 77-yard touchdown and another long catch that set up a score Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Bengals to a 20-16 victory over the Buffalo Bills in a steady rain.

After losing their first three games, the Bengals (2-3) have salvaged their season by getting the ball to their playmakers at decisive moments. Green's 47-yard catch set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Joe Mixon that put Cincinnati ahead to stay in the fourth quarter.

LONDON (AP) —London police say a car crash that injured 11 people outside the Natural History Museum is a road traffic accident, not a terror attack.

Police made the statement Saturday afternoon nearly four hours after the car hit pedestrians in a crowded tourist area. One man was detained at the scene. He has not been charged.

The London Ambulance Service says nine people were hospitalized after the crash.

Britain has been on a "severe" terrorist threat level and a massive police response followed the traffic incident.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A report from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that the state received 84 cents for every dollar it sent in taxes to the federal government in 2016.

DiNapoli says New York receives significantly less per tax dollar than the vast majority of states. The report estimates that New York sent an estimated $40.9 billion more in tax payments to Washington last year than it received back in federal spending.

The report shows most states received more than they paid. The average return for all states was $1.18 per tax dollar sent to Washington.

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