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2012 Dec 24
In West Webster, NY, William H. Spengler, Jr. (62) shot and killed two firefighters and seriously injured two others as they responded to a fire at his home. Spengler was convicted in 1981 in the death of his 92-year-old grandmother a year earlier. He served time in prison and was released in 1998. The death toll rose to three as police revealed that a body believed to be the killer's sister, Cheryl Spengler (67), was found in his home. On Dec 28 Dawn Nguyen (24) was arrested and charged in connection with the Christmas Eve ambush.
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2013 Jan 12
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency, giving pharmacists permission to administer flu vaccinations to more people as officials seek to stem the worst flu outbreak in that state in several years.
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2013 Jan 15
New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the NY Safe Act, the nation’s toughest gun restrictions and the first since the recent Connecticut school shooting. It included an expanded assault weapon ban and mandatory background checks for buying ammunition.
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2013 Mar 13
In New York Kurt Myers (64) started a fire in his apartment in Mohawk and then killed two customers in a nearby barbershop. He then drove to nearby Herkimer and killed two more people before holing up in an abandoned building. Myers was killed the next day in an exchange of gunfire with police.
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2013 Apr 15
Key measures of New York's tough new gun law kicked in, with owners of firearms now reclassified as assault weapons required to start registering the firearms and new limits on the number of bullets allowed in magazines.
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2013 May 6
In New York 30 horses being taken to slaughter in Canada were burned alive when the tractor-trailer transporting them caught fire on an upstate highway.
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2013 May 17
In New York Andrea Rebello (24), a student at Hofstra Univ. was shot and killed after an armed man broke into the home she shared with her twin sister. Gunfire from a police officer killed intruder Dalton Smith (30) and Rebello.
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2013 May 24
In upstate New York a volunteer Angel Flight crashed killing the pilot and two passengers.
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2013 Jun 3
Sulejman Mujagic (50), arrested las November in Utica, NY, was extradited to Bosnia-Herzegovina to be tried for alleged war crimes committed in 1995.
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2013 Jun 20
The corporate office of 7-Eleven told its 5,600 franchise owners of the chain's convenience stores that it was requiring an internal review of personnel files after federal authorities seized 14 stores in New York and Virginia this week that employed undocumented workers in a "modern-day plantation system."
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2013 Jul 30
A New York sate appeals court ruled that NYC’s Board of health exceeded its legal authority when it voted last year to put a 16-ounce size limit on high calorie soft drinks.
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2013 Sep 16
Glafira Rosales, a NY art dealer, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. She admitted to having fooled two local commercial art galleries in to buying 63 forged works of art for more than $30 million over the past 15 years.
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2013 Nov 7
The US National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY, inducted the rubber duck and the game of chess.
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2013 Dec 23
Over 390,000 homes and businesses were without power in Michigan, New York and northern New England. In Maine over 78,000 people were without power. The weekend storm left at least 11 people dead.
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2013 Dec 24
In upstate New York 2 firefighters were killed in an ambush after William Spengler Jr. shot his sister and set fire to his West Webster home. Spengler wounded two other firefighters before committing suicide. In 2014 Dawn Nguyen was sentenced to eight years in prison for buying the guns for Spengler.
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2013 Dec 30
The US FAA selected six states (Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia) to test how drones can be more widely used in US airspace. 24 states had competed for selection.
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2014 Mar 7
US officials said Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael McClendon, accused of secretly photographing and videotaping a dozen women the US Military Academy at West Point, has agreed to a plea bargain that includes a 33-month sentence, loss of pay, reduction in rank to private and a bad-conduct discharge.
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2014 Mar 19
In NY state Tonawanda Coke Corp. was fined $12.5 million for illegally releasing carcinogen benzene into the air and improperly handling hazardous sludge.
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2014 Mar 19
IBM said it is teaming up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain cancer. IBM said its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with the genetic research center to help sequence DNA for the treatment of glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in US adults.
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2014 Apr 19
Tobias Bowen (47), charged with raping a child in March 2010 when he lived in New York’s Syracuse suburb of Liverpool, was arrested in London after getting off a plane. He had fled to his native Liberia, where he was administrator of a government hospital.
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2014 Apr 28
Six environmental advocates won this year's Goldman Prize. India's Ramesh Agrawal received the prize for helping villagers fight a large coal mine in Chhattisgarh state. American lawyer Helen Slottje received the award for helping communities fight fracking in New York State. Peru's Ruth Buendia was recognized for helping to prevent construction of two large dams that would have displaced nearly 10,000 indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon. Russian zoologist Suren Gazaryan won for defending protected areas around Sochi from illegal land seizures for Olympic construction projects. South Africa's Desmond D'Sa won for helping to close down one of the country's largest toxic waste dumps. Indonesian biologist Rudi Putra won for helping to shutter 26 illegal palm oil plantations that were causing deforestation in northern Sumatra.
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2014 May 31
In NY Mufid Elfgeeh, a naturalized US citizen from Yemen, was arrested after federal prosecutors said he bought two unregistered guns from an FBI informant. Investigators said he plotted to kill returning US troops for American actions overseas and Shiite Muslims over the civil war in Syria. In July a fire destroyed his boarded-up restaurant in Rochester. In 2003 his uncle Abad Elfgeeh was arrested in Brooklyn on suspicions of deep involvement in a terrorism network in Yemen.
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2014 Jun 6
Karen DeCrow (b.1937), former head of NOW (1974-1977), the National Organization for Women, died at her home in Jamesville, NY.
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2014 Jun 8
In Elmont, New York, Tonalist edged Commissioner to win the Belmont Stakes. California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, tied for 4th place.
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2014 Jun 11
Ruby Dee (b.1922), acclaimed actress and civil rights advocate, died at her home in New Rochelle, NY. She had become famous for her supporting role in the stage play “A Raisin in the Sun” (1959). She also starred in the film version (1961).
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2014 Jun 13
Dr. Richard Rockefeller (65) of Falmouth, Maine, crashed in a single-engine plane just after takeoff from Westchester County Airport outside NYC. He was the great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, the co-founder of Standard Oil.
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2014 Jun 30
BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, pleaded guilty in a New York state court admitting that it had transferred billions of dollars on behalf of Sudan, Cuba and Iran, all blacklisted by the US. The bank agreed to pay $8.9 billion to settle the charges.
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2014 Jul 8
US East Coast states experienced severe storms and high winds. 4 people were killed in New York and one in Maryland. CNN reported nearly 500,000 homes and businesses without power, mostly in Pennsylvania and New York state.
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2014 Jul 11
Tom Erdelyi (b.1949), aka Tommy Ramone, founding drummer and last surviving member of the Ramones, a NY punk rock band, died in New York.
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2014 Jul 13
American novelist Thomas Berger (b.1924), author of “Little Big Man” (1964), died in New York. He authored over 20 books and three were turned into movies: “Little Big Man” (1970), “Neighbors” (1981) and “Meeting Evil” (2012).
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2014 Jul 29
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said cases of chikungunya virus, a painful, mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean in recent months, spiked higher in New York and New Jersey in the past week. The number of cases in New Jersey more than doubled to 25, while New York has recorded 44 cases.
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2014 Aug 2
Donald Ray Morgan (44), of Landis, NC, wanted for selling an assault rifle and other weapons over the Internet, was intercepted at Kennedy Airport and questioned about the Islamic State. A judge ordered him held without bail and sent him to NC to face the gun charge.
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2014 Aug 7
A New York district judge sentenced Rudy Kurniawan (37) to a decade in prison. He was convicted of making bogus vintage wine in his southern California kitchen and selling it for millions.
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2014 Aug 9
Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart struck and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.
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2014 Aug 15
In New York state Stephen Howells Jr. (39) and Nicole Vaisey (25), both of Hermon, were arrested and arraigned on charges they abducted two Amish sisters 7&12) with the intent to physically or sexually abuse them. The sisters were abducted Aug 13 from a farm stand in front of the family's home in Oswegatchie.
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2014 Sep 5
A single-engine turboprop Socata TBM700 carrying Rochester real estate developer Laurence Glazer and his entrepreneur wife, Jane, crashed off the coast of Jamaica after the pilot was apparently incapacitated at the controls.
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2014 Sep 14
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America.
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2014 Sep 26
John Mack Carter (86), former editor of McCalls, Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping (1975-1994) magazines, died in Bronxville, NY.
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2014 Nov 20
In western New York snow-bound residents awoke to as much as another foot of accumulation with possibly another 30 inches expected. A freakish storm swept off the Great Lakes on Nov 18 and after 3 days deposited 7 feet of snow and more and left at least 12 people dead.
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2014 Dec 2
New York-based Corning announced that it is buying Samsung Electronics' fiber optics business to help bolster its portfolio of optical communications products in Asia.
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2015 Jan 1
Mario Cuomo (b.1932), former three-term governor of New York state (1983-1994), died of heart failure at home in Manhattan.
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2015 Jan 20
Court papers were filed indicating that the US Justice Dept. has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity to trick friends and associates into revealing drug secrets.
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2015 Jan 22
In New York Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the State Assembly, was arrested on federal corruption charges for using his office to secure millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.
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2015 Feb 3
In New York 6 people killed when a packed commuter train crashed into an SUV outside NYC in the worst accident in the history of Metro North.
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2015 Feb 21
In New York retired White Plains police officer Glen Hochman (52) shot and killed his daughters, Alissa (17) and Deanna (13), and himself. His wife and a third, older, daughter were not at home. Three dogs were also shot to death. And on the day before the killings, his wife had gone to police to report an argument over an $80 cellphone bill.
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2015 Mar 31
In Buffalo, NY, a reclining statue of a homeless and blanket shrouded Jesus by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, was unveiled outside St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. People soon began to leave money, food and other items for the homeless at the statue.
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2015 Apr 20
New York officials said the $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Biomedicine and Biomedical Research for 2015 will be awarded to Dr. Karl Deisseroth of Stanford University and Xiaoliang Sunney Xie of Harvard University and Peking University, where he is a visiting professor and director of the Biodynamics Optical Imaging Center. The award has been given annually since 2001 to those who have altered the course of medical research.
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2015 Apr 26
Corinthian Colleges announced the closure of its remaining 28 for-profit colleges. They included the company’s 10 Heald Colleges in California, as well as one in Hawaii and another in Oregon. Its Everest and WyoTech campuses closed in Arizona, California and New York.
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2015 Apr 30
Ben E. King (b.1934), lead singer for the Drifters, died in Teaneck, NY. His classics included “Stand By Me” (1961) and “Spanish Harlem.” (1960).
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2015 May 5
New York state announced that it will begin using the Uniform Bar Examination, next summer. The standard was already used in 15 other states.
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2015 May 9
In New York state a transformer fire at the Indian Point nuclear power plant caused oil to leak into the Hudson River and forced an automatic shutdown of the plant.
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2015 May 28
A new report said Illinois remains as the 3rd most corrupt US state after New York and California. Chicago was reported as still the most corrupt US city.
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2015 Jun 6
In New York state convicted murderers Richard Matt (48) and David Sweat (34) used power tools to cut through steel walls and pipes to escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. For days after the break corrections officers beat and abused inmates in an effort to extract information about the escape. By August 12 nine officers were suspended and the prison’s leadership removed.
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2015 Jun 6
In New York American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza and owned by Ahmed Zayat (52), won the Triple Crown Trophy at the Belmont Stakes. The last triple crown went to Affirmed in 1978.
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2015 Jun 12
The NY Clinton County District Attorney said Joyce Mitchell (51), a married civilian worker, "provided some form of equipment or tools" to Richard Matt and David Sweat before they escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility a week ago. On July 28 Mitchell pleaded guilty and admitted to smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to Matt and Sweat.
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2015 Jun 25
In New York state prison guard Gene Palmer (57) was released on $25,000 bail after being arrested for promoting prison contraband related to the June 6 escape of two prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility.
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2015 Jun 26
In New York state prison escapee Richard Matt (49) was killed in the town of Malone, less than 10 miles (16 km) from the Canadian border. The police net appeared to be closing on his accomplice David Sweat (35).
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2015 Jun 28
In New York state a state police sergeant shot and wounded recently escaped convict David Sweat in the town of Constable.
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2015 Jul 17
In New York former US Rep. Michael Grimm (45) was sentenced to eight months in jail for tax evasion.
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2015 Jul 18
In New York Steven Romeo (55) of Southold crashed his pickup into a limousine killing 4 women and injuring several others on Long island. Romeo was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.
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