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News Minute: Here is the latest New York news from The Associated Press

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PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) - President Barack Obama says there's one reason Congress is broken and it's because the Republican Party is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical group. Speaking at a fundraiser in Westchester County today, Obama urged like-minded Democrats to vote in November's midterm elections.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - Thirty years to life in prison is the sentence for killing an 82-year-old former nun during a burglary at her upstate New York apartment. Michael Briggs was sentenced today in Schenectady County Court, where he pleaded guilty in March. Prosecutors say Briggs strangled and stabbed Mary Greco in her apartment in late December 2012. Her body was found on New Year's Day, 2013.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Environmental groups want state regulators to investigate reports of people getting sick from oil trains upstate. Residents living near the Port of Albany and the rail lines carrying the trains have complained of health problems they believe are associated with oil and diesel emissions.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The two Democratic candidates for New York lieutenant governor are courting the votes of Asian-Americans, highlighting the political influence of the nation's fastest growing minority group. Tim Wu says he's spoken with Asian-American voters who are "incredibly enthusiastic" about his campaign. Wu's primary election opponent, former Buffalo congresswoman Kathy Hochul (HOH'-kuhl), responded today with a list of Asian-American leaders and organizations endorsing her.

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