LYFT EXPANSION-NEW YORK
Lyft says it's starting New York City service
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft says it is starting limited service in New York City after reaching agreement with state and city officials to resolve regulatory issues.
New York's attorney general and Department of Financial Services say the company agreed to operate "in full compliance" with existing laws and regulations, and that it will start its city service Friday night with commercial drivers only.
Lyft also says it will suspend operations in Buffalo and Rochester on Aug. 1 while resolving issues there with state authorities.
San Francisco-based Lyft's plan to enter the New York City market two weeks ago was halted after the state officials sued. They claimed the company operates as a traditional for-hire livery service that is subject to regulations, not a peer-to-peer transportation platform as claimed.
Man charged in Adirondack crash that killed couple
RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they've charged the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a car in the Adirondacks while fleeing police, killing a couple and injuring their daughter.
State police say 20-year-old Trevor Sisto of Fort Covington was arraigned in North Elba Town Court early Friday morning on charges that include unlawfully fleeing a police officer and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Police didn't know if he has a lawyer.
The crash happened around 2 p.m. Thursday near the trooper barracks in Ray Brook. Troopers say the truck collided head-on with a car driven by 42-year-old James Barney of Potsdam, who was killed. His 38-year-old wife, Kim, later died at a hospital.
Their 11-year-old daughter, Emily Colby, is in serious condition.
Troopers say the pursuit began in nearby Lake Placid after the driver hit a vehicle.
NEWS CREW-ARREST THREAT
Prison officers block news crew from tourist site
WILTON, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York TV crew was threatened with arrest by corrections officers as they filmed at a public historic site on the grounds of an empty, soon-to-be-closed state prison.
Mark Mulholland, a reporter for Albany's NewsChannel 13, was working Thursday on a story about Grant's Cottage, the site in the Saratoga County town of Wilton where President Ulysses S. Grant died. He was confronted by a lieutenant from the Mount McGregor Correctional Facility who said the crew had no permission to film and ordered them off the property while demanding their footage.
Blocking the journalists, officers allowed tourists access to the site. The crew was allowed to leave with the video after talks between the station and state officials.
Corrections told the station it regretted the encounter, but said the crew violated policy. The New York State Associated Press Association condemned the interference.
Man OK after being hit by lightning while camping
WADDINGTON, N.Y. (AP) - Starting his vacation a couple days early nearly cost a northern New York man his life.
The Watertown Daily Times reports that Christopher Church of Massena was camping in a tent with his family at Coles Creek State Park on the St. Lawrence River during a severe thunderstorm early Wednesday morning.
Church woke up and went outside to make sure their gear was covered when a bolt of lightning struck him, causing his left side to go numb. He was treated at Massena Memorial Hospital for burns and released.
Church says he started his vacation two days early and reserved a camp site through next Wednesday. He and his family plan to return to the campground to resume their vacation.
TOY STORE SLAYING
Man sentenced for killing toy store manager in '13
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A former Toys R Us employee has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison for killing his boss last year inside the Buffalo-area store where they both worked.
Local media report that Bernard Grucza (GROOZ'-uh) didn't speak during his sentencing Thursday in state Supreme Court in Buffalo.
Grucza pleaded guilty in April to a reduced charge of manslaughter in the slaying of 35-year-old Laurence Wells II.
Authorities say Grucza was an employee of the Toys R US store in Hamburg that Wells managed.
Police say Grucza was robbing the safe at the store when Wells walked in on him in the early morning hours of June 29, 2013. Grucza stabbed Wells and left him bleeding in the office. Wells was found by other employees and later died at a hospital.
New York suggests summer shutdown for nuke plant
CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. (AP) - A state agency is suggesting summer shutdowns at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in the New York suburbs.
The idea is to protect migrating and spawning fish who might otherwise get sucked into the plant. Indian Point takes 2.5 billion gallons a day from the Hudson River to make steam and cool its two reactors.
The plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear, and supporters say a summer shutdown would threaten the reliability of the electrical grid. An environmental group says there's plenty of power available elsewhere.
The state is insisting on new protections for aquatic life if Indian Point wants to operate for another 20 years. Its preferred technology is cooling towers, which recycle the river water. But Entergy wants to use much less expensive screening at the plant's intake.
Doheny won't pursue northern NY congress seat
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Businessman Matthew Doheny says he won't pursue a northern New York congressional seat on a third-party line and is endorsing Republican candidate Elise Stefanik.
Stefanik defeated Doheny in a bitter Republican primary last month. Doheny's decision not to campaign removes the threat that he would siphon votes from her in the competitive race for New York's 21st Congressional District.
Doheny's name will still appear on the Independence Party line.
A barrage of mailings and advertising during the Republican primary from the conservative super PAC American Crossroads attacking Doheny helped Stefanik win.
Democrat Aaron Woolf is also competing for the seat held by retiring Democratic Rep. Bill Owens
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden praised Doheny for not challenging Stefanik.
COOPERSTOWN-HALL OF FAME
Cooperstown gearing up for big induction weekend
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Businesses in the upstate New York home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame are gearing up for the biggest weekend of the summer tourist season.
Cooperstown is expected to be packed with tens of thousands of people for Sunday's induction ceremony featuring Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.
The Hall of Fame is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and this weekend's festivities will likely be one of the largest crowds ever for an induction weekend. Two weekends in the 1990s drew more than 40,000, but the 2007 induction weekend brought in more than 75,000. Hall of Fame officials say the average crowd for an induction ceremony is about 15,000.
Last year's numbers were way down because no living person was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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