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NEW YORK GOVERNOR

NY primary exposes Cuomo's problems with the left

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's governor may have won a comfortable margin in the Democratic primary, but his challenger's stronger-than-expected performance shows he faces difficulties with environmentalists, state workers and voters critical of his handling of corruption.

Cuomo defeated Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout 62 percent to 34 percent in Tuesday's matchup. Few observers had predicted she would crack 30 percent.

Teachout voters interviewed by The Associated Press cited Cuomo's stance on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, his dismissive response to Teachout and his move to disband the anti-corruption Moreland Commission as the reasons they cast their votes for the underdog.

Cuomo supporters say Teachout's surprising primary showing doesn't reflect the wide support Cuomo's centrist policies enjoy among most voters.

The governor faces Republican Rob Astorino and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins in November.

TRADING CARD THEFT

3 plead guilty in $1.3M trading card theft

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Three former employees of a western New York trading card business have admitted stealing $1.3 million by taking advantage of a flaw in the computer software their employer used.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says the men face up to 15 years in prison when they're sentenced in January. They pleaded guilty to grand larceny charges in Buffalo Friday.

Prosecutors say Aaron Hollars, Anthony Martone and David Woods were salesmen at Dave and Adam's Card World when they exploited a flaw in the software that the business used to process retail transactions.

The thefts took place between January of 2013 and this past July.

MURDER ARREST

Upstate NY man admits helping mother's suicide

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) - A 29-year-old upstate New York man says strangling his mother to death was an assisted suicide.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports Andrew Moore pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for helping 54-year-old mother Margaret Regalia commit suicide in January. He faces from five to 15 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18 in Sullivan County Court.

Moore was originally charged with second-degree murder.

His mother was found dead at her home in Bloomingburg after she failed to report to work and state police discovered that her 1999 Toyota Corolla and some personal property were missing.

Moore and the car were found two days later in the Middletown area about 50 miles north of New York City.

MISSING NYC BOY

Confession is focus of NYC missing boy hearing

NEW YORK (AP) - A hearing is scheduled next week on whether a confession in a notorious New York City missing boy case can be used in the suspect's murder trial.

A lawyer for Pedro Hernandez says his confession was wrongly obtained. He says in court papers that his client lacks the mental ability to understand his rights. Prosecutors have argued the confession was legally obtained.

Etan Patz disappeared on May 25, 1979, while walking to school. His body has never been found. Hernandez was charged with the crime two years ago after he confessed, but pleaded not guilty. His attorney Harvey Fishbein says the confession is false.

The hearing will determine whether the confession is admissible in court, not whether it's true.

PARK CENTENNIAL

Thacher State Park celebrates 100 years

NEW SCOTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Thacher State Park near Albany is celebrating its centennial.

The celebrations Saturday include guided hikes, trail races, live music and a ceremony at the spot the park was dedicated on Sept. 14, 1914.

Thacher Park sits on the Helderberg Escarpment and offers panoramic views of the Hudson Valley, Green Mountains and the foothills of the Adirondacks.

The park 20 miles west of Albany also has 25 miles of trails.

ENDANGERED BIRDS-DUNES

Endangered birds halt Long Island dune project

FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily halted a dune replenishment project on New York's Fire Island over concerns it could harm an endangered bird population.

Newsday reports Judge Sandra Feuerstein's ruling Friday stops work at Smith Point County Park and Fire Island Lighthouse Beach.

It does not affect a project to repair Superstorm Sandy-damaged dunes that protect the island's residential communities.

Audubon New York sought the restraining order to protect piping plovers that nest along the coast.

The organization says the small birds won't be able to get to the ocean if they have to climb over the planned 13 to 15-foot mounds.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 8.

ATTICA RIOT-ANNIVERSARY

Ceremony to mark 43 years since Attica prison riot

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Hundreds of personal items collected after the nation's deadliest prison riot will be returned to their owners and families as they mark the 43rd anniversary of the uprising.

New York corrections officials, members of the guards' union and family members of those killed will gather in front of Attica Correctional Facility for a series of events on Saturday.

They will remember the 11 corrections officers and civilians who were killed during the five-day 1971 riot at the upstate New York prison.

Members of a group called the Forgotten Victims of Attica have sought the return of personal items for years. Acting Corrections Commissioner Anthony Annucci will deliver them during a private meeting.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR-ESPIONAGE

Historical group hosting program on wartime spying

FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) - Benedict Arnold, Nathan Hale and espionage in the Hudson Valley during the Revolutionary War are topics planned for a program hosted by a group preserving the history of an 18th-century military site.

The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot are sponsoring Sunday afternoon's two-hour program, "Traitors and Spies: An American Revolutionary War Experience," being held at the Hyatt House Fishkill in Dutchess County.

Speakers include Stephen Case, author of a book on Peggy Shippen, Benedict Arnold's wife, and Damien Cregeau, a historian who will discuss spying in and around New York City during the war. Also speaking will be Connecticut historian Rachel Smith, who'll talk about the legacy of Nathan Hale, the American officer hung by the British for being spy.

The Fishkill group is researching the American soldiers buried where the depot was located.

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