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Photo: <a href="http://laughingsquid.com/">Scott Beale, Laughing Squid</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Scott Beale, Laughing Squid, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Online marketplace Etsy moves to new Brooklyn HQ

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Online marketplace Etsy is moving its operations to new headquarters in Brooklyn.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday says the new Etsy location, in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, is slated to create 340 jobs.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY DOT to fine CP for oil car derailment Monday in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York state Department of Transportation says it will fine Canadian Pacific for waiting five hours to report the derailment of four tank cars carrying crude oil.

State transportation officials say that a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed around 4:30 a.m. Monday at Canadian Pacific's Kenwood Rail Yard in Albany. There were no injuries, and no oil was spilled.  Go to full article
13 fatalities were attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol. Photo:  <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/fakeisthenewreal/88015232/">fakeisthenewreal</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
13 fatalities were attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol. Photo: fakeisthenewreal, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Off-road vehicle deaths spike in Ontario

Provincial police say off-road vehicle deaths have reached a four-year high and the force is concerned heading into the Victoria Day long weekend.

A total of 20 people died in off-road vehicle incidents in OPP jurisdiction during 2013 -- 13 of them attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol.  Go to full article

Trafficking victims to call for tougher penalties

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Human trafficking victims are gathering at the New York Statehouse to urge lawmakers to pass tougher punishments for those convicted of forcing others into sexual servitude.

Young women and girls are expected to speak out Tuesday in favor of legislation that would make the penalties for having sex with an underage human trafficking victim the same as those for raping a minor.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JohnsonStateCollegeSign.jpg>Dasandman</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Dasandman, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont's Johnson State College cuts 5 positions

JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) Officials at Vermont's Johnson State College say they're cutting five staff positions and reducing eight others to help eliminate a $1.5 million gap in the 2015 budget.

The college says five full-time administrative and service positions have been cut. In addition, seven positions have been scaled back to 80 percent of full time, and another has been converted to half time.  Go to full article

Violent offender registry bill passes NY Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A bill that would create a statewide registry of violent felony offenders has passed the Senate.

"Brittany's Law" would require certain convicted felons to register with the state's Department of Criminal Justice Service after being released from prison and have their names added to a statewide violent felony offender registry, similar to the sex offender registry.  Go to full article
E-cigarette display. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/elycefeliz/6871369114/">elycefeliz</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved
E-cigarette display. Photo: elycefeliz, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

NY Senate to review e-cigarette rules

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State lawmakers are looking at whether to include electronic cigarettes in the state's indoor public smoking ban.

The Senate Health Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter Monday.  Go to full article

NY pension fund estimate reaches $176 billion

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's comptroller is expected to announce Monday that the pension fund for state and local government workers has reached a record high of $176.2 billion after paying benefits.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is sole trustee of the Common Retirement Fund showing a 13 percent return on investment in the fiscal year that ended March 31.  Go to full article
John P. Cahill (right) has entered the  NY Attorney General race for 2014. Photo: John Cahill campaign on Facebook
John P. Cahill (right) has entered the NY Attorney General race for 2014. Photo: John Cahill campaign on Facebook

Ex-Pataki aide announces run for attorney general

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The former chief adviser to Republican Gov. George Pataki is running for New York attorney general against Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman.

John Cahill, also former state conservation commissioner, tells a gathering in Yonkers, his hometown, that he intends to be an advocate for all New Yorkers as both the public's prosecutor and defender.  Go to full article
A bat in Vermont's Aeolus Cave frozen in icicle, Photo: Brian Mann
A bat in Vermont's Aeolus Cave frozen in icicle, Photo: Brian Mann

Biologists check Vermont cave for bat disease rate

DORSET, Vt. (AP) Biologists are analyzing data collected over the winter in a Vermont cave to determine whether more bats are surviving white nose syndrome.

Last fall, biologists glued radio tags to the backs of more than 400 bats outside the Aeolus cave in Dorset and lined the cave with electronic equipment that monitors how many of the bats emerged in the winter.  Go to full article

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