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Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/8567815764/">Gage Skidmore</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Astorino: Trump should end "circus" on governor

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Donald Trump's public flirtation with running for governor is being criticized by a potential Republican rival.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says Wednesday that Trump needs to end "this circus stuff" and say he's running for governor or not.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45082883@N00/2716683773">Michael Sauers</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Michael Sauers, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer wants feds to dredge 6 upstate harbors

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to fully dredge six upstate New York harbors that are eligible for Hurricane Sandy dredging money.

The Sandy appropriations cover dredging back to pre-storm conditions. But it's but not enough money to bring them to fully functional navigational channel depths.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16456630@N00/410979198/">Wendy House</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Wendy House, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY settles probe of generic drug manufacturers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has announced a settlement with generic drug manufacturers Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA intended to ensure they don't collude to restrict competition.

According to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the settlement ends their 2010 agreement against competing over dozens of drugs.  Go to full article
This week's thaw could lead to ice-jam flooding. Photo: Larry Master
This week's thaw could lead to ice-jam flooding. Photo: Larry Master

Coming up: a wet week of showers, melting snow

In a break from cold and snow, the weather hazards of the next few days will involve rain, freezing rain, and possible flooding from ice-jammed rivers and streams.  Go to full article

NY ethics panel proposes 90-day broadcast blackout

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's ethics board has proposed a 90-day pre-election blackout on appearances in public service announcements by statewide officials and legislators who are also candidates.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which agreed Tuesday to advance the proposal for public comment, says it applies to PSAs by nonprofit groups and the government.  Go to full article
Scammers are posing as Microsoft representatives. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonz/2684705796/">Ton Zijlstra</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Scammers are posing as Microsoft representatives. Photo: Ton Zijlstra, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

AG warning New Yorkers about Microsoft scam

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is issuing a warning that scam artists posing as Microsoft representatives are targeting New Yorkers for credit card information.

The thieves contact people by phone and try to talk them into giving remote access to their computers, claiming that they have a virus. Victims are then asked for credit card, bank or PayPal account information.  Go to full article
Snowy Owl.  Photo:  Larry Master
Snowy Owl. Photo: Larry Master

Snowy owls invade "south," cold affects waterfowl

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Reports from tens of thousands of bird-counting volunteers show a southern invasion of Arctic-dwelling snowy owls has spread to 25 states, and frigid cold is causing unusual movements of waterfowl.

Results are still coming in from the four-day annual Great Backyard Bird Count sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in New York, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada. Sponsors say the event, which ended Monday, drew participants from a record 127 countries, surpassing last year's 110.  Go to full article
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo: NYS
NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Photo: NYS

Schneiderman backs claims for wrongful convictions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing revisions in state law to let more people wrongfully convicted of crimes bring damage claims against the state.

Schneidman plans to detail the proposal Wednesday at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Go to full article
This week's thaw could lead to ice-jam flooding. Photo: Larry Master
This week's thaw could lead to ice-jam flooding. Photo: Larry Master

Upstate NY faces wet week of showers, melting snow

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for later this week in western New York, but this time the threat is from melting rather than falling snow.

Forecasters say rising temperatures may lead to ice-jam flooding on rivers and streams Thursday night or Friday.  Go to full article
Applying pesticide to crops. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugacommunications/6254591302">UGA College of Agriculture</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Applying pesticide to crops. Photo: UGA College of Agriculture, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Groups ask NY lawmakers to keep pesticide rules

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Environmental, health and consumer advocacy groups are pushing back against plans by the Cuomo administration to restructure how pesticides are tracked.

In a letter to legislative leaders, 38 groups protested a proposal in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget that rolls back a requirement that commercial applicators report where pesticides are used. It would replace that with a new reporting requirement that collects pesticide data at the point of sale.  Go to full article

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