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C-45 with U.S. Air Force markings. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/multiplyleadership/6086672220">Mark Jones Jr.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
C-45 with U.S. Air Force markings. Mark Jones Jr., Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Explorers find 1952 US plane wreck in Lake Ontario

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) Underwater explorers say they've found the wreck of a U.S. Air Force twin-engine plane that crashed into Lake Ontario more than 60 years ago.

The C-45 flew for miles on its own after its three-man crew and two civilian passengers bailed out when one of the engines failed during a flight over central New York in 1952. The aircraft flew on automatic pilot for more than an hour before it crashed into the lake off Oswego.  Go to full article
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/8777078498/">CT Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods. Photo: CT Senate Democrats, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont lines up legal team for GMO labeling fight

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is lining up its legal team for the expected legal battle over the state's effort to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.

On Monday, Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced his in-house legal team and said he's hired a Washington law firm to help defend the labeling law.  Go to full article
Bat with white nose syndrome. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/microbeworld/6021646303">Microbe World</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Bat with white nose syndrome. Microbe World, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bat cave study finds more white nose survival

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A study in a Vermont cave has found that up to 96 percent of the little brown bats tagged with radio chips remained for the winter, an indication they are surviving exposure to white nose syndrome.

Separately, studies of bat maternity colonies in the Champlain Valley have found that little brown bats appear to be reproducing at rates faster than they are dying.  Go to full article

Body of missing fisherman recovered from Lake George

HAGUE, N.Y. (AP) Police divers have recovered the body of a 59-year-old Albany County man from 74 feet of water on Lake George.

Divers from the Warren and Saratoga County sheriff's offices found the body of William Scott of Westerlo Friday afternoon after state police sonar detected an object in the area.  Go to full article
Attica. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bronayur/412993152/in/photolist-4pEGkU-4D2JZk-4D6UuJ-CuGtA-CuGu7-57JMya-4D2AoF-L52ad-9g7u9m-cncdfL-7XVibz-bVEphq-aKUNyD">Jayu</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Attica. Photo: Jayu, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

No appeals filed over Attica report release

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) No court appeals have been filed challenging limited release of an investigative report about the 1971 Attica prison riot.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sought disclosure of remaining Meyer Commission documents examining the nation's bloodiest prison rebellion and an alleged cover-up of police crimes in retaking it.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

NY offers new tours of Capitol, Empire State Plaza

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Visitors to New York state's Capitol this summer will be able to take advantage of new free tours of the historic building and the nearby Empire State Plaza.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the 30-minute tours of the plaza will focus on its history and design. The tour will include stops at the plaza concourse, the Egg Center for the Performing Arts and the outdoor plaza, which is adjacent to the Capitol and includes several state buildings and memorials.  Go to full article
GE dredging operation on the Upper Hudson. Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/gereports/4987213203/">GEreports</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
GE dredging operation on the Upper Hudson. Photo: GEreports, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GE reaches $7.95M settlement with river towns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) General Electric Co. has agreed to pay $7.95 million to partially settle a federal lawsuit filed by Hudson River communities that had to find alternate water supplies when the company began dredging for PCBs.

The Times-Union of Albany reports that the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company settled litigation with the towns and villages of Stillwater and Waterford, and with Waterford's water commissioners. The newspaper obtained the agreement through a Freedom of Information request.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbrown47/9478231418/"> Doug Brown</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Doug Brown, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Events across Vermont to mark Independence Day

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont will be buzzing with extra events to celebrate the Independence Day holiday this week.

Vermont officials say there will be at least 17 fireworks shows, a dozen parades and 95 special events planned for Fourth of July weekend celebrations.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mytudut/5183267783/"> Wirawat Lian-udom</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Wirawat Lian-udom, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lawsuit challenges New York teacher tenure laws

NEW YORK (AP) An education advocacy group has filed a lawsuit arguing that New York's teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional because they violate the state Constitution's guarantee of a "sound basic education" by making it difficult to fire bad teachers.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in State Supreme Court on Staten Island against city and state education officials. The plaintiffs are 11 students whose parents belong to the New York City Parents Union.  Go to full article
At the annual hot dog eating contest in 2011. Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/undercrimson/5903999348/"> Patrick Shyu<br /></a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved<br />
At the annual hot dog eating contest in 2011. Photo: Patrick Shyu
, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Hot dog eaters weigh in on eve of famed NY contest

NEW YORK (AP) The competitors in the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at New York's Coney Island prove that size doesn't matter.

The top four contestants weighed in Thursday at City Hall with host Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Go to full article

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