NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge has given the green light to a Minnesota company that wants to put advertising in vehicles driven for companies like Uber and Lyft in New York City. Judge Ronnie Abrams ruled Thursday in the First Amendment case brought by a company that was blocked from putting ads in many for-hire vehicles. Vugo Inc. sued New York City after the Taxi and Limousine Commission prohibited the ads in vehicles that were not medallion taxis or street hail liveries.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jurors in the bribery trial of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may begin deliberations as early as next week. The government rested its case Thursday in federal court in Manhattan against Joseph Percoco and three businessmen. Lawyers for the defendants told Judge Valerie Caproni they will be finished presenting witnesses sometime Monday if the defendants don't testify. The judge said that would enable closing arguments to take place Tuesday and Wednesday.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is extending his emergency executive order that allows pharmacists across New York state to administer flu vaccines to children ages two to 18. The Democrat announced the extension Thursday as influenza cases continued to rise. State health officials say more than 18,250 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu were reported last week. That's the highest weekly number since reporting started in 2004.
NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say a former New York lawmaker took a $5,000 kickback from a contractor who hosted him at a Notre Dame football game and then lied about it to FBI agents investigating potential corruption. Federal prosecutors announced the charges against former New York Assemblyman Rob Walker on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $200,000 bond.
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