NEW YORK (AP) - A judge has refused to toss out the charges facing New York's former assembly speaker. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni on Tuesday rejected a variety of reasons that lawyers for Sheldon Silver say the indictment should be tossed out and no retrial should occur. The 74-year-old Democrat is scheduled to go on trial on April 16. In July, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his 2015 conviction and 12-year prison sentence.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The fourth nor'easter in three weeks is forcing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to close public schools. The Democratic mayor made the call in a tweet early Tuesday evening. The metro area is expected to get a dose of heavy wet snow starting Tuesday night and throughout Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon criticized her Democratic primary opponent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for favoring corporations and the rich over average New Yorkers. The liberal activist and "Sex and the City" actress also called out corruption in state government.
OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man has admitted that he struck a 10-year-old girl with a screwdriver, dragged her behind a vehicle with a rope and forced hot sauce into her duct tape-covered mouth. The Post-Standard reports Shawn Whaley pleaded guilty to 13 charges on Monday in Oswego County. Defense lawyer Sal Lanza says Whaley was "sincere" and "remorseful." District Attorney Gregory Oakes says the "incredibly brave" child escaped from a home and ran for help last August in Albion.
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