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POLICE IMPERSONATION-ARREST

Police: Man pretending to be law enforcement arrested

CARLE PLACE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a man is facing criminal impersonation charges for pretending to be a police officer and pulling a driver over.

Nassau County police say they were called by that driver, who said he had been pulled over by a man in a truck with a flashing red and blue light on his dashboard around 4:15 Saturday in Carle Place, New York.

The driver told police the man approached with a gold and blue police shield and a black-colored handgun and demanded the driver exit his car. The driver instead fled and called authorities.

Police located the man a short time later and arrested him. A fake police shield was recovered, but a gun was not.

LAKE STURGEON

NY hopes to restore lake sturgeon populations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state environmental officials are accepting public comment on a plan to increase lake sturgeon populations.

The number of lake sturgeon remains low compared to historical levels due to commercial fishing, dam building and habitat loss. The freshwater fish can still be found in Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and some other New York waterways.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation this week released a draft recovery plan to restore self-sustaining populations. The plan was last updated 12 years ago.

The agency hopes to gather enough evidence to start the removal of lake sturgeon from the list of threatened species in New York by 2024.

The agency will accept public comments on the draft plan until Nov. 25.

MARK TWAIN-FIRST CRUISE SHIP

PBS airing film on Mark Twain's trip aboard 1st cruise ship

NEW YORK (AP) - When the steamship considered the first cruise ship to originate in America left its New York City pier 150 years ago, the passenger list included a little-known California newspaperman writing under the pen name Mark Twain.

By the time the six-month overseas journey ended, the writer born in Missouri as Samuel Clemens was famous for his newspaper dispatches describing his experiences visiting Europe, North Africa and the Holy Land with American sightseers. The popular book from those dispatches - "Innocents Abroad" - allowed him to quit newspapers and start writing novels.

A new documentary on the 1867 voyage of the Quaker City, "Mark Twain's Journey to Jerusalem: Dreamland," airs at 8 p.m. Monday on the PBS World Channel .

Historians consider the voyage to be America's first large-scale tourist excursion cruise.

STOLEN CAR CRASH

Police search for driver of stolen SUV after 3 car crash

NEW YORK (AP) - Police say five adults and three children have been injured in New York after a man driving a stolen Mercedes SUV hit two cars on the Belt Parkway.

WABC-TV reports that the driver lost control of the SUV and collided first with a Honda sedan, before hitting a Mitsubishi SUV early Sunday. Police say the woman driving the Honda is in critical condition, while the children have sustained minor injuries.

The New York Police Department is searching for the driver of the stolen SUV after he left the vehicle behind and fled.

Authorities have not released the names of the people involved in the crash.

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STINKY LANDFILL

State orders Niagara Falls landfill to reduce its stench

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A Niagara Falls landfill has been fined $75,000 and ordered to take steps to reduce odors after a Department of Environmental Conservation investigation of public complaints.

The DEC says the Allied Waste Landfill along I-190 and Niagara Falls Boulevard was identified as the source of sulfur and garbage odors reported by residents.

Under a consent order with the state agency, the landfill has to install a gas collection system and operate flares to burn off landfill gas at several locations. It must also launch a project to reduce sulfur odors in wastewater before discharging it into the sewer system.

The order also requires a study of landfill gas emissions to identify air contaminants and determine what additional controls should be installed.

CAPITOL WATCH

Capitol Watch: NY to help students displaced by hurricanes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In New York state government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hailing the state's decision to grant in-state tuition to displaced students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Democratic governor had encouraged state higher education officials to make the change, which he says will help students whose education has been disrupted by recent hurricanes.

Meanwhile, mental health advocates are urging the state to increase funding for housing, arguing that community-based housing for the mentally ill provides better services for less money compared to institutions or prisons.

And state labor officials are taking a look at on-call scheduling, a practice in which retail and other workers have to call before a scheduled shift to learn whether they're needed. Officials may propose new scheduling rules to reduce disruption on workers' lives.

DEAD GEESE-MOLDY BREAD

Moldy bread or grain blamed for Canada geese deaths

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) - Moldy bread or grain has been blamed for the death of dozens of Canada geese in an upstate New York park.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says an investigation determined the geese died of the fungal disease Aspergillosis, caused by eating moldy grain or bread.

Three dozen Canada geese were found dead in a pond at the Malone Recreation Park in Franklin County near the Canadian border. State wildlife staff in Albany tested the dead birds.

The state agency is asking the public not to feed waterfowl to help prevent the fungal disease or cause poor nutrition, delayed migration and other problems.

Officials are also asking farmers to dispose of moldy grain and silage by burying it rather than spreading it over fields.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN-SNL

'SNL' gave passing notice to fallen mogul Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC's "Saturday Night Live" gave Harvey Weinstein a pass last week. The disgraced movie mogul wasn't quite so lucky this week.

"Weekend Update" tossed off a few barbs targeting Weinstein and his fall amid numerous accusations of sexual assault.

Colin Jost proposed that rather than the rehab Weinstein has pledged to undergo, jail would be more fitting. Michael Che suggested that Weinstein's face resembles "chewed bubblegum rolled in cat hair."

Earlier, a sketch depicted actresses discussing sexual harassment. Kate McKinnon as a dotty Hollywood veteran recalled being invited to Weinstein's hotel room where he was naked and hanging upside down, trying to trick her into thinking his genitals were actually his face.

But thanks to Alex Baldwin and fellow players, the night's preferred target was, as usual, President Donald Trump.

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