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Body of Buffalo police diver recovered from Niagara River

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo police have found the body of an officer who went missing during a training dive in the Niagara River.

The Buffalo Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that the body of 34-year-old Officer Craig Lehner was recovered in the area where a search had been going on since Friday afternoon.

Authorities say Lehner was participating in a routine training exercise on the river at Buffalo near Unity Island when he failed to resurface. Police, emergency crews and the U.S. Coast Guard participated in the search.

A procession brought Lehner's body to Erie County Medical Center as police and firefighters lined the route.

Lehner, a nine-year veteran of the force, was a member of Buffalo's K-9 unit and underwater recovery team.


Trump's lawyers to ask judge to toss emoluments lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's lawyers want a federal judge in New York to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the president of violating the Constitution by letting his businesses accept money from foreign governments.

The lawsuit was filed in January in the federal court in New York by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. It centers on the "Emoluments Clause," which says U.S. officials can't "accept any present, emolument, office, or title of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state" without Congress' consent.

The hearing Wednesday was expected to focus on whether the plaintiffs have legal "standing" to sue, or sufficient connection or harm.

Justice Department lawyers representing Trump say the plaintiffs don't, and want the judge to dismiss the case.

A ruling isn't immediately expected Wednesday.


NY sets new rules for solitary confinement in local jails

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is adopting new standards for the treatment of prisoners held in solitary confinement in local jails.

The state's Commission on Corrections issued the new rules Tuesday. The changes come at the urging of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and must be published in the state register before taking effect later this fall.

Under the new regulations, all prisoners held in solitary at local jails must get at least four hours outside their cell daily.

The rules will also require local authorities to inform the state when prisoners younger than 18 are placed in isolation or when an inmate is held in solitary for more than a month.

Cuomo says the standards will prevent prisoner mistreatment.

The state has already implemented changes to reduce solitary confinement in state facilities.


NY Air Guard unit starts 30th season supporting S. Pole site

SCOTIA, N.Y. (AP) - Members of an Air National Guard unit based in upstate New York have departed for the 30th season of supporting U.S. scientific missions at the South Pole.

Two LC-130s took off early Tuesday morning from Schenectady County's Stratton Air National Guard Base, home of the 109th Airlift Wing. The first flight of the season departed from the base last Friday.

Other crews will follow as the unit gears up for its annual Operation Deep Freeze to support McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

The 109th, the only unit in the U.S. military to fly ski-equipped aircraft, provides logistical support to the National Science Foundation's Antarctic research program. Over the next few months hundreds of airmen will transport scientists, fuel, medical supplies and other cargo during missions on the frozen continent.


New York woman's ear torn off trying to break up dog fight

PORT JEFFERSON STATION, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island woman is recovering after one of her ears was torn off as she tried to break up a fight between her dog and a neighbor's two dogs.

Officials say two dogs ran out of a Port Jefferson Station home and attacked another dog Saturday night. Both owners tried to separate the dogs and suffered injuries.

Tracey Thomas, owner of the dog that was attacked, had her right ear torn off during the attack and remains in the hospital with multiple injuries. The other owner, Cheryl Hoctor, was also injured.

Neighbors are calling on town of Brookhaven officials to do something about Hoctor's dogs, saying the animals are very aggressive. They're signing a grievance with the town to have the dogs removed.

Police haven't made any arrests. Brookhaven officials are investigating.


Lopez, Anthony, Rodriguez raise $35M for Puerto Rico relief

NEW YORK (AP) - Jennifer Lopez, her ex-husband Marc Anthony and her current boyfriend Alex Rodriguez have raised more than $35 million for Puerto Rico hurricane relief.

A spokeswoman said in a statement Tuesday that the two singers and the retired baseball superstar raised the money in donations, pledges and their own contributions.

About $9 million was raised via the Oct. 14 benefit show "One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief," which the trio hosted.

Most of the rest came from corporate donations and pledges.

Lopez and Anthony's parents both came to the United States from Puerto Rico, and Rodriguez's family is from the Dominican Republic.

The two singers were married in 2004 and divorced in 2014. Lopez has been dating Rodriguez since early this year.


DA who dropped Weinstein case rethinking campaign donations

NEW YORK (AP) - The Manhattan district attorney who declined to charge Harvey Weinstein in a 2015 sexual abuse case says he will stop taking campaign contributions pending a review by an outside ethics group.

Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has come under fire for accepting thousands of dollars from a lawyer who represented the Hollywood mogul.

His campaign enlisted the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity to scrutinize how he accepts such donations.

An Associated Press review of Vance's most generous givers shows the prosecutor has taken money from lawyers defending people his office has charged.

Vance says election donors have never influenced his decision-making.


Autonomous cars head for the Big Apple

DETROIT (AP) - Autonomous vehicles are already navigating the verdant hills of Pittsburgh and cruising the pitched avenues of San Francisco. They may soon be tested by the chaos of downtown Manhattan, where pedestrians, taxis, buses and bikes embark daily on an eternal quest to avoid impact.

Cruise Automation, a self-driving software company owned by General Motors, aims to begin testing in New York early next year. They'll have an engineer behind the wheel to monitor performance.

Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt says the densely populated city of more than 8 million people will give the company more unusual situations to test software and accelerate the work on the technology.

Testing in New York is allowed under legislation included in the 2018 state budget. Cruise currently is testing in San Francisco.

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