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Retrial begins for New York woman charged with killing boss

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the murder retrial of a New York woman accused of fatally poisoning her boss.

Kaitlyn Conley, of Sauquoit (suh-QWOYT'), is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 60-year-old Mary Yoder.

Opening statements are set to get underway on Monday in Utica (YOO'-tih-kuh).

Prosecutors say Conley used an anti-inflammatory drug to poison Yoder, who died in July 2015.

Conley was a receptionist for the chiropractic office in Whitesboro run by Yoder and her husband.

Relatives contacted police because they believed Yoder's death was suspicious.

Conley's first trial in May ended in a mistrial after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.


Police: Search for missing police diver to continue Monday

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Police in upstate New York say the search for a missing Buffalo Police Department diver is no longer a rescue mission.

The search was suspended Sunday because of weather conditions making it too dangerous for rescue divers in the Niagara River. WGRZ-TV reports the Buffalo Police Department acknowledged Sunday the search for Officer Craig Lehner is no longer a search and rescue mission, but a recovery mission.

The U.S. Coast Guard says Lehner went missing around 1 p.m. Friday during a training exercise. Several agencies have been involved in the search.

Lt. Jeff Rinaldo says the chances of somebody surviving the water's conditions are all but non-existent.

The search will resume Monday morning.



Ceremonies for Army football star killed in Vietnam in '67

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Events are being held to honor a western New York native who was killed in Vietnam a decade after he starred for the Army football team.

Don Holleder was born in Buffalo in 1934 and spent his teens living in the Rochester area, where he was a star for Aquinas Institute.

Holleder went on to play at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he made All-American as an end his junior year. The next season he switched to quarterback and led Army to a 6-3 record.

Holleder was a major in the Army's 1st Infantry Division when he was killed in action Oct. 17, 1967.

A ceremony is being held at Holleder's high school alma mater Tuesday, followed by another ceremony at the Army Reserve center in Webster.


Buffalo seeks ideas for diversifying criteria-based schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - School officials in Buffalo are turning to the public for help in diversifying the district's criteria-based schools.

Three meetings have been scheduled to invite residents to offer recommendations for improving racial and ethnic diversity at schools whose admissions process begins with a test.

The first meeting is Monday afternoon at City Hall.

The district has been altering the admissions process for the last couple of years after a group of parents filed a complaint with the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, saying it discriminated against some students.

But the changes have so far not affected the disproportionately small number of black and Hispanic students at its top school, City Honors.

Meetings also are scheduled for Oct. 19 and Oct. 24.


Jury to resume deliberations in New York City bombing trial

NEW YORK (AP) - A jury that says it's close to a verdict will resume deliberating the fate of a man charged with setting off a bomb in Manhattan last year that injured 30 people.

Jurors will return to work Monday morning in the trial of 29-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahimi, of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The Afghanistan-born Rahimi is charged with setting off a bomb in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30 people. He's also accused of detonating a bomb along a charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey. No one was injured in that case.

Rahimi was captured in September 2016 after a shootout with police in New Jersey. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say he was inspired by the Islamic State group and al-Qaida to plan the bombings.


Woman killed in house fire on Long Island

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) - A woman has been killed in a house fire on Long Island.

Suffolk County police say the blaze broke out Sunday evening in Bay Shore.

They say a woman had called 911 to report that her house was on fire. Firefighters responded and got the woman out. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say the woman was the only one in the house at the time of the fire. They have not released her name.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but police say it does not appear to be criminal in nature.


New espionage museum to open in New York City in December

NEW YORK (AP) - A museum dedicated to espionage is coming to New York in December.

Spyscape, a 60,000 square foot (5,574 square meter) spy museum developed by the British investment group Archimedia, will be located in midtown Manhattan. The Wall Street Journal reports the attraction will feature seven main galleries dedicated to aspects of espionage such as deception and cyberwarfare.

Spyscape Chief of Staff Shelby Prichard says the museum will also be participatory and visitors will be able to take part in activities like encoding and decoding messages.

The new museum will be run as a for-profit institution, and it plans to charge $39 for standard adult admission.



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.

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