Court rules New York had power to deny key pipeline permit
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's authority to block construction of a major natural gas pipeline by denying a key permit has been upheld by a federal court.
The U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the Constitution Pipeline company's argument that the state Department of Environmental Conservation was "arbitrary and capricious" in denying a water quality permit last year.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the 124-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to eastern New York in 2014, conditioned on state permits. But New York regulators said the project failed to meet standards to protect streams, wetlands and other water resources.
The project had all its permits in Pennsylvania and had already cleared trees there in preparation for construction.
The pipeline company, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Cos., says it remains committed to the project.
AMUSEMENT PARK OWNER-SEX DEMANDS
Lawsuit: Santa's Workshop owner demanded sex for lower rents
OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) - The owner of an amusement park named Santa's Workshop is being sued by six women who claim he demanded sex in exchange for lower rents at his central New York properties.
The lawsuit filed earlier this month in federal court in Syracuse accuses Douglas Waterbury, of Oswego, of sexually harassing the women starting in 2012. They claim he demanded sex in return for lower rents and maintenance work at their apartments.
CNY Fair Housing, a nonprofit fair housing organization, joined the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
In addition to rental properties in Oswego, Waterbury also owns an amusement park on Oneida Lake, the Renaissance Fair in Sterling on Lake Ontario, and Santa's Workshop, in the Adirondacks near Lake Placid.
A message left at his Sterling business wasn't immediately returned.
WEST POINT-NEW BARRACKS
West Point names new barracks after shunned black graduate
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Military Academy has opened a new barracks named after a graduate who was shunned by fellow cadets at West Point because he was black.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday for the Davis Barracks, named after Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. It was attended by academy and Army officials and a nephew of Davis' from Waterbury, Connecticut.
Davis was West Point's only black cadet when he arrived in 1932. He lived alone and no cadets spoke to him unless it was necessary. He graduated in 1936.
Davis became an Army Air Forces pilot and led a fighter group of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. He joined the Air Force when it became a separate service in 1947 and was its first black general.
Davis died in 2002.
31 indicted in street gangs bust in Hudson Valley city
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say more than two dozen members of violent street gangs in a Hudson Valley city have been indicted on murder, racketeering and drug charges.
The White Plains-based U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced Thursday that a grand jury has indicted 31 members of two Poughkeepsie gangs that operate in the city.
Authorities say 11 suspects were arrested in raid conducted Wednesday around Dutchess County. Two others were arrested in southern states and the other 18 are already in jail on state charges.
Prosecutors say the victims of the gang violence include an 18-year-old Poughkeepsie High School basketball star who was an innocent bystander when he was fatally shot in March 2016 and a 16-year-old gang member who was gunned down in December 2012.
Officer shoots, kills coyote believed to have attacked woman
KINGSBURY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say an environmental conservation officer has shot and killed a coyote believed to have attacked a woman walking along a rural New York trail.
The Washington County sheriff's office says the animal was killed Thursday, one day after a woman was attacked by a coyote on a trail along a canal in the town of Kingsbury.
Police say she was bitten in the arm and leg during the attack and jumped into the canal to get away from the animal. She went to a nearby house for help. Officials say she is recovering in an Albany hospital.
The coyote's carcass was taken to the state wildlife laboratory outside Albany for testing to determine if it was rabid.
California man pleads guilty in NY to cocaine ring charges
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Federal authorities say a California man has admitted to being part of a drug-trafficking ring that sold millions of dollars' worth of cocaine in Buffalo and other U.S. cities.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 27-year-old Manuel Lua Guizar pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Buffalo to drug conspiracy and money laundering charges.
Prosecutors say Guizar was part of a Los Angeles area-based nationwide cocaine-trafficking ring with ties to a Mexican drug cartel. Official say he made more than 40 deposits of just under $10,000 at Buffalo area banks.
He faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine when he's sentenced in December.
A local man, 37-year-old Bryant Hudson of Tonawanda, was convicted of structuring the transactions and was sentenced to nearly three years in prison.
ASIAN CARP-GREAT LAKES
Asian carp found near Lake Michigan got past barriers
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Officials say an Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway this summer apparently got past an electric barrier system intended to prevent the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes.
The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee says an autopsy shows the 4-year-old male silver carp originated in the Illinois/Middle Mississippi watershed.
It was caught June 22 in Chicago's Little Calumet River, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from Lake Michigan.
That would suggest the carp somehow evaded three electric barriers 37 miles (60 kilometers) from the lake. But officials say they're not sure how it happened.
Environmentalists and officials in some Great Lakes states say the barriers aren't enough to stop the carp.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a list of options for strengthening defenses at a lock and dam in Illinois.
Voter registration deadline looms for September primaries
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Time is running out to register to vote in next month's political primaries.
The state Board of Elections says New Yorkers must register by the end of the day Friday to vote for the Sept. 12 primaries for state and local offices. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by midnight.
People with a driver's license, permit or non-driver ID card can submit voter registration information online at the MyDMV site . There are also forms at most state and federal government offices, or they can be downloaded from the Board of Elections .
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