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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.


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.


Sheriff: Custody Department deputy accidentally shoots self

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The Onondaga (ahn-uhn-DAH'-gah) County Sheriff's Office says a Custody Department deputy has accidentally shot himself at the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse.

Authorities say 28-year-old Deputy Justin Brannock accidentally fired his own weapon late Monday night while he was inside the employee locker room, which is located in an unsecured portion of the Justice Center.

The sheriff's office says Brannock was unholstering his firearm when it went off. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His injury is not believed to be life-threatening.

No one else was hurt. The shooting remains under investigation.

The sheriff's office says Brannock has been a member of the Custody Department for nearly five years. He's currently assigned to the Booking Section.


Old Buffalo train station makes global group's 'watch list'

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A long-defunct western New York train station being considered for redevelopment has made an international group's list of cultural treasures that need to be preserved.

The Manhattan-based World Monuments Fund on Monday released its 2018 watch list of cultural heritage sites that are threatened by warfare, natural disaster, climate change or urbanization.

The list features 25 sites, including the Central Terminal in Buffalo .

The facility closed in 1979 after a half-century in operation. The property featuring the old station and its 17-story Art Deco-style tower was abandoned and left to deteriorate before local preservationists stepped in.

The nonnrofit Central Terminal Restoration Corp. is overseeing ongoing renovation work as redevelopment projects are sought.

The group's Paul Lang tells WBEN-AM that inclusion on the list puts the terminal on "the world stage."

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