BALD EAGLES-LEAD AMMO
Bald eagle threat: Lead ammo left behind by hunters
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Wildlife advocates across the country say a growing number of bald eagles are being poisoned by ingesting lead from ammunition in animal carcasses left behind by hunters.
New York biologists have documented an increase in bald eagle deaths from such poisoning. They acknowledge the trend hasn't impacted the eagle population as a whole, which has rebounded to record numbers after decades of restoration work.
Some advocates are calling for hunters to switch to copper or steel ammunition, or to remove or conceal the carcasses of the animals they kill.
Hunting and shooting sports groups say eagle populations have soared thanks to restoration efforts funded by excise taxes on lead ammunition and guns.
Capitol Watch: Silver decision reignites ethics debate
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A federal court decision overturning the conviction of ex-Speaker Sheldon Silver is bringing fresh attention to the New York Legislature's chronic corruption problem and reigniting efforts to address conflicts of interest and government ethics.
The downfall of the Democratic powerbroker from Manhattan sent shockwaves through the state Capitol but prompted only modest ethics reforms.
While federal prosecutors plan to retry Silver, some in Albany say there's no reason to wait for the final outcome of Silver's case to act.
They've floated ideas including tighter limits on campaign contributions, restrictions on how much lawmakers can make from outside jobs and even term limits.
Other suggested reforms include term limits on leadership positions, more robust ethics enforcement and greater government transparency to prevent top lawmakers from making big decisions behind closed doors.
Students search John Brown's NY farm site for artifacts
NORTH ELBA, N.Y. (AP) - Students at a New York college are searching John Brown's Adirondack farm for artifacts linked to the 19th-century abolitionist.
The State University of New York at Potsdam has been conducting an archaeology field school at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site just outside the village of Lake Placid. The school's archaeology students are hosting an open house at the historic site Saturday.
Brown and his family lived at the farm in the 1850s, when he opposed slavery in the United States. In October 1859, he led the attack on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry in what is now West Virginia.
Brown and supporters were captured. He was executed the following December. His body was returned to the farm in North Elba a week later and buried there.
WARPLANE MUSEUM-AIR SHOW
NY warplane museum honoring women aviators at air show
GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) - The National Warplane Museum in western New York is honoring the role of women in aviation during this weekend's air show.
The Geneseo (jeh-NEH'-see-oh) museum's guests of honor include 100-year-old Dawn Seymour, a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. Known as WASPs, they ferried warplanes across the United States to free male pilots for combat overseas.
Seymour, from South Bristol in Ontario County, piloted B-17 bombers during the war. The museum is home to one of less than a dozen B-17s still capable of flying.
The air show Saturday and Sunday features flights by such iconic WWII aircraft a B-25 bomber, a P-40 Warhawk fighter built in Buffalo, and the museum's "Whiskey 7," a C-47 transport plane that dropped American paratroopers on D-Day at Normandy.
Schumer asking Amtrak to discard the idea of shrinking seats
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking Amtrak to discard the idea of creating new economy seating with reduced legroom aboard its trains.
Schumer says in a statement Sunday that Amtrak should find other ways to save money without burdening passengers.
Outgoing Amtrak co-chief executive Wick Moorman said last week that the company was looking at creating the "economy" seating that would add more rows of seats in an effort to make more money.
Schumer is calling the idea "right out of the airline's playbook." The senator from New York is urging Amtrak to "scrap the shrinking seats idea" and look at other ways of making money.
He said the government should invest in Amtrak every year so the company doesn't have to consider proposals that hurt the consumer.
POLICE AS PROSECUTORS
Should NYPD lawyers step in to prosecute? Protesters say no
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Police Department lawyers have been stepping into court to prosecute some low-level cases, including some against people arrested while protesting police brutality.
Activists are now trying to put a stop to the police-department prosecutions.
Two women arrested at a 2016 Black Lives Matter protest are scheduled for trial in criminal court this fall. Meanwhile, a ruling is expected soon in their civil suit challenging the police-attorney prosecutors.
Their lawyers say NYPD attorneys are improperly using prosecutions to fight false-arrest lawsuits.
The NYPD says it's sick of getting sued by people who got cases dismissed in a summons court that usually has no prosecutor.
There's a history of police officers acting as prosecutors in low-level cases around the U.S. The custom has engendered some debate.
Rail service between New Jersey-New York back after delay
NEW YORK (AP) - Amtrak and New Jersey Transit service on the Northeast Corridor in and out of New York Penn Station has resumed after a brief delay, but officials warned additional delays are possible.
Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert said earlier Saturday that train service in or out of the city was halted as crews investigated overhead power issues. Amtrak announced service was restored between New York and New Jersey after a delay of about 20 minutes.
Tolbert says there's no indication that this summer's track repair work at the nation's busiest rail station played a part in Saturday's delay.
Amtrak's chief operations officer called the first week of summer-long track work and corresponding schedule cutbacks for commuters a success.
Crews are replacing aging equipment such as signals and several thousand feet of track over a two-month period.
HOT DOG RECALL
Bone fragment scare forces Sabrett hot dog recall
NEW YORK (AP) - The maker of Sabrett hot dogs is recalling more than 7 million pounds of hot dogs because they may contain bone fragments.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall of products made by New York City-based Marathon Enterprises Inc. on Saturday.
The recall affects beef and pork hot dogs and sausages produced on various dates between March 17 and July 4.
The food-safety agency says the products subject to recall are stamped "EST. 8854" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The agency says the recalled products have been blamed for one minor oral injury.
Consumers who purchased the hot dogs are urged to throw them away or return them to the store where they bought them.
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