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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  New York state health officials say 39 children have been found to have a virus that in rare cases, causes a polio-like condition.

Authorities say they have no confirmed cases of the nervous system condition called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in New York.  But there is a suspected case in Buffalo involving a 3-year-old boy.

Doctors at Oishei Childen's Hospital said Friday the boy suddenly lost strength in his legs in September and remains hospitalized.

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks plunged Wednesday as investors, fearful that rising interest rates and trade tensions could hurt company profits, ramped up their selling of high-flying technology and internet stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 831 points, its worst loss in eight months.

The losses were widespread, and stocks that have been the biggest winners on the market suffered steep declines. Apple and Amazon, the two most valuable companies in the S&P 500, each had their worst day in two and a half years.

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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP)  Relatives of the limousine driver involved in a crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York said Tuesday they believe he was unwittingly assigned an unsafe vehicle.

The family of Scott Lisinicchia released a statement through a lawyer shortly after another attorney representing the limousine company, Prestige Limousine, said the driver might have been unfamiliar with the rural road.

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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP)  The limousine service under scrutiny after a crash that killed 20 people fixed safety violations in its fleet before the tragedy, said a lawyer who suggested the driver was unfamiliar with the rural road. 

Prestige Limousine has been criticized for maintaining vehicles rife with violations and for employing a driver lacking a commercial license. The deadly crash Saturday west of Albany also has shined fresh light on the controversial history of the business' owner, a former FBI informant. 

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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — The supersized limousine that crashed and killed 20 people outside a country store failed a safety inspection last month and shouldn't have been on the road, and the driver wasn't properly licensed, New York's governor said Monday.

The state moved to shut down the owner, Prestige Limousine, as state and federal authorities investigated the cause of Saturday's wreck in Schoharie. The company said it was taking its cars off the road while conducting its own probe into the crash.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Stephen Hauschka hit a 46-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Buffalo Bills to a 13-12 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Buffalo's defense forced three turnovers, and LeSean McCoy broke from a September slump with a season-best 85 yards rushing. McCoy sparked the decisive drive with a 13-yard catch on third-and-3. And backup running back Chris Ivory had a 9-yard run in getting the Bills across midfield.

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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — A limousine carrying four sisters, other relatives and friends to a birthday celebration blew through a stop sign and slammed into a parked SUV outside a store in upstate New York, killing all 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians, officials and victims' relatives said Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has accepted the ballot line of the liberal Working Families Party in next month's general election.

Cuomo said Friday through a spokeswoman that he would accept the ballot line of the party that earlier backed his Democratic primary opponent, actress Cynthia Nixon.

Working Families Party leaders said Wednesday they would offer the party's ballot line to Cuomo, a two-term incumbent.

Cuomo's acceptance means his name will appear on the November ballot under the Democratic, Independence and Working Families lines.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free a few more months while he appeals his bribery conviction, an appeals court decided Wednesday, two days before he was to report to prison .

Judge Jose A. Cabranes of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the good news for the 74-year-old Democrat after hearing oral arguments along with two other judges. Silver was not in court.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through dubious tax dodges, including outright fraud.

The 15,000-word Times report contradicts Trump's portrayal of himself as a self-made billionaire who started with just a $1 million loan from his father.

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