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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is working to reduce maternal mortality and the racial disparities in the rate of maternal death.

A new state task force created earlier this year met for the first time last week in Albany.

The group is made up of state officials and medical and public health experts. It is tasked with studying the factors that lead to women dying in childbirth and recommending ways to address it.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Graham connected on their first touchdown pass of the year, and the Green Bay Packers put together their most complete defensive effort of the season in a 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Aaron Jones added 65 yards and a score on 11 carries for the Packers, who slowed in the second half after a fast start on offense.

The defense didn't let up against the Bills. Green Bay (2-1-1) posted its first shutout since a 9-0 win over the Jets in 2010.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An audit of the state agency in charge of enforcing New York's Do Not Call Law finds that only a couple of the hundreds of thousands of annual complaints of violations get investigated. 

A report released Friday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says only two complaints made in 2016 and 2017 were referred for enforcement to the Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection. The Democrat says that's out of the more than 400,000 complaints of law violations made by New Yorkers each of those years.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  State and federal transportation regulators have reached an agreement allowing ``I Love NY'' highway signs to stay in place without costing New York $14 million in highway funding.

The Federal Highway Administration had warned the state that the 514 big blue tourism signs along highways from Long Island to Buffalo didn't adhere to regulations and were distracting to drivers. New York stood to lose federal funding if the dispute wasn't resolved by month's end. 

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NEW YORK (AP)  A federal appeals court judge says the former leader of New York's Assembly can stay out of prison until a judicial panel decides whether he can remain free on bail while he appeals his sentence for public corruption. 

Sheldon Silver was supposed to report to prison Oct. 5, but Judge Peter W. Hall's ruling on Tuesday will likely delay his surrender date. The judicial panel's process usually takes a few weeks. 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Allen made Minnesota's Kirk Cousins look like the raw rookie in a stunning 27-6 upset of the Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

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(AP & WXXI News) The New York Attorney General's office is investigating the death of a 27-year-old Rochester woman whose health spiraled while she was held in a Buffalo jail for 16 days. 

The investigation was requested by Erie County District Attorney John Flynn following a critical state report in June. It said India Cummings' 2016 death should be ruled a homicide due to medical neglect. 

Sheriff Timothy Howard's office didn't immediately respond to Thursday's announcement by Attorney General Barbara Underwood.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)  Melvin Gordon matched a career high by scoring three touchdowns, and the Los Angeles Chargers defeated Buffalo 31-20 in manhandling the anemic Bills during rookie quarterback Josh Allen's debut as a starter.

Gordon scored on a 20-yard run and added two touchdowns receiving before limping off the field after appearing to hurt his left leg early in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers did not have an update on Gordon's status after he was evaluated in a tent on the sideline.

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GENEVA, N.Y. (AP)  New York grape breeders have produced a fruit that's so big and flavorful they've named it after Mount Everest.

The Everest Seedless is a new variety developed at Cornell University's agricultural research station in Geneva. Horticulture professor Bruce Reisch says the new fruit is a cold-tolerant, blue Concord-type grape with berries about twice the size of the traditional Concord.

While most American Concords are used for jam, juice or wine, the new one is intended as a table grape to be eaten fresh. It's the first truly seedless Concord.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Indicted Republican Rep. Chris Collins said it was "the shock of all shocks" when he learned from two federal agents that he was under criminal investigation, and he acknowledged reports that he had rejected a plea deal.

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