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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon swapped insults and clashed over policy Wednesday in their only scheduled debate before the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.

While the testy, hourlong exchange at Hofstra University featured plenty of interruptions and insults, neither candidate landed the political equivalent of a knockout blow likely to significantly alter the race.

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Catholic Family Center in Rochester is studying its policies after a Catholic organization in Buffalo announced it will end its foster care and adoption services next year.

Catholic Charities of Buffalo says it is phasing out the programs because it can't comply with New York State regulations barring discrimination against same-sex couples looking to adopt or foster children and at the same time conform to church teachings.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for a 10th time and will remain behind bars for at least two more years.

Mark David Chapman appeared before New York's parole board on Wednesday. In a denial decision obtained by The Associated Press Thursday, the board said it had determined Chapman's release "would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators in New York state have issued a subpoena to Michael Cohen as part of their probe into the Trump Foundation, an official with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration confirmed to The Associated Press Wednesday.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo bans smoking in home-based day care centers.

The law signed Monday requires facilities licensed or registered for child care services to comply with the smoking ban even when children are not present. Operators and residents of home-based day care centers had previously been permitted to smoke outside of their hours of operation.

Advocates say the law will protect young children from second-hand smoke and from residual contamination from cigarette smoke that can linger on surfaces for many days.

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NEW YORK (AP) — In a searing speech from the pulpit of a black church, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a Brooklyn congregation on Sunday that Donald Trump is a "slick salesman" who fooled many people in this country, but the Democrat said the Republican president hasn't fooled New Yorkers.

Cuomo spoke at Brooklyn's First Baptist Church of Crown Heights after a week of criticism for saying America "was never that great" during a bill signing. New York Republicans have demanded he apologize, and Trump tweeted that Cuomo was having a "total meltdown."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon are set to debate late this month after a back-and-forth over the faceoff.

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UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump is daring New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to challenge him in 2020, warning the Democrat that "anybody that runs against Trump suffers."

In remarks Monday night at a fundraiser in upstate New York, Trump said that Cuomo once called him and promised that he wouldn't run against him. Cuomo's office did not immediately dispute Trump's claim.

The challenge came as Trump raised money for the re-election of Republican congresswoman Claudia Tenney. Trump's visit to Utica, New York, marked his first as president to an area he won in 2016.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of clergy members, labor unions and people whose criminal convictions were overturned are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that would create a panel to investigate prosecutorial misconduct.

The bill was passed earlier this year by the Legislature. It would create a commission that would look into complaints about district attorneys. The commission would have the power to sanction prosecutors who are found to have abused their power.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Fair officials are asking the operators of the state's 52 county fairs to discourage the selling or displaying of items that could offend fair-goers or pose public safety concerns. 

Although the state Department of Agriculture and Markets' message doesn't specifically mention Confederate flags, Thursday's letter from Commissioner Richard Ball was sent just days after a group urged county fairs to prohibit sales or displays of the banners. 

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