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WASHINGTON (AP)  Rep. Peter King, a moderate Republican who has represented a Long Island congressional district for nearly 30 years, announced Monday he won't seek reelection, enhancing Democrats' chances to grab yet another suburban House seat as they defend their majority in 2020. 

The decision comes days after voters flocked to Democratic candidates in state elections in Kentucky and Virginia, underscoring Republican vulnerability in a suburban revolt against President Donald Trump. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says application fees for the State University of New York and City University of New York systems will be waived for veterans and their spouses.

The Democrat announced the new measure Sunday. He says he hopes this change will allow veterans and their families to "take the next steps in adapting back to civilian life."

The SUNY and CUNY systems require applicants to pay a fee ranging from $50 to $65.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins with 1:44 left as the Cleveland Browns snapped a four-game losing streak — and took some pressure off first-year coach Freddie Kitchens — with a 19-16 win on Sunday over the Buffalo Bills.

The Browns (3-6) rallied for a win that kept their season from completely collapsing.

Cleveland survived more problems in the red zone, but sealed the much-needed win when Buffalo kicker Stephen Hauschka's 53-yard field-goal attempt was short with 22 seconds left. Earlier, Hauschka missed a 34-yarder.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York is facing calls to create a $1 billion fund for climate change projects ranging from mass transit to aid to municipalities when fossil fuel plants close.

A coalition of environmental and labor groups called NY Renews is asking Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include such a fund in his budget proposal. They say the money should come from New York's general fund, and say "additional revenues" is needed to address climate change.

Three middle-school students have been charged with plotting to kill multiple people at their school in Orleans County with guns and explosives, authorities said Friday.

The Albion Middle School students were arrested Thursday after investigators determined a threat that started on an online gaming app was credible, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni said by phone.

The students, all under 16 years old, are charged as juveniles with conspiracy to commit multiple murders, he said. Their names and ages weren't released.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  A man who told police in 1982 that he came home from work to find his wife dead with an ax buried in her head has been charged with murder. 

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley says that on Friday, 67-year-old James Krauseneck was arraigned after a grand jury indictment was unsealed, charging him with 2nd degree murder for his alleged involvement in the murder of Cathleen Krauseneck on February 19, 1982 at their Brighton home.

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)  Micah Hyde sees no reason why the Bills should apologize for taking advantage of a soft season-opening schedule.

The Buffalo safety needed only to point to how the Bills have flipped their record, going from 2-6 a year ago to 6-2, following Sunday's 24-9 win over the Washington Redskins, who dropped to 1-8 in rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins' first career start.

Rudy Boesch, a Rochester native and a retired tough-as-nails Navy SEAL and fan favorite on the inaugural season of "Survivor," has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 91.

He died peacefully Friday night in hospice care in Virginia Beach, Virginia, surrounded by loved ones, said Steve Gonzalez, director of operations for the Seal Veterans Foundation.

NEW YORK (AP)  A former college football player suffering from early dementia is among those urging New York state legislators to ban tackle football for children 12 and younger.

T.J. Abraham testified Tuesday at a New York State Assembly committee hearing in Manhattan. Now a doctor, Abraham talked about the brain damage that he says has destroyed his medical practice and everyday life.

The health committee also heard doctors and other experts talk about a possible ban that lawmakers have yet to formalize.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A new report shows a drop in solitary confinement sanctions in New York prisons while another form of isolation saw an uptick in recent years.

The report from the New York Civil Liberties Union released Monday says the total number of "keeplock" sanctions increased every year from 2015 through 2018.

It says prisoners serving that punishment are usually allowed to keep their personal property, but are still isolated for up to 23 hours a day.

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