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STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP)  Days after biology major Gillian Carll arrived at Stony Brook University last fall, she encountered a young woman on a bench outside her dormitory who said she had nothing to eat.

``I was just like, `Oh, my gosh!' I didn't know kids could afford to go here but couldn't have mac and cheese or something like that,'' said the Livonia, N.Y., freshman. ``It was kind of unbelievable.''

Ukraine and Russian Flags
European Centre for a Modern Ukraine

The Associated Press cites witnesses who say they've seen dozens of military trucks carrying armed soldiers arrive in Crimea as Russia reinforces its presence in the disputed Ukrainian peninsula. The Russians deny their armed forces are active in Crimea, but an Associated Press reporter trailed one military convoy on Saturday.

Members of the local Russian and Ukranian communities say they will work together to protest the situation. A rally calling for a peaceful solution to the Russian occupation is planned for 2:30-4 pm Sunday afternoon at Washington Square Park in Rochester.

Oil train from ND
Nat Hamilton/WHYY stateimpact.npr.org

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  Freight trains passing through New York are under greater scrutiny following accidents elsewhere involving the shipment of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region.

Pat LaFontaine
Sabres/Bill Wippert

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  First, Ryan Miller. Now, Pat LaFontaine.

A day after trading their star goalie to St. Louis, the Buffalo Sabres lost another face of their franchise after LaFontaine abruptly resigned as president of hockey operations on Saturday a little more than three months after being brought in to provide a new direction to the NHL's last-place team.

The Sabres announced the decision in a news release issued after speculation had been raised of a potential front-office shake-up involving LaFontaine.

Mute Swan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  After public protests, New York officials have backed off a plan to eradicate 2,200 wild swans that had been labeled pests.  

The Department of Environmental Conservation drafted plans last year to wipe out the state's mute swan population on the grounds that the beautiful but aggressive birds are not native to the U.S. and are harming the habitat of domestic waterfowl.  

That plan called for officials to destroy nests, puncture eggs, and shoot or gas swans living on public lands.  

Animal lovers responded with 16,000 protest letters.  

Beware of Carbon Monoxide poster
National Archives and Records Administration

HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (AP) Officials investigating a carbon monoxide leak at a New York mall are concentrating on the heating system of a restaurant following the death of the eatery's 55-year-old manager and more than two dozen others being sent to hospitals.  

Suffolk County police have identified the man who died Saturday as Steven Nelson. He's the manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island. Officials say an autopsy will to determine the cause of death.  


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York is offering lifetime licenses to hunt, fish and visit state parks. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Wednesday that he hopes a portion of the 2 million people who buy annual hunting licenses, fishing licenses and park permits in New York will make the switch. Lifetime hunting licenses cost $535, lifetime fishing licenses $460 and lifetime Empire Passport park permits cost $750. 

CASTILE, N.Y. (AP) _ State Park Police say a body has been found in Letchworth State Park.  Authorities say a hiker called 911 late Wednesday afternoon after falling into the Genesee River Gorge. Members of the State Park Police rope rescue team found the victims's body in the gorge.    Police are not releasing the name of the victim until family members are notified.    A state trooper was killed at Letchworth in November during a simulated rescue of a person who had fallen over the side of a cliff.  


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Tax refund season has begun in New York. 

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said Monday it sent out its first 87 refunds for the 2013 tax year. The average refund was $183 and the highest was $1,356.

The refunds went to early filers who used New York's so-called Income Tax Web File, which allows returns to be prepared and electronically filed earlier than before. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's job approval rating has improved, and he has substantial leads over two potential Republican challengers in the November election, according to a poll released Monday. 

The Siena College poll found 54 percent of New York voters who responded rated Cuomo's job performance as good or excellent. That's up from 44 percent of respondents who felt that way last November. The first-term governor was also viewed favorably in the new poll by 66 percent of respondents, which also is up from November.