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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A wind farm with up to 68 turbines in Steuben County has been approved by New York's Electric Generation Siting Board.

The 242-megawatt Baron Winds project will be built in the towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont and Wayland. It will connect with the state's electrical grid through New York State Electric and Gas transmission lines.

The project will be built and operated by a subsidiary of the German energy company Innogy. The 492-foot-tall turbines will be spread over private agricultural and recreational land.

NEW YORK (AP) A U.S. congressman and early supporter of President Donald Trump said Thursday he doesn't know if he'll seek re-election next year as he emerged from a court hearing Thursday where it seemed increasingly likely that his inside trading trial might be delayed from February until next summer. 

A later trial for Rep. Christopher Collins, who represents part of Western NY,  would fall after the June election primaries and make the criminal charges faced by the Republican a bigger focus of any campaign fight. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills had more turnovers than points while scuffling through much of the first three quarters against the New York Jets.

None of those early struggles mattered in the end.

Allen threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to John Brown with 3 minutes left, and the Bills overcame four early turnovers to rally from a 16-point second-half deficit and stun Le'Veon Bell and the Jets 17-16 in the season opener Sunday.

"We continued to fight," Brown said. "We didn't point any fingers. We just kept fighting until the time was up."

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York's health commissioner is urging people to stop vaping, echoing recent warnings about the habit from the federal government.

Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement Saturday that people should abstain from vaping while "the definitive cause of reported vaping-associated illnesses" can be better determined.

Zucker says no illnesses have been found in the state's medical marijuana program, but he said patients should find alternatives to vaping while the investigation continues.

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The state Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday announced the new state license plate design will feature the New York City skyline, Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty and a mountain range.

More than 325,000 votes were cast overall, with the winning design garnering about half the vote and beating out four other options, the department said. Cuomo said Saturday the winning plate was voters' overwhelming choice. The governor added that he didn't cast a vote or "even look at all the selections."

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP)  The lawyer for one of four young men who authorities say planned to use homemade explosives against an upstate New York Muslim community said Tuesday he was acting on the mistaken belief that the enclave housed terrorists.

But as 20-year-old Vincent Vetromile of Greece was sentenced, the prosecutor and judge said it was the targeted community of Islamberg that was terrorized.

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NEW YORK (AP)  A World War II veteran who served as a state lawmaker in New York for four decades has died.

Former state Sen. Bill Larkin died Saturday, less than a year after retiring, his family announced Sunday. He was 91.

Larkin represented a stretch of the Hudson Valley as an assemblyman from 1979 to 1990 and then as a state senator for 28 years.

A Republican, he was known for forging bipartisan friendships in Albany and advancing veterans' causes and health care for infants.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signaled this past week that he's open to raising wages for state prisoners.

A bill that failed to clear the state Legislature this year would raise the minimum wage for prisoners to $3 an hour.

A 2017 report from the Prison Policy Initiative found that New York prisoners can get paid as low as 10 cents per hour.

Cuomo weighed in on prisoner wages while defending against criticisms of his plan to have all motorists replace their license plates every 10 years, at a cost of $25.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Turns out the Buffalo Bills didn't agree with running back LeSean McCoy's assertion that he was still "The Guy" in their backfield.

General manager Brandon Beane cited the emergence of rookie Devin Singletary and McCoy accepting a diminished role as key factors in the team's surprising decision to cut the 31-year-old player in establishing its 53-player roster Saturday.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A judge has upheld a New York state law repealing religious exemptions from vaccinations required for children in schools or day care programs. 

The state Legislature repealed the religious exemption in June amid the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades. Families who previously held religious exemptions sued, arguing the repeal action was unconstitutional because it violated rights of religious expression. 

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