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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP)  The National Comedy Center in western New York is on Time Magazine's annual list of must-see destinations.

Time's 2019 list of the "World's 100 Greatest Places" includes the center in Jamestown as one of nine sites to visit in the United States. The list is in the magazine's September 2 edition.

TYRE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say a 5-year-old child and an 81-year-old friend have been found dead after apparently falling into the water during a fishing trip in the Finger Lakes region.

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says divers found the bodies of young Christoph Jones of Auburn and family friend Essie Hall of Cayuga around 9 a.m. Saturday in the town of Tyre.

The two were reported missing Friday night after not returning from their outing. Deputies found a vehicle and fishing equipment at a spot off South Mays Point Road and saw personal items in the water nearby.

NEW YORK (AP)  Amid a national gun-control debate, New York state's "red flag" law goes into effect Saturday.

It allows law enforcement, school officials and families to ask a court to order the seizure of firearms from people considered to be dangerous.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York health officials have issued emergency regulations restricting medical exemptions from vaccination for children attending school or child care.

The increased scrutiny of medical exemptions was announced Friday and follows the elimination of religious exemptions. The new regulations aim to keep people from obtaining medical exemptions for non-medical reasons.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Victims of workplace harassment in New York will no longer have to prove the conduct was "severe and pervasive" to make their case in court.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new legal standard for harassment Monday.

It eliminates the "severe and pervasive" standard that employment attorneys and victim advocates said made it hard to file a successful claim.

The new law makes other changes to laws dealing with harassment and discrimination, including prohibiting employment contracts requiring mandatory arbitration of discrimination claims.

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WASHINGTON (AP)  The Senate's top Democrat says he's introducing legislation to require the FBI to regulate the sale of body armor in the U.S.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday that the legislation would require the bureau to set standards on who would be eligible to purchase bullet-resistant vests and other body armor.

The New York senator says there would be exceptions for law enforcement and other public safety professionals.

Schumer says he'll introduce the bill after the Senate returns to Washington in September.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Thousands of people who say they were molested as children in New York state will head to court this week to file lawsuits against their alleged abusers and the institutions where they worked.

It's because of a new law that creates a one-year window for molestation lawsuits that had previously been barred by the statute of limitations.

Earlier this year, lawmakers extended the statute of limitations going forward and created the litigation window to victims of past abuse a chance to sue, even if the abuse occurred decades ago.

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BETHEL, N.Y. (AP)  Woodstock will be celebrated on its 50th anniversary, but it won't be your hippie uncle's trample-the-fences concert.

While plans for a big Woodstock 50 festival collapsed after a run of calamities, the bucolic upstate New York site of the 1969 show is hosting a long weekend of events featuring separate shows by festival veterans like Carlos Santana and John Fogerty.

NEW YORK (AP)  Federal prosecutors in New York have dropped some charges against a U.S. congressman indicted in a federal insider trading case.

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins was dropped from three counts in a rewritten indictment filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.

Collins, a Republican, has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case set for trial next year.

Prosecutors said in a letter to the trial judge that the charges were modified to avoid a delay in the case.

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP)  Make it two in a row for Chase Elliott at Watkins Glen International.

A year after racing to his first career NASCAR Cup victory at The Glen, Elliott won a second time in the No. 9 for Hendrick Motorsports, besting Martin Truex Jr. just as he did a year ago. The Glen hadn't had a repeat winner in nearly a decade, since Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12.

It was a two-car race for more than half the 220.5- mile distance and the entire final 40 laps around the high-speed 2.45-mile natural terrain layout.