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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Some criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday for using a racial slur for African Americans while discussing historical discrimination toward darker-skinned Italian immigrants.

The Democrat used the slur in an interview on WAMC radio while speaking about Columbus Day and a recent New York Times article about how Italians overcame bigotry in the U.S.

The governor made his comments as he criticized Italian stereotypes and called for African American, Jewish and Italian communities to stick up for one another when one group faces bigotry.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  National Grid says it will immediately begin connecting over 1,100 customers denied service after New York rejected an application for a new pipeline.

The Public Service Commission order on Friday calls on the company to connect those customers.

The commission's chair says the law requires utilities to provide gas service without delay when there's sufficient supply. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the pipeline wouldn't be in service until at least next year.

General Motors

DETROIT (AP  & WXXI News)  Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors have taken a turn for the worse, hitting a big snag over product commitments for U.S. factories, a union official wrote in an email to members.  

The letter from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes casts doubt on whether there will be a quick settlement in the contract dispute, which sent 49,000 workers to the picket lines on Sept. 16, crippling GM's factories. 

Buffalo Bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Josh Allen threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns as the Buffalo Bills beat the Tennessee Titans 14-7 Sunday in a defensive showdown for their third straight win in this series.

The Bills (4-1) now have won three consecutive games away from Buffalo for the first time since 2004, though so many Buffalo fans traveled here it felt much more like a home game. It's also the first time they've started a season perfect through three road games since 1993.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York is taking most 17-year-olds with offenses out of the adult criminal justice system.

The change is effective this month under the second part of 2017 legislation that raised New York's age of criminal responsibility to 18. The first part of the law addressing most 16-year-olds went into effect last year.

New York had been among the last states that automatically prosecuted 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP & WXXI News)  A small plane on approach to a Pennsylvania airport landed instead in a shallow section of the Susquehanna River a few miles from the Three Mile Island nuclear power station.

Theplane had left Rochester at 4:05pm and landed just over an hour later.

Susquehanna Regional Airport Authority executive director Tim Edwards said the pilot and the single-engine plane's lone passenger were taken to a hospital for treatment. The Federal Aviation Administration says the two on board exited the Piper PA-46 onto a wing.

NEW YORK (AP) The son of former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins pleaded guilty Thursday in an insider trading case that ruined his Republican father's political career.

Cameron Collins admitted in his plea in federal court in Manhattan that he had traded stocks based an illegal tip from his Republican father, telling the judge, ``I truly regret my conduct.``

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for new seat belt requirements for limousines following a crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people.

The board on Wednesday released safety recommendations almost a year after a modified 2001 Ford Excursion blew through a stop sign at a T-intersection in rural Schoharie.

The vehicle crashed beside a country store, killing the driver, 17 passengers on a birthday outing and two pedestrians.

NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge in New York has ruled that the 2017 federal tax overhaul's cap on state and local tax deductions was not an "unconstitutional assault" on the sovereignty of high-tax Democratic-leaning states.

Judge J. Paul Oetken dismissed a challenge on Monday to the Republican-led tax overhaul filed last year by New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland.

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NEW YORK (AP)  Former Western NY Rep. Chris Collins pleaded guilty Tuesday in an insider trading case, a day after he resigned from Congress and set off a scramble to fill his seat in his Republican-leaning district. 

Collins had initially denied charges he leaked confidential information about a pharmaceutical company and was set to go to trial next year in federal court in Manhattan. But on Monday, the Republican from western New York and staunch supporter of President Donald Trump withdrew his not guilty plea and resigned from Congress. 

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