WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is telling graduating West Point cadets that sexual assault in the military must be stamped out. Hagel's message today comes a day after President Barack Obama delivered a similar edict to U.S. Naval Academy graduates, amid a series of widespread incidents of sexual misconduct across the military in recent months and a new report showing that the problem is growing.
EPHRATAH, N.Y. (AP) - Divers searched a large pond while investigators combed nearby woods today for any sign of the pilot of a volunteer Angel Flight that crashed in upstate New York, killing two passengers. The passengers were found near the ruins of the twin-engine plane in a wooded area in Ephratah, about an hour west of Albany. The bulk of the plane was found submerged in a pond.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Drug-maker ISTA (IS'-tah) Pharmaceuticals has pleaded guilty in New York in a federal case involving its eye drug Xibrom (ZY'-brum) and has agreed to pay more than $30 million. The Department of Justice says the case was settled in U.S. District Court in Buffalo yesterday. California-based ISTA was acquired by Rochester-based Bausch & Lomb last year. It admits promoting Xibrom for uses beyond what the Food and Drug Administration approved.
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) - Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are giving the commencement address at Bard College in the Hudson Valley. The couple will address more than 600 graduating students this afternoon during the commencement ceremony 90 miles north of New York City. Giffords was among 13 people wounded in a January 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left six others dead.
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