ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) - The New York state police say two inmates who died in custody at the Attica Correctional Facility likely overdosed on drugs. The males, ages 25 and 51, were found in separate cells on Thursday. Police say they believe preliminarily the men died from overdoses, but toxicology results are pending. The investigation continues. Attica is a maximum security prison in western New York that can house up to about 2,200 inmates.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York conservation officials say large numbers of migrating waterbirds have been found dead on the Lake Ontario shore, victims of toxins in creatures they eat. The Department of Environmental Conservation says Type E botulism is responsible for the deaths of from 200 to 300 common loons that washed up on shore this fall in Jefferson and northern Oswego County shorelines. That's the most since 2006. The toxin also has killed long-tailed ducks, grebes and gulls.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - More potential competitors for upstate New York casino licenses are emerging despite an increasingly crowded Northeast market. New York officials will begin awarding casino licenses next year after voters passed a state constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas-style casinos beyond Indian land. There will be four upstate licenses available, and more than twice that number of groups have expressed interest in operating a casino in the Catskills region, the Southern Tier or the Albany-Saratoga area.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut U.S. senators are stepping up pressure on Metro-North Railroad to revamp safety systems after federal transportation regulators ordered the commuter train operator to take emergency measures in the wake of a derailment that killed four people in the Bronx this week. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say they will work with federal agencies in holding Metro-North accountable for improving safety and reliability immediately.
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