2 inmates dead at Attica Correctional Facility
ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they're investigating the deaths of two inmates at New York's maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility.
The state corrections department and state police say the inmates died on Thursday and a third inmate was hospitalized.
The deaths are being described as unattended. But officials aren't releasing any details Friday, citing the ongoing investigation.
The western New York prison was the site of the nation's deadliest prison riot in 1971.
NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT-CUOMO
Cuomo orders safety upgrades for NYC trains
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told New York City transit officials to adopt several safety changes following the deadly derailment of a commuter train.
Cuomo directed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Friday to expedite speed controls for areas vulnerable to crashes on the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road commuter systems.
Cuomo also wants to accelerate efforts to install technology called "positive train control," which can automatically bring a train to a stop if it's exceeding a speed limit.
Cuomo says federal investigators have made it clear that the actions of the engineer, William Rockefeller, were the "initiating cause" of Sunday's accident and that the train's speed, estimated at 82 mph on a 30-mph curve, was a key factor.
Comptroller to audit NY hate crimes reporting
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York comptroller's office is auditing hate crime reporting statewide after a legislator earlier this year cited an apparent spike in incidents.
Auditors will examine the state Division of Criminal Justice Services handling of annual reports culled from police data. The report last month showed 720 hate crimes statewide in 2012, up almost 30 percent. Most of the increase was in New York City and Suffolk County, which made changes in their reporting.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says there's a need to ensure police report the incidents correctly and are trained to handle hate crimes appropriately.
The audit was by requested state Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat. In August, he cited incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the city and increases in anti-Semitic incidents statewide.
NY agency schedules decision on Adirondack land
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Regulators have set talks next week on classifying how new state land in the central Adirondacks can be used.
The woodlands and waterways in the towns of Indian Lake, Minerva and Newcomb were acquired by the state from The Nature Conservancy, which bought the land from the Finch, Pruyn (preyen) timber company in 2007.
They include the Essex Chain of Lakes, Hudson River Gorge, OK Slip Falls and a tract along the Indian River.
The Adirondack Park Agency will consider staff recommendations that include designating 33,000 acres as wilderness or primitive areas where motors are prohibited, a new snowmobile trail, a road to one lake in the Essex Chain for the handicapped and allowing float planes on First Lake and Pine Lake.
Deliberations are scheduled next Wednesday through Friday in Ray Brook.
10 more colleges, universities sign on to Say Yes
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Yale and Brown University are among the latest colleges and universities to promise free tuition to students as part of the Say Yes to Education compact.
New York City-based Say Yes announced the addition of 10 institutions on Friday.
Say Yes offers locally funded tuition scholarships to Buffalo and Syracuse public school students who attend a public two- or four-year college.
Private institutions typically waive tuition for qualified Say Yes students whose family income is below $75,000 a year.
The other newly added colleges are: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Washington University in St. Louis; Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.; Smith College in Northampton, Mass.; Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.; Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio; Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. and Northeastern University in Boston.
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