Mary Esch, The Associated Press

Mary Esch

The Associated Press

Albany, NY, United States

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Death of 9 nuns highlights toll of coronavirus in convents

A home for retired and infirm nuns lost nine residents to COVID-19 during December as the coronavirus pandemic's second wave surged in upstate New York → Read More

Death of 9 nuns highlights toll of coronavirus in convents

A home for retired and infirm nuns lost nine residents to COVID-19 during December as the coronavirus pandemic's second wave surged in upstate New York → Read More

'It means a lot to me': Dogs ease pandemic loneliness for nursing home residents

Eileen Nagle sees her family in video chats and drive-by visits, but that hasn't made up for the lack of warm hugs in the nine months since the pandemic led her nursing home to shut its doors to visitors. Enter Zeus. "Zeus is a friendly little snowball, very happy," said Nagle, 79, after the peppy bichon frise paid a visit to her room at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River in… → Read More

'It means a lot to me': Dogs ease pandemic loneliness for nursing home residents

Eileen Nagle sees her family in video chats and drive-by visits, but that hasn't made up for the lack of warm hugs in the nine months since the pandemic led her nursing home to shut its doors to visitors. Enter Zeus. "Zeus is a friendly little snowball, very happy," said Nagle, 79, after the peppy bichon frise paid a visit to her room at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River in… → Read More

'It means a lot to me': Dogs ease pandemic loneliness for nursing home residents

Eileen Nagle sees her family in video chats and drive-by visits, but that hasn't made up for the lack of warm hugs in the nine months since the pandemic led her nursing home to shut its doors to visitors. Enter Zeus. "Zeus is a friendly little snowball, very happy," said Nagle, 79, after the peppy bichon frise paid a visit to her room at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River in… → Read More

'It means a lot to me': Dogs ease pandemic loneliness for nursing home residents

Eileen Nagle sees her family in video chats and drive-by visits, but that hasn't made up for the lack of warm hugs in the nine months since the pandemic led her nursing home to shut its doors to visitors. Enter Zeus. "Zeus is a friendly little snowball, very happy," said Nagle, 79, after the peppy bichon frise paid a visit to her room at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River in… → Read More

'It means a lot to me': Dogs ease pandemic loneliness for nursing home residents

Eileen Nagle sees her family in video chats and drive-by visits, but that hasn't made up for the lack of warm hugs in the nine months since the pandemic led her nursing home to shut its doors to visitors. Enter Zeus. "Zeus is a friendly little snowball, very happy," said Nagle, 79, after the peppy bichon frise paid a visit to her room at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River in… → Read More

'It means a lot to me': Dogs ease pandemic loneliness for nursing home residents

Eileen Nagle sees her family in video chats and drive-by visits, but that hasn't made up for the lack of warm hugs in the nine months since the pandemic led her nursing home to shut its doors to visitors. Enter Zeus. "Zeus is a friendly little snowball, very happy," said Nagle, 79, after the peppy bichon frise paid a visit to her room at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River in… → Read More

'It means a lot to me': Dogs ease pandemic loneliness for nursing home residents

Eileen Nagle sees her family in video chats and drive-by visits, but that hasn't made up for the lack of warm hugs in the nine months since the pandemic led her nursing home to shut its doors to visitors. Enter Zeus. "Zeus is a friendly little snowball, very happy," said Nagle, 79, after the peppy bichon frise paid a visit to her room at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River in… → Read More

Dogs ease pandemic isolation for nursing home residents

Eileen Nagle sees her family in video chats and drive-by visits, but that hasn't made up for the lack of warm hugs in the nine months since the pandemic led her nursing home to shut its doors to visitors. Enter Zeus. “Zeus is a friendly little snowball, very happy,” said Nagle, 79, after the peppy bichon frise paid a visit to her room at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River in… → Read More

Dogs ease pandemic isolation for nursing home residents

Eileen Nagle sees her family in video chats and drive-by visits, but that hasn't made up for the lack of warm hugs in the nine months since the pandemic led her nursing home to shut its doors to visitors. Enter Zeus. “Zeus is a friendly little snowball, very happy,” said Nagle, 79, after the peppy bichon frise paid a visit to her room at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River in… → Read More

Parents, 5 other relatives plead guilty after sick girl dies

AUSTERLITZ, N. Y. (AP) - Seven relatives of a 12-year-old girl, including her parents and adult sisters, have pleaded guilty to child endangerment for failing to properly care for her before she died of kidney failure and pneumonia. Steven Bennett, 58, and Heidi Tranberg-Bennett, 47, were initially charged with second-degree manslaughter, a felony, in November, 11 months after their daughter… → Read More

Gunman shot by police at NYC cathedral Christmas concert

Police fatally shot a man on the steps of a landmark New York City cathedral Sunday after he began firing two semiautomatic handguns at the end of a Christmas choral concert → Read More

Alexander Hamilton was a slave owner, new research says

A new research paper takes a swipe at the popular image of Alexander Hamilton as the abolitionist founding father, citing evidence that he was a slave trader and owner himself. → Read More

Research sheds light on Alexander Hamilton as slave owner

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new research paper takes a swipe at the popular image of Alexander Hamilton as the abolitionist founding father, citing evidence he was a slave trader → Read More

Research sheds light on Alexander Hamilton as slave owner

A new research paper takes a swipe at the popular image of Alexander Hamilton as the abolitionist founding father, citing evidence he was a slave trader and owner himself. “Not only did Alexander Hamilton enslave people, but his involvement in the institution of slavery was essential to his identity, both personally and professionally,” Jessie Serfilippi, an interpreter at a New York state… → Read More

Rochester police leaders retire after suffocation death

Top police leaders in Rochester, New York, announced their retirements Tuesday amid nightly protests over the handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, whose family filed a federal lawsuit → Read More

Rochester police leaders retire after suffocation death

Top police leaders in Rochester, New York, announced their retirements Tuesday amid nightly protests... → Read More

NTSB: Limo owner evaded safety rules before fatal crash

ALBANY, N.Y. - The owner of the stretched limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York repeatedly changed the listed number of seats in the vehicle and took other steps to avoid safety regulations, according to documents released Wednesday by federal investigators. The National Transportation Safety Board’s docket on the Oct. → Read More

Off-duty cop's 911 call about Black youths raises questions

Amid pressure from activists and community leaders, a prosecutor has asked New York State Police for the case file on an incident in which an off-duty police officer claimed he had been shot at by a group of Black people → Read More