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Commit a Misdemeanor? NY to Demand Your DNA

Samples to be required from convicts of all crimes

(Newser) - New York is poised to become the first state in the nation to require people convicted of any crime, no matter how minor, to provide DNA samples for a database. The state's lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on the measure, which would double the size of New York'... More »

NY Mom Drowns Self, 3 Kids After Domestic Fight

Police say 4th child released before woman drove into Hudson River

(Newser) - The bodies of a New York woman and her three young children were pulled from the Hudson River last night after what police believe was a murder-suicide sparked by a domestic dispute. The mother drove her minivan and the children—two boys, ages 5 and 2, and an 11-month-old girl—... More »

Backers Push Good Samaritan Law to Save Drug Users

911 callers don't risk arrest themselves

(Newser) - Good Samaritan laws are designed to make sure people who OD on drugs get help. The idea is to shield callers to 911 who report someone in trouble from getting arrested themselves, Newsweek reports in a look at the push for the laws. So far, Washington state and New Mexico... More »

Gay Couples Get Crack at Today Show Wedding

NBC agrees to open application under activist pressure

(Newser) - The Today show will open its annual “Modern Day Wedding” contest to gay couples, NBC has announced, bowing to activist pressure. The gay rights group GLAAD launched a campaign to change the contest last week, the New York Times explains, after discovering the application had options only for “... More »

Rain, Wind Wallop Snow-Weary Mid-Atlantic

Hundreds of thousands without power after powerful Northeaster

(Newser) - Last month, the Northeast was smothered by blizzards. Now, it's waterlogged by torrential rains. The region mopped up today following a weekend storm complete with high wind and heavy rains that uprooted trees, downed power lines, and flooded some creeks and rivers. Five people died in storm-related accidents, and hundreds... More »

NYT's Paterson 'Bombshell': Top Aide Is an Ex-Con

Adviser David Johnson busted for drugs as teen

(Newser) - The New York Times has finally dropped its long-rumored "bombshell" report on Gov. David Paterson and it's not quite as explosive or sexy as many expected. The story profiles the governor's driver-turned-aide David W. Johnson, noting that he was arrested twice on felony drug charges as a teenager and... More »

Sex Scandal Will Take Down Another NY Governor

David Paterson will resign after New York Times exposé: source

(Newser) - Less than 2 years after extramarital indiscretions cost Eliot Spitzer the job, a sex scandal is about to chase his successor as New York governor out of office. Media circles have been abuzz with reports that the New York Times is working on an exposé involving Paterson's personal life and... More »

South the Big Winner in New Census

Northeast, Midwest would lose seats if today's census was used

(Newser) - The South is gaining population and power at the expense of the Northeast and Midwest, according to Census Bureau estimates released yesterday. If House seats were distributed based on the estimates, which are believed to be a strong predictor of the 2010 census results, Texas would be the big winner,... More »

NYers Saddest in US? Fuhgeddaboutit!

Contentment is overrated, according to New Yorker

(Newser) - New York state came rock bottom out 50 states and DC in a recent study of happiness, prompting Clyde Haberman to ask not what's wrong with New York, but what's so great about happiness. "Might contentment be overrated?" he wonders in the New York Times . "Seriously, isn’t... More »

Moose on the Loose Hits Saratoga Race Course

Wayward moose wanders onto ground of historic racetrack

(Newser) - Fans spotted a different kind of four-legged visitor yesterday at the Saratoga Race Course when a wayward moose wandered onto the grounds, reports the Albany Times-Union reports. Dozens of surprised onlookers—most of whom had never seen a wild moose before, let alone one on a racetrack—gathered to see... More »

New York to Roll Back Strict '70s Drug Laws

Gov., legislative leaders make deal to repel mandatory sentences

(Newser) - New York's governor and legislative leaders have agreed to repeal some of the nation's most draconian drug laws, the New York Times reports. The move to dismantle strict mandatory sentencing guidelines set down in 1973 means judges will have the option of sending many first-time nonviolent drug offenders to treatment... More »

Insiders: Cuomo Aide Putting Brakes on Kennedy Bid

NY's AG eying Clinton's Senate seat himself

(Newser) - An aide to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been urging labor chiefs and upstate officials not to support Caroline Kennedy's Senate bid, insiders tell the New York Times. The aide—known as Cuomo's enforcer—is said to have questioned Kennedy's credentials and dropped broad hints that Cuomo himself... More »

Windmills Pay the Rent but Spark Rage in NY

(Newser) - Wind turbines are cropping up in rural New York state and threatening to pull communities apart, the AP reports. The state's largest wind energy project is worth $400 million and powers 100,000 homes; farmers get paid up to $6,600 per turbine per year to offset the sight and... More »

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