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Puerto Rican pride on display at parade

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's Fifth Avenue was transformed into a huge party Sunday as thousands marched and celebrated the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Crowds along the parade route waved the red, white and blue of the Puerto Rican flag and cheered participants. Salsa dancers and dancers of the traditional "bomba y plena" paraded up the avenue surrounded by colorful floats and bands with trumpets and drums.

"There a is a lot to celebrate because Puerto Ricans, through higher education, have advanced as a community," said Dr. Felix Matos-Rodriguez, president of Hostos Community College and this year's grand marshal. The parade has been an annual event in New York since 1958 and has grown to be one of the city's largest.

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Groups vie to advocate for state's disabled

ALBANY (AP) -- New York has received proposals from three nonprofits seeking to take over as the state's federally funded advocate for the disabled.

The Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, which has held that role since the 1980s, has requested proposals for an outside organization to take over its programs statewide.

Federal officials have faulted New York's arrangement, questioning the agency's independence from other state agencies providing disabled care.

The bidders' names were not immediately available.

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$25 million donated to Cornell law school

ITHACA (AP) -- Cornell University's law school has been given $25 million by an anonymous donor for a variety of uses, including scholarships.

Dean Stewart Schwab says the gift is among the most generous in the history of legal education.

Cornell Law School enrolls about 600 students and has 57 full-time and 51 part-time faculty at its Ithaca campus.