Schumer seeks grades on discount tour buses
ALBANY -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., on Sunday asked the federal government to post letter grades for discount tour bus companies so consumers will be able to easily see the companies' safety records.
The measure is prompted by a string of deadly bus crashes since a March crash left 15 dead in the Bronx. Since then, New York has sidelined hundreds of buses and bus drivers in a stepped-up program to stop buses for safety evaluations. Many drivers were found to have had multiple driver's licenses with histories of violations.
The safety information is already public record and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration already posts safety scores on its website. But Schumer said a simple letter grade is needed to clarify the record and it must be posted so customers can see it before they buy tickets.
Gunman kills 4 people in suburban pharmacy
MEDFORD (AP) -- A gunman shot four people inside a pharmacy in a New York suburb Sunday morning, killing everyone inside the store in what police said looked like a robbery gone wrong.
The massacre happened at about 10:20 a.m. inside a family-owned pharmacy in a small cluster of medical offices in Medford, a middle-class hamlet on Long Island about 60 miles east of New York City.
Police rushed to the scene after getting a 911 call from someone in the pharmacy's parking lot. When they arrived, they found two employees and two customers dead, said Suffolk County Police Department's Chief of Detectives Dominick Varrone. No one inside the shop survived.
Four victims identified from plane crash
NEW YORK (AP) -- The four victims of a weekend plane crash in suburban New York City have been identified as a family of three and a teenage family friend.
Authorities say 63-year-old pilot Keith Weiner of Manhattan; his 51-year-old wife, Lisa; and their 14-year-old daughter, Isabel, were killed in the Saturday crash near Westchester County Airport. Also killed was Isabel's friend, 14-year-old Lucy Walsh.
Relatives and aviation officials say the group had just taken off for a day trip to Montauk when the plane went down.
The pilot's father, William Weiner, tells reporters that his son was a meticulous flier and that something must have gone horribly wrong with the aircraft.
Service honors woman killed in Afghanistan
COHOCTON (AP) -- A ser-
vicewoman killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan was remembered as "an all-American girl" at a funeral service at her hometown in upstate New York.
More than 1,000 mourners attended a Saturday service in Cohocton for Devin Snyder, who died from wounds suffered in a June 4 attack that also killed three other members of her unit.
Snyder was 20. She had enlisted in 2008 and had been in Afghanistan since March, serving with the 793rd Military Police Battalion.
New plan to guide state deer management
ALBANY -- Wildlife officials are proposing a special hunting weekend for teenagers, an earlier start to the bow-hunting season and a ban on killing young bucks in some regions under a new plan that will guide deer management in the state for the next five years.
Gordon Batcheller, the head of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's Bureau of Wildlife, says the draft Deer Management Plan was written after his agency held 20 public meetings around the state and surveyed hunters for their opinions on proposals.
There's a stable population of about a million white-tailed deer in New York State, Batcheller said. Last year, about 230,000 were killed by hunters and 60,000 to 80,000 were killed on highways, he said.