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Law allows druggists to keep giving flu shots

ALBANY (AP) -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a law allowing pharmacists to continue giving flu shots, sparing people who want the vaccinations a trip to the doctor's office.

New York used to be among a handful of states that allowed only physicians and nurses to administer vaccines, but it began allowing pharmacists to give the shots in 2008.

The bill signed by Cuomo extends that authorization another four years.

Sponsors say more than 5,000 pharmacists are currently certified to give flu shots.



Senate report reveals Espada spending spree

ALBANY (AP) -- Former State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada went on a taxpayer-funded spending spree after voters failed to re-elect him last year amid charges that he embezzled money from a nonprofit health clinic.

A Senate report released Friday said Espada, D-Bronx, spent almost $750,000 during his final three months in office.

The Times-Union, of Albany, said no other senator spent that much in twice the time.

A spokeswoman for the health clinic that Espada runs told the paper that the lawmaker was "incredibly busy" while in office.

A spokesman for Senate Republicans, Scott Reif, told the New York Post that the Democrats who controlled the chamber last year should have "put their foot down" and forced him to stop spending.

Espada, 57, and his son were indicted last year on federal charges of embezzling more than $500,000 from the clinic for lavish spending.



Woman faces charge of stalking actress

NEW YORK (AP) -- French actress Marion Cotillard received threatening emails and videos from a New York City woman through a fan website, law enforcement officials said.

FBI agents said in a court filing that Teresa Yuan sent a series of messages in July to the Oscar winner that included ramblings about wanting to play Russian Roulette with her.

Yuan faces a charge of interstate stalking.

Cotillard won an Academy Award in 2008 for her role as Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose," appears in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and has a role in the upcoming Batman sequel.