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Monday, August 25, 2014 - Updated: 10:30 AM

Racetrack operators getting slammed

ALBANY (AP) -- New York state's inspector general says horse race bettors were overcharged more than $7 million because of widespread failures by the group that runs three New York thoroughbred tracks.

A report released Monday slams the New York Racing Association for charging one percentage point more for so-called exotic wagers for 15 months beginning in September 2010. The law that allowed racing operators to take the extra money had expired.

State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says NYRA officials should have known about the law's expiration. But she says the organization lacked internal controls and failed to pay attention.

NYRA's former top executive, Charles Hayward, was fired in 2012 after the problem surfaced publicly. State officials say he was derelict in his duties.

Scott says reforms at NYRA have been implemented.

Upstate New York honors Hawaiian

LAKE GEORGE (AP) -- New York's newest roadside historic marker honors an upstate native who grew up in the Adirondacks and went on to become a prominent figure in Hawaii during the 19th century.

A blue-and-gold historical marker was recently erected along Route 9 in Lake George at the site of Charles Reed Bishop's childhood home. He was born in 1822 in nearby Glens Falls and spent his early years in the Adirondacks.

In 1846, he traveled to Hawaii, where Bishop became a lawyer, diplomat, banker and philanthropist. He married into the Hawaiian royal family and advised a succession of kings of the islands.

Bishop died in 1915 in California.

The historic marker was unveiled with the help of a Polynesian dance troupe performing at a Lake George resort.

Boy is rescued by NY police officers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say a 2-week-old boy who had stopped breathing is safe after two officers used rescue techniques.

The New York Police Department says it happened around 11:15 p.m. Sunday in Brooklyn. Sgt. Michael Dario and Officer Elias Khan were on routine patrol when 911 dispatchers got a call about the baby at a home on 74th Avenue in the Bensonhurst neighborhood.

The baby's 32-year-old mother met the officers as they arrived. They found the boy unresponsive, his face turning blue.

Khan did a finger-sweep of the infant's mouth to make sure his airway wasn't obstructed, then began administering back thrusts after putting the baby in a proper position.

Meanwhile, Dario summoned medical help. But within 10 to 15 seconds, the child began breathing.

Police investigate double slaying

BUFFALO (AP) -- Police say two men who were fatally shot over the weekend in Buffalo may have been involved in an earlier incident before the gunfire broke out.

Authorities say officers were called to the scene of a shooting around 1 a.m. Saturday in the city's Walden-Genesee neighborhood. Police say they found a car flipped onto its roof.

Officials say a 30-year-old man was found dead near the vehicle, while a 32-year-old later died at Erie County Medical Center.

Police tell local media that they believe the men were involved in an earlier incident and are checking to see if the shooting was connected.

The victims' names haven't been released.

Long Island areas to get flood funding

AMAGANSETT (AP) -- Several areas on Long Island will get about $16 million in federal funding to buy storm-damaged properties and turn them into flood buffers.

Newsday says the funding includes $9.9 million for Amagansett and $5.6 million for Mastic Beach and Shirley. Stony Brook will tentatively receive nearly $1 million.

The property owners will still retain some rights to the land. But no new construction will be allowed so that the land will remain in its natural state.

Sen. Charles Schumer says the flood plain restoration will reduce erosion and improve fish and wildlife habitats.

Suspect sought in swastika incident

ROOSEVELT (AP) -- Police want to know who painted a swastika and a racially biased statement at a Long Island post office.

Nassau County police say the incident occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday in Roosevelt.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Two charged with stealing oil

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Police on Long Island say two people are charged with stealing about 650 gallons of used cooking oil from restaurants.

Suffolk County police say Domingo Santos and his girlfriend, Vanessa Liriano, both of Yonkers, were arrested Sunday in Hauppauge.

Used cooking oil can be refined and sold as bio-fuel. Police say the 650 gallons is worth about $2,000.


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