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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less may be more when it comes to opening casinos in New York amid an increasingly competitive gambling environment.

More than a dozen contenders are proposing upstate casino projects. Developers say they've carefully studied the local market to ensure they don't overbuild.

That's a problem that's happened elsewhere as gambling options grow and customers favor casinos within a few hours' drive. This year, four casinos are closing in Atlantic City after facing increased competition from smaller casinos in nearby states like Pennsylvania.

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Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has survived a challenge from the left to win the nomination of the liberal Working Families Party.

Cuomo received the endorsement at the party's convention Saturday in Albany following a floor fight from liberals unhappy with Cuomo's support for business-friendly tax cuts and charter schools.

Cuomo defeated a bid for the nomination from Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.

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Supporters and campaign staff of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean are getting together to mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of his unsuccessful presidential campaign.

Longtime Dean aide Kate O'Connor says the festivities are set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakledge Park in Burlington.

That's the date in 2003 when Dean stood before more than 5,000 people on Burlington's Church Street Marketplace and announced his candidacy for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, a bid that faded after his loss in the Iowa caucuses that January.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Cuomo administration official says New York is trying to lure TV shows with its tax credits program and the "Tonight" show would qualify if it decides to move back to Manhattan. 

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The state gambling commission is hearing from advocates and opponents of extending an Indian tribe's exclusive right to develop a casino in southeastern Massachusetts.

The commission met Thursday at Bristol Community College in Fall River as it considers opening the region to commercial bidders.

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CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban district attorney has asked a neighboring county to handle a child rape case because he is acquainted with the suspect.

Putnam County prosecutor Adam Levy said Thursday in an emailed statement that he knows 35-year-old Alexandru Hossu of Southeast. His spokeswoman would not elaborate, but The Journal News reported that Hossu is the district attorney's personal trainer.

A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.

Patrick made history out front at the Daytona 500, only to see five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson reclaim his spot at the top in the end.

Johnson won his second Daytona 500 with a late push on Sunday, grabbing the spotlight from Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race" and was running third on the last lap, but slipped to eighth in the late push for position.

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 Republican Linda McMahon and Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy are facing off in their second debate in Connecticut's close race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Thursday's hour-long event will be held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, beginning at 7 p.m. It will air live on FOX CT, as well as some radio stations.

It is sponsored by the Hartford Courant, FOX CT and the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association.

A western New York social studies teacher is the state's Teacher of the Year.

The state education department says Gregory Ahlquist has been teaching in the Webster Central School District, near Rochester, for 12 years. He teaches high school history and is also an adjunct lecturer at the State University of New York at Geneseo, teaching humanities, history and Latin courses.

Ahlquist was recognized Wednesday for his work helping students understand how history shapes today's world and events.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are hoping to use the momentum of their third debate to reach out to undecided voters as they head into the final weeks of Massachusetts' hard-fought Senate race.

Warren is planning to visit a bakery and fire station in Holyoke on Thursday before visiting a second fire station in Worcester.

Brown's public schedule wasn't immediately available.

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