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New York authorities have accused United Parcel Service in a federal lawsuit of shipping 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in the state between 2010 and 2014 despite an earlier agreement to stop.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter are seeking $180 million from Atlanta-based UPS, saying the cheap cigarettes increased smoking by New Yorkers while also costing $29.7 million in lost tax revenue.

The lawsuit claims UPS shipped unstamped cigarettes from at least six unlicensed vendors on Indian reservations.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says an ongoing investigation by his office has found numerous store brand herbal supplements aren't what their labels claim to be. The AG has sent letters to four major retailers concerning supplements that either couldn't be verified to contain the labeled substance or that contained ingredients not listed on the label.

The retailers are GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens. The products include echinacea, ginseng, St. John's wort, garlic, ginkgo biloba and saw palmetto.

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New York and 12 other states have settled an investigation into improper lending with a court agreement to shut down the company and expected to provide $92 million in debt relief for 17,800 U.S. military personnel.

New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says deceptive practices by Rome Finance Co. based in California and Georgia included failing to accurately disclose charges and interest rates and helping retailers inflate prices, with repayments taken from soldiers' paychecks.

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The Republican candidate for New York attorney general John Cahill was in Rensselaer County Thursday afternoon.

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A state assemblyman from Queens says the FBI has raided his home, hotel and offices in an investigation of his daily expense claims.

Democrat William Scarborough says representatives from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office and the FBI raided his hotel room at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.  He says FBI agents left his office Wednesday with boxes marked evidence. He says they took his cell phone, calendars and "just about everything."

The Legislature has weathered a series of criminal and sexual harassment scandals in recent years.

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New York’s top law enforcement officials were joined by Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings and Police Chief Steven Krokoff in Albany on Tuesday to announce a major drug indictment.

The 11-month operation, code-named “Operation North Star,” resulted in a 226 count indictment of 31 defendants and the seizure of nearly 2 kilograms of cocaine with an approximate street value of $200,000 dollars, more than $100,000 dollars in cash, three vehicles, a bulletproof vest, and a hand gun that police say was to be used in an imminent murder.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. They discuss gang violence, cracking down on drug distribution, wrongful convictions, Indian Point, and Wall Street.

WAMC'S Brian Shields speaks with NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman about the arrest of 52 people in and around Albany on gang-related drug activity and violence.