News from the Associated Press - August 6, 2014

Associated Press
August 6, 2014

General killed in Afghanistan was 1980 RPI grad

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. military has identified the officer killed during an insider attack in Afghanistan as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, who was born in upstate New York and graduated in 1980 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Greene was the highest-ranking American officer killed in combat since 1970.

The Albany native was the deputy commanding general, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. Trained as an engineer, Greene was involved in preparing Afghan forces for the departure of U.S.-coalition troops at the end of this year.

Greene was killed Tuesday in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the long Afghanistan war when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on allied troops, wounding about 15 U.S. and coalition forces. They included a German general and two Afghan generals.

 

Poll: Cuomo campaign lead cut after allegations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New polling suggests that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's lead over his GOP challenger shrank following news that his administration is being investigated for meddling with an anti-corruption commission.

The survey released Tuesday by Marist College gives Cuomo, a Democrat, 54 percent of the vote compared to 23 percent for Republican Rob Astorino. A poll last month put Cuomo's lead at 59-24 percent.

The poll indicates that while some voters are concerned by allegations that Cuomo's top aide discouraged the commission from investigating groups linked to the governor, the episode hasn't significantly altered the race. The survey shows Astorino remains largely unknown.

The telephone survey of 1,039 state residents was sponsored by NBC 4 New York and The Wall Street Journal. It has a 3.4 percent margin of error.

 

Marcellus Shale gas production hits new high

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal energy experts say Marcellus Shale natural gas production has hit an all-time high.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says Tuesday that production from Pennsylvania and West Virginia totaled about 15 billion cubic feet per day in July. That's more than seven times the 2010 production.

The Marcellus Shale generally lies about a mile or more underground, and is the most productive natural gas field in the U.S. At current rates the total yearly production is the energy equivalent of about 800 million barrels of oil.

EIA says it expects that Marcellus production will continue to grow.

 

NY to invest $14M to promote stem cell education

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is setting aside $14 million to promote stem cell research and education.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the program on Wednesday. It will fund short-term stem cell research opportunities for middle- and high-school biology teachers.

Cuomo says giving teachers the opportunity to conduct stem-cell research is a good way of spurring student interest in the cutting-edge research. He says the initiative is intended to encourage more students to consider careers in the biomedical research field.

The money will also support direct research as well as efforts to encourage science museums to host lectures and exhibits detailing the importance and the challenges of stem cell research.

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