News from the Associated Press - December 13, 2013

Associated Press
December 13, 2013

Developer will bid for casino in Finger Lakes

TYRE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York developer says he wants to build a $350 million casino in the Finger Lakes.

Wilmorite Chairman Thomas Wilmot says the proposed casino complex in the town to Tyre in Seneca County would include a hotel and a spa. It would be built near Thruway Exit 41.

State officials will begin next year awarding up to four casino licenses in upstate New York now that voters have passed a state constitutional amendment to allow expanded gambling. At least one of those casinos could go in parts of the Southern Tier or the Finger Lakes.

Wilmot says the Wilmot Casino & Resort will apply for one of those four casino licenses.


Study: Hormone-blocker slashes breast cancer risk

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Women at high risk of developing breast cancer because of family history or bad genes have a new option to help prevent the disease.

A study of 4,000 women found that a daily hormone-blocking pill cut the risk of developing breast cancer by more than half after five years of use.

The drug is anastrozole (uh-NASS'-truh-zole), sold as Arimidex (uh-RIM'-uh-dex) and in generic form. It can cause hot flashes, joint pain and other side effects, but these were nearly as common among women given dummy pills and are often due to menopause and aging.

Results were reported Thursday at a cancer conference in San Antonio.


Ex-Gov Paterson says he won't seek Congress

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Former Gov. David Paterson says he's ending his public consideration of running for Congress to succeed Rep. Charles Rangel.

In a statement issued earlier this week Paterson also urged fellow Democrat Rangel to seek another term in 2014. The senior congressman represents Harlem.

Paterson was the state's lieutenant governor when he succeeded Gov. Eliot Spitzer who resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal.

After warning of the coming recession and making deep cuts that angered public unions amid his falling popularity, Paterson chose not to run for a full term in 2010. New York's first black and legally blind governor then endorsed fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo for governor.

Paterson once considered appointing himself as U.S. senator when Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, but he ultimate chose Kirsten Gillibrand.


Former Pa. gas drilling exec charged in $9.2M scam

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former Pennsylvania gas drilling company executive has been charged with stealing $9.2 million from his company.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged 53-year-old Larry D. Winckler, of Indiana, Pa., with conspiracy, mail fraud and filing false income tax returns.

Martin Dietz, Winckler's lawyer, says his client has agreed to plead guilty to the charges, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Winckler was chief operating officer of Falcon Drilling LLC. Prosecutors say that between 2004 and 2012, he allegedly forged checks and then forged invoices and other documents to cover up the thefts, and used the money for personal expenses and gambling.

Two other former employees of the company have already pleaded guilty to similar charges.

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