One day after he delivered a stunner of a gaffe, favorably comparing Hitler to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and then clumsily referring to Nazi death camps as “Holocaust centers, White House spokesman Sean Spicer gave an abject apology, saying: “It really is painful to myself to know that I did something like that.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top Kremlin officials in an attempt to defuse tensions over the worsening Syrian crisis, but admitted afterward that the relationship between the two countries is “at a low point.”

The Daily Mail and Mail Online will pay significant damages to settle a libel claim brought by the US first lady, Melania Trump, over false claims about her work as a professional model.

…The terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed. She had sought compensatory and punitive damages of at least $150 million, according to the filing.

A series of special elections to fill seats opened by representatives who have taken jobs with the Trump administration is exposing a significant enthusiasm gap between energized Democratic and complacent Republican voters.

California’s top elections official is reportedly looking to move the state’s primary contest to an earlier date, arguing the state should not be an “afterthought.”

Hillary Clinton and her team projected the appearance of unity during the 2016 campaign, but a new book detailing her election loss suggests things got pretty heated behind the scenes.

The mother of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed teenager shot and killed by an NYPD officer in 2012, said at a rally today that she will campaign against NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio as he seeks re-election this fall.

Relatives of Rep. Joseph Crowley, chairman of Queens Democratic Party, are once again picking up appointments and payments from the borough’s Supreme Court – six years after anti-nepotism rules banned members of the clan from profiting off the system.

The explosive growth of a hydrilla, a highly invasive aquatic weed at the northern part of Cayuga Lake, has alarmed local officials, along with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who is calling for $850,000 in federal funding to deal with the problem.

Reporters and editors at the New York news organizations DNAinfo and Gothamist have agreed to unionize after combining their operations last month.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli this week called the Rochester City School District’s payroll process “disorganized,” “rife with errors,” and “costing taxpayers.”

The State Police is seeking the “best and brightest” candidates for its century-old organization as part of a new recruitment effort, Superintendent George P. Beach II said.

The new state budget includes a long-sought tax credit for farmers who contribute to food pantries across the state, a move supporters touted as a way to boost donations of fresh produce and cut down on waste.

Replacing Rikers Island with new jails scattered throughout NYC is going to be an uphill battle for de Blasio.

A conceptual plan for the proposed rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake has been sent to stakeholders for comment, and the state may release its proposed plan to the public later this month.

New York health insurers cannot refuse to pay for doctor office visits just because they result in patients being approved for medical marijuana, the state announced today.

A new study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association links reduced consumption of trans fats found in things like frying oils to reduced instances of myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) and strokes reported in New York counties that enacted bans.

There have been signs of a strengthening suburban home market this year, particularly in places with easy Manhattan commutes, as both buyers and sellers brace for the peak spring season.