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  The Upstate Poison Control Center is receiving an increasing number of calls about toddlers unintentionally ingesting the liquid from E-cigarettes. In 2014 more than 3700 exposures to liquid nicotine were reported to poison control centers nationwide. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports, this year that number has already topped 2200.

  In light of Financial Literacy Month and with this year’s tax deadline quickly approaching, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman offered New Yorkers some advice on how to avoid tax prep scams.

  Central New Yorkers who take supplements to improve their health might be wondering who to believe and what to take, after major retailers were targeted by state officials for possible fraud.  A Skaneateles-based dietician offers some advice amid the confusion.

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Two Syracuse men have been arrested for their roles in a large heroin distribution takedown first announced last week that was funneling drugs to the North Country.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says 26-year-old Nilo Bachiller and 28-year-old Aundre Cole face conspiracy and drug sale charges for allegedly supplying cocaine and heroin to four other men in St.Lawrence County.  

  A multi-year investigation into a Syracuse adult care facility has culminated in a settlement with the state Attorney General’s office over concerns there wasn't enough or proper care for the elderly residents.    Chief Assistant Attorney General for Medicaid fraud control Paul Mahoney says the Inn at Menorah Park on East Genesee Street was operating as an independent living and assisted living facility without the proper cert

New York’s Attorney General is seeking broader powers to investigate when a police officer ends up killing an unarmed civilian.    Eric Schneiderman had plenty of support when he asked for the governor to act.

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Nearly two dozen people from Syracuse were among 41 people  indicted Thursday on charges of operating two drug pipelines that ran through the city.  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a heroin ring stretched across four cities to Syracuse, and another ring used the U.S. Postal Service to ship cocaine from Puerto Rico.  

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The state’s top lawyer provided some historical context Friday for the tradition that Syracuse University Law School grads are about to enter into.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman delivered a commencement address to 212 juris doctor candidates and nine who earned a master of laws.     

  This year’s commencement was momentous for the entire law school.  Dean Hannah Arterian told the graduates they are the last to complete their education in the buildings on the “cliff” overlooking Irving Avenue. 
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  Local advocates that try and help people get jobs after they’ve been convicted of crimes say the “Bed, Bath and Beyond” settlement this week could help.  New York’s Attorney General fined the national retailer for automatically excluding any job applicants with a criminal history, violating state labor laws.

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It’s probably happened to some of us – we’re focused on checking email or texting on the go that we might not be aware of our surroundings.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said smartphone robberies are becoming more of a problem because it can mean easy money. 

“People who are on their smartphones often are distracted,” he said, “you know, if they’re listening to music or something. People just knock them over, grab [the cell phone], and it’s too easy.”  

A rise in smartphone robberies is why Schneiderman and the San Francisco District Attorney began the “Secure Our Smartphones Coalition.” Unlike other cities, Syracuse is lucky and has yet to report any fatality due to cell phone robberies. However, Frank Fowler, Syracuse Police Chief, said phone thefts have risen in the past year. According to Fowler, they account for more than 1/3 of all robberies.

Robberies of any type of property places people in harm’s way. When we can discourage this type of robbery, we can have an opportunity to decrease our robberies by 35%, and that’s a great number.”    The "kill switches" would make the phones less appealing to thieves.  But Schneiderman says  there's also little incentive for manufacturers and even the service providers, who are not cooperating.