NEW YORK (AP) — Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched.
The recall announced Saturday covers vehicles from the 2011-17 model years. About 800,000 of the affected minivans were sold in the United States.
Honda says it has received 46 reports of minor injuries related to the issue.
It says the Odyssey's second-row seat may tip forward during moderate to heavy braking if it isn't properly latched after adjusting it side-to-side or reinstalling a removed seat.
The company is working on a way to repair the issue and says it will notify owners when one is available. It will be free. Until then, Honda has put instructions for properly latching the seat on its website for owners.
Former teacher sentenced for sexually explicit texts
BUFFALO (AP) — A former teacher is going to prison for sending sexually explicit text messages to a 12-year-old girl.
Scott Schaefer pleaded guilty in August to disseminating indecent material to minors. The 44-year-old was sentenced Friday to one to three years in prison.
Authorities say Schaefer sent several texts to the girl in June. Her mother discovered the texts and reported them to police.
Schaefer was fired from his job as a science teacher at St. Gregory the Great School in the Buffalo suburb of Williamsville. He apologized to the girl and her family in state Supreme Court.
As part of his sentence, Schaefer is prohibited from contacting the girl until 2028.
Buffalo library's WWI posters highlight of new exhibit
BUFFALO (AP) — Propaganda posters from World War I are the focus of a new exhibit opening at the Buffalo and Erie County Library.
The exhibit is opening Saturday at the system's Central Library in downtown Buffalo. It tells of the city's role in America's war effort in terms of personnel, civilian support and industrial production.
Items from the library's own collections will be on display, along with World War I artifacts on loan from other institutions and collectors.
The highlight is the library's extensive collection of WWI posters, donated a year after the war ended in 1918 by Edward Michael, a prominent Buffalo businessman.
"Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I" commemorates this year's 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the war. The exhibit runs until 2020.
Thanksgiving fixings cost less this year in NY, says survey
ALBANY (AP) — Here's something to be thankful for: the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is down a bit from last year.
A New York Farm Bureau market survey found that an average dinner including a 16-pound turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and more averages $44.74 around the state. That's $1.89 less than last year.
Volunteer shoppers sampled prices in different parts of the state to come up with the average cost for 12 traditional Thanksgiving food items. Volunteers also priced out rolls, carrots, celery and pumpkin pie mix.
Old Erie County school gets new life as apartment building
BUFFALO (AP) — A century-old school building in the Buffalo suburbs is beginning its second life as an apartment complex for low-income New Yorkers.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the grand opening of the project, known as Highland School Apartments.
He says the facility in the city of Tonawanda will provide much-needed help to struggling families and individuals.
Ten of the building's 38 apartments will be set aside for adults with developmental disabilities, with a special emphasis on those at risk of homelessness.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul attended a ceremony marking the opening of the complex. She called the project a "collaborative effort" that provides housing while also giving new purpose to a vacant building.
Funding for the project includes state tax credits and assistance from a state agency serving disabled New Yorkers.
NYC taxi drivers camp it up in playful pinup calendar
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City cabbies have been called a lot of things over the years. But sexy?
That's the tongue-in-cheek goal of a pinup calendar featuring a dozen New York City taxi drivers in provocative poses in and around their yellow cabs.
The NYC Taxi Drivers 2018 calendar was the brainchild of a husband-and-wife team who thought cabbies deserved a little of the attention enjoyed by firefighters and others who've posed for steamy calendars.
For cabbie Luis Marte, it's his second year as a calendar boy. After he posed last year with his shirt unbuttoned, women sent him Facebook messages asking him to dinner. He says his wife was having none of it.
Some of the money from the calendar sales goes to a charity that helps low-income immigrants.