Associated Press

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.

WASHINGTON (AP) Factory activity in New York expanded in March for the first time since last summer, and measures of new orders and shipments also posted robust gains. 

The New York Federal Reserve said Tuesday its Empire State manufacturing index rose to 0.6 in March from minus 16.6 the previous month. It was the first positive reading since July. Any reading above zero indicates growth. 

(AP) Shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals crashed Tuesday after the embattled drugmaker failed to reassure investors that it's getting back on track and even conceded for the first time that it's technically in danger of defaulting on its debt.

Valeant is the parent company of Bausch + Lomb which has operations in the Rochester area.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A recent report shows New York farm workers generally make more than the state minimum wage, unlike others in low paying jobs who have been the focus of an aggressive campaign to raise wages.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Wegmans again has been named the top supermarket by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.