State news in brief

Barber still cutting hair at 108, dies

NEW WINDSOR (AP) — A man who was still working as a barber when he was 108 years old has died in New York.

Brooks Funeral Home says Anthony Mancinelli died Thursday.

The Italian immigrant worked as a barber from age 12 until this past July in and around Newburgh, 50 miles north of New York City.

Guinness World Records credited him with being the oldest working barber.

He opened Anthony’s Barbershop of Newburgh in 1930 and owned it for 40 years. He later worked at other shops.

An obituary published by the funeral home says he outlived his wife of 69 years, seven siblings and one of his two sons.

2 dead in upstate N.Y. house explosion

RICHMOND (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a house explosion in upstate New York.

WROC says the explosion occurred at around 4:30 a.m. in the Finger Lakes region town of Richmond.

The coroner’s office is working to determine the identity of the victims. However, Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson says he believes they were an elderly couple who lived in the home.

The cause of the blast was not immediately determined.

Smoke could be seen up to two miles away.

Hacker pleads guilty in data theft scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian hacker has admitted to his involvement in one of the biggest thefts of consumer data from a U.S. financial institution.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said Monday that Andrei Tyurin pleaded guilty to computer intrusion, wire fraud, bank fraud and illegal online gambling offenses.

The 35-year-old Russian national from Moscow was extradited from the country of Georgia last year. He’s accused of helping steal the personal data of more than 80 million customers from JP Morgan Chase in a hacking scheme uncovered by federal prosecutors four years ago. At the time it was described as the largest single theft of its kind.

Tyurin also allegedly targeted other U.S. financial institutions, brokerage firms, financial news publishers and other American companies. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 13.

Companies end talks; Juul CEO steps down

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. tobacco giants Philip Morris and Altria are calling off merger talks and Juul’s CEO is stepping down with safety concerns over e-cigarettes intensifying.

The makers of Marlboro cigarettes said last month that they were in discussions to become a single company, more than a decade after splitting into two as lawsuits mounted.

Altria has exclusively sold Marlboro cigarettes and other tobacco brands in the U.S., while Philip Morris has handled international sales.

Philip Morris International Inc. CEO Andre Calantzopoulos said today that the companies will instead focus on launching IQOS in the U.S. IQOS is a heat-not-burn cigarette alternative made by Philip Morris.

Altria Group Inc. also announced that K.C. Crosthwaite will become JUUL’s new CEO, replacing Kevin Burns.

By Josh Bovee

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