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A family waves to the camera on Monday while walking on the beach along the waterfront in Sesimbra, south of Lisbon, after taking part in the Carnival Clowns' Parade. Every year on Carnival Monday, thousands dress as clowns to take part in the fishing town's parade.


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Gov. Cuomo's favorability, re-election ratings tumble

Cuomo’s favorability rating falls

ALBANY — A new poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s favorability and re-election ratings falling just a month after a survey of registered New York state voters gave the Democrat some of the highest ratings during his two terms.

The Siena College poll released Monday found 53 percent of voters view Cuomo favorably, while 40 percent said they don’t. That compares to 62-30 percent in last month’s Siena poll.

The latest poll found 50 percent said they’d re-elect Cuomo, compared to 55 percent last month.

The poll was conducted Feb. 5-8, amid the ongoing bribery trial of Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Cuomo, and after Cuomo proposed $1 billion in additional taxes and fees.

The telephone poll of 823 New York registered voters has a plus or minus 3.9-percentage-point margin of error.

Rules eyed for social media ads

ALBANY — Two New York state lawmakers are urging their fellow legislators not to pass a state budget without including new rules for political ads on social media.

Sen. Todd Kaminsky of Long Island and Assemblyman James Skoufis of Woodbury detailed their proposal Monday at the state Capitol in Albany.

The two Democrats want to require Facebook and other social media platforms to identity the individual or groups behind political ads on their sites.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the idea of requiring more information about online political ads, which are the subject of investigations into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Kaminsky says disclosing who paid for ads would discourage false and misleading statements while informing citizens about those trying to influence their vote.

Pot is legal in Vt., but not on lake

BURLINGTON, Vt. — While possessing small amounts of marijuana will be legal in Vermont later this year, it will remain off-limits on the waters of Lake Champlain.

The lake is considered federal water because it borders Canada. The Burlington Free Press reported that means those who have marijuana on board their boats could face federal charges.

U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan said her office has not charged a case related to possessing marijuana on Lake Champlain or boating under the influence in the past five years.

Starting July 1, adults can possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana, two mature and four immature plants. Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill last month, making the state the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of marijuana by an act of a state legislature.


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