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Trump to unveil 'America First' national security strategy
December 18, 2017, 2:04 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — Prioritizing national sovereignty over alliances, President Donald Trump is poised to outline a new national security strategy that envisions nations in a perpetual state of competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change, and de-emphasizes multinational agreements that have dominated the United States' foreign policy since the Cold War.The Republican president, who ran on a platform of "America First," will detail his plan Monday, one that if fully [...]

Saranac Lake to host snowshoe festival
December 18, 2017, 1:45 pm | Source
SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Mountain village of Saranac Lake got a taste of snowshoe racing early this year and now has created its own event.The Adirondack Snowshoe Fest (https://www.facebook.com/AdirondackSnowshoeFest/ ) is set for late February as the area tries to promote its brand to boost local tourism a year after it hosted the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships.That event attracted more than 400 competitors from over 15 nations, even though it was nearly [...]

Police blotter for Dec. 17, 2017
December 18, 2017, 1:00 pm | Source
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Utica hospital could be costly to property owners
December 18, 2017, 12:56 pm | Source
UTICA — At Citation Services on Lafayette Street, Joe Cerini has a warehouse filled with parts and equipment for his business.He had an easy enough time moving into the building years ago, he said. But now that he's older and walks with a cane, Cerini said he could imagine some stress with moving out — a potential hurdle since his building is within the area targeted for the Mohawk Valley Health System's hospital project."Nobody's come yet to talk about [...]

Cities differ in approach to unshoveled sidewalks
December 18, 2017, 12:50 pm | Source
The penalty for failing to clear your sidewalk might depend on the community in which you live.

One last Christmas visit for 'Santa Sandy'
December 18, 2017, 11:36 am | Source
WEST WINFIELD — If you tried entering Sandy Smith's house through the front door, your way would be blocked by a sea of Christmas presents crowding her living room.None belong to her. Rather, the West Winfield resident only owned some of the wrapping paper and the months spent bringing them all together.Smith has spent nearly two decades of Decembers running an annual gift drive for the residents at the Heritage Health Care Center in Utica.In recent years, Smith [...]

Landmarks Society discusses history of buildings in hospital footprint
December 18, 2017, 10:11 am | Source
UTICA — Parts of the 25-acre area targeted for the Mohawk Valley Health System's new hospital bear properties with broken windows and graffiti.But members of the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica say that along with some longstanding businesses such as Metzler Printing, the Columbia-Lafayette District also has historic value — and the potential to be something more. "Regret is a one-way street," said Jay Groah, a member of the Landmarks Society [...]

Sudden power outage creates 'nightmare' at Atlanta airport
December 18, 2017, 3:00 am | Source
A sudden power outage brought the world's busiest airport to a standstill Sunday, grounding more than 1,000 flights in Atlanta just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. Hours after the blackout began, authorities announced that electricity would be restored at the Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by midnight.Passengers at the airport were left in the dark when the lights went out at around 1 p.m. The outage halted all outgoing flights, and arriving [...]

Trump: I'm not considering firing special counsel Mueller
December 18, 2017, 1:47 am | Source
President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the growing Russia probe that has shadowed the White House for much of his initial year in office.Trump returned to the White House from Camp David and was asked if he was considering triggering the process to dismiss Mueller, who is investigating whether the president's Republican campaign coordinated with Russian [...]

Panthers owner Richardson selling NFL team
December 18, 2017, 1:23 am | Source
The Carolina Panthers have announced that owner Jerry Richardson is selling the NFL franchise amid an investigation by the league into allegations of sexual and racist misconduct by Richardson in the workplace.The team announced on Twitter that Richardson is selling the team, linking to a five-paragraph letter by the franchise's only owner.Richardson said in the open letter "I believe it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership. Therefore, I will put the team [...]

McCain returning home to Arizona, will likely miss tax vote
December 18, 2017, 12:22 am | Source
Republican Sen. John McCain is returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized for the side effects of his brain cancer treatment and likely will miss a crucial vote on the GOP tax package, President Donald Trump said Sunday.Trump told reporters he had spoken to McCain's wife, Cindy, after her husband had spent about a week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland."They've headed back, but I understand he'll come if we ever needed his vote, which [...]

US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger
December 18, 2017, 12:22 am | Source
Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, The Associated Press has learned.A military investigation has concluded that Johnson wasn't captured alive or killed at close range, dispelling a swirl of rumors about how he died.The report has determined that Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, [...]

Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings
December 17, 2017, 9:39 pm | Source
Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and the White House said.During the call, the two leaders' second in three days, Putin expressed gratitude for the CIA information. The Kremlin said it led Russia's top domestic security agency to a group of suspects that planned to bomb St. Petersburg's Kazan Cathedral and other crowded sites this weekend. [...]

Power outage halts flights at Atlanta airport
December 17, 2017, 8:42 pm | Source
Airport spokesman says all airport operations are being affected and that outgoing flights were halted

Jones: Don't expect him to always side with Senate Democrats
December 17, 2017, 8:22 pm | Source
Senator-in-waiting says he'll leave "all the options on the table" when it comes to his votes next year

Trump's likely tax victory overshadowed by probe
December 17, 2017, 7:30 pm | Source
The growing Russia investigation has shadowed the White House for much of the president's initial year in office

Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9
December 17, 2017, 7:16 pm | Source
First attack on a church claimed by the country's Islamic State group affiliate

Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9
December 17, 2017, 6:48 pm | Source
Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistani on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country's Islamic State group affiliate.Hundreds of worshippers were attending services ahead of Christmas when the bombers appeared in the city of Quetta and clashed with security forces. One assailant was killed at the church entrance. The other made it inside, said Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the [...]

'The Last Jedi' opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time
December 17, 2017, 6:32 pm | Source
The second-best opening ever and slotting in behind only its predecessor, "The Force Awakens"

Sheriff's office investigating injury to one month old
December 17, 2017, 6:25 pm | Source
ROME — The Oneida County Sheriff's Office Saturday was called to 138 Pine Haven Circle in the outside district of Rome for a report of an injured one month old male, according to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol.The victim was transported to Rome Memorial Hospital by AmCare Ambulance and then transferred to Upstate Children's Hospital in Syracuse, Maciol said in a news release.It was reported that the person who was caring for the child fell while holding [...]

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