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Police seek suspect who fired gun in NY Mills Pizza Boys
March 23, 2018, 3:51 am | Source
NEW YORK MILLS — Village police Thursday night were searching for a suspect who fired a gun inside the Pizza Boys establishment.Police responded to the 9 Clinton St. bar/eatery business at 8:39 p.m., with other nearby agencies responding shortly after.Police at the scene said there were no injuries, and that the suspect fled from the business and then drove away from the scene.Authorities said they would be providing a description of the suspect [...]

Austin bomber on recording: 'I wish I were sorry but I am not'
March 23, 2018, 3:34 am | Source
Audio recording he made for police includes a haunting revelation about himself

Shooting suspect's brother arrested skating on school grounds
March 23, 2018, 2:54 am | Source
Defense lawyer says $500K bond is excessive for trespassing charge

Coffin guilty of murder; victim's family 'beyond ecstatic'
March 23, 2018, 2:09 am | Source
UTICA — Robert Coffin of Rome bowed his head Thursday as an Oneida County Court jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the 2017 death of Rome resident Thomas Shepherd Jr.Behind the 35-year-old defendant, the victim's family shared tears and hugs."We're beyond ecstatic. We're glad this is over," said family friend Angie Barnard of Taberg as the [...]

Stocks dive on trade war fears after China sanctions
March 23, 2018, 2:01 am | Source
Dow Jones down more than 700 points as investors feared that trade tensions would escalate after Trump imposes sanctions on China

McMaster out, Bolton in as Trump's national security adviser
March 23, 2018, 1:26 am | Source
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, injecting a hawkish foreign policy voice into his administration ahead of key decisions on Iran and North Korea.Trump tweeted Thursday that McMaster has done "an outstanding job & will always remain my friend." He said Bolton will take over April 9.Bolton will be Trump's third national security adviser. Trump has clashed with [...]

McMaster out, Bolton in as Trump's national security adviser
March 23, 2018, 1:14 am | Source
The president's third national security chief injects a hawkish foreign policy voice into the administration

Rural counties are making a comeback, census shows
March 23, 2018, 12:26 am | Source
Heavily agricultural areas also have started growing in the last two years after years of declines

Citigroup puts restrictions on gun sales
March 22, 2018, 11:26 pm | Source
Banking company hands down rules to clients and business customers

Tenney votes in favor of omnibus spending bill
March 22, 2018, 10:56 pm | Source
U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, today voted in favor of a $1.3 billion federal omnibus spending bill, saying it included "numerous priorities" for upstate New York.

Tenney radio comment elicits reaction
March 22, 2018, 10:47 pm | Source
Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, is under fire again after suggesting that "deep state" is responsible for a $31,000 dining set purchased for Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development.The comment was made during a "Talk of the Town" interview on radio station WUTQ with Tenney that was posted online."That Ben Carson story is so misunderstood," she said on the show. "One of his key people was in my office the other day to talk about some of the [...]

Palmieri vetoes Utica council budget amendment
March 22, 2018, 10:46 pm | Source
UTICA — Mayor Robert Palmieri has vetoed one of the 21 amendments the Utica Common Council passed Tuesday to his proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.The Common Council approved a budget with a 4.41 percent tax rate increase — down from the 7.8 percent in Palmieri's spending plan — with the changes, including one proposed by Councilwoman Samantha Colosimo-Testa to appropriate an additional $300,000 of general fund balance to help balance the budget. [...]

Committee approval puts MVHS' downtown hospital one step closer to certificate of need
March 22, 2018, 10:36 pm | Source
UTICA — The Mohawk Valley Health System has moved a step nearer to clearing a major hurdle in its plan to build a new hospital in downtown Utica.“Today we met with the Establishment and Project Review Committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council to discuss our certificate-of-need application for the construction of the new health care campus,” said health system President/CEO Scott Perra in an email. “We are extremely pleased that the [...]

Rome, Utica receive $3 million in grants for projects
March 22, 2018, 10:27 pm | Source
Rome and Utica received a total of $3 million in grants from the state’s RESTORE NY Communities Initiative Program, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi announced Thursday.Utica has been awarded $2 million to fix the former General Electric building at 1900 Bleecker St., which the city plans to renovate and market for reuse.Rome is receiving $1 million to help demolish the former Rome Cable complex on Erie Boulevard West, which will help the city create a large area for [...]

Toys R Us founder dies days after chain's announced shutdown
March 22, 2018, 10:24 pm | Source
Charles P. Lazarus modeled his business after popular self-service supermarkets

March 6 Utica stabbing victim dies
March 22, 2018, 10:09 pm | Source
UTICA — Edmond R. Hyatt is now being charged with murder following the death of a man he allegedly stabbed March 6 at 705 John St., according to the Utica Police Department.Hyatt originally was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree assault and misdemeanor possession of a weapon that left another man in critical condition following surgery.Police have now identified the victim as Nicholas White, 40, of Utica, [...]

Cosby wants judge ousted over wife's sex-assault advocacy
March 22, 2018, 9:29 pm | Source
Judge could be seen as biased because his wife is a social worker who has described herself as an "activist and advocate for assault victims," Cosby's lawyers say

Trade worries send stock market plunging
March 22, 2018, 9:23 pm | Source
Stocks plunged, sending the Dow Jones industrials down more than 700 points, as investors feared that trade tensions will spike between the U.S. and China.The Trump administration announced trade sanctions against China Thursday, and Beijing has said it will defend itself.Industrial and technology companies, which depend heavily on foreign trade, took some of the worst losses.Boeing, Caterpillar and Microsoft all fell sharply.Bond prices surged as [...]

Mystery solved: Tiny skeleton not an alien
March 22, 2018, 8:15 pm | Source
Bones found in Chile belonged to a human girl with a combination of rare genetic defects

Tillerson laments 'mean-spirited' Washington as he departs
March 22, 2018, 7:21 pm | Source
Fired Secretary of State tells State Department employees to protect their personal integrity and to strive to respect one another

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