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Clinton resident joins aid effort after Hurricane Florence
September 19, 2018, 10:31 am | Source
With Hurricane Florence threatening to pound the Virginia and Carolina coasts late last week, Clinton resident Jim White did what came naturally; he headed to South Carolina.White, a retiree, has volunteered with the American Red Cross since 2005, serving stints on Long Island after Hurricane Sandy, in California during wildfires, in Iowa and New England during floods, and in Texas after Hurricane Rita struck while he was in training for the Hurricane Katrina response.White [...]

US again slashing number of refugees it will accept
September 19, 2018, 4:30 am | Source
Up to 30,000 refugees will be allowed into the country next year, down from a cap of 45,000 this year. It will be the lowest ceiling on admissions since the program began in 1980.

Elizabeth Smart: Accomplice in kidnapping remains a danger
September 19, 2018, 3:30 am | Source
In an interview on "CBS This Morning," Smart said she believes Wanda Barzee remains a danger. Barzee is expected to be freed Wednesday after 15 years in custody because Utah authorities had miscalculated the amount of time the 72-year-old woman should serve.

Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose 'bad things'
September 19, 2018, 2:30 am | Source
The order is likely to further divide the president from the intelligence agencies he oversees and raises new concerns that Trump is disclosing government secrets for his own political gain. Critics of the move say the president has a clear conflict by trying to discredit an investigation in which he himself is a subject.

Molinaro in Utica: 'Upstate New Yorkers have every reason to feel ignored'
September 19, 2018, 2:20 am | Source
UTICA — Citing the recent primary between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and actress Cynthia Nixon, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro — the Republican candidate for governor – said those who live in Upstate New York have every reason to feel ignored.Molinaro said the primary — which Cuomo won — focused on national or Downstate issues.“I think that Upstate New Yorkers have every reason to feel ignored,” Molinaro said Tuesday night [...]

Utica man accused of sexually abusing 2 girls
September 19, 2018, 1:41 am | Source
A Utica man was arrested for the 2007 rape of two children, according to Oneida County Undersheriff Joseph Lisi, who also is the director of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center. Rome police Detective E.A. D'Alessandro and sheriff's Investigator Mark Chrysler charged Desmond Anthony Jackson, 30, with felony first-degree rape, officials said.Authorities said that for several years, ending in 2007, Jackson raped and sexually abused two girls younger than 11 at his [...]

Bob Woodward's book on Trump administration, 'Fear', already a million-seller
September 19, 2018, 1:30 am | Source
The hardcover had the fastest opening in history for Simon & Schuster, which also publishes Stephen King, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mary Higgins Clark.

Chicago cops reluctantly testify against 1 of their own in Laquan McDonald case
September 19, 2018, 12:30 am | Source
Those testifying in Jason Van Dyke's murder trial have included his partner that night, Joseph Walsh, one of three officers indicted on charges that they conspired to cover up what happened to protect Van Dyke.

Homeowners in L. Falls explosion plan to sue National Grid
September 18, 2018, 11:37 pm | Source
LITTLE FALLS — Seven months after homeowners lost their West Main Street residence to a natural gas leak and subsequent fire, they said National Grid is responsible for the incident and plan to sue.Richelle Devereese, who lived at 383 W. Main St. in Little Falls with her husband Shawn and two children for the past four years, said Tuesday they have hired an attorney to move forward with a lawsuit against National Grid based on information included in a July state Office of Fire [...]

Rome notebook
September 18, 2018, 11:31 pm | Source
City accepts donated property and $26,000At it’s Sept. 12 Common Council meeting, the city accepted a donation of a piece of property at 403 Depeyster St., which is owned by Community Restoration Corp. The property also came with a donation of $26,000 to be used for costs associated with the property. A $500 fee also will be paid for closing costs associated with it.Woodhaven revitalization plan adoptedThe city adopted the [...]

Rating system used for Florence, other hurricanes fails to account for deadly rain
September 18, 2018, 11:30 pm | Source
When meteorologists downgraded Hurricane Florence from a powerful Category 4 storm to a Category 2 and then a Category 1, Wayne Mills figured he could stick it out. He regrets it.

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform
September 18, 2018, 10:30 pm | Source
In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the ACLU lists 10 employers that it claims have placed ads on Facebook that violate federal and state discrimination laws.

Rome man sentenced in connection to fatal motor vehicle collision
September 18, 2018, 10:29 pm | Source
UTICA — A Rome man was sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday in Oneida County Court in connection with a 2017 fatal motor vehicle crash on the Thruway.Everett Taylor, 24, previously pleaded guilty to two felony counts of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.According to police reports, around 3:23 p.m. Saturday, May 27, near Thruway mile-post marker 244 in Westmoreland, Taylor was driving east in the passing lane while Joseph [...]

Cape Cod shark attacks show need for better cell service
September 18, 2018, 9:49 pm | Source
BOSTON — Two shark attacks on Cape Cod this summer are underscoring the need for better cellphone service at some of the region's most secluded beaches.Local officials say the issue is among their top priorities as they prepare to gather later this week in the aftermath of the attacks, including one Saturday that was Massachusetts' first fatal shark attack in more than 80 years.Beachgoers reported having trouble calling 911.Brian Carlstrom, [...]

Showdown hearing for Kavanaugh accuser not yet set: Dems, GOP arguing on witnesses
September 18, 2018, 9:30 pm | Source
The Supreme Court nominee was at the White House for a second straight day, but again did not meet with President Donald Trump. The president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and rejected calls for the FBI to investigate the accusation.

Senate backs bill to avert shutdown, boost military spending
September 18, 2018, 8:30 pm | Source
The measure includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and boosts military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest pay raise in nine years.

Senate backs bill to avert shutdown, boost military spending
September 18, 2018, 8:28 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December.The measure includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and boosts military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest pay raise in nine years. The bill also approves spending for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies, [...]

Former staffer to Assemblyman Miller arrested on forgery charges
September 18, 2018, 8:10 pm | Source
A former campaign staffer for Assemblyman Brian Miller was arrested on forgery charges after an investigation showed that he reportedly forged signatures on a Conservative Party designating petition for Miller.Kajus Normantas, 22, of Albany, was arrested by state police on Sept. 12. He was charged with five counts of second-degree forgery, a Class D felony, authorities said.Normantas was arraigned in Albany City Court and was released on his own recognizance. He has to [...]

Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks
September 18, 2018, 7:24 pm | Source
The Coca-Cola Company said Monday it is "closely watching" the expanding use of a cannabis element in drinks, another sign cannabis and cannabis-infused products are getting more acceptance in mainstream culture and a harder look from long-established pillars of American business.The statement came after reports the beverage giant was in talks with a Canadian cannabis company to create a health drink infused with cannabidiol, a naturally occurring non-psychoactive compound derived [...]

Health officials: Possible harmful algae blooms sighted on Oneida Lake
September 18, 2018, 6:59 pm | Source
Oneida County Health Department is encouraging the public to use caution as there is a likely cyanobacteria HAB on Oneida Lake, a news release said.Officials said exposure to blooms and toxins can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; skin, eye or throat irritation and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.People and pets should avoid contact with blooms and should rinse off with clean water if contact occurs.People can come into contact with [...]

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