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The unemployment rate in the Buffalo Niagara region is on the rise again. The local jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent in June, up from 4.7 percent a year ago, as fewer local workers held jobs and more said they couldn't find employment, said the state labor department Tuesday. The local jobless rate currently has…

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Seems simple enough: You check your bag, it's tagged, and an airport attendant carts it off. What many might not know is that their rolling suitcase or camping sack, along with every other piece of checked-in luggage at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, travels through miles of conveyor belts, hulking bomb-detecting machines and is seen…

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An aide accused of physically attacking an 85-year-old resident at Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is not working at the facility during an investigation into what happened. "The staff member associated with this incident is currently not on service while the investigation is still ongoing," according to the statement released by the Newfane nursing…

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The question for me isn't whether the Bills should cut Adolphus Washington, but what they would do if it were Marcell Dareus, LeSean McCoy, or some other prized member of the roster who had who had run afoul of the law? I understand the calls for Sean McDermott to take a strong stand against Washington,…

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Niagara County officials reported little flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline during a flood warning Tuesday, but they found evidence of significant erosion. John C. Lapham, the county's assistant emergency management director, said he visited Wilson and Olcott, the two most vulnerable locations, and saw waves striking the shoreline and splashing onto sidewalks, but no…

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An Erie County Sheriff's deputy came to the rescue of an owl that became entangled in a soccer goal net Tuesday at Veterans Park on Grand Island. At about 11:30 a.m., the sheriff's office reported on its Facebook page, deputies received a call about the stuck owl. Deputy Angela Kopacz responded and freed the tangled-up…

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Wegmans is extending its same-day grocery delivery service to Buffalo, starting Aug. 1. The service – a partnership between grocery delivery app Instacart and the Rochester-based grocery chain – allows Wegmans customers to complete their grocery shopping online and have their orders delivered to their doors in as little as one hour. Wegmans also is…

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By Jenna Johnson Following President Trump’s campaign-style speech at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday evening, the Boy Scouts of America released a statement that did not comment on the president’s remarks but stated that the nonprofit organization is “wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate…

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By Eileen Sullivan WASHINGTON – President Trump continued his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, reviving his campaign call to investigate Hillary Clinton’s “crimes” as he slammed Sessions’ inaction. His two early morning tweets were the latest in a string of attacks on Sessions that began when he told the New York Times…

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Less than a year since the two sides worked out a new contract to end a 12-year impasse, the Buffalo Public Schools and its teachers union are back at it — this time over what time kids have to go to class and what they do when they are there. The district and the Buffalo Teachers…

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Niagara Falls police have identified the go-kart driver killed in Saturday's crash on Buffalo Avenue as Mark M. Miles, 34. Miles, of Niagara Falls, died at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after he crashed with the driver of a Chevrolet Volt at about 2:45 p.m. on the 1900 block of Buffalo Avenue, police said. Miles'…

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By THOMAS KAPLAN and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS WASHINGTON – Senate Republican leaders, keeping alive their push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, are barreling toward a showdown vote Tuesday to begin debating a repeal of the health law. And Sen. John McCain announced Monday night that he will be on hand to cast his vote,…

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Amherst for years was known as the town that rarely said no to development. The town saw explosive growth in office parks, hotels and housing subdivisions in recent decades, particularly in the years after the opening of the University at Buffalo North Campus, and during and after Jack Sharpe's tenure as town supervisor from 1976…

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Usually a nuisance call to the Buffalo Police involving children playing in the street ends with the children being sent home. But a series of videos, posted by Tasha Fields on Facebook, shattered any preconceived notions about what may happen when police show up on the scene. Now, the videos are going viral — with over 1,000…

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By MATT APUZZO and MAGGIE HABERMAN WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, described himself to Senate investigators on Monday as a political and foreign policy neophyte who met with Russians as part of a hectic and unconventional presidential campaign, not as part of a plot to steer the election. “All of my actions…

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The legal battle between millionaire law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes took a nasty turn on Monday as Barnes accused his estranged partner of "reprehensible conduct," including efforts to steal lawyers from the Cellino & Barnes firm to begin a new law firm. Barnes accused Cellino of causing "significant harm" to…

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Buffalo News photographer James P. McCoy shares a collection of pictures from Buffalo Bills training camp sessions from 2000-2016 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford.

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Fifty years ago, manufacturing giant Bethlehem Steel bought Lackawanna Steel and produced millions of tons of steel a year, employed 22,000 workers and supported entire cities. “Help Wanted” posters papered the complex. The legacy: hollowed-out buildings, piles of brick and broken glass, and tall trees that grow in places that once would have withered a…

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Western New York is a beautiful place – and each day, Buffalo News photographers will bring you a photo to prove it. Our challenge is to look at things differently, to remind us all to slow down and enjoy our surroundings. Check back each morning to see our favorite image for the day. View the…

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By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Saturday asserted the “complete power to pardon” relatives, aides and possibly even himself in response to investigations into Russia’s meddling in last year’s election, as he came to the defense of Attorney General Jeff Sessions days after expressing regret about appointing him. In a series of…

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