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   New today: [Anybody got a video of Niagara Falls with the water flowing up?] - First Niagara earnings soar four-fold - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   First Niagara Financial Group's third-quarter profits more than quadrupled as the Buffalo-based bank's loan losses dropped and its expansion into Pennsylvania expanded its loan an…

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   Fresh this morning:- M&T's earnings soar 53 percent - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   M&T Bank Corp.'s third-quarter profits surged by 53 percent, easily topping analyst forecasts, as the Buffalo-based banking company's loan losses dropped sharply.   M&T said today it earned $192 million, or $1.48 per…

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   In Business Today, lots of tax breaks are being handed out in Erie County.  And, around the country, lots more home mortgages are going to be foreclosed. - Conversion receives tax breaks - David Robinson/The Buffalo News  Plans to convert the former Larkin Co. U Building on Van Rensselaer Street into high-end offices got a boost Monday…

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   That housing meltdown that started way back when is still reverberating through the economy. And our souls.   Via Business Today:  - Buffalo foreclosure law firm faces suit - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   ... A New York City attorney representing two downstate homeowners has filed a lawsuit against Steven J…

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   In Business Today, we'll be sorry if the deal to resurrect the Statler Towers falls through [again]. But it's unlikely too many will be morning the loss of the White Pages. I can't even tell you where my copy is. Maybe it's a doorstop on top of something that needed to be flattened. - Statler deal in jeopardy as group raises doubts…

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   In Business Today -- and out front -- lots of money being spent in Buffalo-Niagara [maybe]. Lots of money is in the bank, too. Meanwhile a previously troubled meat factory gets shut down by the feds. - Verizon asks for tax breaks in Somerset - Thomas J. Prohaska/The Buffalo News   In the strongest indication yet that it intends to become a …

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- Tyson plant here shut down by USDA - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   A Tyson meat processing plant on Perry Street has been shut down by federal regulators after inspectors found violations during follow-up testing stemming from an August recall of deli meat produced at the Buffalo facility.   The plant suspended operations Tuesday after …

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   In Business Today, the governor visits downtown Buffalo, area shoppers approach the holidays with clenched pocketbooks, and a local maker of caps gets a really big deal. - Governor promotes preservation credits - Robert J. McCarthy/The Buffalo News   Tuesday was not the first time Gov. David A. Paterson came to Buffalo to tout a bill granti…

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   In the Business Today section of The Buffalo News, we read that the business interests of the Seneca Nation are seeking to diversify. And we see why that might be a good idea. - Seneca Nation buys wireless company that serves federal agencies - George Pyle/The Buffalo News   Following its mission to diversify the Seneca Nation's financ…

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  From a Business Today section last week:-  Verizon applies for data center tax break - Thomas J. Prohaska/The Buffalo News   Verizon has applied for a property tax break in Niagara County for its proposed $2 billion data center on the shore of Lake Ontario.   The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency will have…

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   From a couple of days of Business Today: Find a place for the local plant within the new Ford Motors; being happy that M&T Bank got left at the altar; and catching up with a guy who sells you T-shirts made for two. - The transformation of Ford - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News   Ford Motor Co.'s stamping plant in Hamburg faces a signif…

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   We want you to visit Business Today. But it looks like you may need your passport. - Irish bank selling its M&T shares for $2.07 billion - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   Allied Irish Banks, the biggest shareholder in M&T Bank Corp., said Thursday it expects to raise about $2.07 billion from its sale of its stake af…

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   In Business Today, and out front, we have people worried about image - their own and the message that is sent by people who want our votes but spend their money somewhere else. - Cola giant bottles image as the real Coke - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   Peter Benzino [right] wants to make one thing perfectly clear: The Coca-Cola bottling…

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   OK, follow this bouncing ball: Two guys [pictured] who grew up and received most of their education in Russia, started working together in the Netherlands and now live in England will be traveling to Norway to pick up the Nobel Prize in physics they won Tuesday.   In Buffalo, a scientist from India and an attorney who just returned home from a stint…

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   Business Today also features news that ties events in Buffalo to doings in China and Ireland: - Gillibrand backs U.S. workers, targets China on trade inequity - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News   China is using unfair practices to dominate the alternative- and renewable-energy sectors, threatening American companies' ability to compete in the e…