Koyuki Nakahara has seen two sides of America. Thirteen months ago, the Japanese tourist was robbed, beaten and sexually assaulted as she went for a late night walk at Niagara Falls. And on Friday, she watched and listened as her attacker was convicted on all counts. Nakahara says she chooses to see the good side of this country and not just because Robert E. MacL…

300 Western New Yorkers traveled by bus overnight to Washington, D.C., for today's Women's March on Washington, an event expected to draw thousands of women from across the country, as similar demonstrations are held in cities across the country. Follow our reporting on today's events in the nation's capital: https://twitter.com/JWestmoore/lists/women-s-march

Niagara Falls police on Friday were searching for a 2002- to 2005-model, charcoal-colored Hyundai Sonata with front passenger side damage, in connection with a collision Thursday that left a 19-year-old bicyclist in serious condition. The incident occurred about 3:20 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Ontario Avenue, according to authorities. The victim, whose name was …

A former worker at the Rehabilitiation Center in Olean has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted assault on a person with developmental disabilities in his care. Ahmad Burney, 52, of Olean, pleaded guilty to second-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, along with one count of third-degree attempted assault, according to a speci…

By Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear WASHINGTON – Donald John Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, ushering in a new era that he vowed would shatter the established order and reverse a national decline that he called “this American carnage.” In a ceremony that capped a remarkable rise to power, Trump presented himself as th…

Two vacant houses on James Street sustained $65,000 in damage on Friday evening following a fire, according to the fire department. Buffalo Fire officials ordered an emergency demolition of a two-story house at 192 James St., where the fire started on the first floor. It then spread to a second house at 194 James St. The fire caused $60,000 in damage to the first hou…

WASHINGTON – This was the day they worked for and waited for, the day the pollsters and pundits and other people they don’t trust said would never come. And Donald J. Trump’s supporters from Western New York reveled in the moment as their hero was inaugurated as the nation’s 45th president on Friday. Braving occasional chilly rain showers and a security prese…

Buffalo Fire Department crews were responding to a fire in a two-story frame house at 192 James Street, off Fillmore Avenue, early Friday evening. The fire was reported at 6:22 p.m. The blaze was declared under control at 7 p.m., but crews remained at the scene. No further information was immediately available.

WASHINGTON – Nine Buffalo State students traveled to the capital Friday for President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration and a lesson in democracy, but the first thing they learned is that freedom of movement is not fully guaranteed in the Constitution. Arriving in the morning with their professor, Peter Yacobucci, the students encountered roadblocks and detours that le…

WASHINGTON – Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York – the lone Democrat to speak at President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration Friday – delivered a subtle rebuke to the new commander in chief, reveling in America’s diversity. Speaking moments before Trump took to the podium in front of the U.S. Capitol, Schumer paid tribute to a host of groups that may have felt in…

Tops Markets plans to start moving by late summer into new headquarters on Wehrle Drive that will give the grocer room to expand. Frank Curci, Tops' chairman and CEO, said the company expects to hire another 40 workers within a year or two after the move is complete. Tops has 300 employees at two nearby sites on Spindrift and Earhart drives and leasing the space a…

As more than 300 Buffalo area residents board buses tonight bound for the Women's March on Washington, Buffalo News reporter Maki Becker and photographer Robert Kirkham will travel with them. The two  will ride through the night on a chartered bus to provide live coverage Saturday of  the protest against President Donald Trump in Washington, one day after Trump was in…

We shouldn’t encourage disrespect for the policeI find it surprising that anyone can defend the painting titled “Untitled #1” hanging in a busy walkway leading to the Capitol Building. Could there be an “Untitled #2” coming soon?Op-ed columnist Clarence Page sees nothing wrong. Page states that the former high school student from Ferguson, Mo., is simply exercisi…

LOCKPORT - When a Niagara County Court jury convicted Robert E. MacLeod Friday of robbing and sexually abusing a female Japanese tourist in Niagara Falls, the victim smiled and, shortly thereafter, shed tears of joy and relief. "I was looking at the jury," Koyuki Nakahara told reporters. "I traveled 24,000 miles to hear that." The jury deliberated 6 1/2 hours, mo…

Members of the Buffalo School Board who held a secret meeting this week say the law allowed them to seek legal advice outside of the public eye. Seven board members held that meeting Tuesday without telling two other board members - Larry Quinn and Carl P. Paladino - or the public when they paid for legal advice on how to oust Paladino. At the regular board meeting W…