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ULYSSES, Pa. – A roughneck rappels down a wire after setting in place another 90-foot section of pipe on a rig that will drill a hole about four miles into the earth. The 150-foot-tall rig chugs along in a rhythmic hum, boring at a relatively slow pace of 33 feet per hour as the bit hits tougher rock. In the coming days, drilling will slowly turn from vertical to hori…

FBI agents have sent out subpoenas in an investigation of deals involving Buffalo's fastest-growing apartment owner, Robert C. Morgan. Morgan's companies, with corporate headquarters in suburban Rochester, have been buying up apartment complexes here for more than a decade and now own, co-own or manage 3,500 local units. Morgan is part of the team redeveloping the forme…

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard has taken the gloves off early in his bid for re-election this fall, launching a television attack ad Friday against Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert. Tolbert and other Democratic leaders say the early launch of a negative ad is a sign that Howard's campaign perceives Tolbert as a serious threat. "Tim Howard’s ad is cla…

All westbound lanes of the New York State Thruway on the I-90 are closed at the Pembroke exit 48A due to an accident with injuries. Reports said a pedestrian was struck. The incident occurred between the Pembroke exit and Depew exit 49 at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday. The Thruway Authority issued an alert at 8:53 p.m. asking drivers to plan for extended delays and seek alte…

NFL sideline protests had been a fading issue. A few players still kneel or raise a fist during "The Star-Spangled Banner," but the regular season began three weeks ago. Fans are watching the games, tracking their fantasy players, betting the point spreads. While Colin Kaepernick's continued unemployment after kneeling out national anthems last season remains a debate, p…

Funny animals, clouds in the evening sky, trees, family celebrations and still life are this year's categories for the Burchfield Nature and Art Center's annual photography contest. Youth 12 and under will have a separate general category. Judging will be done by a panel of professional photographers. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners i…

WASHINGTON – Two of Western New York's House members will head to the White House Tuesday to talk about tax reform with President Trump. Rep. Brian Higgins and Rep. Tom Reed are among several members of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee to receive the invitation. Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, said Saturday that he will use the meeting to push for a tax …

A Buffalo seasonal parks employee was charged after he stabbed a pit bull that was being walked by its owner Saturday morning. Buffalo Police said a woman was walking her dog just after 8 a.m.  Saturday near Mineral Springs Road and Frank Avenue when a man got out of the passenger side of a City of Buffalo vehicle, exchanged words with her and then stabbed her dog with…

Authorities are looking for a man who demanded money Saturday morning from the Bank of America branch, 495 Elmwood Ave. The robbery occurred just before 10:30 a.m., and police have released two images of the suspect. Detectives say a white man entered the bank, demanded money from a teller and then fled on foot after making off with an undisclosed amount of money. …

WASHINGTON - Rep. Chris Collins didn't report his role with a dormant company on his personal financial disclosure forms — and Rep. Louise M. Slaughter isn't happy about it. Slaughter wrote a letter last week to the House Ethics Committee — which is investigating Collins' involvement with Innate Immunotherapeutics — criticizing Collins for not reporting his positi…

The Buffalo Heritage Carousel will give an update on its progress to bring a solar-powered carousel to Canalside at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30 in Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Featured panelists will be Kevin Connors, principal architect at Eco_Logic Studios; Martha Bohm, University at Buffalo assistant professor of architecture; and Megan Hahin, education di…

Randy Mathewson of Fort Erie, Ont., didn't have to think twice when he heard two women yelling Friday afternoon that a man was drowning in the Niagara River. He handed them the leash to his chocolate Labrador, Bella, and his cell phone, and started running down the shore line as the river carried the man in its current. Mathewson, who was born in Buffalo and grew up …

Candidates for supervisor in Hamburg will appear at a Hamburg Chamber of Commerce forum at 3:15 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Lodge at Woodlawn Beach, 3580 Lakeshore Road. James M. Shaw and Dennis Gaughan will discuss their priorities and answer questions in a session led by a guest moderator. Dennis Gaughan is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform par…

A Buffalo man was treated and released from the Erie County Medical Center for an overnight shooting that may have been a drive-by incident. Buffalo police said the 24-year-old man was driven to the hospital in a civilian vehicle after he was shot just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The incident appears to have happened at East Lovejoy and Ideal streets, according to detect…