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They have little in common. One is a construction worker. Another wants to be a mental-health counselor. And one is a professional hockey broadcaster and former Buffalo Sabre. The 26 Buffalo area residents sworn in as U.S. citizens Tuesday morning have vastly different stories. They come from war-torn lands, from totalitarian regimes, even from democratic Western cou…

The newest Americans, who come from 26 different countries, are naturalized as U.S. citizens during a ceremony at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

Buffalo police on Tuesday evening were on the scene of a shooting in the 100 block of Roma Avenue, according to a tweet from the police department. Injuries appeared to be serious, according to Buffalo police.

Light sweaters already are replacing winter parkas. Crocuses are peeking out of the ground already. And ski poles are even being swapped for golf clubs in some spots. Late April’s weather is apparently spending winter break in the Buffalo Niagara region this week. High temperatures are forecast in the 50s and 60s through Friday. Although Tuesday’s 59-degre…

LOCKPORT – A state prison parolee pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Tuesday for the fatal stabbing of a man in Niagara Falls. Ryan C. Taylor, 33, of Niagara Falls, was promised by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. that he will be sentenced to no more than 20 years in prison when Taylor returns to court April 11. Taylor had been facing …

Ride-hailing proponents for upstate New York are now feeling the brunt of a major push back by Buffalo taxi operators. Companies like Liberty Taxi are pointing to cases of sexual harassment and even rape by ride-hailing drivers. They say these incidents, and allegations of sexual harassment within industry leader Uber, make the case for drivers to undergo background che…

The Niagara International Transportation Coalition is reporting that the ramp to the northbound Interstate 190, between the Skyway and Church Street, has been closed because of an accident. The coalition's cameras showed a tractor trailer overturned shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday. Tractor trailer on its side and ramp closed from the Skywalk to the I 190 North . Will b…

Buffalo Tournament Club Golf Course in Lancaster is open for 18 holes with carts. Buffalonians are embracing this mild late-winter and it looks like above average temperatures will be continuing in the near future.

When two masked men with BB guns robbed the Evans Bank in the Town of Tonawanda last year, they forced their way into the vault and got away with nearly $80,000 in cash. Now, the FBI, eager to find the fugitives, is offering up to $30,000 for information leading to their arrest.   The reward, announced Tuesday at an FBI news conference in Buffalo, follows…

A Cheektowaga woman pleaded guilty last week to vehicular assault for driving under the influence and striking three children with her car. Amber Miller, 24, admitted on Feb. 16 that she was under the influence of the depressant alprazolam on July 28 when she drove across Central Boulevard in Cheektowaga and struck the three boys. The incident occurred at about 4:40 p.m…

A former maintenance supervisor admitted Tuesday morning that he accepted a bribe in exchange for helping a friend get a $1 million contract to paint dorm rooms on the University at Buffalo campus. Dean A. Yerry, 63, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to one count of the indictment for taking money from Joseph LoVetro, a poker buddy. The two concocted the plan to …

Oct. 3, 1938 – Feb. 1, 2017 Donald Henderson, of Amherst, co-founder of the Center for Hearing and Deafness at the University at Buffalo, died Feb. 1 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a long illness. He was 78. Recognized internationally as an expert in the field of noise-induced hearing loss, he published more than 200 articles and edited a dozen books. He o…

State environmental officials have proposed an "expedited cleanup of contamination" for the former Mentholatum building before Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. can finish its proposed renovation of the Niagara Street facility into a new residential apartment building. Ciminelli bought the 80,000-square-foot daylight factory building at 1360 Niagara in February 2016. The firm…

A plan to construct a five-building office park and a retail plaza across from the Transit Valley Country Club has started to transform a swath of largely undeveloped land on Transit Road in Clarence. Bevilacqua Development LP has started construction on three new suburban office buildings aimed at medical and professional tenants that will make up the $10 million T…

NIAGARA FALLS - Danielle N. DePalma, secretary of the Niagara Falls Democratic Committee, announced Tuesday she will run for one of three City Council seats available in this fall's election. DePalma said she intends to resign her party position to make her first run for elective office, seeking the Democratic and Working Families nominations. DePalma, 33, is a h…