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By ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN WASHINGTON – The Senate early Friday rejected a new, scaled-down Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, seemingly derailing the Republicans’ seven-year campaign to dismantle the health care law. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., cast the decisive vote to defeat the proposal, joining two other Republicans, Susan Colli…

Major Edward J. Kennedy, a Buffalo native with 28 years as a state troopers, has been appointed commander of Troop A headquartered in Batavia. Kennedy replaces Major Steven Nigrelli, who has been promoted to staff inspector of professional standards for the western region, covering 18 counties at this end of the state. Kennedy said his priority is to "provide the upm…

With commercial property growing scarce in Clarence, the Town Board has adopted a new zoning code that increases the amount of retail space in a multi-family developments from 25 percent to 5o percent retail. Multi-family properties are not allowed in residential and rural areas. "The town is very limited on commercial property  and we don't want it to be developed …

An area of Williamsville's Glen Park could be designated as a play space full of trees, logs, branches, rocks and pinecones to help connect kids with nature. The space would be an alternative to the metal and plastic structures that make up many of today's playgrounds, said Village Trustee Deb Rogers, who presented the idea on Monday to the Village Board. The concep…

You know how you can almost get lost in the nooks at the Vidler's 5 and 10 store? For years customers have told staffers that they lost their husband, wife or friends in the store, owner Don Vidler said. It's not hard to do — the store has more than 16,000 square feet of retail space in four connected buildings on two levels on East Aurora's Main Street. "They alw…

A  Gerogia  man Thursday was sentenced to 18 months in prison following his conviction on being a felon in possession of a firearm. Eric Hubbard, 34, of Stone Mountain was arrested June 19, 2014, after a pair of Buffalo Police officers approached him  while walking down Genesee Street, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case. A…

Developers, restaurateurs and hoteliers all kicked the proverbial tires on the lakeside mansion in Derby that served for years as a Catholic retreat house. But the prospective buyers of the property intend to use it as a single-family residence, the way it was originally built in 1924. Listing agent Bret Llewellyn of Realty USA and a spokesman for the Catholic Dioces…

Red-light cameras have been a divisive issue in City Hall ever since Mayor Byron W. Brown began proposing them in 2007, only to run into repeated opposition from the Common Council. Fast forward to Thursday, when the issue was just as divisive among residents, as the cameras get another look after a rash of hit-and-run accidents, including three fatalities, in the pa…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to cartoonist Jim Davis, creator of “Garfield” and born on this date in 1945, “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” . . . BIG BARGAINS – A garage sale to support the Western New York Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2017 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 296 School St.…

A Niagara Falls man was charged with driving while intoxicated Thursday, following a one-car crash on Route 104 underneath the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, according to State Police. Timothy O’Keefe, 48, was traveling north on Route 104 when he swerved to the right and struck a guardrail, State Police said. O'Keefe's vehicle crossed four lanes of traffic, struck the …

WASHINGTON — People who are 50 and older would be able to buy into Medicare, the government-run health insurance plan for seniors, under legislation unveiled Thursday by Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo and several of his Democratic House colleagues. The bill, to be formally introduced in the fall, would allow anyone ages 50 to 64 to buy Medicare coverage on any of the h…

The Girls Coding Project — designed to encourage more girls to study computer coding — wraps up on Friday at SUNY Buffalo State, where the three dozen girls who took part in the two-week program will show off their new tech skills to Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul. Billed as the only all-girls computer coding program, the Girls Coding Project was created to help close th…

French economist Philippe Dessertine is convinced big changes are coming to the global economy. Dessertine, a University of Paris professor and a member of the panel that sets economic forecasts for the French government, recently came to Buffalo on the invitation of M&T Bank Chairman Robert G. Wilmers to share his economic vision with a group of top local business …

There were angry allegations from Ross M. Cellino Jr. about Stephen E. Barnes' "lies," "bullying" tactics and "secret meetings. " He accused his estranged law partner of improperly funneling $1.3 million in law firm funds to a California operation that financially benefits only Barnes. There were angry claims from Barnes that Cellino engaged in selfish, appalling and "r…