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ALBANY — Indictments against six defendants in the Buffalo Billion case have been amended, for the second time, after defense lawyers sought to get the corruption case dismissed. The previously amended indictment against the six individuals is being changed “to provide further clarification of the government’s theory in its case,’’ Acting U.S. Attorney Joon K…

The Buffalo Niagara job market is tight. But it’s far from hot. New federal job data is painting a more detailed picture of the local labor market, and that picture has elements of good news and bad news. The good news is that wage growth is finally starting to heat up after barely rising faster than inflation for most of the last five years, pay jumped in a big wa…

Many Niagara Falls residents experienced low water pressure Friday morning due to a water main break that happened late Thursday at the Goodyear plant off 56th Street. Water system levels were returning to normal shortly after 8 a.m., according to a spokesperson for the Niagara Falls Water Board. The break happened on the plant property and Mayor Paul A. Dyster's off…

The 8th annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest in Niagara Falls will have fun for all ages, with music and food, beer and all things German from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in Old Falls Street's middle block. The free event is open to the public and will kick off at 1 p.m., rain or shine, with the ceremonial "Tapping of the Kegs." Music and dancing will continue thro…

A former White House chief of staff will be the keynote speaker at the Amherst Republicans' annual dinner next week. Andrew Card, who served as President George W. Bush's chief of staff and was the person who informed the president, while Bush was talking with a second-grade class, that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2011, is the featured gue…

Nik Rivers has enjoyed plenty of travel, social gatherings and brushes with celebrities during two decades as a radio personality. Until last spring, he had 50 extra pounds to show for his professional career, too. Crazy hours, fast food meals and vending machine snacks were part of the mix at stints at stations in New England, Florida, Albany, Rochester and, for the…

The public is invited to a discussion about the Erie County Holding Center to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Merriweather Library at 1324 Jefferson Ave. The event will end with a memorial to those who have died while in the jail. Scheduled to speak are Chuck Culhane, advocate and coordinator of the Prisoners Action Committee, and Dr. Michael Durfee, associate…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Seneca Nation, their relations souring by the day, can’t even agree on where an arbitration panel should meet to settle the casino payment dispute. The Seneca Nation on Thursday called for the three-member artitration panel to handle the months' long disagreement in the “locus of the dispute:” Western New York. Cuomo wants t…

A Buffalo man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison following his conviction on drug conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court. Carlos Laboy, 45, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga, who handled the case, said that between February 2…

Eleven people, including 10 children, were taken Friday morning to Buffalo hospitals after suffering injuries in a large fire at 112 Massachusetts Ave. that spread to two adjacent houses, Buffalo fire officials said. Two of the children suffered minor burns in the blaze, Division Chief Patrick Brittzalaro said. Buffalo firefighters began battling the fire on Massachu…

A Town of Lockport resident and her daughter are facing as yet unspecified charges after Niagara County authorities said they discovered 343 animals -- some of which are unlawful to keep as pets -- in a home on Hamm Road. Deputies accompanied the town's animal control officer and building inspector Tuesday to the Hamm Road property, with a warrant to search the premises…

Buffalo lags the national average for solving homicides, clearing barely more than half of 246 killings in the past five years, and now police and prosecutors say it might take more money to boost the clearance rate. The money would pay for bigger rewards to entice witnesses to come forward with information. "Increased witness cooperation is the key to a lot of these…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to longtime Los Angeles Dodgers baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, born on this date in 1927, “Talking about your troubles is no good. Eighty percent of your friends don’t care and the rest are glad.” . . . REUNION TIME – Last-minute correction for info submitted by the Mount St. Joseph Alumnae for their annual Mass and luncheon in Classics V…

The Buffalo Police Department reported being on the scene of a reported shooting late Thursday in the 300 block of Leroy Avenue. There were reports of two men having been struck by gunfire around 9 p.m., according to a tweet from the Buffalo Police Department on Thursday night. Traffic could be affected in the area, the Buffalo Police tweet stated.

The Buffalo Police officer who first drew wide attention in February 2016 after he was suspended from the force for making outrageous and sometimes crude social media videos — known as “Angry Cops” — and posting them online has again been suspended for similar activity, a Buffalo Police Department spokesman said Thursday night. Officer Richard Hy was suspended…