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WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton goes for walks in the woods near her Westchester County home now, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is back to doing what he's been doing for 10 years: giving Senate floor speeches on behalf of the little guy. But the battle between the two for the 2016 Democratic nomination lives on, strangely, in the fight for the future of the Democratic Party. …

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton goes for walks in the woods near her Westchester County home now, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is back to doing what he's been doing for 10 years: giving Senate floor speeches on behalf of the little guy. But the battle between the two for the 2016 Democratic nomination lives on, strangely, in the fight for the future of the Democratic Party. …

SINCLAIRVILLE – Arson was believed to be the cause of fires about 9 p.m. Wednesday that destroyed two camper trailers and an all-terrain vehicle in a field off Engdahl Road and Edson Road in the Town of Gerry, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. Sheriff’s deputies and the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team examined the scene and…

CASTILE – The owner of the Castile Diner has been charged with allegedly starting the fire that burned the business shortly after midnight on Feb. 15, according to Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph. Amy S. Goodenow, 36, of Castile, was arraigned in Castile Village Court on a charge of third-degree arson, authorities said. She was at the scene during the fir…

Doug and Jim Beitz of Attica & Arcade Maple syrup producers entertain agriculture students from nearby Attica Central Schools in their production of maple syrup, even tapping some of the trees on the lawn of their elementary school.

If Erie County is to avoid another of its periodic budget crises, it must now find a compromise solution to the borrowing needs of Erie County Medical Center. After the County Legislature’s failure Thursday to muster a “super majority” vote approving $100 million in borrowing for the hospital’s capital needs, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was already lookin…

President Trump’s executive order to rescind the bathroom policy for transgender students punts the controversial decision back into the hands of the states. And New York is doubling down. The state’s attorney general and education commissioner objected on Thursday to the president’s latest executive order and reminded school districts they are obligated by sta…

Nicholas Herko, 27, of Buffalo, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and other counts when he was arrested in Amherst about 2:42 a.m. Monday, according to Amherst police. Herko was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and evidence tampering for allegedly attempting to destroy physical evidence when he was stopped by…

Just a few months before Tesla Inc. plans to start making solar cells and solar panels at its Buffalo gigafactory, the electric vehicle maker is looking for ways to save cash in its solar energy business. After all, Tesla already has its hands full, with opening its battery gigafactory in Nevada and preparing to start producing its more affordable Model 3 sedan – a $…

LOCKPORT – Sounding out of breath, 14-year-old Joe Phillips shouted into his cellphone, "I'm gonna die!" Seconds later, trapped in a burning building, he signed off, saying, "I love you, man." But that may not have been the last anyone heard of Phillips before his death Aug. 10 in the massive HTI Recycling fire in Lockport. Testimony from Lockport Police Detecti…

The Niagara Falls Water Board fired its top four administrators Thursday and replaced them with new hires during a tense -- and at times testy -- business meeting. Fired from their jobs were: Executive Director Paul J. Drof; Norman Allen, director of infrastructure; Anthony M. Hahns, director of administration and contracts; And John Ottaviano, general…

SANBORN – Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating contracts that Niagara County Community College awarded for construction of the college's Culinary Institute in Niagara Falls. The U.S. Attorney's Office on Tuesday subpoenaed information from the college about the awarding of construction, design and legal services contracts for the $17 million project,…

The towns of Cheektowaga and Tonawanda on Thursday suspended overnight winter parking restrictions until further notice due to the unseasonably warm weather and the Village of Kenmore said it will lift its winter parking rules beginning at midnight Thursday. Officials asked residents to use their common sense. "If they're calling for accumulating snowfall, please get…

Airbnb is co-hosting a "Winter Party" at Canalside tonight. But it probably won't feel much like one. With a forecast of some rain and a 60-degree high temperature, the event won't feature any ice skating, but will still give attendees a chance to mingle, according to organizers. https://twitter.com/CanalsideBflo/status/834749862403043328 The event, also co-hoste…

Whether March comes in like a lion or a lamb won’t be known until Wednesday. But February will go out like spring, summer, fall and winter as a panoply of the seasons will be on display over the next four days, forecasts show. Wild swings in Buffalo weather aren’t uncommon during transition months as warm and cold air masses fight for control of the atmosphere ab…