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In what may be the first lawsuit of its kind in the country, the family of a 14-year-old Amherst girl is claiming her diabetes is linked to high fructose corn syrup.The family is suing six manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup in U.S. District Court in Buffalo and seeking $5 million in damages.The suit, filed earlier this week, claims the girl was never warned about th…

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Even with the 2,500th worker on board at GEICO’s Amherst customer service center, the insurance giant is keeping the “Now Hiring” sign turned on.“It ain’t over yet, fellas. We’re going on from here,” said Warren E. Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns GEICO and The Buffalo News. “People go where they’re welcome, and Western New York has its arms out.”GEICO s…

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The rescuers tried their best Monday night to save a teen they found floating on the Erie Canal at Ellicott Creek Island.But the young man they pulled from the water died Tuesday night at Erie County Medical Center.Brian P. Murphy was out on a leisurely kayaking trip Monday evening with his two sons and two of friends, looking for turtles among the logs near shore at Elli…

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GEICO Corp., one of the nation’s largest auto insurers, has reached its goal of hiring 2,500 employees in Western New York, two years ahead of schedule.The Washington, D.C.-based insurance giant today will mark the achievement with Warren Buffett – the “Oracle of Omaha” – coming to GEICO’s Amherst service center at the CrossPoint Business Park. Buffett is CEO of Omaha-base…

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. government has agreed to change the terms of a $1.2 million federal grant to allow the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to speed up its study of building a mass transit link between downtown Buffalo and Amherst.The Federal Transit Administration agreed to the change at the request of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who announced the move on …

Yahoo is moving aggressively to hire 125 people – 10 more than originally planned – to fill a call center that the Internet giant is constructing near its data center in a Town of Lockport industrial park.The company over the past few weeks has worked through the University at Buffalo to advertise the positions and is holding a job fair this week on the UB North Campus.Yah…

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Jewel Kats is a character – and a fashion eccentric.The 34-year-old Toronto woman wears ultrabright “Ruby Woo” lipstick, sports permanent tattooed eye makeup, and uses two hot-pink crutches.She’s also a woman with disabilities who has a message, contained in her Web-based comic strip, the “DitzAbled Princess.”“The DitzAbled Princess is empowering to women with disabilitie…

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WASHINGTON – James C. Kopp, the anti-abortion zealot who fatally shot an Amherst physician nearly 15 years ago, lost his latest – and likely last – bid to have his convictions overturned at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.Appealing a case that had been rejected by lower federal courts, Kopp asked the Supreme Court to hear his argument that he had been denied his constitut…

AmherstThe Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 5583 Main St., to discuss several issues. Two families will appear before the board to request permission to raise chickens in their backyards. The board in April denied another resident’s application for a chicken permit – the first such application – before reversing its decision.At the …

The 16th annual Discover Amherst Street Festival will be held along Amherst Street from Elmwood Avenue to East Street in Black Rock from noon to 4 p.m. today. Features include a pie contest, strawberry festival, parade, musicians swap meet and celebrity dunk tank.

Beechwood Homes and Hospice Buffalo on Tuesday will partner to open The Hospice Wells House at the Beechwood Continuing Care Campus in Getzville.The aim of the service at Beechwood Homes is to offer more individuals with serious illness skilled nursing hospice care.“Beechwood Continuing Care has had a long-standing partnership with Hospice going back to 1992, when Beechwoo…

March 4, 1926 – June 6, 2013Dr. Franklin H. Glassman, who practiced medicine until last year, died June 6 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 87.A lifelong resident of Snyder, Dr. Glassman maintained a family practice in Snyder for 60 years and was a member of the Western New York Osteopathic Society.He was a graduate of Amherst High School, the University of Buffalo Medical…

Katherine Bodde, policy counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union, will discuss Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s women’s equality agenda during the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara on Saturday.The business meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst, followed by lunch at noon.The league will also recognize Erin…

After more than three years of waiting, the Western New York communities that host the Seneca Nation of Indians’ three casinos will get the money they’ve been owed.Niagara Falls, the Salamanca area and the City of Buffalo will receive a total of $140 million that had been held up because of a dispute between the Seneca Nation and the state.Under a deal announced Thursday b…

A woman and her young daughter were taken by ambulance from the crash of a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer rig on Sheridan Drive at Brompton Road about 2:30 p.m. today. Amherst police are continuing to investigate the incident involving injuries to a woman reportedly in her mid-30s and her daughter reportedly about 12 years old.