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1:45 p.m. update: Here's a clip of GM Vice President Denise Johnson and UAW Vice President Cal Rapson. 1:15 p.m. update: Here's a clip of Gov. Paterson's remarks at today's announcement. 11:53 a.m. update: AUDIO: Gov. David A. Paterson was asked about the GM announcement after the press conference in the Town of Tonawanda plant. The rest of the questions were on othe…

TOWN OF TONAWANDA -- Getting ready to head over to the GM plant on River Road for an expected announcement of a major investment at the engine plant.Check back for audio and video from the event.--Aaron Besecker

Forbes magazine issued its list of "America's Most Miserable Cities," and, yes, Buffalo made the list. Here's a slideshow of the top 20 cities on the list.Cleveland took home the No. 1 spot, followed by Stockton, Calif. Other notables in the top 10: Miami, St. Louis and Memphis.Here's how Forbes measured misery: Our Misery Measure takes into accoun…

Forbes magazine issued its list of "America's Most Miserable Cities," and, yes, Buffalo made the top 10. Here's a slideshow of the top 20 cities on the list.A 16-year-old Starpoint High School student with Down syndrome shows it's not always about wins and losses.News Staff Reporter Dan Herbeck reports on growth in embezzling from gambling addictio…

The U.S. men's curling team got off to a rocky start Tuesday on the first day of the round robin Olympic tournament. You might not have heard much about it amid the buzz over the likes of Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn. But just north of the border, the sport is hot. Dave Hutchison, of the Ontario Curling Association, estimated there are 150,000 curlers registered with 200 …

BUFFALO -- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio said this afternoon he hopes to win the support of Erie County Executive Chris Collins in the race. "I'm hopeful that I will earn Chris Collins' support and endorsement," Lazio told reporters this afternoon after a meeting at Tempo Restaurant on Delaware Avenue. "But that's going to be on his timetable." Collins ende…

Nancy Weekly, head of collections and the Charles Cary Rumsey Curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, stands in front of reprinted wallpaper with a 1921 Charles Burchfield sunflower design that is part of an upcoming exhibit about the artist. Photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News BUFFALO -- Installation of "Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield…

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of lent for many area Christians.Catholic Bishop Edward Kmiec will celebrate Mass and distribute ashes at 12:05 p.m. in St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo.Kmiec has also been blogging. Read his post today on "Fasting and Feasting during Lent" on the Web site of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. See othe…

Good morning. Classes are back in session this morning at the University at Buffalo after a library was evacuated and searched by police late Tuesday afternoon following a report of a gunman. The report was never confirmed.A national report issued today found that four Western New York counties, including Erie and Niagara, rank among the least healthy in the state, Ne…

AMHERST -- Students at the University at Buffalo North Campus gathered in buildings near Lockwood Library late this afternoon after it was evacuated. Many said they had received a university message alerting them of the situation. Others said they did not know of the evacuation until after walking up to Lockwood and being turned away. Christopher DiMatteo, a UB senior and …

BUFFALO -- It's Fat Tuesday and that means Mardi Gras for many Western New Yorkers.Looking for the action? A parade is about to kick off at 5 p.m. on Elmwood Avenue near Buffalo State and will head toward Chippewa.Wristbands on sale for $5 at Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street will get you into more than 40 participating bars in the party neighborhood. Proceeds bene…

CHEEKTOWAGA -- Sabres fans have made a beeline to the television this afternoon for Miller time. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller made his Olympic debut as the U.S. men's hockey team takes on Switzerland in the tournament kickoff. At the end of the second period, the U.S. led 3-0. Cheektowaga resident Ron Reed, 27, made sure to grab a booth with a television during a lat…

CHEEKTOWAGA -- More than 1,250 job seekers turned out today for the BuffaloJobFinder.com CareerFest at the Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo on Walden Ave. The fair typically gets 500 to 700, organizers said. Bill Simon, vice president of store operations for Value Home Centers, said not only are more people searching for jobs, but he's seeing better qualified applicants …

At City Hall, a bill on domestic partner benefits hit a snag this morning after coasting through a committee vote last week. The Common Council wants a further review of cost projections for the plan.A former volunteer fireman was sentenced to one to three years in prison for arson. His partner was spared prison time.A morning leftover, so to speak: The area's last Sw…