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Billionaire Warren E. Buffett said this morning the U.S. economy is recovering and that the economic war is "going slightly our way," but warned that health care costs are a drain on business.  Buffett, head of Berkshire Hathaway, fielded questions on CNBC's Squawk Box for three hours this morning following the weekend release of his annual shareholder's letter. …

Good morning. It's back to the Sabres for Ryan Miller after the U.S. men's hockey team fell one goal short of gold Sunday night. Miller and the Sabres are scheduled to play in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Read what Lindy Ruff told Miller in the moments after the game in Bucky Gleason's column today, and view a gallery of Olympic hockey photos of Sabres …

DOWNTOWN BUFFALO - The world's largest ice maze ever is open for business. Thousands of Western New Yorkers have been tackling the ice maze this afternoon as part of the Buffalo Powder Keg Winter Festival along Seneca Street, near One HSBC Center.3:40 p.m.: Video from today's event: Jeff Empric, festival co-chairman with Newell Nussbaumer, said turnout has …

BUFFALO — The Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey tournament is under way at the Erie Basin Marina, where 112 teams of 700 players will compete over the weekend. 12:35 p.m.: Brian Meyer talks with Steven Talalis: 12:17 p.m.: Brian Meyer talks with Ryan Daley of Labatt: A steady snowfall has made the rinks slushy for the players and organizers. But three new rinks …

In world news, a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, collapsing buildings, killing at least 16 people and downing phone lines. It was 1,000 times more powerful than the earthquake that shook Haiti in January, earthquake experts said. Hawaii and many Pacific nations were under tsunami warning this morning. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world …

Saturday update: Pete Simon's story on the session.4:21 p.m. update: Wende Mix, geographer at Buffalo State College, said it is one of the "media sound byte fallacies" that Buffalo is the third-poorest medium-sized city in the country. Watch the video of her full presentation: 2:58 p.m. update: Kathryn Foster, director of the UB Regional Institute, gave a p…

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11:28 a.m. update: We sure dodged a bullet. The Syracuse area has seen between 18 and 22 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. this morning, according to The Syracuse Post-Standard. Here's a video of what they woke up to: Digging Out From Being Snowed Under 11:06 a.m. update: Crews preparing for the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament at the Erie Basin Mar…

4:54 p.m. update: Here's a video interview with Trudy Christman, director of development for the NACC. There will be three bands performing during the event in the center's Grand Theater auditorium: Lakeside, The USA Band and Echo Sky. On-street parking will be available for the event. The best spot might be at the old South Junior High, a lot which has the c…

3:51 p.m. update: That crash on the I-190 south has been cleared, according to a text message from the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition's text message service.3:32 p.m. update: From NITTEC: There's a crash on the I-190 southbound near the Niagara Street exit (No. 8) that's got the right lane closed.12:44 p.m.: Forecasters at the Nati…

5:41 p.m. update: Check out these video reports from the Associated Press, here and here.9:24 a.m.: Yesterday's incident at SeaWorld continues to make headlines today. This is the Orlando Sentinel's story on the attack, a story on the danger perceived in the whale and the paper's photo gallery. Here's the Orlando Sentinel TV critic's analysis of …

12 p.m. update: They call it a flight simulator for surgeons. Representatives of Roswell Park and UB unveiled "RoSS" -- Robotic Surgical Simulator -- at a press conference at the cancer institute's campus this morning. Robotic surgery training has typically been done through the shadowing of an expert surgeon and eventually taking a turn in control of the …

There's a storm a-comin', forecasters say. A winter storm warning is now in effect through 1 p.m. tomorrow. Here's a National Weather Service radar loop of the Northeast that shows how the storm is moving.A killer whale took the life of a SeaWorld trainer Wednesday. Here's a video report.The U.S. men's hockey team clipped the Swiss, and Canada topp…

BUFFALO -- Tickets are still available for the NCAA basketball tournament in Buffalo on March 19 and 21. Just shy of 1,800 tickets -- all in the 300-level of HSBC Arena -- are still available, said Ken Taylor, tournament manager for the first and second rounds in Buffalo. That's a departure from the three previous years that Buffalo hosted the tournament and the games sol…

The newest attraction for Ontario's Winter Festival of Lights has put the organization that runs the Canadian event in a financial bind. The Rink at the Brink -- a $750,000 outdoor rink added to the festival lineup -- has forced the organization to ask for a financial loan guarantee from the city government in Niagara Falls, Ont. The $500,000 bank loan would cover some of…