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Happy Valentine's Day Western New York. If you haven't picked up a gift for your Valentine, there's still time. Follow BuffaloNews.com Live today to get a glimpse of local candy shops preparing for a last minute rush. Local news: Once an Indian voice speaking up against the Seneca Casinos, Susan P. Abrams is now getting paid handsomely for working with them.…

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AMHERST - Get ready for an exciting year full of action and strong leadership. The Chinese lunar calendar ushers in the year of the tiger Sunday and the zodiac symbol means a strong and happy year, according to Dr. Lixin Zhang, president of the Chinese Club of Western New York. The organization celebrated China's New Year with a two-hour public program full of colorful …

City firefighters have extinguished a blaze at a vacant East Side home within the hour.A fire was reported at about 4:15 p.m. at 2 Empire St., at Miller Avenue between Broadway and Sycamore Street.The blaze found on the first floor of the 2 1/2-story home was declared "under control" at 4:22 p.m., according to radio transmissions from the scene.The fire did not e…

7:49 p.m.: Here's a video capturing today's action at the Nickel City Cake Challenge: --Lauren Nicole Mariacher4:09 p.m.: The winning cake was decorated by Tony Concialdi of Panaro's on Delaware Avenue. It was definitely a creation inspired by all things Buffalo. Concialdi adorned his cake with sugary versions of chicken wings, beef on weck and pizza. Topp…

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BUFFALO - Eight young skaters took to the ice at downtown Buffalo's Rotary Rink this afternoon for a public showcase of their skills just as the Winter Olympics get underway in Vancouver. Ranging in age from 12 to 16 years old, the all-girl squad from the Buffalo Skating Club performed four solo routines and one group number for the crowd. "These girls practice very har…

A busy morning. We've been following this morning's fatal fire in North Buffalo. The homeowner suspects a space heater may be to blame, though fire officials are still investigating. The Diocesan Youth Convention continues this morning in the Adam's Mark. The Sabres have one more shot at a February win, and that comes tonight against the Sharks. The News' Mike Harringto…

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BUFFALO - One person was killed early this morning in a fire that raged through a house in North Buffalo, officials said. Buffalo firefighters were called to 28 Clayton Street around 6:30 a.m. and received reports of people trapped inside, according to Buffalo Fire Chief Don McFeely. A husband and wife who live at the address made it out safely but the woman's fathe…

A year after the horrific killing of its co-founder, Orchard Park-based Bridges TV tries to rebuild. That co-founder, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, is being remembered nationwide today.Happening today: Double-header at UB, including a "Pink Zone" game to raise breast cancer awareness; Catholic youth convention downtown; and the Sabres' final game before the Olympic …

--There was plenty going on in Buffalo today, including: Erie County Executive Chris Collins and the state-appointed control board reaching rare harmony, U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Mayor Byron W. Brown having a 'productive' meeting, and the Northwest District police station being closed due to mold. --In high school boys basketball, a buzzer-beating thre…

The 3rd annual Music is Art "Big Easy in Buffalo Mardi Gras Jam!" is tonight at Kleinhans.Here's the lineup of musicians: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Carl LeBlanc 12/8 Path Band Six String Circus The band Six String Circus won Music is Art's virtual battle of the bands, said Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk. In addition to opening tonight&…

6:43 p.m. update: This video shows the hundreds of walkers arriving at the airport. The audio is a portion of what Schumer said a few minutes later at the airport press conference. 4:20 p.m. update: Karen Eckert, sister of 3407 passenger Beverly Eckert, also spoke to the crowd: John Kausner, who addressed the crowd at the kickoff of the walk (see the first entry …

Today is the one-year anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407, and The News takes the occasion to chronicle what has happened in the lives of the loved ones of all 50 victims since the Clarence crash. Many of those families will this morning walk the 10 miles from the crash site to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, completing the unfinished journey of their friend…

7:12 p.m. update: Here's what the start of today's hearing looked like: 6:50 p.m. update: Abdallah's ex-girlfriend Alicia Bellaus spoke with reporters outside the courtroom after the hearing. Here's a portion of what she said: 6:42 p.m. update: Here's the first report The Buffalo News had on Abdallah's arrest, and here's Wednesday's story with comments from various s…

1:33 p.m. update: State officials discussed the program this morning. Here's what they had to say:The state will offer rebates to shoppers who buy energy-efficient appliances starting at midnight tonight. The program, dubbed "New York's Great Appliance Swap Out," will run through Feb. 21 and offer various incentives depending on the type of appliance purchased. Addition…

There were quite a few town and school board meetings last night. The News' coverage includes: • Hiring and firing by the Lackawanna School Board. • A resident telling the Clarence Town Board that she's upset with a neighbor's fireworks display. • The Akron School Board getting ready for severe funding cuts by the state. • The Wales Town Board opting …