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Ravinder K. Bansal is a man on a mission. The Clarence man is about to fly a single-engine plane solo around the world to raise $750,000 for a hospital in his hometown in Ambala, India. The goal of the 19,878-mile trip - scheduled to begin July 4 from Buffalo Niagara International Airport - is to purchase an MRI machine for the hospital. Bansal decided to try to h…

By ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans, who have promised a repeal of the Affordable Care Act for seven years, took a major step Thursday toward that goal, unveiling a bill to cut Medicaid deeply and end the health law’s mandate that most Americans have health insurance. The 142-page bill would create a new system of federal tax credits …

WASHINGTON – A lawyer, a teacher who just moved to the state, a guy who sells running shoes and a Klingon dressed up as Mark Twain walked into a Southern Tier congressional race, and … it's no joke. The lawyer, Eddie Sundquist, 28, of Jamestown, Wednesday became the fourth candidate to announce that he's seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Tom Reed, …

WASHINGTON – Summer camps and other organizations that work with kids should have access to the FBI's database of sex offenders when hiring staff, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday. Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters on a conference call that he is pushing bipartisan legislation that would allow such groups to use the FBI database when doing backgr…

By Ann E. Marimow and Dana Hedgpeth The gunman who opened fire on a GOP baseball team in Virginia had a local storage locker with more than 200 rounds of ammunition that he visited daily including less than an hour before he shot more than 60 times at the team during a morning practice June 14. A list containing the names of six members of Congress also was found on …

By Elizabeth Dwoskin SAN FRANCISCO – Travis Kalanick stepped down as chief executive of the ride-hailing giant Uber on Tuesday, the culmination of several tumultuous months and a shareholder revolt. Kalanick, who helped found Uber in 2009 and led it to become one of Silicon Valley’s highest flying startups, will stay on Uber’s board of directors, a company offi…

By Jonathan Martin and Richard Fausset ATLANTA – Karen Handel, a veteran Republican officeholder, overcame a deluge of liberal money to win a special House election in Georgia on Tuesday, bridging the divide in her party between admirers of President Trump and those made uneasy by his turbulent new administration. Handel, 55, fended off Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old De…

By Michael Birnbaum and Annabell Van den Berghe BRUSSELS - An explosion went off at a major Brussels train station Tuesday, and “an individual had to be neutralized” by soldiers, Belgian authorities said. A small explosion was heard near an individual in Brussels Central Station, and soldiers who were in the station “neutralized” the individual, according to …

By Sean Sullivan WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats ramped up opposition Monday to the emerging Republican health care bill, launching a series of mostly symbolic moves including speeches that went late into the evening and a push to slow other Senate business to a crawl. The aim, Democrats said, was to draw attention to the secretive process Republican leaders are usin…

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg Otto F. Warmbier, the University of Virginia honors student who was released from a North Korean prison last week after spending 17 months in captivity and more than a year in a coma, died Monday at the Cincinnati hospital where he had been receiving treatment, his family said. Warmbier’s parents, Fred and Cindy, said in a statement that thei…

By Karen Crouse ERIN, Wis. – Fred Couples was 32 years old when he won the Masters for his first, and only, major. Tom Kite was 10 years older when he won the 1992 U.S. Open, his first and only major. Couples and Kite ended up in the World Golf Hall of Fame, but if they were playing today, they would be in danger of being left behind before they got started. Brooks…

By Scott Shane As a U.S. destroyer cruised off the waters of Japan in clear weather after 2 a.m. Saturday, only a few dozen of the crew of 350 were likely to be awake: standing watch, keeping the engines running, manning the bridge. Then, Navy officers with decades of experience at sea say, there were probably minutes of sheer terror aboard the USS Fitzgerald before …