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By Paul Farhi Stephen Bannon stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News Network on Tuesday, bringing an end to his relationship with the far-right website that he helped become widely influential and which in turn abetted his rise as a political adviser and would-be kingmaker. Bannon’s departure was a humbling denoument for a figure who had reached the uppe…

Politics

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand says she has not read the new “Fire and Fury” tell-all book about Donald Trump’s White House. But she said Monday in the Town of Tonawanda that even though she has no plans to read the book now dominating the nation’s political discourse, she needs no insider account to pronounce the president unfit to lead the nation. “It seems like a lot …

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By Chris Mooney Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating western wildfires and other natural disasters to make 2017 the most expensive year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. The disasters caused $306 billion in total damage in 2017, with 16 separate events causing more than $1 billion in damage each. “…

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By Anousha Sakoui Minutes after giving a rousing speech at the Golden Globes Awards that promised "a new day" for women, minorities and the downtrodden, Oprah Winfrey said she has no ambitions to run for president. In a brief interview backstage at the event, Winfrey was told that "Oprah 2020" was circulating on Twitter, and asked whether she planned to run. …

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By Brooks Barnes and Cara Buckley BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – It took only four minutes for Harvey Weinstein to be booed Sunday night at the 75th Golden Globes. Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of misconduct – prompting police investigations, lawsuits and the collapse of his former studio – was a major figure at the Globes for decades. He was seen as a …

Business

By Renae Merle NEW YORK - The closely watched Dow Jones industrial average topped 25,000 points for the first time Thursday, continuing a run that lifted stocks by more than 20 percent in 2017. The bellwether gauge crossed the historic milestone shortly after the start of the day’s trading. The latest surge comes as Wall Street analysts raise their forecasts for a wi…

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By John Wagner WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he is disbanding a controversial panel studying alleged voter fraud that became mired in multiple federal lawsuits and faced resistance from states that accused it of overreach. The decision is a major setback for Trump, who created the commission last year in response to his claim, for wh…

Buffalo

Laurie Laugeman has seen plenty of changes in the workplace during a 34-year nursing career in places that include private residences, nursing homes, Buffalo Hospice and, for the last four years, the medical telemetry and neurological unit at Sisters of Charity Hospital. One of the most welcome is a growing willingness among her colleagues to embrace a mind-body-spirit app…

Amherst

WASHINGTON — America's new ambassador to Zambia used to keep the peace at Melanie's Pub in Amherst and Third Base in Buffalo. "I got great diplomatic training as a Buffalo bar bouncer," said Daniel L. Foote, still tall and hulking and bouncer-like at 54. And America's new envoy to Mauritania, a somewhat smaller 56-year-old diplomat named Michael J. Dodman, thinks his…

Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has long been seen as a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, but political pundits don't seem all that excited about his prospects these days. The Washington Post dropped Cuomo from ninth place in September to 10th in its December rankings of Democratic presidential prospects, citing a recent run-in between the governor…

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By Kristine Phillips A sheriff’s deputy from Colorado was killed when he and fellow officers faced a barrage of gunfire after responding to a call about a disturbance in an apartment complex in a Denver suburb. Zackari Parrish, a 29-year-old deputy, died Sunday morning, while three other deputies and a police officer from another department were injured. Authorities …

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By Nicholas Fandos WASHINGTON – A growing campaign by President Trump's most ardent supporters to discredit the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and the law enforcement agencies assisting his investigation is opening new fissures in the Republican Party, with some lawmakers questioning the damage being done to federal law enforcement and to a political party that…

By William K. Rashbaum The plan sounds ingenious. Remove two small security screws and combine them to create a tool to remove heavy bolts. Loosen wires to disable an electronic sensor. Fashion water-soaked bedsheets and the bunk-bed ladder into a tourniquet-like device; use it to pull open a hole in a woven steel grate. Train to get guards used to seeing you pace yo…

Local News

For town clerks and county employees, there's a holiday week scramble to set up a first-of-its-kind mechanism for property owners to prepay their 2018 taxes. For accountants and financial planners, there's a host of questions from their clients about whether this makes sense for them. And for the rest of us, there's the sorting of the pros and cons of complicated tax…

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By Michelle Ye Hee Lee PALM BEACH, Fla. - After a quiet Christmas Day, President Trump is back at work - on Twitter. Trump began his day criticizing the FBI and claiming the now-famous dossier containing allegations about his connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin is a “pile of garbage.” Trump, who is vacationing at his p…