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By Bruce Weber Tim Conway, whose gallery of innocent goofballs, stammering bystanders, transparent connivers, oblivious knuckleheads and hapless bumblers populated television comedy and variety shows for more than half a century, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 85. His death was confirmed by his publicist, Howard Bragman. With a sweetly cherubic face, a decept…

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LOS ANGELES – Doris Day, a leading box office star of the mid-20th century who achieved indelible fame in big-screen bedroom farces and put a sunny face on the working woman in postwar America, has died. She was 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, Calif., home. The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends.…

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WASHINGTON – Reading the special prosecutor's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Denise O'Donnell saw what appeared to her to be a president breaking the law. "Over the years, I have handled a lot of cases and supervised a lot of cases in the U.S. Attorney's Office," O'Donnell, who served as the top federal prosecutor in Buffalo between 1997 a…

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By Ellen Barry and Palko Karasz LONDON – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, whose marriage last year brought historic change to Britain's royal family, on Monday welcomed a son, the first interracial baby in the monarchy's recent history. The newborn is seventh in line to the British throne, behind his father, Prince Harry. It is not clear whether the child will receive…

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By Melissa Hoppert The speedy Maximum Security, the only undefeated horse in the field, had appeared to win the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at rain-soaked Churchill Downs to keep his streak intact, but an objection lodged by what appeared to be the second- and third-place finishers (Country House at 65-1 and Code of Honor at 14-1) led to his disqualification. Af…

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By Peter Baker Attorney General William Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he did not misrepresent the report by special counsel Robert Mueller, despite Mueller’s complaint that the attorney general’s initial public letter describing the investigation’s findings did not capture its full context. In a letter from the special counsel to the atto…

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By Mihir Zaveri and Jacey Fortin Two people were fatally shot and at least four others injured at the University of North Carolina Charlotte on Tuesday, the last day of classes, authorities said. The UNC Police Department said that three people were in critical condition, and that a fourth had non-life-threatening injuries. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Departm…

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WASHINGTON – As many as 30 U.S. customs officers from upstate New York will be temporarily transferred to the southern border in the next few months to cope with an influx of asylum-seekers there, sources said Monday. Seven Buffalo-area customs officers have already been told they will have to leave shortly for 60-day assignments at the U.S.-Mexico border, the office of…

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Victims of AbdulAziz HouHou's $140 million to $240 million real estate flipping scheme are asking authorities to investigate if lawyers, real estate companies and insurance companies in Buffalo and other U.S. cities conspired with HouHou. Kuwaiti authorities are following a money trail from Kuwait to the U.S. to try to recoup money lost by Kuwaiti investors. The investo…

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More than 6,400 miles away, Kuwaiti realtor AbdulAziz HouHou and associates were hunting for investment properties in the United States. In Buffalo, they found plenty. HouHou and his multiple real estate companies bought or brokered at least 160 low-end houses in Black Rock-Riverside, South Buffalo, the West Side, and the city's East Side – almost all of which were r…

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By Christopher Mele A man has been taken into custody in connection with a shooting at a synagogue in California on Saturday afternoon that resulted in injuries, authorities said. The Poway Station of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter that the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. local time at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, California,…

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WASHINGTON – Progressives want the House to try to impeach President Trump, but the Democrats who represent Western New York in Congress aren't eager to agree. All three of those Democrats – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo – reacted cautiously to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report last week, wh…

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WASHINGTON – Michael R. Caputo and his family met Wednesday with President Trump in the White House, where the East Aurora political consultant found the commander-in-chief in great spirits even as the two men groused about the special prosecutor's investigation that ensnared them both. Caputo said afterward that Trump called him on Monday to invite him and his family t…

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WASHINGTON — East Aurora's Michael R. Caputo emerges as a bit player in special counsel Robert Mueller's sprawling report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which retells a previously reported story about the local Republican consultant's encounter with a Russian who claimed to have dirt on the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. The report devotes …