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6:15 am
Sat September 20, 2014

White House Intruder Apprehended

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended.

President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the presidential residence, where agents nabbed him. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House, with Secret Service officers drawing their guns as they rushed staffers and journalists out a side door.

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Government
12:29 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Cuomo, Astorino Have Rare Encounter at Business Conference

The Republican candidate for governor temporarily upstaged incumbent Governor Cuomo, when Rob Astorino appeared unexpectedly at the Business Council’s annual meeting, and attempted to talk to the governor.

Astorino addressed the Business Council Thursday night, in a speech scheduled months ago. Cuomo did not commit to speak to the group at its annual meeting on Lake George until the conference had already started, and Cuomo chose a Friday morning time slot.  

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Government
11:32 am
Fri September 19, 2014

3 Area Locations Among Those Nominated To Historic Places Register

Miller-Horton-Barben Farm in Mendon.
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Three area locations are among the 22 properties that have been nominated to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Governor Cuomo says the recommendations come from the New York State Board for Historic Preservation. In the Rochester and Finger Lakes region, the locations recommended for the register include:

--The Miller-Horton-Barben Farm in Mendon. Established in 1808 by Salmon Miller, one of the early pioneers of the region, the 90 acre farm is one of the oldest farms in Mendon and has been continuously farmed to this day.

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Government
7:26 am
Fri September 19, 2014

New York Bans Flame Retardant From Child Products

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York is banning the sale of child products containing a flame retarding chemical known to cause cancer. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Thursday. It adds a chemical known as TDCPP to a list of chemicals that cannot be used in child care products because of their health effects. 

Specifically, the new law bans the sale of toys, car seats, crib mattresses, strollers and other child products containing the chemical. 

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Government
5:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Scottish Voters Reject Independence

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EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain's economic and political establishment, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who faced calls for his resignation ifScotland had broken away.

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Government
4:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Candlelight Vigil for Fallen Officer

A candlelight vigil is planned for tonight to honor Officer Daryl Pierson, shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this month.

The vigil is being organized by the Partners Behind the Lines organization, a new support group made up of Rochester police Department spouses and partners.

Dr. Gina Cuyler is a co-president of the group and is married to an RPD Captain.

She says they want to take the time to thank officers for their work, but they are only able to thank Officer Pierson posthumously.

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Government
8:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

GOP Candidate Gets Tepid Reception at Business Dinner

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino  received a mostly polite reception from the state’s biggest business  lobby at their annual meeting in Lake George.

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Government
8:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

NYS Poverty & Income Levels Remain Steady In 2013

(AP)  New Census estimates show the number of New Yorkers living in poverty remained steady from 2012 through last year, mirroring national statistics. 

And the Census Bureau says Thursday median household income in the state also remained flat at about $57,000. 

The survey data showed 3 million people, or 16 percent of the state's population, with income below the poverty level in 2013. Nationally, 48.8 million people, also about 16 percent, lived in poverty. 

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Government
7:49 am
Thu September 18, 2014

NYS Unemployment Benefits To Rise

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Benefits for the unemployed are set to go up in New York. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the minimum weekly rate will increase from $64 to $100 and the maximum weekly rate will increase from $405 to $420. The changes will go into effect on Oct. 6. 

Cuomo says the increases are the result of actions the state has taken to stabilize its unemployment insurance trust fund. The fund struggled for years and was forced to borrow federal money to pay unemployment claims. 

The state labor department says New York's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in July.

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Government
5:56 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Judge Says Redistricting Proposal Cannot be Described on Ballot as Independent

A judge has ruled that the wording on a November ballot item making changes to New York‘s redistricting process is  biased, and must be altered before Election Day.

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