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11:44 am
Tue April 16, 2013

President Obama: It was terrorism

President Obama, speaking to reporters on 4/16/13

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the explosions at the Boston Marathon are being investigated as an act of terror, although authorities still don't know who is responsible.

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New England News
3:16 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Two explosions at Boston marathon finish line

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BOSTON (AP) — Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in injuries. 

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WAMC News
8:24 am
Tue April 2, 2013

NY State Senator Malcolm Smith Arrested

NYS Senator Malcolm A. Smith

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a New York City councilman and four other politicians are facing charges in a public corruption probe.

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New York News
12:29 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Federal agricultural officials to survey NY maple production

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal agriculture researchers will again be doing a census of New York maple syrup production in April and May.    

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state ranked second to Vermont in last year's survey of producers in 10 states. Inspectors will collect information about the number of taps, yield, prices and the overall value of the maple products from New York. The results will be released in June. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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New England News
12:24 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Malloy backs police official in Newtown discussion

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration says it backs the state police commander who discussed the Newtown school shootings at a law enforcement seminar and won't punish him. 

The Journal Inquirer reports that Mark Ojakian, Malloy's chief of staff, called Col. Daniel Stebbins to ask how information about what he discussed at the seminar in New Orleans was published in a column in the New York Daily News earlier this month.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Gas trade group seeks ethics probe of celebrity anti-fracking group

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A formal complaint filed with New York's lobbying board asks it to investigate whether Artists Against Fracking, a group formed by Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon, is violating the state's lobbying law.

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New York News
4:11 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Assembly gives final OK of $135B NY state budget

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New York has its third straight on-time budget after decades of missed deadlines.

The Assembly passed the final bills of the $135 billion spending plan just before midnight Thursday.

The budget approved by the Senate Wednesday is due Sunday, the start of the new fiscal year.

Major elements of the budget negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders includes $350 tax rebate checks for most middle class families and a new minimum wage that will rise to $9 over three years.

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Capital Region News
5:42 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Exploding Albany manholes blamed on aging cables

Downtown Albany, NY.
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings says it's time National Grid reviewed the city's aging underground infrastructure, after the third incidence of exploding manhole covers downtown.

Fire officials and National Grid say an underground electrical fire sparked an explosion early Saturday that sent four manhole covers flying into the air in a downtown neighborhood. It was the third such incident in less than six months.

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New York News
4:09 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

NYS Budget: Not Today

New York State Capitol in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York legislators will need much of this week to pass the $135 billion budget it negotiated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Conn. Historical Society Buys Amistad Letters

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Historical Society has purchased a collection of letters written in the 1830s and 1840s by a woman describing the lives of the African captives from the slave ship Amistad.

The society paid $66,000 Tuesday for the letters written by Charlotte Cowles, whose abolitionist family took in one of the former Amistad captives.

Cowles described a captive showing her where she was burned on her shoulder with a red-hot pipe in Africa and her interactions with the leader of the captives.

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