A Washington official with knowledge of the plans says three upstate New York cities and one in Pennsylvania are on the tentative list of places President Barack Obama will visit next week during a bus tour to talk about the economy and building the middle class.
The White House says the president will visit next Thursday and Friday.
The official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details haven't been released says Monday the stops will include Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Scranton.
That was the sound of Chicago White Sox fans booing Alex Rodriguez’s return to the big leagues hours after he was suspended through 2014 by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis case, a punishment he plans to appeal. Rodriguez and 12 other players have been given lengthy suspensions after an in-depth probe. All but Rodriguez have accepted their suspensions.
"I am fighting for my life," he said. "If I don't defend myself, no one else will."
In baseball news, already a target of Major League Baseball's drug investigation, third baseman Alex Rodriguez angered the Yankees when he obtained a second medical opinion on his strained left quadriceps this week. The Yankees intend to discipline him, most likely with a fine.
Checking the scoreboard, the Yankees split their four game series with the Rangers after a 2-0 victory. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have pulled Alfonso Soriano from the lineup and a trade to send the outfielder to the Yankees is about almost complete.
New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is wielding the power of the state's $160 billion pension fund to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies in every state to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.
It could be a big push in DiNapoli's effort to get major companies that do business with the fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures in providing benefits for gay couples.