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Michael Weakens After Historic Slam Into Florida Panhandle

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET Thursday
Tropical Storm Michael is weakening as it churns across south-central Georgia. On Wednesday, Michael was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. in more than a quarter-century, according to the National Hurricane Center . At least one person has died from complications related to the storm. Gadsden County, Fla., Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower told NPR the man was killed after a tree fell through the roof of his...

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The latest Labor Department figures show the U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to 3.7 percent - the lowest level since December 1969. That's causing challenges for some businesses. But a new survey shows optimism about the economy continues to grow. 


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New York's two U-S senators voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice Saturday.

Updated at 11:31 p.m. ET

A sharply divided Senate — reflecting a deeply divided nation — voted almost entirely along party lines Saturday afternoon to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A little more than two hours later, Kavauangh was sworn in during a private ceremony as protesters stood on the court's steps.

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Kenmore police chief Peter Breitnauer has been arrested Friday and charged with criminal possession of hydrocodone.

Deadlines to confirm attendance for a debate this month between Republican congressman Chris Collins and his Democratic challenger Nathan McMurray have not been met by the Collins campaign, leading to the debate's cancellation.

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October is Bullying Prevention Month across the country, and a new project is working to help children learn to stop bullying before it begins in Western New York


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An early twentieth century depiction of Niagara Street in winter is returning to town after the Burchfield Penney Art Center had an unexpected win at an art auction earlier this week.

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Shea's Performing Arts Center was all a buzz in the early morning hours Friday as the public lined up early to have a chance to purchase tickets for Hamilton, the Broadway smash-hit musical. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was at Shea's Friday morning as the first batch of buyers stepped up to the box office.  

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The Buffalo Sabres opened their 2018-19 National Hockey League season with a disappointing home shutout loss to the rival Boston Bruins. But before witnessing the 4-0 defeat, fans - and family of Sabres players - celebrated the start of a new hockey season, and hope for improvement upon last season's last-place finish.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is celebrating the start of a new conservation project in Grand Island at the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary.

Its 145 acres of forested wetland on Whitehaven Road. The land conservancy plans to create a system of trails throughout the property. Work on the trail system is set to start next year.

Nancy Smith is the executive director of the Land Conservancy. She says this project has benefits that stretches throughout the region.

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Nauman Hussain, operator of Prestige Limousine, arraigned at Cobleskill Town Court, charged in connection to the accident where 20 people were killed over the weekend in Schoharie. Photos by Patrick Dodson. 

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A Soyuz rocket booster failed during the launch of a capsule carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin Thursday, forcing officials to abort their mission. The capsule made a "ballistic landing" and rescue teams recovered the pair, who are reportedly in "good condition," NASA says.

Hague and Ovchinin launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m. ET, heading to join the crew of the International Space Station. But more than a minute after launch, their Soyuz MS-10's booster failed.

USA Today published an opinion column by President Trump Wednesday in which the president falsely accused Democrats of trying to "eviscerate" Medicare, while defending his own record of protecting health care coverage for seniors and others.

The column — published just weeks ahead of the midterm elections — underscores the political power of health care to energize voters. But it makes a number of unsubstantiated claims.

Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET

New York State Police have arrested the son of the owner of Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service, the company involved in the crash that left 20 people dead about 40 miles outside Albany last weekend. Nauman Hussain, whom police described as the company's "operator," was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide for his role in the fatal incident.

In Philadelphia, a battle between local officials and the Trump administration is heating up.

In defiance of threats from the Justice Department, public health advocates in Philadelphia have launched a nonprofit to run a facility to allow people to use illegal drugs under medical supervision. It is the most concrete step yet the city has taken toward eventually opening a so-called supervised injection site.

The non-profit, called Safehouse, was formed after a political heavyweight, former Pennsylvania governor, Ed Rendell, joined the board.

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Heritage Moments: Mary Jemison of the Seneca Nation, the ‘White Woman of the Genesee’

In 1823 along the Genesee River there lived an old woman who was quite famous in the region. She was Seneca, yet her features were European and her complexion was fair, and she spoke both the Seneca language and English fluently. Her children, grandchildren and other Senecas called her Dehgewanus. The settlers called her Mary Jemison, the White Woman of the Genesee.

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