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Judge: State agency can prosecute New York abuse cases in local courts

Decision stems from December 2013 incident at Lansing detention center

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Amber Alert issued for four children abducted in Catskills

Police say two suspects have history of neglect, drug activity

Gov. Cuomo touting the state's START-UP NY initiative at Cornell University in 2013 (photo by Pete Blanchard)

Cuomo defends email deletion policy

Cuomo called it "misleading", "inaccurate" to say state simply deletes emails after 90 days

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Senate leader: Cuomo should be included in ethics reform deal

Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos called Wednesday for financial disclosures for entire household of elected officials


Educators, politicians to hold education rally Thursday in Lansing

Ithaca-area officials, teachers, and parents will gather at Lansing Middle School to protest Governor Cuomo's approach to this year's education budget.

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Kraft Mac & Cheese recall impacts Food Bank of Southern Tier

According to reports, certain packages of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese may contain small pieces of metal.

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City government launches new outreach program

The "City Hall in Your Neighborhood" initiative will see city workers mingle with locals at various gathering places.


Local repeat offender sentenced to state prison time

Breon Brooks was found guilty of both a series of burglaries in Ithaca and criminal possession of a weapon in two separate indictments.


Authorities seize crack cocaine, heroin in Dryden drug bust

Authorities searched two homes and found more than 8 ounces of narcotics.

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Albany ethics deal would require full disclosure of outside income

Agreement between Cuomo administration, Assembly would also mandate attorneys in legislature disclose clients

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Poll: Cuomo’s approval rating dips amid education issues

A pollster says the voters are siding with the unions.

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Myrick dodges questions about higher office

Svante Myrick made headlines this week by going to Facebook, calling for campaign support


Syracuse coach Boeheim to retire in three years; athletic director leaves post

Moves follow NCAA punishment for multiple infractions in athletics department


Despite delays, slumping business climate, Ithaca officials say best is yet to come

At Tuesday night meeting, Mayor Svante Myrick promised "best business climate" Commons has ever seen

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State, federal inspections find nearly 100 problems with crude oil train cars, rail lines

Inspectors are looking into rail operations following series of accidents involving trains carrying crude oil


Carson, potential presidential candidate, to visit Ithaca in April

Dr. Ben Carson will speak April 21 at Cornell

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In Albany speech, Santorum highlights diverse field for White House in 2016

Former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator says he's still considering a run in 2016

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State assembly votes to give workers paid leave

The new bill would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave for sickness or maternity.


Arrest warrant issued for former Ithaca cemetery groundskeeper

Scott Goodrich was scheduled to appear in Tompkins County Court last week, but failed to show up.

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This week’s top rock tracks


LISTEN: This week's top rock songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

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Ozzy Osbourne to undergo surgery

British musicians Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, arrives at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards 2013 at the Camden Roundhouse in north London, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled his upcoming Ozzfiesta event in Mexico to undergo surgery.

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Belligerent birds chase people at Florida park

Actress Tippi Hedren, star of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film "The Birds," poses with Julian Jarrold, center, director of the HBO film "The Girl," and cast member Toby Jones on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hedren's relationship with Hitchcock during the making of the film is the subject of the HBO film "The Girl."

In a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," some out-of-control birds are chasing people at a central Florida park.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: Billy Zane mistakenly thanks One Direction fans for support

Billy Zane arrives at the Global Green USA's 12th Annual Pre-Oscar Party at the Avalon Hollywood on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Actor Billy Zane pokes fun at the fact he shares a similar name to former One Direction member Zayn Malik in a new video.

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Loose police horse briefly on patrol in downtown Cleveland


The horse stayed on the street during his escape but didn't stop at red lights.