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(TNS) Donald Rumsfeld, the defense secretary who became the face of U.S. foreign policy under President George W. Bush while the administration’s troop deployments toppled hostile regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, has died. He was 88.

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(TNS) PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned Bill Cosby’s 2019 sexual assault conviction, ruling that a “non-prosecution agreement” with a previous prosecutor should have prevented him from being charged in the case.

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CANAAN — A Capital Region man has been arrested following an investigation into an accident that took place in Canaan on April 24, Beau Duffy, director of public information for state police said on Friday.

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(TNS) MINNEAPOLIS – Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced Friday afternoon to 22½ years in prison for murdering George Floyd last year by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes.

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(TNS) SURFSIDE, Fla. — A 12-story oceanfront condo tower partially collapsed early Thursday morning in the town of Surfside, spurring a massive search-and-rescue effort with dozens of rescue crews from across Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

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(TNS) Bernard Madoff, the Manhattan investment adviser who promised stellar returns to his A-list clients and instead defrauded them of more than $19 billion in history’s largest Ponzi scheme, has died. He was 82.

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The wife of a Selkirk man arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol defended her husband as a man who loves his country Tuesday, hours after federal investigators arrested him and seized the couple’s technology.

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WASHINGTON — The state will receive more than $12 billion in federal aid, and nearly double that amount in relief for New York’s local governments, after Congress voted Wednesday afternoon to pass an amended $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package.

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State legislation calling for $25 million in grant funding for substance abuse support systems was introduced Thursday, as residents struggling with addiction continue to face heightened challenges during the pandemic.

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WATERTOWN — Educators nationwide have expressed concern over the state of public school buildings and their ability to combat the spread of COVID-19 among students, and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand wants to help.

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Two billboards calling on U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, to resign because of her efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election are scheduled to go up Wednesday.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, are pushing for $50 billion in aid to help rural areas.

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ALBANY — State representatives stressed the need for unity and for Americans to work together after President Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday, as New York Capitol grounds were stocked with scores of police and the military in preparation for violent political demonstrations that never cam…

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(TNS) President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will look like no other thanks to a once-in-a-century pandemic, security fears triggered by the worst raid on the U.S. Capitol since 1814 and a boycott by the sitting U.S. president.

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FORT DRUM — Vice President Michael R. Pence chose Fort Drum in Jefferson County for his final public appearance before leaving office Wednesday, his wife, Karen Pence, told a socially distanced crowd assembled at the Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield late Sunday afternoon.

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HUDSON — U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, co-sponsored the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump introduced in Congress on Monday.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called for President Donald Trump to be immediately removed from office Thursday afternoon on the heels of violent protests and attempted insurrection by Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday that left four dead.

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As the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducts its primary mission of defending the homeland, it stands ready to continue its tradition of tracking Santa’s journey around the globe today.

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HUDSON — Two Twin County college students died in the bombing of Pan American Flight 103 in 1988 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and their deaths are being remembered with the filing of criminal charges Monday against a Libyan man accused of making the bomb.

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ALBANY — New York’s 29 electors gathered as the state’s 59th Electoral College in the Assembly chamber of the state Capitol on Monday afternoon to cast votes to solidify Democrat Joe Biden’s election as 46th president of the United States.

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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is among more than 100 House Republicans who have signed onto a brief supporting Texas’ lawsuit challenging the presidential election results.

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NEW YORK — State Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday announced a multi-state lawsuit against Facebook, alleging the company acts in a predatory manner to defeat its competitors and monetizes data on its customers.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James is confident the U.S. Supreme Court will rule against President Donald Trump’s attempt to exclude millions of immigrants from the 2020 census count following Monday’s oral arguments.

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ATHENS — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., advocated in Greene County on Monday for an extension of federal aid to small businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, completing his annual 62-county state tour.

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Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump said Friday afternoon that New York would not be receiving a coronavirus vaccine when it’s available, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent criticism of the Trump administration’s virus handling.

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WASHINGTON — Two state restaurateurs joined U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday afternoon to advocate for the passage of a bipartisan congressional bill to help independent restaurant owners keep their businesses alive amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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HUDSON — Officials from all levels of government advocated support Monday for a proposed bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate to give small businesses an economic boost after industries took a substantial revenue hit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ALBANY — New York state officials stand ready to sue President Donald Trump and the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said while snapping back at officials Monday after the U.S. Department of Justice made a motion to label New York City an anarchist jurisdiction.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., joined by U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., introduced a bill Tuesday that would provide compensation and care for veterans suffering from illnesses linked to toxic burn pits in combat zones.

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ALBANY — After a sudden reversal of federal coronavirus testing guidelines, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday he would not trust a COVID-19 vaccine and denounced President Donald Trump’s credibility as the U.S. Department of Justice weighs investigating four Democratic states over thousands of…