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State & Nation
March 2, 2024
NYC’s plan to ease gridlock and pump billions into mass transit? A $15 toll for Manhattan drivers

NEW YORK (AP) — Between bridge and tunnel tolls, parking fees and the ever-present risk of getting a traffic ticket, it can already cost a mint to drive into Manhattan. Is forking over another $15 for the privilege of driving into the most traffic-choked parts of the island enough to finally get more people out […]

February 24, 2024
U.S. casinos won $66.5B in 2023, their best year ever as gamblers showed no economic fear

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — America’s commercial casinos won $66.5 billion from gamblers in 2023, the industry’s best year ever, according to figures released by its national trade association Tuesday. The American Gaming Association said that total was 10% higher than in 2022, which itself was a record-setting year. When revenue figures from tribal-owned casinos […]

February 17, 2024
Less is more? Consumers have fewer choices as brands prune offerings to focus on best sellers

NEW YORK (AP) How much choice is too much? Apparently for Coca-Cola, it’s about 400 different types of drinks. That’s why the beverage company recently decided to discontinue half of them, shedding brands like Tab, Zico coconut water, Diet Coke Feisty Cherry and Odwalla juices but still leaving about 200 others to choose from. It’s […]

February 10, 2024
Court cases lead to new voting districts in some states. Could it affect control of Congress?

Since most Americans last voted for Congress, thousands of people have been added to certain voting districts — and subtracted from others — under new political maps enacted following court rulings. The sum of that redistricting math, assuming no major political shift in either major party’s direction, figures to provide at least a one-seat gain […]

February 3, 2024
AP-NORC poll finds an uptick in positive ratings of the US economy, but it’s not boosting Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stocks are near record highs. Growth was surprisingly strong last year. And once-hot inflation has begun to cool. But so far, U.S. adults are feeling only slightly better about the economy. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 35% of U.S. adults call the national […]

January 27, 2024
Trump racks up endorsements from Republicans in Congress as any resistance that once existed fades

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before Donald Trump announced his campaign to retake the White House, he launched a quieter campaign to rack up Republican endorsements. In early 2021, after Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden and inspired a mob of supporters to attack the Capitol trying to overturn the 2020 election, the defeated president started […]

January 20, 2024
NY governor wants to spend $2.4B to help deal with migrant influx in new budget proposal

By Maysoon Khan & Anthony IzaguirreAssociated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Tuesday that she wants to spend $2.4 billion to help deal with the massive influx of migrants who have overwhelmed New York City’s homeless shelters — addressing a damaging political issue for Democrats in her proposed state budget. […]

January 6, 2024
More hospitals are requiring masks as flu and COVID-19 cases surge

NEW YORK (AP) More U.S. hospitals are requiring masks and limiting visitors as health officials face an expected but still nasty post-holiday spike in flu, COVID-19 and other illnesses. While many experts say this season likely won’t prove to be as deadly as some other recent winters, it still could mean hundreds of thousands of […]

December 30, 2023
As social media guardrails fade and AI deepfakes go mainstream, experts warn of impact on elections

NEW YORK (AP) Nearly three years after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, the false election conspiracy theories that drove the violent attack remain prevalent on social media and cable news: suitcases filled with ballots, late- night ballot dumps, dead people voting. Experts warn it will likely be worse in the coming presidential election contest. The […]

December 23, 2023
Animal shelters are overcrowded with pets from families facing various woes

MENANDS, N.Y. (AP) Kaine is a big, buoyant dog looking for a home. But lately, he’s spending a lot of time at the office. Animal shelters around the U.S. are bursting at the seams amid the rising cost of living, so the gray and white 7-year-old has been staying in a worker’s office at the […]

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Recent Obituaries

Beganskas, Joseph “Joe” F.     

SODUS: Joeseph Beganskas, 104, passed away Tuesday, February 27, at the Wayne County Nursing Home. A mass was held at the St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 105 W. Main St., Sodus, Tuesday March 5 at 10 AM.  A graveside service followed the mass at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 2461 Lake Ave., Rochester. Joe was born September […]

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Abbott, Edgar D. 

SAVANNAH: Edgar Abbott, 81, passed away Sunday morning, February 25, 2024 at Clifton Springs Nursing Home. Friends and family are invited to a graveside service Saturday, April 6 at 2:30 PM in the Butler-Savannah Cemetery.   Ed was born on May 12, 1942 in Savannah the son of the late Shannon E and Pearl (Halstead) […]

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