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State & Nation
December 16, 2023
New York’s high court orders new congressional maps as Democrats move to retake control of US House

By Anthony IzaguirreAssociated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York’s highest court on Tuesday ordered the state to draw new congressional districts ahead of the 2024 elections, giving Democrats a potential advantage in what is expected to be a battleground for control of the U.S. House. The 4-3 decision from the New York Court of Appeals […]

December 9, 2023
The West has sanctioned Russia’s rich. But is that really punishing Putin and helping Ukraine?

VERONA, Italy (AP) Sitting on a terrace in Verona as the bells toll at a nearby medieval church, Igor Makarov sips coffee as he describes his life as a billionaire under Western sanctions. Most of his fortune earned doing business in Russia and the former Soviet Union is frozen, and his plans to develop his […]

December 2, 2023
Cities crack down on homeless encampments: Advocates say that’s not the answer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Tossing tent poles, blankets and a duffel bag into a shopping cart and three wagons, Will Taylor spent a summer morning helping friends tear down what had been their home and that of about a dozen others. It wasn’t the first time and wouldn’t be the last. Contractors from the city of […]

November 25, 2023
The Adult Survivors Act launched over 2,500 sex abuse suits. Now, it’s expiring

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) For a year, a special New York law has cleared the way for a wave of headline-grabbing lawsuits against famous men accused of sexual misconduct, including former President Donald Trump, hip hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and the comedian and actor Russell Brand. But when the Adult Survivors Act expires after Thanksgiving, […]

November 18, 2023
New York will automatically seal old criminal records under law signed by Gov. Hochul

By Maysoon KhanAssociated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New Yorkers who complete their sentences and stay out of trouble for a certain period of time will have their criminal records automatically sealed under a long awaited bill signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday. New York now joins a slew of other states including […]

November 15, 2023
‘Greed and corruption’: Federal jury convicts veteran DEA agents in bribery conspiracy

NEW YORK (AP) A federal jury convicted two longtime U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration supervisors Wednesday of leaking confidential information to defense attorneys as part of a bribery conspiracy that prosecutors say imperiled high-profile cases and the lives of overseas drug informants. The Manhattan jury found John Costanzo Jr. and Manny Recio guilty of bribery and […]

November 4, 2023
Auto strike settlements will raise costs for Detroit’s Big 3. Will they be able to raise prices?

By Ashraf KhalilAssociated Press DETROIT (AP)  From generous pay and benefits to stronger job security, the United Auto Workers union won significant concessions in tentative settlements that have ended their strikes against Detroit’s three automakers. Now, General Motors, Ford and Stellantis are facing sharply higher labor costs, estimated by some analysts at exceeding $1 billion […]

October 28, 2023
Food insecurity shot up last year with inflation and end of pandemic-era aid, a new report says

By Ashraf KhalilAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP)  An estimated 17 million households reported problems finding enough food in 2022, a sharp jump from 2021 when boosted government aid helped ease the pandemic-induced economic shutdown. A new Department of Agriculture report, released Wednesday, paints a sobering picture of post-pandemic hardship with "statistically significant" increases in food insecurity […]

October 21, 2023
A surge in wealth has boosted most US households since 2020 and helped sustain economic growth

By Christopher RugaberAP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP)  The net worth of the typical U.S. household grew at the fastest pace in more than three decades from 2020 through 2022, while relatively low interest rates at that time made it easier for households to pay their debts, according to a government report Wednesday. Wealth for the […]

October 14, 2023
‘Addictive’ social media feeds that keep children online targeted by New York lawmakers

By Carolyn Thompson & Haleluya HaderoAssociated Press New York would restrict the way online platforms like Instagram and YouTube can collect and share children’s personal information and let parents keep their kids from being bombarded by "addictive" feeds from accounts they don’t follow, under legislation proposed Wednesday. The bills offered by state leaders are aimed […]

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Recent Obituaries

Lucieer, Joan E. (DeRight) 

SODUS: Joan Lucieer, 89, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at the DeMay Living Center. Joan was born on June 17, 1934 in Ontario the daughter of the late William and Eleanor (Ruffel) DeRight. She was a reading teacher at the Sodus Central School and a Christian school teacher at the Salmon Creek Baptist Church […]

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Currington, Willie James

SODUS: Willie James Currington, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at his home. Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours from 11:00AM to 1:00 PM on Friday, March 8, 2024 at the Church of God, 6055 Buerman Rd., Sodus, NY. Funeral service will immediately follow at […]

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