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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The federal government will allow federally funded foster care agencies in South Carolina to deny services to same-sex or non-Christian couples. A waiver issued Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allows Greenville's Miracle Hill Ministries to...

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A judge in Alaska has ordered jail time for a man who skied with his son to a bear den, where they killed a mother bear and her two cubs, unaware that a research camera was recording them. Andrew Renner was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail while his 18-year-old...

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The Town Board unanimously passed a resolution challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed funding cuts that would take more than $100,000 from Niskayuna at Tuesday's Town Board meeting.

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ALBANY — The executive who led the New York Racing Association's recent return to private control and oversaw major initiatives at the Saratoga Race Course is abruptly stepping aside at the board's request, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to comment. NYRA...

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ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say an Atlanta police officer shot and killed a man accused of stealing an unmarked police vehicle at a gas station. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles tells news outlets that a plainclothes officer was pumping gas in southwest Atlanta on Tuesday...

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THE ISSUE: The state budget process brings a perennial argument over school aid. THE STAKES: Quality education requires both adequate funding and wise spending on programs that work. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget may be full of progressive proposals, but there is one area where New Yorkers would see...

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If we're to believe what we heard on TV and radio and read on Twitter, Rodger Wyland had identified the new Siena College basketball coach before the search committee or the man the school eventually hired did. Wyland, longtime sports director at WNYT (NBC-13) and co-host of "Big Board Sports" on...

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Train stuck on tracks disrupts service to Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta commuter train stuck on the tracks has disrupted service to and from the world's busiest airport. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority tweeted around 9 p.m. Tuesday that the situation left regular trains unable to reach the station at Hartsfield-Jackson...

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Chase Zieky scored two goals to lead RPI to a 5-2 win over Connecticut on Wednesday in a men's hockey game in Hartford, Conn. Jacob Hayhurst had two assists and leads the Engineers (7-15) with 23 points. RPI is 4-1-3 all-time versus the Huskies (7-14-1). Connecticut beat RPI 3-1 in October in Troy....

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ALBANY — The state Legislature will conduct a hearing on sexual harassment in the workplace, as called for by a group of ex-legislative staffers who complained of misconduct on the job. The hearing is scheduled to take place on Feb. 14 and is expected to include public testimony from victims,...

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited Cohoes on Friday to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to declare an ongoing shortage of shingles vaccines an emergency — a move that would allow the federal agency to reinstate furloughed staff and help alleviate the shortage.

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ALBANY — Owners of an Orange Street home that was demolished after the city torn down its adjacent building have accused the city of negligence in a notice of claim filed last month. David Rowley, Jerome and Lenora Graham's attorney, alleges the city didn't inspect 170 Orange St. before workers...

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Some churches and congregations are canceling weekend services and Sunday school classes ahead of the weekend's predicted snowstorm. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger excused parishioners in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany from their Sunday obligation, but left the decision on Mass schedules up to...

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ALBANY - A Connecticut man who raped a 14-year-old girl in a Guilderland motel was sentenced to more prison time and even local prosecutors wanted. Acting Supreme Court Justice Roger McDonough sentenced Christopher Green, 32, of Hartford, to six years in prison -- a year more than what prosecutors...

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia state troopers accused of beating a 16-year-old male suspect during an arrest have been fired. State police announced on Friday that Trooper First Class Derek Walker and Trooper First Class Michael Kennedy have been dismissed after an investigation of the...

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma says it's investigating after a video began circulating on social media showing one of its students wearing black paint on her face and using a racial epithet. The video posted Friday to Twitter shows two women, one of whom is wearing black paint on...

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Hundreds of schools close, flights delayed amid Midwest snow

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of schools are closed across the Midwest and Detroit's main airport is seeing hours-long delays as a major snowstorm crawls across the region. The National Weather Service issued weather advisories and warnings across several northern U.S. states on Wednesday, from the...

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Catholic student says he didn't disrespect Native American

PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic high school student whose close encounter with a Native American activist and a black religious sect was captured on video in Washington, D.C. says he has nothing to apologize for. Nick Sandmann told NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday that he had every right to be...

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