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Trump taps Ben Carson to lead HUD

President-elect Donald J. Trump on Monday selected Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, to be secretary of housing and urban development.

Sawyer Fredericks plays to sold-out, friendly crowd at Egg

ALBANY

Sawyer Fredericks plays to sold-out, friendly crowd at Egg

Sunday night served as a homecoming of sorts for Sawyer Fredericks, playing to a crowd that has been hooked since the teenager first appeared last year on “The Voice.”

Pennsylvania recount effort dealt major blow in anti-Trump push

Pennsylvania recount effort dealt major blow in anti-Trump push

Pennsylvania appears increasingly unlikely to have a statewide recount of its votes, diminishing the last long-shot hope by opponents of Donald Trump that a review of the ballots could overturn his election as president.

The scourge of racial bias in New York state prisons

The scourge of racial bias in New York state prisons

The racism can be felt from the moment black inmates enter New York’s upstate prisons.

Federal officials to explore different route for Dakota pipeline

Federal officials to explore different route for Dakota pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that it would not approve permits for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a dammed section of the Missouri River that tribes say sits near sacred burial sites.

Families flock to Mohawk Avenue for annual Scotia celebration

SCOTIA

Families flock to Mohawk Avenue for annual Scotia celebration

‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations, and community members came out in force on Sunday to commemorate a regular tradition in the Village of Scotia.

Trump expands search for secretary of state

WASHINGTON

Trump expands search for secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump is broadening the field of candidates for secretary of state as his transition team remains divided nearly a month after the election over how to fill the most prominent gap in his prospective Cabinet.

Vireo cheers Department of Health medical marijuana decision

JOHNSTOWN

Vireo cheers Department of Health medical marijuana decision

An official at the medical marijuana company Vireo Health applauded the Department of Health’s recent decision to add chronic pain as a qualifying condition for the New York’s medical marijuana program.

Cuba puts Castro to rest

Cuba puts Castro to rest

Bringing to an end nine days of national mourning, the ashes of Fidel Castro were buried Sunday morning in a cemetery in this coastal city where, 63 years ago, he began his socialist revolution.

Ford open to making deals with Trump on keeping jobs, CEO says

Ford open to making deals with Trump on keeping jobs, CEO says

Ford is willing to work with Donald Trump to keep jobs in the U.S. if the president-elect puts the right policies in place, the automaker's chief executive officer said.

State launches seasonal energy assistance program

CAPITAL REGION

State launches seasonal energy assistance program

With nighttime temperatures now routinely dropping to freezing or colder, the state has launched its Home Energy Assistance Program to help financially struggling residents pay their fuel bills.

Monday morning commute expected to be slick, snowy

CAPITAL REGION

Monday morning commute expected to be slick, snowy

A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for the region for the Monday morning commute.

Ancient beasts roamed this secret spot in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif.

Ancient beasts roamed this secret spot in Death Valley

"The Barnyard," a remote canyon in Death Valley National Park, is one of the largest, most diverse and well-preserved deposits of prehistoric mammal and bird tracks known to exist.

A few billionaires are turning medical philanthropy on its head

A few billionaires are turning medical philanthropy on its head

U.S. scientists are trained to compete with each other, but Sean Parker is hoping a collaboration will change the focus of the medical field from grants and awards to creating drugs more quickly.

Students compete to complete LEGO robot missions

BALLSTON SPA

Students compete to complete LEGO robot missions

Dozens of students from area school districts could be found playing with LEGOs Saturday in the gymnasium at Ballston Spa Middle School. But the word “playing” doesn’t describe what the students were doing as well as the word “engineering.”

One outfit grows to become entire storeroom of clothes at Mohonasen

One outfit grows to become entire storeroom of clothes at Mohonasen

The "Anchor Room," a judgement-free space for students to get the clothing, toiletries, and food they may need, is maintained by a Mohonasen High School teacher and her alternative education students.

School voters have say on capital projects, vets tax break

DUANESBURG AND NISKAYUNA

School voters have say on capital projects, vets tax break

Two important measures will go to vote this week in the Duanesburg and Niskayuna school districts, a potential tax break for district veterans and a building project, respectively.

New Christmas tradition for Hamilton Hill

New Christmas tradition for Hamilton Hill

The new tradition, lighting a community Christmas tree, was in part a show of unity for a neighborhood that was significantly impacted by gun violence this past year.

Niskayuna proposes approaching new problems with a new position

NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna proposes approaching new problems with a new position

The school board is considering a case management position to help tackle the complex issues many students in the district are facing including family issues, emotional trouble, and drug use.

UPDATE: Oakland officials fear up to 40 dead in fire

UPDATE: Oakland officials fear up to 40 dead in fire

"We did not have a lot of victims go to the hospital," Sgt. Ray Kelly, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, told reporters during a news conference Saturday. "It appears that people either made it out, or they didn't make it out."

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