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  • nieuwSchenectady boosts background checks after hiring criminals
    SCHENECTADY - City leaders will revisit the issue of criminal background checks and fingerprinting for potential new employees when they hold a public hearing on the issue next month.The move is the latest wrinkle in the hiring process for a city tha…
    - 15 hours ago 21 Jan 18, 11:37pm -
  • nieuwNextdoor app renaming local neighborhoods
    Social networking can be a great way to strengthen communities, and the Nextdoor app is one that focuses on neighborhoods and the people who live there. Unlike other social media, people on Nextdoor aren't allowed to hide behind the cloak of anonymit…
    - 20 hours ago 21 Jan 18, 6:49pm -
  • nieuwTU Center cancels gala concert Friday, says promoter didn't pay
    ALBANY — The Times Union Center is blaming cancellation of its gala reopening celebration on the event's promoter, saying the company couldn't pay the venue's deposit.Times Union Center manager SMG announced Sunday a concert featuring John Legend a…
    - 22 hours ago 21 Jan 18, 4:22pm -
  • Saratoga, Montgomery counties on opposite economic ends, report says
    Saratoga County has been a bright spot in upstate New York's slow recovery since the Great Recession.But right next door is Montgomery County, which embodies the struggles of Upstate New York.The small county of 50,000 people is the most economically…
    - 1 day ago 21 Jan 18, 6:05am -
  • Hannaford expanding reward app
    After launching its first app-based rewards program as a pilot last year, Hannaford is expanding the program to all 181 stores across the Northeast.Shoppers earn a 2 percent reward on every store-brand item they buy, including fresh meat, seafood, d…
    - 1 day ago 21 Jan 18, 5:25am -
  • Troubled RPI alumni stop donating
    TroyJan Pirrong was a faithful donor to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the esteemed engineering school in Troy where he completed his undergraduate degree in 1969 and his graduate studies in 1970. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he led the sch…
    - 1 day ago 21 Jan 18, 5:04am -
  • Shutdown Day One: Schumer maneuvers for high ground

    - 2 days ago 21 Jan 18, 12:05am -
  • Photos: Snowmobilers, friends seize the moment
    Saturday's mostly sunny skies and above-freezing temperatures made for a good opportunity to snowmobile with a companion, which visitors to Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville did during the Take a Friend Snowmobiling event, presented by the State…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jan 18, 11:13pm -
  • A year later, protesters return to the streets for Women's March
    Carrying signs heralding messages of female empowerment and equality and resistance to the Trump administration, thousands marched around the Capitol on Saturday for the Women's March.
    - 2 days ago 20 Jan 18, 10:08pm -

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  • nieuwDonald Trump making heroic efforts to fight against abortion
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: Have you heard about the heroic efforts of the man who is working to save the lives of black children in our inner cities? Or how he destroyed a project by American elitists who used our tax dollars to kill children of indigent peop…
    - 16 hours ago 21 Jan 18, 11:02pm -
  • nieuwDonald Trump's agenda faces resistance from Democrat attorneys general
    With Democrats struggling to stop President Trump in Washington, a cadre of attorneys general have stepped up to claim leadership of the anti-Trump resistance, using the courts to try to derail the administration's agenda. Massachusetts, New York and…
    - 18 hours ago 21 Jan 18, 9:13pm -
  • Larry Hogan, Maryland governor: 2017 saw record passenger traffic at BWI Airport
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan says the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport saw record-breaking passenger traffic in 2017. Hogan's office said in a news release Friday that the airport surpassed 26 million passengers las…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 6:18pm -
  • Catherine Pugh, Baltimore mayor, replaces Kevin Davis, police commissioner
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor announced Friday she has replaced the city's police commissioner, saying a change in leadership was needed to reduce crime and violence more quickly. Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa will take Commissioner Kevin…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 3:09pm -
  • Country's first tornado of 2018 hits Virginia in rare storm
    AMELIA COURTHOUSE, Va. (AP) — The country's first tornado of 2018 has descended upon one Virginia county. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a rare midwinter tornado uprooted trees and destroyed a carport during its two-minute existence on Jan. 12…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 1:55pm -
  • Johnson's Florist and Garden Center in Tenleytown to close, cites raised rent
    After 83 years in business, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center will close its Tenleytown location Sunday despite its neighbors begging the landlord, American University, to allow the longtime shop to continue operating there. American University has…
    - 4 days ago 19 Jan 18, 2:20am -
  • Amazon HQ2 pros and cons
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: It's official. Amazon has narrowed its long list of 238 potential sites for its second headquarters (HQ2) to a long short list of 20, and at first blush it appears as though an East Coast presence is a prime (get it?) destination in…
    - 4 days ago 19 Jan 18, 1:43am -
  • Marijuana lollipops seized at BWI Marshall Airport
    Marijuana-laced lollipops found in the luggage of an international-traveling passenger were seized by U.S. customs and border agents in Baltimore, the agency said Thursday. The lollipops were first found upon inspection of luggage that had arrived fr…
    - 4 days ago 18 Jan 18, 10:27pm -
  • Corey Stewart vows to be 'strongest fighter against illegal immigration'
    Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart rolled out his plan Thursday to crack down on illegal immigrant and reshape the legal immigration system, vowing to be the "strongest fighter against illegal immigration the U.S. Senate has ever seen." Mr. St…
    - 4 days ago 18 Jan 18, 7:10pm -
  • Three D.C. metro sites make short list for Amazon's second headquarters
    Local officials had reason to smile Thursday after Amazon announced that three Beltway communities are among those on the short list for the online giant's second headquarters. The 20 localities making the cut included Montgomery County, Maryland; No…
    - 4 days ago 18 Jan 18, 6:32pm -

The Week

  • nieuwCommerce Secretary Wilber Ross reportedly keeps falling asleep at meetings
    Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross' propensity for falling asleep at meetings is not helping his standing in the eyes of President Trump, who is already frustrated with the 80-year-old over "no good," "terrible" trade deals, Axios reports."Wilber is go…
    - 28 mins ago 22 Jan 18, 2:15pm -
  • nieuw<p>The daily business briefing:<em> January 22, 2018</em></p>
    1. Amazon plans to open its first automated grocery store, Amazon Go, on Monday, after nearly a year's delay. Amazon says the store will have "no lines, no checkouts, no registers." It instead relies on automated "Just Walk Out" checkout technology,…
    - 35 mins ago 22 Jan 18, 2:08pm -
  • nieuw<p>10 things you need to know today: <em>January 22, 2018</em></p>
    1. The Senate adjourned Sunday without a deal on ending a partial government shutdown, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers to be furloughed on Monday as the shutdown enters its third day. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) po…
    - 44 mins ago 22 Jan 18, 1:59pm -
  • nieuwJared Kushner is qualified to broker a Middle East peace deal because he was given 'a lot of responsibility' as a child, father claims
    If Jared Kushner can't broker peace in the Middle East, then "no one can," President Trump has declared, although so far that hasn't gone as smoothly as everyone hoped. "The entire Middle East, from Palestine to Yemen, appears set to burst into flam…
    - 51 mins ago 22 Jan 18, 1:52pm -
  • nieuwMorning Joe squarely blames Trump and his aides for the government shutdown
    Monday's Morning Joe on MSNBC started off with video of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) talking about the impossibility of negotiating with President Trump on immigration and the government shutdown, then Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) b…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Jan 18, 12:50pm -
  • nieuwAmazon is opening its potentially revolutionary checkout-free grocery story to the public today
    On Monday, residents of Seattle will have the chance to shop at Amazon Go, the online retail giant's bricks-and-mortar grocery store, becoming the first people outside Amazon to try out the cashier-free shopping. Amazon employees started using the c…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Jan 18, 12:10pm -
  • nieuwThe GOP will survive Trump. But in what kind of shape?
    When Barack Obama left office, his final approval rating in Gallup's poll was 59 percent — positively splendid in this hyperpartisan age. Obama passed some significant legislation and avoided the kind of major scandals that befell many of his pred…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Jan 18, 12:00pm -
  • nieuwGovernment shutdowns are the new normal
    Another new year, another The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly standoff involving two political parties and a president over government funding for programs supported by all of the players. Nobody shot.Any thorough recounting of the negotiations through…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Jan 18, 12:00pm -
  • nieuw'No' is not enough
    "Men who are constantly trying to move things forward are exhausting in a way I find hard to articulate," a friend once wrote to me. "Like you never get to fall in love on your own." She wasn't referring to the #MeToo movement, or the gruesomely des…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Jan 18, 12:00pm -
  • nieuwAmerica the breachable
    America was palpably vulnerable to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. We had it coming.As Henry Farrell points out in a brilliant essay, "a loose collective of Russians, with incredibly meager resources, have been working together in a disorga…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Jan 18, 12:00pm -

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